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Microsoft Out of Favor With Young, Hip Developers

itsdrewmiller Re:MSDN? Hello? (775 comments)

"Capitol" investment is paying off your congressmen to maintain your monopoly. I think you mean "capital". Pedant++

more than 4 years ago
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Too Many College Graduates?

itsdrewmiller Pot Meet Kettle (1138 comments)

"[A university economist said,] 'If people want to go out and get a master's degree in [anything but economics] and then [do something other than economics], that's fine. But I don't think the public should be subsidizing [things from which I don't personally benefit].'"

more than 4 years ago
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WhiteHouse.gov Releases Open Source Code

itsdrewmiller Re:The more I hear about Vivek Kundra's work (161 comments)

Kundra is great, but this wasn't his brainchild. This is 20-somethings fresh off the campaign getting inside government and fixing it. Change I can believe in, indeed.

more than 4 years ago
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"Logan's Run" Syndrome In Programming

itsdrewmiller Is Experience Worth Anything? (599 comments)

I recently read Peopleware, where they said that in their coding war games experience had no correlation with performance. If experience costs more and has no benefit in development, why would a firm be willing to pay more for it? (Caveat: Maybe experience has beneficial effects outside of raw development.)

more than 4 years ago
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IBM Wants Patent For Regex SSN Validation

itsdrewmiller Re:Slashdot true to form (281 comments)

So it is easier and more obvious to do a trivial case of something than implement it in its entirety.

more than 5 years ago
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IBM Wants Patent For Regex SSN Validation

itsdrewmiller Re:Slashdot true to form (281 comments)

Still, just deleting inappropriate characters is a pretty trivial case of what they are proposing - having something that would say, let you type 999-99 but not 99-99 is trickier, and that is still a very simple digits plus one character situation, where their patent is for arbitrarily complex regexes.

more than 5 years ago
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IBM Wants Patent For Regex SSN Validation

itsdrewmiller Re:Slashdot true to form (281 comments)

Was this based on a regex? It seems non-trivial to me to be able to validate an incomplete string against a complete regex intelligently. It sounds like that's what IBM wants, which would not be easy and would be pretty cool.

more than 5 years ago
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College Police Think Using Linux Is Suspicious Behavior

itsdrewmiller Re:I think I'm missing something here... (1079 comments)

He created an account on a gay site under his roommate's name - misrepresentation.

more than 5 years ago
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College Police Think Using Linux Is Suspicious Behavior

itsdrewmiller Identity Theft (1079 comments)

If you read the warrant, the accused allegedly created a profile on a gay hookup site for the alleged victim, pretending to be him. I'm not an expert, but it wouldn't surprise me if that is illegal. I know it's fun to beat up on cops for not knowing what linux is, but in this case I don't think it is at all obvious that this search warrant was without, err, warrant.

more than 5 years ago
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Conficker Downloads Payload

itsdrewmiller Not "the" Ukraine (273 comments)

This isn't Vietnam. That isn't the preferred nomenclature. Just "Ukraine" like any other country, thanks!

more than 5 years ago

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