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It's Hard For Techies Over 40 To Stay Relevant, Says SAP Lab Director

sitarlo This is a load of crap (441 comments)

I'm in my 40s and I'm working on innovative stuff every day. At my company the younger guys all look to me for help and mentoring. The company looks to me for technical leadership. I agree that there are a lot of really talented young technologists out there, but very few of them can do what I do or bring the type of value I bring to the organization. Give them 20 years experience and maybe they will do the job better than I can, but for now I think my "relevance" is very safe and secure.

about a year and a half ago
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Project Orca: How an IT Disaster Destroyed Republicans' Get-Out-The-Vote Effort

sitarlo Re:LOL urbanites (578 comments)

I'm always amazed at how *intolerant* leftists can be. I live in a rural "redneck" community and we have very little crime, pollution, racism and unemployment here. Our schools are ranked some of the highest in the nation and just about everyone I know graduated college. Maybe we're not as dumb as the stereotype you submit to says we are.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

sitarlo Headhunters... (306 comments)

Yes, consult with headhunting firms in your area (as long as you are in an area with tech jobs, SF/Bay, RTP, or major metro area). I predict you'll be working again as a programmer within 30 days. Of course half the money you earn will go to the headhunting firm and they won't give you many benefits or anything, but you'll have a job and make decent money.

about a year and a half ago
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Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

sitarlo Re:Dear Republican Party: (1576 comments)

Intelligent liberals are actually pretty rare. I know tons of educated, successful liberals, but they are all hacks and con artists. Much like our President.

about a year and a half ago
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What's the Shelf Life of a Programmer?

sitarlo Don't trust anyone under 30... (388 comments)

When I was under 30, I thought everyone over 30 was a dinosaur and I was right from a certain point of view. Now that I'm well over 30 I think everyone under 30 is a punk ass and I'm usually right about that too. Fact is, good programmers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. I suppose the same can be said about bad programmers. Being a game developer I've been turned down for jobs because I'm "too old". I wonder if the "enlightened ones" who make those decisions realize they are discriminating on a level similar to discrimination of race or gender? Pretty low mentality for such "smart" people. Anyway, I figure as long a Metallica or Iron Maiden can still tour, I can still make games.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows Phone 8 Having Trouble Attracting Developers

sitarlo Sho me da money... (268 comments)

Once devs see a way to monetize their efforts they will adopt the platform. Heck, Apple created an army of Objective C developers once the appstore took off.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Working With Awful Legacy Code?

sitarlo I write messy code... (360 comments)

...and I make loads of money with it because it all works. You should focus your interview questions on the company's design and quality culture. I do appreciate clean, elegant, standards conforming codebases, but that's all academic exercise for the programmer. Users could care less as long as their software works the way the need/expect it to. Maintainability is important, but not as important as user experience. If the software does what users need it to do it will require *less* maintenance. Also, forget newer technologies because that just isn't important at all. Good projects use the *right* tool for the job despite current trends. Yeah, the stuff we have now is boatloads better than last decade's stuff, but you can still create useful software in FORTRAN or C. I stopped caring about code style when Sun first opened sourced Java. That codebase was barely readable but millions of people were happily using it. The fact is sausage tastes great, but the consumer *never* needs or wants to know how it's made. Ok, one step further here and some advice from a 25 year software trenches veteran: learn to appreciate and admire bad code. Learn to view it as a challenge presented to you so you have something to do to earn a living. Adversity is the avenue to opportunity.

about 2 years ago
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For Obama, Jobs, and Zuckerberg, Boring Is Productive

sitarlo This is BS... (398 comments)

I wear a different outfit everyday and I still don't think about it.

about 2 years ago
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Space Shuttle Endeavor Lands In Los Angeles After Final Flight

sitarlo Re:How do you guarentee a safe shuttle flight? (111 comments)

Wrong. The space shuttle had a horrific safety record. 2 accidents costing human life in 135 flight cycles is much worse than any production airplane used for air transport. Actually, by an exponential margin. Nobody would get on a 747 if 2 out of 135 or even 2 out of 135,000 flights resulted in a fatality.

about 2 years ago
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Space Shuttle Endeavor Lands In Los Angeles After Final Flight

sitarlo Am I the only one... (111 comments)

...who realizes that flying a modified 747 in landing configuration carrying a 75 ton payload on its back with wheels up at low altitudes over populated areas is extremely dangerous, totally irresponsible, and completely illegal if anyone other than NASA did it? Thanks for risking hundreds of lives to show off Mr. Biden. Your incompetence is only outweighed by your arrogance. BTW, I love the space program, and I want people to learn about its history, but this really was a questionable stunt that has me worried about the complacency of our leadership.

about 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

sitarlo Re:Absolutely not. (767 comments)

The only "logical thinking skill" required to be a programmer is being able to ask the question "what happens next?"

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Worth Going For a Graduate Degree In the Middle of Your Career?

sitarlo You don't need a PhD to do interesting stuff... (260 comments)

Sounds like you want a job where you get to do more meaningful work than what you do now. You don't need an advanced degree to do that. Just figure out how to make a significant contribution to humanity and then go do it. Working as a researcher at Google or Microsoft would be cool, granted, but you can also get there by being super innovative and sharing your output with the world. Academia has its place, and I'm 100% for continuing education throughout life, but it also has a way of teaching you more about what you can't do than what you can do. If you choose to get a PhD, don't be one of those "Doctors" who becomes so smart that they can point out 100 different reasons why something won't work. Be one that can think of 100 reasons why it can work.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many of You Actually Use Math?

sitarlo It's all about fundamentals and concepts... (1086 comments)

As a software engineer I use math all the time, but maybe not the way we think of traditionally using math academically with chalkboards full of scribbled formulas and equations. Numerical analysis, discrete math, cryptography, linear algebra, statistics are all post-calculus subjects that are fundamental in software engineering. Having a solid education in these subjects will allow you to be a *better* software engineer and problem solver. At the code level it's mostly operator precedence and other trivial math fundamentals, but at the algorithmic analysis level understanding advanced math concepts certainly helps and is even necessary in many circumstances.

about 2 years ago
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Scott Adams Says Plenty Would Choose Life In Noprivacyville

sitarlo privacy=null (467 comments)

Privacy, much like security, are largely illusions we use to fool ourselves into thinking nobody will learn our secrets or cause us harm. I'd gladly give up privacy because I already assume I have no true privacy. Add financial/social incentives and the deal just gets sweeter. The only people who need privacy are people who have things to hide or are embarrassed about who they are and what they do.

more than 3 years ago
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Study Says Software Engineers Have the Best US Jobs

sitarlo Re:Stressful job, but not a bad one (337 comments)

Been a Software Engineer for over 20 years and I couldn't agree more. I can't complain about the money or general lifestyle other than the stress of dealing with people who know very little about software development somehow always being in control. Then the stress doubles when they sell expectations that are unrealistic and expect us to work miracles. Then when we work the miracle and ship, they make a zillion dollars and outsource maintenance and enhancements leaving us broke, beat, and just a little jaded towards the next "employer". I am happy to have broken this cycle and now work in a very solid situation, but I feel for the cubical dwellers who have to play that tired old game.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

sitarlo Because... (709 comments)

In my 20+ year career as a software engineer I made the most money writing Visual Basic code. Of course it was more professionally rewarding to do C, C++, ObjC, Java, etc... But, I definately got paid the most for VB applications in the financial sector. Funny, because I probably spent a lot more time mastering the other languages and their development tools than I did learning BASIC and VB.

more than 3 years ago
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Crookes, RIAA, MPAA, ICE — 'Linking Is Publishing'

sitarlo Re:hahahahaa (369 comments)

Great post. It is a complex issue, but I think what I was trying to express in my original post is that the law does prohibit the copying of protected material, and I think that linking, uploading, etc., is a form of redistribution. I have no problem with people being able to produce something and then sell it without being forced to give it away for free by the proliferation of services, like YouTube, that make billions of dollars off of other's work without renumeration. On the flip side, they provide an outlet for people who'd never get their content published everywhere else. I guess you have to take the good with the bad.

more than 3 years ago

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McAfee Allegedly off the Rails, Involved in Drugs, Murder

sitarlo sitarlo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sitarlo (792966) writes "New outlets are reporting that the founder of McAfee, John McAfee, is wanted in relation to a murder investigation. Evidently his lifestyle after founding one of the most successful anti-virus brands has taken a downward spiral into the world of synthetic drugs, prostitution, and other various forms of debauchery. http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2012/11/12/us-antivirus-legend-john-mcafee-wanted-for-murder-in-belize/?test=latestnews"
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Bump Goes BumpTop...

sitarlo sitarlo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sitarlo (792966) writes "So I get home from my daughter's softball game to find this in my inbox:

"First of all, we'd like to thank you for your past purchase of BumpTop
Pro. Our mission is to revolutionize the way people use computers, and
your support has helped us continue working towards that goal.

Today, we have a big announcement to make: we're going to be taking BumpTop in an exciting new direction, which means that BumpTop (for both Windows and Mac) will no longer be available for sale. Additionally, no updates to the products are planned.

What does this mean for BumpTop Pro users? Rest assured you will be
able to continue running the latest version of BumpTop with Pro
features indefinitely. However, downloads and support for BumpTop Pro
will end on June 1, 2010, and we will not be issuing any further
updates. We recommend you save a copy of the latest installer at
http://bumptop.com/pro in case you wish to reinstall BumpTop in the
future. For your reference, your invite code is ########.

We want you be completely satisfied with the purchase you made. Our
customers constantly tell us how much they love BumpTop and how it's
completely changed the way they use their desktop, and you will be
able to run BumpTop Pro for as long as you want. If the end-of-life announcement still leaves you dissatisfied, however, contact us for a refund at http://refund.bumptop.com/refund, regardless of purchase date. All requests must be made by June 1, 2010.

Thanks again for your support of BumpTop and for helping make
computing more natural and fun. Despite our change in strategy, we remain as passionate as ever about helping shape the future of computing!

The Bumps"

So did they sell BumpTop to Oracle, or just fail because the 3D desktop is overkill for the average (and above average) user?"

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Is Google a Follower or a Leader?

sitarlo sitarlo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sitarlo (792966) writes "So Google now offers "Buzz", "Android", "SketchUp", "GMail", "Documents", "Apps", a search engine, and a bunch of other knock-offs. All of these things are essentially remixes of other company's innovations. Is Google doing anything original, forward thinking and future-oriented? Or, are they just "Google-izing" other organization's stuff that proves to be popular?"
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Who Have You Encountered?

sitarlo sitarlo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sitarlo (792966) writes "I was reminiscing with some friends earlier about experiences involving famous people in the computer industry. I recalled a time in the early 80s when I was at a consumer electronics show, complete with a Topo robot greeting people at the front door, and I wandered into the Apple booth. I was only 12 years old at the time, but I was drooling over the Apple Lisa when this smart looking dude in a bow-tie came up and asked, "what do you think?" I replied, "Commodore has color, is expandable, and this thing costs $10,000". The smart looking guy literally pushed me out of the booth. I didn't know it at the time, but the smart looking guy was an irritated Steve Jobs! Another time I was at a demo of the first version of MS Office, the one that came on 32 floppy disks. After his demo, Bill Gates was reading off raffle tickets to win a boxed copy of Office. He read off some numbers and this smelly, drunken, bum wearing three jackets and two different kinds of boots jumped up and slurred, "Hey! That's me!" He then staggered up to Bill and took his prize, put the box under his coat and dashed out the side exit into the rain. Bill laughed and suggested somebody could catch up to him and get a new copy of Office for the price of a pint of Mad Dog.

So I'd like to know what run-ins or experiences slashdotter's have had around famous industry peeps. I'm sure there are some great stories out there just waiting to be told. Anyone?"

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