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Comment: Re:Can they do it with corporate code? (Score 2) 183

by jellomizer (#48927841) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

Perhaps not as well. If people are following the coding standards for the organization then the code for the most part looks far more similar.

When I am working with a development team, I will tend to adjust my unique style to better match what everyone else is doing. Even if it means doing coding methods that I will normally disagree with.

If the code tends to use a bunch of Goto's instead of Procedures or classes. I will use those GOTO not for my benefit, but for people who will maintain my code later on, so they won't have to change their mindset and debugging strategies to see what the program is doing to do future corrections.

I will go full Object Oriented if the group of people that I am working with do their coding full OO.

My personal style would be more procedural, than OO. Not due to lack of knowledge or not realizing OO advantages and disadvantages. But if I am to code on my own, I code in the way that My Mind handles the requirements, and how I feel would be easier for me to change and fix my code in the future.

I think this method is best for ID based on personal code, vs group corporate code, where a lot of your particular style is hidden.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 2) 215

by jellomizer (#48925255) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

Ethics and Morals are based on the cultural norms.

Taking a bribe is consider corruption in our culture. In another it may be considered payment for expedited services. In America we Tip our servers, the size of our tips are based on what we figure was the quality of the service. This motivates the server to try to exceed expectation. The only difference between this and a bribe is payment after service is performed and not before.

Comment: Re:Crystal ball ? (Score 1) 201

by jellomizer (#48924875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

There are the obvious fads. But there are plenty of times where a Fad can endure vs just go away, sometimes it could just be something disruptive that changes its path.

We had the rails fad. Ruby on Rails got rather popular in the early 10's then it just kinda faded away. Technically it was fine, however mobile apps development took over which made Web Applications development seem less popular, so the existing Web Apps were just maintained with PHP, JSP or ASP.NET. The need to try to make an ultra rich interface for web applications somewhat paused, when they realize they just need to focus on the PC, and no longer put effort in Mobile HTML with the new input methods.

OS/2 Vs. Windows 95. There was a lot of buzz around OS/2 Warp replacing Windows 3.1... However IBM really bombed its marketing while Microsoft did a stellar job.

During our careers I am sure the best of us, had jumped onto the wrong fad, or made a bad choice. Then the next time you didn't change your criteria and you made a good choice.

However the real question should be. As the parent pointed out What does it do, and will it actually benefit me/my organization.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 5, Insightful) 215

by jellomizer (#48923683) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

There is nothing simple about ethics with international business.
Things that ethically right in one culture can be a huge issue in an other.
Many European countries have laws about Hate speech.
The US has against with Pedophilia.
In some countries bribes are just part of doing business. In others it is quite illegal.
Countries will tax you for things that other countries would consider as overstepping bounds.
Some countries lets things go by without legal controls that others find monstrous.

If you are going to be doing international business, you need to be sensitive to your own ideals, as well as the ideals of your new customer base.
Our American Ideals of nearly full freedom of speech, vs. Turkey ideals of limited speech. Are clashing. So if Zuckerberg just said no. They will not operate in Turkey, and the users will be loss of a medium to spread the areas of free speech that they do enjoy. If Zuckerberg agrees then Facebook stays operational, and while taking heat from the culture who doesn't like to see any speech censored, is allowing the culture to have better tools to share the free speech that they are entitled too.

Comment: Re:Franchise Fees are evil (Score 1) 76

by jellomizer (#48923333) Attached to: Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

Especially now that most of the data is transmitted digitally. This was a necessary evil before digital distribution, because an analog signal took up a full bandwidth having too much will cause interference. With the data being distributed digitally a lot of competition can go across the same pipeline without affecting the other. TCP/IP is kinda neat that way.

Comment: Re:pretty much expected. (Score 4, Insightful) 46

by jellomizer (#48923273) Attached to: Security-Focused BlackPhone Was Vulnerable To Simple Text Message Bug

IT security is about tradeoffs.
The idea of 100% security while possible, it impractical.
Your argument about Blackphone is the fact they are not supportive of the OSS mind set, So you judging the quality of the technology based on what type of license it has.

Ok a flaw was found, and they put in a fix for it, what else do you expect from them?

Comment: Re:yes, programming, like poetry, is not words, un (Score 1) 203

by jellomizer (#48915823) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

There is an art to programming. However I am more of a visual person I tend to compare it to painting. Where I use Mathematics, Logic, and understanding of the Systems engineering to replace brushes, paint, and understanding of the textures of the material.

When you teach someone to code, (especially from a non-coder) it is like showing them how to hold a pencil, and write some letters, and words. It will take experience and working with real coders to learn the finer arts to programming.
It isn't about knowing how to do the actions... But how to put yourself in the mindset to create.

Comment: I am pissed off at the media over exaggeration! (Score 1) 390

by jellomizer (#48915755) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Historic Storm!
Here Ye Here Ye. Run the shops and get your Toilet Paper in Bulk. Be Prepared to live like a caveman for year!

What I would like to have seen.
Estimated snow fall ranges.
Average expected snow fall to get
Standard Deviation of your estimate.
Confidence interval.

We get a lot of this talk during the political season. So the general public does seem to have at least a rudimentary understanding of such statistics. Why can't we get this for things like weather. Other than trying to make us panic about every freaking thing.

I want News, not sensationalism .

Comment: Re:Terrible names (Score 1) 375

by jellomizer (#48914471) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

How does your kernel preference affect the quality of the user interface?
Actually Most Unix designs over exaggerate the problem I have stated.
I want to run a program that does this.
Well I /usr/bin or /usr/sbin/ or /usr/local/bin or /usr/local/sbin I sure hope the command lets me know what the heck the program does.

MWM, FVWM, CDW (the classic interfaces) tended to give you what you can have the rest was via command line in Xterm.
Windows 8 UI stole the Ubuntu method in a lot of ways as well.

You are dealing with these issues, it is that you got use to them and don't realize how bad off you are.

Comment: Re:So what will this accomplish? (Score 1) 151

by jellomizer (#48914403) Attached to: Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

Well if you live in a City. And you happen to be in a place where you cannot stay for shelter. Then you will need to be able to get to a place of shelter, your home, a hotel... If Cabs, Busses and public transportation isn't meeting demand, then you may need a personal driver go get you to the proper place of shelter.

Comment: Re:So what will this accomplish? (Score 1) 151

by jellomizer (#48914109) Attached to: Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

Econ 101 yes. However during cases of emergencies, demand may not be rational, as the value of their currency is less than the value they are trying to protect.
If you are freezing to death and the only thing that can save your life would be using that check in your pocket for a million dollars, you would burn that check, in order to save your life.

In short during an emergency people need to focus on the short term and not the long term. So Supply vs Demand breaks down, as the value of money, is only as valuable as everyone agrees it is. However during an emergency, its value drops to the practical value of the paper,coin, plastic.

That is why there are anti-gouging laws. Because it isn't an aggregate rational supply and demand, but a mad rush for services.
Now for Uber and other services, Being their computers are not programmed to think in terms of an irrational market, they will just assume there is a perfectly rational demand jump so the prices will rise. The long term effect would be customers being felt ripped off will avoid such services in the future.

Comment: Re: You nerds need to get over yourselves (Score 1) 203

by TheRaven64 (#48913625) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy
Even in Finance, they've done that. Look at PayPal. The only reason that it exists is that the banks and credit card companies dragged their feet with online payments. They're now doing free electronic person-to-person transfers, but it's still expensive to take credit card payments online.

Comment: Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (Score 1) 203

by TheRaven64 (#48912547) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

When people say coding is the new literacy they are not suggesting that everyone become professional programmers anymore then saying someone should be able to read and write means they should become professional writers.

Exactly. Go back a couple of hundred years and you even have well-off people saying 'I don't need to learn to write, I can afford to hire a scribe'. You had people saying 'not everyone needs to learn to read and write, there aren't enough jobs for that many scribes anyway'.

Before he retired, my stepfather was the head groundskeeper on a golf course. Not exactly the kind of job you think of as requiring coding skills. Except that they had a computerised irrigation system that could trigger sprinklers in response to various events (humidity sensors, motion sensors, time, and so on). It came with a partly-graphical domain-specific programming language for controlling it. It's going to be very hard in the next 50 years to find a job that doesn't require some programming to do it competently - even this kind of stereotypically low-tech job requires it now.

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 4, Insightful) 457

It's really the only viable answer to piracy that's left and publishers are embracing it wholeheartedly.

I used to pirate games and I used to buy games. I eventually couldn't be bothered with pirating and worrying about malware or with trying to jump through the hoops that the publishers wanted, so I stopped playing games altogether. Then gog.com launched and sold me games that I was nostalgic about, cheaply. Then they started selling newer games. I spent more with them last six months than I did on total on games in the five years since Steam was launched and the industry wend DRM-happy. I can download DRM-free installers for all of the games, often in OS X, Windows, and Linux versions.

It turns out that there's another answer to piracy that works: sell your product in a way that's easy to use at a reasonable price. Stop worrying about pirates and start worrying about customers. Someone who wouldn't buy your game anyway who pirates it is not a lost sale, but someone who can't be bothered to put up with your treating them like a criminal and so doesn't buy from you is. Buying a game from gog.com is easier than pirating and, if you factor in the cost of your time, probably cheaper as well.

Give me a product I want for a reasonable price and I will happily hand over my money, because I feel that I'm getting something valuable in return. Don't, and... well, computer games are not the only form of entertainment available.

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