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Comment: I've been through that, almost 8 years ago. (Score 2) 533

by Slime-dogg (#46122847) Attached to: The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

I interviewed, scored well technically and got along with everyone in both interviews. I interested them. I didn't get the job. The reasoning? They wanted someone that spent their off-hours doing development work.

At the time, I was disappointed. They were doing interesting stuff, like streaming video over satellites using the .NET framework. I was a budding mid-level then. I would have been a cheap developer for them. I would have learned quite a bit as well. What I understand now, however, is that they probably wanted to know if they could overload me with work. They were likely looking for someone who was willing to work evenings and weekends, without the extra pay.

Looking back, I'm glad that I did not get hired. I value my free time, and I do not spend it in complete passionate pursuit of development. I read about stuff every now and then, and do some home projects, but I find that I'm far more useful at work when I haven't been focusing on the same stuff at home.

Comment: Re:Jobs must be rolling in his grave... (Score 4, Informative) 773

by Slime-dogg (#44812415) Attached to: Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S
Apple has usually shipped the prior version of the iphone alongside their new version. When the 4S came out, the 3GS was the super cheap phone, and the 4 was discounted. When the 5 came out, it was the 4 that was super cheap (free with contract) and the 4S was discounted.

The difference now is that the iPhone 5 has been recast as the 5C, and is not shipped alongside the 5S. Instead, it is still a higher priced product, although not nearly as pricey as the 5S, and the 4S is free with contract.

TLDR: Apple has always shipped a "discounted" iPhone except for the original.
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Ask Slashdot: Projects For a Heap of Tech Junk? 210

Posted by Soulskill
from the build-a-robot-army-and-send-it-to-texas dept.
yenrabbit writes "A friend has just told me he has 80 CRT TVs, a stack of DVD players and hundreds of VCR machines, all broken and all mine free of charge. I can already think of a few awesome components I can extract (flyback transformers for high voltage contraptions and so on) and have a few ideas, such as DVD lasers, that I can build. But what else can be made from such a treasure-trove of components, and how would one go about processing such a large volume of stuff with the least amount of effort? Also, I don't have access to online shopping so I'd also like a pain free way of salvaging many simpler parts such as resistors as well." Another reader sent in a similar question: "The other day I went down to my University's property disposition center for the first time. In addition to mundane things like chairs and desks, it also had a wealth of technological devices, from old PCs and monitors to obscure medical and chemistry equipment. Honestly, I was a bit overwhelmed. I just don't know what I'd do with a old gene sequencing machine or a broken oscilloscope. Any ideas for fun projects? Or better yet, suggestions on how I can figure out which machines (or their components) are worth playing with?"

Comment: Re:Allah Akbar, Han Solo? (Score 1) 514

by Slime-dogg (#42693261) Attached to: Lego Accused of Racism With Star Wars Set

And here I was thinking that Jabba was a caricature of American politicians - fat, stupid, lazy, ready to kill on a whim, and unable to speak anything but nonsensical gibberish.

I would take it differently. Jabba was incredibly intelligent, fat, lazy and ruthless. You don't come to control a major criminal element without being intelligent.

Comment: The second test is pretty bunk. (Score 1) 437

by Slime-dogg (#42618247) Attached to: Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

This is a really strange article. MVC vs. JSP / static content is not apples to apples, like the first test was.

When you return a view, it isn't static content. Making a call to a controller is also not the same as serving up an HTML page - the controller is instantiated, the action is invoked, and depending on the type of action, a model could be instantiated and bound. It isn't like creating a simple ASP.NET page that has "Response.Write" in the page load, since the ASP.NET page itself is much closer to what a JSP page is.

There isn't really a circumstance for static HTML in ASP.NET, since it all gets rolled into a Response.Write method in the end. I imagine a JSP page does the same thing, and on both ends, the resulting HTML gets cached. This would be the "optimization" he's witnessing from Tomcat. ASP.NET does the same thing.

You'd have to do some stuff in Java to get to the MVC level of complexity, and not just use Tomcat. Vanilla ASP.NET is a more appropriate tool for comparison. As noted in an above comment, you'd probably have to compare ASP.NET MVC to Spring.

Hell, classic ASP performs better than ASP.NET MVC.

Comment: Re:blah blah Capitalism Evil blah blah (Score 1) 227

by Slime-dogg (#42465847) Attached to: Reason On How and Why 38 Studios Went Bust


The regulation we applied to capitalism made higher standard of living for a population.

You might want to actually read up on capitalists.

"Tax payer money was wasted by loaning it to a business nobody else would touch." while true with studio 38, usually that isn't true. In fact, a lot of case it as helped. but success in government isn't really reported. You know why? it's not unusual.

I think the argument is more one of "should government be investing in not-for-public-use private entities?" rather than one of regulation. Regulation is setting boundaries for capitalism to live within - it's generally a good thing. Government investment in the private sector, however, is something that needs to be monitored. It makes sense when investing in private companies to the end of the public good (military spending, roads, "utilities"), but that's about it.

Comment: Re:Ditching strong partners -- smart move! (Score 1, Troll) 172

by Slime-dogg (#42450923) Attached to: TSMC Preparing To Manufacturer A6X Chip As Apple Looks to Ditch Samsung
  1. Company A supplies Company B with chips for Company B's products.
  2. Company A decides the money made off supplying parts is not enough and decides to compete with Company B directly by supplying products with very similar designs to Company B.
  3. Company B files suit against Company A for infringement.
  4. Company A insists they're fine, but doesn't realize a good chunk of business still comes from Company B
  5. Company B does the logical thing and divorces all business from Company A.

Samsung is not a victim, here. This is the logical conclusion of bad business done by Samsung. They could have done it differently, and coexisted with Apple. Now, they reap their reward. I don't really understand why this is so hard for the Android fanbois to understand.


Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference? 430

Posted by Soulskill
from the everybody-do-it-wrong-the-right-way dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Every shop I've ever worked in has had a 'Coding Style' document that dictates things like camelCase vs underscored_names, placement of curly braces, tabs vs spaces, etc. As a result, I've lost hundreds of hours in code reviews because some pedant was more interested in picking nits over whitespace than actually reviewing my algorithms. Are there any documents or studies that show a net productivity gain for having these sorts of standards? If not, why do we have them? We live in the future, why don't our tools enforce these standards automagically?"

Comment: Re:could be usefull for other things (Score 4, Insightful) 422

by Slime-dogg (#42076103) Attached to: Could Testing Block Psychopaths From Senior Management?

You've just suggested that an individual company be allowed to restrict the ability of some users to post whatever they want. Cue screams involving the first amendment and a /. article phrased as a question.

The first amendment doesn't apply to a company's ability to censor content on a site they own.

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold