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Comment: Re:Marketspeak (Score 1) 93

by i.r.id10t (#48447057) Attached to: 2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

So you don't think that having a known character assist wtih something educational is good? If my kids can learn the 50 states and their capitals with the assitance of the Warner brothers (and their sister Dot), why should I complain that a cartoon franchise character is doing the teaching?

Granted, with the Frozen tie in it is much more appealing to my 4 year old than my 14 year old daughter, Now to get my 10 year old son involved, you'll need to fall back to Lego... or Star Wars. Or Lego Star Wars.

Comment: Re:First and foremost (Score 1) 152

by i.r.id10t (#48442359) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

"Lets try this again. Have you ever been employed and paid for work in this field?"

Why is a pay check important? Having a portfolio of work, be it class projects, contributions to an open source project, perhaps having a patent granted, etc. should count just as much as earning a pay check for a few years working as an assistant code monkey to the junior developer of some corporate sub-project.

Comment: Re:VW Bug (Score 1) 187

by i.r.id10t (#48436905) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

There is also a guy in the Daytona area that was making adapters to let you put a Harley engine in any vehicle wiht teh 200mm Porsche/VW clutch (so 356B or C/SC, 912 - but not hte E from '76, 914, VW bug or bus made after '65). And there is an outfit in Tampa that has electric conversions for same that run about $9k.

Comment: Re:Community college bubble... (Score 1) 226

by i.r.id10t (#48410175) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Here at the "former community college" I work for (we offer a few BAS degrees, so we legally can't be a CC anymore) the Linux admin courses I teach do minimal programming - admin 1 covers shell scripting, admin 2 has a little SQL for managing virtual email users on a postfix system.

Our programming track covers C++, C#, Objective C, Java, and PHP+MySQL, both iOS and Android development, as well as stand alone DB management wtih MySQL, HTML with CSS, and JavaScript.

By contrast, the large state university in town (hint - they just fired their football coach) that has a Comp Sci/Engineering program teaches one language (Java) for one class for one semester.

MindTree recently moved ot the area, thinking they'd be able to hire these software engineers.... who as it turns out really don't know how to crank out the code to create useful stuff. Prove algorithms and theories, sure, but not create usable applications. Guess which school they are hiring graduates and near graduates from?

Comment: Re:Split this baby down the middle... (Score 1) 260

by i.r.id10t (#48342407) Attached to: Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

You create what amounts to a function, accessed either by including a library/header/whatever, or perhaps by passing a bunch of particular GET/POST/PUT arguments to a particular URL structure on a webserver. You know if you ask item foo to process bar you will get back fee in some agreed on form. You then make this public knowledge, or at least known to your customers and whoever reads your publicly available documentation. This shouldn't be protected. Anyone should be able to make an item called foo that when asked to process bar will return fee in a specified format.

Now, what happens internally when foo is running and doing its thing can be protected, and should be.

Comment: Re:I'll explain it this way... (Score 1) 928

by i.r.id10t (#48287883) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Yup - ya can't grep a dead tree.

But in the mid-late 90s, everyone was pretty much on dialup, unless they were at a college in a dorm, etc. I had a high speed connection thru work/school but then CD burners were several hundred dollars each. For me at the time, the best way to get a new distribution for install was to buy the book that came wtih the CD. The various Unleashed books, etc.

Comment: Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (Score 1) 262

by i.r.id10t (#48266485) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

Yes. But at the same time, some apartment complexes do have their own cable tv, internet, etc. that is included in the rent, at least here in a college town. As do several of the "old folks not quite nursing home apartment dwelling" places around here.

So yeah, if everyone in the building is gonna get it, makes sense to just make it part of the building.

Comment: Re:Oh boy, another infection vector (Score 1) 230

by i.r.id10t (#48261781) Attached to: Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

But are there any dependency issues in Windows? Been ages since I've used it, but I don't recall having to chase down DLL files, other installers, etc. to get something to install or run properly....

(oh, and on the similar story the other day I got a -1 troll for asking if we could check out c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\apt\sources.list)

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.