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Comment Questions: (Score 5, Insightful) 727

I never heard much about game developers, but it seems like GamerGate has put many of them in the spotlight, specially women.

Has the Gamergate movement somehow boosted your popularity and of other game developers and benefited you in any way? Do you regret that a big part your popularity didn't stem from the work you've made all these years in your professional life and rather from a political counter-movement?

Sorry for my lousy english.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 251

I don't really trust online password managers for the same reason I have a set of passwords which are slight variations from each other (following the same pattern) for accounts I don't care that much about or might be insecure. I memorize a few of random generated passwords for my main important accounts and keys ( I also have encrypted them stored in a usb key in the rare case I forget them).

If a service becomes important enough to have a secure password I generate a new random password for that (but it's really rare).

Many other work related passwords are stored in encrypted files in my hard drive.

Comment Re:Equality (Score 1) 490

They don't have to be women, but we know (because we asked, and because of historic numbers) that women are a large, willing and untapped resource in CS.

Large? agreed (and I'll refrain of doing any "yo momma" jokes here).

Willing? it doesn't seem like it, we have tried sugarcoating projects, mentoring, boot camps and women seem largely disinterested for programming and STEM careers . Even more, there is a resurgence in the interest of traditional "women-only" careers like cooking, fashion design, child-care and elementary education.

We also know exactly how to fix that

It doesn't seem like that's the case, since each attempt to fix it ends up in a big waste of resources ( see the outcome of gnome outreach programs among others)

It's in their own interests to get more skilled programmers on board.

Yeah... filtering out potential developers by making women/trans/queer-only outreach programmes instead of opening them up to let anyone interested join it's a great way to get MORE, not LESS potential candidates. /s

Comment Re:Dual monitor workstation + laptop to play conte (Score 1) 39

That's basically all MOOCs are: a way for third-worlders to try to acquire meaningless certificates without actually doing anything to earn them

Ouch as a third worlder(argentinian) this hits very near home, but I guess it's true for many people but not for me (and I bet for many others). For me personally it's about learning, I started one on cryptography and couldn't actually finish , but I downloaded every class video and I'm going to complete it on the next term ( I was doing quite good on the homeworks but the pace was too fast for someone who also works full time).

When I started I assumed the certificate is not the most important thing to get out of it but the actual knowledge, which IMHO is pretty good and almost impossible to access for most people outside from a college campus (which is also a way for senior professionals or dropouts who can't go back to college to update their knowledge) . Right now I started one on Machine Learning ( while I study the notes I took for crypto for the next term) which I always wanted to learn because of the sheer coolness of it.

Conclusion: if you only care about the certificate (whether you're a first world or a third world citizen), it sucks, if you care about the knowledge, MOOCs are a pretty good way to update your knowledge.

Comment I don't love PHP (Score 1) 281

I've been working for more than 9 years with PHP and pretty much have seen it all. From cheap quality boilerplate code hell, to really well designed code.

The main problem with PHP is that it's lack of features sometimes forced you into using bad practices. See for example the lack of namespaces/packages way over the time every other language had an implementation for that. This is solved for now, but there is a lot of legacy code that is still out there and making other programmers pull their hair.

Nowadays PHP has evolved, and frameworks have started using the new features in an elegant and powerful way. Some of the criticisms to PHP are still valid, other don't apply anymore. I for one think that PHP has get enough good features to ditch the "you're bound to write shitty code if you use PHP" motto. There are better languages, yes! I use them and I like them, but that's not a good reason for believing that using x language makes you a shitty developer and using y language makes you a good developer. Still... some languages might make it harder to write good code, and that's why you have to be wary and consider options.

  I don't love PHP, I won't marry PHP (that's why I'm currently learning other languages to expand my career or simply having fun) but I wouldn't marry any other language either. I love programming and I see each language as a tool which might or not be useful, I'll keep learning, but I won't trash what I know because bashing it becomes trending topic among IT freshman.

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