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Comment: Re:We each have oour favorites. (Score 3, Interesting) 174

by KingSkippus (#49194347) Attached to: Musician Releases Album of Music To Code By

Have you listened to their new album, Endless River? It's almost all instrumental and has many of the same riffs from Division Bell. It's familiar enough to sound great, but new enough that it's novel. If you listen to Wish You Were Here while coding, I suspect you'll really enjoy this one as well.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 1, Informative) 217

It's not an investment platform, it's a begging platform with door prizes. Investors get ownership for their money and can demand accountability *during* the life of the project.

And startup investors invest a large sum of money for that ownership. You aren't going to get ownership for 5-100 bucks.

Comment: Re:Greedy bastards. (Score 1) 185

by aardvarkjoe (#49155089) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

You're missing the point of how powerful branding can be.

No, I'm not. But it's not the ".dev" TLD that makes the branding. You're making the assumption that having a ".dev" domain registered to yourself will transform into that branding without any evidence, and against all logic.

Tell that to every good developer who wasn't hired because some shitty developer with an MSDN certification and no experience got hired instead.

So what? Idiot hiring managers will do what they do, and there's a huge list of stupid reasons why they might refuse to hire somebody. The availability of .dev domains doesn't make any difference in that respect -- anyone who would make a decision based on something that moronic would just find some other stupid reason to hire the poor candidate.

Comment: Re:Greedy bastards. (Score 1) 185

by aardvarkjoe (#49155001) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

At first it's not going to be considered an exclusive requirement that good developers have .dev, but eventually, as the .dev becomes a cognitive shortcut for "good developer" people will start thinking that those without .dev are in some way suspect - after all, if they were that good, why wouldn't they have a .dev?

If Google was capable of doing this, then there would already be a perception that all good developers are Google developers. And that isn't anywhere close to true.

This isn't just speculation, either - the same thing can be seen in the computer world today (or at least recently) with the "XXX Certification" nonsense, be it A+ / MSDN / whatever. I've seen job hiring requirements that require certifications that are pointless to the job, or that focus more on certifications than actual job experience or ability.

Nobody but idiot managers think that not having a particular certification means that someone is a bad developer. This isn't a problem where general perception is concerned.

Comment: Re:All your dev are belong to us.... (Score 1) 185

by aardvarkjoe (#49154573) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

But why does that matter?

I really can't see any reason why this is any "worse" than a single entity owning, say, Domain names really aren't like real estate -- the namespace is so big that you're always going to be able to find an alternative.

If there's some group organization that feels strongly that there should be a TLD reserved for developers, then they should go ahead and register one.

Comment: Re:Greedy bastards. (Score 3, Insightful) 185

by aardvarkjoe (#49154527) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

That no non-Google developer can register a .dev is akin to saying that if you don't work for Google you're not really a developer.

This doesn't make much sense. No developers have a .dev URL today, so obviously nobody associates the two that way right now. And if it's restricted to Google developers, that association is never going to be formed in the future either.


Invented-Here Syndrome 158

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-of-this-has-happened-before-and-all-of-this-will-happen-again dept.
edA-qa writes: Are you afraid to write code? Does the thought linger in your brain that somewhere out there somebody has already done this? Do you find yourself trapped in an analysis cycle where nothing is getting done? Is your product mutating to accommodate third party components? If yes, then perhaps you are suffering from invented-here syndrome.

Most of use are aware of not-invented-here syndrome, but the opposite problem is perhaps equally troublesome. We can get stuck in the mindset that there must be a product, library, or code sample, that already does what we want. Instead of just writing the code we need a lot of effort is spent testing out modules and trying to accommodate our own code. At some point we need to just say, 'stop!', and write the code ourselves.

Comment: Re:If you hate Change so much...... (Score 1) 514

by aardvarkjoe (#49137657) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

1c coin exists because there is a zinc lobby though they have agreed to a compromise which is a problem for the vending machine lobby. There is fundamentally no good reason economically and even politically this would be fixable given a less destructive congress.

The zinc lobby is a large part of the reason why the government won't make the change, but not the only one. The last time I discussed it with anyone, I was amazed at the number of seemingly rational people who were convinced that any attempt to get rid of the penny was a conspiracy to drive up prices.

Change of any sort frightens people, even over the stupidest of things.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.