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Comment: Re: In the real world you leave under such conditi (Score 1) 367

by Billly Gates (#49745021) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

Well the last few places are run the same. If you are not an IT company the MBAs will fight tooth and nail not to touch what works as IT employees are plumbers. A cost center where data moves through pipes. Just reality and consider myself happy to have a job. Some don't or work minimum wage trapped.

One client uses a pre sql database called pic from 1972. It won't ever be upgraded because it works and is too important to change

Java is here because that's what's in house and work's

Comment: Re:Nostaligia (Score 1) 121

by Reziac (#49744841) Attached to: Jason Scott of Wants Your AOL & Shovelware CDs

I used to maintain a BBS list for my local SoCal calling area. That was about 55 BBSs, and as you say -- all different, all with their own unique flavor -- which depended on the mix of board software, file areas, message areas, and the users those attracted. A few survive as internet-accessable (including Techware, which was also the last of our local dialups) but for the most part... a lost era.

Comment: Re:Yeah right. Then explain COBOL. (Score 1) 367

by Greyfox (#49742891) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read
Well if there's one thing programmers hate more than unreadable code, it's typing shit, and COBOL was an awful lot of typing shit. And for some reason, even though the individual lines were easy enough to read, something about the language made it very difficult to follow overall. Since the language was so overly verbose, functions usually ended up being pretty long, and it was very easy to get lost in them, in any COBOL code I was exposed to anyway. I'm sure there was probably some clean, well written COBOL code in the industry, but I never got a look at it.

Comment: If it aint broke dont fix it (Score 1) 367

by Billly Gates (#49742725) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

Just like IE 6 it is so engrained into our business processes that it won't ever leave. At least here in the office which greatly angers web developers greatly, but operations doesn't care.

Java is around for no technical reasons. It is here because it is already here. Why change for the sake of change and .NET wasn't worth the effort in 2005 as IIS was a steamy piece of poo back then. So now no one wants to take the risk and $$$$ for something that already works. Yes we stayed on XP too until 2014 but my employer is not alone.

My post melts the brains on hipsters lucky enough to be working at .COMs in SV or still in school tinkering. Your souls havent been left yet for the real world yet

Comment: Re:Does it Stop (Score 1) 803

by Greyfox (#49741419) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax
I drive across country on a pretty regular basis. But yeah, it's probably a net win for me seeing as how Oregon gas always seemed to be 20 or 30 cents higher than Idaho. Probably since they weren't letting you pump it yourself, last time I came through. I don't have a lot of excuse to get back that way these days, as if I want pot or gay marriage I already live in Colorado and if I want really good sushi I'm going to drive to Seattle. Though for the most part, the sushi around Denver can usually satisfy my sushi jones.

Comment: Re:tried this in NC (Score 1) 250

by Mashiki (#49741259) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States

I didn't say that's what the consumer pays. I said that the FiT program directly increases the cost of electricity beyond the level you indicated. It's been covered here in Ontario several times by even the most left wing papers that FiT generally drives up the electricity price by 2-8c/kWh depending on the TOU charge as well. So far here in Canada, the only thing that are causing 'very bad problems' are the solar and wind farms.

Funny enough we don't really have 'carbon producing generators' here in Ontario, we do have one of the largest nuclear power plants in the world through.


Learn About The Technology Education And Literacy in Schools Program (Video #2) 11

Posted by Roblimo
from the how-can-you-be-in-four-places-at-once-when-you're-not-anywhere-at-all? dept.
Quoting our intro from yesterday's 'Part One' video: 'The Technology Education And Literacy in Schools program (TEALS to its friends), started with one volunteer, a Berkeley CS grad named Kevin Wang who taught high school for a while, then went to Microsoft for a much higher salary than he got from teaching. But before long, he was getting up early and teaching a first period computer science class at a Seattle-area high school that was (sort of) on his way to work.'

TEALS is now in 130 high schools and has 475 volunteers in multiple states but still has a long way to go (and needs to recruit many more volunteers) because, Kevin says, fewer than 1% of American high school students are exposed to computer science, even though "Computer science is now fundamental in these kids' lives." He doesn't expect everyone who takes a TEALS class to become a computer person any more than chemistry teachers expect all their students to become chemists. You might say that learning a little about how computers and networks work is like knowing how to change a car tire and cook a simple meal: skills that make life easier even for people who don't want to become mechanics or cooks.

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340