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Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

plopez Re: Change management fail (123 comments)

From my experience with developers, developers as Ops are a misshapen twisted wandering shambling nightmare.

13 hours ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

plopez A video game (155 comments)

In search of a story.

2 days ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

plopez Re:Won't be seeing it (155 comments)

A dwarf and an elf in love? In Tolkien's universe? Oh come on

2 days ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

plopez Re:Minimum wage (119 comments)

The gap persists even in the professions though college degrees help narrow it. Possibly due to career interruptions:
http://www.pewresearch.org/fac...

The pay gap exists even for childless women:
http://www.aauw.org/research/t...

The Wikipedia primer on the topic:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

An other article.:
http://www.iwpr.org/initiative...

While the numbers vary, it is still cheaper to hire women,

2 days ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

plopez Re:Minimum wage (119 comments)

Yep. Esp. when women have salaries about 2/3 of white men.

5 days ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

plopez Re:Why not? (119 comments)

mediocre is still good enough for most companies

5 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

plopez Re:let me correct that for you. (617 comments)

You must be talking about West and reunited Germany. East Germany was, depending on your definitions, facist or post-Stalinist.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

plopez Re:the answer is (272 comments)

After they get rid of the lawyers that sounds about right.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

plopez Re:It makes sense (590 comments)

You forgot "Cherry Pop Tart".

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

plopez Re:Plumber (509 comments)

Don't forget Civil Engineers 'Roads and Commodes'. And it can't be off shored

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

plopez Re:Plumber (509 comments)

Yes, but the old school ones can rarely get stuck in 'reverse mode' creating a high pressure fountain of effluent while causing severe colonic injury to the user.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

plopez It makes sense (590 comments)

One more opportunity for a character with big bazoombas and skimpy clothes to pander to their core reader base.

about two weeks ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

plopez The US won't have sovereignity (181 comments)

It will just protect the 'interests' of an American corporation. See the US 'interventions', the US has never invaded anyone; in Panama, Columbia, Honduras, Cuba, Honduras again, Panama again, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. And that ignores invading Mexico in the 1840's to support Texans' 'property rights', aka slavery, and on others. Oh, and that list is just up to about 1915.

about three weeks ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

plopez Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (205 comments)

See my other post. 'Stop loss' orders were issued, which amounted to a draft.

about three weeks ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

plopez Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (205 comments)

It's not called a draft. It's called a 'stop loss' order. During the worst years of Iraq-Afghanistan people at the end of their original service requirements were not allowed to leave. It was mostly for critical specialties but a draft by any other name is still a draft.

about three weeks ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

plopez Re:Dont repeat (205 comments)

How about a hexadecimal object ID?

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

plopez Re:What's the point (353 comments)

That's how ALL insurance works.

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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