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Comment: Re:Obvious guy says (Score 4, Interesting) 223

by CODiNE (#48389961) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

Lived in the third world a few years. A long term project will protect your sanity and prevent home sickness.

Ex-pats tend to fill their evenings with either pirate movies or drinking. I had lots of friends and plenty of personal growth experiences, but boredom can be a real problem in the downtime.

Having a bucket list of things you've wanted to do is a great idea.

Comment: Hobbyist programmers (Score 1) 299

by CODiNE (#48287299) Attached to: It's Time To Revive Hypercard

From my own personal experience I just want to say if you enjoy programming and think maybe you'd like to do it as a career... Go for it.

Every job type has a certain percentage of workers who are barely skirting by and somehow get paid for it. There's doctors who shouldn't be, lawyers, etc... There's also the elite that truly know what they're doing and are at a much higher level of skill.

Believe me when I say most programmers are the former.

The #1 most important thing IMNSHO is a continual desire to learn and improve. If you have that, you may start at the bottom but you will eventually become good or great at it.

As a hobbyist you already seem to have that, just keep it up.

Many "professional" developers do copy and paste coding, grabbing chunks of code off stackoverflow and not taking the time to understand them. They don't write test cases for their code, instead they patch it over and over whenever they run into an unexpected condition. Instead of reading through their code to spot the bug, they'll change random parts and attempt to run it over and over until they get lucky... Often leaving some of the unneeded changes in place causing more bugs.

If you can avoid doing those things, you're probably better than half the guys out there. :-)

So if you enjoy it, you can do it for a living, and maybe do it well.

Comment: Re:Bennett! Bennett! Rah! Rah! Rah! (Score 2) 63

by CODiNE (#48236181) Attached to: Century Old Antarctic Expedition Notebook Found Underneath Ice

I hear they're planning to change it to XML for easy reading and parsing, here's a preview of it:


I think the readability is much improved with the upcoming plaintext file format.

Comment: Re:Prison time (Score 1, Informative) 275

by CODiNE (#48229525) Attached to: CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

I read the article on the hand grenade situation linked to by another replier to your post.

1. The cops were raiding a meth house, they had the right address according to the report.
2. They attempted entry via the front door with a battering ram and it was blocked. They thought it was a person pressing against the door so they tossed the flash grenade through the opening.
3. On discovering the infant they immediately go it medical care. Wished they knew it was there, would have used the side doors and no flash grenade.

Now unless that article is a total white-wash, it sounds like a tragic mistake. Like insurgents who hide their weapons behind children hoping to vilify their attackers, it seems quite strange someone would place a baby's crib blocking their own front door.

The way you post it... makes it like Officer Duke Nukem comes through the window... thinks "Where should I toss my grenade? Ahhh... that crib will do nicely!" and intentionally kills a child just to spite a criminal who doesn't even live in that house. I think most people imagine "hand grenade" and "flash grenade" to be very different things, it's interesting your choice of wording.

I agree that many officers abuse their authority and escape prosecution by cronyism. Exaggerating or twisting the facts does not help your argument. There's plenty of real and unquestionable abuse you can point to.

It's a poor workman who blames his tools.