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Google To Refund $19M In In-App Purchases Made By Kids

hermitdev Re:Insane (88 comments)

Yeah, and she's not biodegradable...

about two weeks ago

Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

hermitdev Re:Oh yeah (102 comments)

I've done 2 non-trivial C++11 projects. While I also like the new shiny, there are some new gotchas in there. One is the implicit capturing of "this" in a lambda. Not a big deal if your lambda doesn't outlive the instance... Another is std::thread calling terminate in the destructor if it is for a joinable thread that hasn't been joined (far different behavior than the boost::thread it was based on). I'm sure there's more, but those are the first two gotchas that come to mind.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

hermitdev Re:It has 2GB internal memory. (113 comments)

Otherwise the only option is a hammer.

Only option? I beg to differ. My preferred method is thermite.

about 2 months ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

hermitdev Re:What's stopping me you ask... (550 comments)

Mine was, too. I ended up having ICL implants, instead of laser surgery. The process wasn't exactly fun, it's basically cataract surgery, but instead of replacing your lens, they effectively add a contact lens behind your iris. The first eye they did, I was blind in for about 2 weeks due to swelling in the eye. The second eye, I could see clearly out of in about 5 mins after surgery. It's been about 4 years since I've had it done, and I don't regret it once.

about 2 months ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

hermitdev Re:Black hole? (277 comments)

I went through this at my new employer this month. I started this past December and our code signing cert expired this month. Thing is, I noticed back in around February/March timeline that this was going to happen, so I filed a ticket and added a personal reminder to tick off last month. Took us close to 2 weeks to get a new cert from our vendor (they were questioning our identity for some reason). By the time I got the new cert, it was 2 days before I went on vacation. I thought I had everything setup correctly and merrily went on my vacation. Turns out the wrong type of cert was sent and shit blew up after our old cert officially expired. Unlucky coworker had to pick up the pieces.

So, the moral here is, even if you do plan ahead an try and coordinate these things, sometimes it still blows up, and you still end up with unhappy customers.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

hermitdev Re:Uh, sure.. (359 comments)

I've used VC6, VS2003, 2005, 2008, & 2013. VS is perfectly fine & performs well for C#. 2008 and earlier absolutely sucked for C++ (I've not done C++ in VS2013), because of intellisense, which you cannot turn off. You're writing code, trying to invoke a function, and intellisense kicks in and you're stuck waiting for minutes, while the UI is hung, for it to give you suggestions on what I already know I want to do. To boot: you cannot disable it. The C# experience is quite different, and the IDE was a pleasure to use for that. The debugger, regardless of the language is still one of the best I've used. For C++, give me vim any day.

about 3 months ago

An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

hermitdev Re:A purple heart? (192 comments)

But, you don't get the purple heart when you pull the pin on the grenade and drop it at your feet.

about 3 months ago

Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

hermitdev Why open cockpit? (81 comments)

I'd assume you'd want a closed shell around the driver to reduce drag & aerodynamic disturbances. Also, I'm curious what effect this will have on the driver with only a helmet to protect them at supersonic speeds.

about 3 months ago

California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

hermitdev Re:"Safety Requirements"? (314 comments)

Its because these non-cabbies tend to drive in a safe and predictable manner, rather the the cabbies that drive erratically, changing lanes without signalling, running lights & stop signs, generally being a nuisance. Obviously not safe to mix the two. (This based on Chicago experiences, I assume CA cabbies are likewise assholes).

about 3 months ago

Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

hermitdev Re:Old News (172 comments)

I used to donate every other month. I stopped donating when my work hours changed to 7a-7p, and the donor group started calling & emailing weekly asking me to come in. I told the first caller I was unable to donate due to work hours. I kept getting the calls & emails. Even after asking to be removed from their calling/email lists, it continued for years. Even now that my hours would accommodate donating, I refuse to deal with that organization over their previous harassment.

about 3 months ago

Heartbleed Bug Exploited Over Extensible Authentication Protocol

hermitdev Re:Should have upgraded Openssl (44 comments)

So your solution is what, exactly? Go from a phone you can root and put on a custom OS (i.e. cyanogen) that (potentially) fixes security issues to what? An iPhone? A Windows phone? A "dumb" phone?

about 4 months ago
top Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

hermitdev Re:Prior Art Exists. (264 comments)

Yes, but ancient Greeks didn't use the period, sorry, "full stop". I'd wager, however, that one would be able to find at least a few thousands of examples of "Pi" followed by a "full stop" in the multitude of scientific and mathematical journals, papers and books published in the last several centuries.

about 4 months ago

Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

hermitdev Re:Ghost in the machine (128 comments)

Altering the power of the assist shouldn't make this any more dangerous. Worse case, you lose power assist. Although that's bit GM hard lately with their ignition switch recall.

That's by biggest concern with this: if you engine stalls or turns off (for whatever) reason, do you completely lose steering, or you just lose power assist? There is a huge difference, even though suddenly losing assist can cause trouble.

about 4 months ago

From FCC Head Wheeler, a Yellow Light For Internet Fast Lanes

hermitdev Re:Tears of a clown (149 comments)

You CANNOT change the meaning of words in advertisement. You can only advertise minimum data-rates when advertising connection speeds.

Great, this is groundbreaking. All ads now read: OFFERING 0 MBPS! Just because your ISP provides up to X Mbps, doesn't mean whomever you're talking to can actually supply it that fast. If someone connects a server to the internet on a 1200 baud modem, is it my ISP's fault that I can't download faster than several bytes a second? Or, what if I'm trying to access a site that is being DOS'd? Is that *my ISP's* fault? What you're suggesting is a step back, not forward.

I'm not advocating "fast lanes" or non-net neutrality, but what you suggest is so asinine, that when I tried to see things from your perspective, I failed, because I can't shove my head that far up my ass.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

hermitdev Re:Average (466 comments)

Personally, I've had days where 5-10,000 lines of C++ happened. Those are extremely few, and very far between, and the result of weeks of mental churning over how to solve a problem. What non-programmers don't realize is that 99% of development isn't the physical act of writing the code, it's identifying the problem and figuring out the solution. You can't write the code until you've done both.

LOC could be a relatively naive metric for a new code base, but if you're talking about adding onto an existing code base, immediately divide by 10 or more LOC output.

I've had days where the only commit to fix a bug was to alter 1 character. How long did that take? 8 hours. Why? No, it didn't take 8 hours to alter a character. It took 8 hours to identify which of the half-million characters to alter, make the change, build it, document it, and test it.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

hermitdev Re:Age (466 comments)

The Plague, is that you? I haven't seen you around since '95. How's da Vinci treating you?

about 4 months ago

The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

hermitdev Re:Software "Engineers" Have it Easy (183 comments)

Another difference is that traditionally licensed Professional Engineers have to accept personal liability for designs they sign off on. Companies may accept the liability, but at the end of the day, a licensed engineer has to sign their individual name to a building or bridge design (at least of a certain significant scale). There may be a number of engineers involved, but if a structure fails or a building catches fire due to an engineering defect, you will most assuredly be able to find the engineer(s) that signed off on the design. (at least in the US).

Also, it's unclear to me what you qualify as a minor civil engineering defect. Just last week, here on /., there was an article about the possibility of skyscraper collapses in NYC if high winds and a prolonged power outage coincided. What about specifying the wrong grade of steel for a bridge (or failing to ensure proper quality) - see the Minneapolis/St Paul bridge collapse? Or failing to properly account for wind harmonics - see Tacoma Narrows Bridge?

about 5 months ago

The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

hermitdev There are already codes of ethics (183 comments)

See IEEE Code of Ethics (a simple, yet succinct and to-the-point code), and ACM's Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. Even reading section 1 of the ACM code, it is abundantly clear it is not being legally enforced. In particular 1.03 & 1.06 jump out at me.

Problem is, professional ethics codes are generally not legally binding unless you are professionally licensed in a discipline by the state, and the licensing indicates the code of ethics that must be followed. Additionally, the ethics code might only apply if you are officially acting within your licensed capacity. (I error on the side of caution in that I assume everything I do professionally falls subject to my licensed discipline - just in case). Some states refer to professional organizations for the code of ethics (i.e. for Electrical Engineers, the IEEE code may be referenced), some states may provide their own code of ethics. I'm also unaware of any US states that professionally license software engineers.

I personally had one instance at my previous employer where my boss asked my to do something unethical, and illegal. I stalled for two weeks while I debated resigning or blowing the whistle to HR on my boss (and also possibly resigning). In the end, I didn't have to do either, because my boss was fired in that time for unrelated things and I was never asked by another manager to do the same action.

about 5 months ago



California regulator seeks to shut down 'learn to code' bootcamps

hermitdev hermitdev writes  |  about 7 months ago

hermitdev (2792385) writes "A recent blog post by Data Science Central indicates that free online educational services may face an uphill battle in California:

In mid-January, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) sent cease and desist letters to Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, App Academy, Zipfian Academy, and others. General Assembly confirmed that it began working on this issue several months ago in order to achieve compliance with BPPE.

BPPE, a unit in the California Department of Consumer Affairs, is arguing that the bootcamps fall under its jurisdiction and are subject to regulation. BPPE is charged with licensing and regulating postsecondary education in California, including academic as well as vocational training programs. It was created in 2010 by the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, a bill aimed at providing greater oversight of the more than 1,500 postsecondary schools operating in the state.

These bootcamps have not yet been approved by the BPPE and are therefore being classified as unlicensed postsecondary educational institutions that must seek compliance or be forcibly shut down.



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