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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

ubersoldat2k7 Is COOL a new acronym? (500 comments)

When you search for jobs for developers, Java/.Net devs are in general better paid than the "cool" script-kiddies. There are also some C/C++ jobs but not as many. I've also seen a decline in RoR jobs lately, so there you go.

The thing with working in "cool" projects based on the technology used, is that you'll have to keep on learning the new fad every two or three years. We had this with PHP, then it was RoR, now it's Node.JS. If you chose Python, tough luck because it hasn't been mainstream yet. It doesn't matter what language you're using, probably the project is a CRUD application and believe me, doing user authentication, input validation, database operations or sending emails is a PITA in Ruby, in JavaScript, in PHP and in every freaking language.

OTOH I've been developing software for the last 15 years using different languages/platforms and I don't see where all this hate for Java comes from. I mean, it's everywhere, it's free, it has great tools and libraries, lots of documentation and lots of people working on or with it and big names behind it. Name one language/platform that has all of this and we can have a talk.

3 days ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

ubersoldat2k7 Re:Step #1 Find a Geek (179 comments)

Where's Step #3? WHERE'S IT?!? I can't continue without it?!?

about a week ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

ubersoldat2k7 normal people (608 comments)

Have this guy seen "normal people" use a computer? There are some people so uninterested in the thing (even when is their primary work tool) that they can't be bothered to learn so simple stuff as mouse dragging or keyboard shortcuts.

Hell, I've seen people using Spreadsheet software for 10 years without learning how to use formulas. Don't even try to show them what all that HTML gibberish is.

And Spreadsheet software is a pretty good introduction tool for programming.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

ubersoldat2k7 I don't want a smartwatch (427 comments)

I want a PipBoy damn it!

about 2 months ago
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Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

ubersoldat2k7 Re:Even Firefox OS has a simulator (167 comments)

This was one of the best features I found when developing apps for FirefoxOS. Actually, you don't really need much of the FirefoxOS when doing the design job since the HTML/CSS will render with Firefox quite exactly as it would in any FirefoxOS phone.

about 2 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

ubersoldat2k7 Electric is bad for business (659 comments)

Just think of all the people who depend on gas, from the moment it's pumped out of the ground, until it reaches the gas pump: refineries, transportation, station employees, etc. If you can recreate this with Hydrogen, you might make it easier for the industry to shift.

With electric cars, you destroy this whole industry from all angles. All those truck drivers, station employees, refinery workers. Hell, most of the roadside restaurants would probably go out of business.

But, any of today's thermal central pollutes less than the same amount of cars producing the same amount of energy, the cost of electric transportation is way less than moving all that energy in liquid form even accounting for the loss of power on the way. So, yes, electric cars are the way to go if we want to pollute less or if we start by making all those processes to generate & transport hydrogen cleaner, we can have the best of both worlds.

about 3 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

ubersoldat2k7 Re:"there's not much to indicate difficulty" (278 comments)

Actually, your simile with brick laying is what I found fits better with how software projects work. I mean, you build a bridge and be gone. Most software projects start as "we want to build a wall", but then they switch to "we want a wall with a door and greco-roman finishes", and it keeps growing and growing until you have the Pisa tower with a kitchen in the roof top, all made of small bricks and lot of glue.

about 4 months ago
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Emails Reveal Battle Over Employee Poaching Between Google and Facebook

ubersoldat2k7 Re:This is why I became a leftist (132 comments)

It is the purpose of government to preserve the status quo. To keep the rich rich and the poor poor

Actually, many of this corporations didn't exist ten years ago and none of this guys weren't shit-load-millionairs. So there, the govermente sucks at preserving the status quo.

about 5 months ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

ubersoldat2k7 Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (878 comments)

I would add to this that southern Spain and many parts of Portugal are becoming Russia's Florida, where old millionaires come to spend the last years of their lives.

about 5 months ago
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Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

ubersoldat2k7 Big Kahuna!!! (269 comments)

Man I would love to ride one of those waves... to infinity and beyond!

about 5 months ago
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Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

ubersoldat2k7 Re:We are ALL Temporary employees (287 comments)

That's one of the reasons I cannot feel any sort of loyalty to any company I've worked for ever and I laugh at those who do.

I'm a "soldier of fortune" (yes, I've been called that in pre-job/post-job interviews) but it's all business at the end of the day and your beloved company won't feel any regret of firing my or your ass when the gods of the spreadsheets declare their thirst for blood. Hell, even Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, which the guy founded.

Also, all that crap about corporate values: I don't give a fuck! The only way I'm staying somewhere is because I'm either better paid or because I have better conditions, if that's not the case, I'm gone. And so do you.

about 7 months ago
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Toyota Announces Plans For Fuel Cell Car By 2015

ubersoldat2k7 Re:they've had this place since what 2010? (115 comments)

Do you know what a crowded city is? Well, Sao Paolo, Mexico D.F., Bogota, Caracas are crowded cities which have something in common: a whole bunch of cars running on CNG or LNG with the this tanks holding up +3.000 P.S.I.

OTOH, just wait until all oil has ran out, you won't care if you have to carry the freaking hydrogen tank on your lap.

about 9 months ago
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Is Europa Too Prickly To Land On?

ubersoldat2k7 Re:Hmmm... (140 comments)

I think it's time to change the "In God we trust" with "Nuke it!".

Asteroid? Nukes! Japanese? Nukes! Penitentes? NUKE! Mutant whales? NUUUUKEEEEEE!!!

about 10 months ago
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Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

ubersoldat2k7 Re:Uses of Java applets (362 comments)

Exactly.

In some cases you can see that the use of a Java Applet is a shortcut (VPN for instance) but in others, there's no other way around because browsers aren't allowed to do some stuff (like USB, which I'm perfectly fine with). Saying it isn't so is because you don't have enough data to take an informed decision... or simply because you're trolling.

I've developed Java Applets before, and believe me, when confronted with a problem, a Java Applet is surely the last resource any serious JEE developer will take. I mean, Java Applets, apart of the security stuff, are hard to maintain, to test and provide a horrible UX compared to a nice web frontpage. I myself find any sort of plug-in disgusting, be it Flash, ActiveX, Silverlight or Java.

OTOH, I can see that Mozilla, in the end, is pushing its own strategy with HTML5 and that the people making the decisions aren't exposed to this scenarios where the browser simply isn't capable/allowed. But if you're going to block something, provide a solution to the problems Java Applets try to solve too.

about 10 months ago
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Valve Announces Steambox, Sort Of

ubersoldat2k7 Re:They've got a good shot at it (252 comments)

Apart of the 200 already existing titles already mentioned, SteamBox + HalfLife3 would be a killer move from Valve and place them, at least, at a very good starting position. I can dream, can't I?

What worries me is that, some big shots like GTAV are not in those 200 titles.

about a year ago
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AquaTop Immersive Display System: Get Your Hands Wet to Sink Some Files

ubersoldat2k7 Give them a break (52 comments)

It might be rubbish or plain stupid, but it's a pretty cool use of different technologies which might give birth to other cool stuff.

If B.Franklin discovery was published in /. he would get comments like: "oh, a glow in the dark kite string, what's the use for that? jewelry?", "Attach it to your penis and have (your last) sexual experience thanks to Tor", "Who the hell needs electricity when we have candles... get off my lawn", "OMG!!!!111! Hittler".

Pathetic.

1 year,15 days
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Japan Unveils Largest Warship Since WW2

ubersoldat2k7 Drone Carrier (282 comments)

Nothing less, nothing more. First of its kind I guess, maybe that's why the name got lost in translation.

1 year,21 days
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The Latest Security Vulnerability: Your Toilet

ubersoldat2k7 Re:As John Crapper intended? (211 comments)

It seems you're a little constrained down there, do you need any help with that?

1 year,22 days
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Is the World's Largest Virus a Genetic Time Capsule?

ubersoldat2k7 Re:In Soviet Russia... (111 comments)

In NSA America world's largest virus discovers YOU!

about a year ago

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Big Banks preparing millionaire claims against HP in Spain

ubersoldat2k7 ubersoldat2k7 writes  |  about a year ago

ubersoldat2k7 (1557119) writes "HP España unions have an indirect ally to press their labor demands: banks. The legal departments of many large Spanish companies are reviewing the SLA contracts and require compensation to the U.S. multinational.
The constant interruptions since Monday, when indefinite strikes began, on platforms that support services such as ATMs have generated complaints from users of CaixaBank and other banks.
So far no concrete proposals from HP, but top management have transmitted to trade unions their will of ending the labor dispute."

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