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Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 2) 713

by JaredOfEuropa (#47548247) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
Your job (most jobs anyway) includes working with others. Yes, fucking up too often will ultimately get you fired, but if you think a sterling reputation as a coder will let you get away with being an a-hole, think again. Abrasive personalities and prima-donna attitudes can ruin a team just as badly as a poor coder, and if you regularly rip into other developers in public for making mistakes, you will likely be the one being called in for a serious conversation with your manager.

In case of Linux kernel development, Linus doesn't have one of course, he pretty much is the CEO on that endeavor.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 713

by JaredOfEuropa (#47546009) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
This has nothing to do with political correctness; this has to do with being polite and professional. A useful attitude when dealing with other people, and that goes double when you are a public figure whose word carries a lot of weight. You and he may think being abusive is fine and gets results, well, more power to you. But it also means people will simply start avoiding you and your projects.

6 years ago I set myself a goal that I have reached since: to never work for any asshole again, and to set myself up so that I can comfortably walk away from any job. Now I know I can walk away, and it makes a world of difference in the way I approach my work. My managers also know it, and it makes a difference there too, and in my view I enjoy an altogether healthier working relationship with them. The world needs Linus more than it needs most of us, but that doesn't mean any of us have to stand there and take his abuse while kowtowing to him. The guy needs a good dose of humility.

Comment: Re:Hardened electronics (Score 1) 212

From what I understand of the effects of solar flare, there's no point in hardening electronics against them as the effects caused in short conductor runs are minimal. It affects power grids because of the length of conductors involved. Regular surge protection will protect plugged-in electronics against secondary effects on the grid.

Comment: Re:Outstanding... (Score 1) 184

by JaredOfEuropa (#47529539) Attached to: "Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

What I mean is that the plane isn't even in service yet.

That's the problem. My country decided to buy these things and participate in the development as a level 2 partner. That has some advantages, and at the time was cheaper than buying off the shelf, plus we got a good deal of offset orders for our own aerospace industry. However, the projected cost per plane has already increased by 45%, and it's still not clear how much the final sticker price will be, or how the plane will perform.

The one big advantage of buying off the shelf is: you know what you're getting and at what price. However I also know how the Dutch military likes to buy stuff: off the shelf is never good enough, and every design needs "to be peed on", as the expression goes, meaning everyone must be allowed to give input as if marking their territory.

Comment: Re:Code the way you want... (Score 1) 368

by JaredOfEuropa (#47522151) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'
An interesting view. I don't agree that there are no consultants who understand the use of project management, in fact, more and more consultants come trained in formal methodologies for project management, change management, requirements capture, architecture, etc. And consultants increasingly come in to do more than code: they understand they need to know the business, and that means talking to people and attending meetings instead of coding all day.

Interestingly, I got some gigs as a consultant because I didn't care for project management and following "proper process", but with an understanding of when it's important to document, get agreement, stick to the rules, and think things through. I got hired to do emergency work and innovative (highly volatile) pilot projects that teams of employees or consultants with compartimentalized skillsets and training to follow procedures simply could not complete in a satisfactory manner. Nice work if you can get it...

Comment: Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (Score 5, Insightful) 383

by JaredOfEuropa (#47474055) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go
"In order to ensure continued access to scarce skillsets that are key to our ability to innovate, we need to be able to draw flexibly from a global pool of professionals."

(Oh, and we also resent having to pay those scarce and valuable individuals more than $15 / hour. So we'll still need some foreign worker visas, thanks).

Comment: Re:ZigBee flaws (Score 1) 79

One flaw is the lack of standards on the device level: how do light switches, dimmers, thermostats, locks, etc work together? Z-Wave defines a high level protocol for this and has a certification programme to ensure that devices work nicely together, but even so, interoperability is still hit and miss, especially for anything that goes beyond basic on/off stuff. ZigBee is starting to address this shortcoming, with the LightLink standard for instance, but there's still a long way to go.

One thing I am extremely suspicious about is the remark about the need for a central hub being a weakness. For one, you need a hub in order to add any sort of intelligence to your home automation setup. Without a hub you are not building a smart home, you're just doing remote control. Then, they mention the fact that existing technologies such as Zigbee and Z-wave are not easily married to the Internet. Well, with a hub you do not really need them to; for remote access, you tunnel into the hub or you use a gateway service that you can more or less trust.
Having/needing a hub is not a weakness, it ensures that you retain control over your local network. My fear is that for Thread there somehow will not be a local hub; it'll be in the Cloud, and subject to being raped for data 6 ways from Sunday.

Comment: Re:Changing the shape is meaningless (Score 1) 139

by JaredOfEuropa (#47413639) Attached to: BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones
These days it's all about BYOD in the enterprise. Blackberry was (and still is?) a leader when it comes to devices and a secure infrastructure geared for corporate use, but it's been ages since I have come across anyone still willing to carry 2 devices for personal and business use, now that we've given people access to their corporate email, calendar and address lists on their personal devices. A phone maker who wants to sell phones to businessmen needs to appeal to two markets: business use (including the infrastructure) and the consumer stuff, since people will want to use their one phone for both.

Blackberry is strong in the area of business use, security, and the tools and infrastructure needed to manage these phones. But they fail to appeal to the consumer market, and they are fast losing the fight for the ecosystem (app store / developers) in that space. I don't see the deal maker in the Passport, or any other BB phone, unless it is the physical keyboard which some people prefer, or situations where the need for security is paramount.

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