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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

rnturn Re:R is less popular? (387 comments)

I, too, found it curious to call R ``unpopular''.

If it means anything, a couple of years ago, doing a search on the internet for "R" was almost useless. Now entering just ``R'' into a Google search brings back , as a suggested search string, ``r programming language''. And as the first entry in that list. Seems to me that means it's not exactly ``unpopular'' when Google is suggesting it in the list of suggested searches. Of course, it could be that this article is the reason for ``r programming language'' percolating up in the list of suggestions.

about three weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

rnturn Re:think about what it says about the company (387 comments)

``R is something used by statisticians and scientists; if you get hired solely as a programmer (rather than a scientist/analyst) to do R programming, your job is likely to clean up other people's messy R code. Can you make money with any of those languages? Sure, but the job may not be quite what you expect or what you are used to.''

While I've found R to be useful for analyzing/plotting/etc. system performance data I haven't seen any actual job listings in the past couple of years that required `R' experience that were not actually looking for someone with a background in biostatistics. I.e., they weren't programming jobs but for folks with backgrounds in medical/genetic research who would be using R at those jobs. I can see where R would be useful for working with financial data . Wonder if Wall Street might be a good place for someone with R experience to find work?

about three weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

rnturn Re:Python is eating Perls lunch (387 comments)

``so we all don't have to keep half-a-dozen different versions of it lying around''

Sounds like my experience having to keep 4-5 Java runtime environments on UNIX systems to support older code that nobody had the time to rewrite to be compatible with the runtime du jour. Figuring out how to keep those old runtimes up to date every time some bozos (*cough* politicians *cough*) decided to monkey around with daylight savings time was, oh, so much fun.

about three weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

rnturn Hey! Why not... (282 comments)

... a `Professional' and `Home' edition as well?

Seriously... is this what some people believe is holding back wider Linux adoption? There's already more than enough FUD in the press and on the web in articles about Linux providing too many choices now without adding a server and desktop edition for the naysayers to complain about.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans

rnturn Re:If slashdot ever decided to pull this (108 comments)

Autoplay, shmautoplay... I'd be thrilled to figure out how to access /. without the auto-refresh crap. I am fine -- more than fine, in fact -- clicking on the page refresh icon myself thank you very much.

about three weeks ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

rnturn Re:You are of no value to the company, you're a to (250 comments)

The GP poster was probably not being overpaid. It's just that in the current market and the high applicant/open-positions ratio, employers can low-ball on salary and desperate, unemployed IT folks will accept any offer.

about a month ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

rnturn Re:There is no slump in open positions (250 comments)

``... employers couldn't distinguish my A's from those of people who didn't actually learn the material.''

Hopefully, you meant that the employers weren't looking at GPAs and not that the people who weren't learning the material were still getting As.

about a month ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

rnturn Re:In America (250 comments)

``... they're advertising for things like "minimum 5+ years experience ...''

But still only offering what, in other times, would have been considered an entry-level salary.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

rnturn Replacement batteries are nearly useless (131 comments)

I have some cordless phones that have served our household well for a number of years. The original batteries lasted a couple of years before they wouldn't hold much of a charge. I was able to work via the cordless phone via the speakerphone for over an hour before the batteries gave out. Now, a couple of replacement batteries later, I consider it a good day if I can stay on a phone call for, say, 20 minutes and that's using a battery that's only a couple of months old. It almost makes me wonder if they're not selling used batteries. With the replacement batteries costing $15+, it's not likely that we're going to do it any more. The missus is the last major user of the cordless phones and she's switching to mobile next month. The crappy battery life is one of the reasons she's switching.

I have worries that I'll run into the same battery rip-off with my laptop. And those batteries run upwards of $100. Given the track record of the supposedly equivalent batteries we've been finding for our phones, I'll probably go with an original manufacturer battery for the laptop.That's probably no guarantee but I'm guessing they won't be as bad as the third-party batteries.

about a month ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

rnturn I don't know about the test subjects... (105 comments)

... but I have more trouble
reading text that is squished
into the tiny window of
an e-reader. Having to manually
scroll interrupts my reading
and I tire of the experience
quickly. Maybe that has
something to do with
their reduced comprehension.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

rnturn Re:Software Documentation is bad everywhere (430 comments)

My favorite commercial software error message fiasco was when I was asked to figure out where a cryptic error message was coming from. The message had no prefix telling which component of the software package was issuing the message. The message did not appear in the appendix where error messages were listed. When I grepped for the error message in the application's "bin" directory it turned out that all the binaries contained the error message; even utility programs that had nothing to do with the operation that was generating the error. It turned out that all of the executables contained all of the potential error messages that might be issued by any of the executables. (An insane use of an "#include" directive or something similar.) So much for the high quality of commercial software and documentation.

The best -- and last -- commercial software that I think had really thorough documentation was back in my IBM mainframe/mini and DEC mini days. You really couldn't fault the documentation that came with those systems at all. Except, maybe, the quantity of it; some serious shelf space was required.

about 2 months ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

rnturn Re:What's Changed (135 comments)

Dang. I've previously posted a reply before reading this comment and have no mod points.

about a month ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

rnturn Re:No thought required (135 comments)

``It's apparently far cheaper to just muddle along with a problem for years and years and years. Or at least until the company tanks.''

Or the people who constantly point out the problem leave the company in frustration. No more complaints... no more problem. It'll be a while before the replacement hires (if there actually are any) re-discover the problem and begin complaining about it.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

rnturn Re:Every stupid idea is common (348 comments)

Well... at least they were spelled correctly.

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

rnturn What's holding me back? (550 comments)

``what is holding everyone else back from freeing themselves from contacts and glasses''

My opthamologist. Due to my very poor vision (something like +14 diopter correction, if memory serves) she highly strongly cautioned against Lasik.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox 31 Released

rnturn Re:Trash (172 comments)

I would welcome with open arms and tears of joy a Firefox release that could survive a day -- heck, even half a day -- without crashing. It's such a joy to come back from grabbing a cub of coffee or lunch to find that I have to restart effin' Firefox and reload all my tabs again.

about 2 months ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

rnturn Re: USPTO management structure... (211 comments)

``Currently, the office is being managed by former Googler Michelle Lee, who was appointed deputy director in December. Earlier this month, Republican Senators led by Orrin Hatch (R-UT) sent a letter to President Obama that praised Lee but that also described the current UPSTO management structure as `unfair, untenable and unacceptable for our country's intellectual property agency.' ''

Knowing the business-ass-kissing^W^Wfriendly nature of your typical Republican Senator, I think the way to read that last bit is that the Republicans were unhappy that any restrictions are still in place on patentability and that they'd like the PTO to do nothing more than rubber stamp their campaign fund benefactors' patent applications and the quicker the better.

about 3 months ago
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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

rnturn Re: Someone put gum in the outlets. (119 comments)

Forget liquids, though those could be a problem. Call me pessimistic but I predict that within weeks of rolling these out, each bench will have inoperable USB ports because the little plastic tabs in the connectors will be broken off. (Does anyone make a USB port with the internal tab made out of something more durable like nylon?) After a year, these could just be ordinary benches with some decorative but unusable electronics attached to them.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

rnturn Re:Contempt for Curiosity (190 comments)

``So you work for the Heritage foundation.''

Heh, heh. The same thought went through my head as well. I'm surprised that some ultra-right-wing, climate-change-denying House member didn't notice the impending launch and try to pass an emergency budgetary measure to prevent NASA from putting up any satellites that might be used to monitor CO2 emissions. I'm predicting that the measurements will show large amounts of CO2 being released around large cities -- especially American cities -- and these folks will draw the conclusion that, since most large cities are Democratic-voting strongholds, the cause of any climate change is the fault of Democrats. The large CO2 releases from Bejing will be evidence that climate change is a Commie plot. Similar data showing London as a source will be proof that government-run health care is bad for the climate. And they'll get tons of air time on the Sunday morning talking head shows.

We need a good name for these people. The technology/progress-phobic we can call Luddites. We need a succinct name for the science deniers. Something catchier than "Effing Stupid Anti-Science Whackjobs".

about 3 months ago
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How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

rnturn Re:Step 1 (196 comments)

I've never used used Beats headphones so I can't personally attest to their being crap. My daughter has picked up more Skull Candy earbuds than she should have had to so I can attest to their being fairly crappy based on the short lifetime they seem to have under regular use. The cables break down internally so that they become useless. My personal choice are Sony's earbuds. I bought a pair years ago to replace the stock iPod earbuds that hurt my ears or fell out all the time. (I don't even notice that I'm wearing the Sonys.) The next time my daughter needs an new pair, I'll pay the difference so she can have a decent pair of Sonys.

Of course, I'll never buy an Apple audio player (the iPod I have was a gift) so I really couldn't care less about what they do with their headphone or earbud jacks.

about 3 months ago

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