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Submission + - Drupal Project Banishes Long-Time Contributor Over BDSM Claims (

techsoldaten writes: Larry Garfield, a long time contributor to the Drupal project, was banished from the community over his alleged involvement in BDSM communities. Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal, asked Garfield to leave the project based on his beliefs about equality. The Drupal community has an established Code of Conduct Buytaert feels Garfield violated based on holding beliefs related to gender roles. Thought crime?

Comment Re:All too true (Score 5, Insightful) 257

I came here to say this, mostly.

I *know* that there are plenty of places in our software that I could spend an hour or two, and rewrite an algorithm to run in 1/5th the time. And I don't care at all, because the cost is too low to measure, and usually, performance bottlenecks are elsewhere.

Who really cares if I can get a loop to run in 800ns instead of 1500ns, when the real bottleneck is a complex SQL query 11 lines up that joins 11 tables together and takes 3 full seconds to run?

Comment Re:I guess /. still approves this crap (Score 1) 269

Cash is currently an option. It won't be forever. There are significant strides in Europe and India right now toward 'cashless' economies, because the government thinks it never misses out on taxes and the underground economy is supposedly all brought into the daylight -- but that just drives people into trading other things on the black market. It'll get worse over time and happen here too eventually. So you can either spend your TIME worrying about that, or you can just spend your MONEY, pay taxes, and grumble about the government. Unless you plan to overthrow a government or become a criminal, this is the wonderful future -- and it's YOUR wonderful, non-anonymous future. I don't like it either, but what can I do? Probably something illegal, but I'd rather just not bother.

Comment Not very effective, anyway (Score 2, Interesting) 1001

I'm an employer. I've interviewed nearly everybody we employ at my company. And treating a hiring interview like a rote memory exam is a terrible way to qualify a potential developer hire!

What do programmers actually do? Try testing that!

We do "whiteboard style" for part of our interviews, but only to cover basic comprehension of algorithms. More than anything, we look for basic familiarity with logic structure, and the demonstrated ability to solve problems. Our coding section of our interview process is in the subject's language of choice, including pseudo code, and is "open book" - we want to see what happens when the dev runs into a problem they don't already know! (Critical test: can they come up with a working, supportable algorithm for a problem they don't yet already know an answer for?)

After 20 years of programming experience, I STILL routinely look up the order of arguments for function calls via Google. Who cares to remember when Google has the answer in 0.10 seconds?

Test what the devs will actually DO in an anticipated normal work day and make your decisions based on that.

Comment Re:A step back to see the big picture (Score 1) 197

I agree with this. I have been inspired by speakers at conferences. I have even learned a few things. And all of them were technology related. You just have to do your research up-front and know if you're in for a techie conference, or one that's only ostensibly techie, and is instead about tech culture. The cultural ones are nearly complete garbage, while the tech ones can be entirely inspiring.

Comment Re:Knowledge (Score 4, Interesting) 197

True, but you're speaking only from a hardware perspective. I have been to 'good conferences' where they have talks that spark me to research new ideas that eventually lead to productive lines of inquiry (RailsConf or in a previous life, PDC) and ones that are just advertisements or feature "Touchy Feely" talks about programmer sentiment and egos (RubyConf, total Yuck.) The ones that make me think, or research, are worth it. Even some of the keynotes (RailsConf 2016, keynote by Paul Lamere, from Spotify, fired my imagination and prompted me to take 6 months of courses on Big Data and Machine learning, which will eventually pay my employer dividends and then some,) by big names in their fields are worth the entire costs. It just means you need to know where to go, and what to look for, and what to avoid. Talks about diversity for the sake of coloration, or whatever, are little more than rants about unfairness, which leads to nothing company 'costs' if you buy in to them. But ones about how they take advantage of technologies (like one I saw [by a woman, speaking of diversity, which didn't even mention the fact that she was a woman -- BECAUSE THAT ISN'T THE IMPORTANT PART] about how Github used the Scientist gem to migrate their entire security structure without any downtime...) they can lead to local 'breakthroughs.' My advice is to stay away from 'touchy feely' conferences about developers and how they 'feel' at work, and to go to those that focus on the actual state of technology and what's out there and how to use it for your own personal, professional, and business's growth. Being around people who care about the same things, especially when those things are putting numbers on the board, is a great thing. NOT ALL CONFERENCES ARE CREATED EQUAL. That's just how it is. Do your research up front.

Comment Re:care less (Score 5, Informative) 191

You're actually not right. It can be AI without being sentient, and in this case, it is just that. It's a general purpose learning algorithm. Not a strategic poker playing algorithm. It doesn't need to be sentient to be intelligent. You're confusing General AI with Narrow AI. This is a Narrow AI, to be sure, but if you string enough Narrow AI's up together, they can eventually give the same appearance of a General AI. This is just one milestone along the way. In particular, it dethrones the idea that poker is the last bastion of human dominance in cognition. Obviously we'll have to find a new bastion, like the fact that we are, so far, the only General Intelligence thus far observed or produced.

Comment Fond Memories (Score 1) 39


I can remember playing when I was a kid. Was so addictive and fun to play that people would gather around and try to beat each person before them, get the high score. Many a weekly allowance wasted on this title... but the better you got at the game, the cheaper it became to play.

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