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Comment: Just do it. (Score 2) 66

by khasim (#47938175) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

I don't expect to be a Carl Sagan or Neil deGrasse Tyson, but I'd love to have enough knowledge in these subjects to research and experiment to the point where I could possibly start contributing back to the field.

Look up "Galaxy Zoo". You can start contributing today.

As for classes, start reading. Find out which books are used for the courses and buy the books and read them even if you cannot take the courses.

Comment: Bullshit. (Score 1) 108

by khasim (#47938071) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

They tried to bomb the World Trade Center in 1993.

Snowden released the files he had in 2013.

That's TWENTY YEARS where they would be using their old communication methods while we were hunting them. There should not be a terrorist left alive.

The PROBLEM is that we collect too much data. It is impossible to process into useful information. It is a mass of "dots" for 300,000,000 people that increases every single day.

And terrorists are so rare that they (and their communications) vanish into the mass of regular people. If you live in the USofA you are more likely to be killed by someone in your own family than by a terrorist.

Comment: Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (Score 0) 237

by Rockoon (#47935705) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Sooo .. all the people out in the countryside with the subsidized phone, water electricity service should just suck it up in this case?

The parts of the "countryside" that do not get federal water subsidy fall into 2 categories: (a) places with water already, and (b) places that arent populated.

Now lets not confuse cause and effect. It is only through water subsidy that the unpopulated areas, such as deserts, will ever become populated. There does not exist a need for water subsidy in places where there has never been water subsidy before. It is only in places that have previously received water subsidy that now have a need for it, such as the arid regions of the midwest that are now in perpetual water shortage mode.

So the federal water subsidy is harmful. It alone creates the need for itself.

Why are any other subsidies different? If you decide to build your house a hundred miles from the nearest electricity, why do you expect anyone else to foot the bill to hook your dumb ass up to electricity? If you expect that, fuck you. People that expect that are fucking assholes that dont deserve any respect at all from anyone, certainly not respect from the people that these assholes so selfishly and greedily expect should have to pay.

Comment: All that matters on the phone too (Score 1) 95

by SuperKendall (#47931577) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

Photography on a cell phone does not equate to photography with a digital camera -- knowing what f-stop is, or shutter speed, or focal length, or a LOT of the other of the fine-grain minutiae

1) the technical aspects are not really photography - they are details of a tool. They are not composition nor lighting nor mood nor concept.

2) The iPhone with iOS8, and version of Android for a while I think let you control all of those aspects in advanced camera apps (well focal length you had to add adaptor lenses, but lots of people do use those).

Comment: Whoosh (Score 2) 95

by SuperKendall (#47931457) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

Flickr already missed the boat on being the social media image sharping app of choice.

They are not the social media sharing app of choice.

They ARE the primary choice for sharing images from people who are photographers, and also happen to primarily use smartphones. Yes, even over sites like 500px... Flickr has far more volume.

Comment: Is it COBOL or the people? (Score 4, Insightful) 255

by SuperKendall (#47924915) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

One of the things I think when I look at something like that is, the $10k difference is illustrating how much more people make that care enough about computer science/programming to take the time to explore many languages - not so much that they are all getting COBOL jobs, they are just more competent.

Comment: Pedigree and breed vs "big dog". (Score 1) 389

by khasim (#47921449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

That's wouldn't be "looking for people with liberal arts degrees", that's "looking for people with demonstrable technical experience" and finding that they just happen to have a liberal arts degree.


As an analogy I'd point to pedigree and breed in a dog show. Your FORMAL education also has a breed (your major/minor) and a pedigree (which schools you attended).

But when it comes to hiring, I'd be looking for the "big dogs". And while breed and pedigree can be a factor (Chihuahua compared to Sheep Dog) I won't exclude the mutts.

If you have the drive and dedication to complete a formal major in one field while spending your free time becoming competitive in a different field then you are someone I should be interviewing.

Comment: Re:Parallax. (Score 0, Informative) 413

by BasilBrush (#47920917) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

You're displaying a fundamental misunderstanding of perspective. The way to hide the projection is to view it from up close, not a long way away. In the same way that you can see a 3 foot house chimney from a distance but you can't see it when you are standing a few feet from the door.

Comment: Let's see your portfolio. (Score 3, Insightful) 389

by khasim (#47919065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

While I'd tend toward Computer Science (since that is what my degree is in) I'd FIRST want to see what they've done already.

Is there anything the Lit major can show that demonstrates his programming skills? Like patches submitted to a FLOSS project? Or a mobile app? Or even a personal website?

It's not that you cannot get a programming job with a Lit degree. It is that the other candidates will probably have more DEMONSTRATED skills in the programming field.

Show me that you CAN program (sufficient to the basic requirements of the project) AND that your Lit degree gives you a different perspective AND how you implement that perspective.

Comment: Article shows fundamental lack of understanding (Score 4, Interesting) 179

by SuperKendall (#47915837) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Whoever wrote that article doesn't understand Swift well, or Apple for that matter:

Swift is designed to support a world built bottom up in Objective-C. It's meant to play well with the bazillion lines of existing Objective-C, not supplant it.

This is totally wrong. Apple could not be more clear that Swift is built to supplant Objective-C. It will take a while to re-write the frameworks but they are encouraging everyone now to write new stuff in Swift, and as rapidly as possible making the bridge over to the Objective-C frameworks as Swift friendly as possible.

I think Apple will not open Swift at the moment because they want to have a small core group directing where the language goes, at least at first... and then it will open up more from there. But that also supports the notion that swift is not an auxiliary language, but the primary path going forward.

Algol-60 surely must be regarded as the most important programming language yet developed. -- T. Cheatham