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Comment: Re:Perhaps a more interesting metric would be... (Score 2) 92

by bangular (#49182567) Attached to: Demand For Linux Skills Rising This Year
From Simpsons Poochie episode
"So you want a realistic, down-to-earth show that’s completely off the wall and swarming with magic robots?"

My experience with most companies is that what they say and do are two completely different things. Of course they're going to ask for all skills ever possible, but they aren't willing to pay for the skills they claim to want. The question I always see is "are critical thinking skills important to you?" Of course every business is going to claim they want critical thinking skills. But in reality, most won't pay the premium those skills cost, nor do they want those skills to question stupid business practices.

Again, how they respond to these stupid surveys and what they do in practice are two different things.

Comment: Re:More EVs = More Infrastructure = More Sales (Score 2) 181

by bangular (#48813043) Attached to: Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025
EV's are an afterthought for every manufacturer except Telsa. At best, they're tinker toys to help get their average MPG to a rate that makes Uncle Sam happy. 100% of Tesla's sales are EV's. Less than 1% of GM's are EV's. I just still don't see anyone taking EV's seriously except Tesla. They want an EV presence "just in case."

Comment: Re:Too little, too late (Score 1) 525

by bangular (#48369131) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform
You have a good point. Saying you're "open sourcing .net" can mean a lot of things. Mono is actually useful today. An open source .net that's missing a huge number of libraries and Windows specific features is useless. Might as well just stick with Mono at that point.

Comment: Re:And you get to live in Florida!!! (Score 5, Informative) 161

by bangular (#48338403) Attached to: Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires
Florida resident here. There's a lot of hate toward Florida from people that don't understand our state.

Florida geographically is HUGE. This means a lot of different cultures. Assuming the panhandle is anything like key west is just plain wrong. Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando, Melbourne, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Miami, and the Keys might as well be entirely different countries.

This company is located in Dania Beach in Broward county. I defy you to find good ol' boy values and cheap real estate in Broward.

Comment: Re:Scripting language du jour (Score 1) 547

by bangular (#48103259) Attached to: Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World
Ruby was supposed to be the Python replacement and it never happened. Love it or hate it, Python has some staying power. Not because it's better than other languages in any meaningful way either.

1) It seems to be popular in the scientific community, especially with non-programmers. In my experience, scientists will learn a language they like and use it their whole careers. It's the same reason R is still going strong.

2) There's an active community of volunteers. A sense of community can take something average and make it very popular.

3) Large companies use it. Google being the most notable.


Most of the scripting languages mentioned (and I got on the bandwagon for many of them) never really #1 and #3. They have community for awhile, but it fades away as the next big thing comes around. Python's community is as active as ever.

Comment: Re:Are we sure it is blood/meat contact? (Score 4, Insightful) 162

by bangular (#48063949) Attached to: AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa
There's a lot of misinformation that's been passed around regarding HIV. I think the origins of HIV and AIDS as a homosexual disease (remember Gay-related immune deficiency) heightened the "sex with chimps" origin stories. People wanted to believe that some homosexuals also had sex with animals and was just one more reason to hate them.

I remember an elementary school teacher of mine in the 90's telling us that sex with chimps was the most likely reason HIV jumped species. We all giggled, but I'm sure there are many from that classroom that still believe it today.

Comment: Re:Not this again. (Score 1) 637

by bangular (#47615961) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?
I had CS professors that really didn't know how to program (just basic pseudocode). Those professors would argue that the only thing important was the mathematics and logic. Everyone is always going to claim they know what's best for CS. It's usually what was important to their professors during the time they graduated.

FWIW, I went to an ABET accredited school and an assembler course was still required.

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