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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

jdkc4d SIGUCCS (131 comments)

There is an ACM interest group for colleges, I have been to it several times. It's called SIGUCCS. It's held yearly always in a different city. Check it out.

about 2 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

jdkc4d LTO6 + Autoloader (983 comments)

I would suggest: LTO6 + Autoloader. It's not pretty, but it will get the job done.

about 7 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

jdkc4d Perhaps a better question would be... (627 comments)

Perhaps a better question might be what is the best way to teach someone how to code? With or without an IDE? The first language I learned in college was C, and we wrote C inside of pico. It was a huge pain in the ass, but it made you have to know what you were doing. If I am writing C# these days, I love the auto-complete features in Visual Studio. I wonder though, if I had learned in an IDE first, would I be less likely to use a language that maybe doesn't have an IDE? When I build UI's in Visual Studio, I just use the drag and drop system. I dislike having to go and edit those generated files when I need something to be a particular way. Assuming everyone is as lazy as me, I would wager that someone that has only used an IDE is considerably less likely to try their hand at a new language if doesn't have an IDE.

about 7 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

jdkc4d Re:Really its all about the desktop (513 comments)

Regardless of me not actually checking my sources prior to posting...that's still PC's for a quarter vs total ipads sold since 2010. My point remains the same.

about 8 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

jdkc4d Really its all about the desktop (513 comments)

I guess someone at Microsoft believed the hype about it being all about tablets, and tablet OS's. They keep saying crap like PC's are dead....blah blah blah. They still sold more PC's in the last quarter than all of the ipads that have been sold in total ever. I still go into work everyday and sit down at a PC. Not a tablet...not some weird ass touch screen thing, a normal windows computer...running windows 8. Thats right...I'm using 8...well 8.1. But here's the thing, there is no way in hell I would push out a Win8 image to my users right now. Everything is in a different place. Why is there a metro control panel that does only some things, but you have to go to the real control panel to do others? UG One OS to rule them all isn't paying off so well for Microsoft. I haven't heard anything about Windows phone in a while. Windows 8 is still being treated as the evil stepchild. I am hoping 9 takes us back to a place where computers have an OD, and devices have an OS. It's time. Let's get it done. And once that's done, we need to take a look at this OS release cycle, I think this is the root of the problem. We aren't updating, we are overhauling everything. We are trying to come up with crazy ass ideas to replace the wheel that already works. Let's get back to basics.

about 8 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

jdkc4d Software Screens? (520 comments)

Ok here is what I want. I'll take the 4K display, but I want it to curve around in much the same fashion as if I just had 3 monitors. Next, I want some kind of software built into my OS, not the screen that will allow my to arbitrarily set boundaries for what I am going to call different screens (software screens?). When I move a window to the location specified on the display as being one of those screens and maximize it should maximize only to the resolution of that screen, not to the size of the entire display. Also, I think it probably needs to be touch enabled. I mean, why not. I think this could be helpful. And sure, it would cost way too much to do it now, but this is technology, and it has a tendency to go down in price after time.

about 9 months ago
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Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck

jdkc4d How many cans... (521 comments)

So...how many cans do I need to recycle to get a free truck?

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

jdkc4d Kind of a timely topic (892 comments)

At my current employer, they require 4 weeks notice. This gives them the time to repost your position, start interviews etc. For much of my time here, when in a position that I enjoy, I have felt that 4 weeks, though long is ok. You never know where you are going to end up in, in life and having the ability to go back to a place you have worked before might happen. On the other hand, I have also been in a few positions that I did not like, where I have been treated unfairly, and have many times contemplated being able to give less notice when changing positions or jobs. I think you need to ask yourself what are the benefits of doing either. Clearly if your new position comes with a higher salary, you probably want to move quickly, but are you going to be screwing over your current employer? What about your coworkers? What about friends you have made?

about a year ago
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Windows Blue Is Officially Windows 8.1, Free For Existing Users

jdkc4d They should really just use the code names (491 comments)

I have long thought that the code names they give their products, are somehow more interesting the the name they give their release products. With as much press as we have seen about "Windows 8," I would think they would want to distance themselves from that name. Why not call it Windows Blue? Whistler, Longhorn, etc. These were all better names than what they came out with.

about a year ago
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Microsoft May Acquire Nook Tablet Business From Barnes and Noble

jdkc4d BN doesn't really make money on the tablet anyway (157 comments)

I think that this makes sense, at least from BN's standpoint. They keep having to drop the cost of the nook to compete, and it turns out they really don't make any money on the device anyway. The whole point of it is so they can sell their books. That's where they make money. Since you can download the nook software on just about any device, why actually have one? As for Msft buying them out. That's a win for BN, and a loss for Msft. Other than the name, I don't see any real reason my Msft would want to purchase it.

about a year ago
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Ouya Performance Not Particularly Exciting

jdkc4d But its only $99 (305 comments)

I don't think you can really complain here. Its really cheap. And if people like this model, it won't be long before a newer version with a faster chip comes out.

about a year and a half ago
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Giant Snails Invade Florida

jdkc4d Salt Trucks? (245 comments)

In the cooler climate states, we have salt trucks in the winter time that spread salt or a salty brine mixture on the roadways to help melt the snow. Seems like a fairly simple way to deter snail shrapnel on the roadways.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

jdkc4d 2 reams of paper (312 comments)

What Kind of neo flex stand? Is it one where it only holds the monitor, or does it hold the laptop too? If it only holds the monitor, just put a couple reams of paper under the stand. Every office has a few of those laying around.

about a year and a half ago
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I Get Most of My Caffeine Through

jdkc4d Insensitive Clod! (283 comments)

I can't consume caffeine you insensitive clod!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

jdkc4d Regardless go 16:10 (375 comments)

Bigger tends to be better, but shoot for a 16:10 ratio screen. The 16:9 screens are nice but that extra shortness tends to be really annoying when your code really starts to grow.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

jdkc4d Its about the experience (347 comments)

If your question is do you necessarily need to stay in school to be able to eventually get the job that you want, then the answer is no. You can try to find a better way. But when employers out there post up a job, and they have 5 people apply with no professional experience, and 2 of them have a college degree, the people with the degree are more likely to get an interview. That's my experience anyway. The reality is with computer science, you only learn so much in college; everything else you are going to have to learn on your own. Technology changes very quickly, you might be learning one language in school today, and you might never need it throughout your career. Conversely, you will learn a lot of new languages on your own and after school, that you might use in a job, but won't even be touched in school. My suggestion is to stay in school. While you're there, see about applying for an internship, or search craigslist for a junior web developer position somewhere. Graduate with a degree, and experience and go into your first job with a leg up on your competition. Good Luck!

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Granted Trademark For Its Stores

jdkc4d What's next? (272 comments)

I guess at this time next week every bar/pub will be getting a cease and desist letter.

about a year ago
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'Hobbit' Creates Big Data Challenge

jdkc4d Re:Comment on Movie length (245 comments)

I have intermissions at my house all the time...when Amazon's streaming service dies mid-movie and I have to wait for it to come back up.

about a year and a half ago
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Battery-Powered Transmitter Could Crash A City's 4G Network

jdkc4d Invasion! (121 comments)

A communications disruption can only mean one thing...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Virtual Machine Software For a Beginner?

jdkc4d Beginner beginner? (361 comments)

Look around the internet and see if you can find some free virtual machines somewhere that you can download. Vmware used to offer some, I expect the still do. Go with whatever software the VM is made for. Just to get your feet wet, to get you an idea of whats going on. You can branch out from there. There are lots of virtualization suites. Once you are comfortable playing with those, try building one yourself. It's not difficult, but having an example to refer might be helpful. It's not that hard, but good luck anyway.

about 2 years ago

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