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Comment Re:Show us the data (Score 1) 421

>>It's almost impossible to compare because figures for the externalized costs...

Right, we don't really have set costs for the birds and bats that are being slaughtered by the windmills.
For some species, the windmills are the final assault - resulting in extinction.

Who needs more species anyhow?
Pass the Solyent Green please.

Comment Find a good Dispensing Optician (Score 1) 464

I had the same issue - progressive lenses suck for reading or using a computer. Single vision reading or "computer" glasses work great. My optician (the guy who sells / makes eyeglasses) had the patience to grind a few trial lenses to get the focus distance correct. Focus distance = from my face to the computer screen. The first set, exactly per the ophthalmologist prescription did get everything in focus. Something was not quite right however, I felt a lot of eyestrain when using that set of lenses. Of course I had to pay for each set of trial lenses, but it was worth it. I used drugstore reading glasses when I was younger, and those worked fine at the time. As the years passed, my range of focus distance (accommodation) diminished, and off the shelf glasses just did not work any more. If you can find a set of drugstore "reading glasses" that get everything in focus and don't cause eyestrain, go for it. If you need a custom solution - pay the money to get it right. It is well worth it.

Comment Misery (Score 1) 176

You are volunteering for a lot of misery. If you must persist, read Steve McConnel's "Rapid Development" - He lists all the normal pathologies of software development. Also read Steven Blank's "4 Steps to the Epiphany" - about the normal pathologies of the software business. The problem with reading about the mistakes everybody makes - you won't believe you will make the same mistakes. You will of course painfully repeat each mistake, guaranteed.

Comment Been There, Done That (Score 1) 263

You are under-estimating the odds of the new company failing, or the job just not working out.
Seriously, your resume should show you moving UP to better positions at bigger companies.
The kind of lateral move you are considering is just not good for your resume or career.

Take some side projects you can do with the latest and greatest technologies on evenings and weekends.
You will polish the skills on your resume, have a little fun, and make a little extra money.

Comment Take Control of the Situation (Score 2) 308

If you do not document your assessment of the code, then all the problems and cost "overruns" are going to be your fault.

You will be able to "blame the other guy" for the first handful of bugs.
After a very short period, all the bugs are your fault.

You have to be nice, but firm in your assessment of the situation.
Your boss(es) will try very hard to make you accept the project and commit to adding features fast and cheap.
If you accept that assignment on their terms, you are doomed.
If they accept your assessment and your terms (rewrite all or part) then you succeed.

Comment Postal Return & Drive Thru (Score 1) 547

Free postal return envelopes would help.
Drive-thru returns would help.
Browsing and renting online would help.
Maybe even a drive-through pickup for online rentals.

If there is a drive-thru fast food in the parking lot, it can be a two-fer
Make a deal with the fast food joint to let online rentals be picked up from their drive-thru window.

The reason I won't rent DVDs any more isn't that I can't find a movie in the store, or enjoy it.

It is the hassle of returning the DVD and late fees and all that.

Comment Like Algebra 1 (Score 1) 767

Less than half the kids in high school can grasp algebra 1. There is nothing you can do to make them "get it" - their brain either works that way, or it doesn't. Algebra, Geometry, and Programming seem self-evident to me. On the other hand, I can't draw, and dropped out of English 101 on six separate occasions. Metaphors, similes and analyzing literature are just a ridiculous to me - that stuff makes no sense at all.

Comment Read Books, then Criticize (Score 1) 196

Code Complete by Steve McConnell
Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code by Kent Beck, Martin Fowler and Akira Hirasawa

Get a colleague to read books and then criticize each other's code.
It gets amazing results.

I had the same problem, no senior level programmers to teach the craft. We had once per week lunch meetings and had one programmer show his work, and the others criticize. Our code became much clearer and our bug counts went way down.
Good Luck!

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