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Student Bookstores Beware, Amazon Comes To Purdue Campus

buddyglass Re:Misleading Freezing Statement (95 comments)

Students always had the option of buying books online through Amazon.

Not when I was in school we didn't. That said, yes, it's been an option for some time now. On the other hand, there's no guarantee every textbook will be available. Perhaps this agreement guarantees that any textbook assigned to a Purdue student will be carried. The university may also have negotiated a group discount.

about a week ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

buddyglass Re:hmm (371 comments)

My exposure to Java is in the context of Android development, so I haven't even touched anything newer than 1.6.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

buddyglass Re:hmm (371 comments)

Agreed. Open question as to whether that's a net positive. My point is that the pace of language modifications should slow down as a language matures and all the low-hanging fruit has been picked. It's unrealistic to expect a constant rate of change.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

buddyglass hmm (371 comments)

Java != Spring. Java != J2EE. At some point, when a language has been tweaked for, say, 20 years, do you get to the point where the addition of new language features (as opposed to libraries) should be a fairly rare thing?

about two weeks ago
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UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

buddyglass Re:insufficient information... (115 comments)

That's easily addressed. Just feature prominent verbiage in the opt-in agreement making it clear that the filter isn't perfect, but that if you can live with the false positives then it's better than nothing at all if one's goal is to make it harder to access porn et. al. My complaint was with the article's implication that single-digit adoption rates are evidence that interest is low. That's true if one supposes that the entire customer base as the target audience for this feature. If the target audience is only those households with children, though, then the interest level (among those in the target audience) may be higher than the single-digit overall percentage would suggest.

about a month ago
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UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

buddyglass insufficient information... (115 comments)

The vast, vast majority of households that are interested in such filters are those that include minor-aged children. So, to measure uptake you'd want to look at what percentage of those households are opting in.

about a month ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

buddyglass Re:consider the source (529 comments)

Microsoft or any company already supposed to have to show a genuine need before going to an H1B worker. That means that you have exhausted other possibilities. These companies all use the same stupid trick to show a need: create an unbelievably narrow job description that almost literally cannot be filled, and advertise that job domestically, and then create a reasonable job description, and advertise that internationally. Same job. Then use the lack of qualified resumes from the domestic advert, and the wealth of resumes from the foreign advert, as the basis for importing an H1B worker.

That's shady. If they're doing that then they should be called on it and heavily fined and/or have their H1B visa rights revoked. That said, I'm not even sure I agree with the requirement that employers demonstrate a need. Given that it's the law, though, they should be held to it.

The H1B program facilitates labor arbitrage, where lightly experienced foreign IT workers are repackaged as high-priced experts and sold for high-rates to American companies. The companies in the middle sprinkle some domestic management and technical resources, and reap large economic benefits that are economically unjustified.

I'd say the program empowers companies to be dumb in that particular way, i.e. hiring people who aren't qualified, but I'm not sure that dumbness is inherently baked into the program. One can imagine a company that actually vets its hires properly and only hires people who are actually qualified.

With the caveat that I'm not an expert on H1B, my gripe with the program is that encourages people to live and work in the U.S. temporarily as opposed to permanently. What I'd like to see is an immigration policy that actively courts and keeps highly educated and capable people who want to live and work in the U.S. permanently. Skimming the world's best and brightest can only help the U.S. in the long-term.

about a month ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

buddyglass Re:consider the source (529 comments)

Nope. And I didn't use one. He's not wrong because he's associated with Tea Party. I mentioned that affiliation to highlight what his potential motivations might be for making a big stink about the H1B visas. His constituents are predominantly of the opinion that foreigners are coming in and "taking our jobs". So he seizes upon the Microsoft layoff and links it to a program that brings more foreigners into the country and yells a little bit. His constituents see that he's "mad as hell" about foreigner-job-stealing and feel confident he's "fighting the good fight" for them in D.C. Mission accomplished.

about a month ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

buddyglass Re:Uhhh... (529 comments)

I agree. Instead of H1B visas, we should get most of those folks on the fast track to citizenship. Then Sessions would work for them.

about a month ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

buddyglass Re:consider the source (529 comments)

Most of my comments have nothing to do with the Tea Party. I don't work for a PAC. In fact, I work in the industry most likely to be affected by an influx of H1B visa workers.

about a month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

buddyglass Re: uhh (241 comments)

Sure. But I don't "speak" Java. It's a mechanism for encoding instructions. To the extent English can also be used to encode instructions I suppose they're similar in that way, but natural languages interact with the brain in a completely different way.

about a month ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

buddyglass consider the source (529 comments)

Jeff Sessions, Tea Party Guy. Of course he's going to take the nativist view. He probably thinks Microsoft could just take the 18,000 people it's laying off and repurpose them to fill whatever positions it's trying to use H1B visas for. Because tech skills are interchangeable, right? And all those 18,000 are totally okay relocating across the country (or globe) right?

about a month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

buddyglass uhh (241 comments)

IMO programming is almost nothing like natural language.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

buddyglass Re:if you're worried about the collapse of society (509 comments)

I tend to be highly skeptical of the "Utopian future" where everybody is replaced by robots. Will some jobs be replaced by automation? Sure. But I suspect it will be way fewer than folks on this thread expect.

In terms of a post-apocalyptic future you can prepare in one of two ways. You can hoard up a bunch of supplies and focus on being self-sufficient, i.e. learning how to farm, hunt and make your own clothes, or you can do a little of that but also learn a skill that's likely to remain valuable after the apocalypse. That's where I was going with obstetrics and trauma treatment. This approach is also a hedge against the case where the apocalypse never actually happens. You get to be compensated well right now, which isn't always the case with the guy living in a bunker with lots of guns and canned goods.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

buddyglass Re:if you're worried about the collapse of society (509 comments)

When we (hypothetically) revert to the stone age there won't be much need for, say, dermatologists. Or anesthesiologists, for that matter, since we will no longer have access to all the fancy drugs they use. Certainly in that scenario the ability of an OB to affect outcomes will be diminished, but you'd probably still be better off with an OB during delivery than without one. Working in the E.R. and knowing how to deal with random trauma would also be a good choice in a low-tech post-apocalyptic future.

about a month ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

buddyglass hmm... (171 comments)

Seems like we need a more precise definition of renaissance. My pay hasn't suffered and I haven't had trouble finding jobs. Standard warnings about small sample size apply.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

buddyglass if you're worried about the collapse of society... (509 comments)

Tell her to become an M.D. and specialize in obstetrics. Unless there are no humans, humans will still have babies, and the process of delivery will still be fraught with problems. If she likes art, then maybe industrial design. Widgets may end up being 3d-printed, but someone still has to make them look pretty.

about a month ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

buddyglass hmm (214 comments)

This is hard to square with my experience. I know folks who used to pay money to see movies who no longer do because they can just watch them for free at home only days after their theatrical release (if not earlier). That said, these guys are a pretty small minority among the set of all people I know who like to watch movies.

about a month ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

buddyglass hmm (415 comments)

I actually like Java. That said, the big losers here (other than Java) if Python really does supplant Java are the languages in Python's "space" against which it competes. So...Ruby. I'm ignoring PHP. If the popularity gap between Ruby and Python grows wide enough then people may start choosing Python even for those applications where Ruby might be the better choice.

about a month and a half ago

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The Fiscal Cliff: What's your bill?

buddyglass buddyglass writes  |  about a year and a half ago

buddyglass (925859) writes "As most slashdotters in the United States are aware the impending fiscal cliff will hit in 2013 unless a compromise is reached beforehand. Want to know the impact to your household in the absence of any compromise? Turns out there's an app for that. It should be interesting to see how different readers' households are affected by the "full cliff" scenario as well as various alternate proposals."
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London Stock Exchange delays Linux switch

buddyglass buddyglass writes  |  more than 3 years ago

buddyglass (925859) writes "Citing scalability concerns after its test platform "Turqoise" was knocked offline for two hours by unusually high volume, the London Stock Exchange announced that it is delaying its planned switch from Microsoft to Linux. The switch was initially motivated by a desire for shorter latencies. Notably, the NASDAQ uses a scalable Linux-based system that achieves trade latencies 25ms shorter than the LSE's planned deployment."
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No more Windows bugs?

buddyglass buddyglass writes  |  more than 4 years ago

buddyglass (925859) writes "Past submitters have focused on previous "Patch Tuesdays" in which Microsoft has issued fixes for a record number of issues. Examples here and here. It seems only fair, then, to mention that the software maker intends to release only a single fix this iteration, addressing an issue that is only considered critical for Windows 2000 systems. If past releases with large numbers of fixes were evidence of the poor quality of Microsoft software, and by extension the closed source model in general, does this upcoming Tuesday represent some level of vindication?"
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Climate change consensus questioned?

buddyglass buddyglass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

buddyglass (925859) writes "In 2004 Naomi Oreskes examined 928 abstracts of peer-reviewed journal articles published from 1993-2003 and announced an overwhelming agreement in favor of the "consensus view" of climate change, which states that human activity bears at least partial responsibility. Her methods were recently repeated by one Dr. Klaus-Martin Schulte, who examined 528 abstracts of peer-reviewed journal articles published from 2004-2007. Dr. Schulte's study found that 45% of articles agreed with the consensus view, either explicitly or implicitly, whereas 6% explicitly disagreed. Another 48% were explicitly neutral, refusing to support or deny the consensus view. Does this draw into question the notion that there is an unequivocal consensus among climate change researchers with regard to human activity's effect on the global climate?"
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How would you refocus linux development?

buddyglass buddyglass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

buddyglass (925859) writes "The majority of Slashdot users are no doubt appreciative of linux in the general sense, but I suspect we all have some application or aspect of the platform that we wish was more stable, performant, feature-rich, etc. So my question is a hypothetical one: if you were able to devote a "significant" number of resources (read: high-quality developers) to a particular app or area of the kernel, and were able to set the focus for those resources (stability, performance, new features, etc.), what application or kernel area would you attempt to improve, and what would you focus on improving?"

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