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Comment: Sudden death (Score 1) 577

by degeneratemonkey (#45091405) Attached to: If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy
A lot of very large users of Java are unhappy with it, not necessarily for technical reasons, but for legal reasons since Oracle set such a negative tone in court.

The only reason Java isn't dead yet is that it would be expensive to abandon existing infrastructure so abruptly. It will be a around for quite a while still, but it won't be too long before it's relegated to the decaying margins of the software industry.

Comment: Startup killers (Score 1) 356

by degeneratemonkey (#44835881) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?
The question posed captures an oversimplification of reality. I would be considered a "rock star" by the CEO whose company I effectively destroyed by leaving. I left because there were no interesting challenges and much bigger players were offering much more money and much greater benefits. I'm dynamite at math, CS, and coding, and I'm only about 50% socially inept. ROCK STAR.

You may not need a "rock star" in most situations, but they can often be found doing the work of N > 3 people of average technical competence in companies operating on a tight budget.

Comment: Nope, wrong. (Score 2) 253

He's wrong. The technocratic imperialism part is accurate, in a sense.

The notion that it is centered around a specific culture confined to a specific nation-state is not. He seems to be blinded by his disdain for America, when in fact his alleged adversaries are politically ambivalent outside of their concern for policy that impacts their own state-independent agenda.

Comment: The brain changes (Score 2) 104

by degeneratemonkey (#43451629) Attached to: Passthoughts, Not Passwords: Authentication Via Brainwaves
It would be interesting to see the results of an experiment which brings the same subjects back in 5 or 10 years and asks them to think the same passthoughts. I highly doubt as much accuracy would be observed.

This is however an easy problem to solve: just change your passthought every few months.

Comment: Re:Non-rounded, often obscure and "deathdays"... (Score 1) 104

by degeneratemonkey (#43142249) Attached to: Google Doodle Celebrates Birthday of Douglas Adams
Here's what I imagine happens.

1. Look at $date.
2. Anything noteworthy happen? If no, skip to #5.
3. Do we think it's interesting? If no, skip to #5.
4. Make Google Doodle of it. Yay, interesting knowledge for people to stumble upon.
5. Increment $date by 1 day and go back to #1.

There's nothing special about multiples of 10. In fact, prime numbers are certainly much more special by many standards. 61 is a prime number.

If Google hired so many pedants they would probably have never gotten off the ground. They'd still be arguing over the fact that "luck" doesn't really have anything to do with the operation of the "I'm feeling lucky" button.

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"

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