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Comment: Yes, but: (Score 1) 203

by Monty Worm (#47963741) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails
This is useful, but

I've backed a project that's currently been running late. Like 18 months late. Updates are random, and while follow-ups are promised, they don't happen in timing promised ( https://www.kickstarter.com/pr... )

Big question is how do we deal with a zombie (dead, but not admitting it) project? According to the previous project, all backers seem to be entitled to refunds, but there's no mention in this post as to even how to flag this for KS staff.

Comment: Yes, but No. NO. **NO!** (Score 1) 270

by Monty Worm (#47925519) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class
I took an elective course in beginners COBOL back in the day (1992). It was an elective, but it was picked blind, before the course had started. I quickly realised that I didn't want to work in this language, and that C was much more interesting.

These days, I write perl. Which is closer to C than it is to Cobol. Cobol, if anything, is closer to banging your head against a brick wall - it feels *so good* when you stop.

Comment: The bigger the company, the bigger the problem. (Score 1) 221

I work for a large multinational (well, for a subsidiary. Parent company is massive. Global subsidiary is quite large. We're a regional offshoot).

We get a fair amount of our deadlines set by head office, with a "We've put out a press release saying it'll be out on this date". You can't say no, it won't work. This sort of thing isn't restricted to big companies. In smaller companies I've had bosses tell me (and this pre-dates Agile as IT design tool) that I have to have the code finished before the end of the week, as they've got an advert in Saturday's paper.

Like in Mythbusters, failure is always an option.

Comment: Was that a shark? (Score 1) 261

As April Fool plots go, this is one of the stupidest, asking your users to jump through hoops to read your content (and when you lose that, you lose advert revenue as well).

To add insult to injury, you haven't unscrambled them again, and it's April 2 here (and well inside it, too)

Does anyone want to buy a 4 digit Slashdot user ID? I don't want to be associated with this once great website any more.

Comment: Yes. Well, mostly. Often. Sometimes. (Score 1) 878

by Monty Worm (#40590949) Attached to: Does Grammar Matter Anymore?
Person-to-person: not so much.

If you're writing for a professional purpose, having good grammar shows attention to detail. If you can't show you have paid attention to detail on this small thing, I'll assume you didn't pay attention on the things that mattered.

If you're writing fiction, if I notice patterns in the writing (like poor grammar), I'll start paying attention to them instead of the narrative flow. This is a bad thing.

If you're writing to a person, consider what impression you want them to have on you. Good grammar / complicated words may not be necessary. Or they might be very necessary. See http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws-849/ .

Comment: Re:.tk, seriously? (Score 1) 137

(disclaimer: I am a former employee of Dot.TK)

The reason most domains get removed from the .tk name space is that they breach the terms and conditions that users supposedly agreed to when signing up. This includes (but probably isn't limited to): Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual content, piracy, and other illegal activities.

And in an attempt to reply to as many of the points raised in other replies as possible:

  • Most of the hijacked domains were (in the time I was there) taken down after requests by their mainstream counterparts. From what I understand, this is essentially required to hold a trademark to defend it, or delayed legal attempts to regain it may treat it as abandoned.
  • It's a full Registry/ *and* Registrar. If users only want URL forwarding, they can have it. If they want to add A, CNAME, and MX records (IP6 wasn't supported yet when I left, but that was a while back) that's another option. Your own Name Servers? Not a problem.

Knowing the company, it'll probably remain for a few days, while the traffic builds up. Then it'll be taken down. At which stage, Anonymous will either start a massive hack attack on Dot.tk, or they'll simply create another domain name elsewhere, creating an electronic variant of whack-a-mole (close domain, another opens up)

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?

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