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Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

cfulton Re:Books to read (352 comments)

Well yeah. But that is not a problem with the book exactly. The problem permeates the software development space in many other ways and the problem is...Many employers and many in the general public think that a weekend with the gang of four, Java in a nutshell and a complete lack of social skills are the definition of a complete programmer. Welders get more training and mentoring that the average programmer. Employers simply point to a goofy looking kid with bad motor skills and say get to it. Of course simply reading a book won't make you a good programmer. We need to develop apprenticeship and mentoring as standard models of how developers become REAL developers. As long a employers and the public equate bad social skills and the ability to type something that compiles with good developer we will have issues. It is not the patterns book that is the problem. It is in fact a very good book.

about 4 months ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

cfulton 60 minutes is not longer of value (544 comments)

They have lost all credibility in the last year. They are no longer a news outlet but the paid shills of their network an their sponsors.

about 5 months ago

The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

cfulton I guess you are looking for the illiterate crowd. (142 comments)

I DON'T want my computer to read to me every time I open you page. I can read it myself. I want to read it myself. If I wanted it to be read to me I would go to CNN.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

cfulton Almost never. (263 comments)

Unless, it is from something you don't like to something you do (for instance from "IT Guy" to "Developer" or vice versa depending on your likes). Even then lowering your pay is simply the one of the options open to you. With a little more looking you might find that you can change and increase you pay. You have to be VERY careful because an employer is looking to minimize his expense and maximize your productivity. So, always bargain hard and start high. You can always move your price down, but you can't really move it up.

about 7 months ago

Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't

cfulton Re:Call me paranoid... (305 comments)

The above is the best of all the ideas. Puts the onus on the owner. Makes it much harder to push a fake update and allows the car company to always be up to date; it being the owners responsibility to apply the update. I like it.

about 7 months ago

Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

cfulton They are all paid too much (712 comments)

But, the kitty that they are paid from is soooo large that from the corporate perspective they are not all that expensive. And free enterprise etc. So, paid too much yes. Anything we can really do about it no.

about 7 months ago

Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

cfulton I can safely speek for all here (236 comments)

We have all recognized security breaches or system vulnerabilities and been given the brush off. Nobody in the business world wants to be proactive. If a business has never been hacked then security will remain lax until that company is finally hacked. Even then most companies will just do enough to take away (or make it seem that they have taken away) that particular attack vector. (Hope nobody minds that I spoke for all of us).

about 7 months ago

A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

cfulton Re:Kill Beta! (144 comments)

Wrong I see comment #46185253 in both places. Are you wearing a tinfoil slash hat TWiTfan? Cause you post is still there. Or maybe they put it back. Or maybe they have just deleted it so only you can't see it.

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

cfulton Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (2219 comments)

Look at sometime. They drive way more traffic than you and they don't "look" all 2014.

about 7 months ago

Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

cfulton Never been a so free (232 comments)

To say fuckity fuck fuck fucking /. you used to be so kind.

about 7 months ago

Is Slashdot staying relevant to Nerds that Matter with stuff that's news?

cfulton Yes (4 comments)

Yes we have.

about 7 months ago

At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

cfulton Re:Frosty piss (177 comments)

Nothing sucks that bad.

about 7 months ago

New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

cfulton BETA SUCK (193 comments)

First post

about 7 months ago

Amazon's Double-Helix Acquisition Hints At Gaming Console

cfulton Re:I'm switching to Lynx. (116 comments)

Who here was ever saying Slashdot Beta is superior? It SUCKS.

about 7 months ago

Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance

cfulton Re:hero (388 comments)

"The Greatest Generation" is a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation[1] who grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity within the war's home front made a decisive material contribution to the war effort, for which the generation is also termed the G.I. Generation - Wikipedia

Just cause it is /. and we a required to respond: I would think that "The Greatest Generation" would include a whole lot of people who were in their 40's in 1954. The average age of a solider in WWII was 26 which meant that there must have been a bunch of 30 and 40 year olds in the army. So, Yeah a lot of vets in congress in 1954, JFK a WWII vet was in the senate at the time.

In response to your final thought - your generation and mine are responsible for the spying, use of torture, extraordinary rendition etc. You have been able to vote for more than 17 years. You, me and everyone else in this country are responsible.

about 8 months ago

Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance

cfulton Re:This just in... (388 comments)

ROTFLMAO somebody mod up this AC.

about 8 months ago

Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance

cfulton Re:hero (388 comments)

The "Greatest Generation" is a polite fiction my friend. The "Greatest Generation" did (for the good of all) fight and win WWII and I thank them for it. Let's not get too proud of them though. Their parents won WWI and their ancestors won the Civil War and theirs gave us our independence. So, They are not the first or last generation to go to bat for their country. And then let's really see what they did when they came home from the war.

  • -Nuclear Proliferation
  • -The Red Scare
  • -The McCarthy Hearings
  • -The continuation of the American version of Apartheid.
  • -No action taken to give voice and rights to women.
  • -A blind and bland national narrative based around a lifestyle that never existed ("Leave It to Beaver" anyone).

Now I am not so strident and inflexible in my views as to say that they were a "bad" generation, but the whole "Greatest Generation" thing is a little overblown.

about 8 months ago

Google Sells Motorola Mobility To Lenovo For $2.91 Billion

cfulton WTF (172 comments)

WTF that makes no sense. A 10 billion dollar loss on a company they really just purchased. And they are moving aggressively into the hardware space on all other fronts. Google seems to be a churn and burn company. If it isn't paying off right now they close it or sell it.

about 8 months ago



Dice runs scared.

cfulton cfulton writes  |  about 7 months ago

cfulton (543949) writes "Slashdot management was found hiding under their desks today after a full scale nuclear meltdown on their site. Unable to post a reasonable reply to the thousands of negative comments on their BETA format, they simply modded down all the relevant comments. Then after running around the office for a while they all hid under their desks hoping it would all just go away."

Far From 'Junk,' DNA Dark Matter Plays Crucial Role

cfulton cfulton writes  |  about 2 years ago

cfulton (543949) writes "Among the many mysteries of human biology is why complex diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and psychiatric disorders are so difficult to predict and, often, to treat. An equally perplexing puzzle is why one individual gets a disease like cancer or depression, while an identical twin remains perfectly healthy. Now scientists have discovered a vital clue to unraveling these riddles. The human genome is packed with at least four million gene switches that reside in bits of DNA that once were dismissed as “junk” but that turn out to play critical roles in controlling how cells, organs and other tissues behave."
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Game of Thrones apologises for George W Bush's head on a spike

cfulton cfulton writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cfulton (543949) writes "The makers of the popular television series Game of Thrones have apologised for putting a model of George W Bush's head on a spike in one of its episodes. The head, which looks very similar to the 43rd President of the United States, was used in an episode which was first shown last year."
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