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Comment: They should NOT be treated differently (Score 1) 716

by CyberLife (#46230235) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

The developer agreed to deliver software that did X. They did not do so. Thus, they are in violation of their agreement and must make amends. Simple as that.

As to why things are often not done this way, in my experience, it is because developers desperately want the software business to be different. They don't want the traditional rules of industry to apply to them. They want to be special snowflakes, and management is letting them.

Comment: Perhaps people are growing up ... (Score 1) 503

... and realizing that dicking around with what is ultimately a tool is an impediment to getting useful work done. That's the realization I had. I used to delight in building my own computers from parts ordered online, rebuilding kernels to be lean and mean, compiling all software from source, tweaking things endlessly, etc. But somewhere along the line I became more interested in what I could do with the machine rather than the machine itself. Now I just want to plug something in and go.

Comment: Re:Developer rebellion? (Score 2) 491

One of the assumptions in Agile is that at almost any point you could go back and recode a significant amount of the work once you realize that you've been going down the wrong design path. Sounds nice on paper but in reality I doubt that ever happens.

Happens in my company all the time, but it requires competent management and lots of discipline. The software design has to support such changes, as does the work environment. If you've got a jumble of spaghetti and a boss who just wants it done, you've got management problems. No system is going to be very effective.

Comment: Re:I fix the bugs (Score 0) 221

by CyberLife (#40631769) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Track Bugs For Personal Software Projects?

Agreed 100%. If you can't stop what you're doing and fix a bug in a few minutes, you've got management issues. The only exception to this that I've encountered are the rare situations where I'm using a system and nowhere near my development environment. In those cases I use whatever communication tool seems appropriate: email to myself, voicemail to myself, note scribbled on paper, etc.

This concept works in team projects as well. If you need a tracker, you have bigger problems than software defects.

Comment: Re:Suprising that no one has sued. (Score 0) 327

by CyberLife (#40440953) Attached to: Apple Yanks Mac Virus Immunity Claims From Website

This is exactly it. Everything I ever saw from Apple on this subject said their products were immune to the large volume of PC viruses out there, which is completely and totally true. They probably changed their tune in order to avoid a waste-of-time lawsuit from people who can't read.

Comment: Death to removable media? (Score 1) 332

by CyberLife (#39713621) Attached to: iTunes' Windows Problem

Macs don't come with Blu-Ray drives, and some of the newer models don't have optical drives at all. Apple may be trying to kill off removable media. They've done it before. Remember the shock of the first iMac? "How can any computer function without a floppy drive?!!" Yet today floppy drives are nowhere to be seen. Apple has shown a willingness to declare certain technologies as dead or dying long before the rest of the industry. Given what they're trying to do with iCloud, it wouldn't surprise me if optical drives continued to disappear from their product line.

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