Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Ask Slashdot: How Does an IT Generalist Get Back Into Programming?

tsm_sf Go to school (224 comments)

One of the big changes I've seen in the past few years is the gradual disappearance of "or related work experience" in job requirements. A lot of positions now require a BS.

There are still plenty of positions available without one, but if you're thinking about a career in development you should give this a lot of consideration.

about 2 years ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How Does an IT Generalist Get Back Into Programming?

tsm_sf Re:programming (224 comments)

Windows admins don't generally code though one of the dot-net's would likely be the choice if they did.

I think VB has moved out of the red-headed stepchild category at this point.

about 2 years ago
top

Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?

tsm_sf Re:maybe (878 comments)

I worked on cleaning up a project after the main developer imploded. He had serious pot and cocaine habits, but what was interesting was that you could tell which he was on when he wrote various sections.

Basically, his coke fueled code generally worked and was relentlessly documented, but he'd brute-force problems that could have been solved by an hour of reflection. His pot programming was creative and filled with half-completed ideas and zero documentation.

Kind of a sad story, the guy went from a guitar-playing family man with a long list of happy clients to a divorced druggie constantly padding out his hours and ripping off clients. Visiting his sleazy apartment to go over some code and getting just shamelessly hit on by his 15 yo daughter is probably one of my most excruciating memories.

about 2 years ago
top

Voting Machine Problem Reports Already Rolling In

tsm_sf Re:Embarrassed (386 comments)

It must be nice to have your kind of free time.

about 2 years ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Working With Awful Legacy Code?

tsm_sf Re:any questions? (360 comments)

I ran across a custom-built proto-CMS written in C++ once... the proud owner describing what a genius the developer had been.

about 2 years ago
top

The Coming Internet Video Crash

tsm_sf Re:Yes (419 comments)

When smaller oil men screamed about rate discrimination, Vanderbilt's spokesmen gladly promised the same rebate to anyone else who would give him the same volume of business. Since no other refiner was as efficient as Rockefeller, no one else got Standard Oil's discount. Many of Rockefeller's competitors condemned him for receiving such large rebates. But Rockefeller never would have gotten them had he not been the largest shipper of oil. These rebates, on top of his remarkable efficiency, meant that most refiners could not compete. From 1865 to 1870, the price of kerosene dropped from 58 to 26 ceres per gallon. Rockefeller made profits during every one of these years, but most of Cleveland's refiners disappeared.

about 2 years ago
top

Complex Systems Theorists Predict We're About One Year From Global Food Riots

tsm_sf Re:Catastrophe (926 comments)

Sure you can't fit some comment on fracking in there?

about 2 years ago
top

Finnish Bureaucracy Takes Issue With Crowdfunded Textbook

tsm_sf Re:.gov gone wild (149 comments)

Oh, so you're saying I twist everything you say into some kind of bizarre absolute?

about 2 years ago
top

US DOJ Drops Charges Against Two Seized Websites

tsm_sf Re:No even a "we're sorry?" (152 comments)

I'll choose inept over actively evil every time, thanks.

more than 2 years ago
top

Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

tsm_sf Re:Why bother? (847 comments)

Your point of view is not consistent with U.S. rhetoric on Assange. They've portrayed him specifically as someone who needs to be prosecuted. U.S. senators have repeatedly called for prosecution under treason, espionage, and terrorism charges.

more than 2 years ago
top

Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

tsm_sf Re:Why bother? (847 comments)

Right. There are dozens of cops camped out around the building he cannot leave because Sweden wants him for questioning. This is the level of response everyone gets whenever Sweden wants to question someone, and that is simply because Sweden is cool, and other countries are trying to impress her.

Why is "we will not extradite Assange" such a hard thing to say. So he's paranoid, and such a thing would never happen. What is lost by simply saying that and ending the whole issue?

more than 2 years ago
top

Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

tsm_sf Re:Why bother? (847 comments)

Then it should be a simple matter for Sweden to publicly refute any extradition for Assange. And end this bullshit speculation. Why haven't they done so?

more than 2 years ago
top

Hurricane Could Make a Mess of Republican Convention

tsm_sf Re:And if a hurricane wipes out the GOP... (503 comments)

I would ask that before any of you post on politics, you stop and ask yourself if the rhetoric you are using is really justified or contributes to a sane, civil discussion.

Oh come on, your party has decided that they're the voice of god. Sane, civil discussion is no longer an option. If there's no room for compromise, and there isn't with you folks, there's no point in discussing anything.

You've picked your side, and you threw your lot in with the anti-intellectual fundamentalists. You chose to support this attitude. Have the balls to take the criticism that will come your way. God will protect you.

more than 2 years ago
top

US "the Enemy" Says Dotcom Judge

tsm_sf Re:And the U.S. law is YOUR law now too (469 comments)

I may be worse off RELATIVE to MY past, but in terms of human history we live like KINGS, and people like you tend to forget facts like that.

What is your point? Who cares what kind of mud hut people used to live in?

more than 2 years ago
top

Florida Accused of Concealing Worst Tuberculosis Outbreak In 20 Years

tsm_sf Re:Political correctness in action (409 comments)

But don't worry, this is all the evil Republican's fault..

Ubiquitous healthcare would have prevented this, so... yes.

more than 2 years ago
top

Steve Ballmer: We Won't Be Out-Innovated By Apple Anymore

tsm_sf Re:"first they ignore you" (610 comments)

Small agile units backed by all that research and cash could be very very disruptive.

And that is why this will never, ever, ever happen. Internal fiefdoms are jealously guarded at Microsoft.

"It's why we suck!"(tm)

more than 2 years ago
top

SOPA Provisions Being Introduced Piecemeal From Lamar Smith

tsm_sf Re:Oh, Lamar Smith... (134 comments)

We have no hope of getting rid of these idiots as long as they stuff a bunch of people who see voting as "Vote R for Jesus" into the voting population.

Here's your solution. "Don't Vote. Pray." Pretty cynical. Pretty funny.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

top

Build a cheap media reading PC?

tsm_sf tsm_sf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tsm_sf (545316) writes "A recent /. article got me thinking about dead and dying media. I'd like to see how other people would build a cheap pc with the goal of being able to read as many old formats as possible.

Size and power consumption would be interesting points, media format priority as well."

Journals

top

Copyright

tsm_sf tsm_sf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

In my opinion, by blurring the line between infringement and theft you're really trying to blur the line between value and control. You would have to say that the value of a particular piece of intellectual property is inherent in your ability to control it's dissemination and use, and the problem that I and many many other people have with that concept is that it is an attempt to turn a commercial transaction into a form of governance.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?