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Comment: Content Expert (Score 1) 176

by phantomfive (#49557023) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher
I'm not sure being a high school teacher counts as being a 'content expert,' and based on the teachers I've known, I'd guess a low percentage of teachers have particularly deeper knowledge than whatever textbook they are teaching from.

Being a teacher at the high-school and elementary school level is more about classroom management and communicating the ideas, not about being an 'expert.'

Also, good luck finding someone you can pay $15 an hour to fix computers and take care of a classroom full of kids.

Comment: Re:IPv6 and Rust: overhyped and unwanted! (Score 1) 388

by phantomfive (#49541629) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

then go to my office for a lesson in Java memory leaks.

If you have a program that is long-running (that is, it doesn't clear all the objects you created every time a new http request comes in), and you aren't thinking about memory leaks, then you have them.

Recently I saw a case where a guy had written a program half in C and half in Java. It had some leaks in it but he couldn't find them (mainly he had not been using any introspection tools, so it's not surprising. If you want to find leaks, you need to be able to look at what's going on with your memory. Use jmap or something).

Comment: Re:What's next, hiring Carly? (Score 2) 194

by phantomfive (#49532469) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.
The point isn't to cheer up the people who got laid off. The company doesn't care about them.
The point is to motivate the people who are still around. Get them to work hard. Keep them from abandoning the company. I don't know if it will work in this case, but in my experience, people tend to forget the layoffs fairly quickly.

The only thing that can make a layoff 'good' is if it gets rid of the dead-weight, the coworkers who weren't really contributing anyway, probably wrote buggy code, and were slowing you down by talking for 10 minutes every sprint. That is the only kind of layoff that can be called a 'remix.'

Comment: Re:IPv6 and Rust: overhyped and unwanted! (Score 4, Interesting) 388

by phantomfive (#49515323) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

They aren't being adopted because they try to solve problems that aren't really problems.

IPv6: not enough IP addresses. The problem is very real.
Rust: incompetent programmers who leak memory, which problem can be fixed at compile time (with tradeoffs that annoy some people but not others).

Both solve very real problems, you just don't see them because they are at a level deeper than you understand. Don't worry, the 'magic' will keep working, and you can keep posting, because other people will solve them.

The flush toilet is the basis of Western civilization. -- Alan Coult