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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

plopez Re:Is anyone surprised? (172 comments)

Still in publication and with cultural impact. How about that for a measure?

yesterday
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

plopez Why not put cams in cars? (232 comments)

Put a cam on the driver. That should help, I think.

yesterday
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

plopez Re:Free Market at Work (232 comments)

"Talk to the actual owners of Uber and see if you can convince them to make a better company"

Hahahahahahahahah that's a good one.

yesterday
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

plopez Re:Only a matter of time... (232 comments)

"If the insurance is so great, they'll pay her claim without going to trial."

It would be much better to have preventative measure in place in the first place.

yesterday
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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

plopez Re:Is anyone surprised? (172 comments)

"He has managed to out-Tolkien JRR Tolkien"

We'll see if his stories are still selling 40 or 50 years after he dies.

yesterday
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Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

plopez Re:Painted target (123 comments)

"The Microsofts, Apples & Oracles - they could remain profitable in the rest of the world, and just not report the sort of growth daytraders want."

And risk lawsuits, shareholders jumping ship, etc. No, the way the system is set up they would have to make a deal with The Devil (and have over the years in the form of Marcos, Hitler, the Argentinian Junta, South Africa under Apartheid etc.) to fulfill their corporate obligations. That is one of several things thing which makes the corporate system inherently evil.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

plopez Re:Alternate Link (210 comments)

"Try to kick ass at least once a week."

I try to do similar things. But then there are last minute meetings (scheduling 8 am meetings at 630 am? Really?), an overnight patch breaks my IDE, a bad switch in the blade farm hoses up routing so I can't make it to my test and development server, a new standard is implemented in coding tools, a new coding paradigm is adopted, HR says we need to get our compliance reports in RIGHT NOW, "Fred" get sick and I have to cover for him, etc.

So good luck with that.

Footnote: most of what I listed and seem to experience day-to-day is shiney new tech not working. Doing a good job is hard when you must constantly fight your tools.

3 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

plopez Re:Take Everything Else and Run Away (339 comments)

That's why we need space colonies, so they can leave this planet after they have sucked it dry.

4 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

plopez Regulation can be good. (339 comments)

They are not mutually exclusive. Regulation can in fact spurn innovation by forcing people to rethink how they have always done things and trying to invent new technologies to replace it. Regulation can in fact force out old technology which is only in place due to inertia and open a niche for real innovation. Example, smog regulations can spur research into electric cars or better mass transit, or labor regulations can spur interest in more efficient industrial processes.

I predict I will be moderated 'troll' for this post as it is not politically correct.

4 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

plopez Re:Insurance (216 comments)

You forgot time of day and type of riders. Taxi drivers often have to deal with drunks at 2 am. I think that increases risk a bit.

about a week ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

plopez Re:Backfired (216 comments)

Citizens policed themselves which often resulted in 'certain types' of people being invited to neck tie parties.

about a week ago
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

plopez Re:He'll win in a landslide (120 comments)

The Republicans are already working on that.

about a week ago
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Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

plopez Re:Not the first time (105 comments)

"In that respect, sheer size begets evil deeds for some reason."

I have a corporation and so before creating it I studied some aspects of the corporate structure before creating it. That and observation has brought me to the conclusion that there are two factors, at least in the US, which turn corporations into sociopaths:
1) The only real mandate they have is to funnel money to the stockholders, and in this day in age the most powerful stock holders are the CEOs and BODs
2) Avoidance of responsibility is enshrined in the corporate charter model law. Showing that the CEO and BOD are responsible for corporate dysfunction, which often leads to people dying, is nigh on impossible. Esp. when corporate assets can be used to defend the CEO and BOD.

Until that is fixed corporate evil is almost a given.

about a week ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

plopez Re:Popcorn time! (376 comments)

But it is still wrong.

about a week ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

plopez Re:Popcorn time! (376 comments)

How about if you must take those classes to graduate and so must have contact with the instructor and deal with unwanted advances? Any instructor that does that is wrong.

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

plopez Re:Why isn't the KKK a terrorist organization? (420 comments)

I would say Dixiecrats, who have long since fled to the Republican Party. The TEA party are their intellectual heirs, IMO.

about two weeks ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

plopez Why isn't the KKK a terrorist organization? (420 comments)

They have lynched, raped, blown up churches, intimidated etc. Why are they not considered a terrorist organization?

about two weeks ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

plopez Re:Censorship? (420 comments)

I would call it terrorism.

about two weeks ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

plopez And every job is a McJob (263 comments)

I dispose of companies when their services are no longer needed. I show the as much loyalty as they show me. Isn't that what Economists say I should be doing? Looking out for my best interest and to heck with everyone else? If every one does this and follows thr princople of "Greed is Good" then the new Garden of Eden will sprout up spontaneously.

about two weeks ago

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Is Agile the new silver bullet?

plopez plopez writes  |  about a year and a half 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 3 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 3 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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