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Comment: Stimulants aren't an advantage for programming. (Score 1) 407

by PJ6 (#49548873) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
I've always seen my highest productivity when I feel rested, relaxed, and creative. I love Saturday mornings. Knowledge work is not manual labor where you get things done faster just by putting your back into it longer and harder. Programming is the easiest part of the whole mess we call software development. If it's not, you're doing something wrong. Being able to stop and back up and reassess when you start to put in excessive effort is by far the best, and sometimes the hardest thing to do, and you're not going to do that on Adderall.

Comment: Re:It's on youtube (Score 1) 356

by PJ6 (#49205179) Attached to: Indian Gov't Wants Worldwide Ban On Rape Documentary, Including Online

Here is the link.

BBC Full Documentary- 'India's Daughter' on Nirbhaya Delhi Gang Rap | Jyoti singh | HD | Banned

I got through 10 seconds, then page the refreshed and it was blocked from my region (US) on copyright grounds.

Really, what's the point of that?

Comment: Re:cant lie (Score 1) 234

by PJ6 (#49159163) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

when we all found out who was taking over the FCC, I was terrified. Former cable lobbyist, now in charge of the group intended to regulate the same people. But it really looks like wheeler may be the right man for the job

Don't tell me you think he voted his conscience. He can be bought, and one side bought him off harder than the other.

Comment: The word "framework" is often a big read flag. (Score 1) 158

by PJ6 (#49159069) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome
Programmers are sensitive to taking a stance that might bring into question their intelligence, so this is a tough idea to convey sometimes - if a thick book and months of ramp-up are involved to get productive, chances are it's not worth it. The fear of someone saying "you're just not smart enough to use it properly" gets in the way of seeing the truth; generally, the more complicated the tool or framework, the more likely it's crap. I have seen great sins of architecture committed in the name of maintainability that wildly achieved the opposite. And those with the highest degrees were the worst offenders.

Comment: A "glut of code" means needing more (Score 1) 266

by PJ6 (#49101933) Attached to: The Robots That Will Put Coders Out of Work
developers, not less. Author is under the mistaken impression that more is better. It's not. Code is liability. The more you have, the bigger your problems. Nothing will change that without strong AI, which would be a much, much larger matter.

I see InfoWorld is also the same site that gave us the useless "Java vs. Node.js: An epic battle for developer mind share" article.

It's a constant irritation, reading articles written by so-called science and tech journalists that don't know what they're talking about.

Comment: I don't get it. (Score 1) 412

by PJ6 (#48988291) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements
If an individual did this, they'd be arrested and dragged into court (correct me if I'm wrong, this is just what I would expect if I did that myself). Multiply the scale by 10,000 though, and the businesses involved get not even a fine but... a cease-and-desist letter?

Could someone please explain to me - omitting the-world-is-going-to-hell screed - why we tend to prosecute small crimes so much more aggressively than the large ones?

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