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Comment: Anecdote (Score 5, Insightful) 627

by dsginter (#46327313) Attached to: Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
When I was in college, I started immediately with an IDE - largely with no development experience. This was a struggle because the IDE was doing things that I did not understand. Ultimately, one of the elder geeks (a properly bearded and pony-tailed Yoda) suggested that I start at the beginning and develop with a text editor and the command line. This worked. Once everything was properly understood, the IDE is useful for saving time and catching typos. But I still need to "go back to the beginning" in order to find out what I am missing sometimes.

+ - Without Congressional Support, Pour on the Data

Submitted by dsginter
dsginter (104154) writes "The US House of Representatives recently voted down a bill that would have forced the NSA to respect the US Constitutional Right to privacy and it appears that few people really care about this matter in lieu of Bread and Circuses. I felt defeated until a realization set in: these spying systems can be overwhelmed by data — just give us software that will wget pressure cookers and backpacks and perhaps a phone app that will randomly dial other participants during idle+charger (mute the ringer, of course). Throw in a desktop app and I'll buy a couple of POTS lines just to assist!"
GUI

+ - Is the Recycle Bin a Good GUI Metaphor? 2

Submitted by dsginter
dsginter (104154) writes "During a recent Windows 7 upgrade, I disabled the 'Recycle Bin' from appearing on the user desktop. Why? Because this allows the users to retrieve errant deletions. While this was the goal of the 'Recycle Bin' in the first place, most people (including myself) are in the good habit of keeping a tidy workspace and 'taking out the trash' when they see that it is full. For some people, their OCD meant that deleting a file was a two step process: delete the file and then empty the recycle bin. By disabling it from view, I have found that the original function is restored for the smattering of times that it is actually needed. Why are we wasting pixels on such a poor metaphor?"
Open Source

Linux 2.6.37 Released 135

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-and-improved dept.
diegocg writes "Version 2.6.37 of the Linux kernel has been released. This version includes SMP scalability improvements for Ext4 and XFS, the removal of the Big Kernel Lock, support for per-cgroup IO throttling, a networking block device based on top of the Ceph clustered filesystem, several Btrfs improvements, more efficient static probes, perf support to probe modules, LZO compression in the hibernation image, PPP over IPv4 support, several networking microoptimizations and many other small changes, improvements and new drivers for devices like the Brocade BNA 10GB ethernet, Topcliff PCH gigabit, Atheros CARL9170, Atheros AR6003 and RealTek RTL8712U. The fanotify API has also been enabled. See the full changelog for more details."

Comment: Re:Perfomance vs size (Score 2) 122

by dsginter (#34706936) Attached to: Intel Intros 310 Series Mini SSDs

What does the size have to do with anything relating to these performance benchmarks?

Perhaps because of the whole decades of history related to rotating bulk storage? Without increases in spindle speed (and, thus, price), larger storage has always been faster.

Don't you remember the Quantum Bigfoot?

Get off of my lawn!

Comment: Re:Cause and Effect (Score 1) 438

by dsginter (#33703198) Attached to: You Are Not Mark Zuckerberg, So Stay In School

So, the next big thing never requires senior level coursework?

Coursework is free or very affordable for those who want to pursue it on their own time. I met a lot of self-starters in college who had enough passion to spend their free time a little bit more productively than myself (and most of the other students). These people often cruised through classes without buying the text and, often, dropped out to pursue opportunities that came to them as a result of their curiosity-based knowledge and skills.

For example, I didn't learn proper relational database design until my junior year in college. But I know plenty of people who picked this up in high school (often by discovering all of the wrong ways to do something, which appears to be a very good method for obtaining mastery of a subject).

Comment: Re:Cause and Effect (Score 1) 438

by dsginter (#33702600) Attached to: You Are Not Mark Zuckerberg, So Stay In School

These dropouts dropped out because they were wildly successful. They didn't become wildly successful by dropping out.

Right. When I talk to people who are going down the Computer Science route, I tell them to stick with it and use the acquired skills to develop that next big thing.

"If you graduate, then you have failed."

Failed at making the next big thing. But, in doing so, have a wonderful plan b.

Comment: Re:see power point can cost you your job (Score 3, Funny) 194

by dsginter (#33399600) Attached to: PowerPoint Rant Costs Colonel His Job

Unfortunately sometimes you can't just talk one-on-one to everyone and you will have to present information to a large group. Your options for presenting information to a crowd:
--vocal: just talking for an hour, which is popular in many religions, and we all remember what the sermon was about last Sunday, right?
--visual text: just endless paragraphs so they can read along which, as far as I can tell, no one does
--multimedia: pictures, audio and video that attempts to explain in a manner easily digestible, hence Powerpoint

The delicious irony of explaining the situation with what might as well be a powerpoint slide. Nice bullet points. A+++ would buy again.

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