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Comment "The Bible Code" (Score 2) 69

I'm reminded somewhat of "The Bible Code" - the theory/idea that there is a bunch of stuff hidden in the bible, visible when viewed different ways (like when skipping characters, etc - Google it) The reality is - the bigger the dataset - the more patterns - even false patterns may be present in it. If I had a billion money's, what would they type...

Comment Re: Snap Circuits (Score 1) 200

Snap circuits are neat - but I'm not a huge fan. They are generally fairly very "high level, complex" building blocks. Even most of the definitions of what the pins (of the modules) do aren't described, nor referenced in any instructional way. (Though people have reverse-engineered and posted online). It's a long way off from the radio shack circuit kits of my childhood. They would be a lot better if they didn't dumb it down since much. My 11 year-old still prefers messing with my old Radio Shack kits, where he can understand what's going on enough to be creative, and build his own stuff.

Comment If you want to code, code. (Score 0) 373

If you want to code, code. If you don't, don't. Of the women (and men, for that matter) who do - it's a bug they picked up in middle school or highly school. From their, they decided to go into college for it - and ultimately the workplace.

The idea that women or girls being uninterested in getting jobs in engineering due to masoganistic workplaces or hiring practices is putting the cart 10 years ahead of the horse.

Comment Rouse (Score 1) 306

...or this is just a giant rouse to convince us all the iMessage is an end-to-end, secure, PKI system that we should all trust, when this may not be true at all. Very hard to tell if it is a closed-source system which is not publicly auditable. Would you trust it with your secrets? I wouldn't (if I had any).

Comment Apple (Score 0) 288

Back in my day - Apple computers (in particular MacOS) was widely known to be the easiest, most intuitive, user-friendly machine/OS out there. So when my 80+ year old father was looking for a new computer, I steered him to a Mac. BIG MISTAKE

I think it was a combination of older people getting stuck in their ways and not easily learning new thing - along with the massive complexity in newer OSX - along with a little nine-headedness - like no right mouse button, but a billion was of needing that functionality and other less-than-obvious ways of accessing it (like pressing on the right SIDE of the Magic Mouse, etc)

Comment Comparison. (Score -1) 337

Objective-C really sucks. It is old (pre-dating C++), has not aged-well as the languages has been stretched over the years to accommodate new things, has always done a half-added way of encompassing C and (more specifically) C++ support (I.e. "Objective C++", but yet has survived (and grown), as it's the "only" way to do native iOS programming.

Swift aimed to clean up some of the cruft from Objective-C and has somewhat fallen into all the same traps. It had inherently avoided all the C and C++ compatibility issues - yet is still one of the 2 ways of doing a native iOS app.

So it's maybe, arguably, marginally *easier* than Objective-C, yet is one of two technologies to allow you to code inside Apple's walled garden - so, people are using it - but it's like praising a Siberian prison for serving thicker soup on Tuesdays.

Comment Applicants (Score 0) 397

I've been in the industry about 25 years. I've interviewed countless candidates. The truth is, in 25 years, I have personally encountered zero Latino candidates and only one black job applicants - in comparison two hundreds of white, Asian and Indian a applicants. So let's talk about education or whatever - but the issue has nothing to do with companies or hiring practices - in my own experience.

(BTW - we did make the black candidate and offer - he accepted, then shot us down after getting a counteroffer from his employer to stay. )

Comment Couldn't buy into.. (Score 0) 81

I'd have a real hard time buying into, or putting any investment into a currency that could run into these types of problems - or even potentially vaporize overnight - due to some intricate techical problem that I didn't understand - and maybe STILL wouldn't even long after it was explained to me ...

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