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Comment: Re:Cost (Score 1) 533

by SQLGuru (#47524803) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I get mine from Zenni Optical for a lot less than that.

But yes. Glasses only bother me when I'm sweaty (but I avoid that as much as I can). I like wearing glasses and like the way I look in glasses. I could go with non-corrective lenses for the look, but I think at less than $100 every few years, the ROI isn't really there.

Comment: Re:~50% have no degree... (Score 4, Insightful) 172

by SQLGuru (#47522605) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

I've long said that the computing field is one where you can make decent money without a degree. I think a lot of that is due to how people in my generation started out tinkering in computers as a hobby and that mindset has still continued. Computer people value ability over certifications and degrees.

That being said, those pieces of paper open more doors (especially at larger corporations) than not having them. But it is quite possible to be gainfully employed at above median income levels without ever having taken any formal training in computer.

* I use the generic term "computers" to mean both the programming as well as the technology side. Whether that is coding in Java or Javascript or C++ or C# for programming, you can find someone that will hire you. For the technology side, it can range from desktop support to server admin or DBA. If you know what you're doing, other computer people will recognize that and respect you for it.

Comment: Re:Code the way you want... (Score 1) 368

by SQLGuru (#47522571) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

1) You assume I'm independent instead of working for a consulting firm.
2) You assume that I have no knowledge of project management even though my previous gig was as an employee of a company that followed project management processes.
2a) You also assume that the employed project management processes are optimal. Usually they are not because the money people hamstring any attempt at doing any sort of true agile process.
3) You assume that meetings are the only way to convey requirements instead of working closely with the subject matter experts in a more collaborative manner.

Comment: Re:Eh? (Score 4, Insightful) 137

by SQLGuru (#47521747) Attached to: Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Yeah, even reading the PDF ( didn't show any sort of "AAAAAHHHHH!!!! The world is ending!" type of numbers. They show IE decreasing the patch time since 2007. There are charts showing that Zero days are decreasing. The Appendix shows 3 more entries in the National Vulnerability Database. Reporting statistics in percentages without referring to what the percentage is based on is just clickbait.

All software has holes. Larger use base makes for a bigger target. Blah blah blah. These stories aren't going to chance what people use because the common person isn't reading them.

Comment: Re:Code the way you want... (Score 4, Interesting) 368

by SQLGuru (#47518235) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

I finally got to code when I switched from being an employee to being a consultant. My bill rate is high enough that they would rather me work than to get bogged down in meetings. Not saying it will work for everyone, but it worked for me. I've done more REAL work in the past two or three years than I did in the previous 10.

Comment: Re:No thank you. (Score 3, Informative) 87

by SQLGuru (#47467441) Attached to: Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

I'm assuming that it will be the same books that are in the Kindle lending library. It's a feature of Amazon Prime where you can check out 1 book at a time (and only one new book per month). It's limited as it currently exists, but I assume when this feature hits, your Prime account will let you have one book out at a time with more than one swap per month.

Comment: Re:This makes sense. (Score 3, Informative) 278

by SQLGuru (#47467331) Attached to: Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Yep. This has been my strategy for many years. I rank sites by how much I care whether they are compromised. For low ranked sites, they get one of several easy passwords (depending on how important THEY think their passwords are). For critical sites (i.e. banking info) they get a unique strong password conforming to the password rules.

Comment: Re:another language shoved down your throat (Score 0) 415

by SQLGuru (#47411375) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

You laugh, but Javascript has the lowest barrier to entry of any language. It's already included on pretty much every computer built in the past 10 years (in your browser). And most modern browsers have better debugging tools than many other languages include. It's easy to find documentation and tutorials on the web (albeit, it is hard to find the answers that follow the best practices).

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