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Comment Re: Why are we even discussing this again? (Score 1) 213 213

I look at my own resume and the skills I am willing to list on it, and it looks light compared to the resumes of the people that end up managing people like me. However I am leagues ahead in terms of actual skills compared to them. I list a skill if an only if I am truly competent and if I am only somewhat familiar, I will qualify the skill.

The people that end up managing people like me, list far more skills, but have far less skills. They get away with this because the job they want is one that doesn't require applying the skills they list.

I'm on the fence about certifications, since they do tend to weed out some of the people above. However for people that do intend to acquire the skills to do a job and apply them ( as labor ) the certifcation process doesn't help toward that much.

Certification seems to be akin to buying a commission in ye-olde royal navy. It the annoyance weeds out some riff-raff.

Comment Re:Perl is Perl. (Score 1) 133 133

The below from


The "interpreter-based threads" provided by Perl are not the fast, lightweight system for multitasking that one might expect or hope for. Threads are implemented in a way that make them easy to misuse. Few people know how to use them correctly or will be able to provide help.

The use of interpreter-based threads in perl is officially discouraged.

Comment Re:Perl is Perl. (Score 2, Insightful) 133 133

A regexp is almost always cleaner and easier to read and understand than other code that does the same thing.

Learn regexps. Learn to love them. Bite the bullet.

And Perl is as readable if not moreso than many other languages. I'd rather have a rich language full of concise ways to do what you want than one that forces you to do everything the same way even if it is roundabout.

I care more about the person that uses it every day being able to read it than someone who has never used it being able to pick it up.

Let the wizards set the standard noobs should aspire to, not the other way around.

Perl's real problem is that Perl has too long lacked critical features that other languages have been getting while Perl did not because of waiting for Perl 6.

It may have been harder to do, in terms of total work, but adding the features piecemeal to Perl 5 would have at least preserved the Perl community which is now essentially gone.

Perl 6 might as well not even be called Perl ( and might be better off not being called Perl )

It's a new language with a new learning curve for the new features and no users.

Perl 5 is a dead feature lacking language with few users.

Comment Re:Already lost (Score 4, Interesting) 110 110

What state doesn't store a digitized copy of the faces of everyone with a driver's license? The minute they put photos on IDs this one was lost. I can't believe the FBI doesn't have access to every single drivers license photo on file...

Whereas now they don't give grocery receipt coupons to unprofitable bargain hunters that come in just for the sales ( they know who you are! ) you'll start seeing these people recognized by face and shown loud obnoxious ads for herpes medication and depends to keep em out of the store.

Comment Re:Useless (Score 1) 138 138

I even avoided having my mug in paper yearbooks. I'm not about to put my face on the internet next to my name so someone I flipped the bird to for snapping my picture can search for my face to find me to exact revenge.

I guess facebook is doing this because it doesn't do email. ( haven't seen too many email addresses around.)

I don't think I mind because maybe this will get enough people using encryption that it becomes worth using. But damn, I don't want to touch Facebook - icky sticky...even to look other people up and get their pubkeys, I mean if it is important enough to you to keep something secret that you encrypt it, why are you sending it in an email where you will lose control over what security precautions are applied to it when the recipient gets it? The main use case would be sending people secret data about themselves, like a statement of account or something like that. But who but casual acquaintances are going to find your facebook page to get your public key? If your electric company does encrypt eg: billing statements sent via email for you it will be because you sent them your pubkey yourself when you logged in with username/password.

I guess this means google gets to read all my email. But then they provide me with a free email address. I use two factor authentication, so I won't get my account hacked. I do trust that they are probably keeping my data safe. I have not heard of a case where someone's personal data leaked out of a gmail account whose password was not hacked. And if gmail decided to really support pgp in a convenient and easy to use way, they'd probably have a copy of my private key to make it work nicely. I'd want to be able to read my email on any device without a special client more than I would care about google having my private key. In fact if they scrupulously required the key to be stored on the device, ( though they'd have their own client that I'd have to trust with my key if I used it ), I'd probably upload my private key to google drive for safe keeping. ( wouldn't want to lose it ).

If I had a real secret I'd put it in a file and encrypt that file, and never tell anyone the passphrase ever. This is simply because I would never trust anyone else not to accidentally or purposely spill the beans. I wouldn't be sending it in emails. I trust google not to spill my beans more than I trust anyone I would send the email to. If that's not sufficient, I don't send the data by any means - pgp would not be an improvement once the data is in someone else's hands.

Comment Re:Alternative theory: Alternative Reality (Score 1) 246 246

Haven't seen the movie, but from the trailers it looked to me to be a reboot of The Road Warrior, which is the obvious favorite of 90% of casual Mad Max fans and the one modern special effects has the most to offer. It was my favorite too but eventually I grew to like the first movie the best. Thunderdome reeks of the late 1980s. Like Malls.

So The Road Warrior never happened, and this movie is the new canon?

Comment Re:business models (Score 1) 124 124

However making programmers cheap increases the tendency for those who pay for coding to want linear increase in human resources to result in linear output. Well designed software does far better than linear output for input effort.

The only kind of coding that conforms to this is spaghetti coding. That is the crappiest code possible. The crappier the code base the smaller the bit of code each developer can work on. The cheaper the coders the crapper the code base will become. This is 'ok' because the deficiency can be mitigated by hiring more coders.

Imagine running a factory full of broken machinery and as many workers as it would have without the automation each babysitting their own rusted bolt because people are cheaper than new bolts.

Comment Re:So far so good. (Score 1) 211 211

Meh, promote from within, promote from without, same diff.. People switch jobs because either they were good at their job and earned a promotion, or because their skills and talents did not align with their current position so they pounded the pavement to get another job. ( or perhaps they saw the writing on the wall and were merely dodging the axe ). There is no guarantee these people from without would make better managers than whatever they were doing before - that thing they've lied a bit on their resume about so that it looks like more serious 'management' than it really was. Or if they really were managers, were they any good? How do you know - and here's the kicker - even if you knew they were 'good' how do you know you're defining 'good' correctly? Can you see into the workings of that other company they last worked for though the lens of the resume they presented to you written to make things look the way they want it to look - AT ALL?

At best you can interview them and see if it seems like they can speak fluently and don't drool much. Beyond that its random chance.

If you promote from within, you either select someone you think would make a good manager, ( and you might not know as much as you think ) and promote them, or you select the 'best' worker by whatever measure and promote them. If you select the 'best' worker, you are out your best worker. If you select someone else you may be wrong, and also, everyone sees that being the 'best' isn't actually best. But either way, at least the manager wasn't randomly picked from a resume pool.

Comment Re:Three (Score 1) 301 301


1) USB Hub, and as much stuff as I want
2) Backup in case stuff connected to 1 gets knocked around and unsolders 1 from the motherboard. In this case I still have a place to plug in the hub.

Note: using a hub with a flexible wire decreases the odds that 1 will be bumped hard enough to damage something.

If money can't buy happiness, I guess you'll just have to rent it.