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Comment Teach how to restore from backup (Score 1) 242

I think kids need to feel comfortable experimenting with computers, that means being ok with messing it up.

So if schools were to teach how to set up and roll their computer system back to a restore point (I don't care which OS), that would be a good start.

Then again, I use a Chromebook, I do system restores periodically just for fun.

Comment Re:Sounds Right (Score 1) 104

Sounds right. I recently applied for a programming job at a bank. After the interview and showing me the place, they offered me the job. I politely declined. Then I quickly closed my accounts and moved to a more modern bank. Why? That bank literally uses MSAccess tables to store ALL of the customer data. And VB5 "processes" to interact with the feds. Un-believable.

I call BS. As someone who does work in IT in the financial services industry, no programmer is interviewed, given a tour and then offered a job.

Regulations require a background check which takes several days so no offer is made until that clears.

And they certainly aren't going to show a non-employee the database in which they store customer data, that's restricted data.

Submission + - Seamless Channel Bonding ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Channel bonding over the Internet is a notoriously hard problem, with even the best tools in Linux just using round robin to combine identical connections. But that might be changing, as Connectify, the spook backed networking software company has announced new channel bonding software that claims to use bandwidth, latency and reliability metrics to perfectly bond any Internet connections together. Engadget has tried it and said their "test of the beta software on our end has worked seamlessly so far, requiring just a software installation and two or more internet connections (two ADSL lines in our case)."

Comment How many of the 5 million users are spambots? (Score 5, Interesting) 124

I'm always perplexed why the quality of the number of users is never challenged.

How do you know a ton weren't generated as apart of some marketing strategy?

Or rather, how can you NOT suspect that a significant portion of them aren't fake?

Has the issue of verifying online registration as belonging to an actual, unique person been solved with absolute certainty while I wasn't paying attention?

- tgg

Comment Re:Better link (Score 1) 828

I've seen similar behaviour in others and find myself wondering if I'm just as guilty. I've noticed a trend where, as people around me get older, they become more and more sure of their beliefs.

It really does seem like people have a world-view they want to maintain and will seek out information that supports it while dismissing information that goes against it. If someone is racist, they'll notice all of the stories about a particular race and disregard the rest; reinforcing the idea that some race is worse than some others. And if someone is not racist, they'll disregard all the notion that one race even *could* be better or worse than another, and will instead take to heart only the evidence that supports that view.

That and we tend to surround ourselves with others who share our world views....

The end result is that as people get older, they've got 40 years of life experience that tells them their world-view is correct and they end up being completely closed to the idea that it could be wrong.

I see this and I wonder if it's happening to me. Certainly, these people don't do any of this intentionally. And, sadly, with most of the hot-topic issues, people who are set in their worldview are busy pushing their own agenda making objective, non-biased, information really hard to come by (even if one looks).

Comment Re:CS is part of IT (Score 1) 520

I'm not sure if this is what you are talking about or not; but I have had recruiters suggest changes or, in one case, change my resume details before passing it on to a company. These changes were in direct contradiction with reality.

Oddly enough, I just got a phone call about a job interview for this Friday. Keep in mind, I'm interested in any software development position. I'd even prefer something web-based or not .NET if I could get it without a huge pay cut. I posted my accurate information on my resume. All of the calls and emails I get are for .NET only. Some of them are for ASP.NET because I'm blurry about how little professional ASP.NET I have. Most of them are uninterested when they ask for clarification and I don't lie.

So, of all the hundreds of jobs that are open in my city; the only one that I have an interview for is one that happens to be in the exact .NET language I used at my last job, and happens to be a Winforms application, exactly like my last three jobs. I'm currently desperate for a job (because, without work sponsorship I'll be an illegal immigrant or have to leave my wife in a foreign country) I'll jump at it if I can.

I'm still fairly early in my career (I'm 28) and once I finish my masters and get a job that let's me stay in this country; I'll work really hard in my spare-time to get out of my narrow little box. But man, it is easy to get pigeon-holed.

Comment Re:Frankly, that's cool (Score 4, Insightful) 312

I don't even understand it.....

He randomly generates 9 characters until he gets the 9 characters he wants. Then he repeats until he has the Shakespeare book he wanted? That's not how 'random' works. Why 9 characters? Why not 1?

I will have my computer randomly guess letters until an A comes up. Then until a B comes up. And then, at the end I'll have the ABCs! RANDOMLY!

Am I being retarded? Did I miss why this is cool?

Comment Re:CS is part of IT (Score 1) 520

Except EVERYONE gets MUCH, MUCH MORE specific than that.

I'm a software developer. I graduated with a B.S. about five years ago, I've been working full time as a .Net developer. I've recently moved and I'm looking for a new job.

Nobody wants to hire a 'good developer'. They want specific, narrow, concrete classifications of a 'good developer'. When I was in school I did some C, some C++, some COBOL, some mainframe ASM and, in my spare time, some .Net. My first job out of school happened to be a .NET company.

That made me a '.NET Developer'.

As soon as you go past the college-grad/entry level positions; even '.NET Developer' is too generalized. My first job did *winForms* development. So now I'm a .NET Winforms developer. I've read books on ASP.NET, I've made some pretty cool side-projects with ASP.NET and Javascript and CSS - but nobody cares. The recruiter who understands none of it say, 'Oh, so how many years of professional ASP.NET development would you say that is? 0? Oh well, this client requires 4'.

C# and VB.NET are all but identical. I can do either, equally well. And I would content that any competent developer knowing one language can smoothly and effortlessly transition to the other. But employers don't care. It's SO DAMN similar; but it's like talking to a brick wall. 'I see your resume says you did VB.NET? How many years of professional C# would you say you've got? Sorry - this client requires 3 years of professional C# development'.

I'm even seeing things like 'Must have experience with ASP.NET MVC2' in job descriptions. Naturally, the language has to match too. So if you are a VB.Net Developer who works in ASP.NET; they don't want to even consider you for a position unless you work with ASP.NET MVC2.

It's crazy.

That's all within the .NET world of things. Since I started working full-time I've started work on a Masters program. I've been learning a lot about POSIX systems, running Linux, writing code in C and Java. It's funny, in college, the kids who were at the top of their C class, go on to be at the top of the COBOL class, and the Java class. Because the language isn't that important. But once you leave college, nobody seems to believe or remember that.

It's very hard to transition roles from one similar programming discipline to another. Going from years of IT experience (running/maintaining/configuring servers) to writing software is going to be much harder than going from college to writing software. If you have 3-4 years of IT experience and are good at your job, you'll earn a lot more than a college grad. Most companies hiring developers will put $0 values on your IT experience and want to offer you entry-level pay. At which point, they'll consider you over-qualified and a high-turnover risk. After all, why not just hire a college kid who will be grateful and easier to mold into the employee they want?

Comment Re:Doubling the value! (Score 1) 488

I'd heard (could be BS) that the problem with Quantum Leap had to do with them being unable to secure the rights to certain songs that appeared in those episodes.

I won't lie - I ended up pirating the whole thing. It was much easier than paying for it and better quality than netflix streaming. I don't like pirating, guess I don't dislike it that much.

Comment Re:Doubling the value! (Score 1) 488

You may or may not be correct. But I know I just cancelled my plan after logging into Netflix to verify the increase was real.

I can go to Redbox and get a movie for $1. And it's already at places I go frequently (grocery store, McDonald's). It's *slightly* less work to have Netflix mail me the DVD than stop at the store; but I don't watch more than 2-3 movies per month. Truthfully, I probably average closer to one DVD per month.

I will sometimes stream an old TV show. I'm currently watching Quantum Leap. I still had to pirate a few episodes because I couldn't watch them with Netflix.

All in all, at $10 per month, I was a happy customer. But at $17.99 or whatever it will be; I can't justify it. I'll rent a few movies from Redbox ($2 per month) and stream TV shows from other (free) sources.

Comment Re:Slap in the face. (Score 1) 211

I don't think so. I think it's an entirely different thing.

MS hires a lot of great developers. But the fact that they (presumably) finished college and looked for a job shows they are walking down an entirely different path than Bill Gates ever did. There is a big difference in skills/mindsets between someone who starts a company doing X and being someone who does X full-time.

Comment Re:MS hate (Score 1) 358

Silverlight *doesn't* suck.

It's actually pretty awesome. The biggest complaints I've heard about Silverlight is that doesn't run on everything (but neither does Flash) and it doesn't have a big enough install base (but that's the same with HTML5).

Flash isn't so awesome, in a lot of ways. But it gets the job done. And it was around when there wasn't much else to pick from. It is popular. It was also buggy and insecure, but it become the dominate force. Flash isn't 'open' and it doesn't run everywhere (just like Silverlight).

When Silverlight was introduced and in it's early years, there was no HTML 5. Microsoft didn't create HTML5. Remove HTML5 from the equation and you are left with Flash Vs. Silverlight Vs. Java Applets. I'd pick Silverlight, even if it goes less places than Java Applets.

But HTML5 is gaining support. A lot of big names are on board. It's generally recognized as the 'future'. But the future isn't here. HTML5 isn't even finalized, support on the PC is pretty good assuming you've got the latest and greatest browser. But if you don't (how many people still run IE6?) or if you have a portable device odds are you don't have HTML5 support. And, HTML5 brings back a lot of problems that Silverlight, Flash, and Java attempted to solve. If a browser doesn't implement HTML5 correctly, you can see different behavior in different browsers. Even it is considered a 'bug', it's a possibility. A lot of browsers don't have FULL HTML5 support, which is, again, a problem. Things like 'I want to play this video' is a difficult task in HTML5. Different formats are supported by different browsers.

Also, maybe I'm biased, but I like the benefits a compiler gives me. I also feel like JavaScript sure makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot.

Still, don't think MS didn't want Silverlight to become the next big thing. Also, I'm quite sure any Silverlight application you've written will continue to work for the foreseeable future. I really believe that if you've created some compelling content worth seeing, users will click on the 'Install Silverlight' button. It's pretty effortless. Certainly less effort than getting your user to upgrade to a new web browser.

I understand the frustration Silverlight developers might feel, knowing that the web is going in the direction of HTML5. But that is beyond MS's control. It's probably the exact same feeling Flash developers are going through. But I can't fault MS for adopting HTML5 for a new website they are making. I don't see how that is 'stabbing' someone in the back. I've written some things in Silverlight and I never paid a single penny to do it. I think it's pretty ridiculous the level of entitlement some people have.

"Hey - here is this cool thing we spent years developing. You can use it. It's free. Also, here is some software that also took years to develop that you can use to create things for that first thing we were talking about. It's also free. And here are all sorts of examples and documentation we put together. It's yours - free! You can use it, or not, it's up to you."

Five years later....

"OMG! What a bunch of jerks. First they BEGGED ME to write apps in Silverlight. Now, some new technology is in the spotlight and my existing code works exactly like it always has but BOY AM I ANGRY! Microsoft Sucks!"

Comment Re:Why is this still news? (Score 1) 182

I'm not trying to argue so much as I'm legitimately's possible that, being an American, I'm surrounded by American software and don't realize what else is out there. But, virtually all of the major software I'm familiar with comes from American companies.

The only exception that jumps to mind is Japan. For years (and, depending on who you talk to, even now) they've dominated the video game market. But, from what I understand Japan has similar laws that allow software patents.

Also, for the record, I'm not saying that I support software patents in their current form. There is plenty of ridiculous crap out there.

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