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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

plopez Re:Tokyo is tiny by comparison (92 comments)

I've lived in cold snow blasted parts of the US where roads can shut down for days due to winter storms. After a couple of days the super markets and liquor store shelves start looking a bit... bare. I have no doubt a few days of interruptions would cause problems. My solution is camping gear; including water purification kit; and a pantry which includes canned good and dried food such as lentils and dried fruit. A few days,,, meh. A month, then I will be taking notice.

9 hours ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

plopez Re:I hope not (507 comments)

What I am saying is that is if you only know MS products you have a very narrow experience range to your detriment. If all you knew was Objective C and Apple development environments it would also count against it. C#, Transact SQL, Powershell, C, Perl, Bash, and a functional language would be a nice experience range.

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

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

So a landscaper says tech jobs are booming.

5 days ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

plopez Re:I hope not (507 comments)

Have been on hiring committees, any person applying who only knows one programming language is not going to get far with me. Or languages from a specific vendor *cough* Microsoft *cough*. If you are at the Uni. I advise you to seek out courses using other programming languages, and at least one of those should be functional.

5 days ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

plopez But the private sector is the most effcient! (210 comments)

That those lazy expensive in-house government employees. The invisible hand fairy ensures that Oracle and other contractors is the best way to get work done. Right? Right?

about a week ago
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Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice

plopez The Old Ones (46 comments)

They better not stir them up

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

plopez Don't bother with programming languages. (548 comments)

Learn principles and techniques. A little theory. Use programming languages to help you learn it but do not obsess over the language. All programming languages suck, just to a greater or lesser extent and some in more interesting ways than others. But basic principles never change.

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

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

CO also is dreadful. I am glad I am not coding much anymore.

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

plopez Re:'weed out' classes (548 comments)

2nd semester when we had to learn 3 languages in 3 months + data typing. I will never forget when the 'aha' light clicked on with Lisp. ANd since then I have never been afraid of picking up new technology in an extremely short time frame. Which has kept me employed over the years.

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

plopez Re:C++ is not the language you start with (548 comments)

Why should we encourage people to code? Is it always a good thing to do so?

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

plopez Re:Are employment levels really that stellar? (207 comments)

Go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and look at the criteria for the U6 unemployment rate. I think it will cover your criteria. he rate most reported in the news is the U3 and is easier to understand and considered a harder number as it is difficult to count people who have stopped looking or do not show up at job centers as they are working part-time or under-employed.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

plopez Re:Death rattle (165 comments)

"They should become specialists in archival services."

They are. And good luck reading your book in 10 or so years when your favorite electronic publishing house shutdown, gets bought out, or just stops offering the format your electronic book is written in.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

plopez Re:Libraries are one thing Amazon is not (165 comments)

And virtual libraries require servers, networking, storage arrays, other ancillary gear, and an army of staff to maintain them. Virtual libraries also require readers and a network connection. And electricity. You can have a real library even without electricity.

about two weeks ago
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

plopez Re:Horseshit (145 comments)

And if he had known his history he would have seen the stupidity of his ways. The history of financial crashes of the 1800's, before financial regulation was wide spread or even conceived of in some cases, is compelling. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_banking_crises

Real world data refutes the market deregulation.

about two weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

plopez Re:Performance (183 comments)

Laptops, hand held devised, tablets, space exploration verticals, drones, and remote sensing equipment are probably only a few examples.

about two weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

plopez Re:Not a barrier (183 comments)

That depends. If you have to cram a long term storage device into a small package then SSDs may win that battle regardless of the price difference. If you need virtualy 'instant on' storage or quick booting capabilities then SSDs win. If you need a very light weight solution the SSDs win. Price is but one factor.

about two weeks ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

plopez How do we keep a monopoly from developing? (125 comments)

That is the risk of an unregulated market. Unregulated markets can be very dysfunctional. See Microsoft as an example of a monopoly developing when there are no regulation of software licensing to hardware manufacturers.

about three weeks ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

plopez Re:Regulations are even worse (125 comments)

"Your regulations (especially limited medallions) have caused more waste than these "dirty tactics" do"

can you back that up with any stats?

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

plopez more!=better (421 comments)

seriously, when can they really learn

about three weeks ago

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Is Agile the new silver bullet?

plopez plopez writes  |  about a year ago

plopez (54068) writes "Agile is becoming, at least in my experience, the latest in a long line of silver bullets. Questions are arising about it applicability and articles are appearing criticizing the approach. A practice often considered best for smaller projects is being pressed into large corporate projects with far flung team members. The spawns articles such as the one recently submitted on Slashdot and even CIO.com is getting into the act: http://www.cio.com/article/734338/Why_Agile_Isn_t_Working_Bringing_Common_Sense_to_Agile_Principles

So what are the limitations of the Agile process? Is it over sold? What can be done to preserve the best parts of the approach in the face of what may be growing backlash?"
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The Isolation of Academia and the Private Sector

plopez plopez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

plopez writes "The ask Slashdot
recent posting "Ask Slashdot: Successful software from academia" asked a good question but I think also missed a larger issue.

The programming I have seen in Academia has been poor, probably worse than the private sector. OOP seems to be unheard of and is often taught by those who only heard of it a few weeks before they were required to teach the class. Ditto with Design Patterns, UML, unit testing, Agile Development, and the hard lessons from private sector death marches. The Application Developers in Academia are often poorly taught and undisciplines, more so than what I have seen in the private sector.

In addition outside of a few areas such as games, databases, and graphics; learning from Academia often doesn't make it into the mainstream. E.g. algorithm analysis should be a basic given for any working programmer, I know I did it when working as a programmer. But when I tried to explain why a bubble sort was a bad idea I was often met with blank stares. Or why using a DOM XML parser on large data sets instead of a SAX based parser was a bad idea. Or how to hack a SAX parser when needed, which involves tree searches and push-down stacks. Both push-down stacks and tree searches should be Sophomore level programming and in every programmers toolbox, even if only to assess whether a library based on these principles is a reasonable solution. Or self-referential programming, which is often skirting on the edges of AI (and in fact what some Design Patterns may be approaching). Another cool thing coming from Academia but yet seemingly unheard of is time-oriented databases (see Snodgrass who works at the University of Arizona if you are interested, there are some bizarre things that can happen if time is mishandled in databases).

The upshot is that Academia and the rest of the world seem to be isolated from each other. There is a wealth of experience in the private sector that doesn't seem to make it into Academia and vice versa. If I am wrong please correct me. And if you have ideas how to fix the problem please share them."
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Ask slash:What is the best copyright for a thesis?

plopez plopez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

plopez writes "I am wrapping up an MS. In the past I have had problems getting copies of others' works due to lack of copyright notices on their thesis or dissertation. I don't want that happen to me. I know the joke is "No one will ever read your thesis", but in the slim chance it is useful to others I don't want them to be required to hunt me down for a release. Basically I want to say: "Copyright is released as long as this work or excerpts is properly attributed. Also, any published excerpts cannot be copyrighted by other parties, nor can the original work in its entirety.

Is this good enough? I don't want to encumber legitimate uses of the work but I also don't want some pirate coming along and stealing it out of public domain. Is public domain good enough? Or does it allow the work to be restricted by commercial interests? I know of copyleft, but copyleft is a family of copyright notices and I am unsure which one is right for my intent.

Please help. Stay on topic, don't respond to ACs who are trolling (I never do), and be polite.

TIA""

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Why am I here?

plopez plopez writes  |  more than 4 years ago

How many years of my life have I wasted on slashdot. I could have done something more satisfying, like drinking or cultivating a heroin habit.

I seem to have not only friends but fans on this site. Why? I'm finding things getting weirder, but I guess that makes life more interesting.

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