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Comment: Also terrible advice (Score 1) 116

by SuperKendall (#47771781) Attached to: The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

so many programmers think that programming is a cool and important job that requires a ton of skill and talent and dedication.

That remains true.

and then they learn at around 40 that is all a load of old bollocks, hence the reason companies have outsourced much of it to 3rd world places.

Who are mostly neither talented nor dedicated and produce crap...

so to keep being employed in IT, you need to change with it,

No, you need to leave IT and be hired back at a far higher rate to fix the mess caused by people who think they are programmers but are neither talented or dedicated.

No worse hell that managing an offshoring project and watching future failure being built into the system. I will not do it and neither should anyone.

Comment: Re:Interesting slam of Judith Curry (Score 1) 443

by BasilBrush (#47767901) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Do you always believe what other people say, as long as it fits your pre-conceived notions?

khayman80's links are to your own posts, claiming Obama's birth cert to be a fake.

Of course it may be that you no longer belive in the conspiracy theory you used to expound. But denying it just makes you a liar. And reflects on the nonsense you post on other topics, such as AGW.

Comment: Re:Impacts (Score 1) 443

by BasilBrush (#47766931) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

EVERY SINGLE ATTEMPT in the past to accurately predict anything even 20 years in the future has failed MISERABLY and has been LAUGHABLY wrong.

That's quite easily proved wrong. Here's two examples:

Moore's law is a prediction that is just coming up to 50 years old, and has been uncannily accurate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

In 1705, Edmond Hally predicted a visible comet would appear in the sky in 1758. A successful 53 year prediction made at a time when no other person in the world realised comets could be periodic.

Predictions of stuff like flying cars is of course doomed to failure. But spotting a trend and predicting based on it is a perfectly reasonable and successful prediction technique. Both these are of that kind, and so is climate change.

Comment: Re:anyone remember when (Score 1) 297

by Just Some Guy (#47766407) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

My first computer with a hard drive was an Amiga 2000 that came with a 120MB Maxtor. I was gleeful at its blinding speed and unfathomable capacity compared to my older floppy-based system. So much so, in fact, that I spent quite a few hours brilliantly doing the AmigaDOS equivalent of cp -R /media/floppy / so that I'd never have to bother with those slow things again.

That was perhaps my first introduction to the importance of namespaces, a lesson which I carry with me unto this day.

Comment: Re: Switched double speed half capacity, realistic (Score 1) 297

by Just Some Guy (#47766277) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive
Why would they have lower seek times? It seems like lateral, track-to-track movement would be at the same speed regardless of position. And since rotational velocity is constant, the average time for a sector in the current track to come around should be identical. What's missing from that line of thinking?

Comment: Re:I forced myself to watch it (Score 1) 300

by BasilBrush (#47765983) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

You presume his ethics conflate violence with food animals to violence to humans.

Because he already connected the two.

"These are like people who don't want to know where Meat comes from."

If you think there's value to watching animal slaughter video, but it doesn't change your behaviour towards animals, then the argument for watching human slaughter becomes very weak. It becomes about some sort of personal value of "being able to take it" or "being affected by it. Which is simply selfishness, and doesn't override the propriety of not showing it.

Comment: Terrible advice (Score 2) 116

by SuperKendall (#47762919) Attached to: The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

And that's why, if you can, you go back to college to get a Bachelor or Masters degree when you get into your late 30's early 40's.

That is the worst possible advice you could possibly give, except I guess for killing yourself.

That is when instead of SPENDING ALL YOUR SAVINGS ON SOMETHING THAT WILL NOT MATTER, you should instead think about switching to consulting and increasing your earnings. Can't find a full-job easily past 40-50? Learn to make people pay what you are really worth for the vast amounts of experience you have, because that is worth a lot, save up what you can and enjoy retirement eventually, possibly a lot earlier than you would have if you burned your money like an idiot getting a business degree so you could be unemployed with all the younger business majors who cannot find jobs either.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 496

Let's put this in geek terms:

You're using "free" in the RMS sense, where the market itself is liberated. You and I agree on this. A free market is one that has been liberated from monopolists and others who want to lock it down for their own benefit.

The Koch brothers want a free-as-in-BSD market where they are free to manipulate it as they see fit without allowing others to benefit.

Which freedom is more important - that of the market or that of the actors in the market? I suppose the answer boils down to your demographic. If you're one of the billionaires who doesn't want to work for a living, you probably want the latter version so that you can run roughshod over rules meant to keep one person from screwing it up for everyone. If you are literally anyone else on the entire planet, you should probably prefer the first definition.

Comment: Re:Already? (Score 1) 248

by Just Some Guy (#47758147) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

However, there are number of inexpensive (under $10) and free utilities that fixes the interface so that you boot to the desktop and never see it. But... most consumers wouldn't be smart enough to know this. They were forced to use the new UI.

I'm smart enough to know it, but dumb enough not to bother. I'm not an extensive UI customizer (outside of when using Linux and a tiling window manager) - you dance with the date you brought. If I'm on a Mac, I use it like a Mac because that's how all apps, settings, and utilities expect you to use it. Why fight against the current? I'll use the keyboard prefs to put the control key in the right place, but other than that, OK, today I'm a Mac user.

Same with Windows. Sure, I could install a shell that works the way I'm used to everywhere else. But that's struggling against The One True (Terrible) Way and seems futile. Worse, it means I'll only be proficient on that one particular computer, and somewhat lost when using someone else's. When in Windows, I do as the Windows does.

You can know all about the alternative interfaces and still not choose to use them. Personally, I just adopted the approach of not using Windows at all, ever, unless I absolutely have to. It's served me pretty well so far.

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