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Comment: Re:Their country - their issue (Score 1) 506

by whatthef*ck (#46362099) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Canada is a democracy. They make their own laws and govern themselves. It is none of my business as an American what they decide to do inside their own borders any more than it's my business what happens in the privacy of my neighbor own home as long as it stays inside their home. Privacy, mmmmkay?

Non-Canadians can certainly have an opinion about this stupidity, and call it what it is. What the hell does privacy have to do with it?

Comment: Re:I would view it as a red flag on your resume. (Score 1) 149

by whatthef*ck (#46250169) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

In my own defense, I wouldn't have any problems picking up a new language. The issue is that employeers word job postings so that they can find the perfect candidate. I doubt they would consider an engineer that dosnt have experience in the 12 languages they were looking for, even though I would be completely capable of doing the work. This is why I would consider formal education, rather then learn-it-on your own.

You must not have much experience hiring developers. The "perfect candidate" is something you *might* encounter once or twice in your career. (By "perfect", however, I don't mean bullet points on a resume. They're barely better than useless.) And if you had extensive hiring experience, you'd know that the competition you're facing as a candidate is not all that fierce.

I've always used a "hardware vs. software" analogy, both when I pitched myself to prospective employers for a job that my background may not have been a perfect fit for, and when I've screened candidates for hiring.

If you had your choice between a free state of the art 64-bit laptop with 16GB RAM, that had only the OS and maybe a few utilities, and a free 32-bit 5 year old laptop with 4GB RAM, loaded with a useful applications, which would you choose? You can add software to to the new laptop, but you can't make the old one fast and powerful by today's standards.

To me, the bullets on a resume are analogous to software. But that ability to attack and solve difficult problems and overcome obstacles no matter what, without making excuses, is special. It seems that people either have it or they don't. That's why I consider those abilities part of a person's hardware. (Or firmware, if you will.) I want people who have those abilities.

Lacking knowledge of a particular language should not be viewed as a difficult obstacle to overcome, especially considering the resources that are readily available online for free. Whether it's your motivation or not, for an established professional developer to resort to university courses to learn a language would indicate to me, perhaps incorrectly, a certain passivity that would not weigh in his favor as a hiring candidate.

Comment: I would view it as a red flag on your resume. (Score 2) 149

by whatthef*ck (#46249479) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

In my experience, the best programmers all have one (among others) critical skill: They have the ability to pick up new languages, APIs, technologies, etc., quickly and on their own. The fact that, after 10+ years as a programmer, you see ASP, .NET, C#, etc. as so formidable that you feel (apparently) that you might learn them more efficiently by sitting in a classroom and being spoon-fed would give me pause if I were considering hiring you for any developer position.

+ - GPUs Dropping Dead in 2011 MacBook Pro Models 3

Submitted by blackwizard
blackwizard (62282) writes "MacRumors is reporting on pervasive GPU failures in 2011 MacBook Pro machines, leading both to intermittent video issues, corruption, crashing/freezing, and eventually even failure to boot. Luckily for Apple, the machines are now out of out-of-warranty machines (unless you bought AppleCare). The issues have been reported both on Apple's own forums and other blogs. Apple has so far failed to take action on the problem. Will they take ownership of the issue, or continue to ask customers to pay for an entire new logic board when just the GPU fails? Is it fair for customers to pay exorbitant repair prices when manufacturers decide not to build modular hardware?"

Comment: Admit it dude, you're thrilled by the publicity. (Score 1, Troll) 252

by whatthef*ck (#44082425) Attached to: How I Got Fired From the Job I Invented

You're obviously no fool, and you know this is the best thing that's ever happened to your blog. Youtube videos that you posted a mere two months ago are showing less than 100 views, but your most recent one where you discuss this issue has 23,000 views. I understand why you're acting so glum -- it should sweeten the "pain and suffering" damages you'll eventually get -- but not all of us are fooled by the act.

I'm not saying I blame you a bit, just that I'm not buying the "woe is me" schtick.

Comment: Re:Idiot lawmakers (Score 1) 601

by whatthef*ck (#44033669) Attached to: Canadian Couple Charged $5k For Finding 400-Year-Old Skeleton

Nope, it's the laws that have no room for exception and interpretation that are among the worst kinds.

Laws where you can show mercy, where you can recognize the limits of human capacity, are actually among the best kinds.

At least, as long as humans continue to be imperfect.

I prefer my justice blind, thank you.

That's not to say I think that laws can't prescribe a range for punishments, for example 1 to 5 years in prison for something, with a judge considering various factors while deciding the actual sentence.

But there should be no built-in provision for non-enforcement. If you're not comfortable with everyone being equally subjected to a law, perhaps the activity in question should not be illegal.

In this case, the couple did nothing illegal, they're just being penalized because of what happened on their property centuries before they were born. That goes against the notion of basic fairness held by most people. That's why the law has to contain provisions for "relief".

Comment: Re:Idiot lawmakers (Score 4, Insightful) 601

by whatthef*ck (#44029933) Attached to: Canadian Couple Charged $5k For Finding 400-Year-Old Skeleton

Yep, because of muckraking reporting that neglects to mention that the couple can file for relief which will almost certainly be granted.

That doesn't mean the law is in any way just. In fact, laws that have arbitrary and selective enforcement built in are among the worst kinds.

Comment: I don't think your age is an issue (Score 0) 314

by whatthef*ck (#43677803) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

I don't think your age is an issue, but the fact that you asked the question:

"do I have a chance of becoming good at programming?"

indicates that you have at least some level of doubt. And the fact that you have doubts about your own abilities raises doubt in my mind about your abilities.

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