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Comment Re:Misjargonization (Score 1) 354

It might be an archaic term, but they've been in the business for a lot longer than you have (or you would have recognized the terminology).

I recognize the misuse just fine; I've been at this since the 1960's. Front panel toggles, punchcards and paper tape are wholly familiar to me, as are arranging diodes in a matrix and building CPUs out of RTL and TTL. The fact that I recognize the misuse is not motivation to appreciate it, any more than I would if some non-contemporaneous Babbage-era use of "gears" was suddenly thought to be a good idea to use as the go-to word for software, or if someone referred to a modern day stick of RAM as "core", or if someone insisted on referring to computers in general as abaci.

The industry is well centered around particular terminology right now and has been for decades. That's the terminology to use, unless you want people focusing more on what you said, than what you meant. Which tends to lead to the wrong place no matter what you do. Particularly in engineering. Words matter. Being sloppy is costly.

Comment Misjargonization (Score 4, Interesting) 354

Referring to software and applications as 'codes' is common in many industries (example "here). People that use such terminology are of much higher than average intelligence.

And so they have even less excuse for their mangling of the terminology, and definitely should be smiled at, nodded to, and ultimately, ignored other than when they have some kind of arbitrary coercive power over you, in which case, do it in your head anyway.

If you walk up to a nuclear engineer with your 140 IQ and ask him to "turn up the atumz", he should probably just call security and have your ass thrown out on the street.

Seriously. If you don't know even the basics of an industry's terminology -- it's time to leave off trying to involve yourself until you get that handled. If you do.

Comment Re:It's A Start (Score 1) 618

Well if the time period you are talking about is 2002-2004, yes, things are considerably better now. That was an awful time to be graduating as a CS major, I was only a few years ahead of that period and it hit me pretty hard, but recently, I don't see people sitting out of work for long periods of time, I don't see high unemployment in the tech sector at all, certainly nothing like what it was back then.

But every industry goes through dips like that, and the economy is still stuck in a boom or bust cycle, but I have yet to see any evidence that the job market for software engineers is really so difficult right now that qualified candidates are sitting around desperate for work.

Not that that means we shouldn't consider reforming H1-B visas, hiring for only high paid positions is probably the best way to go as it will hopefully encorage more training of people on the low end. I know a woman who is around 30 with no tech background, who recently went through a 6 month bootcamp to prepare for a career in QA (an area frequently filled by H1-b visa holders in my experience) and now she has good solid job. With less low cost H1-b visa holders we might see more and more of this which could be quite valuable. Certainly you can't just retrain everyone into one kind of profession but when it comes to tech we would do well to not close off the entry level of the field from people who are changing careers.

Comment Re:Mine: (Score 1) 1219

Really? The book must be overwhelmed by the stuff then, because the film is almost completely full of it.

He's right. The book takes a much more serious look at government than the movie does. Books are a better platform for that sort of detail than movies are, there's just no way around that. But the movie does an excellent job of implying all manner of things without the detail, as such things go, and the post here was about movies, not books, so I made no commentary on that initially.

Comment Re:I can't believe I'm defending Samsung... (Score 2) 119

Is there some sort of rule that vendor hostility becomes more acceptable as devices become smaller?

If the vendor specifically has to break the ability to remap a button; this fairly strongly implies that it was otherwise possible; and the only reason it is impossible now is because they don't want it to happen.

People tend not to feel the same way about fixed-function buttons in weaker devices because the limitations are more architectural than deliberate(and, if only thanks to a couple of decades of convergent evolution, there is often a reasonably sane quasi-default layout).

Comment Re: Macintosh doesn't have apps! (Score 1) 66

The first version of the Macintosh System software had folders, just not folders within folders (due to a file system limitation that was swiftly fixed).

DAs were kind of like TSRs. But I don't remember stickies being among them until well into System 7, at which point they were ordinary applications.

Comment Mine: (Score 5, Informative) 1219

In whatever order I'm in the mood for, which varies:

Bladerunner - the original, with the narration.
Firefly - TV show same. These were just plain fun, except for the pilot's death, which struck me as uncalled for.
Starship Troopers - loved the twisted angle on government. Great bugs. Would you like to know more?
Paul - hilarious, totally non-serious SF.
Alien (original) - great SF horror, and great SF besides.
Terminator - original
The Martian - really good hard SF, quite rare to find

Comment Re:NK *is* a credible threat (Score 1) 294

NK can't even keep the lights on at night.

The reason they can't keep the lights on at night is because they spend 22-23% of their GDP on the military, including nuclear weapons.

That is why they are a threat -- because they can do damage -- you don't make a military threat assessment by counting light bulbs.

Comment Re:Sound waves in water not so simple (Score 4, Informative) 294

They're probably thinking of things like near-field synthetic aperture sonar. You can get images as clear as this, which gives the impression that water is no obstacle. Distance, however, changes what one can do, and there's quite a difference between passive monitoring and active monitoring as well.

Comment Re:Sound waves in water not so simple (Score 3, Insightful) 294

I'm aware. I write signal processing software for the signals that drive spectrum / waterfalls. Some people would be quite surprised as to what can be done with only a hint of data.

Again, no details can be laid out here, but some tracking is definitely possible. My point was that losing track is also possible, so yes, we agree.

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