I remember coding away at my keyboard with Borland C++ 3.1, TASM & Turbo Pascal 7.0 back when i was a kid. Looking back it was some of the best programming experiences i've had in my life, even though the code quality was probably crappy.
Anyone else yearning for the days when programming was low level and just getting a stupid plasma effect to work smoothly gave you that warm fuzzy feeling in your stomach?
Even though we have it really good now (thank god for OS X, decent IDEs & Libraries) a lot of fun factor seems to have dissapeared. It doesn't matter what you write somebody else has already done a lot of the hard stuff for you (most of the time anyway) in the libs you use.
Which planet do these guys live on, that it's normal to work 16 hours/day without looking for better management alternatives?
If you're going to work that much you may as well start your own company doing whatever it is you want to do. That way you get 100% say in how things are run & you 100% of the dinero.
Really strange, these people don't seem to have any lives whatsoever outside work. Kinda sad when you think about it!
Seriously, women are coming up to you in public, commenting on your hardware & you're complaining?
Dude, I (and i'm sure many a geek/hacker type) have enough trouble complaining why my place looks like a server farm without women running out of the house screaming (the anime doesn't help either).
Consider yourself lucky & focus on using your laptop to create something cool. Otherwise there are many many "hacker" 1995 stickers to make you look "cool".
I dont' get kids these days. The reason I (and a lot of people of my generation) learned to program was to code/hack cool shit!
Nowadays it seems very rare to find a 13 year old hacking games or teaching himself assembler just for the fun of it. People just seem to want to learn stuff to finish school courses & land decent jobs.
Where is the fun element? I get that some people just like solving problems and see computers as just another tool to do it. But what about the hacker breed? People learning stuff just for the fun of it, not for profit?
While these people are still bred into existance I fear the point & click generation of operating systems and the "commercialization" (take that to mean what you will) of computers & the internet has taken the fun out of it.
A computer is now just a tool, not some cool strict machine that does just what you tell it and punishes you if you make mistakes & act stupid. Sometimes I truly do wish it was the late 80s/early 90s when it was so easy to write something cool and people who wanted to program didn't ask these sorts of questions.
Please forgive my rant, you may now go on with your lives fellow Slashdot readers.
I don't know what's worse, the fact that such ridiculous laws exist or the fact the goverment rigidly enforces it.
I mean, come on. Send the guy a letter actually means that they had meetings about this and actively pursue suing people who wish to state facts. Facts mind you the publication of which doesn't incure financial loss to the Australian government. Fictional lala (RIAA) land loss or real world monetary loss.