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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

bigsexyjoe JavaScript is teh SUX!!11 (188 comments)

Oh, wait. I'm trapped seven years in the past.

JavaScript is wicked fast, has first class treatment of functions, JSON and the object model are beautiful, and its duck-typing supports great mixins patterns. JavaScript is now outside the browser with Node.js. The Node people made some awesome wise design decisions and Node is awesome. In spite of stupid haters, JavaScript just keeps getting bigger and bigger and racking up more successes. It beat Applets, Flash, VBScript, and challengers not worth mentioning to dominate the web. And it is not only on the server now but is showing itself to be in many ways better than other server side languages such as Ruby, Python, and Java. JavaScript is probably the number one language that old code is being refactored into and this isn't just because browsers support it. Other languages can compile to JavaScript, but no one cares because JavaScript is just that awesome. If there is one language that is exciting to follow these days, it is JavaScript.

BUT TEH === ! IT SUX!!

2 days ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

bigsexyjoe Re:That's the market system... (171 comments)

So? You failed to argue that IP creates a free market and instead argued that a free market can never exist.

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

bigsexyjoe What benefits economy vs what economy rewards (283 comments)

More STEM helps the economy. But the economy doesn't reward you for going into STEM. It's pretty simple, so if you are confused, it is because you make invalid assumptions about the economy.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

bigsexyjoe I want to know who this accounting firm is (742 comments)

I hope we find out who the accounting firm is, so we know not to work them. It's very important to avoid employers who will fire you arbitrarily.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

bigsexyjoe There is no proof he name dropped and he denies it (742 comments)

He says he did not name drop his employer. Comcast will not release the tapes. And the email to his employer was not released to him.

about two weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

bigsexyjoe It is the creation of artifical property (171 comments)

The whole intellectual property thing is government regulation and it is all outside of any kind of free market.

about three weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

bigsexyjoe That's the market system... (171 comments)

Oh wait, intellectual property laws are completely incompatible with the free market. I suppose our system is to reward the wealthy and powerful and punish anyone who gets between the rich and their money.

In any case, our system has been working really great. Oh wait, real wages are falling and we are destroying the environment.

At least we've stopped people from listening to sinful music or at least making them watch crap ads on Youtube.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

bigsexyjoe Go to recruiters (479 comments)

A PhD is probably valuable to the right people. When you have the skills that make you worth talking to, the easiest place to go is a recruiter. They will at least get people to talk to you. And if you are getting interview practice, you'll learn what you have to do.

I suppose I'd also suggest putting together a Github. If you put up some Angular code or something else people seek, you'll at least get something.

about a month ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

bigsexyjoe Two Sith apprentices? (142 comments)

What about the rule of two? Larry is going to have two apprentices? What if they team up and kill him?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

bigsexyjoe It's not the material, it's the tre (392 comments)

You shouldn't need a second bachelor's degree, because only the first four years should be challenging. By the end of college it's supposed to become easier. You learn how to learn. You should be able to learn more material at that level through self-study.

After four years, you should be ready for a Master's degree. In that program, they'll hold your hand a little less and the pace will be faster.

Getting a second bachelor's is like staying in high school to take extra electives. You should be past that level at that point.

about a month ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

bigsexyjoe Not a long term plan (270 comments)

If you know COBOL and are going to retire in ten years, COBOL programming can be a good deal.

But if you are 22 it is not a good deal at all. The demand might be high relative to supply, but it is going to slowly shrink. Your better bet is to get experience in something that has a high demand, not because of a small supply of programmers. I'm pretty sure being an experienced Hadoop engineer, for example, will get you more money and the tail of that career is longer. When Hadoop goes out of fashion, the next thing will probably be an incremental change over Hadoop so it won't be too hard to learn. When you are sixty you can take care of legacy Hadoop systems and make good money.

But if you are 22, learning COBOL doesn't have a long pay off. You will make a good, but not great living. Like I said the demand will be low. Your COBOL experience will not put you into a good position to learn hot new things that are based on object oriented and functional programming. Furthermore, you won't have written anything cool and great, so it won't be a great path into management.

If you honestly can't get any job, maybe learning COBOL would be worth it. But I think there's a bigger payoff learning object-oriented JavaScript.

about a month ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

bigsexyjoe It is not stable (72 comments)

It lasts for several hundred thousand years but the red giant is eventually absorbed into the neutron star which becomes a slightly larger neutron star or possibly a black hole.

So the red giant is just a big meal that takes a while to eat. But if you look around enough, you can find one in the middle of its course.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

bigsexyjoe I wouldn't bother (392 comments)

I wouldn't bother. Get your degree and get out as fast as possible. You don't really need school to learn liberal arts or tech. School will give you a big leg up, but remember you are mostly there to get the piece of paper. I imagine most people would learn a lot more in one year of self-directed study than they would while getting a four year degree.

So get your degree quickly. You should just pick one major. Try not to change it. If you want to spend more time in school, get a master's degree.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

bigsexyjoe There are no guarantees (except student loan debt) (392 comments)

There are no guarantees, so school doesn't guarantee you anything. School can be good, it can open up doors, or it could not. Maybe you can open doors without school.

I say if you want to go and study liberal arts, that's fine. If you want to go and study tech, that's fine. But if you don't want to do anything that involves a degree anyway, you shouldn't feel like you must do school.

You can learn in school, or you can learn things yourself. Life experience can be very valuable too. Teaching yourself how to learn without a teacher is also very valuable.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

bigsexyjoe College is overblown (392 comments)

Can you learn to code without a tech degree? Sure! Can you learn to write wonderful essays without a liberal arts degree? Sure! Will a tech degree help you get into tech? Absolutely!

There are plenty of good coders who have gotten degrees in things like economics or even design. You can certainly teach yourself to be a great coder and put up a Github account that will impress potential employers. Granted, this is a struggle if you didn't study CS or an aligned field in school, but it's doable. Furthermore, companies like Apple have plenty of need for non-technical workers.

On the other side, you don't really need a degree in liberal arts. This can also be self taught. You can read voraciously and teach yourself written expression by practicing on the Internet.

Of course, now we come to the cliche. What did Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg get their degrees in? Nothing.

about a month ago
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White House Names Google's Megan Smith As CTO

bigsexyjoe I assume she's not qualified because she's a woman (75 comments)

I have no problem giving the job to the most qualified person, even if that person is a woman. But she's not the most qualified person! You know how I know? Because she's a woman! She is clearly an AFFIRMATIVE ACTION pick. She's no good. All she knows about is mechanical engineering (aside from her years of IT experience)! I'm so sick of all this AFFIRMATIVE ACTION! Again, I'd love to give the job to a qualified woman. But every woman who gets any job gets it because of AFFIRMATIVE ACTION!

about a month and a half ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

bigsexyjoe Re:Exactly (511 comments)

No. It is not on the people who read your comments to research your claims. It makes more sense to just doubt them than try to find out if what some random guy on the Internet says is true.

In any case, you admit they use Java, so I have no idea what your point is.

about 2 months ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

bigsexyjoe Exactly (511 comments)

As you said, they use Java.

You don't really have any citations for anything you said. But I doubt they did huge amounts of refactoring in three months and then stayed with their new solution even after they found out the language wasn't the problem.

"Over time, they wrote more and more parts in other languages, which is natural because they're big and they want each piece to be optimized."

Exactly. I didn't say Java was one language to rule over all. I said it has it's place and companies such as Twitter and Google agree.

about 2 months ago

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Interview with Jeremy Hammond

bigsexyjoe bigsexyjoe writes  |  about a year ago

bigsexyjoe (581721) writes "http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vivien-lesnik-weisman/jeremy-hammond-q-and-a_b_4298969.html

Jeremy Hammond talks about how white hat hackers actually sell zero day exploits to the highest bidder, how cyber-security is really cyber offense. The possibility that the government had Sabu set up the attack in an attempt to entrap Julian Assange is also discussed. (Hammond sabotaged that plan when he dumped the emails onto the Pirate Bay.)"

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How do I get back a passion for programming?

bigsexyjoe bigsexyjoe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bigsexyjoe (581721) writes "I am a somewhat experienced software developer who is pretty much an office drone. I used to enjoy writing code. I even enjoyed writing routine code before it became routine.

But now I just come in day in and day out. I work for manipulative assholes. I don't care about the product I create. I don't enjoy coding anymore.

I'm not great at interviewing. I don't have an impressive resume. I stick in more advanced stuff into my code when I can, but that is always on the sly.

So my question is how do I get back the enjoyment I used to have writing code?"
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Where should I host my personal website?

bigsexyjoe bigsexyjoe writes  |  about 3 years ago

bigsexyjoe (581721) writes "I am a web developer who wants to create a personal website to server as a portfolio of my skills. So in addition to showing off my front end skills (which I can do anywhere), I would like to also put up projects that display my back-end coding skills

It would seem that it would be best for me to use a Cloud Service like Heroku or Google App Engine, so I code in Java, which is my primary strength, in addition to being able to put up projects in Django and Node.js

Oh, and I am of course looking to do this for free or at least at a minimal cost!

I thank you for your input in advance."

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