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Comment: Re:Because I'm lazy (Score 2) 279

by bberens (#47319141) Attached to: Why Software Builds Fail
This doesn't work well if/when you do something like upgrade you compiler version and code that was previously non-warning producing now produces warning. For example, I work on an older Java system that has a few million lines of code. Most of the older code does not use generics, however the modern Java compilers will throw a warning for all that old code. The old code works just fine and there's nothing wrong with it. It would be nice if it used generics but there's not a lot of sense in going back and updating millions of lines of code, some of which may not even work properly with generics. So for that entire codebase we suppress the warnings about generics.

Comment: Re:It's a problem... (Score 2) 118

While I have an emotional bond to the idea of "accomplishing something" I don't think it's all that important economically. To turn the tides we need to re-empower the blue collar worker. In the past this was done primarily via unions and maybe that will be how it's done again in the future. Something's going to give, just not sure we're at the point where people are fed up enough to organize in a meaningful way.

Comment: Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (Score 1) 435

by bberens (#47262169) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's
I'm not OP, but I'd be happy to. According to this site: only 18% of computer science grads are women in the US. That means Yahoo has women over-represented and Google is about right. You can't blame Yahoo, Google, et al for the market of candidates being mostly men. The problems that cause that exist far before Yahoo or Google might be involved. Talk to primary educators, parents, etc.

Comment: Re:Two Problems (Score 4, Informative) 164

1. No, but if you want to make a commercial enterprise, don't come looking to me for a free hand out to get it started.

I thought that was the whole point of kickstarter. I don't think many of them are non-profits. This is just seed money for an educational semi-startup.

Comment: Re:WTF does it do for me? (Score 1) 272

by bberens (#46993343) Attached to: Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed
Soon the US will enter the modern world and require chip and pin for all credit card transactions. When this happens every restaurant will require those little hand held devices that they can bring to your table to allow you to enter your pin. These devices break, are a hassle to keep charged, and are generally a pain in the butt. The most reliable device, by far, is the phone you have in your pocket. I can't wait for the day when my receipt has a 2-d barcode that I scan which allows me to pay via a Paypal/Google Wallet type system. That way I don't have to trust your crappy POS system your restaurant bought on ebay to secure my credit card data. I can choose from a number of trusted vendors to secure my data and handle the transaction.

Comment: Re:And what about dark matter? (Score 1) 109

by bberens (#46858285) Attached to: What Happens To All the Universe's Hydrogen?
The beauty of science is that any of the "facts" we know today could be proven completely wrong tomorrow. I don't think there's anything special about the moon collision theory that should require extra qualifiers compared to anything else in that show as it's generally considered the prevailing theory of moon formation.

Comment: Re:Sure you can (Score 1) 581

by bberens (#46726369) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code
Being a good programmer isn't just about learning the semantics of a language. It's a problem solving job. As much as I hate IQ it's the best measure we have of intelligence and there's a very strong correlation between high IQ and success at programming. 100% of everything in programming is abstract. It's one of the hardest things human beings do in scale.

Comment: Re:Fuck Obamacare (Score 1) 723

by bberens (#46718817) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
I don't know if what you're saying is technically correct with regard to the law, but it's certainly not how hospitals act in practice. From what I've seen a for-profit hospital will patch you up well enough that you can survive transport to a not-for-profit and a not-for-profit will provide whatever care is reasonably necessary to help you get better.

You can be replaced by this computer.