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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

pigiron Give me... (237 comments)

your IP address, your tablet, and your Prius!

yesterday
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

pigiron Re:Agricultural Revolution 2.0 (128 comments)

In pre-Columbian times massive areas of the Amazon basin were de-forested and under cultivation.

yesterday
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

pigiron Red Box (193 comments)

I hope it gets those cartridges faster than RedBox.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

pigiron Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

"Programming isn't a profession like law or medicine. It's a skilled trade like plumbing, masonry, or electrical work."

I worked under the impression that it would be something akin to being a skilled tool & die maker when I learned to code Fortran, circa 1973, for an upper division class for statistical analysis of econ data. I was subsequently proved right when I started working professionally as a financial analyst in 1980 using Fortran, SAS, and an early relational database management system.

I made a ton more money in my career than any tool & die maker ever did though I moved around a lot like a professional welder might.

As for the OP's original question, my first big mistake was not modularizing my early long Fortran programs into subroutines. Fave languages are fully functional interpreters with dynamic typing and code that in itself can create immediately executable code like a LISP 1. PS - HTML are really just a special case of S-expressions and rows in relational normalized tables map pretty easily to lists too.

about a week ago
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Gmail Now Rejects Emails With Misleading Combinations of Unicode Characters

pigiron Re:&^*308cbpBO)780i76D$^*.//.we0-fw (79 comments)

ÂÂâ¥
Ã¥â(TM)â(TM)âs--ðYfâSâ±âââOEâSoeâ...â'ââoe

about two weeks ago
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Gmail Now Rejects Emails With Misleading Combinations of Unicode Characters

pigiron &^*308cbpBO)780i76D$^*.//.we0-fw (79 comments)

q898(^*$*EUIDXEZ{Pm;vd80eGUIOIO:>P{
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det6767ir6768P)I*)&%B(()_}K>?YIBV$WCJ!!!!!

about two weeks ago
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Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

pigiron &^*308cbpBO)780i76D$^*.//.we0-fw (109 comments)

q898(^*$*EUIDXEZ{Pm;vd80eGUIOIO:>P{
{}.

det6767ir6768P)I*)&%B(()_}K>?YIBV$WCJ!!!!!

about two weeks ago
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Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

pigiron Re:String theory is not science (147 comments)

No. Math is an abstraction. Science is about measuring and explaining actual phenomena. Science may use math to make approximate models of physical reality but is not reality itself.

about a month ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

pigiron Re:Pay versus billing rate. (234 comments)

When did I ever say I was underpaid? I billed directly for years. Had to go through an intermediary once though. Since I was the one who found the position but the government agency with the work required that I bill through a third party I paid them 5% of the actual billing rate. 1099 right to my S-corp just like I was billing directly.

about 3 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

pigiron Re:Pay versus billing rate. (234 comments)

Thanks but I've done plenty of budgets in my day. I'm talking about fee for services not being bundled as part of supporting a package.

about 3 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

pigiron Re:Pay versus billing rate. (234 comments)

If you think they can cover the benefits for 1/8 less you are dreaming. Try 40% at minimum and that doesn't cover job security or defined retirement benefits or 401k partial matching.

about 3 months ago
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Machine Learning Used For JavaScript Code De-obfuscation

pigiron Hahahaha! (31 comments)

The development of tools like these started out of necessity for figuring out old COBOL code.

about 3 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

pigiron Re:Pay versus billing rate. (234 comments)

Not a lot of room left over for cricket gear. Hahahaha!

about 3 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

pigiron Re:Nativism (234 comments)

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I've heard it all before and it's really wearing thin. Thankfully most real Americans don't pay any attention to the alleged slur anymore despite its repetition at increasingly higher levels of hysteria. You can only cry wolf so many times. Oops, so sorry, that's no doubt a culturally biased reference! LOL

BTW, Asians are among the most racist and class conscious people on earth. The Japanese-Negro inter-racial marriage rate is approximately zero.

about 3 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

pigiron Re:Nativism (234 comments)

Because it's OUR fucking country and birthright you stupid fuck! NO Asian country would ever consider doing this. They actively discriminate against foreigners.

about 3 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

pigiron Re:Pay versus billing rate. (234 comments)

Those taxes and insurance are taken out of the sub-contractors already low portion of the billing rate.

about 3 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

pigiron Pay versus billing rate. (234 comments)

Anyone who has worked for any of the three should know by now that they pay their IT workers about 20 to 30% of what they bill the client at best. Avoid body shops like the plague if you want to make decent money.

about 3 months ago
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Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

pigiron Re:The 111th explanation... (217 comments)

"you're a tobacco-style propagandist."

A total non-sequitur. So much for you ability to reason.

As for your ability to comprehend, this is two new and different insecticides and the study has a laughable dearth of data points. Go rant about your organic vegetable garden somewhere else. You're barking up the wrong tree with me.

about 3 months ago

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