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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

plopez We need more H1B visas (348 comments)

For welders, plumbers, and electricians. Trained in Indian plumbing, welding, and electrical work.

yesterday
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

plopez Re:LOL ... (348 comments)

"where telecommuting isn't usually an option"

Telcommuting implies your job can be offshored. A welder working on bridges in the US cannot have his/her job sent off shore.

yesterday
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

plopez Re:*sigh* (351 comments)

No one speaks Standard American English without instruction. It is not native. In Britain it is referred to as "Received English" in that you receive instruction in it.

3 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

plopez Re:*sigh* (351 comments)

You must be new to software development then. Over the years I have found that any gap or assumption can create huge problems at the last minute when the customer responds to a demo by saying, "Well why didn't you know it was supposed to do that? It's obvious!"

3 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

plopez Re:*sigh* (351 comments)

"Community colleges have astronomically high failure rates. That doesn't mean their courses are harder than 4-year colleges."

1) What is the failure rate of Community Colleges (CCs). Or did you mean students at CCs.

2) If you meant the students, what are their rates of failure (ROF) compared to those of all 4 year universities, which is what I assume you meant?

3) What are the FORs of students at CCs vs universities controlled for socio-economic levels and high school performance?

4) What is the definition of "hard"?

Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy. You need to develop more rigorous thinking.

3 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

plopez Re:*sigh* (351 comments)

Yo dude. I'm down with helpin and stuff.

3 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

plopez Re:*sigh* (351 comments)

The ability to communicate. The ability to review, parse, and deconstruct requirements documents. The ability to shift points of view from that of the developer to that of the customer. Those are three things developers get low marks for and which I can think of off the top of my head.

One thing they are not good at are solving happy little interview puzzles with no real world application.

3 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

plopez Re:15" Golf Holes (351 comments)

Larger hole sizes are handy in a number of places. But those web sites are NSFW.

3 days ago
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Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

plopez Re:Not the right tool for the job (207 comments)

A skilled machinist? I haven't kept up with gun manufacturing per se, but I thought due to high end robot milling machines the skill machinist had pretty much gone the way of the skilled buggy whip maker Most guns have the look and feel of stamped metal, plastic extruded, robot milled crap. Otherwise they wouldn't be so cheap.

4 days ago
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Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

plopez Re:Don't be ridiculous (207 comments)

So that's a good solution It's unenforceable, by which you mean not everyone who does it is caught though some are caught, so let's just not try to stop it. That's like saying "rape is going to happen anyway we might as well make it legal" Great logic there.

4 days ago
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Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

plopez Re:Excuse me for one moment. (207 comments)

Someone needs to activate Godwin's Law.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

plopez Could Detroit be next? (86 comments)

Lots of cheap land, central location between Chicago and NYC, and cold weather in the winter to help with cooling. And when I think about, the original infrastructure was built out to support heavy industry. There is probably excess power transmission capacity.

5 days ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

plopez Re:do they have a progressive view? (336 comments)

I've flat out told recruiters I will not move south of the Mason-Dixon line. At least as far west as Texas. And don't get me started on Texas. My dad left there as soon as he could and I have no desire to return.

about a week ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

plopez Re:Cheap cooling (336 comments)

That's why Mumbai, Bangalore, and New Dehli will never attract tech companies. And the climate! Typhoons, floods, droughts etc. And the malaria, cholera, typhus, and plauge. Nope. India will never develop a tech industry.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

plopez Re:Want (466 comments)

Empirically not very likely. Either the company will implode; which happens to most small businesses I think the statistic is 90% in the first year or two; or you will move on after burning out, or die, or your stock options will never be above water before they get bought out and then you are laid off, or the principles disappear after getting another round of funding, or one of the principles dies or gets very ill, etc. I grew up in a family of small business people. It can be REALLY hard to get a business up off the ground, especially when you are running on borrowed money and promises. The "Startup BIllionares" are few and far between compared to everyone who takes the gamble.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

plopez Re:Nonsense (293 comments)

Which I believe required Senate approval...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

plopez Re:Nonsense (293 comments)

I wish I had a union rep.

about a week 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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