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Comment It still doesn't feel finished (Score 1) 573

I mean I'm dual booting it with Win 8.1 (with classic shell) but Win10 has issue for me. Most notably how often it ignores when I click on the windows icon and the UI kind of locks up. (Mouse still works but I have to wait a minute before whatever it's doing finishes then the UI starts updating.) Actually the latest was I was logged into one account, switched to a Microsoft account and then it wouldn't let me log out to go back to the first one. (Those spinning balls kept going for 10 minutes, I just reset the whole system.) Anyway I guess maybe in another 6 months it'll be ready for prime time.

Comment Just to clarify this (Score 2) 49

Current understanding is that matter is under 5% of the universe and the vast majority of that is hydrogen. from Wikipedia on hydrogen

Its monatomic form (H) is the most abundant chemical substance in the Universe, constituting roughly 75% of all baryonic mass.

The vast majority of the universe is thought to be composed of dark energy and dark matter, whatever those are.

Comment I will always retort more than 40 is fantasy (Score 1) 729

When someone brings up labor laws as why we work 40 hours a week. My understanding is that efficiency experts were brought in to factories by employers such as Ford and tried to figure out what the most amount of manual work they could get out of people a week. At least from those studies it was 40 hours a week over the long term. I'd expect for intellectual, IE creative work, such as engineering the max is probably less than 40. (Hence my opinion if an employer really thinks he's getting 50-60 hours of work a week for an extended period of time they are just kidding themselves.)

Comment Re:Just to be clear on this (Score 1) 216

That's true however the company I work(not video games FWIW) for makes their own hardware and firmware internally and that stuff is all spec'd out and the guys that worked on it are a short 20 second walk. I've had to bring over QA people that have worked for us longer than I have over to the firmware/hardware department and show them that they do need to ask firmware/hardware if this is expected functionality and if they agree that software did what it should have. (More than once btw.)

Comment Re:Just to be clear on this (Score 1) 216

Actually I find it's true of black box testers too. I mean I've had issues where QA would black box test my code by just banging away at it but literally have no idea what the code was supposed to do. (and then write bugs because they didn't know the result actually matched the expected behavior.) This is things like code written to interface with a piece of hardware. The hardware returned an error which the software displayed and they didn't bother to trouble shoot the result from the hardware to find out the software was reporting an error because that's what the hardware was telling them. (And yes, you could see the raw message from the hardware so they should have taken that message apart before writing the bug that the software showed an error.) Actually here's a good one where they didn't trouble shoot. They were complaining that the time stored in a database was messed up and didn't match the current time. So I did the easiest check I could and what did I see? The time on the database server was off and that's why the values being stored were wrong. (An easy thing to check for but you'd think they'd do a little troubleshooting before writing a bug.)

Comment Just to be clear on this (Score 1) 216

My opinion on QA is that if you weren't capable enough to be a software developer then you weren't capable of being in QA either. Unfortunately it seems quite a few companies think that QA should be staffed with people who weren't up to being developers and pay accordingly. (This doesn't work and just annoys us developers.)

Comment The problem is a lot of QA isn't very good (Score 1) 216

Which if you're a decent developer you find out reasonably quickly which people in QA have a clue and which don't. With bad QA I've found I'm way more likely to find actual bugs than the QA person will.(Which means I need to find bugs anyway.) Here's an example. I was working on a legacy product and QA filed a few bugs that the text of a few labels on a dialog were wrong. Easy fix, just go into the resource editor and change them. However after double checking I had to point out something that the QA person missed. The dialog didn't actually work. (I mean it was useless since you couldn't use it to search for anything.) Unfortunately in the end they just had me fix the labels (that was the product managers call) instead of actually fixing the dialog.

Comment The problem with agile is the name (Score 1) 371

Really when you get down to it it's about 4 things Talking- nobody can go weeks out of communication Trusting - you have to trust that your teammates arnt idiots Respect- don't waste others time or resources Reflect - yes you need to go over what happened and what went wrong and right What I find is agile is some times go fast and stupid and breaks the above ideas but the name agile makes it sound like the point is speed when it's a side effect

Comment Re:2015 Passat tdi owner (Score 1) 201

If you live in California, it doesn't matter what you think. If the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the state have their way, nobody who currently owns one of these vehicles will be able to re-register them with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which means that these vehicles are (or will be) no longer legal to drive in California on public roads.

I guess business opportunity would be to start a company in a neighboring state, "buy and register" them in the other state and then let the original owner rent them for a nominal fee. (Not sure if there's a law stopping something like that but if there isn't by the time there was a law the company could have made a bit of money.)

Comment I can top that (Score 1) 208

I had an interview that was straight out of Seinfeld or something. I had a lunch interview. We went to the cafeteria, got something to eat and then went to a conference room so they could interview me while we ate lunch. Simple, right?

Fairly early on my interviewer spilled a little bit of food on their clothes. My instinct was to offer a napkin to help with the clean up. But this is where the comedy truly begins. This person didn't notice but instead turned things up a notch before I could do anything. There was no stopping either eating or the interviewing. Instead they continued simultaneously. Here's a handful of food, whoosh into the mouth while asking me questions about my current job. Down the hand goes back for more food, the questioning continues, the food unable to withstand the speech while in the mouth plops straight out back on the plate. Another handful and this cycle continues, food in mouth, the interviewer never stops talking to actually chew the food and it all inevitably falls out, back on the plate. I was utterly disgusted, tried to answer while not looking much like George would, knowing full well if I did look at this at this train wreck I'd probably vomit. The sight of half chewed food, almost bouncing back and forth between the interviewer's plate and mouth in a surreal ridiculousness.

Ahh, but that's not quite enough to qualify for Seinfeld. You need that little extra bit to put it over the top, Jerry is the master of that. Some how even though the food kept falling out of the mouth, with repeated tries it was eventually swallowed. I mistakenly thought it'd be ok to look now. Nope of course not, now my interviewer started licking their hand. No, not their fingers, the entire hand, repeatedly straight from wrist to fingertip. Some how I managed to get out of there without barfing everywhere. I was lucky, I'm certain many couldn't help but rubberneck this episode. Their eyes drawn moth like to the flame of utter repulsiveness.

If this was actually on Seinfeld I could see myself laughing at it. The seriousness when I started the interview that morning and yet how bizarrely it actually turned out, that would be one people would be talking about around the figurative water cooler for weeks. Of course it's not funny when something like this happens to you in real life. I was happy when they rejected me. I mean I should never work at a place that would actually employee someone like that. Hell, I can hardly believe it actually happened and yet it actually did. (I should have walked out right after that part but I'm a schmuck so I didn't. I still wonder if it was really a test of some sort.)

Comment Actually that's your life expectancy at birth (Score 1) 315

your life expectancy goes up with age because that evidence of you being healthy. IE if you have a 1 year and his 81 year grandfather the one with the best chance to live to 82 is the grandfather since he's already lived 81 years. The grandchild might die from childhood cancer, being self destructive in his teens/twenties. etc.

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