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LSE Breaks World Record In Trade Speed With Linux

lena_10326 Re:Not just useless, but actually toxic. (452 comments)

You do realize this is a stock exchange processing large volumes of transactions requiring a high degree of availability and consistency? Not a ma-and-pop website processing 100 transactions a day. Right?

more than 3 years ago
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Look For AI, Not Aliens

lena_10326 Re:Makes sense... (452 comments)

Consider the environment PCs exist in surrounded by dirt, grime, humans spilling their coffees, hot summers, cat fur clogging up cooling fans, power spikes, and being lugged from apartment to apartment kicked and bounced around. They don't last because we beat them to hell.

more than 4 years ago
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Six Reasons Why Flash Isn't Going Away

lena_10326 Re:Browser as Gaming Platform (483 comments)

It also has extremely reduced frame rates inside the browser. Native Quake2 runs in the 200 to 1000 fps range on modern hardware, and the JavaScript/HTML5 version is about 15 - 25 fps.

I've tried a few HTML5 games and I don't think the browsers are ready yet. Of the games I played there was screen flicker and sound issues (mainly with screen and sound synchronization and sound mixing). You never see that with Flash games.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft May Back Off of .NET Languages

lena_10326 Re:Do Microsoft products use .NET? (443 comments)

Put in a 2 year stint at MS and it looks awesome on your resume. Direct recruiters call you back when you drop them a note.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft May Back Off of .NET Languages

lena_10326 Re:Do Microsoft products use .NET? (443 comments)

Are there any Microsoft products of importance that are programmed with .NET?

If you search for a Microsoft job, most are working with C# and C++. I interviewed at Microsoft in the past and there appears to be an extreme preference among their programmers to use C# because the majority of Bing/MSN code is in C#. I think Microsoft lacked the commitment because the prototypical Microsoft developer isn't interested in Ruby or Python. Those languages come with the baggage of social stigma: rogue developer, "non-enterprise", web monkey, low pay, low performance, 1 man startups, and "only for prototypes". It was clear to me developers inside Microsoft prefer C#.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Furber On Why Kids Are Turned Off To Computing Classes

lena_10326 Re:Computer classes are too slow (383 comments)

High school should support independent study credits like universities do. For highly motivated students, the student could design their own lesson plan with a series of projects in any subject that interests. Art, science, technology. Then tack on a mandatory 10+ page paper due at the end of the year. The teacher wouldn't need to know how to program--only how to grade the results.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Furber On Why Kids Are Turned Off To Computing Classes

lena_10326 Re:well.. (383 comments)

I still type with 2 fingers as I am not willing to take the short term hit on productivity in order to change the habit of the last 27 years

I learned to touch type with Mario Teaches Typing. Seriously. Give it a try. It's a lot faster to learn touch typing if you already know the keyboard layout. Probably not more than a few hours to get the hang of it.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Bad 3D, Not 3D Glasses, Gives You Headaches

lena_10326 Re:Cyclops, use your eyebeams! (255 comments)

At least you can SEE 3D. Some people have only one working eye and will never see 3D. You could always pop the frame off the 3D glasses and clip the 3D lens over your normal glasses.

more than 4 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

lena_10326 Decide on platform first (565 comments)

I think you should first decide which platform you want to work on then go for the tools commonly used on that. Platforms are basically Linux, Windows, or cellular/iphone/android. With your lack of tool experience and your absence it'll be a tough sell, so you've got to demonstrate you've got desire and motivation. I would first start working on something and setup a website showing off your work. Put your software on sourceforge or equivalent. Make it seem like you're busy and you've got things filling up your day.

You left out SQL on your list of languages. Knowing SQL is a must for probably 80% of the jobs out there. Try out MySQL or Postgres.

I would avoid pursuing a web developer only job. They are commonly populated by teams with young graphic designers and programmers. I think older people 40+ are discriminated against among those circles.

One other thing. It's been a while since you've interviewed for a programming job. Interviewing has changed a lot since the 1980's. Today there is a kind of interviewing culture (or perhaps "language") you should know about. Long gone are the days when recruiters took your word when you said you knew X, Y, and Z. Today you are generally expected to code on the whiteboard and get into nitty gritty details of algorithms and containers. This can really hit you hard if you've not thought about the material in years. Do some interviewing research. Google, Microsoft, Amazon seem to have the model everyone emulates. Read up on Programming Pearls, Programming Interviews Exposed, and reading list and blogs like codinghorror.com

You should know about the riddle/puzzle interviewing fad that swept the industry between the late 1990's and early 2000's. Ala How Would You Move Mount Fuji. The riddle interview fad has mostly passed (at least for programmers), but you never know if you'll get hit with one.

more than 4 years ago
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High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

lena_10326 Re:Somebody call the waaaambulance (1018 comments)

I wasn't born to an Ivy league family with connections. I had to get my job through good old fashioned interviewing--not nepotism.

more than 4 years ago
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High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

lena_10326 Re:Somebody call the waaaambulance (1018 comments)

Did someone order waaaaaamburgers and french cries?

And you really think the colleagues using the software were footing the bill? Bullshit. It's about time developers stood up and demanded compensation for their inventions instead of letting idiot stock traders reap the rewards by pushing a few buttons.

more than 4 years ago
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Perl 6, Early, With Rakudo Star

lena_10326 Re:A decade too late. (220 comments)

Yes. We all understand the difference between front end / back end. Let's keep n00b tutorials out of this. 2 years ago means you weren't around for the on-going migration to garupa.

more than 4 years ago
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Perl 6, Early, With Rakudo Star

lena_10326 Re:A decade too late. (220 comments)

Sure, you can find some older sites where it's rooted in their ecosystem (e.g., Amazon),

FYI: Your information about Amazon is old. Mason is disliked by most current Amazon SDEs and generally considered legacy crap. Calling it part of Amazon's ecosystem is just not accurate anymore. Maybe in year 2000, but not today. Sure there might be a couple teams left supporting mason but it's often some obscure admin tool used no one wants to touch. Clearly the vast majority of new Amazon dev work is in Java. A bunch of teams still crank out new Perl code but it's mostly infrastructure stuff without Mason. There is a bunch of C++ code but it's being slowly whittled away with Java replacements. A few a small projects are in Ruby/PHP/Python but those are minuscule.

more than 4 years ago
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Our Video Game Heritage Is Rotting Away

lena_10326 Re:Value is relative to difficulty level (492 comments)

Easy task have little value while difficult tasks have much value.

Not always the case. It's possible for hard tasks to have very little value. This occurs when the task is hard for the sake of being hard or hard due to poor design or implementation.

Silver Surfer for the NES. One of the most difficult NES games ever made yet it is a piece of trash because it is almost impossible to win. The game isn't worth playing because the reward is not proportional to the difficulty level. Many parts of the game existed only to make the game difficult--not to advance the story or make for engaging game play.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvnRBywkUZ0/
http://www.retrojunk.com/details_articles/2161/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Surfer_(video_game)#Difficulty

more than 4 years ago
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Facing 16 Years In Prison For Videotaping Police

lena_10326 Re:USA - Police State (878 comments)

Oh, bullshit. I'm sure it's exhilarating to push the +1 Insightful moderation, but I live in an actual police state. If I went to city hall with a group of people waving signs, we'd have the People's Armed Police up in our grill faster than you can say "Jiminy Cricket". I just cringe when Americans make idiot statements like yours.

You mean.. like this?

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0407-06.htm http://brainz.org/30-cases-extreme-police-brutality-and-blatant-misconduct/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbfA5q0QaNI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwN-t3A_044 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxRcvHqbIZc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkBdOaR871o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vW36qt1SbE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeYg0qCn11U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwkVMT6m7zg

The list goes on and on and on and I don't have all damned night to educate you (assuming you're capable of learning). Maybe next time you should keep your ignorant mouth shut. When it comes to America have no clue what you're talking about.

more than 4 years ago
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Facing 16 Years In Prison For Videotaping Police

lena_10326 USA - Police State (878 comments)

It's growing more and more apparent every day. It's a shame that when we start doing something about it we'll be completely unarmed, defenseless, and powerless.

more than 4 years ago
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Building a $200 Linux PC

lena_10326 Re:What about atom? (300 comments)

And judging by your post we immediately know you've never surfed the web with a single core PC side by side with a dual core PC. (See... browsers have these things called threads, yea, threads... that's what we call 'em. And when they run on separate CPUs that make web page go faster.)

more than 4 years ago
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Catching Satnav Errors On Google Street View

lena_10326 Routing algorithm frustration (312 comments)

My frustration is generally with how my Garmin always tries to route me directly through downtown Seattle whenever I want to go to the Northern part of the city (such as the Toyota dealership on 8th Ave). It'll do this during rush hour ignoring a much faster route of zipping up Boren Ave, which has far less waiting on traffic lights. Trip time for veering off into downtown can be 15 to 30 minutes depending on time of day. The Boren Ave route can be 10 to 15 minutes. The Garmin seems to weight city blocks inaccurately for calculating true trip time.

more than 4 years ago
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StarCraft II Cost $100 Million To Develop

lena_10326 Re:Will not be surprising (414 comments)

After the start date, maybe. Before, no. Do you really think successful logins would go unnoticed on pre-launch servers? The servers will be idle and the back-end administration tools will have all sorts of dashboard reports showing metrics so sooner or later some admin would notice. Also, if their admins have half a brain they would merely block external connections at the firewall until launch day.

more than 4 years ago

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