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Comment: I dropped Firefox BECAUSE updates are too frequent (Score 1) 495

by abshnasko (#37463922) Attached to: Mozilla Contemplating Five Week Release Cycle
Chrome does silent updates, so it doesn't matter to me if it updates every night. I left FF completely when version 6 was released. It was the easiest way to make those stupid upgrade dialogs go away. I was happily using 3.5 for awhile, but then in rapid fire I'm hit with 4, 5, 6 in what seems like a month or two. Sorry, I have shit to do. Dealing with FF-generated popups every day isn't my idea of productivity. If there were an easy way to get rid of the damn update things, I might have given it a chance. Both "Cancel" and "Ask Later" both end up popping another dialog up the next day. Sorry, but fuck off already. In short, I don't give a shit what they do now. They already pissed me off.

Comment: Market Yourself (Score 1) 897

by abshnasko (#34220014) Attached to: Which Language To Learn?
as a good developer, not a good [insert language here] developer. I just graduated from college in May. I know Java, C++, and all the other usuals. I was hired into a full-time position where I write code in Erlang. I had never written a single line of Erlang before, but I got the job because I marketed myself well. I'm sure plenty of other CS types could outcode me head-to-head, but I marketed myself as an I'll-do-anything-you-throw-at-me programmer and plenty of them still don't have jobs in their field.

Comment: Re:Fine with me... (Score 1) 775

by abshnasko (#32819442) Attached to: Microsoft Out of Favor With Young, Hip Developers

No, it's not as "cool" as being an iPhone dev, but at least Ballmer doesn't tell me I can't compile my code without forking him $100/yr...and he doesn't take 30% percent of whatever I might make selling my code.

Yes, because .NET developers writing software for Windows Mobile make so much money selling their apps to the few dozen Microsoft employees still using it. Is comparing an enterprise platform like .NET to the zomg-web-two-dot-oh Ruby on Rails platform really fair? Could you make the same argument for .NET vs. Java EE? I'm not saying that .NET is bad (I've used it, it's solid but rigid IMO), but I think that making a serious comparison between .NET and RoR makes you look silly.

Comment: Re:speed (Score 2, Informative) 354

by abshnasko (#29339863) Attached to: Chrome 4.0 Vs Opera 10 Vs Firefox 3.5

In my case, judicious application of AdBlock and NoScript make this a complete non-issue. I'm far more interested in standards compliancy and security.

Reality suggests exactly the opposite. Adblock, Noscript, and whatever other browser plugins you use, in addition to most of the UI code on web pages, is written in JavaScript. Browser speed, and particularly JS execution speed, does matter. In fact, since you are running these applications, which run Javascript to customize your viewing experience, you probably depend on speed more than you think.

Comment: Re:Yes! Absolutely not! (Score 0, Flamebait) 474

by abshnasko (#26221161) Attached to: ACM Urges Obama To Include CS In K-12 Core
E.g. did the students have to really learn long division in school? That's their first exposure to a rigorous CS-style algorithm. How was the student's algebra education? That's the introduction to the abstraction of variables. The computer scientist who doesn't deeply grok abstraction gets precisely nowhere.

You sound like you haven't been in school for awhile, so let me remind you of something: HIGH SCHOOLERS ARE IDIOTS. I know, I was there 3 years ago. As to the "innate ability" argument, I convinced 3 of my friends (all took AP calc, one is a math major at W&M) to take AP Comp Sci with me, and none of them did well. They just didn't "get it". The asian kid who is now majoring in math did the worst. It really seems that you don't have the slightest clue of what you're talking about. NOT everyone can learn CS if they want to.

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter if it starts out bad (Score 5, Insightful) 474

by abshnasko (#26221133) Attached to: ACM Urges Obama To Include CS In K-12 Core
TAOCP? Computer Org? Are you kidding? I'm a 3rd year CS student, and most people who went to my high school, probably including myself, could never get through ten pages of Knuth. The math background to start out with theory just isn't in place in high school, where the highest level math class available was entry-level Calculus. I learned C++ on my own in middle school without ever having heard of "Discrete Math", and learned Java in high school before I even knew what a register was. But once I knew how the high level stuff worked, I could then delve deeper into another level and learn a little more, and then a little more. You have to learn incrementally, not by starting a HIGH SCHOOL kid with the hardest (albeit "fundamental") stuff and working your way from there. That's like learning trig simply by giving the students a bunch of proofs to look at before they know how the mechanics work.

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