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Comment: Re:Just a question on Jira stability (Score 1) 70 70

I've found Atlassian's products to be great, but the latency when used from Europe (at least Norway) is so bad that there is just no way for us to use it :-( It's not always slow, but at least for some hours of the day we're talking 4-20 seconds before a page refreshes. We have a confluence site up that nobody uses just because of this issue. I know we could host it ourselves, but I have neither the resources nor the patience (Jira seems to need a lot of tlc to keep running).

Here in the UK we don't have that same problem using their hosted JIRA, so probably this is local issue to you guys in Norway.

Comment: Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 629 629

Not in most states. People can reasonably expect to be able to walk up to your front door unless you have posted signs saying "no trespassing" or "no soliciting" or told the specific person that they are not allowed.

Pushing a photo through an open door isn't really trespassing either if you stay outside.

A piss poor password is not the same as an open door, it is actually more like a door with a shitty lock. And bypassing a lock without permission, no matter how shitty it is, is breaking and entering pure and simple even if you do not do any damage.

I am still very surprised this kid has been charged though. When I was at school most criminal offences on school grounds were brushed under the carpet in order not to embarrass the school. You could get even away with giving teachers decent wallop providing you didn't go to far and break their nose or anything. Likewise for hitting other students or stealing stuff.

Comment: Re:The average person thinks they've above average (Score 1) 220 220

The only way to get past novice or intermediate at programming is to get at least 10 years experience under your belt, at least 5 of which should be paid professional work on large complex systems or something equivalent in academia like a doctorate (anything else is just too easy).

Ah, this myth again. No, time does not equate to expertise. According to hundreds of scientific studies, time spent engaged in the exercise of a skill is the least correlated factor with expertise: people who play piano a lot, who program a lot, who have spent tens of thousands of hours drawing, are not automatically fantastically skilled, and in fact time spent exercising a skill is horribly unrelated to development of the skill.

So how does it work then? some people are no doubt just brilliant at stuff due to pure natural ability even though they never practice? What utter bullcrap.

I am not saying that practice automatically makes people better programmers (you can practice for years in a lazy way and not get any better), but I do think that to be a better programmer a huge part of it is breadth of experience at solving different problems, facing different challenges and working around different constraints.

Being naturally gifted or having a way of learning that suits the topic may give some people a slight head start or advantage in terms of needing less practice, but ultimately everyone needs to practice a skill in order to hone their abilities.

Just look at the employment market for the most compelling evidence: Senior developers with at least 5 years professional experience command more money than people fresh out of college.

Comment: Re:The average person thinks they've above average (Score 1) 220 220

I used to think I was a good programmer. Then I started to learn about how much I didn't know, new techniques and frameworks and languages, and then I saw that I had a lot to learn.

Ten years later, I've learned a lot - but I've also discovered even more that I don't know and that I can improve upon.

So, I consider myself "average". In my domain I'm pretty good, I can crank stuff out that works well, is easy to understand and set up, has tests and documentation, etc., but there's a really, really big world out there.

I think a better test of being in the advanced is how easily you can follow other peoples code, no matter how poorly written it is or different in style to your own.

Comment: Re:The average person thinks they've above average (Score 1) 220 220

According to the poll. the average person thinks they are average.

The vast majority of people on slashdot though are towards the younger end of the spectrum (ie, recent graduates and students). As people get older they tend to get caught up in family and such and drift away from the site, or like me only come back once or twice a month. This means the highest peaks should be towards the rookie end of the spectrum.

The only way to get past novice or intermediate at programming is to get at least 10 years experience under your belt, at least 5 of which should be paid professional work on large complex systems or something equivalent in academia like a doctorate (anything else is just too easy).

I would also say that the only way to get to expert is to do this in at least 2 or 3 different languages that are fairly different from one another. Basically, nobody under 40 can really be an expert as they simply haven't had long enough yet.

(Personally, I selected Intermediate, but I reckon I am nearly into Advanced)

Comment: Re:NYPD (Score 1) 135 135

If any of the edits were deliberately false,

...that would be very troubling, but what if they were corrections to edits by people with even more bias?

Who cares? Bias people are allowed to sit around and post any crap they like on their own time and equipment. Even employees of private companies should be able to do crap like this if there employer wants them to.

With public servants this is different though as they all technically work for us, the public. Sitting around, making edits to wikipedia entries detailing their own actions (real or alleged) is not something that most of the public would like to see officers doing. Maybe if they did less of this and more actual policing our streets would be a little safer.

Comment: Re:The majority? (Score 1) 277 277

Yeah, most people don't care. Or think they don't. They still have to waste time adjusting to it, though.

Only morning people actually like it, because they get to be extra smug for the following week while their co-workers, friends, and neighbors adjust.

As someone who has spent my whole life living under a system of DST I actually quite like it. Here in the UK it means that for the winter months i do not have to wake up while it is still pitch black outside in order to get to work for 8:30. It does mean it is dark when I am driving home but who cares then? it probably would be anyway actually as with the clock change it gets dark at about 4ish.

As to getting used to it? Wow, it is only one Saturday night that is either longer or shorter, half the time I don't even notice now as all my clocks just switch over automatically and I often get varying amount of sleep each night due to things like staying watching crap on TV or playing video games. My days of having a regimented bedtime that I had to stick to every night went away about 30 years ago. I find it difficult to believe that too many people really have trouble adjusting to this.

Comment: Re:Ain't freedom a bitch... (Score 1) 551 551

So no, he doesn't say that free software should be less functional.

Refusing a patch that added bare bones compatibility with LLDB results in less functionality software.

There are many reasons to refuse a patch, but not liking the other products licence should not really be one of them.

Comment: Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 1) 471 471

Are you new to this industry, or just pushing an agenda?

No, not new to the industry being now in my late thirties and having worked for the last decade as and server admin and developer. Don't really have an agenda as I have moved into pure development now and have no interest in moving back to being a sysadmin as I have a family now and the out of hours on call bit of being a sysadmin sucks.

Deployment numbers certainly do NOT indicate stability - 20 years of Windows' dominance is your counter-evidence there - at best, it's implied.

You say that but in my last sysadmin role I was responsible for supporting a pair of IIS servers we needed to serve certain crap developed for windows (needed to be case insensitive, and had occasional chunks of ASP). Windows 2003 Server was rock solid in this regard and managed similar uptimes to apache which we used for most stuff.

MS desktop offerings might be utter shit without a reboot but I was pleasantly surprised by IIS. I would still never choose to use again out of principle though as do I think open source is a good thing.

We've already started the process of migrating our infrastructure from Ubuntu Server LTSes back to FreeBSD.

Jesus, why would you even think about using Ubuntu in a server anyway? Everywhere I ever worked or heard of used RHEL, Centos or occasionally Debian. Since I discovered Mint I would not even waste my time using Ubuntu on a desktop.

Comment: Re:Ain't freedom a bitch... (Score 1, Insightful) 551 551

What you're doing, though, is just to flame him... for speaking his mind... while trying to accuse him of being against the speaking of minds.

His mind, in this case is that a piece of free software should be less functional, in order to lock you in to not using LLVM if you use the Emacs debugger, just because both separate packages are from the GNU stable. This seems remarkable similar to the sort of tactic Microsoft has been accused of for years.

Comment: Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 1) 471 471

If that were the only reason people didn't like/want/trust it, you might have a point. Considering that the "crash" complaint is one of the more minor ones, however, it just comes across as ignoring the legitimate problems and concerns for the sake of keeping it a politicized issue and/or delusions of persecution.

But equally, thousands of companies now trust systemd to run enterprise servers since centos or RHEL is pretty much the defacto linux distribution in this regard. The fact that this is the case does indicate that it must be pretty stable when correctly configured.

If there are bugs in systemd, then report them and maybe even help diagnose them to make it better. It has huge traction now so there is zero chance of it disappearing.

Comment: Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 1) 471 471

I concur, I have been using Fedora for quite a few years and have never had a problem with systemd.

While you may have a point that judging it based on testing branch distros may be a bit unfair, "it doesn't crash as much as people say" isn't much of a selling point.

What about "people keep saying it crashes but they are making it up or blaming it when the fault is somewhere else just because they hate the developer and do not agree with the reason for its development"?

Comment: Re:It all comes down to payroll (Score 1) 271 271

Hire a new FTE programmer/H1B programmer for 50% of the fired employee's salary = 50% savings.

In my experience most H1B programmers are not actually that much cheaper to hire that people already here. The real problem is that too many young geeks in the developed world are arrogant, over entitled assholes who are a pain to work with. Whereas generally that guy or girl from India or eastern europe is polite, professional and happy to work hard but without throwing a childish hissy fit when they don't get everything their own way. They just want to go to work and get paid.

Also, the best code is always produced by a team of developers who all practice things like pair programming and peer code review (every single commit should be reviewed by another member of the team). In that environment, not being an arrogant dick matters more than anything.

Comment: Re:Yep it is a scam (Score 2, Interesting) 667 667

And not having access to pesticides like DDT.

Nope. The real problem is that DDT is no longer effective against mosquitos in many parts of the world as they have evolved to be immune to it. The stuff that is still effective against them is so damn toxic that it has to be used carefully in case too much gets into drinking water, makes it into the food chain in other ways or even just poisons the rivers and kills all the fish on its way to the sea.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 562 562

If the court approves, they can just go and obtain the computers. That is already solved.

They want to listen in, not shut the conversation down so storming in anywhere armed with your court order is not a solution.

So many people here are ranting on about this but what he said is actually 100% reasonable in that he stipulated the government needing a court order. The truth is that if they can stand in front of a judge and convince him you are a legitimate target then you have very little expectation of privacy. Based on that judges say so they can legally sneak in to your home and plant listening equipment if they have information that indicates they have a chance of recording you discussing engaging in illegal activities.

A few years ago things were much simpler for them, they could ask a judge nicely and he could order a tap your phone line. Nowadays though, that does not help them as much as it used to. They can take that warrant to your ISP, get full access to all your email, and still be none the wiser about what you are discussing if you have decent encryption.

If some could come up with a perfect solution to this problem where a judge could order something decrypted and only then could government use their magic key to access it then I personally would have no problem with it, providing a few other safeguards were also in place, such as full disclosure in the case that nothing is found after 6 months or a year or something. Obviously, this magic key would also have to be bulletproof so that there was no possible other way that government or anyone else could decrypt it.

The problem is that this perfect solution is is not what government goes looking for, instead they always seem to look for something that provides us no safeguards whatsoever. So even if it is possible (which I personally doubt anyway), there is sod all chance of them ever coming up with it and if anyone else does I can seem them actually supporting it.

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