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Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 3, Insightful) 138

I think it's a stupid idea. The "smart watch" technology is great for ALERTS and maybe simple push button replies and can integrate fine with a phone or tablet. But trying to use it as a "phone" or a "computer" is silly.

Voice-to-text input is an option and Siri/Cortana or whatever your flavor does a decent job but the function would be a battery hog.

Just let the watch be like an "extra" display and stop trying to make it in to a Dick Tracy watch/video-phone.

Comment: Re:Windows one is my fave (Score 1) 59

by operagost (#49621999) Attached to: The BBC Looks At Rollover Bugs, Past and Approaching

It was Windows 95 and 98, and the rollover happened at 49.7 days.

And yes, you are a troll because it's quite easily explained as a garden variety mistake due to careless programming. An unsigned 32 bit integer can hold up to 4 billion. 4 billion milliseconds is about 49.7 days. 4 billion sounds "big enough"-- but it isn't when we're talking milliseconds. And clearly, a Windows box COULD stay up that long, or else the bug would never have been discovered.

Comment: Re:The Curve on Academic Courses (Score 1) 395

by meta-monkey (#49620735) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

It's critical, too. When you learn the low-level stuff, you develop a more intuitive sense of algorithms. Or you understand why "equality" becomes a contextual problem when dealing with reference objects. And dealing with character buffers and malloc calls in C gives you a better insight into why strings are immutable in Java, Python, .NET, others.

But when you've never had to think about how the code is represented at a lower level, well that's when you get the somebody writing horror shows like:

public static class Logger
        string log;

        public void AddToLog(string newEntry)
                log = log + newEntry;

Comment: Re:Sort of dumb. (Score 2) 529

by jcr (#49618715) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

They didn't seem to think there was anything unusual about asking an interview candidate to spend an entire day doing pair programming with them on their own codebase.

Heh... I had a similar situation a month or so ago. Headhunter cold-called me, told me how hard they're looking for people with serious amounts of Mac experience, so I went to see the customer (startup over in Mountain View), product wasn't terribly interesting, and then the recruiter says they want me to come in for a "coding exercise" that should only take about four to six hours. I told him my rate for very short term projects, and he actually expected me to give them six hours of my time on spec.

I quit taking his calls.


Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov