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Comment: Tablets for Work failed! (Score 1) 130

by rhyous (#48812163) Attached to: PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

Tablets for Work failed! They are consumer devices.

Now, my Surface Pro 3 on the other hand. It rocks. It is a tablet, every bit as awesome as the iPad or Kindle, yet I can do my work on it too. Sure Microsoft missed the Tablet explosion, but now that it is over, everyone but Microsoft, and hardware manufacturers who put Windows on their devices, is missing the hybrid market.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 421

by rhyous (#48653125) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

.NET is slowly beeing weeded out of the enterprise though and that's a trend I don't want to see diminished by devs picking up .NET because it's now "open source". It's OK to hate .NET, open source or not.

You are blowing smoke with this comment. The exact opposite is happening and in a big way.

Look, I am a FreeBSD guy, but Microsoft is winning whether you think so or not. .NET is rapidly growing in the enterprise!

Why?
1. Because it is a well thought-out language that is easy to write, easy to learn.
2. Because the IDE is second to none. Visual Studio is so far ahead of anything else out there one wonders if any other IDE can catch up ever. It takes dozens of searching and finding plugins to even get Eclipse close to the same functionality and you just can't get there. Eclipse still hasn't reached VS 2008 quality let alone VS 2013 quality.
3. Everyone always says "If only we could rewrite it, it would be better." Well, .NET is basically a rewrite of Java (thanks to the Sun lawsuit). .Net is fully-backed by Microsoft who invests a ton of money into it, as apposed to Java which doesn't have as much investment. Microsoft fixed a ton of the java issues with the rewrite and haven't looked back. Java has been behind for years.
4. Microsoft has been putting out open source for years. WiX, Orchard, Entity Framework, etc...
5. The new generation doesn't hate Microsoft or Apple or anyone (OK some Linux zealots might, but not many), they just love technology and when it comes to development, .NET as a complete package including language, IDE, build tools, etc, is the best out there.
6. NuGet

So there are some misconceptions about .NET vs C#. Sites like tiobe shows a list of popular languages. However, what it doesn't show is that multiple of these languages are .NET languages. http://www.tiobe.com/index.php...

C# 4.3%
VB 1.8%
F# 0.8%
C++ - You can code in .NET with C++. It is hard to know what percent of the C++ tiobe is .NET. I would guess that it is 2%.

That means .NET is really 9% and growing.

Now, because the Surface Pro 3 is the best tablet on the market now, and selling like gangbusters, pretty soon, all those Apple and Google app developers will be moving to create new .NET versions. Well, they will find cross platform tools like Xamarin to meet their needs and suddenly they won't be coding in anything but .NET anymore.

Comment: Yes, become a developer! (Score 1) 280

by rhyous (#48618457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

I am an English Major and a Senior Software Developer.

The best thing I ever did for my career was get a degree in English instead of Computer Science. Some Computer Science course can be learned in their entirety from reading online for a few hours. College is below average at best when it comes to teaching about writing quality code.

If you are an English major, then you understand language syntax and importance. All programming is, is language syntax. I took a couple programming course at a Junior College. I have infinite opportunities to use my English degree.

Now, after learning on my own, I earned (well, I still have a thesis to offically finish) a Masters of Computer Science from Utah State University (The online classes are designed so you remotely participate in the real class they teach on-campus). If your undergrad is not computer science, then there is really only one prereq class you must pass. And USU is pretty cheap, $10-$12 for my in-state Masters of Science in Computer Sciences.

Find a place that will hire you as a coder, and then

Comment: This is huge and will take off because . . . (Score 1) 377

by rhyous (#48589793) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

This is huge and will take off because there are big companies that would save a lot of money by using it. For example, WordPress.com, which hosts billions of images, does pay for their bandwidth. They have a simple plugin that compresses all uploaded images. All they have to do is change their plugin to use BPG and suddenly the billions of blogs out there using smaller images? That is the majority of their image bandwidth. And it is cut in half.

Sure both storage and bandwidth seem bloated. But on a large scale, such as WordPress.com, this could mean hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of dollars in drive space and bandwidth savings each year.

Now, DeviantArt and other image gallery companies will see the same benefit.

Then this moves to WordPress.org and the other half the bloggers on the internet start using it too.

Now that WordPress uses that image type, every consumer who right-clicks and downloads those images now needs to be able to open BPG files.

When there is money to be made or saved, a technology will take off.

Comment: Because HR and Hiring Managers Filters exist (Score 1) 317

by rhyous (#48565325) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Are any Certifications Worth Going For? Yes. Any cert if worth going for.

Why? Because HR and Hiring Managers are filtering

If you have 10 resumes, some with 4 years experience, and some with 4 years experience and a cert, and they want to narrow down the candidates, guess what the HR and Hiring managers are going to use? The cert will make the difference.

Also, certs can result in higher pay when the offer comes. Again, this is often just arbitrary bias by HR and the Hiring managers.

If you get certs in areas that you have practical experience, you will probably "really" learn and you won't be a paper cert.
If you get a cert in an area that you don't have practical knowledge, it might be paper, but it might help show you can learn a new product you don't know.

Comment: Re:Tip of the iceberg (Score 1) 669

by rhyous (#48270463) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Or It is extremely unlikely that these mechanisms evolved in parallel, so *it's extremely likely that* all lifeforms were created using the same Biological programming language: i.e. DNA.

And there might be other biological programming languages. Would it not be possible for us to detect that instead of DNA, a similar bio-technology would work on a planet with different temperatures and atmosphere.

Our programming language, DNA, works on this planet, but a separate language works on other planets.

Recently the number of earth like palnets was estimated to be 8.8 billion. http://www.nbcnews.com/science...

If different bio-programming languages allow life on other planet types than earth, then the number of possibly inhabited planets becomes nearly infinite.

Comment: Re:Haleluja ... (Score 1) 669

by rhyous (#48270345) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

So you you prove that man can create life in a lab (abiogenesis), what do you think that proves?

Here is all it proves:

Intelligent beings (in this case man) can create life.

Now 100% of your scientific abiogenesis tests required intelligent design (humans). So since in your test, the life didn't begin without intelligent intervention because it required intelligent humans to set up the lab and create the perfect environemnt, did you not just demonstrate that life on earth was also likely created by an intelligent being?

Comment: Talk about wrong use of power (Score 1) 256

by rhyous (#48214013) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Look, there is no justification for this law whatsoever. The governor is pretty clueless here.

This law cannot stand up in a court. This is an unconstitutional ban and it won't last. You cannot prevent a person from buying a product online if that product is legal to buy.

Also, what determines "online from Michigan?" What if I remote desktop to a machine in a different state and open the browser on that system and buy. Did I just break the law? Or since the system that did the ordering was in a remote state, wouldn't it be legal.

Can I buy it and have it shipped to my brother who lives in a different state and pick it up there?

Can I choose it online, and then fax or call in or is faxing and calling considered "On line". What if I get a downloaded PDF that I mail in? That definitely is not an order online.

Tesla should sue, but so should the state where Tesla has its headquarters.

Comment: Apple biggest mistake repeated (Score 1) 252

by rhyous (#48182655) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Apple lost the PC market in the late 80s and early 90s to Microsoft because Microsoft focused on business features. Apple did not.

It seems no one at Apple understand business feature needs. For consumers, Apple is user friendly, but for business users, Apple is blind. For business, Microsoft is user friendly, for consumer, they are not blind but average. Apple wins hands down with many consumers but Microsoft wins business and wins the average when both business and consumers are combined.

There are about 1 billion laptops out there, 1/2 a billion for businesses. Most the business laptops will be upgrade in the next four years with a Surface Pro or similar device that is half-tablet half laptop. But unlike other products, this device will be completely business user friendly.

One a company buys their employee a Surface Pro and they use it for business and all their stuff is on it, what is going to happen to that iPad they used to use?

Comment: Sounds like software for responsible parents (Score 1) 195

by rhyous (#48028077) Attached to: CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

It might have other uses, but it sounds like software for use by responsible parents monitoring their 11 year old that they just gave a phone too.

The parents not only have the right, but some might say the duty, to monitor such underage phone users at all those levels.

Comment: Not Practice, Perfect Practice (Score 1) 192

by rhyous (#48028055) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

"Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect."

If you code at a 1st year level for 10,000 hours, and don't study learn and improve, will you still be a 1st year level coder after 10,000 hours?
If you write fiction at a 3rd grade writing skill level, and don't study, learn, and improve, will you always be at a 3rd grade writing level after 10,000 hours?

I would say no to both. You would be much better for two reasons.
1. You will gain ideas naturally - things you may have learned in 5 minutes of studying might pop into your mind.
2. Your brain actually changes with experience. That which you do becomes easier because your brain changes. (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/brain-changes-in-response-to-experi/)

College is fine, but we are missing some key educational experiences by going away from apprenticeships. I feel that Computer Science, some forms of doctors, and many other fields would benefit from apprenticeship.

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