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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

bigsexyjoe Two Sith apprentices? (91 comments)

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

1 hour ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

bigsexyjoe It's not the material, it's the tre (391 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.


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

bigsexyjoe Not a long term plan (263 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.


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.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

bigsexyjoe I wouldn't bother (391 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.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

bigsexyjoe There are no guarantees (except student loan debt) (391 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.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

bigsexyjoe College is overblown (391 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.

2 days ago

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 two weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

bigsexyjoe Oil interests (147 comments)

Of course, we need to fund more oil power. Don't you think the fossil fuels industry has people working around the clock to discredit and defund this. I would guess even some of the skeptical AC comments on this article are coming from the fossil fuel industry.

about three weeks ago

If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

bigsexyjoe Debating "cool" is for teenagers (511 comments)

What the fuck is this? Is it "cool"? Cool not a term that has a sharp definition, so it's kind of pointless to talk about what is cool. I think A is cool, you think B is cool, that's the end of it.

Java highly used. It solves problems that people want to solve and some people would even say are interesting to solve.

About ten years ago Java 5 came out making it a little more modern and relevant. Then it stalled. However, Oracle has picked up the momentum and it is releasing new versions again. It now supports Lambas and it is expected to have new versions with new features being added every couple of years. I believe that if Oracle keeps releasing new things it won't be relegated to being the language of legacy code. Eventually when there is too much cruft, Scala or something else will start to take over. But that could take a very long time. Look at C++. It's still going strong.

about three weeks ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

bigsexyjoe Re:Silicon Valley is overrated (262 comments)

Well my family is here. I am not really saying one region is better than all others. I'm saying a techie can work in almost any major city.

about three weeks ago

If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

bigsexyjoe Because there is much need at the middle ground (511 comments)

Yes, the middle ground has some disadvantages of both extremes, but it has some of the advantages to both.

C++ maps to hardware well. An enterprise web solution, doesn't need that. It should have automatic memory management. The scripting languages are not strongly typed. That makes the code a little less maintainable and a little slower.

When Twitter used RoR, it was a nightmare. It just wasn't performant enough. When they went to Scala things got a lot better.

Would Twitter ever want to use C++? I doubt it. They are probably a bit hardware agnostic and they don't want to deal with the classes of bugs that C++ has.

about three weeks ago

The Star That Exploded At the Dawn of Time

bigsexyjoe Re:Why can't hydrogen cool? (55 comments)

The article doesn't say they couldn't cool in the conditions of the early universe, it says such a cloud could never cool.

I'm not a chemist, but I would guess it's because the electrons cannot fall to a lower energy state, which converts heat to radiation. Since the heat is not radiated, it stays heat inside the cloud.

Or the article gets the details wrong...

about a month ago

Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

bigsexyjoe The problem you! (102 comments)

The problem you! Real programming is hard, and requires real languages and real programmings. Fire bad! You stupid! You no good programmer! I smart!

about a month ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

bigsexyjoe Silicon Valley is overrated (262 comments)

I agree. Most of the tech universe is outside the valley. Who would want to live in a giant overpriced suburb? And who would want to work in a field in which moving to one area was a must?

about a month ago

Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

bigsexyjoe Why? It's not always necessary (148 comments)

If it 's just an info site or something and you don't submit any confidential information, why do you need https? If I own a pizza shop, my website is all get requests, and I'm not worried about third parties seeing what's on my menu, why should I have to buy an SSL certificate? This seems like overkill to me.

about a month and a half ago

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 2 months ago



Interview with Jeremy Hammond

bigsexyjoe bigsexyjoe writes  |  about 10 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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