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Comment: Re:Capitalism. (Score 1) 398

by trev.norris (#45332035) Attached to: Snowden Publishes "A Manifesto For the Truth"

This is something I learned in my first year of Economics. There are 5 failures of a free market. One of those being monopolies. Unfortunately the US government seems to enjoy upholding the monopoly because of kickbacks they're given. And it was those same politicians that voted to allow themselves to receive such kickbacks.

One recent excellent case of where the prevention of a monopoly lead to better market diversity and services was AT&T/T-Mobile. I've been really enjoying the results of that decision by paying very little month-to-month.

Capitalism is a free market with minimal but key government intervention. No government intervention is anarchy. Government controlling the corporations is socialism. Corporations controlling the government is... um. Really messed up? Is there even a word that specifies that? But it seems the worst case is where the US is heading. Corporation and government collusion.

Comment: Re:brace yourself (Score 1) 453

Heh, thanks for the laugh. I've had plenty of days dealing with managers who put on deadlines without understanding the tech, haven't provided a specification, don't have a planned architecture and ask impatiently "Well, why can't you just do X?" Who also don't understand that more programmers doesn't mean it'll be done faster, and uses us as scapegoats when things don't work but takes all the credit when they do.

At a software company, the programmers are special. Because they're the ones turning the product that gives everyone else a job. I'd say the same thing about any other position at any other business where they're the reason the business exists. You see, we aren't just cogs in a wheel, but MBA driven management has proven to me time and again that we're seen that way. Come back after you've solved a (software level) complex problem or coded a unique solution and known that if you hadn't been there it wouldn't have happened.

Comment: More web-based development (Score 1) 630

by trev.norris (#43486331) Attached to: Most Projects On GitHub Aren't Open Source Licensed
I believe another reason is because JavaScript development has increased exponentially over the years. For persons like myself, never saw the need to use GPL since you have to share your code anyways in order to use it (code is always delivered to the browser). Also when other major libraries (e.g. jQuery) have chosen MIT, then it's not helpful to choose something more restrictive.

Comment: Re:Part of me says, "Good!" (Score 1) 457

by trev.norris (#42605613) Attached to: Employee Outsourced Programming Job To China, Spent Days Websurfing
I see this in the same light as sub leasing your apartment. The site is down right now, but I can imagine he didn't use this contractor for all his work. Maybe he had a task that would better be accomplished by someone else. And calling this a "scam" is over the top. If anything he should be promoted to manager.

Comment: Re:Readability (Score 1) 453

by trev.norris (#42502487) Attached to: Why JavaScript Is the New Perl

Object-oriented programming was retrofitted into Javascript, and it shows. Typical bad Javascript has global variables that should be local, shared data that should be in closures, no proper objects, and no comments.

Thank you. Every time a developer wants to turn a js project OO I want to gouge their eyes out. Once I created a cross-dependency map of all the different "classes" that were in a library I had to debug. There were a least half a dozen complex circular dependency chains. If people think JavaScript lends itself to ugly code, they haven't seen developers who try to turn it into Java.

Comment: Re:I don't.. (Score 1) 453

by trev.norris (#42502421) Attached to: Why JavaScript Is the New Perl

As for another language coming along. Will never happen. The language of the web must be community driven. And the community always disagrees. You know how long it's taken to get some seemingly basic features implemented? Forever. You get Adobe, Microsoft, Mozilla and more than a dozen other companies involved and each one wants something that disagrees with the rest.

And as for how it started? Netscape went to Brendan Eich and told him he had to write the language in 11 days. 11 days to implement the grammar, lexer, parser. Everything in 11 days. Then a bastardization version happened to be created by Microsoft, and bam. You have the language of the web.

JavaScript might not be the best language, but when used by experienced developers (no the overnight self-taught kind) it can be awesome. But regardless it's here to stay. So I wish people would stop bitching about how bad it is and focus on helping the developer community get better.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 2) 346

by trev.norris (#42331163) Attached to: Hacker Behind Leaked Nude Celebrity Photos Gets 10 Years

I've very curious as to what the sentence would have been if hypothetically he was paparazzi who took photos though a window or such while they were naked, then released those onto the internet.

In my mind there should have been two different cases. One for the data breach, and one for the release of personal information. While I don't agree with what he did, 10 years seems excessive.

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