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Comment: Re:Same question as I had more than a decade ago (Score 1) 197

If MS carries through with open-sourcing all of the C#/.NET stuff, it will be a great ecosystem. I'd love to write C# for Linux server back-end stuff, without being constrained to some subest of the language, and with full ".NET native" compiler support (or distribution support for the .NET runtime).

Comment: Re:If you're bored, you're boring (Score 1) 227

by Zero__Kelvin (#49377233) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology

"I'm afraid that's the fine print. "All other things being equal". ..."

Yes. There is no sense in saying "All other things being equal"; that is the point that leads to the fact that it doesn't make any more sense to say "Boring" technologies tend to have a ...". 'Boring' isn't a technology classification. Period. Stop being an idiot and acting like it is.

Comment: Re:software dev vs programmer (Score 4, Interesting) 139

by Zero__Kelvin (#49377083) Attached to: IT Jobs With the Best (and Worst) ROI
A programmer can take a specification and implement it. For example he can be told: "Create a module with function that takes two arguments from the databse and stores their product back into the database.* He may even be able to take a set of specs and write all the code for the project.

A Software Developer on the other hand knows how to do requirements gathering and analysis, create time lines and cost projections, recommend and implement solid Source Code Control mechanisms (In other words they use git in 2015)

Above that level of competence is the Software Engineer. They understand various development models (e.g. Waterfall, Iterative/Spiral, etc.) and paradigms (e.g. Structured, Object Oriented, Event Driven) , and patterns such as Idempotence, singletons, etc.).

* One other difference between a programmer and the Software Dev or Engineer is that the programmer thinks this is easy, and the latter two know that there can be a lot more involved than you might imagine

Comment: If you're bored, you're boring (Score 0) 227

by Zero__Kelvin (#49377005) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology
II can't imagine what could go through someone's mind that they would even consider that 'boring' vs. 'not-boring' is even something to look at when deciding which technology to use, with the sole exception that all other things being equal clearly the more exciting one will pay bigger dividends due to increased developer interest.

What constitutes a boring technology? Say I agree with you that COBOL is boring; will Johhny down the road agree with us, or will it fascinate him? Now, let's say that we all universally agree that COBOL is some boring ass technology (unless you rode the short bus to school, I think we can :-). Should I really design my new project around it?

OK. Now on to the actual reading of the article:

"Let's say every company gets about three innovation tokens"

OH ... how about let's not and say we didn't. So basically, the author claims to be a skilled software developer, but can't figure out that subjective criteria isn't your best bet when analysing data sets, and who can't figure out that you need a premise that isn't absurd to churn out a non-absurd result.

"What counts as boring? That's a little tricky."

Yes, well that explains why you never actually even attempt to address the question so fundamental to the understanding of your entire theory then, I suppose, isn't it?

"Taking this reasoning to its reductio ad absurdum would mean picking Java, and then trying to implement a website without using anything else at all. And that would be crazy. You need some means to add things to your toolbox."

Can't you use old 'boring' technology in this case? Don't use Mongodb; use Mariadb/MySQL. Old; tried and true; as 'boring' as it gets by this guy's implied but never stated definition.

... and I just went back and read the subtitle under "Dan McKinley", to wit: Math, Programming, and Minority Reports." Sir, if you are reading this, I have no doubt you are far better a Mathematician than I, but you seem to have made the mistake of thinking that being good at Math and being able to write a few scripts has placed you in a position to pontificate poignantly on subject matter with which you have no actual grasp. Please leave the Software Engineering to the Software Engineers, and I promise not to try to write papers in Math journals. Thanks!

Comment: Re:Autocomplete (Score 1) 139

Yes, I have to concur. I was complete baffled, trying to imagine what kind of person would be tech savvy and not appreciate the value of autocomlete in life. Then I noticed pattern. Since I prefer not to respond to an AC unless they are saying something truly unique or it is blatantly clear that they are legitimately trying to add to the conversion, I kept reading and waiting to find a good one to which I might respond. Someone logged in or writing something that remotely approaches a rational thought. Perhaps it is coincidence, but I gave up trying to find a dissenter that wasn't an AC, or was an AC that seemed sincere.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 0) 326

by lgw (#49374213) Attached to: Sign Up At Before Crooks Do It For You

When we had that 90% tax rate, the tax code was nothing but loopholes. It's important to remember that the more you make, the more flexibility you have in how, where, and when you get compensated. Remember the Maryland millionaires tax? One year later, 1/3 of the people in that bracket went missing. If you own houses in two states, how hard is it to change your residency? France has a problem today with people leaving to avoid their recent high rates (also a 90% top rate IIRC).

But you're talking about an income tax, not a wealth tax. When it comes to non-property wealth, it takes a very small tax indeed to totally change the game, and create a huge disincentive to to business here (or at least to find some way to own US stocks from elsewhere, I guess). Large investment firms move will their assets around immediately for a 0.1% better guaranteed annual return. A 1% difference in property tax rates makes a big difference in affording a new house (and in a regressive way).

Maybe people are confused about how much overall property (wealth or otherwise) there is to begin with?

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.