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Comment Re: Ok. (Score 5, Interesting) 654

How is selling ads "abusing" them? The whole damn point of the enterprise is to make some jingle. You want free content? Go watch cat videos on youtube. You want something edited, well, someone's got to pay the writers and editors.

Wired ads are among the most abusive and intrusive I have encountered at a mainstream site on the internet. I like their content, and I'd happily accept ads to read their content. I will not, however, accept that I have to be repeatedly assaulted with slowly-unfolding video popups, excessive DOM manipulation, extensive tracking, and other acts of advertising abuse.

I will go so far as to say that it was Wired that made me finally install an ad blocker to begin with. They are that bad.

Comment Re:Summaries, how do they work? (Score 1, Informative) 86

I'm not sure why you think this would be on the radar of every single reader of Slashdot.

You've failed to integrate into the hive-mind, then. Honestly, if every single thing had to be explained at the lowest common denominator, slashdot would be a horrible place. Well, more horrible than it already is, anyway.

I have never used Docker, and had only the vaguest idea what it was about. I googled it and read about it. God forbid you should have to do the same.

Comment Re:dont be so sure (Score 3, Interesting) 350

With the exception of the last presidential election a LOT of people have been voting Republican, from the Federal level on down. Republicans have gained seats in the Senate, and the house, have more governorships than we've seen in modern history, and made gains in state legislators nation wide almost without exception. Maybe everybody is nuts, but it seems that there are a LOT of people doing the crazy thing here.

I think you are ignoring (perhaps willfully) that much of that gain in the R column is the result of changing the rules, not necessarily an increase in voters. The Republican side is pretty notorious for outrageous acts of gerrymandering, for a start. Continuing on from there, Citizens United has benefitted Republicans *much* more than Democrats. And if you really want to wade into the muck, we have heretofore unseen levels of voter disenfranchisement, primarily at the hands of (you guessed it) the Republicans.

So are there more Republican voters? Maybe. Maybe not. But by most estimations, that's not what has increased their grip on the government. And that is, by my reckoning, circumventing what little democracy we had left in this country.

Comment Re:Apple is doomed (Score 1) 428

Old data is just that...old data. Apple needs to become much more price competitive if it is going to succeed in today's marketplace.

You're not the first person to suggest that, and you certainly won't be the last. But you'll be just as wrong as everyone else who has said that for literally decades. Apple does not generally engage in the "race to the bottom" that so many weaker hands have succumbed to. HP, Dell, Compaq, Gateway, and even IBM took turns largely destroying each others PC business more than a decade ago. A whole new crop of phone makers, failing to take any lessons from history, have done the same thing recently. And yet, there's still no shortage of armchair quarterbacks insisting to their dying breath that Apple needs to lower their prices. Why? What is it about a race to the bottom that is so hard to understand? And why would any company willingly engage in that game when the outcome is -- at this point -- as clear as day?

Comment Re:What could go wrong (Score 3, Interesting) 407

The duty cycle on rooftops is a lot better, plus there are no trucks driving over them there.

There are a lot of naysayers here worked up about the potential for cars to block the sunlight. To which I say So What? It's an experiment. Someone is trying a different approach to solar, and that's actually a good thing. While I can think of potential drawbacks to this approach, I can also think of quite a few potential advantages. The exact ratio of disadvantages to advantages is the important part here. Pointing out the obvious -- that cars will occasionally block some of the light -- doesn't serve any useful function.

Again, it's an experiment. Accept that you might not actually know everything.

Comment Re:Flogging | tar & feathers (Score 1) 160

I've been using and working with computers since before you were born

Unlikely at best and laughable at worst. I have been programming longer than most people whose names aren't Kernighan or Ritchie.

and have never had a single one get infected with a virus or malware of any kind.

The plural of anecdote is not data. Your one experience means less than nothing. The simple fact is that people continue to be infected by malware of all types on all platforms. This is not a debatable point.

It boggles the mind how anyone could have that happen unless they went out of their way to make it happen and/or they are a complete moron.

Right. Now you're just being stupid.

Comment Re:Java (Score 1) 414

I'm torn here. While I do agree that communication should be clear and concise, and that I could have written that sentence better, I must insist that a decent programmer could probably have parsed it. Did you by chance study Java in school?

Comment Re:Java (Score 1) 414

If a Java programer does not know what a stack and a heap is, then his school failed badly.


Obviously he has to know that, or do you really believe the JVM has no stack? What is then a stack trace? How would parameters to method calls be passed if not via the stack?

Note the operative word "work". They have all heard of the stack and heap, but don't really have any idea how the stack and heap function. To be fair, they all generally have a pretty good grasp of objects. Call me old fashioned, but I want them to know how to use objects and understand the underlying memory constructs.

I'd also prefer that they know how to write efficient code, and recognize that it's probably unwise to memset an entire buffer (of arbitrary size) just to make sure that the very end bits are zero'd out. Ideally, it would be nice if they could avoid wrapping the inside of while loop in a separate if statement that could have been just as easily accommodated by the while condition, have some vague idea how pointers work, and recognize when a variable that was on the stack goes out of scope.

These are all things that Java programmers consistently fudge. Again, call me old fashioned, but these seem like important things. And because they're important to me, I find myself hiring very few Java-first programmers. And by "very few", I mean none, so far.

Comment Re:Java (Score 2, Interesting) 414

Java is a toy language, We've created neat little toys to abstract away what's really happening, and, of course, in the process, created complexity and bloat.

After a long career as a programmer, one of my main responsibilities at the moment is hiring new programmers (I'm building a team). I do somewhere between 3 and 5 phone screens a week, weeding out the useful programmers from the bad. Most of the people who primarily learned Java in college are, in fact, piss-poor programmers. That's not to say that there aren't any shit programmers who aren't Java programmers, but I see a very clear trend in the hundreds of phone screens I've done so far. Java programmers, in general, have no idea how stack and heap work, because they've never had to know. Seriously, how can you get a CS degree and not know how the stack and heap work?

Comment Re:Not a "warm glow" (Score 1) 338

An incandescent when you dim it, it runs cooler and as a result it goes to more of a red color instead of the yellow white color it normally runs at.

A shift toward red is warmer, not cooler.

Most people generally find this shift towards red rather pleasing when dimming a light bulb.

Citation needed. Actually, no, don't bother. That's just bullshit.

It's not a "feature" of the dimmer, but a function of the physics of an incandescent bulb.

It's not a feature of anything. That's a bug.

Comment Re: We Need To Add To US Surveillance Programs? (Score 3, Interesting) 343

A government that's absolutely trusted to confiscate everyone's guns but can't be trusted with information.

The only ones talking about seizing guns are the pro-gun lobby and all of their unwitting minions. The rest of us just wish for more common-sense measures, like universal background checks.

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