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Comment: Cutting to the chase (Score 1) 84

1. No fully online AA program will be accepted as meeting prereqs for any BS degree worth your time or effort. Self-directed learning is great, but none of it currently hold any rigor in the eyes of academe or the evaluators reviewing your transcripts for transfer credit.

2. No fully online BS program will get so much as a whiff of attention from HR at a decent company. See comments on "academic rigor" above.

3. If you are serious about making development your profession, write a ton of code, contribute to open source projects where you can, build a reputation and contacts in a few developer communities so that, if you're actually any good, they can help get you in the door somewhere. Protip: coding a solution to a painful development problem (library, tool, etc.) goes a long way in this regard.

4. Prepare for your 8 - 5 life to collide with the above repeatedly and decide how much impact pain you're willing to tolerate.

Comment: Re:Free market means exactly that ! (Score 1) 405

by EricTheGreen (#46036329) Attached to: Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service

And your alternative remedy is what exactly? And how does it make the victim whole again, beyond the tools currently available?

He already can sue for fraud in the current system, if he's so motivated, and recover losses.

For that matter, fraud itself is a crime. Whether or not the federal/state authorities pursue fraud cases energetically enough is a legit beef, but a government issue not a market one. There are well-crafted, legally tested statutes defining commercial fraud and markets have been subject to them for decades, centuries in certain cases.

So what type of market provides novel, effective remedies beyond the above that you'd recommend as a replacement?

Comment: Re:Or maybe the young folks just hate meetings? (Score 1) 453

Pretty sure most of us geezers figured out the "life-draining waste of time" nature of most meetings long ago. Primary difference between the kiddies and us is that the young'uns aren't experienced enough yet to: a) be able to partition the useful ones from the non-useful at first glance, and b) learned the million creative ways of escaping the latter. And if they keep up with this taking the calls, texting and playing Candy Crush business, they ain't gonna last long enough to learn 'em in any moderately structured place of employment.

Back in the day, you had to actually be....thoughtful....to get out of a productivity-trap meeting. Nowadays, it's just easier to pull out the little hand-held whatever and mentally escape. Even if you're being immediately tagged as "lightweight", "rude", "arrogant", etc., by the annoying-but-still-in-charge-for-the-moment management.

Comment: Re:Missing Step 2 (Score 1) 201

You're absolutely right....except you're assuming there is an actual finding/admission of guilt.

The article speaks of a "settlement" being announced. To my eyes, the probability of that settlement including an admission of culpability approaches zero.

Infosys will not be blacklisted, they'll mind their manners and volume for a bit, then quietly pick up where they left off on the contract pile.

And....allowing for that tiny percentage sliver, what if they do admit guilt and are barred from government contracting for whatever period? They just slide the excess capacity over to the contractual pile of Walmart, Sears, etc.

As others have mentioned, $35MM, while not a drop in the bucket, is small enough to be absorbed as a carrying cost of doing business, given the revenue stream.

I hate the whole sordid "enterprise staffing" model that spawns this garbage and hope fervently never to work with it again.

Comment: Broaden your functional horizons, Guido! (Score 3, Interesting) 169

by EricTheGreen (#44677433) Attached to: Interviews: Guido van Rossum Answers Your Questions

but any language *less* popular than Haskell surely has very little practical value, and I haven't heard of functional languages *more* popular than Haskell.

There is this language called Lisp. Might have heard of it before.

Erlang, also.

I understand the kiddies are feeling the Clojure love these days as well (although I suppose that just ends up categorized as a Lisp subset)

C'mon Guido, you're smarter than this...

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis