top Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?
If "learning to code" include some careful, thorough attention to theory, algorithms, oop and patterns AND a deep, productive dive into building real functioning software, then, yes, it's beats the shit out of a BS from most colleges.
Languages and frameworks are essentially built environments. Theory and ease in learning core language features doesn't compare at all with extensive experience with a set of useful, well supported libraries and frameworks. Most wheels have been invented. Most problems require the applicarion of existing structures. Yes, there are important instances where extensive knowledge of theory matters but you can add a HELL of a lot of net value without deep theory that is impossible to add without specific knowledge of libraries and the application of patterns.
about a month and a half ago
top Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy
Dungeons and Dragons is a game of probability events and profiles that offset those probabilities. It's great training for decision-making under constraints. In the real world one seldom knows everything necessary to make the best decision. We're stuck using what information we can gather (and a model for best understanding) to take our best shot.
On the DM side, a good campaign is about balancing the probability of kicking your players asses too hard and giving them enough challenge to build skills and hit points. For instance, a campaign that is well matched to the players should kill them really fast if they were to (to be allowed to) try to play it backwards. The campaign should present opportunities to build the characters to face the later challenges the DM knows are coming. That's a hell of a lot like the long term management of a team.
top William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls
Of a set of apps, that included Carnivor, that could listen to audio, transcribe it perfectly, uniquely identify the various speakers on the call, identify different discussions weaving through the conversation and summarize them.
top Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?
Please, PLEASE, somebody mod this guy up FUNNY. LOL ROFLMAO
top Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?
Traffic comes from EMPLOYMENT. Economic growth used to be a good gauge of employment. That's not a reliable correlation anymore.
top Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs
This explains a LOT about why Netflix is such a pathetic, stagnant piece of shit. "A players..." - who hires someone who even talks like that?
top NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata
... the NSA director is right about what he needs to do his job.
Wired has an article about the threats the NSA has to worry about:(sarcasm)
Here's an article about our potential terrorist veterans: (sarcasm)
Here's a list by paranoids: (sarcasm)
top The US Now Faces the Same Dilemma Over Drones As It Did Over Nuclear Weapons
The problem with nukes is the scale of their destruction and the potential to poisons regions or the world. Drones are just another new weapons system. They don't relate at all to nukes. They still could use some international controls and other attention from potential combatants but that could be said of all kinds of weapons.
top EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal
More mod points for this guy!!!
top Microspotting: Inside the Microsoft Archives
Silverlight crashed while I was watching this. I can't stop laughing.
top Hillary Clinton: "We Need To Talk Sensibly About Spying"
It resulted in the 4th Amendment.
top The Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Why Tech Doesn't Kill Jobs
The premise of TFA is that tech displaces jobs from the focus of new efficiencies to other jobs not eliminated by or created by the new technology. History has proved this out so far. But history has also shown that technology's advances are coming at a faster and faster pace. It take TIME to transition from one job to another. The types of advances we're now seeing in technology aren't industry specific they are generalized advances in computer intelligence, cost efficiency and universality. The advance in vision and motion that displaces the worker from factory X can displace them tomorrow from factory Y and from orchard Z. The white collar world has seen the disappearance of middle management but will see decisioning frameworks outperforming boardrooms full of meat shells sooner than anyone cares to believe.
Workers at all levels will find themselves running away from a wave that is moving faster than their capacity to adapt. IF the advance of technology slows as a consequence of less people capable of buying new tech that could reach some kind of equilibrium but I wouldn't count on that, would you?
top Former Director of the ISS Division At NASA Talks About Science Behind 'Elysium'
That's a steal!! We should build that thing tomorrow and send the damn super rich there BEFORE they turn this place into anymore of a s**thole. They can move the stock exchanges up there too. Just think, they could wave down at main street while we go about some honest business for a change.
top Ask Slashdot: Secure DropBox Alternative For a Small Business?
They're nice guys too.
top Math and Science Popular With Students Until They Realize They're Hard
Math can be very hard. What is often lost is that math MAKES THINGS EASY.
top 2 Men Accused of Trying To Make X-Ray Weapon
Really glad to hear that it was Jewish Americans who turned the crazies in.
Sorry Black Parrot, it was the KKK that turned them in.
top 2 Men Accused of Trying To Make X-Ray Weapon
I find the KKK extremely distasteful. I find race and religious hatred distasteful. I see no problem saying mean things about the President of the US as long as they aren't death threats. These were clearly scary, rude assholes building a terrifying weapon which merits extremely close ongoing scrutiny.
As far as I can tell, however, that's all these guy were. They were haters seeking funding for a prototype of a weapon that they said they wanted to sell to Israel. Being a hater is shitty but legal. Developing weapons is basically legal although there are legal restrictions that I doubt these guys obeyed. Selling weapons to a US ally is legal. Their stated intent was to build a weapon that would be useful against the enemies of Israel. Was there another stated intent that nobody has reported on yet?
If they didn't state an intent to illegally harm people with this weapon, then how are these guys guilty of terrorism. It seems to me that they are guilty of being dickheads and possibly guilty of some forms of endangerment or trafficking in weapons.
top Will Robots Take Over the Data Center?
Make a robot friendly chassis and things get interesting fast. The whole data center could be one giant self-healing stack. You put fresh parts in one end and take dead parts out the other.
top Are There Any Real Inventors Left?
I think the TFA and all involved have gotten so used to a daily candy shop of FRICKIN' MIRACLES. That they're inured to the taste of sugar.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Team To Write Good Code?
Your team members are clearly not feeling the cost of their failure or the benefit of better practices. Schedule a 1.5 hour meeting where you go over the worst code that week and the best code that week. When bugs show up in a release track them back to the developer(s) involved and rename the bug to include their names.
Identify WHAT DEVELOPERS NEED TO LEARN OR CHANGE during each code review and provide the resources for them to learn the better practice.
Pay bonuses for good code and good practices. If you're afraid that some people will quit... don't be.
about a year and a half ago
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