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Comment: Re:Who is stopping him? (Score 2) 255

by msobkow (#47520403) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

I believe he's bemoaning the complexity of frameworks and toolkits rather than the tools used to work with those frameworks and toolkits. Technically he's correct -- things are a lot more complex than they used to be for getting the most basic of tasks done.

But you know what? Business isn't interested in basic tasks any more. They want it secure. They want it scalable. They want a web front end, and a desktop client, and apps for Android and iOS. The days of the old "read billing file, produce accounting records" code have not gone away; those projects were just done 30-40 years ago and don't need to be rewritten, just tweaked from time to time to allow for changes in regulations such as tax law or liability.

Even the last company I worked for wasn't content with a mere rewrite and update of their core business with the new software -- they had a whole new plan of integrating another 5 or 10 vertical functionality features into the system (it was just an autodialer -- they wanted integrated CRM, push button customer calling, call answering, call forwarding, a full phone system with voice mail support and enhancements to the ever popular auto-answering system of branching menus and responses, and the ability to deploy the whole thing as a multi-client web service instead of deploying custom configured hardware to the client sites.)

The frameworks and toolkits have correspondingly become more complex in order to support those needs. Look at the transaction processing systems of old -- you'd buy a number of seperate products including a message queueing system, a report formatting tool, a database engine, and a transaction processor, each of which had their own APIs and documentation. Each tool was relatively simple, but getting them all coordinated and working together was hard as hell. Now you take JEE, buy just about any message processor and database you like, and it all largely works with the same API regardless of which vendor's tools you chose. So while the JEE framework is incredibly complex compared to a transaction processor of old, what it does in total is also saving you insane gobs of time integrating and debugging disparate products. So technically JEE is far simpler than things used to be, despite the ramp-up learning curve.

The same is true of every framework or toolkit I've used for over 10 years -- they tie together multiple vendors products consistently so that only small tweaks are needed to adapt to the vendor's products rather than whole-application re-writes if you decide to swap something out.

Hell, take a look at what I did with Java, six different vendor databases, and JDBC alone for The differences between each of those database integration layers are not subtle, but nor are they particularly arcane. All of the products have virtually the same feature set; there are just differences in how you use JDBC and stored procedures for each database. Compared to "the old days", it was a cake walk to do that integration and customization over the past 3-4 years. And remember I worked on that code by myself -- it wasn't a whole team of programmers dealing with the complexity. If one guy can produce that using standardized toolkits in 3-4 years, how can you say things are more complex than they were when it used to take a team of 100-150 programmers 2 years to produce something similar for one database?

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 856

by msobkow (#47512559) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

And have you listened to what those types of gamers say to everyone they play against? We're talking about mouthy juvenile delinquents of varying ages who've never evolved beyond that of the 12 year old. They're assholes to everyone and they threaten everyone with disembowlment, murder, and other such crap. The only "special" insult they make to women is rape, because they know that will piss them off. And that's all that sort cares about: pissing the opponent off.

Maybe the game industry is worse than others -- I don't know; I've never worked in that sector. But I have never seen women in banking, telecommunications, government, financial services, or the aeronautics industries be subjected to any more or any less jibing and insulting than "the guys" on the team were. Maybe there is just something about gaming that attracts demented juvenile delinquents, but everyone at work received about the same level of respect from their co-workers everwhere I worked over a 30 year period in the tech industry.

Then again, I've been out of the industry for almost five years now. Maybe society has taken this mad rush to the bottom in the intervening five years. If so, that's sad, because tech used to be one of the few industries where women and men were judged more on their skillz than anything else.

Comment: Re:The problem is addiction, not the use of drugs (Score 3, Insightful) 472

by msobkow (#47489139) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

Even addiction is not a problem. Back in the day when opium was legal, many people were addicted to it. But they had ready access to a cheap supply of their drug of choice, so they were able to function in society, hold down a job, etc.

Caffeine is another good example. Lots of people are addicted to caffeine, but function in society.

Even tobacco (evil though it is) has functional addicts.

The point is that it's not addiction itself that is a problem, but the stigmatization of addicts by society and the crimes they're forced to commit to feed black market pricing. Put an opiate addict on a methadone program, and they stop breaking into houses to feed their habit.

Addiction is not a *good* thing, but it should be a personal choice and health issue, not an excuse for ostracizing someone from society.

Comment: Paper tracked barter (Score 5, Insightful) 100

by msobkow (#47488771) Attached to: New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

This sounds like paper-tracked barter, with a delayed payment on half of the deal. Which is kind of the key problem that money was intended to solve -- money can be traded for *anything*, not just what the issuer has that is of value. This ends up being a throwback to the days of "store scrip", only even more limited.

An interesting experiment, but ultimately futile and pointless.

Comment: It's not lost revenue (Score 1) 214

by msobkow (#47450355) Attached to: Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

I have no money to spare for seeing movies. Period.

So when I download a torrent and watch it (and there's a disgustingly small number that I watch more than 15-20 minutes of), there is absolutely NO loss to the studio. Because if I *had* to pay for it, I just wouldn't see it at all.

I *hate* theatres on top of being broke -- they're full of ignorant perfume and aftershave wearing buttheads playing with their cell phones and talking about what they're going to do after the movie. I don't own a TV, so I'd have to play a DVD on my Linux box. If I'm still going to see it on a small computer screen, why *wouldn't* I settle for a low-res torrent instead of a DVD?

The studios like to portray every case of piracy as "lost revenue." It's not. I firmly believe that in most cases where people download a torrent, either they couldn't *afford* to go to the theatre, or they're previewing the flick to decide if it's worth spending money at the theatre. And if it's not worth the money, they'd have been demanding refunds, so there *still* isn't a loss of revenue.

Seriously -- it costs my buddy over $100 to take the family out for a movie. You think he's going to *gamble* that the movie is worth watching with all the crap that Hollywood pukes onto the big screen nowadays?

Comment: Re:Betteridge answers (Score 1) 381

by msobkow (#47443953) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

I agree. It sounds like the most useless concept I've ever heard of.

The only good thing about so-called "smart" watches is that they don't have cameras like Glassholes wear that you need to worry about in public.

I foresee a resounding "thud" from the sales volume on these devices.

But then again, I use a desktop computer and a laptop, and have absolutely no touch devices, portable or otherwise. I wouldn't mind one of the newer Samsung android tablets with high resolution video and a stylus, but it's so far down my list of "would like to purchase" that I expect Android itself to be obsolete by the time there would be money available for one. :P

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Journal: 24/192 Audio Redux

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A while back I put my laptop into forced 24bit/192kHz output mode in order to be able to play some Grateful Dead tracks that were recorded in that format. I've left it at that setting on the Windows 7 laptop because it plays back lower resolution audio just fine.

Comment: They avoid epileptic frequencies, right? (Score 1, Funny) 235

by msobkow (#47381145) Attached to: Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

One of the big issues with flashing lights is that they have to avoid frequencies which set off epileptic seizures. The last thing you want is for the driver of that hunk of metal behind you to have a seizure behind the wheel, stomping on the gas and jerking to the right as they collapse in a frothing fit...

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