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Comment: Re:Open source it (Score 1) 353

by radish (#49658415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Own the Rights To Software Developed At Work?

Open sourced code still (usually) has a copyright owner. The OP is asking to be assigned the copyright to work he produces as part of his job. At my job we open source as much as we can because it has many benefits to both us and the wider community - but we (the company) keep ownership of it.

I'd say he's smoking crack but maybe if he asks nicely his company will sign it over. If it were me I'd laugh him out of the room.

Comment: Article is wrong (surprise!) (Score 1) 356

by radish (#49521545) Attached to: 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today

The test Google is doing is not looking for a "mobile version" of a site, it's looking for whether the site renders well on mobile. They're looking for basic things - are the fonts big enough to read, are the links clickable, etc. The BBC site (at least BBC News) passes their tests fine. They have a tool you can use to test for compliance.

Comment: Re:What's bad about Uber drivers? (Score 1) 48

It certainly varies by location. In most of mainland Europe cabs are fine and comfortable but extremely expensive. I will say they can be a little pushy in the larger cities (Paris, AMS in particular in my experience). London cabbies are great as long as you can find one, mini cabs (which you're often forced into on a Friday night) are basically taking your life in your hands. I live in NYC and the difference with Uber is night and day from either the yellow cabs (uncomfortable, dirty, badly driven) or the black cars (sketchy, expensive, unmetered). If nothing else having the car coming to me instead of having to guess which corner to stand on to try and flag someone down is worth the cost of admission.

Comment: Re:Required & Beneficial (Score 1) 292

by radish (#49221793) Attached to: Do Tech Companies Ask For Way Too Much From Job Candidates?

A degree (in literally anything) has benefits. A degree in a CS field has more benefits, regardless of when it was obtained.

I consider myself "self taught" - in that I taught myself to program when I was 6 and was already being paid to code by the time I was 16. That was over 20 years ago so I have a fair amount of experience under my belt too. But I still consider my formal education an essential part of the engineer I am today, and make use of it every single day.

Hiring is a tricky business. I have one document and maybe a couple of hours of conversation to figure out how good you are, how well you'd fit in my organization, how much you have lied about your skills, how much you'd benefit from & enjoy the role (strangely enough I don't want to hire someone who'd be miserable) and a bunch of other stuff. An appropriate degree from a decent school tells me a lot about you, along with your past work experience. The lack of a degree isn't a dealbreaker but you better be damn impressive everywhere else.

Comment: Re:They'll deliver too... (Score 1) 141

by radish (#49128595) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter

Kickstarter should only ever be used for new projects. Established businesses, artists, engineers, etc should not be allowed to sully the waters for people or projects that could legitimately use it

So what you're saying is one of the world's most successful smart watch manufacturers, with a healthy cash flow and established production and retail channels shouldn't be using kickstarter to launch their third generation device?

Comment: Re:node is going away. (Score 1) 319

by radish (#49082673) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare

Of course you don't need tomcat to write a web service in Java. I don't even remember the last time I used tomcat - typically I spin up a simple JVM process with an in-process http server (I like simplehttp, there are plenty of others) and take it from there. The nice thing about that approach is your process isn't tied to http as a protocol - want something else? Just add another in-process server for JMS or whatever. Where I work we front plain jvm processes with haproxy (apache is a dog, and even nginx is overkill for simple proxying) and can get hit rates up to 100k/s per node depending on the workload.

The whole container model (e.g. tomcat, weblogic, etc) is heavy and while it does confer some benefits, if performance is a concern you shouldn't even consider it. In my previous enterprise life a hit rate of 5/s was considered high so honestly I could have used anything :)

The nice thing about using the jvm for this kind of thing is it's stable, tested and well understood. Not something I can say about the latest branch of a fork of something originally built for a browser.

Comment: Re:Electric cars work great in an urban landscape. (Score 1) 215

by radish (#49056861) Attached to: Japan Now Has More Car Charging Points Than Gas Stations

I frequently hear this comment about how desolate the US is compared to Europe (whether it's discussing broadband, cell service, electric vehicles, etc). I've lived in both significantly - and the difference really isn't that great. Yes there are great areas with few people in the middle of the US - but get anywhere near a coast or major city and it's plenty populated. And guess what? That's where most people live and therefore where most people drive. No one is proposing electric vehicles as the only choice (yet), but for a majority of the population they are or soon will be a viable choice - vehicle cost aside.

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