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Comment: Re:So what qualifies? (Score 1) 273

by roman_mir (#48182847) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

If /. was put in charge or anybody who thinks the way an average /. user does, then all sorts of things will qualify as trolling. All of a sudden difference of opinion qualifies as 'trolling' on a government level and is punishable by jail time. Vast majority may find it wonderful, that opinions of a minority are qualified that way, however everybody is in minority opinion on some things.

Comment: Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 115

Here is my take on it, I have a number of people from well known schools, same number of people from schools that nobody heard from and in some cases people from unknown schools who dropped out and started working for me when I offered them a job. I have a number of people that had no formal higher education at all and a couple of guys that didn't know much about computers before they started here.

AFAIC I care about the attitude, I care that the person can work within a team, that I can work with the person, whether they are eager to learn. This is a starting job for all of the people I hire, very few of them worked in the field before, I do not pay much but that is also part of the equation. The people that do not have student debts do not have the same problem as those with debt, they don't need to try and get a highly paid position right away and so they can afford to work with me, where they are gaining more than enough experience so that eventually they are propelled to better paying jobs.

I will say this: I have about equal number of good coders, whether they had any formal computer science training or not, but I go through many people to find good ones but it does not take much time at all to know who is who. Just in the last 2 months I interviewed about 15 people, 3 of them ended up with me, 2 are going to be excellent developers. Out of the 15, 4 decided it was too hard in the first 3 days. 2 decided that they made a mistake and shouldn't be in this field right during our meeting.

In the interview all I do is I show them what we do, how we work, ask them what they like to do and explain the structure here: you are studying here before I put you on an actual paying project. I teach you what you need to know and while I am teaching you, I am not paying you anything. Normally takes 2-3 weeks for a developer to go through training and start being productive. This is my way of doing stuff, I do not care where you studied, what you think you know, I only care to figure out if you are OK for the team and if you can learn and have the right attitude for this company.

Comment: Re:Why..... (Score 1) 257

by roman_mir (#48181755) Attached to: "Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

They do do that already. Their prices are what they are and not 2 times what they are now for a reason as well. Of-course actually building Apple hardware products is a costly endeavour, nobody else can really afford to do what they do to achieve the save level of user friendliness and beauty. I don't buy Apple products (not because of price, I just do not like their software), but plenty of people do. Their products are priced to satisfy demand of a specific set of population, however if their revenues did not cover their costs and did not make them good profits, they would have lowered prices by lowering the cost of production and very likely by sacrificing build quality to gain market share, however their customers are used to certain degree of quality and shine, and so Apple spends more than anybody else delivering just that.

If Apple could actually cut their production costs in half, while delivering the same quality of product, their prices would go down to increase market share, but they are in business of providing top quality systems (even with some problems, like the new phones that probably bend much easier than some others).

If you in fact believe that you could provide similar quality of the product as Apple for half the price, you yourself could do what you are talking about, but apparently it is not as easy as you say, since other companies do not provide the same, shall we say 'shine' in their hardware so far, while being able to charge much less than Apple.

Comment: yet they were ordered to do just that (Score 2) 108

by raymorris (#48181625) Attached to: BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

> What a load of cock you're writing here. Google doesn't discriminate between what is relevant and what isn't.

The topic we're discussing is that a European court ordered Google to hide information which is "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". Note two of the three things Google is ordered to decide are relevance - Google must decide if the information is irrelevant or no longer relevant, the court ordered.

The case was a guy who didn't pay his bills and eventually his property was auctioned off to pay the bills. If you're considering hiring the guy to drive an ice cream truck, that information may be irrelevant. If you're considering partnering with him to open a restaurant which will require a $200,000 investment, that information may be very relevant indeed. Google can't possibly decide if the information is relevant since it doesn't know the reader's purpose for seeking information about the guy, but the court ordered them to make that determination.

Comment: Say what now? (Score 1) 115

However, it is highly relevant that GED holders and/or high school or college graduates with degrees completely unrelated to computer science tend to be better programmers.

Where do you get that from?

I have indeed met a lot of great programmers that did not have CS degrees. But I've met even MORE programmers that were not great or even coming close to it, that did not have CS degrees...

I would say that overall a CS major has a base level of competence above non-CS holders. But I've never seen a study or in decades of practical experience seen anything to back up the claim you are making...

For what it's worth I have both a GED *and* a CS degree.

Comment: Yoesemite Helvetica Neu is tuned for small size (Score 2) 307

by SuperKendall (#48181099) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Although it can be, also note that the Helvetica Nueu that Apple uses in Yosemite is heavily edited to look OK on LCD displays - just like other screen tuned fonts.

They also were trying to get the average size of sentences between the old and new fonts closers so programmers didn't have as much work to adjust for text changing sizes.

Comment: Re: a quick search (Score 4, Informative) 229

by Tailhook (#48180969) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Yeah that seems...odd.

Nothing `odd' about it. Canadian Rangers aren't involved in an arms race. Bears and whatnot haven't evolved much since 1914, and they haven't been issued bear shaped body armor or fully automatic laser claws.

Thus, a reliable bolt action rifle remains sufficient. Traipsing around Arctic tundra with a heavy, high maintenance semi auto just to fend off the wildlife would be silly.

Bolt action rifles are still standard issue in the US military, ubiquitous in LE arsenals and remain wildly popular with civilians for whom new bolt action designs continue to appear. Once you exceed 5.56 NATO and 7.62×39mm calibers bolt action is by far the most common rifle action type for non-military applications.

Comment: the user can decide their own use case. Relevance (Score 1) 108

by raymorris (#48180291) Attached to: BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

> and then the classic : you get drunk and do something stupid somebody get a photo. Pre-2000 a good memory to share between friend. Past 2000 google+facebook : a friend which unwittingly may cost you a good job.

Photos of a person getting drunk and acting stupid would be completely irrelevant for some things, very relevant for others. If I'mhiring someone yo replace my roof, I don't care what you do on the weekend. I can decide that's not relevant to my decision. If you're applying for a job on the next Jackass movie, those pictures may help you get the job. If you're applying for a job as an airline pilot, a habit of heavy drinking will negatively affect your prospects. If you've asked me out on a date and I'm a partier, I may see that and think you look like a fun person to hang out with. If you've asked my 16 year old daughter on a date and you like posting "get drunk and stupid" pictures ...

The reader of the information is in a position to consider the totality of the circumstances and decide what's relevant and not. This court ordered Google to decide what's relevant to a given situation without any way to know what the situation is. I think the court may need to look up the word "relevant". No fact is irrelevant itself, it's only relevant or irrelevant in a particular use case.

Comment: micropayment COST more than they generate.1 succes (Score 1) 117

by raymorris (#48179119) Attached to: Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy

Micro payments would need to GENERATE few dollars per day for site owners. That doesn't say anything about what they COST. If I fill out a payment form to pay 10 cents for a howto, that generates 10 cents for the bank and site to split, but it costs a few minutes. The typical Slashdot reader probably sells their time at over $1/minute, so it costs ten times as much as the site owner gets.

Sure there is no law of physics that says it must cost a lot, but if spammers send millions of emails hoping for an average profit of $0.000001 per email, how many millions of fraudulent micropayments would they submit to be paid two cents apiece? The system has to be robust against sophisticated fraud in order to survive, and that will cost users time and the security will cost a lot of money.

On the other hand, if we can come up with a system that keeps the transactional, security, and convenience costs below 50%, we can become billionaires. A company that could do that would be a thousand times larger than PayPal. I did know one guy who ran a successful system like that years ago, and it made him quite wealthy. The key in his case was that he had client web sites that were part of a group that customers would purchase as a package deal. Suppose that for $25 / year, you got no ads and special perks on :
Lots of Maker sites
And 800 other tech / nerd sites.

That might be worth taking a couple of minutes to sign up (and the transaction fee the merchant pays for credit card processing). All the sites could sell subscriptions and receive a cut of the revenue. If 10% of nerds paid each paid $25, that would be a lot of money to split between the participating sites. That's generally how the successful one worked, covering a certain niche.

Comment: Re:it is perfectly timed (Score 1) 242

by SuperKendall (#48178799) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

My name-brand phone that I've had for ages -- and had Apple users asking me what it was, then telling me they were going to switch to Android -- has the exact same resolution as the iPhone 6 Plus.

And it's performance in every way is significantly less. When they had the smaller res, they lacked the CPU/GPU the modern Apple hardware has now. The modern Android hardware has the better GPU/CPU but the screen res is killing performance. Apple let them dance right over the sweet spot.

My phone looks better, it fits a pocket better, it weighs less, it's waterproof,

So it's smaller? Behind them times already I guess. Otherwise the six is pocketable for anyone.

Waterproof is something I use a case for if I need. I use the phone in the rain briefly without issue as I always have.

Your phone basically sounds like a fish-mash of things not important to anyone anymore (FM radio....)

Literally the only feature from the iPhone 6 Plus that I can find which my phone lacks is the fingerprint sensor,

Which actually works and opens a whole world you'll be left behind with as you listen to... FM radio.

no disabled NFC here

Fully operational and utterly useless.

Oh, and my smart watch is here now, not some vague date in the future

I wouldn't want what you have now either, but at least it probably also supports FM radio!

Apple are late to the party once again,

They are never late, they arrive when they feel they have something worth selling. I as a buyer appreciate not having to tolerate half-baked crap any longer, that was fine when I'm young but like Danny Glover I'm too old for that shit. Including FM radio.

Comment: Re:It's the OS, Stupid (Score 1) 242

by SuperKendall (#48178417) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

What's wrong with using the iPad as a second screen, as some third party software lets you do?

Then you get touch and a traditional laptop.

All of the compelling uses I read about for something like the Surface have boiled down to pretty niche uses that are really not sustainable. It's nice that you like your Surface now, because it's not going to be around for many more years. Hopefully it will last you a while.

"Right now I feel that I've got my feet on the ground as far as my head is concerned." -- Baseball pitcher Bo Belinsky