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Comment I don't think it's just India... (Score 5, Insightful) 439

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!).

Comment It's a fair concern, but I'm going to revolt it (Score 1) 498

It's a valid argument that holds weight, and I'd even take it a step further than the how involved with general users going around the rules to keep making new passwords is really... scary, predictable and in the exploding age of AI, machine learning and modeling, these rules, are indeed, a joke. For instance...

Just what I observe and know to be true: I can't tell you how many people who don't even know what 5cr1p7 k1dd13 language blantantly substitute all the letters of S, E, A, I, T and B for 5, 3, 4, 1, 7, and 8. Well that's an easy substitution and gives you a very 1:1 substitution pattern. Then simple typing patter heuristics will get you a bit farther to predict what/where most people 'prefer' to hit the shift key, which is mostly at the beginning or very end of a string. Coupled with all the password advice of using shitty, generic and way overused mnemonics, it gives a good solid guessable foundation for completely arguing it's mandatory bullshit, indeed. I didn't even sneak in the fact that a lot of people just use very linear and horizontal patterns on a keyboard, then on next password change, just shift over 'a key' and do it all over again. That ensures, to the end user, that they'll never reuse a password ever within a bullshit 'last reuse history' rule, but that's even MORE guessable than just making your own rainbow table on predictable typing behavior and mnemonics alone.

Now the question is, would I actually not use it in my own organization like Jeff Atwood wants? Absolutely not. Because then I'm absolutely positive the old 'top 10' commonly used passwords will for sure be in full damn effect. I'd prefer to feel ignorantly secure with the end users I administer around me.

Comment Weak Media-drive Face Saving (Score 2) 122

This really isn't news, it's just countries trying to save face and do a quick shaming, finger wag at the US and CIA in regards to 'get off our digital lawns'. All countries have, do, practice, implement, will and always forever have cyber-warfare and hacking toolkits developed in-house for any op, espionage, defensive or offensive they do.

This is easy for China: I mean, who the hell wouldn't jump on the shit-talk bandwagon to get a few jabs in after a release like this just so you don't look 'as bad'?

All immediate perception here IMHO.

Comment Re:Perhaps a better method... (Score 1) 1001

Wow, there is someone I can relate to on /. for a change without being troll-raped and keyboard-outwitted.

I couldn't agree more with getting the first two points out of the way in an interview. Regardless of intellect, exposure, industry or experience, who wants to work with someone you're to all hate on a team? Team mental health far outweighs having that on your team any day IMHO.

Secondly, I had a similar experience in a job interview where I was asked to write out map reduce in pure python program structure (yes, that means including __name__ == '__main__' with full passable arguments, on a white board). I said almost as similar to you, "I can do it, but I'm sure to flub a few things here that my brains relies on with my IDE, not to mention, I'd just use the built-ins map() and reduce() vs. re-inventing the wheel and sacrificing efficiency in my algorithm."

I wasn't really offended or turned-off by the idea, sometimes I just think it's if you can talk-the-talk, can I figure out that you can even sort-of walk-the-walk and not just buzz-phrase repeating and 2 months into the job, you can't do it? But I think most of these people fall into that hard-on egotistical I-know-more-than-you shit and do me, that's like seeing who's dad could win in a fight in 3rd grade. I'm past it in a professional environment when everyone can bring shit to the table.

Comment Noooo, keep the physical 'home' button! (Score 1) 223

I'm not sure I'm a fan of the 'software' driven UI home button; I certainly don't care for it on any of my Android breed devices. I like the idea and design of a physical hardware button, but I won't if ditching this gives Apple more courage to mess with this rounded-screen design --- last time I checked, buttons are flat.

If anything it's going to take me a really long time to get used to not having that little indentation to blindly hover-touch my thumb on to do anything.

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