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Comment: Re:The hypocrisy is palpable (Score 1) 95

by Kataire (#43127275) Attached to: Mass. Bill Would Put Privacy Squeeze on Cloud Apps For Schools
I agree with the idea of the law. At that age, it's appropriate for educators to have that kind of information in order to get feedback and drive the education process. I would not say the same for marketers, who would also love to help drive the education process in more profitable ways.

Comment: The last time (Score 1) 384

by Kataire (#43038713) Attached to: Is Too Soulless To Make an Impact?
The last time we had people getting into programming because of the glamor was the dot-com boom, which lead to the dot-com bust, which lead to thousands of good programmers getting tossed out with the millions of bad. I want to work in an office that looks like one of those Stepford models, but some consulting gigs I get, I'm lucky to get a whole cube to myself. I have much better equipment, accommodations, and connectivity at home. All I think this video does is poorly try to raise the barrier to entry on small shops getting talented developers.

Comment: Re:Cheap labor trained with tax dollars (Score 1) 265

by Kataire (#43018317) Attached to: Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code

More "we want cheap labor trained with tax dollars" whining from industry. If there were a shortage of programmers, salaries would be going up. They're not.

More like a recruiting video to try to hire every last programmer who hasn't gotten drained by addiction to a video game.

Frankly, I've never seen an office as Stepford as the ones in that video.

I don't know any kid who would look at any office I've worked at in the past 20 years & get that excited about it.

So programmers who can get into a country club like that are gonna go there, and the rest of the world is gonna have to pay those four or five companies for our services. :)

Comment: Making the smartphone common. (Score 1) 404

by Kataire (#42755535) Attached to: Can Any Smartphone Platform Overcome the Android/iOS Duopoly?

The battle will really be over the non-smartphone users.

Android has an Achilles heal. It's old, immature and hard to update. It reminds me of Windows XP in terms of user experience and platform vulnerability. It's dug into the market well, but it's only mature enough for "smartphone" users who readily work around quirks and ill behaviors... not enough to grab the non-smartphone user.

This is why iOS will hold on to it's lead while it can maintain the premium smartphone image befitting of its contemporary Mac OS X. That said, "premium smartphone" is the iOS Achilles heal. A cheap, hobbled iPhone won't grab the non-smartphone user either.

BB already lost it's page to Microsoft in the Enterprise market.

More importantly, while MS isn't that popular in the US, it's got a jump on the non-smartphone users overseas... which I bet will only spread. It's got the base OS maturity (security) of Windows 7, the UI consistency of it's contemporary Windows 8 desktop, and the price range to make them accessible.

My wife traded her clunky droid for a WP8, and both our moms (our kids' grandmothers) love their Windows Phones ... this strikes me as good indicator that Windows Phone could bring the non-smartphone market into the smartphone era, eating up that market as it goes, if given the chance.

Comment: It's a cloud car (Score 1) 442

by Kataire (#42146093) Attached to: Why Microsoft's Surface Pro Could Fail

Another good reason PRO is likely to fail... I've said it before & I'll say it again. Surface is a cloud car.

If I need Intel horsepower on a tablet, I'll remote desktop into a real computer (or cloud-hosted VM). Why pay for Intel in a tablet when the RT version will provide excellent mobile functionality at significantly lower costs (in terms of both price AND power) with the ability to hook up to heavy iron to do the heavy lifting?

Comment: Plain Language Programming (Score 1) 472

by Kataire (#41260749) Attached to: Comments On Code Comments?

The more comments you have in code, the higher risk you have of time sucks and bugs (past, present, and future). Instead, use naming and syntax to make your code as human readable and comprehensible as possible. Bytes are cheap, there's rarely need for clever abbreviations; instead of getting clever with them, get clever with expressing your code closer to plain language. Think about the names of your nouns and verbs (and even adjectives and adverbs), and make sure they make sense to anyone who understands your problem domain.

In my humble opinion, broken code comments are almost as dangerous as broken logic, and should be treated as a bug if it's wrong. It's wrong if it's inappropriate, outdated, misleading, takes more than a line or so, or superficially obvious. If it needs more than a line or so, it should be documented, and the line in your code should brefly identify the problem and documentation location. I'd recommend that it refer to sections within a technical design document.

Comment: Re:Anonymity vs. Accountability (Score 1) 218

by Kataire (#39239589) Attached to: In Theory And Practice, Why Internet-Based Voting Is a Bad Idea
In NH, we had a recent bit of a scandal on the fact that no ID is required at all. A voter can claim to be anyone, and be handed a ballot... and the checklists are full of good spoofing candidates, like recently deceased... In light of issues like that, I think anything that addresses anonymity & accountability better than what we have is way better.

Comment: It sparked my education... (Score 1) 200

by Kataire (#38640812) Attached to: Want To Get Kids Interested In Programming? Teach Them Computer History
I vaguely recall writing reports about other subjects in grade school, but I remember very well researching the history of computers and turning an assignment for a two page report into many pages on the subject. That was the first time I remember bending school to my own interest. I remember realizing that schools were not prepared for me. I knew I had to find ways to turn every subject into something to do with computers, programming, & technology... not long after that history report, I got my hands on a cheap computer. I wrote programs not just for entertainment, but to drill myself on less interesting school subjects. I wrote programs to illustrate lessons. I even dabbled with my own word processor so I could write for English class. A few people understood my interest & found material for me, which I learned in addition, and I taught myself things like CPU design, binary logic & arithmetic. I made it interesting for myself. Today, I can easily say that I twisted my own education into something way better than my educators probably realized.

Comment: Re:U.S. is established on religion, so (Score 1) 900

by Kataire (#38510418) Attached to: America's Turn From Science, a Danger For Democracy

Just because we haven't explained or observed it doesn't mean it can't be.

Do you believe in a Higgs boson? If so, congratulations... you're a believer. You believe in something that people have spent billions trying to prove the existence of (and still haven't, just yet). If you're not a believer, what is it that you think your mass comes from? Or do you not believe you have mass? Now, if the Higgs is found... that's cool... but what does it get it's properties from? How do you know any of this exists... did you design the LHC and fire it up and make the observations yourself, or did you have faith in someone else's word?

The Bible is full of stories that couldn't be well articulated in the realm of understanding of the audience that originally received it. We had to grow up a bit and start digging into science to discover the deeper meanings of the metaphors.

Comment: Interpol (Score 2, Interesting) 301

by Kataire (#26415283) Attached to: Storm Worm Botnet "Cracked Wide Open"
If government officials have authority to recover stolen goods (cars, property, etc) then they need to start taking care of this sort of thing, too. Why create a "new" organization for it... governments can agree to work together enough to form Interpol, simply extend Interpol to cover cyber crime. It seems like an obvious extension to me. As mentioned previously, the damage was done when the "vehicle" was "stolen"... if the "car" "crashes" in the authority's pursuit to limit its contribution to the victimization of more innocents, that's the fault of the perpetrator(s), not the authorities.

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment. -- Robert Benchley