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Comment: It's called hindsight (Score 3, Insightful) 144

by Java Pimp (#49180001) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

Which is always 20/20. Humans are not able to predict the future no matter what information we are fed (with the exception of Charlie Sheen). Only after the outcome is realized can we then look back and see the clues leading up to it. It is hindsight that we use as a tool to punish others for not being able to predict the future.

Comment: Re:It's a vast field.... (Score 1) 809

by Java Pimp (#49079607) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

I agree. I don't doubt my ability to learn new technologies quickly. The problem is in convincing hiring managers of that. I've had trouble moving into new positions within the same company because my salary demanded I be in a leadership role but the junior guys had more technical expertise. While I know I could handle the job and learn what I needed quickly, I was ultimately turned down because of the lack of experience.

Comment: Re:It's a vast field.... (Score 5, Interesting) 809

by Java Pimp (#49048891) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

This. As someone who has 16 years under my belt I'm finding it more and more difficult to branch into areas which I've had little experience because to justify my salary I'm expected to already be an expert. Which is a shame because I have at least another 20 years of new technologies to learn before I retire.

Comment: Re:Censorship at /., HN, Reddit. (Score 1) 400

by Java Pimp (#49017235) Attached to: An Argument For Not Taking Down Horrific Videos

The black marker argument is flawed. That is describing a censorship of the material where it is impossible or extremely difficult to recover that obscured text.

A more apt comparison would be to encode the text in ROT-13 or something. Yep, completely unreadable but easily recovered by anyone who really wants to see it.

To me, I don't have a problem with GNAA posts and such being hidden by default. And if I'm reading an insightful thread and find a link to show hidden comments, yep, I click it to see what they have to say. It's not difficult.

Comment: Re:The Dangers of the World (Score 1) 784

by Java Pimp (#48829603) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

That would remain to be seen. However, I will want it documented that my signature was forced under threat and against my better judgement and without benefit of counsel. Legally it would still be a valid signature on the document so in my opinion it would be illegal to use that as a pretext for removing the children anyway.

Comment: Re:Need a flash mob.... (Score 1) 515

by Java Pimp (#48581683) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

No, we don't need a flash mob to potentially get in the way, cause a scene or otherwise interfere with police business. But we do need more people recording and holding them accountable. If you happen to be there, by all means record it. But don't go actively seeking them out especially in large groups or otherwise provide them with a valid reason to enact an all out ban on the practice.

The police do have an important job to do and the majority of them are good people. But since there are those bad actors out there and we don't know who is who, we still need to have this ability to watch over them.

Comment: Processing IDE (Score 2) 107

After being used to more powerful IDEs I was at first unimpressed with the Processing IDE. However, the more I mess around with it, it's not all that bad. It's what the Arduino's IDE is based on and where I was first introduced to it.

I could see it being a very good introduction to programming. Simple interface, easy to set up and tons of examples and tutorials. Write code, click "run".

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 3, Insightful) 482

by Java Pimp (#48050875) Attached to: Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

If I'm understanding correctly, this allows her to view a guy's profile and/or other info (Question of the day) and choose to allow him to see her picture while it is still not visible to everyone else. From what I remember, for other sites you could have a picture everyone could see or no one could see.

Of course, this gives a guy a bit of an edge since if he stumbles upon her profile and her pic is visible, he knows she's already looked at his profile and she's already somewhat interested.

Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 0) 92

by Java Pimp (#48037257) Attached to: China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

The titles remain as a throwback to Usenet discussion threads. Mainly because Slashdot users refuse to leave that era and progress with the rest of the world. We fear change. Take the current uproar over Beta for instance. I remember a similar uproar the last time Slashdot had a major overhaul (which really wasn't all that major).

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