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Comment: Re:Pick a different job. (Score 4, Interesting) 548

I work in a unionized software shop. It's awesome during bad times. In good times one is tempted to think it's better in fast-and-furious start-ups, but then one compares one's salaries and benefits and realizes, "no, actually, union shop is still better."

Comment: Where to begin (Score 4, Interesting) 548

  • Project management, specifically the importance of not being a bottleneck.

  • How to design a solution on my own time before I code a solution on company time.
  • Differential diagnosis of bugs (see #2 of the link above --- although I learned this skill later in graduate school and have applied it multiple times since.)
  • Code for readability and correctness first, efficiency later. Code that is "too clever" will never be maintained (except by you).
  • I really enjoy programming as a way of automating tasks and not for other reasons --- which makes me better as a systems administrator than as a software developer.

Comment: Mandatory Sacred Reich reference (Score 1) 322

by MAXOMENOS (#47624211) Attached to: With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

"I know a place
Where you're all going to go
They'll pay you to kill
If You're eighteen years old
First You'll need a haircut
And then some new clothes
They'll stick you in a jungle
To play G.I. Joe


You fight for democracy
And the "American Way"
But you're not in your country
"What am I doing here?" you say
But now it's too late
You're entering Managua
If you had brought your surfboard
You could surf Nicaragua

Video here

"Show business is just like high school, except you get paid." - Martin Mull