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Comment: Won't hire 'monolingual' developers (Score 1) 215

by david.emery (#49622251) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

I explicitly will not hire any programmer who knows only one programming language (C and C++ count as 1 for that score.) Learning a different programming language introduces you to alternative ways to think about problems and solutions. Lisp or Scheme, Ada or Eiffel, COBOL or MUMPS, all provide a different perspective on software design, coding, test and integration.

Too many hiring managers play "buzzword bingos" in search of "flying purple unicorns," candidates whose buzzwords match their current search list. Sure, you can make a living chasing buzzwords that way, with a combination of (primarily) resume engineering and (secondarily) training. And some people who do this are actually pretty good developers. But many more don't know how to apply the technology, they're just able to produce toy programs learned from " for Idiots" who produce the stuff documented on http://thedailywtf.com/ But the people I want are those who can think creatively about a problem, using more tools than just one hammer, and who can learn new stuff on the job. What's the half-life of a technology these days, 3 years?

Comment: Re:I WISH he was a candidate (Score 1) 390

by damn_registrars (#49614541) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

He doesn't necessarily need to win to produce some tangible change. If he gets enough votes in the primaries, that alone will send a clear signal to mainline Dems that they should pay more attention to the left.

I want that to be the case. However we have seen that the Democratic party has continued to march further and further to the right as time has marched on, completely marginalizing the actual progressives and liberals in this country. Hell, we thought that we were electing a progressive president in 2008, and instead ended up with someone implementing an economic policy that is more conservative than Reaganomics.

Comment: $59k isn't bad (Score 3, Interesting) 65

Yeah, it isn't a whole lot less than the cost of one new, but it really isn't a bad deal. If you compare it to a BMW 5 series - most of which start above $50k new - and consider that the BMW will be much more costly to maintain, the Tesla becomes a good deal pretty quickly.

Comment: I WISH he was a candidate (Score 2) 390

by damn_registrars (#49602525) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
Unfortunately he is a candidate in name only. He can't raise the kind of money that Hillary or any other candidate running for the democratic nomination can raise, and hence has no chance of getting the nomination. He would be better off running as a third party candidate than trying to get the democratic nomination; it will be interesting to see him eventually reveal his plan for what to do when he has fallen too far behind in the party race.

The funny thing is, he is the liberal democrat that the conservative majority in this country always try to paint every other democrat to be. I would love to see what they would do if he actually gained power beyond his seat in the Senate.

Comment: Re:What? Wait ... (Score 5, Informative) 125

by bughunter (#49563499) Attached to: Smart Headlights Adjust To Aid Drivers In Difficult Conditions

The bit you're apparently not grasping is something called a spatial light modulator.

You've probably encountered one as a digital cinema projector, or possibly even own one for PowerPoint presentations.

Couple it with a microwave radar or ultrasound sonar, and you can track individual raindrops and then cast shadows on them.

Sounds unnecessarily expensive for consumer automotive, but might be nice for buses/locomotives, emergency vehicles or passenger aircraft.

Comment: Re:But aren't corporations people now? (Score 1) 79

by damn_registrars (#49550953) Attached to: Hillary is still going to be our next president, isn't she?
Well, there has been almost nothing that has rallied the GOP faithful in the past couple decades as much as their unified undying hatred of all things "Clinton". Really, regardless of how good her chances are of winning, Hillary is doing more for the GOP than the GOP was capable of doing for itself, just by being herself. I thought the conservatives were in overdrive on conspiracy generation with Obama but now we're seeing a whole different magnitude of nuttery.

What I particularly love though - and what this thread is all about - is how they are not bothered in the least by the hypocrisy.

Comment: But aren't corporations people now? (Score 1) 79

by damn_registrars (#49550571) Attached to: Hillary is still going to be our next president, isn't she?
A lot of those criticisms are talking about how they want to string up Hillary for accepting donations from individuals who run corporations that we don't like. But if corporations are people - as we decided in Citizens United (amongst other rulings and government movements) - that exist independently with independent rights and obligations from the people who run them, then why is this important?

For that matter we saw similar arguments fall flat against the Bush family in earlier times. But since the argument is now being used against a Democrat, this is of course all different, right?

Comment: Re:oh dear (Score 1) 7

by damn_registrars (#49549371) Attached to: Neglected Slashdot Feature: Message when friend posts JE
Actually, this JE was a response to my friend's amusing accusation of "stalking".

In other words, either you or Stoolpigeon will be the one turning the lights off.

I call not it. I have no investment in this site - well, beyond my $5 subscription - so I don't want to be left liable for cleaning up the mess when it finally folds for real.

Comment: Re:Silly (Score 1) 118

by Anrego (#49546857) Attached to: Swallowing Your Password

And I'll add, if it's your idea to create an anonymous but secure connection using PKI to send your biometric identity, that's no better than a password. Infact, it's worse than a password, because (as was the original point), all it takes is your super secret biometric identity to be compromised once, at which point your screwed.

Comment: Re:Silly (Score 1) 118

by Anrego (#49546757) Attached to: Swallowing Your Password

Yes, but how do you validate that the public key I send you is actually my public key? You have to already have it or it has to be stores somewhere that the other party trusts, bringing us right back to our original problem.

PKI lets two parties communicate securely without having ever spoken, and it lets one party validate that something was actually sent by another party _if they have the other parties public key and can trust it_.

Biometrics doesn't add anything useful to this equation that I see. Sure you can use some biometric information as a private key and generate a public key, but what does that give you over using some random number to generate a public key. It still comes down to the party at the other end having that public key and being reasonably sure it's yours.

It's currently a problem of access to gigabits through punybaud. -- J. C. R. Licklider