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Comment: "Featuritis" in the whole computing ecosystem (Score 5, Insightful) 164

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47584021) Attached to: Getting Back To Coding

New languages. New frameworks. New IDEs. New magic procedures...

Some of it is good, surely. Who programs without classes these days? But every time I see someone come up with a magic new net language, framework, etc., I sort of cringe. I mean, do we really need another one? Do we need all the ones we have (I'm lookin' at you, Ruby...).

The elephant in the room here that Microsoft, et. al. seems happy to ignore is that it takes time to learn AND recode this stuff. Time is money. If you're a teen or a student, you have time to mess with the next Ruby, or Dart, or GO, or BrainFuck or...

As a kid, you have no money invested, and plenty of time. There's no risk.

Fast forward 25 years. You still code for a living. You have a house, a wife, kid(s), car(s). You and your spouse are paying for all of this. Suddenly, genius boy at Microsoft invents Powershell! and convinces a few PHBs to roll it out. Suddenly, all your clients want Powershell! Quite frankly, you haven't got the time or interest in learning Powershell!. You wanted .net features added to VBScript and/or Jscript. You wanted backwards compatibility with existing VBscript and Jscript code. You wanted something that added value, not something that subtracted value by forcing you to go back to the drawing board and recode perfectly functional tools to satisfy a corporate IT security requirement from the corporate PHB that says, "Use Powershell!" for which you may, or not be paid, depending on how well your contract was written.

Disclaimer: I like Powershell, but it was the wrong decision.

The problem, quite simply, is this: Change!=Improvement. Change!=Better. Sometimes you get lucky. At other times, not so much.

Comment: Well, I can't tell you how surprised I'm NOT. (Score 1) 1

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47550405) Attached to: STEM worker shortage is IT industry fantasy

There's a shortage of technically competent people who will work for Wal-Mart wages. That I'll grant. As long as technology continues to advance, however, you've got to pay to play. Upper management, of course, will deny this forever, and will never learn from past outsourcing mistakes.

Comment: So when can I buy a cape made of it? (Score 1) 238

As I recall, the protagonist in "The Shadow of The Torturer" wears a costume and cape made of a perfect black material so that all you see when he walks towards you is an irregular shifting black shape of perfect darkness.

With an axe, and eyes.

It was a good book. The rest of the series? Eh.

Comment: Cut the crap. What energy density/price ratio? (Score 1) 380

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47327537) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

Because in a world of capitalist systems, that's all that matters. At the moment, I buy 25 miles of transportation for about $3.45 cents.

I'm pretty sure that ammonia doesn't have anything like the energy density of gasoline, and that it costs more per unit of energy. Feel free to show me how wrong I am.

TL;DR: Another horseshit, "we're saved! There's never going to be an energy problem again!" article.

Comment: No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oooooo........ (Score 1) 309

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47222953) Attached to: Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

We don't need even ONE more programming language. We need at most one or two programming languages that aren't shit.

IMHO upgrading javascript to a full blown programming language that can run in, or outside of a browser would be sufficient. Contrary to beliefs of idiots who think programming should be difficult, there's no value in making anyone learn an entirely new syntax and language to get some mundane work done. It's a programming language. They all do the same thing.

Bottom line? Expanding a current programming language to do more work makes ECONOMIC sense. Forcing any programmers do something new to satisfy the vision of a 20-something whiz kid or clueless CEO (Cough,...Ballmer, Cough) who has no awareness of the money invested in existing code bases, technologies, or your business model does not.

Comment: And how is everyone else's error rates? (Score 1) 200

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47099911) Attached to: Wikipedia Medical Articles Found To Have High Error Rate

And who makes those judgments? I can go to right now and find quite a few contradictory articles, and more than a few that might charitably be described as "fluffy."

If the goddamned medical community is so concerned about this, they can come up with a web site that's peer reviewed by their selected group of experts and pretends to be the last word on medical data.

No word yet of course, on how the esteemed "medical community" missed the problems with Vioxx, post-menopausal hormones, cobalt hip implants or any of that sily stuff. Because they're like, you know, infalible.

I read Wikipedia, knowing it's inaccurate. I cross reference and look at multiple other sources like a big boy. I read *everything* knowing that there's inaccuracy somewhere. Sounds like it's time for everybody to grow up. There's no great, all-knowing source of information *anywhere.* No group of wise thoughtful, beard stroking authorities who know all and see all.

It's just us, doing the best we can with the crappy information we're given.

Comment: For those who think programming should be hard... (Score 1) 294

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47031745) Attached to: Fixing the Pain of Programming

You're a bunch of over-testosteroned, machismo idiots.

Offense definitely intended.

First point. Machines and software exist to serve *people* and for no other reason. To the extent that they do that, they are "good." Anything less is "bad." Simple enough for you?

Second point. Programming is not about "overcoming intellectual challenges." Don't flatter yourselves. Nobody cares how you feel. Programming is either about money or masturbation. If the latter, make it as hard as you like. Go for it. Wheeeee! Look at meeeee! Look how smart I am! Whoo hoo!

But if you're trying to make *money* programming, or actually have to get a task done, you need all the help you can get. If you have a manager or officer breathing down your neck to GET IT DONE so millions aren't lost, or someone doesn't die, you need effective tools.

Bottom line? Get over yourselves. The IDE is there to make accomplishing a task as easy as possible. It serves no other purpose. It should make everything easily known and obvious. Moreover, it should actually HELP YOU solve your problems. Otherwise, it's just another idiotic software failure.

Life is difficult because it is non-linear.