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Comment: Part learned, part personality (Score 1) 85

by petes_PoV (#49619971) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

it [programming ability] is just a bunch of skills that can be learned

That is partly true. However to be a great programmer you need the right mindset, experience and maturity. A great programmer isn't one who knocks out the most lines of "code" in a day - any fool can do that or someone who writes mind-bogglingly complicated structures (all fools do that on a daily basis - and seem to take pride in it). No a great programmer is the one who can get to the nub of a programming problem and solve it in a robust and clear way and then describe succinctly why that is the best approach.

Sadly most of industry today subscribes to the "rock star" mentality - not just in code hackers, but in most walks.

+ - Recent Paper Shows Fracking Chemicals in Drinking Water, Industry Attacks It->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes: A recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences turned up 2-Butoxyethanol from samples collected from three households in Pennsylvania. The paper's level headed conclusion is that more conservative well construction techniques should be used to avoid this in the future and that flowback should be better controlled. Rob Jackson, another scientist who reviewed the paper, stressed that the findings were an exception to normal operations. Despite that, the results angered the PR gods of the Marcellus Shale Gas industry and awoke beltway insider mouthpieces to attack the research — after all, what are they paying them for?
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Comment: Re:How Detriot Got That Way -- and Why It Will.... (Score 1) 121

Why should they? As long as they had a good run, what does it matter? Nothing lasts forever, certainly not any corporations. How many major corporations can you list which haven't either collapsed, been bought out, or significantly contracted in over 50 years? I can't think of any. Even IBM had a major contraction back in the 90s. Ford certainly contracted a lot, but these days they're doing great.

As for "durable goods", cars don't last that long. Sure, a few weirdos keep the 25+-year-old models in pristine shape, and other cheapos keep old cars running (barely) long past their prime, but most cars are not kept more than 2 decades or so. And this span of time is quite a bit greater than it used to be: 30-50 years ago, a car was considered junk when it had 50,000 miles on it. It's only been the last 10-20 years where it became normal for cars to go well over 100k miles.

+ - Invisibility box to hide your phone and keys to be demonstrated this month->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have created a small box which can be used as an invisibility cloak by bending light around valuable objects like wallets, phones and keys.

Where previous efforts to make objects disappear were thwarted by the impossibility of speeding up the light which is slowed as it is bent around them, the new invention uses a light-scattering material which slows down all light around the box, meaning it can be sped up again as it goes through the cloak.

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Comment: Re:Maybe it's a sign... (Score 2) 26

by TheGratefulNet (#49618921) Attached to: Cisco Names Veteran Robbins To Succeed Chambers as CEO

REST apis at ciscso are a joke.

sdn at cisco is a joke (they cancelled onePK. oh, and they didn't really tell anyone, either, but it IS cancelled).

disc: I used to work there. key terms: 'used to'

cisco is a has-been. and most of their really good people will leave in the year, as cisco removes all cubes and goes full retar^Hopen-office-plan. no one was excited about that and people said that when their building converts over, they'll either work from home or quit.

I remember cisco from the early 90's (I was there at menlo) and cisco today is a shell of what it used to be. they have too many people, too many projects and too much dead project (and old code!).

hell, when heartbleed came out, it took cisco over 6mos to get a working ssh daemon and even then its still broken with latest linux and putty opensl libs.

they do some things right, but too much else is done wrong, there.

pity, but they have definitely passed their prime, so to speak. canceling onePK was a huge loss even though it was complex as hell. now, their sdn story is weaker than all the rest.

and don't get me started on that csr1000v piece of shit. lacks too many tools and is not reliable (from what I've seen when I played around with it). don't get me started on their bad snmp, netconf and bazillion variants of the 'cisco classic cli'.

+ - Appeals Judge Calls Prenda an "Ingenuous Crooked Extortionate Operation"

Submitted by ktetch-pirate
ktetch-pirate writes: Today was the long-awaited appeals court hearing in the ongoing Prenda copyright troll saga. Almost exactly two years after Judge Otis Wright went sci-fi on Prenda and its principles, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held an appeals hearing requested by Prenda on the sanctions, and it was not a pretty day for Prenda. Highlights included Senior Judge Pregerson calling Prenda's operation an "Ingenuous Crooked Extortionate Operation" after describing in detail how they operate.

Prenda also astonished the judges by welcoming the idea of a criminal contempt hearing, which Legal blog Popehat thinks is likely to happen, on top of the sanctions being sustained.

Singapore's Prime Minister Shares His C++ Sudoku Solver Code 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the prime-programmer dept.
itwbennett writes: Several weeks ago, during a speech at the Founders Forum Smart Nation Singapore Reception, Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsien Loong said that he used to enjoy programming, and that the last program he wrote was a Sudoku solver in C++. To back that up, earlier today he announced (on Facebook and Twitter) that his code is available to download. He wrote on Facebook that he wrote the program 'several years ago' and that the code does 'a backtrack search, choosing the next cell to guess which minimises the fanout.'

Comment: Re:Follow up a rejection letter (Score 1) 471

by tepples (#49616827) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

What could the company possibly say that wouldn't possibly come back to harm them?

"Pretty soon we'll be posting openings for technologies X, Y, and Z, so bone up on those" would be a start. Or "Customer service representatives need to be understandable on the phone. Here are some videos about improving your speech."

Comment: Re:Nothing wrong with Socialism. (Score 1) 487

by ceoyoyo (#49615577) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

Are you saying Americans would be happier if you broke up the country?

As a whole, the EU is similar to the US in population and geographical size but is older and more socialist. Canada is also on the happiest list. It's also a nation of immigrants, quite a bit younger than the US, and similar in geographic size, although about 1/10th the population. Also much more socialist than the US.

The OP is correct, the common factor seems to be the type of economic system.

Comment: Re:It's all politics, all the time (Score 3, Insightful) 278

Oh, one side always thinks the other side is worse. Actually, both sides think that way. And that is how you know you're on one side or the other side.

Here is my question, which is worse? Deleting 18.5 minutes of audio recordings or erasing an entire email server used by the Secretary of State for Official Purposes?

Both are equally wrong. For the same reasons. One guy had to resign in shame, the other is running for president and proud of her accomplishments. Which side is worse? Meh, I can't hardly tell them apart.

Nondeterminism means never having to say you are wrong.