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Comment: Re:No suprise. Comcast TV is poor value for money (Score 1) 86

by mrchaotica (#49620209) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast

What's my upload? I'd rather not upload one goddamned thing. How does my upload matter? I don't give a shit.

Upload speed matters in the sense that the Internet was supposed to be a democratized peer-to-peer infrastructure that would enable global dialogue, while you're apparently content for it to be "just another entertainment service" dominated by oligarchic commercial interests.

Comment: Re:Depends how you evaluate the curve (Score 5, Informative) 143

by Sique (#49619685) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth
Actually, you don't have this U-curve with musicians. But many people just see the low end (the child of the neighbours screeching away on the violin when you want to take a nap), and the top end (the star violinist in the news). This creates the false impression of an U-curve. But there are hundreds and thousands of violinists you usually don't see, because they play in some university orchester in a small town you've never visited, or they play at marriages and 50th birthday parties, or they earn their money as bar violinists. And most of them are average.

+ - The Programming Talent Myth

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com writes: Jake Edge writes at LWN.net that there is a myth that programming skill is somehow distributed on a U-shaped curve and that people either "suck at programming" or that they "rock at programming", without leaving any room for those in between. Everyone is either an amazing programmer or "a worthless use of a seat" which doesn't make much sense. If you could measure programming ability somehow, its curve would look like the normal distribution. According to Edge this belief that programming ability fits into a bi-modal distribution is both "dangerous and a myth". "This myth sets up a world where you can only program if you are a rock star or a ninja. It is actively harmful in that is keeping people from learning programming, driving people out of programming, and it is preventing most of the growth and the improvement we'd like to see." If the only options are to be amazing or terrible, it leads people to believe they must be passionate about their career, that they must think about programming every waking moment of their life. If they take their eye off the ball even for a minute, they will slide right from amazing to terrible again leading people to be working crazy hours at work, to be constantly studying programming topics on their own time, and so on.

The truth is that programming isn't a passion or a talent, says Edge, it is just a bunch of skills that can be learned. Programming isn't even one thing, though people talk about it as if it were; it requires all sorts of skills and coding is just a small part of that. Things like design, communication, writing, and debugging are needed. If we embrace this idea that "it's cool to be okay at these skills"—that being average is fine—it will make programming less intimidating for newcomers. If the bar for success is set "at okay, rather than exceptional", the bar seems a lot easier to clear for those new to the community. According to Edge the tech industry is rife with sexism, racism, homophobia, and discrimination and although it is a multi-faceted problem, the talent myth is part of the problem. "In our industry, we recast the talent myth as "the myth of the brilliant asshole", says Jacob Kaplan-Moss. "This is the "10x programmer" who is so good at his job that people have to work with him even though his behavior is toxic. In reality, given the normal distribution, it's likely that these people aren't actually exceptional, but even if you grant that they are, how many developers does a 10x programmer have to drive away before it is a wash?"

Comment: Re:At the same time (Score 1) 225

> If it wasn't for Microsoft, we would still be on mainframes and mini-computers. Paying jacked up prices. For crap, frankly.

Nonsense. Apple demonstrated, at a similar time, that personal computing was affordable. Bill Gates and Microsoft successfully assembled the business suite that helped drive PC sales, but there were other designs and even operating systems evolving that were compete.

Also note, Microsoft did not "create" the 64-bit core of Windows NT and Windows XP. They lifted a great deal of it, wholesale, from VMS with the help of Dave Cutler when they hired him and his development away from DEC. The lawsuits over this were fascinating, but please give credit where credit is due.

Comment: Facebook could help shools more.... (Score 2) 88

Facebook could help schools far, far more by enforcing their minimum age requirements of 13. I'm seeing far younger kids sucked into their computers by the Facebook chat, and refusing to go outside or explore knowledge outside their own little clique of online "likes".

Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 1) 234

by Antique Geekmeister (#49619323) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

Goodness, you're reaching back. But I also remember Trumpet Winsock quite well, and also the superior TCP stacks from FTP Software that preceded it and the collapse of that company when Microsoft released their own, inferior TCP stack. If we're going to compare the length of computing experience to prove whose memory is correct, I remember quite well the awkwardness of installing getting DEC hardware support for systems that were running BSD releaes, the sales of the first Macintosh personal computers, and the fascination when Tim Berners Lee first published HTML and the "world wide web" was born.

Those were heady days, and very exciting for nerds and geeks who were tasked to get it all working together. I can reach back further, but no one was paying me before those experiences. But I suspect your experience of the browser wars does not predate mine.

With that in mind, I was referring to specific periods of browser evolution, not to the earliest history. In particular, I was referring to the tendency of OEMs to provide multiple bulky subtly incompatible browser versions on the same hardware at sales time. Chrome is only the lastest among the suite of such tools to be included by OEMs. And the only one that has been _mandated_ for desktops has been Internet Explorer on Windows systems. Chrome, at least, can be gracefully removed. Removing IE is not graceful, by deliberate design. It was a key point in the Microsoft monopoly lawsuits.

Its understandable to be bothered by the bloat of a browser you didn't want. But compared to the IE desktop monopoly abuses, Google and Chrome have been quite polite.

Comment: Re:They are burning down a city (Score 1) 200

Lol.. i guess you failed then. Robbing a bank because your upset that you got a speeding ticket does nothing to the ticket nor advance any claim that the ticket was inappropriately issued. Attacking the messenger instead of the message changes nothing in that respect. It just deflects the question. It's like a politician being asked about an opponent position on economic stability and replying that he picks his nose.

Comment: Re:Maybe it's a sign... (Score 2) 26

by TheGratefulNet (#49618921) Attached to: Cisco Names Veteran Robbins To Succeed Chambers as CEO

REST apis at ciscso are a joke.

sdn at cisco is a joke (they cancelled onePK. oh, and they didn't really tell anyone, either, but it IS cancelled).

disc: I used to work there. key terms: 'used to'

cisco is a has-been. and most of their really good people will leave in the year, as cisco removes all cubes and goes full retar^Hopen-office-plan. no one was excited about that and people said that when their building converts over, they'll either work from home or quit.

I remember cisco from the early 90's (I was there at menlo) and cisco today is a shell of what it used to be. they have too many people, too many projects and too much dead project (and old code!).

hell, when heartbleed came out, it took cisco over 6mos to get a working ssh daemon and even then its still broken with latest linux and putty opensl libs.

they do some things right, but too much else is done wrong, there.

pity, but they have definitely passed their prime, so to speak. canceling onePK was a huge loss even though it was complex as hell. now, their sdn story is weaker than all the rest.

and don't get me started on that csr1000v piece of shit. lacks too many tools and is not reliable (from what I've seen when I played around with it). don't get me started on their bad snmp, netconf and bazillion variants of the 'cisco classic cli'.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.

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