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Comment: Re:List the STL? Seriously? (Score 1) 371

by MobyDisk (#47976753) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Do experienced devs even know this? I've programmed in several languages and I could never give a list of functions on demand.

Just to be clear: The summary says they didn't ask for function names. It says they asked the names of some of the most commonly used classes in the language.

Ultimately it depends on what the person claims to know. This seems like is a decent question if the C++ programmer claims to know the STL. One can't code any language for long without knowing it's standard containers. Plus, anyone with a CS degree should know that any modern language will need an array, a linked list, a queue, and an associative set. If you just guess "array, list, queue, set" you'd be half way toward the answer.

Comment: Talk to a recruiter (Score 2) 371

by MobyDisk (#47976003) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Here's the elephant in the toom: these questions are so subjective that people can't give a good answer without meeting you. Maybe you interview poorly. Maybe you don't speak clearly. Maybe you are disfigured and that intimidates people. Maybe you don't dress for the part. We can't tell from your question. I suspect those kinds of factors are the dominant factors here so you might be better off asking someone who interviewed you. That's where a recruiter comes in. They have experience sizing people up, and they know what positions are available and who is filling them.

Overall, I find Ph.D computer scientists tend to work in very specialized academic areas. Language development, artificial intelligence, and encryption come to mind. The same goes for mechanical and electrical engineers - they tend to have BS or MS degrees, and the Ph.Ds are specialized and get very high salaries but have a very small pool of positions. It would be a fascinating experiment to submit your resume without the Ph.D and see if you get a different response. If you do that, please post the results somewhere!

Comment: Re:This article gets the details wrong (Score 3, Informative) 130

by MobyDisk (#47964469) Attached to: Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

I read it again, and I missed the funniest part the first time.

"Imposing utility-like regulation, as in treating broadband like the telephone or even railroad tracks, inevitably creates a bureaucratic morass that in fact slows growth and innovation."


The author draws an analogy between broadband and telephone companies. Umm.... broadband companies ARE telephone companies dude. That's like saying "Imagine treating a Collie like a dog, that would be ridiculous!" Applying "utility-like regulation" to regulated monopoly utilities makes perfect sense.

Comparing to the railroad is the best though, because the "net neutrality" laws actually originated with the railroad when they were called called "common carrier" laws. These laws have been in place for hundreds of years, yet it is painted to be some kind of new heavyweight regulation.

Comment: This article gets the details wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 130

by MobyDisk (#47964219) Attached to: Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

As with most mainstream articles on this topic, it just simply doesn't get what network neutrality really is. The problems start with the first sentence.

Net neutrality, the FCC's effort to govern broadband providers who supply Internet access, enters a new chapter as

Net neutrality is not the name of an FCC plan. It is the principle upon which the internet was created. They make this out to be some new regulatory effort, rather than something that has been around for decades.

There's the pro-business side, reflecting the interests of the companies that have paid for the broadband — cable operators and telcos. They naturally want to be able to charge bigger users higher prices

So now the author implies that net neutrality means that they can't charge bigger users higher prices. Bigger users do pay higher prices! They always have, that makes perfect sense. Then it says:

That's the logical growth area of their businesses —charging the distributors of data as well as the consumers (you and me).

Distributors and consumers do pay for their data.

The article is trying to be "nice" to everyone: identify each player in this topic and paint them out to have a reasonable interest. But to do that, the article must omit the core issue which is that cable and telecom monopolies want to double-charge distributors who have already paid. But if you mention that, it is kinda tough to make it look like each side has a fair and balanced interest in this. The article paints out 5 different interested parties, but there are really only two: the greedy monopolies who want to make more money without having to invest in infrastructure, versus everyone-else.

I am loathe to read the article linked within this one titled "RELATED: A Q&A about net neutrality" because I fear yet more inaccuracy.

Comment: Burnout (Score 2) 274

by MobyDisk (#47949519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

I have a few thoughts on burnout:

1) Are you sure they ever burning to begin with?
Lots of people didn't start programming because they loved it. Lots of them started because it was a profitable field. They didn't go home and code til 3am in the first place.

2) Make sure you don't confuse burnout with shifting life priorities. I used to go home, grab some Taco Bell, then write code, compete, hack, etc. But now I go home, kiss my wife, eat dinner, and play with my kids. I'd love to code, but I had to cut a lot of that out. Don't think it was an easy realization, as I could write a novel on the topic. But I didn't burnout, I just shifted my priorities. Next step might be taking care of my parents, which will also cut into coding time. :-(

Comment: There was no hack (Score 5, Informative) 37

by MobyDisk (#47931551) Attached to: eBay Redirect Attack Puts Buyers' Credentials At Risk

The article is completely overblowing this, borderling lying. Ebay was not hacked. The BBC should be ashamed and take the article down:

EBay has been compromised so that people who clicked on some of its links were automatically diverted to a site designed to steal their credentials.

But the image caption says the truth:

A listing for an iPhone 5S contained code that resulted in users being sent to a scam site

Those are *completely* different issues. A link is not a hack! The article goes on to make up more garbage:

He [the security researcher] said that the technique used was known as a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack. It involved the attackers placing malicious Javascript code within product listing pages.

Posting a link is not an XSS attack. And a link is not the same as Javascript.

The article says "a security researcher" but they never say the persons name or credentials. I bet there was no researcher. It sounds more like a friend of one of the reporters saw this scam link, Googled some search terms and came-up with "XSS" then suddenly became a security researcher.

Comment: Do Geeks actually watch this show? (Score 3, Insightful) 106

by MobyDisk (#47929197) Attached to: Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

I've only seen a few episodes of TBBT, but I didn't get that there was anything geeky about it. Do geeks actually watch the show?

The first episode has a hot girl meet a couple of nerdy guys who predictable run into her burly ex-boyfriend. In the next episode, said hot chick finds some reason to take a shower in their apartment, and hilarity ensues. It seemed more fanservice than geekdom. There characters were just "Revenge of the Nerds" style over-the-top archetypes of geeks. This is probably typical of sitcoms since realistic people just aren't as funny as exaggerations.

This interview was the first time I had heard of the series as being for geeks or by geeks. It is good that some mainstream writers take their material seriously.

Comment: Re:Comcast says this never happened. (Score 1) 418

by MobyDisk (#47926241) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Fair enough. Some interesting material I came-up with while searching on this topic:
1) In 2013, Comcast proposed a system where Comcast does the monitoring:
2) Comcast actually stood up for it's users against a copyright troll.

Comment: Confusion over TRIM (Score 3, Interesting) 66

by MobyDisk (#47921505) Attached to: Micron Releases 16nm-Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming

To deal with the added write amplification, Tanguy said Micron increased the TRIM command set, meaning blocks of data no longer required can be erased and freed up more often

Did they mean "implemented" rather than "increased?" Or did they mean that they added something new to the TRIM command?

"What man has done, man can aspire to do." -- Jerry Pournelle, about space flight