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Comment Re:About as useful as touch screens for amputees (Score 1) 161

So?

Oh no, a system makes an improvement, but not a perfect, 100 percent improvement, so what, lets throw out the improvement it *does* make?

It's not an improvement across the board. It's likely not an improvement at all, if you are listening to elevator music to make you calm enough to drive in the first place, and suddenly there's a startling "BRAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTT!" that could just as easily come out of the ambulances horn, but didn't, it came out of your radio.

Also: call me back when it can turn an off radio to on, or force your stereo away from whatever you're listening to, over to the FM band so the ambulance can scream at you more than the flashing lights, siren, and horn are already screaming at you.

Also also: so I assume the computer in self driving cars will now listen to NPR most of the time so that the FM radio will alert the car's driver -- a computer that apparently likes "Lake Woebegone Tales" -- will "hear" the ambulance.

Comment Re:Mac OS based espionage malware (Score 4, Insightful) 60

It doesn't. Someone has to authorize it with the admin password.

Is this based on anything, or are you just guessing?

The article makes it clear that in order to extract and run the malware, you have to extract and install other malware named "Java".

This "Java" is apparently malware developed by a large database company in order to install security holes in otherwise secure computers, and is so named to trick tired programmers into believing that they are installing coffee.

Comment About as useful as touch screens for amputees (Score 1) 161

As of 2004, there were ~530,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing people in Sweden (Encyclopedia of Deafness and Hearing Disorders, p.197.)

So basically 5% of the population isn't going to hear the radio announcements, even if they have their radio on. Which they probably don't, or it's tuned to Sirius Satellite or plugged into their iPod/iPhone.

About as useful as touch screens for amputees whose prosthetic hands can't capacitively couple with trackpads or iPhones...

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1) 205

SQL isn't a programming language. Its a database language used with other languages. You wouldn't decide to use it instead of anything on the list above.

Nobody actually uses Ruby or Eiffel for anything serious. I'll accept the addition of FORTRAN but purely for legacy reasons, nobody does new development in it.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1) 205

Yes, but the only reason anyone programs in it is that it was one of only 2 supported languages for MacOS and the only supported language for iOS for a very long time. Nobody actually liked the language. There was no critical mass of people begging Apple to make their platforms work for Objective C, they wanted to try and lock developers into a skillset that didn't transfer.

Comment Re:500,000 job openings (Score 1) 196

I was just on the market (new job started Monday). I told every company who asked me I was looking for 180+. I ended up with offers coming on over that. So it isn't the money. And while I'm not in my 50s, many of my new coworkers are. SO it isn't the age. Right now in this market if you can't find a job programming, PEBKAC.

Comment Re: Better to spend on education than salaries (Score 3, Interesting) 196

No there aren't. Not unless you're counting the retired by choice. I just went through a job search. I had more companies begging to interview me than I could reasonably handle. Salaries for experienced devs are hitting the 200K/yr range because there aren't enough of them.

What there are is way too many intro level people who take a bootcap or make a website or two and call themselves programmers, making it hard to find quality to fill low level jobs. But there aren't anywhere near enough seniors on the market at the moment.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1, Interesting) 205

No. But in reality nothing other than C, C++, C#, Java, Javascript, Perl, PHP, Python, Objective C, and Swift are. You can find one or two instances of something else, but basically it means the lead programmer had a hardon for the language- everything else combines makes up about 1-2% of all programs written. And really the last 2 in the above list exist only because Apple decided they wanted to try for developer lockin.

Comment Re:Welcome Back to DrudgeDot! (Score 1) 408

Except we don't. There is no replacement in the middle range (longer than suburb to city, but shorter than 800-1000 miles). Planes are much more expensive, much more polluting, much less pleasant. Self driving cars are just inefficient at that distance due to fuel use and the amount of traffic they'd cause. Hyperloop isn't proven to work yet, and may end up being far more expensive to maintain- it may be the answer in 20 years, but it isn't ready.

Or to take an idea from programming "The perfect is the enemy of the good". It you keep waiting for the next "perfect" solution, you'll never have anything. Better to build something good enough now, and consider building the next best thing when its ready.

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