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Comment: Re:Grit (Score 1) 548

by Matheus (#47722921) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Combine this with the ability to, on a schedule, step away in such a manner that you can reliably get past whatever hurdle/writers block you are suffering from. If you're really good you can 'force' those a-ha moments when you don't have the time to wait for them to happen. Sometimes just blindly grinding on will get you nowhere.

Back to the hell yeah tho: You don't get paid if you never ship. If you can't get the job done then it doesn't matter how great you were at starting it.

Comment: Re:Pick a different job. (Score 5, Insightful) 548

by Matheus (#47722683) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Oh and PS: To a few layers up poster...

"programmers aren't smart enough to unionize" are you kidding me? To be clear I am not anti-union by any means but for my job not on your life. I'm sure life is different in the valley or big code farms elsewhere but honestly I am better equipped to negotiate as an individual than within a group. The world changes and as development becomes more commoditized this situation may change as well but I don't see that anywhere in the near future. (read my employment lifetime) when my threat as an individual to walk away carries as much weight as a union making the same threat there is no perk to the tradeoffs.

Comment: Re:Pick a different job. (Score 4, Insightful) 548

by Matheus (#47722507) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Sorry it sucks where y'all live.

Minneapolis here. Getting 40 hours or keeping to 40 hours (whichever is your issue) is not a problem. Wages easily put you in a high standard of living. Of course cost of living is much lower here than any of the cities mentioned but that's part of the appeal of living here... more bang for your buck. Well that and everything else.

If you really think it sucks everywhere that is not NYC/SF/Austin/Boston then you need to pay more attention.

Comment: Re:Not this again. (Score 4, Interesting) 637

by Matheus (#47615933) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Ya the OP is asking the wrong question really... Honestly a school that is cranking out pure Java monkeys is called a "Tech School". If your Bachelors isn't providing you with the breadth of experience/knowledge you need then sorry you picked the wrong school.

I was in school during the transition.. my Intro to Programming was in "C++" (in quotes because it was taught by a C dev who barely knew any of the ++ besides basic OOP). A had a couple other classes using C++ but that quickly transitioned to Java mid-sophomore year. Of course I also learned MAL/SAL, Various hardware languages, Lisp and a number of "scripting" languages.

The important part of all of that is that the language in question was the "tool" we used to learn what the class was teaching. The class was not teaching us the language (although plenty of off-hours support was given if you didn't know it going in). Honestly I learned WAY more about memory management in my Operating Systems class which used Java as its reference language than I ever did in the handful of C++ classes I had.

Side Comment: As someone who's spent a majority of his professional career writing Java code, a Java programmer who doesn't think about memory management is a terrible Java dev (and yeah I know there are a LOT of terrible Java devs out there). I have had not a single project where close attention to Objects' memory utilization and freeing wasn't required. The terms used are different as are the calls you make but just about any software that just "leaves it up to the GC" will have issues.

Comment: Re: Well at least they saved the children! (Score 2) 790


Nothing that Google provided was "evidence" ergo it does not have to conform to any of those standards.

What Google provided was a lead that a judge deemed worthy of issuing a search warrant (also not bound by strict rules of evidence although IANAL so may be some guidelines here of their own). At that point, when the Po executed their warrant they found actual "evidence" that (assuming they didn't fud it as happens too often) would meet all rules and be admissible.

I have nothing in the cloud and my Gmail address is a forward. That being said I have no illusion that anything I do online is completely private so have no sympathy for this repeat offender who was dumb enough to keep his dirty laundry in Google's hands.

There are a lot of moral and security questions this situation raises but I feel no need to cry foul at this lil bit o news.

Comment: Re:not true because... (Score 1) 166

by Matheus (#47570539) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing

...actually to be completely accurate: TFT was crap. TFS had plenty to tell you which kind of drug testing this was about. SO our wonderful OC couldn't bring himself to get past TFT before commenting... pretty much average for /.

Personally I kind of wanted to rant after reading TFT and was severely disappointed when I read TFS to find nothing new or of interest so didn't bother to go anywhere near TFA but did scan TFC to find if anyone decided to stick to TFT's subject anyway!

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