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Comment: Verbosity is easy? (Score 4, Insightful) 409

by DJ Rubbie (#49742699) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

Really? Having a pile of needless verbosity makes it more difficult to read in the long run simply because one needs to figure out what exactly is being done even for the most trivial client application. To do even just simple fetch of some resource over HTTP requires rather laborious conversion routine from a stream to a string type before most common JSON libraries would be able to use it. In any more modern language it can simply be used right away rather than having to figure out which JSON libraries to use or why toString() doesn't seem to work on InputStream (I mean intuitively shouldn't toString() on a stream get back a string?).

Granted the Apache commons can make this a bit easier, I find it extremely annoying to have to cast things into the right object type just to access some simple JSON object, instead of just doing something like result['collections']['links'][0] which is much easier to understand. Dumbing things down does not necessary make better programmers.

Comment: Network Basics (Score 1) 298

They ought to know the basics of how a network is put together. Understand vocabulary like router, server, LAN, WAN, ethernet, packet. Not saying they're all going to be future sysadmins, but people who understand how data gets from one place to another definitely have an advantage in today's world.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 507

by superflippy (#49691883) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

I work on one of several teams adding features to huge, complex software suite. I don't know how well Agile would work when creating a new application from scratch, but for adding features to an existing program it works really well. The methodology helps us keep a rein on our scope and has greatly improved our interoperability with the other teams. With the goal that a given feature has to be releasable by the end of sprint 4, we're releasing small, working features more often instead of massive, buggy features a couple times a year.

Comment: Re:Good to see the FCC at least considered it. (Score 1) 133

This is how a corporation goes to heaven: First a hedge fund manager takes out a short term high interest loan from a bank through a shell corporation, then approaches the corporation's executive management and proposes [...insert references to stuff that sounds illegal but still boring as hell...] ... and since he's the first in line to get paid, he takes his management fees out and walks away with 10% of the initial loan value after the corporation has laid everyone off and entered the afterlife.

Comment: Re:It's the same old lies from these H1B advocates (Score 1) 612

Everybody wants cheaper stuff. Are you ashamed of yourself when buying a cheaper consumer article ?

Were slaveowners ashamed of themselves for getting free labor? Probably not, but being "ashamed of yourself" isn't really a relevant question to pose to people who are proud of what they did.

Comment: Re:Scientifically driven politics (Score 1) 347

FOIA requests can be used for targeted denial of service attacks, yes. Look at what this chick is doing to a public library: http://dc.uwm.edu/cgi/viewcont... She's just a dumb blonde (look at her kooky museum tour videos) but she's still managed to deluge the library with hundreds of FOIA requests (demanding shit like "all the data produced on all employees' computers over the past year", etc.) She's a lone kook not even employed by a major industry, and the library has to hire two full time employees just to respond to her FOIA requests. If they are legally required to respond to them, most small research teams would easily be shut down by a torrent of FOIA requests coming from deep-pocketed industries.

Comment: Re:Real reason (Score 3, Interesting) 553

by MillionthMonkey (#49616339) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

Carly spouted off on Saturday about net neutrality, and claimed that it was forced down our throats by lobbyists from Verizon and Comcast.


And she says this as a former CEO of HP. I hope her campaign fails soon because her voice gives me faceslapping injuries.

Comment: CF: Comcast & Verizon wanted net neutrality (Score 1) 553

by MillionthMonkey (#49614765) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
This is what Carly Fiorina said about net neutrality two days ago:

The dirty little secret of that regulation, which is the same dirty little secret of Obamacare or Dodd-Frank or all of these other huge complicated pieces of regulation or legislation, is that they don't get written on their own, they get written in part by lobbyists for big companies who want to understand that the rules are going to work for them.... Who was in the middle of arguing for net neutrality? Verizon, Comcast, Google, I mean, all these companies were playing. They weren't saying "we don't need this," they were saying "we need it."

I think my grandmother could have done a better job running HP.

Comment: This got moderated as "Flamebait"? (Score 1) 1097

Organise a "draw Jesus sodomizing Mary" contest in Texas and you'll get crazy Christian jihadists doing the same thing. If you set up an event specifically designed to insult/offend/antagonise a particular religion, you're always going to get a response like this from someone.

A carload of Christians must have pulled up and busted some down-mods into this post. The guy uses British spelling but he's absolutely correct. Organizing a "Jesus sodomizing Mary" contest in Texas would be a suicide attempt.

Comment: Re:It's not really about the code... (Score 5, Informative) 84

I used to work at a large company that specialized in "e-trading". They paid a fee for access to second order quotes, which meant that they knew about not just the current price of a security, but the actual stream of bid and ask prices from individual investors. If you have access to the stream, you can just write code that slightly underbids and offers slightly overpriced shares, so you get to nickel and dime investors all day with sub-millisecond accuracy. It was basically software that stole money from everyone all day.

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.