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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

darkwing_bmf Re:Open Up Borders to Everyone! :-) (224 comments)

Technically nativism or tribalism, although race can be a contributing factor.

about a week ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

darkwing_bmf Re:Open Up Borders to Everyone! :-) (224 comments)

I'm for unlimited work visas. I'm afraid neither of Indians who want to live and work here nor Mexicans who want to live and work here. I see both as positive for this is the land of opportunity and freedom.

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

darkwing_bmf Punch it Chewie! (701 comments)

Most of the others take too long to say or don't have the same sense of urgency (engage).

about two weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

darkwing_bmf Re:That's Less Than $1 per Device (530 comments)

The raw materials are free for the taking (generously supplied by mother nature). Getting them where you want in a form you want is the expensive part.

about three weeks ago
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YouTube Issuing "Report Cards" On Carriers' Streaming Speeds

darkwing_bmf Re:Nice! (110 comments)

That's why they call it youTUBE, duh.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

darkwing_bmf Re:Not true (401 comments)

Have you considered taking these Java programmers and training them for more complex work?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

darkwing_bmf Re:Perl (536 comments)

In some languages you can create your own types. So you can have a variable A that is type meters and B of type feet. If you try to assign A to B or vice versa without explicitly typecasting (letting the compiler know you intended to do this, which comes in handy in conversion functions), the compiler will produce an error. It's a safety mechanism. You're not forced to use this feature but if you do it can help.

about a month ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

darkwing_bmf I fully trust the Internet... (191 comments)

...to send everything it knows about me to government agents and hackers. My primary security practice is being too boring to care about.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

darkwing_bmf Re:Perl (536 comments)

You can have all the innovation you want, but innovation isn't enhanced by allowing you to confuse meters with feet or by allowing you to divide by zero. Certain thing should always be forbidden if they can be detected by the compiler and the compiler can be helped by language rules amenable to correctness. This doesn't limit innovation it just minimizes obvious (or not) flaws.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

darkwing_bmf Re:Perl (536 comments)

The code may be technically correct but if it is hard to read it will also be hard to update in a safe and efficient manner. If you think code never has to be updated then you haven't been working in software long.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

darkwing_bmf Re:Perl (536 comments)

But what if I WANT to design my bridge wrong? What if I want my blueprints to be misunderstood so that it could be built incorrectly and collapse after the first good thunderstorm? I should be allowed to do that right?

That's basically what you're arguing.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

darkwing_bmf Re:Perl (536 comments)

Ada (not ADA) is widely used in the Aerospace industry if that's what you mean.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

darkwing_bmf Re:Good! (619 comments)

Our petrol costs $NZ2.20/L. It's been over $2 for years now.

Translation:
Our gasoline costs $7.24/gallon. It's been over $6.50 for years now.

about a month and a half ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

darkwing_bmf Re:You make it... (519 comments)

My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

about 1 month ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

darkwing_bmf Re:Blizzard Shizzard (252 comments)

Diablo 3 is better now. Or so I've heard. I was gifted it and its expansion not long ago and it's just as fun as the first two but with better graphics and sound.

about 2 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

darkwing_bmf What makes a language good? (435 comments)

What makes a language good? I'd argue that most will let you do what you want. And you may be proficient in any given language. But what makes one language better than another is the following.

When you are given someone else's unintentionally screwed up code, is the language easy to understand so that you can find the bug(s) in a reasonable amount of time? Does the language disallow questionable code so that the other guy is less likely to screw up in the first place?

I'm fairly certain that if I'm the only person working on a project C++ would be great. Not my first choice but not bad by any stretch. But if I have to debug someone else's code, C++ would not be fun.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

darkwing_bmf Re:Anything built before 2001 (702 comments)

We always get a false impression of the reliability and quality of old stuff, because the stuff that sucked and broke got thrown out years ago, and the only things that we still encounter are the ones that were well made. It's true with old houses, old cars, old furniture, pretty much everything. I'm sure there's a law for this phenomenon with some pompous dude's name on it but it's a well established and discussed phenomenon.

I believe the term you are looking for is Survivorship bias.

about 3 months ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

darkwing_bmf Sales tax (342 comments)

Just charge a tax on the total value of whatever is bought/sold. Like 0.1%. This would eliminate any incentive for the micro-game of HFT.

about 4 months ago

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