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Comment: Re:No exhaustive.. (Score 3, Funny) 277

by jellomizer (#47407791) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

Now these guys may not be the best programmers out there. As programming is different for every type of job.

Someone who can compile a nice compiler may not be able to make an OS as well. Or an OS developer may not be able to make a clean User interface for a web site.

There are so many details out there that makes a comparison near impossible. What this list captures are the Most popular programmers. Who's popularity is often due to their personality that makes their program popular.

We as programmers tend to come up with new innovative solutions to problems all the time, and often all this work isn't noticed by anyone, because it works so well that no one ever notices.

Comment: Re:And when the video feed dies... (Score 0) 463

The window leads to a lot of mistakes as well, probably far more than a video feed dying.
Cases have been documented when flying over an large body of water pilots can get disinterested and confuse their up from down, and fly their plains upside down, until they crash.

In the rare case where the feed dies, there are a bunch of other instruments available for them.


Comment: Re:Expert System (Score 1) 159

by jellomizer (#47399363) Attached to: The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

To much Science Fiction and not enough Science Fact.
A common theme in Science Fiction is the idea that technology will replace humans, which is often true. However most SciFi usually takes this idea and follows the slippery slop to a far more interesting to read, but most likely not possible worst case situation.

SciFi books about say a middle grade analyst having to change careers in his mid 40's because technology had made his current job obsolete. Is rather dull. But if that system some how became the all knowing overlord, picking who lives and who lives on a global scale. Now that is interesting, and allows conflict with a rag tag team of Humans in their seemingly impossible task in out thinking the super computer.

When you read a cautionary tail, it isn't about stopping progress, but opening your mind to other options, if these options are bad, put insurances to protect the bad stuff from happening.

Comment: Re:No shit (Score 1) 202

Where their are the rare cases where a kid who doesn't have the mental block on this is how we need to do things can come up with a much more innovative solution. However most of the time, the best they achieve is creating something that other engineers have though of before but had rejected the idea, because of the trade-offs it can bring, being too expensive, doesn't meet quality standards, parts are hard to replace, cannot purchase the right to use a patent, excessively dangerous, etc....

I had invented a lot of crazy stuff as a kid, I was lucky I never started a fire with the designs. (A lot of wire cloth hanger that are not isolated were often my primary material)

Comment: Re:Not a ranking of what is the best language (Score 1) 192

by jellomizer (#47392329) Attached to: IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

Figuring out the best programming language is just an opening to a flame war.
1. Different languages have chosen a different set of trade offs as to meet the problems they solve. Speed to run vs speed to code. Compiled vs interpreted. Verbose descriptive command vs quick to type but cryptic commands.

2. Different platforms. Are you coding for Windows or Linux perhaps for Apple. How much do you want to take advantaged of the platforms features?

3. You tend to favor what you know. Why do you think most of these top languages are C like. They are just variants on what you know.

Having had the choice to choose a language for a project there are a lot of factors. To say this language is superior then the rest is silly because the other languages were made for a reason.

Comment: Re:Just think of what you can do with this! (Score 2) 122

by jellomizer (#47392245) Attached to: New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

It's funny because it is true.
Perhaps if I worked for a company that allows some time for me to tinker on my own project for a while, like google, then I may get some use out of it. But for the most part by the end of the day I don't even bother using a computer.

Comment: Re:We can thank corporate America (Score 1) 279

by jellomizer (#47389597) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

Most people would like to stick around at the same company. However companies fail to encourage employees to stay. If a company keeps the employee's salary competive with their skill level, offer a clear path for growth and promotion. Then they employee will stick around. If they feel like their lives are stuck, they will jump to an other job.

Comment: Re:Cargo-Cult Sociology (Score 1) 220

NASCAR doesn't have gender segregation, Men and Women can compete in NASCAR. Granted there are not a lot of women NASCAR drivers. But they are a few and they can compete with the men.

I would say unless there is a statistical evidence that gender will give someone an advantage or disadvantage in terms of performance, I say let anyone play.

Comment: Re:OR (Score 1) 577

by jellomizer (#47375471) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

If you can j walk without inconveniencing traffic. Then that is fine, However if you expect the car to slow down to not hit you, means you just may get hit if they are distracted and not looking for or at you. And this can happen with the best of drivers when there is a lot of things going on in the road.

Comment: Re:Faith in God (Score 1) 295

by jellomizer (#47375383) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

Some one in a article about science had a few sentences about religion.
OM!G? How dare your limited world view of all religious people must be zealot hicks be questioned.

Your world view is based on taking everything you disagree with with all the religions, combine it into one over reaching idea of what a religion is and just hate it, because when you put all the stuff you dislike about each one together you get something you really dislike.

A religion is controlled and managed by normal humans, like the general population everyone has ideas that may not be the same as everyone else. So with a lot of religions there will be some parts that you do not like, however they encourage a lot of things that are good and helpful.
Most major religions do not get in the way of science. Unless they see something unethical in the science.

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