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Comment So he likes to bone other dudes... (Score 1) 764

...why is this news? I couldn't care less about Tim Cook'sÃ"or anyone else'sÃ"sexual practices.

However, I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly come out as heterosexual.

While I never hid my sexuality from friends, family, and close co-workers, I decided it was time to make it publicly known in the hopes that the information will help others who don't feel comfortable to do so. "I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that a Slashdotter is straight can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy."

While the U.S. has made progress in recent years toward marriage equality, including polygamy, there is still work to be done. "[T]here are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being straight, or where we can be barred from visiting sick spouses and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation."

Comment Degree are a joke (Score 1) 546

I just started an upper division CS course at my university (all coding is in C), and it's already lame. Our first assignment is to solve various bit-shifting puzzles while artificially restricting ourselves to a very small number of language constructs (e.g. we can't use if, while, for, most logical operators, functions, or many other parts of C). It's not clear what we should be learning from this, other than that artificially restricting C makes it really tough. Or perhaps that wild guessing is a critical part of software development.

Comment Know where your programming language is headed! (Score 1) 548

Starting in about 2004, I spent a couple years becoming proficient in Perl 5. I used it for everything, from serious web programming to complex Win32 GUI-based applications "compiled" into stand-alone executables using ActiveState. Somehow, though, I allowed myself to remain oblivious to the fact that Perl was headed absolutely nowhere.

Then I decided to look for jobs as a Perl programmer.

It had never occurred to me that programming languages are living, breathing things that can actually die if they don't get enough oxygen. I suddenly realized that my efforts to develop prowess in Perl had actually turned me into a tumbleweed, blowing farther and farther away from any sign of civilization. The solution, of course, was to do what everyone else did: Abandon Perl.

Now I wonder if my current language, Java, is headed for a similar fate...

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