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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

uneek Why make it easier? (608 comments)

This is simple economics. If the demand for programmers can not be met then there is more opportunity and money for me. Why should I reduce my personal money making capability?

about 5 months ago
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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

uneek But why was this kid this desparate? (239 comments)

Why was this kid this desparate to get into any plane wheel well? Did they return him to an unsafe home environment in California?

about 8 months ago
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Python 3.4 Released

uneek Re:and... (196 comments)

And everyone will keep using 2.6/2.7, the windows XP of python.

2.6 is the standard that is packaged with popular OSes like Red Hat. Also who has the time to upgrade their python code to the new object model?

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

uneek Its Sad (656 comments)

Differential equations are not advanced math. If you were complaining about topology or having to prove something then that is advanced math. When I was taking a grad school test on OS ( I forgot the exact topic) it involved something about scheduling and it was much shorter and elegant to answer by using limits than having to explain the answer with lots of words.

As a professional who is been in the software world for at least 12 years, at this point in my career I do not need that kind of math. However , understanding that kind of mathematics as well as the numerical algorithms to go with them is very useful as many fields use them. If you don't know the basic mathematics expected of an undergraduate you will be cutting yourself from many opportunities.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Google Project Didn't Deserve To Die?

uneek What happens to employees? (383 comments)

I would like to know if Google employees are let go every time a project is cancelled.

about 2 years ago
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72% of Xbox 360 Gamers Approve of "More Military Drone Strikes"

uneek Using drones reduces pilot deaths (446 comments)

1 American pilot's life is worth more than hundreds of Pakistanis

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is the Rise of Skeuomorphic User Interfaces a Problem?

uneek It looks nice (311 comments)

I like that kind of interface design. It looks nice and feels cozy.

more than 2 years ago
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Willow Garage Announces New Open Source Robotics Foundation

uneek But don't you need a robot? (9 comments)

This is great. But when a fully assembled robot costs 400,000 as in 400 thousand dollars, more than a house in a major metropolitan area, I am not sure how useful open sourcing it is.

more than 2 years ago
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Organics Can't Match Conventional Farm Yields

uneek Luxury Items (452 comments)

I've always had the assumption that organic produce is luxury items, just like up to date comprehensive healthcare. I can afford to eat and drink organics therefore I do.

more than 2 years ago
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Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg

uneek College grads are more willing to work crazy hours (738 comments)

Programming is like working on an assembly line. Developers work on the specific thing they have requirements specs for, in a specific language, following a specific SDLC. They also have hours and hours of code review to make sure that everyone's coding looks the same. Newbie software engineers and programmer's I have met do not think out of the box. They are also willing to work crazy hours, like 16 hours a day during the week and on weekends. Its also ok for them to not be incredibly efficient at what they do because they have 16 hours to fix it.

more than 2 years ago
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Federal Court Allows Class-Action Suit Against Apple Over In-App Purchases

uneek Technology , parents, and kids (279 comments)

Not all IOS devices are the same. The Ipad allows parents to set enable restrictions which prevent downloading of any application and prevent in app purchases. When I let my kid use the ipad I use these restrictions and I DO NOT DIVULGE my password to her. When it comes to the ipad I have no sympathy for parents. Anyone who lets a child use a technological device should have full understanding of the security and financial risks associated with that device.

An ipod touch for instance does not allow a parent to set any restrictions. This means that while an ipod touch seems like the perfect ios device for a child, being less expensive but able to run most of the same apps, it is financially risky for a child because there is no way to turn off bad behavior. As a responsible parent I will get my
kid an ipod touch.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

uneek Because it doesn't just work (1091 comments)

1) Does every video card work?
2) Desktop user's shouldn't be expected to recompile a kernel for functionality.
3) Openoffice / Libre Office is not as useful or compatible with Microsoft office.
4) Is there a good / stable finance package for Linux?
5) I want my wireless networking to work without having to know WEP and wireless security in great detail.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Keeping You On Windows?

uneek Quicken and other misc (1880 comments)

There is no decent substitute for Quicken on either Mac or Linux. And I mean an older version of Quicken, I believe 2007 because the newer ones on the PC are not that good either.

There are also utilities that I need that are on Windows.

However my windows use is minimal, most of the time I use my Mac.

more than 3 years ago
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Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands

uneek News sources (1855 comments)

Hi:

Its amusing that I heard about this first from Slashdot before any other news source.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Says PC Folks' World Is Slipping Away

uneek Its just a large ipod touch (1067 comments)

Why is everyone making such a big deal about a supersized ipod touch?

more than 4 years ago
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Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex

uneek Good use of twitter (272 comments)

Wow, this is really evil

about 5 years ago
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Low-Energy Laser Etching May Replace Fruit Labels

uneek Unneccessary Obfuscation (475 comments)

Burning the skin of a grapefruit with a laser may be ok, but here are some questions:

1) With the laser burns, it may be possible to cover up blemishes or signs of mold or rot on the skin of a fruit.

2) What happens with apples, potatoes, carrots, pears, and other fruits and vegetables where its good to eat the skin? I don't want some artificial chemical imprinted into the skins that I would normally eat.

I always know a label is there, I know to take it off. For fruits and vegetables with skins that are supposed to removed, the label is not a problem because I peel off the skin.

So this technology does not really solve anything, and it becomes an inconvenience.

more than 5 years ago
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Canonical Halts Ubuntu CD Free-for-all

uneek Ubuntu CD's (324 comments)

I would happily buy them from Amazon, if Amazon had up to date Ubuntu CD's. Its especially useful when you need a DVD and don't want to wait

more than 5 years ago

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Printing to the console

uneek uneek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

uneek (107167) writes "Why is printing to the console such a bottleneck? Applications that do not print to the console are at least 30 times faster than apps that do. This seems to be the case in both windows and linux."
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Computer architecture for toddlers

uneek uneek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

uneek (107167) writes "I have a computer that is broken that is about to be dissected for educational reasons. I would like to find a book, targeted at six year old / kindergarten reading level that talks about the parts of a computer using both pictures and words. I would like my child to take good guesses at what parts are as we take them out.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks"
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Good books on programming threads

uneek uneek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

uneek (107167) writes "Hello: I have been programming for several years now in a variety of languages, most recently C#, Java, and Python. I have never had to use threads for a solution in the past. Recently I have been incorporating them more in my solutions for clients. I understand the theory behind them. However I am looking for a good book on programming threads from an applied point of view. I am looking for one or more texts that provide thorough coverage and provide meaningful exercises. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks"

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