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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

dsginter Really? (309 comments)

You're a *real* CS major, from the sound of it (not one of these "CS because it is profitable" people). To the point: if you graduate, then you have failed. When you are sleeping on the floor, then you cannot fall out of bed. This is the definition of college and you are there now. Build something of use - anything. But do it well and you will eventually find your niche before you graduate. On the other side of the coin, if you do graduate, you'll have a great "plan b" for the rest of your life. But concentrate on finding entrepreneurial talent at your school and do something with it.

about 4 months ago
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To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

dsginter Re:The quick answer is yes. (338 comments)

Private ownership of natural monopolies is a threat to my security.

That would make you a socialist, according to the other party. The people that vote for them are so uneducated that this dog whistle works quite well all of the time: you are either a patriotic capitalist or a pinko commie socialist and there can never be a reasonable combination of the two (like public roads, police, fire and military, for example). This is why we are removing critical thinking education from our schools (don't think, just knee jerk).

about 4 months ago
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To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

dsginter Re:The quick answer is yes. (338 comments)

Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him, out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others. --Thomas Paine, Common Sense

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

dsginter Re:No... (328 comments)

Replying because I accidentally modded you down instead of up and the toothless hillbillies that made slashdot can't help me fix it.

about 4 months ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

dsginter Re:So... (172 comments)

I can't even see the hood of my vehicle while seated. Why would I need to make it transparent?

about 5 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

dsginter Anecdote (627 comments)

When I was in college, I started immediately with an IDE - largely with no development experience. This was a struggle because the IDE was doing things that I did not understand. Ultimately, one of the elder geeks (a properly bearded and pony-tailed Yoda) suggested that I start at the beginning and develop with a text editor and the command line. This worked. Once everything was properly understood, the IDE is useful for saving time and catching typos. But I still need to "go back to the beginning" in order to find out what I am missing sometimes.

about 6 months ago
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Verizon Transparency Report: Govt Requests Increasing

dsginter Hint (42 comments)

Now that the "terrorists" know that this stuff is monitored, the real bright ones no longer use these forms of communication. The NSA just need to keep doing this to remain employed.

about 7 months ago
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Intel Intros 310 Series Mini SSDs

dsginter Re:Perfomance vs size (122 comments)

What does the size have to do with anything relating to these performance benchmarks?

Perhaps because of the whole decades of history related to rotating bulk storage? Without increases in spindle speed (and, thus, price), larger storage has always been faster.

Don't you remember the Quantum Bigfoot?

Get off of my lawn!

more than 2 years ago
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Dell Knew About Computer Failures

dsginter Re:Bad machines. (13 comments)

Wow - immediately censored into oblivion for a harmless anecdote. I wonder where Dell sources their slashdot moderators.

more than 3 years ago
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You Are Not Mark Zuckerberg, So Stay In School

dsginter Re:Cause and Effect (438 comments)

So, the next big thing never requires senior level coursework?

Coursework is free or very affordable for those who want to pursue it on their own time. I met a lot of self-starters in college who had enough passion to spend their free time a little bit more productively than myself (and most of the other students). These people often cruised through classes without buying the text and, often, dropped out to pursue opportunities that came to them as a result of their curiosity-based knowledge and skills.

For example, I didn't learn proper relational database design until my junior year in college. But I know plenty of people who picked this up in high school (often by discovering all of the wrong ways to do something, which appears to be a very good method for obtaining mastery of a subject).

more than 3 years ago
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You Are Not Mark Zuckerberg, So Stay In School

dsginter Re:Cause and Effect (438 comments)

These dropouts dropped out because they were wildly successful. They didn't become wildly successful by dropping out.

Right. When I talk to people who are going down the Computer Science route, I tell them to stick with it and use the acquired skills to develop that next big thing.

"If you graduate, then you have failed."

Failed at making the next big thing. But, in doing so, have a wonderful plan b.

more than 3 years ago
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PowerPoint Rant Costs Colonel His Job

dsginter Re:see power point can cost you your job (194 comments)

Unfortunately sometimes you can't just talk one-on-one to everyone and you will have to present information to a large group. Your options for presenting information to a crowd:
--vocal: just talking for an hour, which is popular in many religions, and we all remember what the sermon was about last Sunday, right?
--visual text: just endless paragraphs so they can read along which, as far as I can tell, no one does
--multimedia: pictures, audio and video that attempts to explain in a manner easily digestible, hence Powerpoint

The delicious irony of explaining the situation with what might as well be a powerpoint slide. Nice bullet points. A+++ would buy again.

about 4 years ago
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What Are Google and Verizon Up To?

dsginter Google TV (120 comments)

We can ditch the cableco and finally get ala carte programming.

about 4 years ago
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Amazon Seeks 1-Nod Ordering Patent

dsginter But it is on a *computer* (194 comments)

The patent office will rubber-stamp anything obvious if it is done on a computer. The one-click patent is a wonderful example: for decades, bartenders have been taking a patron's credit card and setting it aside. This allows the patron to simply "run a tab" and order a beer with just one click of the finger. This can't be patented because it is obvious to everyone.

But, if you do it on a computer, you can patent it for some reason. The mind boggles.

more than 4 years ago
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How Many Hours a Week Can You Program?

dsginter Re:Programming (547 comments)

As long as you're interested in what you program, you can easily do it full work days.

I think that you are missing the lower level question:

How many hours per day will your brain allow you to be functional at a given task?

When I did lots of SQL-based web development, I would toil away for 12-16 hours on some days only to have the answer in my head after a good night's rest. This happened a lot (and was a little frustrating to do in 10 minutes what could not be done in 10 hours the day before). Maybe I just suck at SQL-based web development but the whole concept of a mental limit is interesting to me.

more than 4 years ago
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James Lovelock Suggests Suspending Democracy To Save the World

dsginter Democracy? (865 comments)

Here in the US, we don't have democracy now. We have a two party, democratic REPUBLIC. The politicians can pretty much do whatever they want after they have been elected because the media has conditioned us to believe that we have only two parties from which to choose (i.e. - "bipartisan").

Ban the party system. At this point, the legislative vending machine that we call "government" will fall apart and we'll have something much closer to "democracy".

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu 9.10 Officially Released

dsginter Re:Personal Cloud... (744 comments)

Do its pipes get filled with enormous amounts of materiel?

I believe that the Rolling Stones answered this decades ago:

I said, Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Don't hang around 'cause tubes'll crowd
On my cloud, baby

more than 4 years ago
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Are Software Developers Naturally Weird?

dsginter From what I've discovered... (579 comments)

There is no "normal" - everyone seems to have something. Developers (and geeks, in general) just wear it out there on their sleeve.

more than 4 years ago

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Without Congressional Support, Pour on the Data

dsginter dsginter writes  |  1 year,27 days

dsginter (104154) writes "The US House of Representatives recently voted down a bill that would have forced the NSA to respect the US Constitutional Right to privacy and it appears that few people really care about this matter in lieu of Bread and Circuses. I felt defeated until a realization set in: these spying systems can be overwhelmed by data — just give us software that will wget pressure cookers and backpacks and perhaps a phone app that will randomly dial other participants during idle+charger (mute the ringer, of course). Throw in a desktop app and I'll buy a couple of POTS lines just to assist!"
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Is the Recycle Bin a Good GUI Metaphor?

dsginter dsginter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dsginter (104154) writes "During a recent Windows 7 upgrade, I disabled the 'Recycle Bin' from appearing on the user desktop. Why? Because this allows the users to retrieve errant deletions. While this was the goal of the 'Recycle Bin' in the first place, most people (including myself) are in the good habit of keeping a tidy workspace and 'taking out the trash' when they see that it is full. For some people, their OCD meant that deleting a file was a two step process: delete the file and then empty the recycle bin. By disabling it from view, I have found that the original function is restored for the smattering of times that it is actually needed. Why are we wasting pixels on such a poor metaphor?"
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Monster.com Colluding With Microsoft?

dsginter dsginter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sleeveless_In_Seattle (104154) writes "I just spent several hours trying to submit a resume to Monster.com. The problem? They will only accept resumes in an extremely limited number of formats — DOC, DOCX, RTF and TXT. I can understand why ODT is missing from the list but the lack of PDF is curious. My issue is that I had to be very creative in order to get my resume down to a single page (at the behest of several) and this was not accommodated by RTF or TXT so I simply drafted the document in OpenOffice and saved as a DOC. After testing this on three different versions of Office, I concluded that perhaps OpenOffice was not producing a correct DOC file. But after a complete rewrite in several versions of MS Office, I could not get any consistency between them using DOC or DOCX. Are the folks at Monster.com in cahoots with Microsoft or are they just dumber than a bag of hammers? Or is there a third reason for which I may not be accounting? I just want my resume to be accurately formatted and I can't get that with Microsoft formats using their own software."
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Embrace and Extend the IT Industry

dsginter dsginter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dsginter (104154) writes "I've penned a high-level strategy to 'Embrace and Extend' the IT industry down to the employment level. This strategy aligns the self-interest of human nature with the benevolence of Free Software. The only requirement is that we get 'out of the basement' and turn Free Software into a business opportunity for everyone who currently works or would like to work in the industry."
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dsginter dsginter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dsginter (104154) writes "Last November, when Sun announced that they would be adopting GPLv2 licensing for Java, I expected somewhat of a bigger splash. Is this truly a non-event or does the assumption of such a robust tool set on GNU systems change the landscape? What happens to LAMP? Will Tomcat move in as the web server du jour? Can PHP finally die? What about the venerable Portable Operating System Interface? It seems like there is a lot of room that could be filled by this move."
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dsginter dsginter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dsginter (104154) writes "Apple have just announced the highly anticipated changes to their iMac line, which now includes Intel's Core 2 Double Dueling Dual Duo. In addition, they've added a 24 inch widescreen model with 1920x1200 resolution driven by an NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT. This is an interesting approach but it appears to be working, nonetheless."

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