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Comment: Re:Where are all the "moderate" Muslims? (Score 1) 241

by mrops (#49113379) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

Speaking as a muslim, I do always condemn them.

Unfortunately, your logic is flawed, I live in North America, these people are killing muslims in their own countries. Those children that died when Taliban carried an attach on Peshawar school were all muslim's.

So its idiotic to think that these extremist will listen to me, who lives in Canada, shops in these malls and hell, condemn them every opportunity I get.

As a side note, heard an interview from a Taleban lunatic recently, you may not know, but he sounded like G.W.Bush, literally saying that you are either a Taleban or against them, which means you (me) a valid target.

So please, rest of muslim's are already with any other sane person and condemn them, vocally too. But you don't go out condemning every lunatic christian, nor will I, I have a 9-5 job, kids to look after. Medical appointments to meet and car to service. When was the last time you went to a street to protest, I never have, likely won't either. Those who understand this, I appreciate them, those who won't, I don't care.

Comment: Re:node is going away. (Score 1) 319

by mrops (#49082535) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare

Being a Java Developer, I am biased. Java lets you do things, large projects, deliver goods that need to be delivered. Tons of developers and extremely good set of third party libraries. Complete technology stacks from the likes of Apache and Spring.

Tomcat is one such solution, Java has such a large open source momentum behind it that I can't imagine the problems you are describing are show stoppers, else someone would have fixed them.

Last I checked, Maven had 860,000 artifacts, hard for a language to become so large if it has glaring holes. Hard for people to submit that much open source code and not fix the issues you describe.

I guess I am one of a million qualified madmen you talk off, 9 out of 10 times a stack trace tells me what the issue is, so don't blame java because you don't know how to read a error log.

Comment: Re:Yes... (Score 3, Insightful) 809

by garcia (#49048493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

Depending on what need I'm trying to fill, I hire 90% for culture fit and 10% for technical ability. Most often, people can learn to improve their technical ability, especially b/c there is very rarely any single individual who can fill an open req 100%. That said, what I have found cannot be learned as well, is how to fit into an organization's culture.

Comment: Seems as if you want broad experience (Score 1) 809

by garcia (#49048381) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

Broad experience is great and I wholly support companies which are looking to add resources who possess such knowledge; however, broad experience can come with the price of not having enough targeted knowledge to bring deep-dive specifics to the mix.

The real question you should be asking is whether they can figure it out on their own if tasked with finding a solution to the problem. I guarantee you that most of those you have cast aside due to their lack of public-key cryptography knowledge would be able to do so while bringing you the specific knowledge you need straight out of their heads.

Honestly, if you interviewed me and I didn't know the answer to some mostly irrelevant question and told me that's why I didn't get the job, I would thank you for not hiring me to work with someone who doesn't know enough about being a hiring manager to do his job effectively.

Comment: Re:Will the training really matter? No. (Score 1) 388

by garcia (#48805845) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

I'm preaching to the 4-digit choir here, I know. Let me issue the disclaimer that I am not a teacher but a bunch of my friends are, and my job does depend on staying up to date.

I am not sure what my ability to remember the login information for an account I created in 1997 has anything to do w/the discussion; however, EVERYONE's job depends on them staying up-to-date, it's just that most people choose not to and fall behind.

Comment: Will the training really matter? No. (Score 4, Insightful) 388

by garcia (#48804057) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

Technology funding in school districts (in my area these are tax levies) is already insanely high; mostly because we're pushing for tablet devices in schools driven, behind the scenes, by extremely lucrative vendor deals.

Without adequate training, the related curricula are severely limited and thus the added benefits when compared to related cost are low, if at all positive.

Now, this research, as well as the districts, are rightly saying the teachers need more training in order to leverage the technology effectively; however, what really needs to be understood is just how much training is really necessary and whether the tech gap between teachers and their students can really be mitigated.

It is my unfounded opinion that it will never be mitigated enough as teachers are not usually well enough equipped at their own subject matter, let alone keeping up with the taxing knowledge demands of technology.

What we need to do is take a step back and ensure that these additional tax investments in technology are actually doing anything to further student development and because they aren't, think about what we can do to actually concentrate on doing that instead of buying the new and shiny and letting it, effectively, collect dust in the corner while levy after levy is passed to support it.

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