Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?
For the out-of-band Slashdot experience (mostly headlines), follow us on Twitter, or Facebook. ×

Comment: Re:Equality (Score 1) 490 490

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 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) 281 281

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.

Comment: Re:Nice article (Score 1) 284 284

> The DolDoc was particularly interesting for me, mostly in a world where we have HTML everywhere plugged to a VM, DolDoc seems like a different approach (which I'm sure has plenty of flaws) to be considered at least as food for thought for future solutions.

Ok that may sound controversial or plain stupid, what I mean is that exposure to this kind of things might give new ideas about alternate approaches to the same problem, not that actually implementing this on server solutions is a good idea.

Comment: Nice article (Score 3, Insightful) 284 284

It's really interesting how people jump in the bandwagon of bashing this because of it's author. But this article really points out things that I wanted to see but I missed from running templeOS, which are the interesting part that it's author created.

It's wonderful to see how when freeing a developer of current constraints of accepted programming practices it can come up with crazy but interesting and admittedly cool ideas.

The DolDoc was particularly interesting for me, mostly in a world where we have HTML everywhere plugged to a VM, DolDoc seems like a different approach (which I'm sure has plenty of flaws) to be considered at least as food for thought for future solutions.

And last but not least, I really respect someone who can do this kind of stuff. Even if I may not agree with his ideas, I'm glad that he spends time in actually creating stuff which is more that I can say about a lot of people.

Comment: Re:Don't care (Score 1) 128 128

> Gentoo + OpenRC here, fuck systemd. If the rest of you enjoy having something shoved down your throats for political purposes


Can you imagine what we would do if Arch/Gentoo/Someobscuredistro didnt enlighten us with their particular choice of software???

Keep doing god's work son.

Comment: Re:"Moral" ? More of a fetish (Score 3, Interesting) 216 216

Stallman doesn't say otherwise. Stallman says proprietary software is evil and that HE doesn't use or recommend proprietary software, and tries to convince others of this. I have never heard Stallman saying the user is evil for using proprietary software, the only thing he says is that users of proprietary software are victims of it.

The big problem is that when faced with a contradicting idea millenials get their feeeelings hurt and their narcissistic way of thinking transforms it into a personal offense. They cannot stand that other people might or might not have different ethic standards and that might even be vocal about that because in some idealistic way he sees it as a way to change the world for the better.

The major difference between bonds and bond traders is that the bonds will eventually mature.