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Comment The easy part (Score 1) 132

While what this kid did is impressive, he's only done the easy part: getting a car to drive itself under a limited set of circumstances that he knows about.

The hard part is to get a car to drive itself under all sorts of weather and road conditions, and safely handle all kinds of expected and unexpected road hazards, such as potholes, people, bicycles, and crazy drivers.

Comment Population of Github users (Score 3, Insightful) 149

Github is especially popular with the Linux crowd. It was, after all, invented to improve development coordination of Linux.

This population skews the results in three significant ways:
1. Towards obscure and fad languages. This is linked to the extreme fracturing of Linux programmers, each group of which fiercely promotes its own favorite language and tools.
2. Away from Windows. GitHub is especially popular with the open source crowd. This means that C# and .NET languages (favored by programmers who want to make money with their code) will be underrepresented in the statistics.
3. Away from projects developed by less-than-genius developers. GitHub still has a steep learning curve for a lot of developers to master, especially those who have been raised on TFS and SubVersion. The obsession with cloning and branching is foreign to these programmers, and they often don't see the point. These types of programmers are typically creating relatively straightforward Web applications, and tend to write their code in C#.

I suspect that the real numbers for weekend coding would feature Microsoft .NET languages much more prominently, if all types of repositories could be counted.

Comment Re:No if so add 20-45k (Score 1) 435

That doesn't make it honest. Honesty is still important to some Americans. Sure, the company may be out of bounds when they ask, but at least they aren't being dishonest! If you lie on your resume, but you expect the company to be honest and up-front with you, you're being a hypocrite. If you're willing to lie on your resume, you're probably willing to lie about other things. You'll get away with it sometimes, but eventually it does come back to bite you.

Why say anything at all? Leaving the fields blank is just as effective, as a negotiating tactic. Those "extra" fields are usually stupid anyway, nobody actually cares whether you put a number in the box or not.

Comment Why ask why? (Score 1) 435

Your salary history (with the possible exception of your current salary) is none of the employer's business. Don't ask about it, just leave the fields blank, make them come back to you and ask for it if they really want it. This puts YOU in the driver's seat.

In school, there was always that student that would ask the teacher if there was any homework, as the class was ending. Don't be that guy!

If you don't want to talk about your salary, just tell them what you're looking for. Make sure that amount is in keeping with the normal ranges for your years of experience, and the area where you live. The business is doing their homework, they know what you SHOULD be making.

Comment Re:Divided Country? (Score 2) 1560

The rules haven't changed.

Yeah, it seems crazy that a President can win an election with fewer votes than his opponent. In programming, we call an "edge case." An edge case doesn't always require a rewrite, or throwing out the system. Edge cases are anomalies that sometimes need to be accounted for, but more often we just live with them because it's too expensive to fix them all. Can you imagine having to recount all votes nationwide, in case of a close election? It's much more manageable to recount just votes in close districts that could make an electoral difference. In other words, the Electoral College serves a practical purpose, and doing away with it would cause significant expense.

I guarantee that if Hillary had won with fewer popular votes, the press would be talking only about the amazing electoral win, not the "divided" country.

Comment Re:A Bad Day for 65,844,954 Americans (Score 1) 1560

So are you saying it's a good day for the other 244 million Americans?

OK, math aside, it's a GREAT day when we can transfer power from one ruler to another, two people who don't agree on a whole lot, and there is no bloodshed. In the grand scheme of things, that is awesome!

Democrats will get another turn, you can count on it.

Comment Re:Not dead, just a zombie (Score 1) 399

Yes, VR could be the next big 3D thing, and has much greater potential than 3D TVs. For most people, it will require less obtrusive headgear. But VR has great potential in specialized applications like medicine. Imagine a surgeon being able to place himself virtually inside the end of the laparoscope, able to look around and see clearly what he is doing! There are similar applications for virtual space travel, or undersea exploration, the list goes on. For general entertainment though, it will probably continue to be a novelty experience, not something we do every day.

Comment Not dead, just a zombie (Score 5, Interesting) 399

3D comes back every couple of decades. They had 3D movies as long ago as 1922. Since then, the popularity of 3D has come and gone several times. Each time, people get tired of the format when it loses its novelty. Then a couple of decades later, manufacturers come up with a "new" angle in hopes of selling new hardware.

Don't worry, 3D will come back. And then it will go away again.

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