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Comment: Re:Never bring politics... (Score 1) 104

by ADRA (#46785293) Attached to: Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

I was an after-the-fact consultant to fix a botched IBM project, and I guess the penalties were so high that IBM bankrolled the re-implementation with on-shore workers to get the project finished. Whenever you go into bed with an SI, make sure you have an iron clad contract and many penalty clauses.

PS: WiPro is almost entirely indian, so I don't know what H1B has to do with anything unless there's some contract requirement to have staff on-shore, which makes little sense when the purpose is to cut dev. costs

Comment: Re:Big data, spying? (Score 2) 117

by ADRA (#46773873) Attached to: Steam's Most Popular Games

This is from Ars Technica, which used sampled statistics from every user's public profile page (it threw out non-public pages as a sample for obvious reasons).
You can bet Valve does know with a lot more accuracy your play habbits. The points is SO WHAT? Where's the Evil part? I know they used countless kill / death spots in TF2 maps years ago in order to help balance the play on those maps and that helped to improve the balance and play. Riot games (League of Legends) has a lot of jobs for Big Data engineers, and you can bet they (and all other multiplayer vendors) are devoting serious effort inot making their games as appealing as possible to the masses.

Comment: Re:yeah and... (Score 2) 447

by ADRA (#46773171) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

There are roughly 9.6 million millionares in the US presently (NOT INCLUDING HOUSES). That works out to roughly 3% of the population, so not a ton.

Given that I think most dev's probably fall into the top 1/3rd earners in society and that the 'millionaire' mark errodes yearly with inflation, its very likely that a large number of software developers will in fact be millionaires by the time they retire. The real question is in 30 years, what will a million bucks be in buying power, and will the next big number be 10 millionare, etc. instead.

Comment: Re:What about a re-implementation... (Score 1) 286

by ADRA (#46759003) Attached to: OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

I can't say for Flash, but most of the headline Java bugs related to the web start API's / DLL's which are actually outside of the core JVM sandbox (though there were a few in-sandbox flaws which were patched as well). You could say the same thing if there were gaping holes in Jlaunch, or Oracle's JVM API, etc.. The only difference is that web start for better or worse is included in the standard JRE release.

You don't hear about the countless exploits possible in java based server code, considering that basically everything entering a socket on the server is already in JVM, hence not likely to be exploited unless the site developer made some serious flaws themselves.

Comment: Re:Phone numbers (Score 1) 109

by ADRA (#46750789) Attached to: Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

There are real physical historical reasons why telephone numbers were not portable until recently and why its a beaurocratic nightmare why its a hassle for everyone involved to this day. Think about BGP, but needing to track individual IP's of being nomadic (hell). Telcos do it because pretty much every exchange in the planet can commit point to point channel forwarding at this point, but in the IP world, that would be one a crazy, ineffective, and costly route.

Comment: Rock and a hard place (Score 1) 294

by ADRA (#46696941) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

It sucks currently, because most mom's, pop's, and joe plummer are all switching to touch devices for most of their needs because frankly looking at cat videos or updating my facebook status are about the pinnacle of computing purposes for most people.

For everyone who wants to 'do stuff' with their computers, there will still be a PC market, but don't expect to see the perfectly functional computer anymore, since we're now in the proverbial dog house. The same happened with consoles where around the PS2 era of gaming, a huge number og developers just stopped developing for PC's. Its improving now that the console market is getting a little frayed (and expensive), but for a long time PC gaming was the ugly stepchild that people just didn't talk about.

Oh, and Windows is now learning the hard fact their their market is generally not the new hotness touch crew, and probably never will be.

Comment: Re:Apply to a local university (Score 1) 370

by ADRA (#46578249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Funny that you mentioned those information holes. I learned all of those facets from a technical diploma 14 years ago, and I know more than a few CS degree grads that several years into the workforce have confessed that they never 'got' multi-threading. Basically, everyone has holes and most have a ton of them. Being ignorant isn't the end of the world, but being ignorant and incapable of learning is a much larger problem, but I doubt educational background has as crutial in determining the latter.

Assuming that the 'average' 12 year work experience individual is less capable than the 'average' BSC new grad is rather insulting to the veteran's, full stop. If you want to compare individuals of the same seniority, that's a different matter, but frankly at that point you should be able to talk to a developer for a while in order to know which one is full of it.

Comment: Re:US dollar (Score 1) 192

by ADRA (#46479257) Attached to: Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

Its the exact same reason why you work hard when you own a part of the company you work for, vs. one you just get paid at. You have a sense of entitlement (ownwership) that you're working hard for your own (and others') good. The US economy revolves around the US dollar in very substantial ways. Nobody wants to see themselves or everyone else fail, so 'a dollar' stays relatively static within the bubble of comfort. Outside the bubble of comfort where USD isn't the universal trade tender, one must be realistic and pragmatic about things. That's why there are thousands of people who go to work daily just making sure the relative 'value' of currency remains in check along with adjusting based on the ability for the backing governments to pay their debt obligations. This is also why its a hell of a lot more volatile to trade in currencies than it is to go to the grocery store to discover the price of milk.

Ther 'loss of confidence' inside the bubble almost always follows the collapse of banks who are no longer able to honor the depositors. When it becomes systematic (think Greese if they still had their own currency for instance), people immediately attempt to pull their money out of the banks. Pulling money out of banks means there's less credit for businesses to draw from. Less credit means either companies collapse or raise their prices. Collapse means less value in the bank, whereas higher prices means there's more inflation on prices, which yet again forces people to invest in tangables which then 'hold their value' better than a nose diving currency.

I'm sure there's a ton I've missed and some that's just plain wrong, but it gives an idea on how 'currencies collapse'

Comment: Re:One bias frequently overlooked (Score 1) 384

by ADRA (#46455911) Attached to: Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

That said, there were a few (large percentage of the few ladies in the program) 'skirt flippers' in my classes going through my CS program, so I'd say they aren't totally unjustified in assuming that some ladies are taking advantage of their minority status. It's -possible- that they don't want their tribe looking bad by having a lot of fat skimming loafers ruining the program for the rest of them. You could say that about a lot of tribes all the same.

Comment: Re:Sue? (Score 1) 182

by ADRA (#46432723) Attached to: Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

It has to be false to sue, and even if it was false, the falsehoods have to be presented as a fact (not a supposition) in order to be a successful law suit. All of which would likely cause more headlines before being resolved. Plus, if it was the real whomever/whatever, it is of complete non-starter unless there was actual continual harassment, which doesn't seem to be the case.

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