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Comment COBOL wont die, because then big banks will fold (Score 1) 366

COBOL is unbelievably ingrained into the fiber of banking, and the developers surrounding it are seriously seasoned veterans in the realm of batch code, deployment and support.

Not only did I go to a university in the early 2000's that actually taught COBOL, JCL, VSAM generation and use, emulation mainframe 'green screen' interfaces (the actual language we used escapes me now 16 years later - ACS? ASC?), AS/400 exposure, even fucking assembler (and not for computer science C/C++ brats dumping out compiler interpretation) for one reason only: Citibank, Federated Insurance, Wells Fargo, FIS, Bank of America all were extremely heavy players in that degree path at that university. Hell, our professors who taught those banks of classes were soon-to-be-retired Citibank senior developer vets teaching us their standards, techniques, and tons of this-is-the-difference-between-academic-code-and-real-world-code lessons. So as much as everyone makes this baseless argument about how it's dying --- even back in early 2000, after the Y2K scare, it seems like the big banking brains were setting themselves up for long-term rollover of fresh meat to take on the mainframes.

I actually went on to work at Citibank for a few years, but I worked on the front-end and middle-ware vs. the back-end mainframe, even with all my newly fresh COBOL skills. All I can tell you is: that shit isn't going anywhere. I know plenty of people who still hack COBOL for a living. And as long as banks still push the agenda at universities and kids who are intimidated by computer science take these courses, not only will it still be taught to a fresh crop of students, it means that bankers know money and also know how much fucking money they'd lose migrating away from it in any sort of planned manner.

Has IBM stopped making AS/400 iterations past it like the System I and such? Hell no. All the answers are there. COBOL is here to stay.

Comment I don't think it's just India... (Score 5, Insightful) 450

I would say in a whole, true software engineering has been completely watered down and very disappointing over the last 10-15 years. From all the way down in school systems with STEM and all they way up with these 3-4 day crash-course 'bootcamps' and seem to manufacture quick hot-on-resume-paper skills without experience is really the problem. And even on top of that, how many people just 'google' their way into a job or solution? No one thinks anymore, we are in an age of just-give-me-the-stuff mentality. Don't care how or why, just blindly take the answer and move on. You don't grow as a competent and efficient engineer that way.

Coupled with the fact that any business, company or dev shop wants talent in our psychotic digital age, this reminds me nothing more than a massive amount of people doing nothing more than to try to get their foot into a hot job market and doing nothing more than trying to flip a huge salary for 6-12 months. And that's why I say it has very little to do with India.

Comment Um, it's the only one worth buying? (Score 2, Interesting) 47

I pre-ordered a Switch and did get a handful of the other titles out there. But let's face it everyone: This was planned hook-line-and-sinker style. On top of a new platform and into the gaming style of Zelda or not --- it's a great game, but the only worthy title out there that has zero competition. I'm not surprised it beat any tracked sales records. What else was everyone going to get excited about?

Wonder if Mario Kart in a few weeks will surpass? Because after that, we're all going to be waiting for that first Mario game around Black Friday/Christmas time.

Comment Re:Allegedly Doctored (Score 1) 14

Agreed 100%. That's is pretty standard tactic I think anymore. I even giggled at similar boasted numbers about Wish about over 150 million users, best yada yada yada on an audio ad the other day, yet I don't even know a SINGLE real person who uses it or had heard of it --- not to say it's not used in other geographic areas, but it goes to show how a company can boast millions of users in some overnight sensational movement.

I'm still had on this, though: What's there to gain from this annoucement? Snap is valued at $33 billion, so good luck fighting that, in the sense of being shewed away like a dog looking for table scraps.

This honestly just sounds like a I-left-my-last-employer-on-bad-terms-so-now-its-time-to-poo-poo-on-them event. Have fun with that.

Comment Messy? Who Cares, this is a privacy win! (Score 5, Interesting) 112

I envy Minnesota's senate. Thank you for doing the right thing. This whole law push through congress is just a pocket-lining exercise for a ton of Republicans who have skin-in-the-game to gain money off selling of personal data.

If the FCC cared, they'd have had this ironed out years ago. The 'Big 3' have been doing this for years (Facebook, Google, Apple) but it's a bit different when it's an ISP; that's probably the most intimate of an agreement you have to get on/in/use the internet of any kind. When that level of privacy is breached, what's left, really?

People are right, and I'm not new to say this: As much as I commended it, so what if a law is passed, in the end as an extreme end-user, I'm doomed by the ISP(s) I have access to pick a service from that don't intertwine the "we-dont-care-what-the-law-says-use-our-network-and-your-data-gets-sold" stranglehold. It's just disgusting anymore.

Submission + - Hobbyist Turns Nintendo 64 Console into Nintendo Switch Dock (

adosch writes: Polygon reports, a Reddit user "modified a broken Nintendo 64 and transformed it into a functioning Switch dock." The modder, who goes by the handle 'Tettzan Zone', has "been keeping fellow Switch fans updated on his adventures in console customization on Reddit, sharing the steps he took to making the entire Nintendo 64 workable as a dock." The original post about full mod details can be found here.

Comment It's about 'how' you brainstorm (Score 1) 89

To say that brainstorming flat out doesn't work? Now that's just a grabby headline that got me to post this rant.

I think there's two camps to this that really need to be addressed that showcased the skewed write-up:

Yes brainstorming in a forced group --- it's utterly pointless most of the time. You have people who don't want to be there who are warm bodies in a chair, one's who do and just shit on every possible to solution to protect their 'body of employment' with less (or more work), one's who just throw out buzz words to look important but can't implement or do shit, the one's who road block the shit out of everything because they want to wrap some corporate or bureaucratic tape around it to 'process-ify' the idea, etc. The list goes on and on. That's at least my experience with that, anyways.

Now, brainstorming in a group in terms of, you, the brain-stormer, going to seek out some group (peers, a few colleagues, ect.) for input on your idea to make sure there might be another/better/alternative way (if you're too deep in your own mulling and you actually notice it), you want some actual feedback with people you actually care to get feedback from --- I'm all for this. The point I'm driving home is the constructive criticism and peer input to solidify, reduce or confirm your idea to begin with.

Comment Can we stop having this as an Ask /. question? (Score 1) 510

Why in the hell does this topic become a reoccurring post every handful of months? I'm not opposed to fielding a ranty opinion that will be voted down, shit on or maybe even considered, but do we really have to feed the bear on this?

Maybe I'm just rubbed the wrong way on the justification for the question:

1) OP seriously references Windows 3.1/95/98? When was the last time you used a 'computer'? And we're really entertaining this?

2) OP asked and used the word 'easy'. Well, Linux isn't 'easy', it's a kernel. If you want your experience and interaction with Linux 'easy', then say that. If everything was easy, everyone would be doing it. That just tells me you're lazy; this isn't 1990's like the OS's you referenced FFS, there's PLENTY of OS's to find blog reviews on with about 30 seconds of actual search engine use, or just try anything -- most have a bootable CD or USB .iso and just try it yourself. If the damn thing did everything for you that you wanted out-of-the-box, then I guess call it a win for yourself. You weren't ever going to use it on a level minus full-out GUI anyway.

I don't even know what mechanical whatever you want to monitor, control or whatever. But chances are, your environment will be Linux distro agnostic. Maybe you should have just said and explained that part of exactly what you wanted to do in a Linux userland environment, and it wouldn't been such a BSD vs. RPM-based vs. Gentoo vs. Debian-based vs. Inbreeds-of-Debian-based flame-war again.

Comment Stretching the talents way too thin, get expertise (Score 1) 197

I'll commend you and the few old-hats around you on being a self-starters, learning and adopting tech/hardware/development/engineering on your own and trying to share and communicate that in-house. I think ability to learn, fully understand and properly implement anything and do more than just nod your head and gasp a topic for 5 minutes goes a long way.

But I think it's starts where it stops right now. What you have is a bunch of self-taught experts trying to carry on a vision-less and foundation-less IT department with a 'Fight Club' ruleset of "The First Rule of our Company is you do not talk about IT assembly or the lack there of". You need IT, not for the knowledge and expertise (because it seems like you have some idea what you need to do and how to be productive with technology) but you need it for two reasons:

1) Get the damn day-to-day IT burden off your shoulders, so someone who's managed, worked and operated in an IT environment can come in and set up a foundation, standards, expectations, operations, training and management of this shit, not you guys who are hardcode dabblers.

2) So you can focus on the jobs you are PAID TO DO.

This isn't a new problem, it just means your company doesn't value that because you are all doing it yourself and don't see the pain points because you've been 'making it happen'. But that only can go on so far. If it's a company cheap-skate problem where the idea has been brought up before but got shot down because 'talent is expensive', then I guess find all the /. posts that give you ideas on how to solve it, because that's why you posted, right?

This shit happens A LOT. And being, having and making a career in IT myself, there's nothing worse than seeing and empathizing with the other side of the coin where engineers, scientists, other staff, etc. doing IT in the capacity they can handle, failing at it, and not really focusing on their true job, which wasn't IT to begin with.

Comment A non-issue, just update the device! (Score 2) 89

That's great there's an announcement of using an outdated Webkit framework on the Nintendo Switch. Is this anything new? How's that any different if I got some IoT device to a smart phone (Android or iPhone) to installing any Windows/Linux OS to an Xbox/Playstation? Does what I had deployed out of the box already have packages that are already part of security updates that need to be updated?

Fun to report from a journalism perspective, but definitely not news or anything to debate. Just update the Nintendo Switch and stop the huge reach of trying to criticize the console or Nintendo feebly.

Comment SO tired of this entitlement-guaranteed crap (Score 1) 632

I'd say this has very little to do with bubble talk or jobs not existing and everything to do with the following things:

* Where you decided to go to school in relation to the 'quality' of the program

* The quality of the faculty, staff, program and curriculum in terms of a mixture of academic and real world exposure

* If you, in terms of skills and potential, are even worth a damn to any future employer

I see and hear this shit all. the. time. in the computer science, information systems (which I reside in) and engineering realm and guess what? Not everyone who does, goes through or completes anything isn't good at it or even cut out for it long-term. STEM, EE and Info-sec are hot so people just jump on the degree bandwagon thinking they are going to land these amazing jobs when at most either their curriculum fails them (e.g. shitty professors and lackluster, poor ass program), lack of motivation on your part in being more than a hyper just-out-of-school know-it-all, and flat out thinking you're going to ever land a 6-figure 'side hustle'.

I think we hear a lot of this because college graduates expectations are sincerely and truthfully out of whack. Yeah, a lot of university's boast this unbelievable 99%+ straight-off-the-stage hire percentage, but that's mostly marketing bullshit to get, you, the student, enrolled. Just because you 'got a degree', doesn't make you hireable or even desirable to be hired. I hate to say it, but there needs to be more ownership and onus on the student-to-be-employee than it does always pointing the figure back at the university for not making them 'employable'.

I have a mix of friends I went to college with that don't even do or have anything to do with computer science or engineering, but have a BS/MS and don't do shit with it. I also have friends who are some really excellent IT professionals or software engineers that don't even have a true computer science BS (one of them has a degree in music education!).

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