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Comment: Re:Stack Overflow reputation (Score 1) 283

by luis_a_espinal (#47408127) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

Stack Overflow reputation indicates that you're a 1337 documentation writer, not necessarily that you know how to program.

You can infer the later from the quality and technical depth of the former. You can't routinely create highly technical programming responses without having the programming skills and experience to go with them.

Comment: Re:Github Followers (Score 1) 283

by luis_a_espinal (#47408101) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

Funny you mention that. I was just looking over some gigs on Craigslist. I clicked an ad for a "Magento/Joomla Developer" and the first thing they list in the requirements is, "Strong Project Management Abilities".

I sort of feel like emailing them so I can ask why they want their developer to also be the project manager ... it's a rhetorical question since the ad is for a "boutique ad agency".

If you are a team lead developer, you better have some project management skills. Once you start working with code masses beyond a certain size and complexity, you enter the realm of engineering, with coding being an important but not the only skill required. Management and organizational skills are paramount in such circumstances.

Crapware is created not just because of a lack of good coding skills, but also because of lack of organizational skills.

Comment: Re:Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 685

obviously its a first world problem, big fucking deal. if we had to worry about getting parasites from standing in other people's shit to do our business then we would complain about that instead. people complain about things that bother them, so what's your point?

The point is that you should get some fucking perspective, and complain the most about abuse of authority and the efficiency (or lack thereof) of our security apparatus (important) and a lot less about issues of comfort (non-important, bullshit.) Former == have a conscience and a functioning brain. Later == Irrelevant Kim Kardashian bullcrap.

Comment: Re:seems like snowden did the exact same thing. (Score 2) 95

by luis_a_espinal (#47407973) Attached to: Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

Well: * The documents are being revealed to the public now and document events from 30-40 years ago. * These are documents that he personally worked with, rather than a cache of documents acquired for the purpose of copying and releasing them. * There's no question, I think, that this guy was a spy and defector. He was moved from Russia to the UK with the help of UK intelligence agencies in exchange for Russian secrets. Nobody's trying to claim that he's a "whistleblower". No comment on his actions or motivations vs. Snowden's, but they are potentially substantially different. * This guy is dead.

Up to you to decide if any of these are substantive differences and why, but there are distinct differences.

Your answer makes too much sense, and it was not marinated in bullshit sauce at all. That is not how we post replies in slashdot!(10+1)

Comment: Comply first. Litigate later. (Score 3, Informative) 349

but GitHub has complied with Qualcomm's DMCA request.

Comply first. Litigate later. This is the smart thing to do most of the time. For GitHub, it is not like they are being forced to give the keys to the kingdom or to hand over sensitive data customers entrusted to it. No no data is lost or compromised. It is simply inaccessible while GitHub tries to litigate hopefully with sponsorship by those GitHub users that are being affected.

Comment: Re:Blame Google. (Score 1) 238

> As opposed to all of those other companies that love spending money and hate making it?

Low UID completely missing the point. You must be in your 40s at least by now. Too bad your mental development is still stuck at the level of a dumbass teenager.

That's an invective, not a counter argument.

Comment: Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (Score 1) 272

by luis_a_espinal (#47373189) Attached to: Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

If they notice. Have you talked to a HR drone lately? They aren't exactly strong on perception and smarts.

You are talking bullshit here and waving your hands at a hypothetical based on a biased perception towards HR workers. Granted a lot aren't bright, but that is true in all professions, even among STEM workers.

People actually go through the pages in the contracts to see everything has been filled. In 18 years, I have not seen a one HR worker that has not done so meticulously. Scrawling "me no like it" like that will not fly either during review or in court should the near impossible (they not catching it) were to happen.

Comment: Re:First post (Score 1) 274

by luis_a_espinal (#47313563) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US

Toyoda for example has done this repeatedly and been able to produce cars more cheaply in the US then many of their American competitors using the same labor.

Toyota has been building new factories in depressed areas, low wage areas, and union free areas. Their American competitors aren't quite so free to do so.

Many large companies should go through a serious reorganization top to bottom including the renegotiation of all contracts to take into consideration new opportunities and concerns.

That is... not nearly so simple as you imagine. Especially if unions are involved.

Yes, they are. They are free to open factories in at-will states just like Toyota, BMW and several others have done so.

Comment: Re:Not exactly green (Score 1) 139

I'm all for eliminating waste, but if the net effect is that we're removing plastic from landfills and emitting it as CO2, that's not terribly different from digging up crude oil and emitting it as CO2.

Now, I'm sure there's some sort of multiplier here that makes it a bit better - perhaps the plastics are a cleaner source and less energy will be used to process it - but currently this carbon is sequestered in an inert if unattractive form whose dangers are mostly localized.

It is terribly different in that unusable non-biodegradable material is removed, and as we develop new combustion systems and CO2 sequestration techniques, we know (should know) what to do with the CO2 exhaust.

There are no perfect solutions. Just alternatives, and it is up to us in being sufficiently smart (or at least in not being callously stupid) to string multiple alternatives into acceptable solutions.

Comment: Re:Why I don't buy the misogyny argument (Score 1) 548

Here's another theory that I will probably be flamed for -- maybe girls don't get into programming as often for the same reason that female deer don't bash heads against each other as often as the males do. Maybe it boils down to testosterone. Males of many species have an impulsive drive to accomplish certain things, and in humans' case this is largely independent of intellectual aptitude. Yes, girls are smart. Many could be good programmers. But do they want to? Are they driven to? Am I (at least partially) driven to my peculiar lifestyle of being glued to a screen and eschewing much social interaction because of testosterone? ("Yeah, you'd like to _think_ so" I can hear my naysayer naysaying.) But these are questions I honestly ask.

Yes, you should get flamed for it. Your theory does not hold water when we compare the proportion of women going into engineering in general, and software in particular, in India and China. Those proportions are greater than ours, so this is obviously a cultural issue, and not an innate female avoid-locking-horns issue.

I also find it laughable to compare software programmer's competitiveness with male horn-locking. Out of all the activities to compare, software development is the Peewee Herman of activities. If you want to discuss activities that evoke horn-locking and competitiveness then look into being a professional athlete or a member of the military.

But software development/IT? YOU. GOT. TO. BE. KIDDING.

There is a lot of misogyny in software development, specially in the US, and in particular in Silicon Valley circuits that cater to the young and brass unwashed man-boy masses. But misogyny =/= male competitiveness.

Nor does software engineering has a strange-hold on competitive behavior. There is competitiveness in law, business, sports and politics where women participate in great numbers. So the competitive drive as a factor is also a bad, flawed theory.

For all the cultural advances that our society has made, the reality is that our society pigeonholes men and women into these roles from infancy which leads to the participation % of genders in specific industries, %s that you do not see in other cultures.

Furthermore, sexism is rampant in software development, and STEM in general. So of course women do not come on board. And that so many juvenile beta-male responses are made on this forum to deny the existence of sexism, or to decry some fabled "female agenda", that simply proves that sexism is indeed rampant and entrenched.

Comment: Re:Before you start complaining... (Score 1) 548

Who knows if there's something genetic but there's obviously something cultural. Most women don't strive to immerse themselves in a culture that is predominated by socially awkward beta males. I don't understand why nobody accepts this obvious explanation for the lack of women.

Gawd, I'm going to steal that one and make it a sig.

Comment: Re:He didn't sacrifice a goat to the SJWs. (Score 1) 281

by luis_a_espinal (#47281943) Attached to: Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

If he'd lost Yakuza money presumably he'd already be dead. On the other hand if he is Yakuza...

Yakuza or no Yakuza, you DO NOT want to lose Yakuza money. Jokes aside, some people think the Yakuza are just some film-generated form of fiction. Been in Japan a few times, I've seen them. They are real, and you can just tell you don't want to mess with them, their property or their money.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.