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Comment: Re:No, not so much (Score 1) 255 255

So you are a wiz at dreamweaver or whatever other crapware people use to make template webpages these days, great for you. What happens when the company that hires you expects you to actually UNDERSTAND HTML and PHP and AJAX and JAVASCRIPT?

If this hypothetical company wanted a person who understood HTML, PHP, AJAX, etc, then why would they hire a Dreamweaver guy? Why would the Dreamweaver guy be applying for a non-Dreamweaver position?

You are correct that pinning your career to a particular technology isn't a good idea. However, you don't seem to understand that big corporations don't hire computer scientists (programmers) and then have them learn the products that are being used. They typically want to hire someone who already has experience with what they're using.

Comment: Re:Stupidity of Leadership (Score 1) 179 179

I thought that the "No Child Left Behind" thing meant keeping children who didn't achieve the required standard back a year, to repeat the same grade again while the other kids moved ahead. Has it changed?

I thought it meant lowering standards so that everyone can pass?

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/06/10/412240568/raising-graduation-rates-with-questionable-quick-fixes
http://www.joannejacobs.com/2014/05/illinois-sets-lower-standards-for-blacks-latinos

Comment: Re:Stupidity of Leadership (Score 1) 179 179

I was placed in my school district's gifted program in second grade and also had the privilege of attending an invite-only school for gifted students during high school. Throughout my schooling there were instances where some parents were upset that resources were going to the gifted kids. According to their logic, the gifted kids were already doing well in school so why should they get extra resources when there are kids that are struggling. These parents were okay with the gifted kids being stuck in non-challenging classes instead of being allowed to reach their potential.

Comment: Intel NUC5i5RYK as living room PC (Score 1) 558 558

I just deployed an Intel NUC5i5RYK with 16 GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR3L @ 1600MHz memory and a 500 GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 running CentOS 7 as my new living room PC. The on-board Intel HD Graphics 6000 adapter is supported by Xorg's latest driver and the on-board WiFi chip is recognized. I initially tried installed FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT, but the WiFi chip wasn't supported.

Normal usage consists of web browsing with Chrome. Spotify and Netflix's web players both work 100%. I use VLC for watching saved content as well as streams from my SiliconDust HDHomeRun Plus OTA/cable box and my Foscam IP cameras. Even with multiple VLC windows open, I'm typically running about 60% idle and the SSD is always less than 1% busy. I've only been able to get the SSD up to 10% busy while copying files to an external drive over USB 3.0. The RAM is also overkill, but the Intel graphics adapter will take advantage of some of it if it sees 16 GB installed.

I was going to list some more specs, but the following article does a better job. I've been very happy with the new machine so far.
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/intel-broadwell-nuc-mini-pc,review-2688.html

Comment: Re:Java is done (Score 1) 223 223

Sun would be just fine today if Oracle hadn't bought them.

Sorry, I'm going to have to disagree. Sun was a hardware company that also sold an operating system. From the late 90's on Sun began losing marketshare to Linux on commodity hardware. Sun tried to respond by moving to x86 and publishing a companion CD/DVD of (old versions) of popular open-source software with limited success. It's a fact that Solaris was pretty much useless without also installing a bunch of GNU software as Sun shipped obsolete/buggy versions of quite a few programs. People who had existing Solaris installations did typically stay on Solaris, but new deployments tended to be Linux-based operating systems.

These days Oracle/Sun is a niche player. They target large, slow moving corporations with large deployments and the budgets to match. I would be quite surprised to hear of a start-up or small company that were still using them.

Comment: Re:Clean room implementation? (Score 2) 223 223

Nitpick - technically, we're talking about Java, where there are no header files. The interface is defined in the same source files as the implementation.

You're correct that Java doesn't have header files; Java uses Interfaces which fulfill the same function. Best practice is to write your API using Interfaces, and not code to a particular implementation (classes).

You can define Interfaces and Classes in the same source file, but people typically create a separate file for each one.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 1) 676 676

Last I checked, the regs regarding emails for the state department went in to effect in 2005 and clarified in 2009 iirc.

There's also the Federal Records Act of 1950.

Under the Act, each federal agency is required to make and preserve records that (1) document the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and essential transactions of the agency and (2) provide the information necessary to protect the legal and financial rights of the government and of persons directly affected by the agency’s activities.[1] The Act defines a federal record without respect to format.

The Act also requires agencies to maintain a records management program. Did Hillary have one? Based on what I have heard about the process used to determine which emails were "personal" and which were business it doesn't sound like she did.

Accordingly, to ensure that they have appropriate recordkeeping systems with which to manage and preserve their records, agencies are required to develop records management programs.[2] These programs are intended, among other things, to provide for accurate and complete documentation of the policies and transactions of each federal agency, to control the quality and quantity of records they produce, and to provide for judicious preservation and disposal of federal records.

http://itlaw.wikia.com/wiki/Fe...

Comment: Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 1168 1168

Christianity doesn't have a problem with homosexual feelings/attraction, the issue is homosexual _acts_. People don't choose their feelings, but they do have control over their actions.

I'm attracted to women, but that doesn't mean I can't choose to be celibate.

Comment: Re:my experience: (Score 1) 269 269

An app developer only gets to sell if Apple says so, which makes things tricky.

Tricky? Apple is demanding that they be the sole distributor of your iOS product. They charge a recurring fee to have them as your sole distributor and then they also take a large cut of your sales. Why would you put yourself in that position?

Comment: Just deployed Insteon hub and wifi camera (Score 1) 282 282

I just deployed an Insteon hub along with one of their cameras yesterday. The starter kit is around $100 and includes the hub and two dimmer outlets. The camera (0.3MP) was another $50 and includes pan/tilt along with a set of IR LEDs around the housing. Setup is straightforward, but the web and smartphone interfaces are bare bones. The camera may be connected via RJ45 or a WiFi connection.

I've got it set to not allow remote connections, but you can control things remotely via port-forwarding on your home router, or at Insteon's website. I didn't spend too much time with it last night, but the system can alert based on image or noise detection.

Next steps are to install some door sensors ($35) and a couple of dimmer switches ($45).

http://www.insteon.com/

Comment: Re:I prefer Rocksmith (Score 4, Insightful) 163 163

I wish I could mod this up. I've been playing Rocksmith for about four years and I think it's a fantastic way to learn guitar.

Sitting by yourself and playing scales and chords (badly) is very boring. It's easy to want to put the guitar down and do something else. Rocksmith keeps you entertained (motivated) and I find that if I sit down with the intent of playing for an hour I'll play for three.

I just wish the guitarcade section of Rocksmith 2014 were better. Games are over very quickly and it takes too long to start them up again. There really needs to be some sort of infinite life mode so you could run the drills for as long as you want.

If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong. -- Norm Schryer

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