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Comment: I can speak for programming... (Score 2) 275

by bigattichouse (#48612131) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

All of the high-end coders I know, have the following traits:

1. They learned how to teach themselves
2. They learned when it's time to find someone to teach them things
3. They play with the code, they build things, experiment, etc.
4. They aren't afraid to try a new tool, and be a noob ... but they seek out mentors.
5. They understand that the quality of their work is important... and seek out the processes and skills it takes to increase quality

Over my 20 year history, the folks with these traits have always managed to build things that last, and work well, and were easy to maintain.

Very few of them went to school for "Computer Science" degrees, everything from Poly Sci to Construction.

I say:
1. find (or start) an interesting open source project
2. learn how to use git
3. start building tests
4. code.
5. play.

Comment: Re:Tech angle? (Score 1) 873

by Jeremi (#48601407) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Are you a paid shill for Uber, or just a disgusting human being?

Ad hominem attacks are tedious, so for the sake of argument let's take it as given that I'm both. Now that we've got that out of the way, I'll ask again: how are Uber's high prices ripping anyone off? Does anyone actually pay those prices? If so, why? Is Uber pointing a gun to their heads?

Comment: Re:Congratulations you've invented the credit card (Score 1) 153

by Jeremi (#48601291) Attached to: Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

Congratulations you've invented the credit card!

I've always kind of wanted a bank account with built-in credit-card functionality. No overdraft fees possible, rather you pay credit-card style interest when your balance is negative, and earn bank-style interest when your balance is positive.

Of course, this is unlikely to be offered for just that reason... to the banks, overdraft fees are a profit center :(

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 2) 160

by Jeremi (#48591777) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

Windows has nothing to do with it. No other music management program pegs the CPU while syncing media over USB. This is purely the fault of Apple programmers not caring or not knowing how to program for Windows.

You don't give Apple programmers enough credit -- the USB transfer routine includes a surreptitious Bitcoin mining thread. That's how Apple builds up its cash reserves.

Comment: Re:Windows doesn't stop it (Score 1) 160

by Jeremi (#48591753) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

There's a big difference between saying "We aren't going to do any work to support your stuff," and saying "We are going to work to make sure your stuff can't be supported."

Is the latter action illegal? If so, under what circumstances?

Off the top of my head, I can't think of any particularly compelling reason why company X should be required to permit a competitors' software to make use of the company X's servers.

Comment: Re:Notes from a real Sync user (Score 5, Insightful) 232

by Jeremi (#48581827) Attached to: Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

As a real Sync user (from 2012), my experience has been that its problems have more to do with user interface than "stability". Even if QNX improves on the latter, it does nothing for the former.

Well, it might help indirectly. Every hour the developers don't spend trying to debug the OS is an hour they can instead spend on making the user interface work better. I suspect that a lot of mediocre products appear simply because there were so many showstopping bugs to chase down that there was never any time to smooth out the rough edges.

Comment: Re:But does it report artificially low ink levels? (Score 1) 270

by Jeremi (#48576831) Attached to: Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

But, if you end up buying a newer Keurig machine ... suddenly you get DRM, specifically because it's the razor blade business model, and Keurig has decided you must buy from them.

If there's any justice in the world, Keurig will be getting a lot of post-Christmas returns this year, when people realize that the coffee machine they just upgraded to is incompatible with most of the coffee they wanted to make.

Bus error -- please leave by the rear door.