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Comment: Re:Nope... Nailed It (Score 2) 185

by Austerity Empowers (#48434925) Attached to: It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

That's a manager who manages down. Most managers manage up.

In my ~15 years of experience "manage down" managers are hurting their career advancement prospects by helping the company deliver. It's one of those corporate blackholes. Normally if you take care of your house, you have a nicer house to live in. If you maintain your car, you save money and have a more reliable car for longer. But in the corporate world, investing in yourself is usually trouble.

Not everywhere, but 3 out of my 4 employers.

Comment: Re:I think (Score 1) 333

Mythbusters did something similar with a minivan and phone books I think. People are never going to be very good at this, but in theory a computer can be programmed not to make a mistake by cooler heads, or at least situated such that a mistake is impossible. I admit I'd probably shoot a gun at someone if my life was in danger, not (at the time) realizing what's behind the guy that might also die.

But still we want to continue the "killer robots" theme, I guess because we still graduate far too many liberal arts types and they need jobs too.

Comment: Re:I think (Score 1) 333

However, as the summary points out, there's also no known algorithm that can do the same for humans, and humans usually behave less consistently than software so chances are testing humans to an acceptable degree of certainty will be harder than testing robots to the same degree of certainty.

This right here is why I would never have funded this investigation. It's idiotic by design, there is absolutely no good criteria to decide "who needs to live and die", and thus its a very highly subjective subject. We argue this in court, we frequently don't agree on the verdict.

Killer robots are going to happen, and we're going to trust them every bit as much as any given human being. And they will have advantages:
- Scope can be limited: a robot may be able to kill, but it may not be able to move... we'll set it up and assume that it will kill anything in a given area, and maybe program it to try not to kill things that fit a certain criteria. But we won't rely on that
- Killer robots can be turned off. Killer humans can not, and some have a hard time going from killer mode back to civilian mode
- Killer robots will be far less likely to induce collateral damage. They won't forget that bullets go through walls. Humans raised on movies somehow think a bit of drywall or plaster is impervious.

There are numerous advantages. What we probably will never build, on purpose, is Terminator bots that roam around the street looking for "bad guys".

Comment: Re:Stupid. (Score 1) 299

by Austerity Empowers (#48413079) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

blow it on everything EXCEPT developing a sound, sustainable business.

Now in fairness to the nerds, very few people are interested in developing a sound, sustainable business, including the investors. The business has to last "just long enough" to sell your investment up the pyramid.

Comment: Re:I am sure there will be a challenge (Score 1) 137

by Austerity Empowers (#48412135) Attached to: Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

I'm under the impression that a judge can also rule that a corpoation is a "sham" in some cases, and may hold the owner(s) liable for the corporations debts in that case. Basically you can't form a business to go around defrauding people, then bankrupt your business and walk off. You have to at least be convincing about it...

Comment: Re:Lawnmowing Business - College Alternative (Score 2) 226

by Austerity Empowers (#48405105) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

10 years out it will be about not having a family, being able to relocate on your dime cheaply, and using what free time you have to have learned the latest Web x.0 technologies. If you want out of that rat race, you will have to acquire the $100k in income to get the college degree so you can land a mgmt position to support a more balanced lifestyle.

So perhaps you can save some on interest?

Comment: Lawnmowing Business - College Alternative (Score 1) 226

by Austerity Empowers (#48405013) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

College isn't for everyone, but if I just change the title a little bit, does this seem like more of a bad idea?

Employers always love to get the least qualified individual with the least options and marketability to do the job, that is still able to do the job. That doesn't mean you should serve yourself up to them on a platter...

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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline? 223

Posted by timothy
from the maybe-a-local-phrasebook dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I will be traveling to a remote Himalayan village for year and won't have access to the internet. What offline resources would you all recommend to help me continue to develop my coding skills? I think this would be a good time to get better at fundamentals, since I won't be able to learn any new frameworks or APIs. What about other, non-programming skills to practice and learn? Any ideas?" What would you bring?

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