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Comment: Re:Families come first (Score 3, Informative) 370

by Niris (#47293039) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry
They pay you for 40 hours a week. If you're working over that amount, you're just fucking yourself over. I happen to be lucky enough to have a team that acknowledges this at my first programming job, and it leaves a lot of time for me to learn additional things outside of work - and honestly I feel like I'm a far better developer in the short amount of time that I've been out of school than I would have been had I worked somewhere for 80+ hours a week.

Comment: Awww yeah (Score 0) 593

by Niris (#47136377) Attached to: HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"
I'm a half hispanic Android developer in Boulder and I applied like two days ago for shits and giggles. Maybe this'll work out in my favor, albeit not necessarily for the best reasons, but I'll take whatever advantages I can get :P To be fair, I don't think they do Android development out here.

Comment: Re:Bigger concern (Score 1) 154

by Niris (#47088013) Attached to: Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.
I agree, I think the students with massive debt are at least partly to blame for their woes. I worked the entire time I went to school, so it took an extra three years past the standard 'four year plan', but I walked out with only 10k in debt and a job in my field as soon as I graduated, so my loan is completely paid off before the 6 month grace period has ended (paid it all last week).

Comment: Thank YOU Interwebz (Score 3, Informative) 197

by Niris (#46440823) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?
As a recent CSci graduate from a state university in California, I can tell you that there's far better content online than you'll pick up in a class, so good job checking out that area. MIT has a lot of great courses on YouTube, such as their algorithms lectures from Cormen, and edX has a fair amount of content as well. There's also a lot of books out there if you can pick an area that interests you the most, such as mobile or web, that you can just read through and type up the examples yourself. The thing about programming is that you tend to learn more from doing than from listening to lectures, so if you can just sit down with a book, online tutorials, etc., and just make programs and figure out why they don't work on the first go (and when you pass the forloop/if statement section of your education, they probably won't), then you'll be golden.

Comment: Recent analysis (Score 1) 264

by Niris (#46212021) Attached to: Adjusting GPAs: A Statistician's Effort To Tackle Grade Inflation
Anyone happen to have a source to the recent analysis (at least the numbers)? I want to see if they have information on majors, etc. The original article is here: but it's behind a paywall. I've noticed that in my university, computer science/engineering majors average in the C range simply because the courses are intended to be difficult.

Comment: Re: As someone who runs an IT company (Score 2) 655

Heh, I keep seeing all this assumption about student debt in grads. I should add "I don't have any student debt because I invested 80% of my school loan, cashed out and paid it off in full on top of tuition" to my resume. Will look nice under my bachelor's in computer science.

Comment: Re: Colleague there (Score 2) 85

by Niris (#44842157) Attached to: Boulder's Tech Workers Cope With Historic Flood
I worked there all summer and have been keeping up with people as well. Our office is on Pearl and it's closed because the 36 and the 7 are too dangerous / closed as well. I have been getting a lot of pictures from friends in the area and it's pretty crazy. The nice thing is a lot of the work can be done from home, and most of the guys I worked with live outside of boulder since housing is so expensive.

Comment: Re: Fair use "exemptions" (Score 3, Informative) 154

by Niris (#44661329) Attached to: Newest YouTube User To Fight a Takedown: Lawrence Lessig
I actually have seen a lecture of his from when he released Free Culture back in 06 I believe? I was in high school and went to see him give a speech at a museum. He used a lot of music for his presentation, but every bit of it was a clip to demonstrate a point and served a solid purpose to his discussion.

Comment: Was just thinking about this (Score 1) 96

by Niris (#44557517) Attached to: Open Source Licensing Debate Has Positive Effect On GitHub
Just the other day I was adding files to GITHub for my portfolio since I'll be graduating soon, and I was thinking about this exact issue. I ended up putting an Apache license header to my source files, but wasn't sure if this was _really_ the one I should have used. I just wanted to put my stuff up for when I start job hunting, and honestly don't care if others use my work so long as I have a name on my stuff (not that anything I've posted has been earth shattering or special, just random demos to show that I'm not _completely_ in the dark from school :) )

Beware of Programmers who carry screwdrivers. -- Leonard Brandwein