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Comment: Open your mind (Score 1) 306

by WarJolt (#46514103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

There are other programming languages besides those listed in the article. It's interesting there is a whole resurgence of new programming languages.
Some people need a little encouragement. Write formally verified code and learn Coq. Learn a functional programming language like haskell or take a blast from the past and learn smalltalk.

You might never use these for anything practical, but what you learn from them is invaluable. You need to constantly be learning new things.

Comment: Re:Grooming propaganda for Google's Robot Tank (Score 2) 79

by WarJolt (#46437263) Attached to: The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

The owners of Slashdot have been previously grooming you by constantly promoting the nonsense of 'self-driving' cars - the first stage of Google propaganda to prepare the way for their robotic killing machines. The self-driving algorithms, while utterly useless for a vehicle that could tolerate not even one mistake, are perfect for robot tanks that can crush and slaughter a bus full of the 'other' without a murmur of complaint from the sheeple of the USA. By self-driving, the LAST thing Google means is 'safe' for civilians.

Tin foil hats are pretty fashionable, eh?

Car companies are investing millions in this stuff.
Without the DARPA we wouldn't have ARPANET, the precursor to the internet.
Of course this technology is going to emerge out of defense research, but it doesn't mean it won't be used for automobiles.

Comment: Re:i interpret it to mean (Score 0) 497

by WarJolt (#46429985) Attached to: Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

Laws have been settled and theories haven't. Thats not to say laws shouldn't be challenged, but they can be considered more or less doctrine. Think about how much science would unravel without the 2nd law of thermal dynamics and there could easily be something akin to a religious war if it was ever disproven.

Comment: Re:Obama (Score 4, Insightful) 187

by WarJolt (#46423227) Attached to: Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?

We've equated job creation to economic growth. Not all jobs generate the same economic growth. The discrepancy mentioned in the article is a result of more people going to work to less productive jobs. This is a result of economic policies from republicans and democrats, but creating jobs is one of the reasons Obama was elected as president. Unfortunately that is only one side of the equation. The economy is a complicated system and any statement that overly simplifies it to create jobs and the economy will grow should be called into question.

Politician are to blame on both sides of the isle, but we elected them, so we have only ourselves to blame.

Comment: Re:Follow your fascination (Score 2) 451

by WarJolt (#46422807) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

Working on a cs undergrad at 27 has taught me a thing or two. The difference between older people trying to learn and younger people trying to learn is that older folks are stuck using the same skills and techniques and young folks are ready to adopt new tools, techniques and ideas very readily. If you maintain an open mind you are never too old to get a new career.

Comment: Re:An inefficient exchange (Score 1) 240

by WarJolt (#46215955) Attached to: How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

Though these arbitrage opportunities may exist, the act of exchange would render them worthless. Even with a hypothetically perfect market established, the amount of effort required by two parties to submit ticket info, match needs, and go through an exchange outweighs the efficiencies gained by the transaction.

A mobile app and some clever marketing goes a long way. GPS would make this easy.

Comment: Re:SF is easier to hack than that (Score 4, Interesting) 240

by WarJolt (#46215941) Attached to: How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

If you're in SF and just trying to go somewhere else in SF, just do what everyone else does and either hop a bus and don't pay the fare or hop the turnstyles and don't pay the fare. If you're trying to go across the bay to Oakland, be more careful, but still, if you don't want to pay, just don't. When I was living there in 2012, this worked 100% of the time that I couldn't afford a trip or didn't feel like paying. The buses are the easiest because you can board on the back. And another thing that's supposed to be happening is a tiered pricing system. But anyway, you don't have to go to much trouble to get around free/cheap in SF, but it seems like it would have been a fun study to conduct.

I bet you like the smell of your own farts too. You do realize how unethical that is right?

Comment: Re:VirtualBox (Score 1) 158

Development PCs require a different set of tools for different developers. Even on the same project someone will invariably want to use their own favorite tool. A developer cannot depend on IT or a sys admin to install something that they might need. A virtual machine can allow for custom development environments without affecting other users. Virtual machines will also help when you need to do some testing.

FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies.