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Building the Ultimate Safe House

blunte concrete dome (289 comments)

Or they could just build a monolithic dome for an 8% premium and get all the benefits and more.

more than 2 years ago

One Company's Week-Long Interview Process

blunte Egos (362 comments)

This is about egos. The Rails ecosystem is rife with developers who think they are gods. They surround themselves with people who have similar inflated egos, further reinforcing their group behaviors. It probably has something to do with DHH being the leader, in stark contrast to the humble Matz who really made it all possible with the elegant, powerful language.

I've been a Rails dev for 5 years, and I've encountered way too much of this during the times I've been looking for work. The irony is, many of these guys (and they're almost all guys) are so rabid that they cannot consider anything other than pair, TDD, Rails, mostly Mac, and Github. "Show us your Github!"

We need a term for these guys, something on par with "brogrammer" but specific to their unique, incestuous behaviors.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Using a Sandbox To Deal With Spambots?

blunte Re:Shadow Ban (167 comments)

They might become suspicious if they never saw any replies, so perhaps put all the banned folks in a group so they could spam each other. That would cause them extra angst, seeing only competitors replying.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Position To Work For Long Hours?

blunte Standing (262 comments)

There's more and more research about the benefits of standing - or rather, the harm that comes from sitting.

I started standing for work four years ago. Only the first couple of weeks were challenging, but I quickly became able to stand for 12+ hours non stop. Granted, I don't stand like a statue; I shift around (but not so much that I look like some freak).

Within a week of changing from sitting to standing, my lower back problems went away. Those lower back problems developed despite my proper ergonomic arrangement in the number of Herman Miller Aeron chairs I had for the previous decade.

Lastly, if you frequently get pulled away from your desk, having to stand up and sit down is a real nuisance. When you work standing, it's as simple as walking to and from your desk.

more than 2 years ago

A Fifth of Telecommuters Work Less Than An Hour Per Day

blunte CareerBuilder... really? (323 comments)

I don't know any _real_ telecommuters, at least not developers, who would ever be compelled to click on anything related to CareerBuilder. Thus, this survey obviously only attracted monkeys. Worse yet, it is/will be picked up by news sites and used to dissuade companies from considering allowing workers to work remotely.

I say this survey was entirely bunk and unscientific. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the results weren't purely made up by a hungry "writer".

more than 3 years ago

DisplayPort-To-HDMI Cables May Be Recalled Over Licensing

blunte All About the Money (417 comments)

It's cool to sell $100 HDMI cables that people don't need, but omg if you try to sell an adapter that many of us need... well that's illegal!

Hey I've got an idea! Let's just ditch the HDMI on both ends and go mini-dp.

more than 3 years ago

Oracle Thinks Google Owes $6.1 Billion In Damages

blunte Business Decision (243 comments)

... spend 6 billion to make Larry Ellison's head bigger

or ... spend 10 million to remove Larry Ellison's head

From a pure business standpoint the decision is obvious.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Health Worries Escalate

blunte Re:who cares (520 comments)

That's a nice idea, but since the US practically revolves around the stock market, Steve Jobs' health is of utmost concern to "the powers that be".

If our economy wasn't so utterly leveraged against play money, the man could have some peace. Not "The Man", mind you, but the man. And hell, "The People" could have better peace too I'm sure.

more than 3 years ago

PlentyofFish Hacked, Founder Emails Hacker's Mom

blunte Crybaby (367 comments)

Markus is a spoiled, rich crybaby. He's made so much money off that hideous site for so many years (and boasted about it for ages on his blog)... you would think he could afford proper security audits and support to close holes.

Basically he's been sitting on his ass technically for nearly the entire time, and now he's pissy because his lack of attention bit him.

And for the record, OkCupid.com is so immeasurably better than PoF in every way, it's time for the old whale to die.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

blunte I like! (2254 comments)

I find it a subtle, tasteful improvement. There's just enough change to be fresh without losing its brand or feel. Also I find it more spacious and cleaner.

Cheers on the redesign!

about 4 years ago

Microsoft Explains Windows Phone 7 'Phantom Data'

blunte MS Fault Playbook: Two Answers (270 comments)

1. No Answer


2. We found the problem. It wasn't our fault, and it doesn't matter because it's not happening to anyone. (lie)

about 4 years ago

Prepare To Be Watched While You Watch a Movie

blunte One Word (433 comments)


Ok another word...


more than 4 years ago

Bjarne Stroustrup Reflects On 25 Years of C++

blunte Running with scissors and suckers on ice (553 comments)

I won't bother speculating why C++ became dominant (any more than I feel like rehashing VHS vs BetaMax), but I will say this: any language that needs a series of books explaining how NOT to use the language (lest you create obscure bugs) is an inherently flawed language.

With assembly there's an excuse - you have no boundaries (no pun intended). You realize you're operating on bare metal, or at least one step above it. But with C++ you have this belief that you have the illusion of power and safety, but the reality is you have a jumble of constructs and tools that can easily be used wrong (and often are by novices and intermediate developers).

I daresay you could teach an intermediate coder how to do OO in straight C and get better results than if they were trying to use C++.

And yeah, I'm in the camp of "Obj-C is better than C++". But then, I like Ruby, Lisp, Clojure, and Scala too. C++ really needs to die. Any further energy spent on C++ needs instead to be put into JVM and other abstraction technologies.

more than 4 years ago

Flat Pay Prompts 1 In 3 In IT To Consider Jump

blunte Re:Guess what ... (608 comments)

The companies never really figure out what's going on. Your lead or immediate project manager may have a clue, but their management (all the way to the top) just doesn't get it.

Ironically, the argument for the huge CEO bonuses, even during the bailouts, was that "we have to pay this much to retain our 'talent'" (talent being the executives who brought the disasters upon these companies).

Face it. US styled (quarterly earnings per share centric) capitalism simply doesn't work long term.

more than 4 years ago

$1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan

blunte No going home now! (688 comments)

I guess that means the US won't be in any hurry to leave now.

more than 4 years ago

How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

blunte All wrong! (704 comments)

Get the kid off the computer and out in the real world.

Sign him up for martial arts, an indoor climbing club (even non-athletic people can do this), take him hiking.

It's easy, at any point in one's life, to sit down and focus on learning something technical (even though you do have to start very simple). However, it's much harder to become active and social later in life without starting early.

more than 4 years ago

Best Way To Land Entry-Level Job?

blunte Human Networking (441 comments)

You think finding a job is hard now, when you have no experience. It can be as hard or harder once you DO have experience. Before I drone on about why it's hard to get a job with experience, here's my solution to both: Human Networking.

It's really surprisingly simple. The more people you talk to and get to know...

- the more people who may tell you when a position becomes (or is about to become) available
- the more people you can "seek advice" from about getting a job (thereby making them aware of your availability, skills, and interests)
- the more you can name-drop, or at least make reference to first hand
- the more you can hear and learn about what companies are like to work for, and whether you would really want to work there or not

I'm sure there are other benefits, but the first two listed are probably the most valuable.

So how do you meet these people? In the old days, pre-internet, people tended to congregate in different groups or clubs (Toastmasters being one of the popular ones). Now we have Meetup, which might have some active groups you can visit and get in with. There are also community groups, such as those focused on bringing and operating business within a community, volunteer groups, etc.

You can't really discount groups as not being applicable or beneficial until you get in and get to know people. Everyone knows someone, and people, in person, tend to be happy and willing to direct and guide others. So the guy you're volunteering with at Habitat for Humanity may have some great contacts in your field. At the very least he may have a contact that he knows has lots of tech contacts; and you're +1 already because you know this guy, and because you're doing meaningful volunteer work.

Lastly, seeing the internet as the primary tool for getting a job is a huge mistake. The internet, where jobs are concerned (and some other things), is a cesspool. Multiple posts for the same job, multiple "staffing firms" trying to fill the same spot (and using recruiters who previously were just somewhat non-technical, but now who are imported and often merely trained monkeys); positions which have been pulled or filled, but no updates/removals of the internet posts have been made; etc. etc.

Meanwhile, find something of interest, technical or otherwise (you never know where your good connection is going to come from), and get involved. If ballroom dancing is your fancy, go do that. Those people know people.

Now about the experienced seeking jobs... just be aware that so many jobs today are for positions that already existed. Bob did X, Y, and Z, and company is seeking someone with those exact skills. It's pretty unlikely that there are candidates with the exact skills required; thus it's very beneficial to know someone within the company, that way you can get the interview without being filtered out by a keyword-matching monkey.

more than 4 years ago

Has the Glory Gone Out of Working In IT?

blunte Of course it has (623 comments)

Now that users can do almost anything (simple) on a computer or even their phone, they now expect that anything they can imagine (vaguely, inarticulately, even impossibly) should be easy to do.

Unless you're at one of the rare shops that's well funded and not directly dealing with users, you will likely be in a no-win position.

Deliver a flawless system and you go unnoticed. Instead, you get asked "can it do this ?"

Or worse and most likely, you step into a position with an existing product that you have to continue development of. It will be behind schedule, over budget, and a complete architectural disaster. What's more, it won't match what the users need because nobody bothered to dig deeply to find out what the users really needed (as opposed to what they initially said they wanted - there's a huge difference).

Am I bitter, yes. I'd rather be a lawyer. At least then I'd still be getting rich doing crap work.

more than 5 years ago

Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable"

blunte Re:HCL Ha Ha (1144 comments)

What you describe does not surprise me, and in fact much of the blame does go all the way up the US management chain.

Ultimately the US business game is about quarterly earnings per share, and using stupid tactics like these help boost those numbers temporarily. Of course in the long run overall performance of the company suffers (and along the way, Americans have fewer job opportunities).

My personal experience with outsourcing people is that they simply cannot think outside the box. In fact, they cannot think beyond explicit instructions. For the level of energy it takes to adequately instruct an offshore worker, we can do the work ourselves. This is especially true with the more agile languages and toolkits these days.

more than 5 years ago


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