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Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 78

by t0rkm3 (#49698043) Attached to: College Board Puts Code.org In Charge of AP CS Program

Umm... Same principle. Females are not taking as many courses in programming, therefore there are not as many of them to hire. Once the gender quota is reached then the market may have twice as many domestic programmers as they have currently. It won't actually work out that way due to price signalling causing people to change jobs or avoid the discipline altogether.

At the end, they reach the same outcome. More laborers equate to lower wages for all.

I'm never afraid to compete, I've always been at the top of whatever I do and competition just makes this stuff more fun. However, for people that are not obsessed with their jobs, and performance of such, this will suck. Over time, the industry will likely calcify as people with less patience for mediocre programmers influencing the flow of creativity in a project find other ways to fill the void. This will likely change the methods of development and delivery.

Whatever the case... The H1B bullshit is about lying motherfuckers. It has nothing to do with fear of competition, it's about playing fair and by the rules. If the rules need to be changed, let the Congress critters voice those concerns and reap the rewards.

Comment: Re:Privacy? (Score 3, Informative) 776

by t0rkm3 (#49672085) Attached to: Worker Fired For Disabling GPS App That Tracked Her 24 Hours a Day

Actually, that's funny. For instance, I happen to have moved (recently) to a predominantly white suburb that boasts a very large and well rated school system.

The schools in urban baltimore spend almost twice as much per student. Adjusting for cost of living/doing business this would still leave a considerable +55% buffer on expenses. Given that the school near us boasts 15 languages with 4 yr programs and a football stadium larger than most universities, I am baffled as to what the BWI schools are spending their money on.

1. Meals?
2. Material costs due to vandalism?
3. Security procedures due to higher studentstudent violence rates?

After reading the budget and balance sheets, one of the significant differences that I noticed were property taxes... I don't have time to calculate the percentage affecting each student, but it seems ironic to find that the schools themselves are victim to the same pressures that spur some households and businesses to relocate outside the city.

Comment: Re:From Micro-Soft (Score 1) 323

GWB is about as poor an example of a sociopath as you can muster. There are quite a few documented cases of impromptu empathy.

You can hate the machine, you can hate the politics, but don't hate the person. It narrows your mind and cheapens your thoughts.

Bill Clinton is a little closer (as in harder to find impromptu, unexpected empathetic responses), but that's because he polished himself up earlier and better.

Yes, I realize it's a spectrum. I also realize that there are jobs where you are required to shed empathy in the role, or at least a large portion of it. Any job where you hold fiduciary responsibility, for instance, as it may be proven that you didn't act in the best interests of the stakeholders and might be held liable. At that point, you have to ask "What is the exposure?" of a decision.

Another excellent example, military leaders: The reduce their feelings to win tactically, or strategically... but I've known a lot of battle tested Marines, none of whom was a sociopath. In fact, when the boots and utes come off... I swear to god you couldn't find a bigger bunch of shit talking softies....

Comment: Re:Not very broad (Score 1) 105

by t0rkm3 (#48816689) Attached to: Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

Mouse=Input Device=Camera

InputDevice provides data (i2c sensor, temperature sensor, mouse, camera, mic, voltage meter) computer responds to said data stream. It's kinda what they do.

Hell, if you count the optic sensors as primitive cameras you can extend the analogy.

Like I said before, I have no problems on copyrighting code, or patenting a specific way to determine motion in a specific context... but the arbitrary gesture parts are where things get hinky, starting at Claim 11.

The guy who wrote motion was doing the same thing... he was just making it easier for other folks.

http://www.lavrsen.dk/foswiki/...

I didn't have time to read the whole page, but I know for certain that he was operational in 2009 as I was hoping that he would have time to work out the kinks to make things a bit more stable.

Comment: Re:Not very broad (Score 1) 105

by t0rkm3 (#48816471) Attached to: Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

Patenting a gesture? Really?

And yes, I could unlock my linux laptop by sitting in front of it, according some the script detritus since 2009... Around the same time as the guy who wrote the motion utility was making life a lot easier.

So, arbitrary gesture (who gives an eff what the gesture is) unlocks machine... POOF! Magic. Or not.

Comment: Re:Not very broad (Score 1) 105

by t0rkm3 (#48816453) Attached to: Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

I knew I should have deleted that bit as someone would pedant on it. (There's a freebie for the grammar nazis.)

It was more of an aside wondering how Apple thought this was going to fly after this idea had been beaten to death... for years. MIT has prior art, and the basic feature has been reproducible in linux since 2009.

Comment: Re:Not very broad (Score 2) 105

by t0rkm3 (#48812253) Attached to: Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

Hopefully, I'm not falling for the bait.

I don't understand how you think this rates a patent.

Using well-known protocols and scripts already out there in the world I rigged my son's laptop to wake when he walks into the room. This constitutes a gesture in 3D space by the loosest criteria. If you read my post, I said that the patent on the sensing device and related firmware is fair, as that is what is determining the discrete actions in 3D space. However, patenting a response to an input which has very broad and very frequently used precedent is dubious at best.

As soon as the kinect came out dozens of people starting working on how to make the gesture capability do everything (even the impractical) via gesture. So the idea is neither obscure nor non-obvious. The code implementation will be unique and thus protected via copyright, and the gestures may be enforceable via trademark or copyright. This patent ranks right up there with "swipe-to-unlock" which again mimics a mouse movement in a different medium, making it stupidly obvious.

IF they did something super spiffy like authenticating the user via Fitbit, audible pacing of footsteps, and a gesture then the patent still would not be on the concept, it would be on the aggregation of the data in such a manner that it constitutes and unique representation of the user. Definitely patentable, but probably more profitable to keep under lock and key copyrighted. The only reason that Apple wants this patent is to "rent-seek" and inhibit competition on an obvious and ubiquitous feature while they can get away with it in court.

For reference:
http://www.sensiblevision.com/...
http://openkinect.org/wiki/Pro...
http://youtu.be/Krcguf4HO8Q MIT demo of gesture navigation in 3D space, sensors are different, concept... the same.
http://youtu.be/UtozGpoDhwk Same sort of interaction via camera.

Comment: Re:Not very broad (Score 1) 105

by t0rkm3 (#48810981) Attached to: Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

Just so you know... ppl have been doing this for a while using webcams or motion sensors or mice...

The sensing device, which is not part of the patent provides the input, essentially the patent boils down to "Move the mouse in an axis 20cm and the computer will unlock."

There are a lot of patents on the software and hardware in the sensing device that determine object, distance, vector, size, and shape. Those patents are super spiffy awesome sauce. The software to interface with said sensing device should be copyrighted if the owner wishes that protection but the action of unlocking a computer with a sensor input, should not be patentable... because it is fracking obvious. We can power on/off, run scripts, do whatever we like in response to any number of sensors right now.

Comment: Re:The truth of the matter (Score 1) 629

by t0rkm3 (#48795107) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Yes. Two days in a 90 day project is a project manager monkeying around.

MS wants to make Google look bad. That's cool, mission accomplished to everyone that wanted a reason to hate Google.

To everyone that hates software/hardware companies dragging ass while we wait for them to fix something, YAY GOOGLE!

Comment: Re:Free? (Score 2) 703

by t0rkm3 (#48773597) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Perhaps you are looking for the wrong job.

I just hired 6 people just out of university, and a 7th that has been out of work for a year. Yes the pay isn't fantastic, and the travel sucks, but the training is good, the exposure is great, and the skillset is transferable.

You are unlikely to get the job you want the first time around. Take the job you can get and make it into the job you want. If that fails, you learned something about business, about people and about yourself while someone paid you.

Comment: Grammatical and Logical Errors Abound. (Score 5, Interesting) 323

by t0rkm3 (#48652903) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

Dear Slashdot,

I apologize for my critical comments about Slashdot Editors. It appears that the ability to look up the correct spelling of a phrase is not required in modern publishing, e.g "right vs rite of passage", "corporal vs corporeal punishment". I am not a grammarian, nor an expert in child rearing, however this article makes me feel that I am a veritable genius.

TL:DR version:

Don't beat your kids, it can act as an interruptive stimulus but has little lasting effect. (No kidding?)

Don't use time out. It's almost as bad as beating, and can cause emotional dissociation from the parents without time-ins (UmKay...)

Time-ins are the secret magical ingredient that parents didn't know about before the specific identification of the mirror neuron. Therefore, all of those parents that used coaching to illustrate logic empathy and consequences, you knew not what you hath wrought. ( Yeah, whatever.)

Cynics Summary: Hey, being a good parent means treating your child like a human being, and trying to establish a rapport such that your requests make sense to the child. Coaching your child about consequences for actions (good and bad) are still the primary method of behavioral training. Punishments should be used sparingly to be of good affect.

I know my grammar probably sucks. I don't get paid, nor do I want people to click on my article to generate ad revenue. This is a public service announcement. ;P

Comment: Re:35? (Score 1) 376

by t0rkm3 (#48491711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

From a person who has spent most his life in networking, I just passed midline 2 yrs ago, most. Most network admins certainly don't take the time to consider the possibility until it starts to adversely affect the performance of a mission critical application. Senior Engineers, or Architect types who have been around 15 yrs plus often present the possibility, and may even build a demonstration, but if you have a management team that leans toward age bias it becomes an argument of credibility.

Comment: Re:the bottom dregs for the cloistered elite. (Score 1) 284

by t0rkm3 (#48262493) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

If you're doing fine... Then keep on doing. One thing to consider into your calculations if you have the opportunity again. The last company I worked for paid a pension at 8% of salary per year into a cash balance account that vests at 2 yrs of service. In addition, they allowed up to 3% of your salary to be put aside into stock, payable on a multiple based on earnings for the quarter. On 100K (before I negotiated some bitchin' pay raises) I put an average of 15K per year into retirement on a simple 3K investment.

That was aside from standard 401K matching and stock purchase plans and up to 15% annual bonus (which went straight to retirement and college funds)

The benefits above or competition to those benefits are pretty standard in this part of the country.

We don't get the buses, lunches, good coffee, or free soda. What we do get is worth a lot more in the long run.

Comment: Re:the bottom dregs for the cloistered elite. (Score 5, Interesting) 284

by t0rkm3 (#48261113) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

Hmmm... from my salary, which is about 15% off of what the average InfoSec guy with 20yrs of great experience can draw in the Bay area. I wonder at your supposition. In fact, I may spend the day wandering around my 75acres of well wooded land, or perhaps I'll ponder while I watch the soybean farmer that leases the other 75 acres is doing, or perhaps while I wander about my 4600 sqft home...

I lived in SoCal for 10 yrs. My wife is from the West Coast. I make a good living, and live a good life. Every now and then I get a nice offer from some west coast or other company to move and take up the urban life style. We consider it, and then pass. You can't trade knowing the people in your farmer's market by name, having conversations with the local coffee shop about roasting methods over a cigar and whiskey, all while enjoying an evening in which the background noise lacks cars but more than makes up for it with owls, crickets, cicadas, whipoorwills, doves, and all manner of other creatures.

When we want to go to the city... We drive and stay a week, or a weekend. We figure that the money we save on the home (my payments on a 30 yr note on the above property are just above 1100/mo insurance and tax included) and the time on the commute can be used on mini-vacations to the city.

There are things that we miss (an excellent dance school) but not a lot. We have a tutor that teaches my children Mandarin, and piano. They swim at the Y a few times a week, play indoor soccer on weekends. My wife acts in the local theatre companies (one of which is one of the longest continuously running theatre companies in the country). I can still go to the local gaming store and hang out with comic book nerds...

So... If you're pissed about the wage depression, you should probably look at a different profession, or another circumstance. From here, in Cali or any where else, I've never had a problem getting a good wage for the job that I do, nor have I had a problem getting offers for a damn good wage to live in the Bay, or Denver, or San Diego.

All of the above aside... The H1-B program is designed for abuse. It was designed by politicians. It falls under the same type of shit that had all computer workers classified as management/professionals to prevent hourly pay and/or overtime. The above was to point out that if you look somewhere other than the Bay, you can still build new stuff, and have a much better life. The Bay area is a technological sweatshop. Leave. When you leave, take your skills and desire to build with you. Make some other place in the country a great place to innovate. Austin is great, and not a terrible city (esp compared to the West Coast), Houston isn't bad either, lots of great places to live. When you build your customer base, move to a smaller town and enjoy your life, you only get one shot.

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