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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

bigsexyjoe Very typical of them (401 comments)

They've done this to me. They interurpt you, they refuse to let you speak until you scream. They just keep talking. They make excuses, they contradict themselves. They are just unbelievable.

This recording is a great example of how Comcast representives are trained to talk you. Obviously, a monopolist can just abuse you and treat you any way they want.

about a week ago

The World's Best Living Programmers

bigsexyjoe Just read it as a list of really good programmers! (285 comments)

This is one of those times that Slashdot nerds drive me nuts. There could be a lot of interesting discussion about the great things Knuth has done or some of the funny methods Carmack has written. But no, it's lame comment, after lame comment, "Oh my God, this can't really be the 14 best because X isn't on the List!" "I don't think Y is on of the 14 best programmer!"

So Slashdot nerds, do me a huge fucking favor. Just imagine the headline said, "Here is a list of 14 notable and arguably very talented programmers." I know these are not literally the 14 best programmers. No can actually compile such a list. You are supposed to understand that and not whine about it not literally being true.

about two weeks ago

Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

bigsexyjoe Scala? (143 comments)

Maybe Scala can be your language. It supports creating your code out of mostly immutable objects, which makes it good for parellelism.

about 1 month ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

bigsexyjoe Google Web Programming Language Engineer: ... (309 comments)

So a guy who makes an alternative language for web programming thinks we need options! OMFG!

Let's remember, we had options; they died. People bitch about JavaScript, but it was so dominant that it killed VBScript, Applets, ActiveX, JavaFX, and now it has Flash on the ropes. As "horrible" JavaScript is, it is the best. And having one language is nice because it keeps everything compatible.

about a month and a half ago

New PostgreSQL Guns For NoSQL Market

bigsexyjoe Not really (162 comments)

"NoSQL" is a pretty bad name actually. They should be called non-relational databases. In many cases you can use SQL or something like SQL on them.

People never use NoSQL to get away from the SQL language (although I don't like SQL at all). They use it to change the trade-offs in ACID complacence and to not have to keep their data completely relational.

about 2 months ago

Scientists Create Bacteria With Expanded DNA Code

bigsexyjoe This will be mankinds greatest mark on the world (85 comments)

In a hundred years, there will be nothing but abandoned cities under flood waters. Humans and many other animals will be dead. But there will be some bacteria with this extra base pair.

In a hundred million years, there will be no other evidence we were even here. Perhaps a future intelligent species will look back and wonder why some bacteria has more DNA than other life. They will make many interesting theories. Some will theorize that a previous intelligent species created the third base pair. And those that do will be called crackpots.

about 2 months ago

I expect to retire ...

bigsexyjoe The concept of retiremnt is going away` (341 comments)

What are you going to do, live off your 401k? It grows 10% a year. Oh wait, when the market inevitably crashes it won't be worth anything. You see you put your retirement money in a stock speculation game that is stacked against you. You simply will not be able to retire. When you can't work anymore, you will go hungry.

about 3 months ago

Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

bigsexyjoe Atrocious logic (235 comments)

"Okay, there are not infinite bugs, but let's assume there are and make strong conclusions based the on concept of infinity..."

This guy is a fucking idiot. The VERY REASON that you don't find all the bugs in a complex piece of software is the diminishing returns on your effort to find bugs. There are a finite number of bugs, you offer the bounty and get the easiest ones found out. Then there are diminishing returns for finding additional bugs, so the payouts stop. To talk about finding bugs without acknowledging the diminishing returns on finding bugs is mindbogglingly dumb.

It is also worth noting it is not truly impossible to eliminate all bugs, it is just highly unlikely, and the efforts are constrained by the diminishing returns problem.

about 3 months ago

LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

bigsexyjoe So what is it made of? (99 comments)

It's not a quark-antiquark pair. It's not three quarks of different colors. So what is it? Four quarks? Something else?

about 3 months ago

Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

bigsexyjoe RTFA (710 comments)

Are you saying that another employees wife was harassing her and yelling at her for being a bad employee? What the fuck are you talking about? Read the fucking article!

about 4 months ago

U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

bigsexyjoe Data?? (538 comments)

Who says many college graduates buy new cars upon graduation? Most of them don't have the income and credit scores for it.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Lync Server Gathers Employee Data Just Like NSA

bigsexyjoe Is this a suprise? (207 comments)

My employer explicitly says they keep your Lync messages. Do other employers pretend they don't?

I mean they give you an email and they keep the record. Tied to that email is your Lync. They keep that data too.

about 5 months ago

The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

bigsexyjoe I love this article! (533 comments)

I like coding. I don't love it. I have a wide variety of interests in my life, such as family, movies, reading about other topics.

I have met a very few coders who are really all code all the time. And you know what? I find them insufferable.

A person should be well rounded and have many interests.

about 6 months ago

Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

bigsexyjoe Re:Actually he is debating Steyn in court (393 comments)

So many disconnected entities are independently deciding that global warming deniers are crackpots? That's interesting. I think Steyn is going to have a rough court case trying to prove that Mann literally committed fraud.

about 6 months ago

Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

bigsexyjoe I love that National Review won't stand behind him (393 comments)

If some journalist for Mother Jones got into legal trouble, I'm pretty sure they'd have his back. But the National Review just throws people aside when it's convenient. It would be one thing if what Steyn argued (that global warming is BS) wasn't conservative dogma, but it is. He pretty much just strongly worded their position.

about 6 months ago

Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

bigsexyjoe Re:SLAPPed hard (393 comments)

It probably does. Let's see if Steyn can prove any of that.

about 6 months ago

Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

bigsexyjoe Actually he is debating Steyn in court (393 comments)

He is debating Steyn in court about whether he is a fraud. If Steyn can just prove he is a fraud, he wins, if not, he is in a lot of trouble.

about 6 months ago

Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

bigsexyjoe Here's the sad part (692 comments)

When you are young, desperate, and eager to please, they ask you all the stupid questions. Their apparent motive is just to fuck with you and assert dominance.

When you are older and have a resume, they don't bother with the stupid questions. They just ask you about code and projects.

about 6 months ago



Interview with Jeremy Hammond

bigsexyjoe bigsexyjoe writes  |  about 8 months ago

bigsexyjoe (581721) writes "

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?"

Where should I host my personal website?

bigsexyjoe bigsexyjoe writes  |  more than 2 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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