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Comment: Don't bother with programming languages. (Score 3, Interesting) 533

by plopez (#47723199) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Learn principles and techniques. A little theory. Use programming languages to help you learn it but do not obsess over the language. All programming languages suck, just to a greater or lesser extent and some in more interesting ways than others. But basic principles never change.

Comment: Re:'weed out' classes (Score 1) 533

by plopez (#47723143) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

2nd semester when we had to learn 3 languages in 3 months + data typing. I will never forget when the 'aha' light clicked on with Lisp. ANd since then I have never been afraid of picking up new technology in an extremely short time frame. Which has kept me employed over the years.

Comment: Re:Are employment levels really that stellar? (Score 1) 206

Go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and look at the criteria for the U6 unemployment rate. I think it will cover your criteria. he rate most reported in the news is the U3 and is easier to understand and considered a harder number as it is difficult to count people who have stopped looking or do not show up at job centers as they are working part-time or under-employed.

Comment: Re:Horseshit (Score 1) 145

by plopez (#47663343) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

And if he had known his history he would have seen the stupidity of his ways. The history of financial crashes of the 1800's, before financial regulation was wide spread or even conceived of in some cases, is compelling. See

Real world data refutes the market deregulation.

Comment: Re:Not a barrier (Score 4, Interesting) 183

by plopez (#47663199) Attached to: Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

That depends. If you have to cram a long term storage device into a small package then SSDs may win that battle regardless of the price difference. If you need virtualy 'instant on' storage or quick booting capabilities then SSDs win. If you need a very light weight solution the SSDs win. Price is but one factor.

To be a kind of moral Unix, he touched the hem of Nature's shift. -- Shelley