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Comment: It boils down to luck (Score 1) 170

by msobkow (#49623405) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

I was lucky enough to learn how to program in Neuron Data's toolkits before the 1.0 release of the GUI components were released to the public. I rode that gravy train for about 15 years before the market imploded, with a peak of $120/hr. in the mid-late '90s.

But I didn't choose that route -- I got lucky that something I knew well turned out to have relatively high demand (at least compared to the number of people who really knew that tool well.) I could just have easily been unlucky enough to learn one of the other two GUI toolkits that Northern Telecom was evaluating at the time.

On the database front, I missed out -- I was tasked with evaluating the first release of Ingres, and have never seen that product again in my entire career. Fortunately I was able to wrangle some Oracle work and training with my Ingres SQL experience, and from there sidestepped to Sybase ASE, DB/2 LUW, and SQL Server. But I had to work at becoming an SQL expert (cross-platform); with the GUI tools, I just got lucky.

On the major downside, most of my GUI experience is now useless because the only place you'll find Neuron Data left in are old legacy/maintenance-mode applications. There is no new work being done with Open Interface Toolkit.

Comment: Re: Absolute bollocks (Score 1) 327

by msobkow (#49620495) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

Those who try to classify mere coding as "programming" are the same ones who think you can teach "anybody" to "program." The problem is they have too low-balled a viewpoint on what the art of programming is. Calling a coder a programmer is like calling an apartment painter an artist; the jobs are only vaguely related. Slapping paint on a wall is no more "art" or "talent" than coding is compared to programming.

Comment: Re: Absolute bollocks (Score 1) 327

by msobkow (#49620467) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

I'm not talking about understanding the business; I'm talking about translating the chatter of those who do understand the business into algorithms, models, and architecture. I'm talking about having the knowledge to choose from the various platforms and frameworks available.

You can't just walk someone through a course and have them learn that. They have to have the passion to learn about those things on their own, and they have to have the talent to understand those issues and concepts.

You can teach someone to spew the buzzwords; that doesn't mean they know jack shit.

Comment: Absolute bollocks (Score 2) 327

by msobkow (#49619843) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

The truth is that programming isn't a passion or a talent, says Edge, it is just a bunch of skills that can be learned.

Competent, basic programming may be, but there is also an aspect of art and talent to it that can't be taught no matter how much the "we don't fail kids here" people might wish it weren't the case. Companies aren't looking for competent programmers -- they offshore those jobs. They're looking for the exceptional talent that can drive the whole process from top to bottom, including issuing the designs and models those "competent" programmers are expected to work from.

I may not believe in the "10x programmer", but I most certainly do not believe that just "anybody" can be taught to be good programmer. I don't believe that of anything except the most basic of manual labour jobs.

Comment: Nonsense. (Score 1) 284

by msobkow (#49616947) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

One does not edit anywhere near the number of configuration files and install enough software to justify running as root all the time by a long shot. This isn't the Windows world where over half the software requires running as Administrator just to function.

I spend months at a time never touching the root account on my systems after they've been set up. I haven't seen a box that enabled root logins in over a decade, from any vendor or Unix flavour.

So I call "bullshit" on the theory that there are users out there logging in as "root" for the sake of "convenience."

Comment: Re:Real reason (Score 3, Interesting) 525

by MillionthMonkey (#49616339) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

Carly spouted off on Saturday about net neutrality, and claimed that it was forced down our throats by lobbyists from Verizon and Comcast.

And she says this as a former CEO of HP. I hope her campaign fails soon because her voice gives me faceslapping injuries.

Comment: Re: "The Ego" (Score 1) 525

by HiThere (#49614947) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

I'm sorry, I don't understand what you mean. I rather despise Obama as a president, but I can't think of any particular scandal...and I mean something *I* consider a scandal, not something that titillates the shocked sensibilities of those who are appalled by a "wardrobe malfunction". The closest I can come is his acceptance of RomenyCare as his health plan (i.e. "ObamaCare"), but while appalling, I can hardly consider that a scandal.

Comment: CF: Comcast & Verizon wanted net neutrality (Score 1) 525

by MillionthMonkey (#49614765) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
This is what Carly Fiorina said about net neutrality two days ago:

The dirty little secret of that regulation, which is the same dirty little secret of Obamacare or Dodd-Frank or all of these other huge complicated pieces of regulation or legislation, is that they don't get written on their own, they get written in part by lobbyists for big companies who want to understand that the rules are going to work for them.... Who was in the middle of arguing for net neutrality? Verizon, Comcast, Google, I mean, all these companies were playing. They weren't saying "we don't need this," they were saying "we need it."

I think my grandmother could have done a better job running HP.

Comment: Disruption is always good? (Score 1) 174

Long-term, established transportation companies with powerful lobbying arms or the newcomer making use of disruptive technology?

Who will win, long-term, established ecologies or kudzu?

Maybe it's inevitably kudzu, but does that mean we should cheer for it? Cancer is also a disruption. Should all laws be dissolved if they get in the way of anyone's business plan? Why insist on anyone having drivers licenses at all, let alone commercial ratings and proper insurance to carry fares? It would be cheaper to build cars without seat belts and airbags. Let's disrupt that!

Comment: Beware updating if using KDE (Score 1) 284

by wytcld (#49611483) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

A 14.10 system that my kid had an elaborate KDE desktop setup on, we upgraded to 15.04, and it totally lost his desktop arrangement. This had originally been Xubuntu, then with KDE installed, so not straight Kubuntu, and we were able to revert to using his old Xfce setup for now, which came through the upgrade okay. But it really was a bad experience losing his work with KDE that way. KDE is just the barest desktop now, which is frankly ugly and it seems it has lost features as well as his prior configuration.

The earth is like a tiny grain of sand, only much, much heavier.