Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
The same argument has probably been made back when engineers were switching from punch cards to text editors. All of it has happened before, and all of it will happen again. To me, it's not what you use, it's what you do with it. I work in an environment where most people use vi or emacs to program in C++. I can code circles around them in Eclipse, even though it's not "cool", with less effort, and better code in the end (thanks to refactoring features and code tooltips). I do use vi as well, for smaller, simpler changelists. But for something a couple hundred lines or more - forget about it.
Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO
Except, of course, Microsoft is not a "technocracy", and it hasn't been that for a very long time. Let me remind you, for the past decade the company was run by a completely non-technical guy with a sales background. At Microsoft the fast track to the management ladder is to become a program manager (PM for short), or to be one right from the start. PMs promote and hire still more PMs, to the point where you get 1:1 PM/Dev ratio, and they do nothing but report status to one another.
Therein lies just one of Microsoft's major problems. All this entrenched (and unnecessary) old boy network needs to be dismantled first and foremost. Nadella is not going to do that. So Microsoft will be just as fucked as it was before, because this is a prerequisite for any kind of forward progress over there.
Is the West Building Its Own Iron Curtain?
Which side are the "terrorists" though? To me it seems like the "rebels" are. To you it might seem it's Assad's people.
Valve Working on GNU/Linux Native Open Source OpenGL Debugger
How about also building a decent general purpose debugger? GDB is a pile of shit, so folks resort to just stuffing their program full of printfs() and examining the output. I'd pay good money for a state of the art debugger that works on Linux.
Google Launches Android Automotive Consortium
Can't wait for non-upgradeable Android in cars as well. "But sir, your car is more than 18 months old, so we don't support it anymore. Buy a new car."
YouTube Goes 4K — and VP9 — At CES
Google can't even serve Youtube using codecs currently supported by its own browser. There is a mode to switch to HTML5 video, but some of the videos require Flash anyway. Besides Google does not indemnify the potential users of VP9 against potential patent infringement, so it's only slightly better than just grabbing an h265 codec and linking against it without first obtaining a license. It's a patent mine field of epic proportions, and if you're going to pay for patents, you might as well get the real deal supported by Microsoft and Apple out of the box, including low-power silicon and GPU support. For Google VP9 makes sense, since they already license MPEG LA IP, so they can both encode and decode with VP9 without attracting legal attention.
Aside from search and ads, Google is all about basically building the fist 80% (sometimes less) of something and then throwing it over the wall to the unwashed masses, or, alternatively, milking the PR in perpetuity. Glass, self-driving car, robots - all PR projects that will not yield a successful product in the foreseeable future. Android and Chrome are basically means of protecting the ad revenue. Youtube's sole purpose is to show you those stupid pre-roll ads. Flash shows them just fine, which is why HTML5 video has been in beta for quite a while now.
Elon Musk Shows His Vision of Holographic Design Technology
Show it's when you're ready to sell it, or don't show it at all. This is no different from a "concept" mockups that fanboys post in tech forums, that couldn't possibly be manufactured because they ignore economics, usability and sometimes the laws of the nature.
Elon Musk's New Hologram Project Invites 'Iron Man' Comparisons
This misattribution has always irked me: he won't _design_ anything. The engineers he hired will design something. All too often you see on the resumes of managers that they "designed" or "launched" or "created" something when they quite obviously didn't do any of that. They hire and manage teams. The best of them are able to provide input to the process. But they don't actually do any of it by themselves, and they should be more careful with attribution.
How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality
Am I the only one who likes inequality? Not to the extend that it exists today, but it's pretty much the only thing that makes most folks to get out of bed in the morning: the hope that they'll be better off than those that skip the "getting out of bed and going to work" part. That's why inventors invent, researchers research, directors direct, actors act, writers write, software engineers code, and folks at Boeing make airplanes and space ships. What would be their motivation if no matter what they did, they'd still be "equal" to someone who sits on his ass all day and does nothing? There are not one but several large scale examples that equality does not work. Russia, pre-capitalism China just the two largest ones. And not working was a crime in those countries, punishable by jail time.
Why must everything be the lowest common denominator?
Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?
I use hosts file to block time wasting sites at work. Just map them to 0.0.0.0 and enjoy the productivity.
Apple Said To Be Working On a 'Watch-Like Device'
If this is true, I will sell my stake in AAPL and never buy their shares again. This would indicate Tim Cook's lack of vision and focus, and his inability to listen. If true, that is, which I bet it isn't.
Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin
Have you considered finding work? Shit, with a degree and experience you'd have to try pretty hard to make less than 3x what you make now.
Russian Space Industry To Receive $69 Billion Through 2020
The number of orders at Lamborghini and Ferrari has just doubled for the next few years. Keep in mind that at least half (if not two thirds) of this money will inevitably be stolen. That's just how "business" is done over there. IRS would have a field day discovering the discrepancies between what folks officially make, and what they actually spend.
Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug
The guy deals with A LOT of bullshit on a daily basis, and this was a BS patch anyway. That would be the end of it if the dude didn't start coming up with excuses. If you know you're wrong, fucking say so and make things right.
Google CEO Larry Page Talks Apple, Android, Google+
You know where else I have heard about using patents "defensively"? At Microsoft, circa 2001-2002 when I worked there. It was all about using them "defensively" back then. Then Microsoft had found itself struggling in a number of markets and started suing people left and right to extract royalties. Google will do the exact same thing a few years down the road, for the same reason.
Wozniak On the Samsung Patent Verdict
Makes you think what he would have thought if back in the day a Korean company released a near-copy of Apple II in a nearly identical case and with nearly identical UI.
Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?
I wasn't ironic at all. I know a ton of people who do benefit handsomely from their computer science degrees. Heck, I'm one of them. I know of only a handful of guys who got lucky and got anywhere in this business without a degree. There are exceptions to any rule, but this particular one seems to put the probability mass on the side of getting a degree if you want to work in software. :-)
Ask Slashdot: How Much Is a Fun Job Worth?
I'd rather regret the things I've done than the things I didn't do. Nothing ventured—nothing gained. But since you're in doubt and have a stable job, you might as well use that and get them to pay you more. What's a few tens of thousands of dollars between friends, right?
Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?
>> "I don't have a computer science degree"
Found this sentence and did not read the article. The guy lucked out by being in the right place at the right time, and now he's spouting his confirmation bias to anyone who would listen. I'm also pretty sure he doesn't know what "confirmation bias" is. :-)
Ask Slashdot: Best Computer For a 7-Year Old?
>> I'm looking for a computer that will teach him basic computer literacy
Computer can't do that. Only a human can.
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