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Comment: Re:Maintainable... (Score 3, Interesting) 162

by MrBigInThePants (#49177081) Attached to: Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality
The summary is badly worded with a weird bias.

For most software projects maintainability is THE most important thing for TCO (over 90% as per the article) and thus the MOST important thing. Also I find it hard to believe for your average "REAL" project (i.e. far more than 4.5k of code) changeability and maintainability are not intertwined. Any study arguing otherwise needs it methodology closely inspected.

Technical Debt is real, obvious and accumulates exponentially with the amount of code involved over time. This is what we are talking about here when we talking about being able to change it and maintain it. There is lots of research on this and any experienced enterprise developer will have seen this in action.

MAJOR problems with this study:
  - They used Students. If you don't know why this is bad there is no hope for you.
  - 4500 is barely a code base at in the real world.
  - Debt accumulation is worst over long periods of time and many iterations/changes. This is not commented on at all when describing the example. (NB: From my speed read)

So take this all with a grain of salt. This is a very limited academic paper and not at all definitive or real world applicable in of itself...

Comment: Re:Morale of the Story (Score 1) 194

How is this insightful?

This is just what I call "coward talk". As long as you are a complete coward who takes no risks you can happily proclaim how much better you are than everyone else when their risks result in failure.
Oh how much smarter you are than them you decided to stay home and eat chips rather than be so foolish!


Take risks. Calculated risks you can handle, but risks nonetheless. Kickstarter is not just crowd funding, its a form of crowd venture capital. (without the concrete shares - more emotional ones)
If you don't understand how this sort of venture capital works...STFU.

With a different team this could have worked and it could have been great as has been the case for 1000s of KS projects. (no point listing them, they are all over the news)

Without people like this the world stagnates.

Shame on whoever modded this rubbish up!

If you live in fear you will live a very small life.

Comment: Re:Krebs (Score 3, Funny) 229

Absolutely. Tell lots of high profile people who loose lips. Hey, tell your favorite prostitute while you are at it!

Blab about it on the internet on a very popular website also. That will increase your chances of being personally identified before you notify the appropriate people and ensure that the preemptive action they will take against you will not work. Alternatively they can also use that against you after the fact instead/as well.

I would also suggest as "icing on the cake" to paint red circles of decreasing size around you anus to make targeting easier.

Alternatively you could ignore the truly SHITTY advice here on slashdot and be discrete and anonymous.

Comment: Re:He's being polite. (Score 1) 114

by MrBigInThePants (#49139473) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them
I agree.
For the most part this is an article written to people who don't read these articles and being read by people who don't need to read it.

The average knuckle dragging simian could not care less about any of this. They are just cattle chewing their consumer cud and waiting to be milked as per usual.

For the rest I bet that while most are on the "privacy bandwagon" very few of them take all the steps required to ensure their privacy.To me this does not mean that the system is wrong, just that people don't care about this as much as they make out...or at least as much as reported anyway.

I tend to look to actions, not words, when trying to discover what is going on in someone's brain jelly.

UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn