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Comment: Egos (Score 1) 362

by blunte (#41292597) Attached to: One Company's Week-Long Interview Process

This is about egos. The Rails ecosystem is rife with developers who think they are gods. They surround themselves with people who have similar inflated egos, further reinforcing their group behaviors. It probably has something to do with DHH being the leader, in stark contrast to the humble Matz who really made it all possible with the elegant, powerful language.

I've been a Rails dev for 5 years, and I've encountered way too much of this during the times I've been looking for work. The irony is, many of these guys (and they're almost all guys) are so rabid that they cannot consider anything other than pair, TDD, Rails, mostly Mac, and Github. "Show us your Github!"

We need a term for these guys, something on par with "brogrammer" but specific to their unique, incestuous behaviors.

Comment: Standing (Score 1) 262

by blunte (#40959559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Position To Work For Long Hours?

There's more and more research about the benefits of standing - or rather, the harm that comes from sitting.

I started standing for work four years ago. Only the first couple of weeks were challenging, but I quickly became able to stand for 12+ hours non stop. Granted, I don't stand like a statue; I shift around (but not so much that I look like some freak).

Within a week of changing from sitting to standing, my lower back problems went away. Those lower back problems developed despite my proper ergonomic arrangement in the number of Herman Miller Aeron chairs I had for the previous decade.

Lastly, if you frequently get pulled away from your desk, having to stand up and sit down is a real nuisance. When you work standing, it's as simple as walking to and from your desk.

Comment: CareerBuilder... really? (Score 3, Informative) 323

by blunte (#37460624) Attached to: A Fifth of Telecommuters Work Less Than An Hour Per Day

I don't know any _real_ telecommuters, at least not developers, who would ever be compelled to click on anything related to CareerBuilder. Thus, this survey obviously only attracted monkeys. Worse yet, it is/will be picked up by news sites and used to dissuade companies from considering allowing workers to work remotely.

I say this survey was entirely bunk and unscientific. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the results weren't purely made up by a hungry "writer".


Fukushima Robot Operator Tells His Story 57

Posted by Soulskill
from the man-and-machine-versus-radiation dept.
An anonymous reader writes "An anonymous robot operator at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has kept a blog describing in candid detail his day-to-day life at the crippled facility, including robot training exercises and actual radiation-survey and clean-up missions. The blog was recently deleted, but some copies existed around the web and IEEE Spectrum has translated and published portions of it in English. The blog shows that although the operators use remote-controlled robots, they have to work in areas of high radiation, using protective gear and shielded trucks. They also rely on a great deal of improvisation, and there have been a few incidents that put the robot missions at risk."

Comment: Re:who cares (Score 1) 520

by blunte (#35239692) Attached to: Steve Jobs Health Worries Escalate

That's a nice idea, but since the US practically revolves around the stock market, Steve Jobs' health is of utmost concern to "the powers that be".

If our economy wasn't so utterly leveraged against play money, the man could have some peace. Not "The Man", mind you, but the man. And hell, "The People" could have better peace too I'm sure.

Comment: Crybaby (Score 2) 367

by blunte (#35060764) Attached to: PlentyofFish Hacked, Founder Emails Hacker's Mom

Markus is a spoiled, rich crybaby. He's made so much money off that hideous site for so many years (and boasted about it for ages on his blog)... you would think he could afford proper security audits and support to close holes.

Basically he's been sitting on his ass technically for nearly the entire time, and now he's pissy because his lack of attention bit him.

And for the record, OkCupid.com is so immeasurably better than PoF in every way, it's time for the old whale to die.

Comment: Running with scissors and suckers on ice (Score 4, Insightful) 553

by blunte (#33901768) Attached to: Bjarne Stroustrup Reflects On 25 Years of C++

I won't bother speculating why C++ became dominant (any more than I feel like rehashing VHS vs BetaMax), but I will say this: any language that needs a series of books explaining how NOT to use the language (lest you create obscure bugs) is an inherently flawed language.

With assembly there's an excuse - you have no boundaries (no pun intended). You realize you're operating on bare metal, or at least one step above it. But with C++ you have this belief that you have the illusion of power and safety, but the reality is you have a jumble of constructs and tools that can easily be used wrong (and often are by novices and intermediate developers).

I daresay you could teach an intermediate coder how to do OO in straight C and get better results than if they were trying to use C++.

And yeah, I'm in the camp of "Obj-C is better than C++". But then, I like Ruby, Lisp, Clojure, and Scala too. C++ really needs to die. Any further energy spent on C++ needs instead to be put into JVM and other abstraction technologies.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?