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Comment: Re:Bosses earn too much (Score 1) 1018

by yelirekim (#33086228) Attached to: High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay
"Taking tougher classes in school" isn't an option for the vast majority of people, for every millionaire investment banker there are tens of thousands of people who have been worried about keeping food on their plate, and their families plates, since they were old enough to understand that they needed to. That kind of poverty prevents them from focusing on schooling in all but the absolutely most driven people, there isn't anywhere near the level of opportunity provided to the impoverished as is provided to those who are raised wealthy.

Admittedly, this is a human condition, it's been like this for a few centuries. Those who want to succeed need to overcome it, but it's not as cut and dry as you're portraying it, and it's a very long shot from a level playing field that you can point a finger at and say "look, it's your own fault you're not a millionaire".

Comment: From someone who's been there (Score 1) 704

by yelirekim (#32380868) Attached to: How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?
My dad sat me down when I was eight years old with the "Turbo C++ Bible" and had me copy the first example out of the portion dealing with graphics, this changed my life forever, but had very little to do with my dad and everything to do with the fact that I became immediately enraptured with my ability to make the computer do what I wanted. If that facet of programming doesn't have any sway with your son, there is probably a slim chance that he'll self educate (as is mandatory for anyone who wants to program professionally) but there is a trump card that I can think of that might help you out here: mobile development. I bet if you got your son an android device under the condition that he would learn how to develop applications for it it would turn out well for both parties. The main advantage here is that Android development is easy, and you can immediately interact with something on your phone that you've coded, which is way, way, way more engaging than white text on a black console, which is how most people start out. As a parent I'd say you don't have the ability to force your son to be a programmer, you do have the ability to enable him though.

Comment: Re:Not social networking... (Score 1) 294

by yelirekim (#31446676) Attached to: William Shatner Takes On Social Networking
Facebook started out as a closed community available only to ivy league universities, but then eventually used the fanaticism of that user base to leverage its growth. I think that this won't be as large as facebook because step 2 can't really happen, but it's a far cry from something that just flat out won't work. A 'trekkie' is by definition already a fanatic so this might not be such a bad demographic.
Software

Are All Bugs Shallow? Questioning Linus's Law 596

Posted by kdawson
from the defending-a-shibboleth dept.
root777 writes to point out a provocative blog piece by a Microsoft program manager, questioning one of the almost unquestioned tenets of open source development: that given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow. Are they? Shawn Hernan looks at DARPA's Sardonix experiment and the Coverity static-analysis bug discovery program in open source projects to conclude that perhaps not enough eyeballs are in evidence. Is he wrong? Why? "Most members of the periphery [those outside the core developer group] do not have the necessary debugging skills ... the vast numbers of 'eyeballs' apparently do not exist. ... [C]ode review is hardly all that makes software more secure. Getting software right is very, very difficult. ... Code review alone is not sufficient. Testing is not sufficient. Tools are not sufficient. Features are not sufficient. None of the things we do in isolation are sufficient. To get software truly correct, especially to get it secure, you have to address all phases of the software development lifecycle, and integrate security into the day-to-day activities."

Comment: LegalZoom will save you the headache (Score 1) 164

by yelirekim (#30517676) Attached to: Best Open Source Business Tools?
I know you want "free" resources, but IMO having legalzoom monitor all of this for you is easily worth the ~$100/yr you pay them for it, they alert you of all compliance deadlines for S/C/whatever corporations year round, tell you when to file your taxes, provide templates, guidelines and contracts for contracting, shareholders, act as the registered agent and respond to any state or federal inquiries immediately, giving you your own time to come up with a response... There are many more benefits to it, and I'm sorry if I sound like a fanboy but from my perspective I just paid them to take care of this and it was really worth it to never have to think about it and just follow the instructions on their website. That is kind of the point, instead of paying a lawyer x-thousand dollars to do this, they come up with professionally prepared, general resources similar to what you would get if you hired a lawyer, and make them available at a reduced price.
Science

Programmable Quantum Computer Created 132

Posted by Soulskill
from the four-out-of-five-ain't-bad dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A team at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) used berylium ions, lasers and electrodes to develop a quantum system that performed 160 randomly chosen routines. Other quantum systems to date have only been able to perform single, prescribed tasks. Other researchers say the system could be scaled up. 'The researchers ran each program 900 times. On average, the quantum computer operated accurately 79 percent of the time, the team reported in their paper.'"

Comment: Magento isn't exactly perfect either (Score 2, Interesting) 124

by yelirekim (#30229380) Attached to: Magento Beginner's Guide
I have a few large scale magento projects under my belt, and I just want to pipe in here.

even the later systems are frequently criticized as suffering from poorly-written code and inadequate documentation

Magento does do a better job in these areas than say, osCommerce, but there are still massively underdocumented portions of the code base. The code is clean and extensible, but horribly inefficient, to the point where a lot of people speculate that the Magento team wants it to be like that, so when your store takes off you are more likely to hire them to speed things up.

Comment: start with nmap, then wiki (Score 3, Interesting) 528

by yelirekim (#28092299) Attached to: Documenting a Network?
1. portscan everything on your entire network and spit it out into a text file
2. set up a wiki
3. paste the results of the portscan into the wiki
4. start writing about everything that showed up


i've actually done this before with a pretty high degree of success, pm me if you want some help setting it up
Networking

USB-Based NIC Torrents While Your PC Sleeps 246

Posted by kdawson
from the talking-in-your-sleep dept.
jangel sends us to WindowsForDevices.com for news on a prototype device created by researchers from Microsoft and UC San Diego. It's a USB-based NIC that includes its own ARM processor and flash storage, and can download files or torrent while a host PC is sleeping. As a result, its inventors say, the "Somniloquy" device slashes power usage by up to 50x. The device requires a few tweaks on the host OS side save state before sleeping. The prototype works with a Vista host but the hardware comprising the NIC is based on a Linux stack. Here is the research paper (PDF).

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