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Comment: Re:let's be real for a second (Score 1) 429 429

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#49640081) Attached to: Why Companies Should Hire Older Developers
Not sure why this isn't modded +5 Funny yet - this guy is hilarious. 'Modern College Training' for industry-standard coding practices - he's a laugh riot! Next thing, he's going to tell you why the kiddie who was taught scripting at the local Community College thinks he can re-write your entire, decade old proprietary software built for hardware that you pay 6 figures a year to support in 2 weeks with a couple of cloud-hosted servers!

I (and most experienced software PM's) would rather have a 40-year-old with 15 years experience in 'dead' languages than some FOB 'Graduate' who's spent the last year writing code in an environment that's not going to be fit for production for another 18 mos. Give me someone who accepts that you have to get from point A to point B first, instead of just assuming that you can start from point C, with a clean environment, and no legacy.

Comment: Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 629 629

I got a 3 day suspension ~15 years ago because a group of us 'nerds' figured out admin access to the schools network, not because I used it, but because I gave the access to most of my entire class without them knowing about it to cover my tracks.

I shudder to think what would have happened today...

Comment: Re:Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 407 407

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#49355055) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
There's a very good reason that many sociologists have a sub-generation (Gen-Y) that refers to the first few years of the 'Milennial' generation. Traditional generational divides for culture, morality, and other social behavior work pretty well for Gen-X/Milennial/Gen-Z, but there is a sub-set of Milennials (those of us born in the early 80's) that are pretty much defined for having pre-computer developmental years, but having been introduced to the internet during maturity. This gave us more 'traditional' communication skills, but then gave us a very large environment (The Web) to develop and grow. Younger Milennials typically had their development influenced by 'The Internet,' and they have certainly had more direct access to technology as juveniles (I was born in '84, and I didn't get my own cellphone until ~98 when I was 14. I know people who were born in '96 who got them at the same time. Hell, I know people with kids born right at the end - 00-01 - who had iPhones before they got to Middle School.)

The result is that you have a small, niche-generation of people who were able to get very involved in 'Tech' because of their familiarity through a learning process that required reasonable effort, and much of the rest of the generation has just always had the presence of 'Tech' around them with very little effort. The former will likely be advantaged when it comes to careers involving more fundamental implementations of technology (think SysAdmin and Coder), the latter will likely find more success where tech is used as an enabler, or where they are able to leverage more sophisticated higher-level platforms (think Modern-Day Web Designer and most App development.)

Comment: So, it's the same thing (Score 2) 73 73

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#49245227) Attached to: New Crypto-Ransomware Encrypts Video Game Files
This sounds like the same sort of thing that has been plaguing 'normal' users for the last 2 years, except now, instead of locking down Word docs and photos, it's killing game save files.

Betcha their ransom pay rate is way higher with gamers. Smart move, fuckers...

Comment: No more ports! (Score 4, Insightful) 450 450

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#49228923) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch
Imagine, a technology that would allow you to connect peripherals wirelessly. You know, like Bluetooth, which has been around since 1994. Look at how it dominates the peripheral industry! /sarcasm

Look, my inherent dislike of AAPL (and the people who love it) died some time ago. The problem I have with them now is not the fault of the Company - it's the idiots who keep buying this stuff. Seriously, gold colored iPhones, solid gold tchotckes that are designed to be obsolete within 2 years - madness.

Comment: The problem is the form of the meeting (Score 1) 95 95

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#49176331) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wireless Microphone For Stand-up Meetings?
You will never fix this problem with a technical solution. Either completely virtualize the meeting using formal telepresence, or acknowledge that people won't be able to attend and have a meeting without them.

If you absolutely must do it the way you are doing, just buy a used Polycom and be done with it.

Comment: The success of an education program (Score 0) 779 779

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#48959965) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes
should not be determined based on the fucking diversity of the participants. This is like complaining that music programs traditionally have under representation of white males - maybe you can threaten theater and music grants if they don't get more alpha jocks to participate...

Comment: If you owned an iPod back in the early '00s (Score 3, Interesting) 250 250

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#48525261) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge
This shouldn't surprise you. ITunes, especially on Windows, was a nightmare to manage in parallel with any other music software. Odds are this was just a happy accident that AAPL just didn't do anything to fix.

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