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Comment test run (Score 1) 189

Which manufacturing capacity does ISIS have left? Which engineers have not yet run away from the sinking ship?

Someone is using ISIS as a test run for their latest toy, and it's not the Russians (they would test by themselves). Expect the US or some of its allies to use weaponized small drones in the next war against the next terrorists, the result of "years of military research".

Comment Maybe in a free country, not here... (Score 1) 136

Between zoning, permits, licensing, environmental impact reports, HOA restrictions, FAA overreach, liability, NIMBY, and a myriad other issues, this is highly unlikely to happen in the modern USA within our generation. Most potentially society changing inventions are not feasible to test or deploy outside of closed corporate labs in this regulatory environment, at least not without the support of some Congress critters and the DOD...

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1) 188

SQL isn't a programming language. Its a database language used with other languages. You wouldn't decide to use it instead of anything on the list above.

Nobody actually uses Ruby or Eiffel for anything serious. I'll accept the addition of FORTRAN but purely for legacy reasons, nobody does new development in it.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1) 188

Yes, but the only reason anyone programs in it is that it was one of only 2 supported languages for MacOS and the only supported language for iOS for a very long time. Nobody actually liked the language. There was no critical mass of people begging Apple to make their platforms work for Objective C, they wanted to try and lock developers into a skillset that didn't transfer.

Comment Re:500,000 job openings (Score 1) 195

I was just on the market (new job started Monday). I told every company who asked me I was looking for 180+. I ended up with offers coming on over that. So it isn't the money. And while I'm not in my 50s, many of my new coworkers are. SO it isn't the age. Right now in this market if you can't find a job programming, PEBKAC.

Comment Re: Better to spend on education than salaries (Score 3, Interesting) 195

No there aren't. Not unless you're counting the retired by choice. I just went through a job search. I had more companies begging to interview me than I could reasonably handle. Salaries for experienced devs are hitting the 200K/yr range because there aren't enough of them.

What there are is way too many intro level people who take a bootcap or make a website or two and call themselves programmers, making it hard to find quality to fill low level jobs. But there aren't anywhere near enough seniors on the market at the moment.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1, Interesting) 188

No. But in reality nothing other than C, C++, C#, Java, Javascript, Perl, PHP, Python, Objective C, and Swift are. You can find one or two instances of something else, but basically it means the lead programmer had a hardon for the language- everything else combines makes up about 1-2% of all programs written. And really the last 2 in the above list exist only because Apple decided they wanted to try for developer lockin.

Comment Re:Welcome Back to DrudgeDot! (Score 1) 405

Except we don't. There is no replacement in the middle range (longer than suburb to city, but shorter than 800-1000 miles). Planes are much more expensive, much more polluting, much less pleasant. Self driving cars are just inefficient at that distance due to fuel use and the amount of traffic they'd cause. Hyperloop isn't proven to work yet, and may end up being far more expensive to maintain- it may be the answer in 20 years, but it isn't ready.

Or to take an idea from programming "The perfect is the enemy of the good". It you keep waiting for the next "perfect" solution, you'll never have anything. Better to build something good enough now, and consider building the next best thing when its ready.

Comment Re:There will be no train (Score 1) 405

It sure looks like it is to me. It may be the hyperloop some day, but that isn't a proven technology. It isn't self driving cars- those will exist for short distance travel, but aren't efficient in energy or traffic flow for medium distances. Right now there is no better solution, and nothing realistically likely to come into being this decade.

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