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Comment: Re:College is useful for most ... (Score 2) 136

by TheGratefulNet (#47519481) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

count me in as one of those rare ones. I never finished college (transferred a bunch of times and lost credits so at grad time, I thought I had enough but actually didn't; got a job offer, took it and never finished school). but I've been working in the industry since the early 80's and consider myself to be completely competitive with actual degree-holders.

its hard to get experience without a degree; but one short-cut is to go to a co-op or intern-based school (for me, it was northeastern in boston) and that got me enough starter experience to bootstrap me into the workforce. after that, no one ever really cared about my lack of a sheepskin.

Comment: Re:Who is stopping him? (Score 2) 242

by TheGratefulNet (#47518321) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

I fully understand what he's saying and he's right.

I started doing software work in the early 80's and it was easy, fast and fun.

now, its about 'scrum' and 'agile' and all that stupid shit (sorry if that offends). we had a simple life with makefiles and cvs, but now the librarians are complex and not intuitive, the build systems are uber complex and the CI (cont. integr.) stuff is a big change (and a whole system in itself) compared to the nightly build idea. code reviews, enforced coding standards add more slowness to the dev cycle. bug reporting systems are also complex.

in short, its no fun anymore for us old guys. I fully see what he's saying. he's not talking about tiny snippets but getting shipping code out the door - its more process than it really needs to be, and the quality is STILL NOT THERE, so I don't think we made any real progress. and add in java where even idiots are allowed to write code (no need to free, whoopee!) and you have people who get lazy and if they ever have to write in C, they are totally lost.

lastly, there are too many fad languages and this wastes everyone's time and since you can't be good at so many things, it spreads you too thin if a project has 5+ languages in it.

Comment: Re:"Compatible" (Score 1) 92

by TheGratefulNet (#47513207) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

I'm over 50 and have paid so many times over, I feel I've more than 'helped' the industry long enough.

I respect corps that respect me. but the entertainment industry treats us all like criminals. so, I might as well just play along; if I'm being treated like one, I will act the part (in their eyes). I don't give a fuck. after so many years of seeing the bullshit and lies from them, I've had enough. I started out in good faith and paid for cable, vhs tape rentals, dvd rentals and then netflix. I saw the content quality go down (not visuals but storylines and even compression or - worse - too much dynamics - in movies), forced ads - its too annoying to tolerate, for the most part, anymore.

remember, this is the same industry that keeps those old ancient disney cartoons still OUT of public domain. they are not interested in fairness or fairplay. if they can squeeze an extra few cents form you, they will.

in the corp world, its screw or be screwed. if you are not doing the screwing, YOU are the chump, the patsy. I hate being the patsy so I stopped playing their game.

the industry won't dry up; and even if some segments did, mushrooms would sprout up and someone else would take their place.

there is zero ethics in media, today. the corps are not there for art or furthering of society. they are vultures picking meat off any bones they can find.

I have zero guilt about going to the bay for my movies. I sleep very well at night, knowing I've given back to them what they have done to us for decades.

an old addage: to get respect, you have to give it. they are getting their just deserts. and if they cry about it, WHO CARES.

yes, I feel that strongly about the mafiaa. for the last 25+ yrs, its going down down down the shitter. if you work in that industry, you get what you deserve. go work somewhere honorable if you want ethics and fairness.

Comment: Re:"Compatible" (Score 1) 92

by TheGratefulNet (#47512605) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

I don't respect IP anymore. I've worked my whole life, given my effort to companies who make big money and I get a salary, at best; and an eventual layoff, almost always.

been fucked and fucked again by corp america and I've had enough.

IP is a corrupt concept. they steal from you, so treat them how they treat you.

do you respect the mafia? why respect IP companies? if they were honest and didn't overprice things and put more and more restrictions on things, that would be one thing; but they are corrupt motherfuckers and so, I give them no respect and no consideration at all.

they lost me, forever, as a customer. for decades I paid into the system. NO MORE.

Comment: Re:"Compatible" (Score 1) 92

by TheGratefulNet (#47512473) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

I used to enjoy playing dvd's, but then, once I learned about 'downloading', the PB movies are cleaned, ad-free and compressed well enough to watch without wasting disk space.

I'll never buy a bluray player if I can help it (unless it comes cheap with a laptop) and I won't buy bd's since it supports sony and all those bad companies. I consider THEM to be pirates (oddly enough) since they steal too much of our money. I've paid enough to the entertainment industry. fuck them. no more paying to a corrupt group of corps.

VPN sets you free ;)

Comment: Re:So now that the UN said it, (Score 1) 261

so says an a/c ? really? you are more scared to comment with your ID than I am?

hey, if what I said makes me a terr-a-wrist(tm), then I'll accept that label. the label is now meaningless.

one wonders if the revolutionists who FOUNDED the US would be now called terrorists.

its meaningless. no more meaning than 'boogeyman'.

who really gives a shit, anyway. the US has lost all moral high ground over the last few decades and we are circling the drain, at this point.

I love what my country used to stand for. but now, its nothing that I would recognize as my own homeland, anymore.

and I give fuck-all who thinks what of me, for I am speaking the truth, here. and everyone with half a mind knows it.

Comment: Re:So now that the UN said it, (Score 5, Interesting) 261

wrong. the US now does not care about anything but itself.

rights belong to the highest bidder or power holder.

that means: not you or me and certainly not some powerless speech-giving org.

the US is out of control. we all know this now and we all see it.

the question is: who has enough power to control the current top-dog and put him back in his dog-house?

THAT is the question. the US is not going to give in willingly.

I guess its at last a tiny half-step - having the ROW realize that the US is out of control and is violating the rights of, pretty much, anyone who dares try have a private thought or conversation.

Comment: Re:Serious? (Score 5, Interesting) 71

by TheGratefulNet (#47341631) Attached to: KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

no, by google, the code OWNER, for much of the code base.

old 2.x android which still works for audio phone and email and simple web (which is 99% of what many users want, actually). but has no security patches from google since the last OTA update was at least 3 yrs ago, maybe more.

google abandons things. it may not be pleasant for fanboys to admit, but its a fact and its part of why I have so much anger toward google. they are not serious. not by my definition. 5 yr old hardware that needs security SHOULD get security updates. even 10 yrs. again, this is the money and power and brain-rich google we're talking about. they do NOT get a pass on being bad about backporting security. a 10 or 100 man company, sure. but google gets no free pass on abandoning their own phones (my case, the N1). total complete abandonment. even the gmail app BY google refuses to work properly on the N1, now. it does not auto poll and show newmail indications. you have to manually poll. a google app on a google phone that is broken. this is why I hate them.

Comment: Re:Serious? (Score 2) 71

by TheGratefulNet (#47341599) Attached to: KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

the once flagship N1 that I own (and still use since it still mostly works) has been abandoned long ago and I hate google for it.

this is yet another reason not to trust them. I don't care about new features, but porting security fixes should be a must-do for them, given how HUGE that company is. they have endless pockets and can easily afford to keep just a few guys (at least) busy keeping the old google flagship models updated.

they don't. and they suck for it.

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