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Comment: Re:Yes if you can afford the time (Score 2) 170

by JMJimmy (#49623207) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

Certain languages will definitely take a little more time. Lisp is a great example - I've never had the need to use it so I just looked up some code for the first time... it is different but even with the differences I could see the basics at play. I could understand where a conditional started and ended, how certain loops worked, etc. and that's with a quick glance of a random piece of code from google images. Give me a proper doc and an hour I'd be good to go.

Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 1) 88

It's only outdated if you don't want a dedicated device for time. Some of us do want or need such a device, preferably one that doesn't need to be recharged every 24 hours, do a bunch of shit we don't care about, and occupy half of our lower arms. A nice looking watch is also a fashion statement; I'm not talking Rolex level (although you can certainly do that), just something that looks halfway decent and goes with most of your wardrobe.

The reality is that people expect you to have a cellphone these days. It has replaced the home phone in many respects. So, given that reality you always have a device on you that can tell time. If you choose to get one that needs to be recharged every 24 hours and does a bunch of shit you don't care about that's a choice. I chose to get a smart phone that sure, can do a bunch of shit I don't care about, but I got one that lasts for 6 days typically and that has a keyboard for my big thumbs. It's not new & flashy. It's not the "in" thing but damn does it do what I need it to: send text messages, give me the time, store contact data, and let me take/make calls.

Comment: Re:Yes if you can afford the time (Score 4, Insightful) 170

by JMJimmy (#49622781) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

The simple answer is that once you learn how to code it doesn't matter what the language is.

I couldn't disagree with this more. I don't mean to be flippant or argumentative; I simply want to say that my experience has been quite different. I think the langauge you write programs in is incredibly important. You want the right language for the task at hand.

I don't disagree with this at all. My point was that you don't need to go out and learn an entire language just because you think it might be useful to do. Once you know one or two languages it's not important that you know other languages, just that you know what situations other languages would be better suited for. When you run into one of those situations, it's just as easy to pick it up on the fly because you already have the core knowledge from the existing language(s) you've learned.

I think of it this way... a decade ago my professor gave us a little anecdote about how, if you learned 10 new methods in Java every day for the rest of your life - you'd be dead before you learned everything that was in Java. Since you can't "know" a language because it's constantly being created/changed/etc the best thing to do is understand rather than know.

Comment: Re:Yes if you can afford the time (Score 2) 170

by JMJimmy (#49622273) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

Not quite.

The simple answer is that once you learn how to code it doesn't matter what the language is. Sure you need to learn where the limitations are, efficiencies of the language, syntax, etc but at their core most programming languages are the same.

I taught myself PHP/JavaScript/etc back in the day, took a few courses with Java but never touched a lick of .NET/VB/ASP. Without knowing anything about how someone had coded a page in ASP.NET, simply looking at the output times, I was able to diagnose an issue, code & test a framework for a fix to be integrated into his code. It took me all of 2 hours and access to language documentation to "learn" ASP.NET and managed to triple the efficiency of the code.

Comment: Moar Cloud (Score 5, Insightful) 127

by JMJimmy (#49614173) Attached to: Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview Released

Whenever I read "more cloud integration" or some other marketing crap like that my immediate thought is "How many people am I going to have to downgrade or switch to an Open alternative?"

Office 2003 is the last Microsoft Office suite I used and I could not be happier with my choice. The writing was on the wall when they went "ribbon" crazy.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 4, Interesting) 407

by JMJimmy (#49525083) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

If there are few to no negative side effects, what does it matter if people lean on these drugs to work?

I've not used them myself, but I don't care if others do.

That's totally not true. Adderall can cause insomnia, uncontrollable sweating, thyroid problems, and a laundry list of other issues. Aside from that fact the main problem is that it becomes useless. Your brain doesn't rest properly but because you're on stimulants you don't recognize that you're tired and just keep going. That sounds great but it has a detrimental effect where the benefits are eliminated by the exhaustion your brain is experiencing and you end up right where you started (or worse off). Then when you go off them not only do you start sleeping more due to trying to recover, your mental state takes a hit and it takes weeks to recover your baseline productivity.

As someone who genuinely needs to take this class of stimulants I wouldn't wish them on anyone. They can help but if I can avoid taking them for long periods I do.

Comment: Re:Wonderful. (Score 1) 255

by JMJimmy (#49522997) Attached to: Twitter Rolls Out New Anti-Abuse Tools

This will be abused by SJWs so fast.

Yeah, it's utterly unacceptable that people complain about rape and death threats. I have a good idea: we should spam their twitter feeds with MORE rape and death threats until they see the error of their ways.

That will teach those SJWs a really good lesson!

BTW: at this point SJW doesn't actually mean anything. It's just used as a "shit I hate on the internet" invective. There is no consistency in its use and people use it as a means of either rabble rousing or ad-homenim by trying to shut down a debate by flinging poo rather than actually engaging in a rational discussion.

Like your post for example.

SJW is a non-starter, as you say. However, when I was young I'd say some seriously nasty things to my best friend and he'd do the same to me - it was a running inside joke. Anyone looking in from the outside would think we were the most racist, sexist, awful human beings when in reality it was the absurdity of what we were saying that we thought was funny. The problem is with public tools like this that people can't tell the difference between something like that and something genuinely hurtful. I certainly wouldn't trust some poorly paid employee to be able to understand the nuances of a relationship, situation, regional language differences, etc.

Comment: Re: Wow (Score 1) 540

by JMJimmy (#49512629) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

It's costing him almost $1 million each. Even if he sells them at cost, it's hard to see how it would be "affordable". Maybe he's not planning on breaking even, but that's pretty crazy to spend that much on a low income home.

Assuming he's selling them. 104 of them are apartments for pensioners.

Comment: Re:Thank god (Score 3, Insightful) 229

While I've been fortunate to have never received any of that junk, I do see this as a good move... and $5 is really low. Recall it's not $5 on any purchase, but $5 over the lifetime of your account. That's... well. If that's a problem for you, how exactly do you afford to have whatever it is you're running Steam on? I'll give you the internet - maybe public wifi (or stealing it)... but unless you dug the device out of the trash and are also stealing electricity, I think spending $5 at one time or another isn't much to require.

The question really is, does the $5/account cover the costs of policing them if they do pay up.

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