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Comment Re:Not just google (Score 1) 208

These problems are all solvable with second year knowledge of computer science.

I think that's the problem for a lot of the candidates. They can hack some code together, but they don't have a solid computer science foundation.

That's my big concern with this push for code academies. They are teaching people to code, but are they teaching the underlying mathematics and computational theories?

Comment Re:If... (Score 1) 363

So what you're saying is that the mathematics in the $75 book is different from the math in the $185 textbook, and that students must use the exact same book or else they won't learn the same material as the other sections?

So long as a professor is teaching to the course syllabus he should be free to use whatever training materials he feels is best for his students.

Comment Re:I don't get this (Score 2) 56

  1. 1. Security of credit cards is a non-issue for consumers. You are insured against losses over $50 and most banks will cover the entire loss.
  2. 2. Pulling a credit card out of my wallet is much easier than getting my phone, typing in the unlock password and then launching the app. If I drop the credit card, no big deal. If I drop my phone it's a problem. Also, it's easier to give someone else (friend/family) your credit card to use for a purchase than your phone.
  3. 3. Why do I care about retailers tracking my purchases from them?

Mobile payment is a solution in search of a problem.

Comment Re: Sounds normal (Score 1) 209

Experienced people have to either accept a lower salary or hang on to whatever job they have, because they are no in demand. I'm not saying this is right, I'm saying this is how it is.

This is complete bullshit. Experienced programmers are in very high demand right now, even more so than the mid to late 90's. It's a sellers market in Chicago.

Comment Re:Best solution: (Score 1) 451

...the driver engages the autonomous drive like they currently engage cruise-control, except that they now don't have to steer or brake. That kind of technology would probably work on limited-access freeways where pedestrians and other non-automotive vehicles are prohibited,

Mercedes already offers this technology in their cars.


Vehicles equipped with Distronic Plus and Steering Assist will auto-steer for up to ten seconds with your hands off the wheel. If you're stupid/daring you can even defeat the ten second timeout by taping a soda can to the wheel.

Comment Re:Not News (Score 1) 114

No such requirement exists, however, to simply visit someone's Twitter page. I see this (extremely valuable) tool as likely rewritten into a straightforward page-scraper by the end of the day. Block that, Twitter!!

I was imagining a new app where each client generates their own API key and then tweets are automatically forwarded to a third party aggregator.

There would be no central account to block.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 706

See, the stuff being stolen here ... It's not the property of the corporation, and they're not the ones who suffer when it is stolen. They've deemed themselves trustworthy to hold onto your data, and failed to safeguard it.

In the United States, except for a very limited class of information, the person that collects the data owns it. If you have a credit card with your bank, they own the data associated with your account such as purchase history. If you have a cellphone, your carrier owns the data generated by your account such as your calling history. This is why companies are allowed to re-sell their customer data to marketers, etc. Only very recently has legislation been passed in the States to require certain types of consumer data to be handled in certain ways.

In this case, the data that was "stolen" was most certainly the property of the corporation. You could try to sue them in court for damages, but there's no legal requirement that they secure their data in a particular way.

Comment Re:Wow, end of an era. (Score 3, Informative) 152

Well, I suppose it can finally no longer be said that the Sparcstation 10 I keep here just for old times' sake can still run "current Linux distributions."

NetBSD and OpenBSD both run on the SparcStation 10 and they're actual UNIX operating system.

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 1) 430

You should know the salary range offered before the interview. If they're not willing to provide a range, then you need to tell them the minimum you would work for.

If you know that you're not willing to take anything less than $120K, then you need to say so. If you don't then you're just wasting everyone's time.

Comment Re:Equitable pay? (Score 1) 430

And thus the power in salary negotiation is very loopsided, as the employee has much less information about the market and the competition than the employer has. Thus salary negotiations in most cases don't happen in a free market environment.

Why do you think the employee has much less information about the market and competition? If you work with an agency they'll tell you exactly what's going on in the market, salary ranges, number of open positions versus available talent, etc. For example, in Chicago right now there's a shortage of front-end developers and companies are having to show them the money since they get multiple job offers.

Salary negotiations happen when the company really wants you and knows that you have other options. Many employees under-sell themselves, but it is true that you can't negotiate (effectively) unless you're willing to walk away.

If you've got unique skills and aren't simply a cog in the machine, then you should be asking for about 20% more than what you'll take. Good employers will work with you and I would avoid the ones that aren't willing to negotiate. Never take the first offer.

Comment Re: Too many white and Asian males (Score 1) 398

Chicago has taken to promoting certain races over others in order to make their diversity numbers look "better".

"The Latino firefighters had each waived race-based promotions twice as a matter of personal pride and a surefire way to avoid serving under the stigma that they didn’t deserve the promotion on their own merit.

But when they got the third promotion offer, Cmdr. Monica Porter made it clear that if they turned it down again there wouldn’t be a next time, the firefighters, who all asked to remain anonymous, told"

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?