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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

carys689 What about Incognito mode? (415 comments)

Does this include Chrome's incognito mode?

2 days ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

carys689 Reason for college (546 comments)

College computer science programs are doing the right thing. There's no point in college if all you want is "practical" programming skills.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

carys689 Right. (419 comments)

Finally, Microsoft does something right.

about two weeks ago

How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

carys689 Irrelevant (232 comments)

Most, if not all, of the open-source technologies mentioned are portable across multiple platforms, not just Red Hat, but also the hated Windows. So what's the big deal that Red Hat is not producing them?

about three weeks ago

The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

carys689 The Message (120 comments)

The message I got was: either become a brain-dead manager (technologically speaking, of course :) ) by the time you reach your 40s or work for the government if you want to stay employed in the field. I managed to make it to 61 without becoming a manager, so I guess that's not too bad. And he's right about allowing yourself to be attached to your code: don't. As hard as it may seem to be able to do that, don't forget it's just code.

about three weeks ago

Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

carys689 What? (179 comments)

What's he going to teach? How to f--k up a company that had a good thing going? How to steer your company into market niches that other companies already own? How to pay so little attention to the quality of your product while pursuing market niches that other companies already own that you can't maintain the market share with what you had? These are classes I could skip.

about a month ago

Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

carys689 Too little, too late? (514 comments)

Mr. Jackson apparently has run out of other things to crab about, so he is going to start crabbing about the lack of diversity in high-tech. U.S. affirmative action has been around for over 50 years and during that time there has been enormous opportunity for blacks and other minorities to get an edge on education, often at the disadvantage of more qualified whites, and improve their ability to get better paying jobs whether it is in high-tech or elsewhere. By and large, for whatever the reasons, with relatively rare exceptions, the black/non-white community, in general, has failed to avail themselves of this. To claim racial discrimination at this point is ludicrous.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

carys689 Good luck. (322 comments)

Good luck with that. Been down that road several times. Management does not seem to understand that software 'unification' is just as elusive as the GUT in physics.

about 2 months ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

carys689 Exactly! (372 comments)

My sentiments, exactly: just LET ME CODE!

about 2 months ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

carys689 Change the name (401 comments)

Maybe the American programmers should go to court and have their names changed to sound Indian-like.

about 2 months ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

carys689 Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (401 comments)

The H1B program is designed to obtain the kinds of people you were talking about, but the program is in fact being used to hire an enormous numbers of very ordinary people whose main feature is they work for less money.

What you say I believe to be true. Speaking from my own experience, covering the most recent 20 years or so, the vast majority of the so-called "computer science" people outsourced from overseas are "ordinary" software developers and the most practiced skill is Java and Java-related technologies. There is very little "theoretical" knowledge here.

about 2 months ago

Why Software Builds Fail

carys689 WTF? (279 comments)

Sounds like a weak excuse for a research project.

about 3 months ago

Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

carys689 Re: Yes! Youtube video! HTML5! (132 comments)

Even dumber people will now be able to call themselves "Web Developers."

That's a dumb remark. That's like calling people "dumb" because they can call themselves "programmers" because they use a compiler like C or C++ or Clojure or Lisp, etc. instead of coding in an assembly language!!

about 3 months ago

China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

carys689 Fair play (274 comments)

"Turnabout's fair play" as the saying goes...

about 3 months ago

Perl Is Undead

carys689 THe Worst (283 comments)

Perl has got to be one of the WORST programming languages ever designed -- all those dollar signs to make up for bad syntax design. I thought C++ was bad, but C++ is syntactically a thousand times more sensible than Perl ever was. Even a syntactically obtuse language like Scala is better than Perl.

about 3 months ago

HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

carys689 Prejudiced (593 comments)

Perhaps the reason "Google chose not to disclose anything about the age makeup of its workforce" is that the company, like MOST other technology companies these days, is profoundly prejudiced against older (50+ years old) workers, even those who have kept up with the latest software technologies. So it appears that Google is overwhelmingly male, overwhelmingly white, and overwhelmingly young -- yes, they should be very concerned about diversity.

about 4 months ago

Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

carys689 Sports (286 comments)

Someone has to pay for those multi-billion dollar sports deals.

about 4 months ago

Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

carys689 Bad news for the Progressives (335 comments)

Further proof that just throwing money at the problem doesn't necessarily solve the problem.

about 4 months ago

Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

carys689 Not in New Hampshire (202 comments)

This is not an issue in New Hampshire, supposedly the only state where license-plate tracking is illegal.

about 4 months ago

C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

carys689 Re:1M lines? Really? (435 comments)

Bragging about the number of lines of code that one writes is not a virtue.

about 5 months ago


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