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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

zieroh Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

1. Vote Libertarian on November 4th

If Libertarian candidates were electable, they'd already be elected.

about a week ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

zieroh Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

When people have a strong will, they are healthy

Yep, good ol' Steve Jobs just wasn't strong-willed enough.

What a great scam though....convince people that this is the secret to long life, then you can dismiss any contradicting evidence by simply claiming those people weren't "strong-willed" enough.

I think it's a variation of the No True Scotsman fallacy. So yes, complete bullshit.

about three weeks ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

zieroh Re:Just don't try to write an OS in Java (511 comments)

If you use standard C functions to find length, append, but never get into truncating because you make a new array and copy instead, you may actually get through 2 courses without ever needing to know there is a zero. You were told once, but you never wrote a line of code that needed to know about null-termination.

I can put a finer point on it: very few good programmers are created in college programs. The good ones were writing code before they ever entered college. Even very prestigious schools, I've found, turn out downright shitty CS graduates if they weren't already programming before their freshman year.

Oh, and to put this back on topic: if you've spent the bulk of your college education writing Java code, I'm not interested in hiring you.

about a month ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

zieroh Re:Just don't try to write an OS in Java (511 comments)

He is talking about CS graduates, not people with experience.

I'm talking about both, though I probably didn't make that clear enough. Generally, I'm talking about people who have graduated with CS degrees within the last 0 to 4 years, and who (for values greater than 0) have some professional experience writing code.

about a month ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

zieroh Just don't try to write an OS in Java (511 comments)

I'm in the process of hiring software engineers right now, so I've been exposed to a lot of resumes and had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people on the phone (standard phone screen). Invariably, all recent CS graduates list C on their resume as one of their languages. One of the things I ask every candidate to do on the phone is to describe how C strings work. This is my "marker", the test of how much time they've spent in C (vs Java, or ObjC, or whatever). If you're a serious C programmer, you know how C strings work. No exceptions. If you've spent your entire time in college (or even professionally) programming within an environment where strings are handled by object abstraction, you've probably never had to deal with C strings directly. A suitable answer to the question is as simple as "A C string is an array of chars with a null termination at the end".

You'd be surprised at how many people fail the screening process (and thus are rejected) based on this single question. Probably close to 75%, and every single one of them has a CS degree.

about a month ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

zieroh Re:Growing pains. (233 comments)

Maybe there's enough people to realize you're full of shit. I'd say Citation Fucking Needed for your post, but we all know it's just the ramblings of a clueless sheep who willingly laps up whatever MSNBC spoon feeds to him. Enjoy your fantasy world.

The word "sheep" is a sure-fire bet that someone is experiencing cognitive dissonance. Either that, or you're just out of substantive ideas. Either way, game over.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

zieroh Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

Your point is sabotaged by your own rhetoric.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

zieroh Re:C++ is not the language you start with (548 comments)

That's like saying that the way to learn how to swim is to dump everyone in deep water and see who takes to it naturally...

Agreed. That's an apt analogy. Except -- speaking as someone who has had a long career as a programmer and is now a hiring manager -- I think that's a good thing.

about a month ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

zieroh Re:As soon as greenpeace touches it (288 comments)

So you support state sponsored terrorism. Tyranny, fun for the whole country....

If the state-sponsored terrorism is applied to Greenpeace, then yes. Yes I do. Wholeheartedly and enthusiastically. I think someone ought to sink another one of their boats, just so they get the fucking message.

about 2 months ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

zieroh Re:It's a shame (288 comments)

The solution to the tragedy of the commons is private ownership and liability in order to change the incentives, not more government government regulations.

Just because you say it doesn't make it so. Government regulations on energy production are the only thing that's keeping the US from looking like China.

about 2 months ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

zieroh Re: Clever editors. (288 comments)

See, like most liberal assholes, it is do as i say not as I do. Anyone who give Greenpeace another nickel is a fool.

I think you will find that most liberal assholes (myself included) happen to hold a very dim view of Greenpeace.

Also, fuck you.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

zieroh Re:Dilbert words: Can anything be as demoralizing? (383 comments)

You are no more equipped to understand their job than they are to understand yours. Dilbert does a great job lampooning the aspects that are visible to you, but a poor job of explaining the aspects that are not. You won't get this until you become a manager, I'm afraid.

Speaking as a manager, you're completely full of shit.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

zieroh Re:Buzzword speak (383 comments)

The nineties called. They want their buzzwords back.

about 2 months ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

zieroh Re:Et tu, Lenovo? (126 comments)

The fact that IBM chose not to partner with Lenovo for developing all these apps and services for Lenovo's Windows and Android tablets and smartphones is downright bizarre.

Indeed. It's utterly bizarre that IBM would choose to partner with a US company that has a successful product with good market penetration, rather than a Chinese company with products that have yet to gain any traction.

Oh, wait...

about 2 months ago
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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

zieroh Re: Will we ever stop celebrating Jesus? (157 comments)

That's right. God planned for Jesus (god) to be crucified. So in effect, god sacrificed himself to himself to atone for the things he finds offensive according to his divine rules, so that he can judge you when he checks whether you complied with his rules.

So what you're saying is that god was a narcissist.

about 2 months ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

zieroh Re:Flaimbate (364 comments)

It's hardly "evil" for them to provide a free platform for independent artists, just because they're independent artists.

You mean the free platform that they provide to everyone else without discrimination or contractual obligations?

about 3 months ago
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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

zieroh Re:Beats? BEATS? (188 comments)

Beats takes analog audio hardware that hasn't changed since the 70s, sprinkles fairy design dust on it, and sells it for big money. What better model for Apple's transistor & software business?

I was going to object to your outright dismissal of design and how important it is to good (or sometimes just popular) products. But then I remembered that this is slashdot.

Hint: The failure of Linux to make inroads on the desktop is due to the exact same reason: the elevation of engineering above everything else.

(And yes, I too am an engineer).

about 4 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

zieroh Re:Raise the Price (462 comments)

I personally don't want you breathing any of the air I've ever breathed, or might breathe in the future.

God DAMN I need me some mod points. +1 Fuck Yeah!

about 4 months ago
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California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

zieroh Re:I propose a test ... (167 comments)

Screw passive cloaking, lets see how well that self driving sensor package works when getting hit full in the face with some broad spectrum jamming.

Oh, it's a lot easier than that. I anticipate that we'll see exploits right off the bat that are based solely on specific behaviors next to / in front of / around an autonomous vehicle. It probably won't be hard to force one off the road just by aggressively encroaching into their lane and matching their rate of deceleration.

Dangerous, sure. Irresponsible, absolutely. But inevitable just the same.

about 4 months ago

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