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If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

degeneratemonkey Re:Sudden death (577 comments)

Also, the distinction between the language and the JVM is irrelevant here. Behind both lurks an army of Oracle lawyers waiting to pounce.

1 year,15 days
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If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

degeneratemonkey Sudden death (577 comments)

A lot of very large users of Java are unhappy with it, not necessarily for technical reasons, but for legal reasons since Oracle set such a negative tone in court.

The only reason Java isn't dead yet is that it would be expensive to abandon existing infrastructure so abruptly. It will be a around for quite a while still, but it won't be too long before it's relegated to the decaying margins of the software industry.

1 year,15 days
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Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

degeneratemonkey Startup killers (356 comments)

The question posed captures an oversimplification of reality. I would be considered a "rock star" by the CEO whose company I effectively destroyed by leaving. I left because there were no interesting challenges and much bigger players were offering much more money and much greater benefits. I'm dynamite at math, CS, and coding, and I'm only about 50% socially inept. ROCK STAR.

You may not need a "rock star" in most situations, but they can often be found doing the work of N > 3 people of average technical competence in companies operating on a tight budget.

about a year ago
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Blizzard Breaks For Independence As Kotick Plans $8.2 Billion Dollar Buyout

degeneratemonkey Re:Well Then (203 comments)

Hear hear! Blackthorne was when I fell in love with Blizzard. That and Rock n Roll Racing on the SNES.

about a year ago
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Julian Assange Says Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen Are "Witch Doctors"

degeneratemonkey Re:Nope, wrong. (253 comments)

Also, Schmidt is not a visionary.

about a year ago
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Julian Assange Says Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen Are "Witch Doctors"

degeneratemonkey Nope, wrong. (253 comments)

He's wrong. The technocratic imperialism part is accurate, in a sense.

The notion that it is centered around a specific culture confined to a specific nation-state is not. He seems to be blinded by his disdain for America, when in fact his alleged adversaries are politically ambivalent outside of their concern for policy that impacts their own state-independent agenda.

about a year ago
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Passthoughts, Not Passwords: Authentication Via Brainwaves

degeneratemonkey The brain changes (104 comments)

It would be interesting to see the results of an experiment which brings the same subjects back in 5 or 10 years and asks them to think the same passthoughts. I highly doubt as much accuracy would be observed.

This is however an easy problem to solve: just change your passthought every few months.

about a year and a half ago
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Let Them Eat Teslas

degeneratemonkey Re:Tesla Loan is BS (461 comments)

While not uncommon, I will contest that it is in fact both strange and ridiculous.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Doodle Celebrates Birthday of Douglas Adams

degeneratemonkey Re:Non-rounded, often obscure and "deathdays"... (104 comments)

Here's what I imagine happens.

1. Look at $date.
2. Anything noteworthy happen? If no, skip to #5.
3. Do we think it's interesting? If no, skip to #5.
4. Make Google Doodle of it. Yay, interesting knowledge for people to stumble upon.
5. Increment $date by 1 day and go back to #1.

There's nothing special about multiples of 10. In fact, prime numbers are certainly much more special by many standards. 61 is a prime number.

If Google hired so many pedants they would probably have never gotten off the ground. They'd still be arguing over the fact that "luck" doesn't really have anything to do with the operation of the "I'm feeling lucky" button.

about a year and a half ago
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Drupal's Creator Aims For World Domination

degeneratemonkey Accurate estimate (192 comments)

I do suppose his estimate of 10% share could be attainable: Surely more than 10% of all web developers are incompetent.

about a year and a half ago
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Drupal's Creator Aims For World Domination

degeneratemonkey Drupal is horrible (192 comments)

n/t

about a year and a half ago
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US CompSci Enrollment Leaps For 5th Straight Year

degeneratemonkey Re:"Computer Science" (176 comments)

Another fine Anonymous Coward completely misses the point and leaps at the opportunity to spout vitriol. IMBNH.

about a year and a half ago
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US CompSci Enrollment Leaps For 5th Straight Year

degeneratemonkey Re:"Computer Science" (176 comments)

As far as I can tell, you completely missed my point. I understand precisely what Computer Science is and I understand precisely what programming is. You may have self-esteem issues.

My shit's pretty straight.

about a year and a half ago
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US CompSci Enrollment Leaps For 5th Straight Year

degeneratemonkey Re:"Computer Science" (176 comments)

There are still plenty of schools with respectable CS curricula that would meet these standards. I was only saying that the pool of CS grads is increasingly diluted by folks coming out of lesser programs.

As a very basic heuristic filter: If there are no course requirements for discrete mathematics or computational theory, then it's not a real CS program.

about a year and a half ago
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US CompSci Enrollment Leaps For 5th Straight Year

degeneratemonkey Re:Get a EE degree instead (176 comments)

Someone has an awfully fucking large ax to grind, don't they? Let's see an EE build Google Maps from scratch with his cute little books about hash tables and UNIX Networking and shitty FEM code scrapped together in FORTRAN. Just pick up some quality books on the theory and application of ____________ and you can build incredibly complex, massive-scale information systems using the power of numerical analysis and computational fluid dynamics.

It's not apples and oranges, it's apples and fucking Jupiter.

about a year and a half ago
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US CompSci Enrollment Leaps For 5th Straight Year

degeneratemonkey Re:No jobs = hide in academia for a while. (176 comments)

If you are as good as you think you are, find a way to show it. Seriously, there is a major disconnect between your situation and the skill set you claim to have. What's missing? A degree from CMU and 10 thousand hours of coding don't amount to anything if, for example, you just suck at problem-solving.

There are plenty of relevant positions to fill and you remain unemployed.

So here's a test of your problem-solving skills: Figure out what you're doing wrong.

about a year and a half ago
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US CompSci Enrollment Leaps For 5th Straight Year

degeneratemonkey "Computer Science" (176 comments)

It seems that an increasing proportion of Computer Science resumes I receive are from recent graduates who don't know much at all about computer science. They've done a little Java or C++ or VB programming, they've explored such in-depth topics as linked lists and arrays, and they've heard of quicksort.

Anything from complexity analysis, language classification, (heaven forbid) Turing machines, to operating systems, memory management, distributed systems, or synchronization? Hell, hell no.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT's Charm School For Geeks Turns 20

degeneratemonkey Being interesting (217 comments)

It is infinitely more important to be an interesting person than it is to be a well-mannered person.

about a year and a half ago

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