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

preaction Re:Where to begin (529 comments)

  • How to design a solution on my own time before I code a solution on company time.

Though I inevitably unconsciously think about work code during non-work time, I will never consciously spend time thinking about or working on work code during non-work time.

They are paying for my brain, they can pay me to sit and think for a while. The actual typing of code is not what programming is.

yesterday
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

preaction Re:Just don't deal with Americans (246 comments)

I'm assuming this is a joke, because a lot of people cannot afford to just up and move because they don't like what a utility company is doing.

3 days ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

preaction Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

Neither one trips many environmental triggers, except the steady stream of self-indulgent bullshit that both produce.

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

preaction Re:Now this is funny. (109 comments)

I honestly don't think I can break 80wpm. My bottleneck in programming is not how fast I can type, or how efficient my vim-fu, but how fast I can think, and how fast I can mentally develop the solution (reading documentation, drawing conclusions, and finally writing as little code as I possibly can).

about two weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

preaction Re:Software patents (191 comments)

You'd need to get rid of copyright too, which the GPL uses to enforce its provisions.

about two weeks ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

preaction Re:About bloody time (97 comments)

Every software becomes legacy software the minute it is released. Once you enter a real-world scenario, you need to change and write workarounds for real-world problems.

A new version is a chance to build a better base that handles the real-world problems more smoothly, but it is also an opportunity to forget the lessons those workarounds were written for.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

preaction Re:Trust the Computer. The Computer is your friend (353 comments)

No, and that is a ludicrous analogy.

It's more, I should not go into someone else's home, leave my stuff there, and when a legally-dubious thing happens to be in my stuff in their house, I should not expect them to simply let it go (considering that a lot of legally-dubious things have clauses about "conspiracy" and "required to report").

about two weeks ago
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The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

preaction Re:Crazy Parakeet Man (259 comments)

I work with one, but technically they aren't in academia anymore. Perhaps he didn't give off enough of that vibe.

about two weeks ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

preaction Re: ROI for drug development (390 comments)

That's what the Government should be for, doing things that are necessary but not profitable. What happens when government is privatized for efficiency?

about three weeks ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

preaction Re:No they cant. (151 comments)

I believe that act would fall afoul of the Geneva Conventions and be considered a War Crime. Uwe Boll skirts the law based on pathetic notions such as "free speech" and "free expression." Purposely inflicting Uwe Boll on people is torture and will be punished appropriately (unlike the US treatment of suspected terrorists).

about three weeks ago
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Book Review: Introduction To Cyber-Warfare: A Multidisciplinary Approach

preaction Re:and it's already out-of-date (27 comments)

For 0-day exploits, we need -1-day patches.

about three weeks ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

preaction Re:Blade Runner's script had little to do with Rid (144 comments)

Having just read The Forever War last week (and then Old Man's War, and now Forever Free), I agree wholeheartedly. That is a book that could do well on-screen (provided it doesn't turn into Starship Troopers).

about three weeks ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

preaction Re:Actually read the book! (144 comments)

Amen. Deckard had the Voigt-Kampf test performed on him. He is demonstrably _not_ a replicant (if you trust the Voigt-Kampf test, of course).

about three weeks ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

preaction Re:~50% have no degree... (174 comments)

I also do not have a degree, though I'm at year 13, and I've learned those lessons you said earning your degree taught you. It is good that you learned those lessons, but your conclusion is specious bordering on elitist.

I do have a large gap in knowledge. I made a great leap over a mountain of theory and low-level practice that I must fill in, but I (lucky for me) didn't need college to teach me humility and how to be receptive to learning (even when I "know" I'm right). The more I fill in that gap, the more I realize exactly how big that gap is, and strangely, the gap grows as it fills.

The point being: Though a university degree is how you reached... well... enlightenment, there are many paths. And if you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.

about a month ago
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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

preaction Re:No shit really? (140 comments)

Well, not that shocked.

about a month ago
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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

preaction Re:Pick up that can (157 comments)

But Youtube was supposed to change the world! Time magazine said it did! Instead, it and all other things like it are just another channel by which the major content providers are allowed to provide you with content. Consume, citizen!

The DMCA requirements for good-faith are too lenient, clearly, if this many false-positives are allowed to continue. Google won't push back, it's not good business. And we won't stop using Youtube, ever.

The Internet was allowed to be free only until there was money to be made.

about a month ago

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