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Comment My take on the article list (Score 1) 357

I have one of those cars loaded with tech. Going through the top five list from TFA:
- concierge: came bundled free for the first 3 years, never used it so far. Not worth it in itself, but I think the bundle includes some other things I like, such as controlling various things on the car using my smartphone. We'll see at the end of the free period.
- mobile router: don't have, don't want, smartphone hotspot ftw
- Automatic parking system: was available, did not get the package. I'd like to feel that I am driving the car, plus I can parallel park myself :) Saved about $2500 by not buying the nanny bundle.
- HUD: gads yes please. Best tech toy in the car. Love it. Wish more info was available on it, right now it can do speed, nav directions, playlists/radio channels, phone notifications and general car warnings. I'd like to see at least the RPM along with the speed.
- Built in apps: have them, don't use them, simply because they suck compared to their smartphone counterparts. Would love to use them if executed well.

Comment Re: Why isn't this illegal again? (Score 3, Insightful) 614

Sorry, but there is no way you can "apply like everyone else". If they scrap the H1B -> GC path, what's left either marry a US citizen, the GC lottery, invest $1M and create 10 jobs, or be a Noble prize laureate. US does not have a points based immigration system like Canada or Australia.

Comment Re:I don't like to hear about competition (Score 1) 227

Erlang. Write your game server in Erlang. It's made for stuff like this - look it up. A lot of high availability, very scalable server side stuff is written in Erlang. Including the servers for Clash of Clans. Did I mention that you should write your game server in Erlang? you really should :)

Comment Asus RT series (Score 3, Informative) 427

I have an Asus RT-N66W (same as N66U, only white). The latest stock firmware is decent, and if you don't like it you can install a host of others. Asus develops the firmware as GPL, and is friendly to outside developers. I believe DD-WRT runs well on it, but I haven't tried, the stock firmware does what I need.

Comment Re:Erlang is a tough chew (Score 1) 315

I spent over two years working every day with Erlang on a project, and I still don't consider myself to be anywhere near an "expert" at the language.

Good, because it shows. For your information structures (records, in Erlang parlance) are actually tuples, with all the performance characteristics of those. And I can only be amused by "nightmare of tail recursion" .... welcome to every functional language, ever. After a while, tail recursion becomes your second nature.

Comment Re:If you want to earn big bucks... (Score 3, Informative) 315

Been doing Erlang for the past 6 years. It is a small niche but the number of people who are really good is minuscule, much less than the demand. As a consequence, I get hit by recruiters for Erlang-related jobs every couple of weeks, with no advertising on my part other than my linked-in page. Looks like the biggest obstacle for the wider adoption of Erlang is the limited number of talent. Lots of companies would like to get into it, but are afraid they won't be able to attract people.

Comment Re:Freefall from where? (Score 4, Informative) 156

You might want to educate yourself on the subject. Here's a starting point: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_and_technology_in_Romania
Not much fundamental research happening over the past 20 years or so - probably because the best and brightest are all working abroad. But, before that, I believe Romania contributed more than its fair share.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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