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Comment: What The Shit? (Score 1) 84 84

by Greyfox (#50016287) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety
What the fuck are you popping up at the driver? Put current speed, RPMs, fuel level and maybe oil/water temperature along the bottom of the windshield so they can just see it without taking their eyes off the road and call it good. Maybe the entire problem is just really bad user interface design.

Comment: Re:I Do (Score 2) 380 380

by Greyfox (#49974333) Attached to: Who Owns Your Overtime?
Cost of living and demand are high in my area right now. It's not uncommon to see manual test positions around here advertising for $45+ an hour. Contract software engineering positions start around $60 an hour and go up from there. And my salaried co-workers aren't much worse off, at least not before you factor in the overtime they're working. They get benefits, paid vacation and the company would likely throw them a couple months' salary if they get caught up in a layoff cycle. My rate factors in all the stuff I'm paying that they get and down time between contracts. 'Course, if I end up working a couple years on a decent contract, so much the better.

Comment: I Do (Score 4, Insightful) 380 380

by Greyfox (#49973909) Attached to: Who Owns Your Overtime?
Leaning toward contract work, if I work an hour I get paid an hour. And it shows, with the production teams constantly being asked to come in and work weekends while I'm off skydiving. Of course, if I don't work an hour I don't get paid an hour, either. Which means if it's a particularly nice Friday I might just forgo the $600 and go skydiving anyway. It IS easy to get into a cycle of not taking real vacations as a contractor. Every so often you really DO need to get out of town, even if it's just for a long weekend.

Every once in a while some manager will try to discreetly broach the subject of fudging the books so I work longer one week, take some time off the next week and smooth it all out. To which I usually respond, loudly, with a beautifully crafted note of surprise in my voice, "You want me to FALSIFY MY TIMECARD?" They usually quickly deny it and scurry off to harass the salaried employees some more.

I'm quite wary of offers to come onboard as a FTE, as that usually means the company has a lot of overtime in the cards in the next two or three months, and a layoff cycle coming right after that. Fortunately their offers are usually so laughably bad that they're pretty easy to resist.

Comment: Oddly (Score 1) 342 342

by Greyfox (#49968253) Attached to: Knowing C++ Beyond a Beginner Level
The HR process will grill you on C++ at a master level and yet somehow their entire production system is some Ruby abomination that has never seen the touch of a person with more than 5 years of experience in programming. They may need performance, but they're unwilling to commit to the changes required to get it. They may need a master C++ programmer, but they'll never use you to the full extent of your capabilities. And that doesn't really matter as long as they're willing to pay you like they are.

Comment: Re:Windows XP? (Score 1) 192 192

Yeah, IBM would probably have continued to accept the large briefcases full of cash to support OS/2 1.2, and God knows no one would have the experience to hack that shit. But you know, EDS went all windows/citrix and they're (basically) the only guys willing to put up with the bullshit required to do Government contracts, so the Navy had to follow along.. Sure the path was rather bumpy, kind of like when the engine on the plane you're building in midair falls off and lands in a urban neighborhood, but they finally got... somewhere... with it. I guess. Now they're super-up-to-date with that 90's era Citrix solution and they're going to milk that shit for all it's worth.

Comment: Yeah (Score 4, Interesting) 192 192

They did that with OS/2 back in the day, too. They stayed on OS/2 1.2 a couple years past when the OS expired for everyone else. I guarantee you what they paid for this one was less expensive than changing all the documentation to reflect a later version of windows.

Comment: Re:Playing devil's advocate here... (Score 1) 666 666

by Greyfox (#49959189) Attached to: Is the End of Government Acceptance of Homeopathy In Sight?
When some jackass (who shall remain nameless) decides to go for a homeopathic cure for his ... I'm gonna say... prostate cancer, then you have a problem. South Park already covered this pretty well. (Also, Robot Chicken.) Quackery has no place in our regulated system. The fact that we put up with it as much as we do is rather disturbing.

Comment: Government Obstructionism (Score 2) 69 69

by Greyfox (#49956395) Attached to: Two Years After Snowden Leaks, Encryption Tools Are Gaining Users
We're, what, abut four decades on now and you can't even get a mail client with the tools integrated out of the box. The laws on the books effectively prevent it. Until that changes, the'll be no progress made on that front. Maybe in this climate, a few candidates running on a pro-privacy platform would be viable, but I doubt it'd get enough traction to make a difference.

While we're on the subject though, what the fuck is up with mail client interfaces getting worse and worse? The UNIX text-based clients provide far better interfaces than any graphical client I've ever used, and they're currently falling into disrepair. Hell, I don't think anyone's actually touched the VM code in about half a decade, and it has the best threading and thread-handling options I've ever seen in any mail client. Kill-by-thread from any message in the thread makes keeping those useless IT notifications from the company a snap. It also had pretty decent integration with GPG, even if you did have to add it in yourself. Paired with the MIT remembrance agent, it did a great job of reminding you what you did to fix a problem six months ago when the exact same problem cropped up. I've never seen functionality like that in any other mail client.

Comment: Re:tangential: how many emails and how long do you (Score 2) 86 86

I still have a mail file or two that go back to the mid 00's. For a while I was using Emacs VM as my mail reader. It still has the best threading and thread handling options of any mail reader I've ever used, and I'm still considering going back to it. Paired up with the MIT remembrance agent, you could be typing out an E-Mail and it would remind you of a similar problem you had months earlier. You could also index your source tree in with it, so if you were discussing something going on in code, it would start popping up lines in source files as possibly matching. Especially if you comment as much as the project I was on at the time did. It was awesome in all the ways that gmail and outlook aren't.

Comment: That's Not How You Do It (Score 1) 59 59

by Greyfox (#49917915) Attached to: US Navy Solicits Zero Days
1. Get government to create a security rating (required for government contracts) that requires software audit reports.
2. Have companies submit reports to you as part of the process.
3. Charge companies for the security rating and reviewing their reports.
4. Profit AND build a repository of zero-days.

"It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it." -- Henry Allen