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Comment Re:dumb (Score 1) 221

Netflix removed the six device limit some time ago. You're still limited to two streams (though Netflix offers a four stream plan now for a little bit more money).

And Netflix doesn't care if people share streaming subscription plans.

(Netflix cared, a little, when libraries were using a DVD subscription to offer their patrons movies -- and given that the incremental cost to ship a DVD was way higher than the incremental cost to stream a movie, this sort of makes sense -- but still didn't do anything to even contact libraries that were public about doing this and ask them to stop. See for more info)

Comment Re:How about open-sourcing it? (Score 4, Interesting) 276

Opensourcing a project can be a pain in the ass (I work at a company that tries to opensource most of its infrastructure systems), what with internal assumptions, potential information leaks, and auditing for potentially licensed code that you're not allowed to release in its uncompiled form.

I don't see a ton of people out there clamouring for 1-2-3 to be opensourced, to be honest, other than people who are just reflexively arguing for opensourcing anything that's discontinued. I'm not saying that's a bad argument, but it's certainly a weak one, and I don't see IBM getting a particularly great ROI for doing the work to opensource 1-2-3.

Comment Why NOT Hire Them? (Score 4, Insightful) 509

This craze for the most modern stuff -- and believing people can't pick it up -- drives me crazy.

I'm the hiring manager for a small (5 people) software engineering group. We use Scala. Nobody in my team used Scala before they joined the company -- they learned (hell, we use Scala because THEY decided they wanted to use Scala). One of these developers didn't even know Java before he joined the company -- he was a Perl guy, through and through. He's one of my best.

We're looking at a candidate now who actually retired from the workforce after being an architect for a while; her last time writing code was 15 years ago. We like her because she has a fantastic fundamental grasp on computer science principles and the passion to learn quickly -- we think. So we showed her the code base for one of our open source projects, asked her to implement a feature that had been requested, and let her loose. She came back with the first version Friday; we'll see how it goes.

Concurrency isn't Olympic Gymnastics where if you haven't been doing it from the time you were six years old and if you're older than 20 years old you have no chance. It's just something to learn. Smart people can learn pretty much anything you put in front of them.

Hire smart people.

Comment Yeah, Probably (Score 1) 365

I'm a hiring manager for a software development team; one of the front-runner candidates we have right now is a woman who did software development for donkey's years, then went into architecture for 15 years, then retired, then realized she really wanted to get back into coding.

She was rusty in our first round interviews when it came to actual coding, sure. We expected that. But we also expected her to think about design and architecture the right way, and to ask the questions we would want a great candidate to ask -- and she did all of that.

So we asked her to resolve one of the issues logged against a product we open-sourced; we get to see how quickly she can spin up knowledge of github and our code base, she gets to do some code she'll be able to point to as part of her portfolio (since it's an open-source product, her code will be open-source and visibly hers as well). Everyone wins.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment Nope (Score 5, Informative) 759

At least part of the reason I go to Pycon is for recruiting; that means that I wear a company-branded t-shirt, and -- obviously -- my name tag has my company's name on it. I expect that I should always behave in a way that is consistent with representing my company well, and part of that means keeping my conduct strictly professional.

I don't see anything here that makes Pycon less useful, or interesting, or relevant to me, nor do I see any action on the part of the Pycon folks that I disagree with. And, having just talked with my management last night about Donglegate, I know they feel the same.

Now, Pycon being in Montreal is a different matter -- I don't really want to cross borders for Pycon.

Comment Re:Sony shiting on its customers (Score 2) 344

And if your household has more than one account? You know, if kids and parents each have their own accounts? Only one of the accounts can play the game even if it's played on the same console.

Not necessarily. Multiple accounts can be logged into the PS3 simultaneously -- it would be trivial, once a game disc is associated with an account, to check not whether that's the currently active account, but whether it's an account defined on the particular PS3 at all.

(Not that this isn't a terribly obnoxious idea, of course)

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