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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

carys689 What? (177 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.

3 hours ago
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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 three weeks ago
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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 a month ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

carys689 Exactly! (372 comments)

My sentiments, exactly: just LET ME CODE!

about a month ago
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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 a month and a half ago
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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 a month and a half ago
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Why Software Builds Fail

carys689 WTF? (279 comments)

Sounds like a weak excuse for a research project.

about 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

carys689 Fair play (274 comments)

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

about 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

carys689 Re:Natural rebound (336 comments)

... Ann Arbor (20 miles west) is one if the nicest college towns you could ever want to visit and has some really cool business activity going on.

Not if you went to Ohio State. :)

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Lets Beheading Clips Return To Its Site

carys689 What do you expect? (277 comments)

What do you expect from a hack like Mark Zuckerberg?

about 10 months ago
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Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco

carys689 No way to build a system (501 comments)

They violated just about every rule in the book regarding the development of large computer systems. If the Apollo space program had been managed like this, it is conceivably unlikely we would've gotten an astronaut to orbit the earth, let alone get him to the moon. Maybe Obamacare should be run by NASA.

about 10 months ago
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HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

carys689 Productive or Counter-Productive? (477 comments)

So Meg wants everyone to traipse on in from their homes to the cube farms which are noisy, crowded, and as such, on the verge of constant chaos. I know. I've been there.

about 10 months ago

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