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Comment: Is Experience Worth Anything? (Score 0) 599

by itsdrewmiller (#31172572) Attached to: "Logan's Run" Syndrome In Programming
I recently read Peopleware, where they said that in their coding war games experience had no correlation with performance. If experience costs more and has no benefit in development, why would a firm be willing to pay more for it? (Caveat: Maybe experience has beneficial effects outside of raw development.)

Comment: Re:Slashdot true to form (Score 0) 281

by itsdrewmiller (#28101905) Attached to: IBM Wants Patent For Regex SSN Validation
Still, just deleting inappropriate characters is a pretty trivial case of what they are proposing - having something that would say, let you type 999-99 but not 99-99 is trickier, and that is still a very simple digits plus one character situation, where their patent is for arbitrarily complex regexes.

Comment: Identity Theft (Score 0) 1079

by itsdrewmiller (#27576139) Attached to: College Police Think Using Linux Is Suspicious Behavior
If you read the warrant, the accused allegedly created a profile on a gay hookup site for the alleged victim, pretending to be him. I'm not an expert, but it wouldn't surprise me if that is illegal. I know it's fun to beat up on cops for not knowing what linux is, but in this case I don't think it is at all obvious that this search warrant was without, err, warrant.

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