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Public Discussion / Windows 10 Microsoft account / login
« Last post by Richardk on February 04, 2019, 07:50:25 pm »
Ok, did a little bit of googling but like they say, can't trust everything you find online, so...

Setting up a new Windows 10 account / PC. Benefits of using a Microsoft login seem good but is it correct that without an Internet connection, you can't login to your laptop?

On the flip side, a local account is always good to go but you don't get the MS goodies "package".

So which is it? I've read that you can't login or that you can still log in without an Internet connection when your primary login is a Microsoft account. Some of these comments are dated but others are only days old. So who to believe?
Public Discussion / Re: Number of CS Majors Doubles
« Last post by unix on February 02, 2019, 05:18:46 am »

It just proves you can take these skills and translate them into anything else. But the HR drones don't see it that way.

Public Discussion / Re: SSL has been installed - there are plenty of glitches
« Last post by unix on February 02, 2019, 05:12:39 am »

 Kool ^H^H^H
Public Discussion / Re: Number of CS Majors Doubles
« Last post by The Gorn on January 31, 2019, 07:08:32 pm »
Jo, it's a cultural thing. Plus ageism.

C++ is still valid, so why doesn't it give you an edge?

Didn't I make it clear? Nobody uses it. At least nobody outside places in coastal or tech belt areas.

In the case of C++, in order:

- Nobody at the interviewing end is smart enough to appreciate C++ skills. They may genuinely believe that HTML is "harder".
- They may be threatened by the knowledge of something they don't know.
- They may believe that C++ is "too old" to be relevant.
- They often think I'm bullshitting about my skills.

As for the rest of it, you nailed it, so use Occam's Razor to figure out the why! This is NOT a profession. It's an occupation of elitist kids who call most of the shots.

Also, in the specific case of C++ - the language has mutated well beyond what I used in the mid 20-oughts. Today C++ is a problematic language that is very hard to use for implementation. Complex and easily broken new language constructs are REQUIRED to be known by most shops that use C++. I stopped learning them because there was no need.

"Plain" C++ without recent new keywords, templates, smart pointers, etc is still quite useful, but nobody will hire anyone who doesn't have the little-needed current layer of garbage.

In short, my C++ skills are dated and unmarketable, even though I have the abstractions (the hardest part) down cold.
« Last post by The Gorn on January 31, 2019, 07:03:50 pm »
!@&(!@& Sledge hammers and computers - a natural combination!

SMF (The forum software hereabouts) has "mods" or plugins.

One I have installed that provides "pretty URLs" (human readable URLs instead of internal index numbers) was not set to the SSL URL, so a few action buttons such as "Modify" were rendered with the non SSL URL (Http:// instead of Https://). Therefore commands such as "Modify" were invoking the non SSL URL for the submit action, which always failed to save the edited post or whatever.

I've done a cursory test and it seems to be OK now. Let me know!
Public Discussion / Re: Number of CS Majors Doubles
« Last post by JoFrance on January 31, 2019, 03:29:34 pm »
If developers need to know so many different things, why hire an enthusiastic young person without the experience or ability?  I was never a coder or developer so maybe that's different than working in networking, but I never lost my enthusiasm for the work.

C++ is still valid, so why doesn't it give you an edge?  Lack of enthusiasm?  What if you were enthusiastic and experienced?  You should be golden, IMO.

I understand the realities of the IT field today, but because we didn't protect the profession like say Accountants did our profession was bastardized.  Accountants certifications are worth something for life, IT certs are worth nothing after the next new thing comes out.  Accountants maintain their CLE credits every year with classes, IT professionals have classes to maintain their knowledge and get nothing for it.

Why bother with a profession that throws you out the door when you get older?  Accounting jobs have to deal with all the new laws every year, healthcare jobs embrace so many changes too and yet, those professions value their employees and give them opportunities to update their knowledge.  In IT, they lay you off and get an "enthusiastic" young person.

If IT was treated as a profession you could be a C++ certified person today and still relevant, much like an EA (enrolled agent) in the tax accounting field is relevant for as long as they hold that certification.

C++ is used by SpaceX, so its not passe yet.

Public Discussion / Re: Number of CS Majors Doubles
« Last post by The Gorn on January 30, 2019, 06:44:28 pm »
Go find the mailing list for the Programmer's Guild. You basically have hundreds of aggrieved developers with Y2K and batch COBOL orientations bleating about the unfairness of EVERY. SINGLE. H1B QUOTA INCREASE.

They're powerless, deluded, in a fog, wasting their lives, aimless, and just plain wrong. They're stuck in 1997. You try to tell any of them that and they are basically in a fugue state, drooling.

Their skills are useless today. Because if they were not useless they could still find jobs or contracts.

I'm quite proud of my past mastery of C++ but I will be the first one to say that it's too fussy and expensive a skill for any fast turnaround development today so it's effectively useless.  And it's used on nothing except some financial quant work, embedded, and some products.
Public Discussion / Re: Number of CS Majors Doubles
« Last post by unix on January 30, 2019, 05:07:53 pm »
That's an interesting perspective on things, Gorn. Refreshingly so.
Public Discussion / Re: SSL has been installed - there are plenty of glitches
« Last post by unix on January 30, 2019, 05:06:27 pm »
That's not a bug, it's a feature.

No posts should be edited.

One shot at it.

Keep moving, citizens. Nothing to look at.
Public Discussion / SSL has been installed - there are plenty of glitches
« Last post by The Gorn on January 30, 2019, 02:03:16 pm »
Editing a post is broken.

Don't bug me about anything broken unless I ask. I'll take care of it in time.
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