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Comment: Re:why is that the question? (Score 5, Insightful) 315

by grcumb (#49748461) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

But if that attention does not lead to action it didn't accomplish anything in the end.

Not to put too fine a point on it, the lack of action is your fault, not Rand Paul's. He's more than done his part. He's offered a rallying point for anyone who cares about the issue, and he's elucidated in the most detailed way possible just what the hazards are. He's actually stopped the machine for a moment, and all you can manage is to diss him for too little, too late?

Look, I don't even like the guy. He stands for a lot of things that I fundamentally oppose. But I respect him. At least he is willing to do politics using the machine the way it was designed, rather than breaking it further—which is what the rest of the right-wing establishment seems to want to do.

Rand Paul is someone I feel I could reason with on most matters. I can't say that of most other politicians. And the fact that you're damning him with faint praise is actually enabling the others and contributing to the sense of futility that pervades so much of modern political discourse today.

Comment: Re:Moose, Moo, Mo (Score 0) 254

by grcumb (#49747459) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

If you plan on staying with Perl, I would highly recommend checking out Moose and the other derivative packages that append object systems to Perl 5.

Then learn to affect a cheesy eastern European accent and tell the interviewer you are after Moose and Perl.

Nobody here is going to get that, and tragically and alas, I am without mod points at this moment. But take comfort in the knowledge, sjames, that somewhere on the internet, someone LOLed.

Comment: Re:Flip to a modern stack (Score 2) 254

by grcumb (#49747423) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

Learn Perl, Mojolicious, ReactJS, Bootstrap.

Once you learn these, you'll never go back to the "old way" of doing things again.

Also, Mojolicious.

Oh - and Mojolicious.

Okay, seriously: Mojolicious is an excellent and fast way to jump from legacy Perl to modern, rapid turn-around, DevOpsy kinds of web work. I've written a fairly non-trivial web service in it, and it's everything a (Perl) guy could want. The documentation is a little opaque; the authors assumes too much knowledge about the approaches he's taking, but once you learn his... uh.. dialect, I guess.... Once you get the way he expresses stuff, it's pretty easy to do non-trivial work with it.

Also, learn CouchDB or similar, because NoSQL and regexes can do wonderful things together when you're dealing with large amounts of heterogeneous data. And just because some new things are actually worth it, start learning NodeJS and Angular (or similar), because they incorporate some very cool—and accessible—new approaches to things that will appeal to a dyed-in-the-wool PerlMonger.

Me? I'm a 51 year old ex-Web guy who just recently decided to move on to entirely new things after facing a similar dilemma, so pardon my hypocrisy. If I were to stay in software, that's what I'd be doing. :-)

Comment: Re:How does one tell the difference? (Score 1, Troll) 103

I decided to log in for this one.

OP asked a question. You obviously do not know the answer because you just made a stupid, insulting reply. Perhaps if you don't know the answer, don't reply. I don't know the answer either, but would be interested in knowing the answer as well and would have asked the question had the AC not already asked. But instead of an answer you just shit all over it and are apparently offended that it got asked. Get over yourself and realize that some people aren't afraid to ask questions when they are ignorant... you might want to try it.

Comment: Re:North Pole (Score 1) 476

by dcw3 (#49742695) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

This seems an inventory question on one's ability to manipulate something 3d in the mind.

To me it seems more like a nonsense question used by an interviewer in order to make himself feel superior.

Which is why you just failed the interview. We often ask brainteaser questions, asking the interviewee to discuss their thought process out loud. We don't always expect the correct answer, but rational analysis and creativity score points.

One good suit is worth a thousand resumes.