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Comment: It's the job that matters not the language (Score 1) 897

by stormcoder (#34220726) Attached to: Which Language To Learn?
Find a good job first use whatever they want you to use. A good job where you're allowed to be creative and not Micromanaged. Find that job and usually they'll have enough sense to use development tools that give them a competitive edge. I've had crappy jobs at crappy companies. Usually they used crappy development tools. Currently, I have a good job with a good company. I write Python and C++ code for high performance Linux systems. If I came up with a good business reason to use another language the company would most likely go with it. So find the good job and the rest will follow.

Comment: Re:I live in Seattle. (Score 1) 650

by stormcoder (#34149136) Attached to: Income Tax Quashed, Ballmer To Cash In Billions

Interesting theory. If only there were states with no income tax so we could check your theory. Oh, wait, there are!

  • Washington (tip: the state in question)- 6.5% state and local sales tax

Your Washington figure for sales tax is wrong. In Seattle sales tax is 10% and in most other places in Washington is 9.8%.

Comment: Not Anti-Tech (Score 1) 870

by stormcoder (#30572880) Attached to: Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's <em>Avatar</em>
Avatar is not anti-technology. Technology saved the Na'vi. The movie was making a statement about imperialism and ethnocentrism. Both the Na'vi and the humans possessed advanced technology. The Na'vi have advanced biological tech including a world spanning network that they can tap into at will. They fly, possibly better than humans can with their technology. The Na'vi are not stone age primitive people, they are a highly advanced culture with advanced technology. Their technology is just very different than human technology.

Comment: Jack Hammers (Score 1) 1127

by stormcoder (#27566697) Attached to: Worst Working Conditions You Had To Write Code In?
  • Jack hammers upstairs so loud that when they stopped your ears rang.
  • Random things would fall from the ceiling.
  • Strange liquids fall on your desk from the ceiling.
  • Noxious vapors filling the floor forcing an evacuation.

For 3 months this went on. During this time everytime we complained, the office manager who worked on a different floor would say, "Oh it's not that bad".

Thanks D4 for my Dilbert experience.

Comment: Easy doesn't pay (Score 2, Insightful) 569

by stormcoder (#27285513) Attached to: Programming Language Specialization Dilemma
Most software is still embedded. Combine that with, any joker can become competent with Java or C#. There are a lot of low paying jobs dealing with Java or C# that you see advertised. Competent C and C++ developers are harder to find and consequently earn more money. I constantly am getting calls from recruiters looking to bring me in on C/C++ jobs, especially, for medical devices and military systems. This stimulus bill that Captain dumbshit just rammed through the legislative branch contains a lot of funding earmarks for medical and military. So I expect that this trend will only increase. Get familiar with the MISRA coding standard and understand how to design reliable systems in C and C++.

Comment: Well I WAS going to buy one (Score 1) 409

by stormcoder (#27172043) Attached to: Amazon Uses DMCA To Restrict Ebook Purchases

Won't be doing so now. I'll just stick with my Zaurus PDA and Gutenberg.

This is one of those shoot themselves in the foot moments. The people who are going to by this device and make it profitable are the ones that will want to tinker with it. If the tinkerers don't buy it the Kindle will fail as a product before it has a chance to become mainstream. Good job Amazon.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle