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Comment Re: The old talent doesn't understand the new stuf (Score 1) 229

That mega mainframe you speak derisively of had transactional and security capabilities that these cloud idiots are still trying to re-invent, and using them didn't require stitching together code in 4 languages with 100 libraries that all suck and which some alleged genius will reinvent next week anyway.

One might argue that neither of the outcomes was all that great, with the former relying on a reliable-by-throwing-money-at-it serial machine and the latter being a hack. There's a lot of good CS that hasn't made it into practice yet since most software would have to get recoded to take advantage of it and that would make these things cleaner in cheaper distributed systems. But now you have two legacy systems instead of one...

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 229

It's never been about age discrimination. It's always been the problem of what Alan Kay said, that programming isn't a real field, it's a pop culture. It's about fads. Those "new technologies" are more like new music genres instead of advancement in fundamental engineering practices. It should be no wonder that .NET people and mainframists mix about as well as trance people mix with jazz afficionados.

Comment Thanks, Obama! (No, I'm being serious.) (Score 4, Informative) 162

The point was equally valid in 2010 when President Obama abruptly and without warning canceled the Constellation space exploration program.

"Without warning"? You mean that the Augustine commission was secret? Nobody saw it coming that a lousy program that had delivered too little by that time for too much money got scrapped?

Comment Re:Grace Hopper (Score 1) 187

The first sentence started with mentioning "women who deserve recognition". I was not the only one to notice the "one of them is not like the others" problem. Why the hell isn't Barbara Liskov or Adele Goldberg mentioned instead? Fuck him.

Comment Re:oh, ada ? (Score 1) 187

You think other people have no other thing in life to do than to read every Slashdot thread they can? I simply don't recall it from the few times I saw the name mentioned as a topic. And as I said, people will do this all the time if two famous people share a last name anyway. Ada apparently had just bad luck with her counterpart.

Comment Re:sTEM (Score 1) 219

What you're listing are applications of computer science. You can also apply pure classic math to scientific problems but I still perceive a distinction between the math and the problems it's being applied to: the math doesn't become a part of the scientific branch by mere being used as its tool. Applying novel CS to modeling weather sounds really like an interdisciplinary field, with the resulting new knowledge being really more a part of our knowledge about weather than about computers.

Comment Re:Was AL really a programmer? (Score 1) 187

I think the distinction is maybe more between a computer scientist and a programmer. If we were to accept her as the latter, it might require significantly broadening the definition. At least the usual understanding of the term as being a practical vocation can't possibly apply since nobody paid her for the job. It is not generally understood in the sense of "any person that at least once in life formalizes or semi-formalizes a computational process" today.

Comment Re:Grace Hopper (Score 2) 187

Quinn? Sarkeesian? Really!? You dared to place them next to Meitner and Germain? Now I've seen it all... Really, you could replace Sarkeesian with Kim Kardashian and I wouldn't notice the difference in notability.

Comment Re:oh, ada ? (Score 1) 187

Does it really? I'm seeing it for the first time. It reminds me of the joke about Lance Armstrong at least still being the first man on the Moon. I think you'll just have to get used to this class of name jokes, since people appear to be prone to making them.

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