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Comment: Re:This. SO MUCH This. (Score 1) 372

by DexterIsADog (#48901521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

40 is old for a software developer. Someone who is 40 today entered college just as web browsers were being invented. You could not just connect the dots on library calls to put together an application then. Now you can.

I have a strong sense of wanting to know how things work that comes from having built a lot of software in the 80's and 90's, when you had to know the internals to make progress. That is downright counterproductive in web development now. By the time you learn enough to understand how a library works, the developer who just learned enough to use it already shipped their code. That's the sort of disconnect between age ranges at work now.

Yeah, that slapdash mentality is a large part of what I have to manage, so we don't experience continual disaster. I didn't say I was a software developer any more. I ride herd over business analysts, systems analysts, and the menagerie of IT who do the programming.

Fortunately, I have a long technical history, and even though I got my degree about 8 years before the first browsers, I picked up web programming just like I did every other model, from mainframe to minicomputer to PC, to web services. It's so much easier to manage my folks when they realize they can't bullshit me. :-)

Comment: Re:This. SO MUCH This. (Score 0) 372

by DexterIsADog (#48900001) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

I often feel like everyone on Slashdot is a mix of two people

- Old 50+ year olds used to the good 'ol days when you would write your own stack from scratch whenever writing an application

- 20 year olds fresh out of (or still in) college who yell "squirrel!" at everything new and shiny

50+ is old? Huh.

Well, you forgot a third class - 50+ (old? really?) people who still learn about new tools and concentrate on process and quality, instead of sticking exclusively to what worked early in our careers. I am one of those.

But then, I graduated from coding to management about 10 years ago, which probably explains it. :-)

Comment: Re:Solves a different problem I'm not sure exists? (Score 2) 83

by DexterIsADog (#48889421) Attached to: 'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)
Yeah, that's pretty funny. UPS does an excellent job for me. So does FedEx. I only had one problem with a package in the last 10 years, out of the hundred or so deliveries I've had to my home, and that was when someone stole my gaming rig out of the UPS warehouse. Which had nothing to do with delivery.

Maybe they just don't like you?

Comment: Re:I don't think so. (Score 1) 154

I tried your suggestion, so I could post something useful (rather than just post a useless, "well, why don't you..."), but neither Bing nor Google provided a good candidate to answer the question.

I think your search term is useless, and a few minutes of searching variations didn't help either. Feel free to actually try to contribute.

Comment: Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (Score 1) 790

by DexterIsADog (#48789319) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

For my last mortgage I took pictures of documents with my phone and sent them via email. Not one problem....living in the house now.

...and we're all very proud of you.

For my last refinancing, over 5 years ago, I received documents via email, signed, scanned and emailed them back. What does that have to do with my observation that "...fax machines are still very common in... mortgage underwriting."?

Comment: Re:Something Truly Innovative (Score 1) 162

by DexterIsADog (#48784355) Attached to: What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

...And they all have stories of the "dumbass" PhD, that often turns out to be unfair. Like, maybe that this guy with a PhD couldn't find his car keys one time, and he was holding them in his hand the whole time. One little mistake like that is good enough for them to crap all over everything he's ever done, his alma mater, and the entire college education system... ...position Henry Ford was in when Hitler sent him a medal for all the Jew bashing he did.

Dude, how long have you been smarting over that car keys incident? Did someone yell "NEEERRRRRDDDD!!!" and stuff you in a locker?

And how in the world did you manage to connect the dots from making fun of PhD's to Nazi sympathizers? Bravo.

Comment: Re:Something Truly Innovative (Score 1) 162

by DexterIsADog (#48784279) Attached to: What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

...Meanwhile people like Bill Gates and Larry Ellison steadily built up immense fortunes by making absolutely sure that everything their corporations did was directly geared to support continuous long-term profit growth. They may have done some good things along the way, but that was purely coincidental.

I take exception to that, and really, it limits your own perspective to make absolute statements like that, when they're pretty obviously not true. Bill Gates was definitely interested in transforming computing. You can criticize his methods, but his company advanced the commoditization of computers immensely, to the great advantage of the world. Could you have done better?

Comment: Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (Score 1) 790

by DexterIsADog (#48784165) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?
Fax machines are still very common in medical claims processing and mortgage underwriting. For medical claims, think Medicare - very old people, who insist on filling out paper forms. It's easier to fax them than scan and email - especially since the email has to be secure, because of HIPAA.

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