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Comment: Re:Experience Is key. (Score 1) 329

by CortoMaltese (#37344264) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Programs To Learn From?

You are not getting best practices....Looking at someones code you will get the good stuff mixed with the half drunk, or just a bad day.

Best practices are good, but reading code is its own education. Reading forces you to think and care about how the code communicates its own organization and intent. In turn, this spurs you to really think about what your own code means instead of just what it does. While books and articles on best practices can teach you a lot about code formatting, language-specific idioms, platform-specific techniques, design patterns, packaging/delivery, etc, they usually do so separately: you have to look at actual working code to see how all of these techniques work at once.

In my opinion, struggling to understand real code (with plenty of successes and failures--the failures are important too) steps you closer to learning the gestalt of style... you gain skills that help you critically evaluated someone's "best practice" and determine where it is and is not efficacious to use it.

But then you'll face grandparent's point:

3. You do not have a goal. You can't just look at a program and say I know how it works... You really need a goal to fix something, otherwise you are looking at stuff blindly.

It just doesn't make sense to just look and try to understand some code unless you have an angle to it. How do I add feature X? How do I fix bug Y? How do I refactor this to fewer lines of code? Etc. Scratching your own itches is possibly the best way to go. It gives you motivation, goals, and satisfaction.

Comment: That's *not* people walking out! (Score 1) 601

by CortoMaltese (#35184968) Attached to: After MS-Nokia Pact, Many Nokia Workers Walk Out In Protest
First, the picture in TFA is people walking out of the rented venue where employees were taken by buses to listen to the announcements. This isn't even Nokia premises. Of course they had to "walk out" of there!

Second, at another site, people just decided to go get dru^W^W home early, after the announcements, within their flex hours or whatever, not in huge protests. Much ado about nothing. Nobody would've gotten any real work done anyway, who would have?

Comment: Re:Big Brother Is In The Building (Score 1) 706

It's not an article about Schmidt releasing some new antiprivacy system, it's just a point he's making that the internet makes your past easily accessible to everyone forever. Hell, it's more Facebook than Google who's responsible. But no. Feel free to shoot the messenger.

Is it really Facebook that is to blame? It just seems that everything ends up on the Internet these days. Even stuff that predates the www is put on the net. It freaked me out to find something I did in the early 90s on YouTube.

Eventually we're all going to have to learn to be open minded about other people's pasts and "private" lives.

Comment: Re:Password aging isn't in touch with the real wor (Score 1) 497

by CortoMaltese (#31835340) Attached to: Please Do Not Change Your Password

Here in reality, forcing people to change their password every 30 or 60 or 90 days only has a few possible results:

(1) A lot more people writing down passwords and sticking them to their monitors. Who the hell can remember a new eight-digit string of nonsense every month?
(2) A lot more easy-to-guess passwords
(3) Incremented passwords (FuckTheSecurityGuys14)

Oh, I was using a script to flush the password history by randomly changing the password until my old password was good again. :)

Comment: Re:1 day ago (Score 1) 152

by CortoMaltese (#31710214) Attached to: Finland To Try Scanning Snail Mail
AFAIK this scanning thing is a trial only for a small community. At least for now. But it's not April Fools, that's for sure.

Finnish postal service already provides a service for companies, institutions, etc. to send mail electronically to the postal service, who print out the stuff and deliver the snail mail to the end clients. This probably does save a bunch of CO2, and makes life easier for said companies.

NetPosti you refer to is an interface for receiving such mail electronically, opting out of the snail mail part altogether. Possibly the scanning service uses the same interface.

The scanning service mostly sounds insane to me, but I could imagine someone already using NetPosti wanting to archive everything there. (Like images of the 20 euros your grandma sent you. Eh.) I guess the people would still receive the snail mail, but maybe in batches once or twice a week instead of every weekday.

Comment: Re:Let the flames commence. (Score 1) 984

by CortoMaltese (#31642720) Attached to: Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release

If you insist that KB = 1000 bytes, then get off our lawn. REALLY. You cannot be a nerd. Let me repeat that... ...YOU.....CANNOT......BE....A..........NERD You dont care if it says KB or KiB

Heh, gotta take the bait. We all agree 1 KB = 1 KiB = 1024 B, per JEDEC.

But 1 kB = 1000 B.

Comment: Re:A couple of things (Score 1) 511

by CortoMaltese (#31560552) Attached to: What Is Holding Back the Paperless Office?

Some of the reasons I still use paper:

Some counterarguments, if you don't mind! ;)

Off-line use. I can refer to paper copies and make notes on them even when I'm not around the computer.

This is actually a pretty good reason. Making notes on paper is pretty handy.

Audit trail. Most document-management systems and e-mail systems have document retention policies that're under someone else's control. Sometimes I need to control copies of the documents independently of company policies (eg. anything related to HR, records that might prove inconvenient for management later (like my detailing of exactly why something they want to do is a Bad Idea), etc.).

I might not fully understand you here, but I don't really see why you couldn't accomplish this without making paper copies.

Change control. Many times documents can be changed in the computer and, while it records that there was a change, there's no record anymore of what the document said before the change. The paper copies in my drawer can't be changed and I can pull them out to prove that yes that was what was originally specified.

What is wrong with just saving a copy someplace else?

Space. My desk's a lot bigger than the computer monitor, and I can lay out a lot more papers and diagrams on it than I can have visible on the monitor at one time. Very useful, that.

Get a big monitor. They're cheap these days. Use virtual desktops. That way you can handle much more than the desk ever could. And you can easily switch between cluttered virtual desktops, unlike real ones.

Reliability. I don't have to worry about the contents of my desk drawers and noteboard going *poof* when a system upgrade goes south and it turns out the restore process requires things IT can't afford to do.

You know, if my house went down with flames, I'd still have plenty of data around. It'd be all the physical things that I'd lose.

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