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Comment: Re:Then find a way to remove the lobbyists. (Score 1) 527

by theCat (#36544130) Attached to: Why Johnny Can't Code and How That Can Change

Spoken like a true engineer. Including a full stack trace.

If only governance worked like software, or machines. Unfortunately there is this thing called "money" that's gumming up the gears. Money now owns everything including the tools use to clean up the machine. The battle was lost a long time ago and we must await the day when all this falls apart from it's own excessive greed and compulsive malice.

I give it another 15 years. Of course, things will have gotten very ugly by then and it's unlikely we'll be talking about software much for another 15 years past that.

Comment: Re:bad career choice (Score 1) 527

by theCat (#36543126) Attached to: Why Johnny Can't Code and How That Can Change

The web app I am working now sells for $5000 per CPU, and runs in Fortune 100 network environments providing cloud network security services.

I have worked on it for 3 years and once it's running with the full feature set my job as lead UI coder could be outsourced to a team in Hungary who would then do the bug fixes. And I absolutely expect that is what will happen.

You are not in my industry, or else you are not in my league.

Comment: Re:A case for intervention by government. (Score 1) 527

by theCat (#36542692) Attached to: Why Johnny Can't Code and How That Can Change

Oracle, Google, Apple, Yahoo, HP and all the rest have an army of lobbyists in Washington DC specifically to prevent anything of the kind ever happening until the heat death of the universe.

Nope. My kids will do something else. Farmer or teacher or architect or chef or just about anything else, with my blessing. Of course that means Oracle, Google, Apple, Yahoo, HP and all the rest will become dependent on an external labor pool, with all the political and socioeconomic issues so implied, and when the cheese really gets binding and they are hemorrhaging trade secrets to off-shore competitors they'll fall on their swords claiming "it wasn't our fault!" and the US technology industry can start over from basic principles.

So yeah, maybe my grandchildren will be coders. That's cool, I could totally help them with their apps.

Comment: bad career choice (Score 1) 527

by theCat (#36542114) Attached to: Why Johnny Can't Code and How That Can Change

Been writing web applications for 15 years. Through 5 startups. Been outsourced twice, one time with the entire US team the week after closing an important B-round that we all worked really hard to land.

I have two kids. I've never suggested work in a technology field as a career choice for my own children. I'm glad they don't teach coding in schools, it's not good work. Coders are paid sh*t and used like toilet paper. All of our daily creativity and occasional brilliance ends up making the MBA pukes rich and rolling in blow.

Comment: what is a geek (Score 1) 949

by theCat (#36367250) Attached to: Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

I know a few geeks, not many of which could hold up their end of an intellectual conversation. I tire of them fairly quickly.

I also know a lot of engineers. There are a few nerds among them, but not many geeks. The engineers I know can talk all four legs off an Arcturian Megadonkey and then convince it to go for a walk afterwards.

Yes, I've wrapped a lot of subtle distinctions in all that. But that's really the point of the exercise. We all could stand to examine our definitions of a lot of things. I would start by examining one's definition of success.


+ - Google Discontinues Support for IE7, Firefox 3.5->

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Comment: so much trouble (Score 5, Insightful) 349

by theCat (#36303236) Attached to: Note To Cheaters: Next Time Hire the Brains

That was a really elaborate ruse. With that much free time to cook up something like that, you'd think they could ... oh I don't know ... maybe just study for the test?

Or maybe the cheaters were just working up a movie script idea. Do a few months in the slammer, sell the rights, then buy a really good test tutor for next time.

Comment: Re:Good for them!! (Score 1) 131

by theCat (#36266040) Attached to: NYSE Sends Cease and Desist Letter To News Organization

"Trolling idiot" works too. Tho I imagine this guy works for NYSE or their PR attack dogs.

NYSE is locked in a death spiral with the other Exchanges. Bad Things are happening to their revenue model. Cry me a river...

Oh, I actually wrote some fiction on the NYSE and high-freq trading. Totally fictitious all around (I've never even been there) but funny as heck IMO:

I guess I'll get a take-down order now lulz. But at least I didn't include a picture of the trading floor.

Memories of you remind me of you. -- Karl Lehenbauer