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Comment Fix LinkedIn website first! (Score 1) 196

Microsoft should focus on more important things, first, like fixing the LinkedIn website that they broke.

I speculate that they've already tested this initiative - to make the recent changes that broke the site.

Now, to set things right, how about putting the UI and UX designers that did those awful things to Linked in through some proper schooling?

But I might be wrong, and forcing everybody to click-to-reveal most everything of relevance, and constantly have to click to "see 5 more" is a GOOD thing.

But.... no.

Comment Why won't developers use the real documentation? (Score 1) 96

I don't get it why some many developers WON'T use the real documentation. Heck, many of them WON'T even download from official sources, instead relying on third-party collections with obsolete versions, or, worse (at least potentially) intentionally hacked/poisoned mods.

WHY do so many use W3Fools? I once had a Google filter set-up to keep them out of search results. But W3Fools gamed Google with dozens or hundreds of of different domains, until the technique became widespread and Google threw in the towel and removed the filter feature. W3Fools is the WORST possible place to get accurate information. I half-suspect it is actually a Russian or Chinese initiative to spread absolute crap all over the Internet. Find out where W3Fools is blocked. That will tell you who is behind it! ;)

MDN is a GREAT site for learning HTML/CSS/JS. The jQuery Learning Center is a GREAT site for learning jQuery. Why do so many flock to tutorial sites with horrible quality and WRONG information?

I don't use PHP, so don't know if the official documentation is GREAT. I have to guess, though, that after all these years, it can't be totally awful.

(Last time I used PHP was like a year after it first appeared. I think I had it emailed to me by the author. I feel for the author, who is probably blamed by many for it's failings. It was just a simple script to help him with his blog site, and he was an amateur. I do not mean "amateur" in a disparaging way, I mean it in a descriptive, literal sense. Others took it up and built crap on top of a simple script with a simple purpose. Along the way, there's been a corrective course that turned it into a language with a not-completely-awful syntax, but the developers haven't had the will to remove the awful parts. It seems impossible to get PHP developers to stop cutting-and-pasting, and to stop using the awful parts.)


Unfortunately, that's how MOST PHP sites are written.

Comment Re:Kill off GoogleAds infecting/slowing/tracking (Score -1, Offtopic) 88

Hosts add speed (via hardcodes/adblocks), security (vs. bad sites/malware/poisoned dns), reliability (vs. dns down), & anonymity (vs. dns requestlogs/trackers). Less power/cpu/ram + IO use vs. DNS/routers/addons/antivirus + less security bugs/complexity & faster vs. addons/routers/remote dns! Avoids DNSChangers in routers/IP settings & dns redirects (99.999% of ISP DNS != patched vs. it) + lightens DNS load & resolves faster from local system RAM! * Via what u NATIVELY have in the IP stack in FASTER kernelmode!

Is that you, Dr. Bronner?

Did you come back as a security consultant?

Comment Re:AIM? (Score 4, Insightful) 106

Maybe nothing. This is probably similar to Google becoming Alphabet......a corporate structure change that has little effect on the consumer facing brands.

But, in this case, it is all about the consumer-facing brand.

  • They would like everybody to forget about Yahoo
  • And, everybody already has forgotten about AOL

Comment Good news! The grays do not want to eat us! (Score 3, Funny) 313

Have always been surprised at Trump's support of NASA, whether as magnanimously as he would like us think or not. At least it is not a 30% or more cut like some other agencies. He rejects science, except when it comes to expanding real estate...

I guess the good news here is that we can conclude that the Grays - whom I assume are in total control of every President - do NOT want to eat us! They do not seem to care about our health.

Of course, that doesn't mean that they don't want to turn us into some powdered industrial product. But at least they do not want to eat us!

Comment Uber (Score 1) 149

Anyone else notice the correlation between this and Uber walking-back Greyball?

I suspect Apple threatened the nuclear option. Greyball would definitely qualify for removal from the App Store on the broader issue here of undisclosed/changing app behavior as well as just plain out-and-out fraud.

I would have rather seen Uber removed from the App Store, though, than whatever back-room deal was made. There was no second chance, for example, for Kepeli/Dash. (Dash is an offline API documentation reader app. The author got bounced permanently when he let his sister use his developer account and she allegedly posted fraudulent reviews for her own app.)

Comment Re:Interesting story (Score 1) 553

Tell me a bit about your current work.

Well, I am working on software the walks call-center workers through call scripts, and records answers gotten from callers in a database. It's very interesting, we use AI to analyze the results - Watson, you know Watson? From Jeopardy? So, my company can use the results to improve the effectiveness of the calls. Why, we even analyze voice stress. We found that "Green Dot Moneygram" causes the person's stress to rise, so we have switched to a less familiar money transfer vehicle that is not as familiar, and this seems to increase trust level, and so it is much easier to sc.... secure a sale, that is."

Comment Re:Interesting story (Score 1) 553

They didn't ask him to write an entire balancing algorithm

That's not what his tweet said. His tweet said he was asked to balance a tree.

The story states that he was asked to write a function to balance a binary tree.

It looks to me that the reporter misinterpreted Omin's tweet. The writer was probably winging it a bit, as tech reporters are seldom practitioners in the filed that they report on. Maybe there should be an entry test for tech reporters. A technical reading-comprehension test. If they get it right, they are not a professional tech reporter.

It's interesting that so many who have posted here missed this. Or they just automatically believed the "fake news", and ignored the source material (tweet) - which was present verbatim in the article - altogether.

Now, back to reading "The Society of the Spectacle." Seems relevant. More so every single day.

Comment Re:Interesting story (Score 1) 553

The questions asked weren't relevant. At. All.

Appropriate questions would quiz him about his work and education. With followup if the border agent had the competency to further quiz, which they almost certainly would not. But they could at least try to sense whether he was BSing or not. And presumably, that's a skill that border agents possess, or should (detection of BS.)

  • Tell me a bit about your current work?
  • What is your role in your company and in your current project?
  • Do you write code? If so, what computer languages do you currently use?
  • What college degree (if any) did you receive, and if so, what was your major?
  • How does your team communicate? That is, do you have in-person meetings, teleconferences, use email, instant messaging, etc.? Tell me a bit about it.
  • Explain to me just what a software engineer does?

The goal should be to determine if he actually does what he says he does for a living. Not to spring a pop-quiz on subjects that may or may not be of any importance in his job.

Honestly, the first question should be enough. Either the guy will prattle on with detail after detail without hesitation, or will be very vague.

Comment Almost nobody needs know how to balance a B-Tree (Score 5, Insightful) 553

Almost nobody today has a need to know how to balance a B-Tree. Unless they happen to work on the innards of a database system, library, etc.

Sure, I learned this 35 years ago, and sure we had to do it for some class. I suppose Computer Science students still have to do it today. I've even done it in practice, but it was a LONG time ago. I would have to look it up, as would most software engineers.

In fact, any software engineer that would write something like this off the top of their head is engaging in bad practice. That would be my answer!

As a practical matter today, if you really needed to do it, you would search for best algorithms. And then question whoever asked you to do this, as B-Trees are pretty old and lame at this point There are better data structures to accomplish the goal.

What next? Ask somebody to write a compiler? "Sure, get me the Dragon Book..." (But, as well, that is surely obsolete today, as well.)

The border agent either Googled for some questions to ask a software engineer, or failed a Google interview exam. Which - I've read, Google doesn't do any more, and for good reasons.

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