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Comment: Re:Google: Select jurors who understand stats. (Score 1) 337

by Penguinisto (#49545423) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Holy shit - that was so beautiful I almost cried. :)

On a more serious note - parent post (or something like it) needs to be required reading for anyone who wants to be more than just a rotating scrum team leader or etc.

Hell, it should be required reading for anyone with "Sr." in front of their job title.

Comment: Re:Google: Select jurors who understand stats. (Score 1) 337

by Penguinisto (#49545345) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Something you may not have considered...

Yes, younger coders/admins/etc are willing to put in insane hours, and can bang out huge swaths of effort.

The problem arises when you realize that most of the kids are not so adept at, well, solving problems that arise. As a corollary, that lack of experience is a basis for lack of creativity. They only know what they were taught with perhaps a few limited ideas, and haven't enough hands-on time in the real world to realize that there are multiple ways to get something done, especially on a macro scale - many of those ways being far more efficient and elegant than what they just barely learned in school.

Oh, and I have found that the kids by and large have little-to-no people skills. At all. In a company larger than 400-500 people, the ability to explain and persuade becomes just as important as the ability to do your job.

The good news is this: over time, those kids get that experience, those skills, and most of them realize that there is more to life than throwing 80+ hours a week at a project.

So let's tie it all together: As the near-median mid-40's guy, I've found that I don't have to toss my life upon the altar of the Kanban board. Instead, I find ways of getting the work done more efficiently, and have the people skills to demand (and get) management to set realistic timelines to meet the company's goals (meanwhile, the kids just bitch, moan, then go blast out 80+ hour work-weeks to meet the deadline, often at cross-purposes which blows the timeline anyway - then someone else has to go back in and refactor their barely-running shit, usually after release).

...and that my friend, is what an old fucker brings to the table. ;)

Comment: Re:Google: Select jurors who understand stats. (Score 1) 337

by Penguinisto (#49545183) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

You do realize that there is one possibility no one has considered: English may not be the guy's first/native language?

He may be a mouth-breathing idiot, but destroying his argument publicly (instead of his grammar skills or lack thereof) would be far more effective, no?

Comment: Re: so....why? (Score 1) 94

by Penguinisto (#49545077) Attached to: Gen. Petraeus To Be Sentenced To Two Years Probation and Fine

Probably somewhere in the middle... he knew the location of enough closeted skeletons to avoid a stay at Hotel Leavenworth, but he was not quite powerful enough to just have the system shrug it off.

Then again, consider that he is still, even now, a paid consultant for the Obama Administration (ostensibly concerning ISIS), so take from that what you will...

Comment: Re:Good enough to criticize the mechanisms (Score 1) 129

Agreed... I stopped bothering at "So if I can find an Apple-approved app and get it to load external content..."

It's a possible corner-case privilege escalation at most, and nothing near the breathless 'OMGWTFBBQwe'reallgonnaDIE!' summary and headline. Oh, and it still requires the user to do something stupid.

Wake me when someone finds a way to take remote control of an OSX box without first requiring a complicit keyboard actuator to help him do it.

Comment: Re:IBM will outlive both, but it doesn't do PCs no (Score 1) 414

by Penguinisto (#49541011) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

That's weird, my work machine is a 15" MBP... and I don't see the BSoDs (black, not blue), frequent reboots, dropped wifi, or the cursing in general that the 'doze users commonly do.

It's also easier to have an OS that does both the necessary evil of MS Office/Outlook, and at the same time gives me a usable bash shell without having to use PuTTY, Cygwin, or something similar.

But you know, YMMV...

Comment: Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 2) 414

by Penguinisto (#49540913) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Do not underestimate Dell. Their ability to sell laptops by the pallet to corporations is impressive.

Their ability to sell servers by the truckload to corporations is even more impressive... until a decent blade solution arrives that isn't so rectum-stretching expensive (*cough*CiscoUCS*cough*), I suspect that Dell will be around for a *very* long time...

(same with HP, come to think of it.)

Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 1) 331

by Penguinisto (#49540787) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

This is simply Congress saying they aren't important enough or don't want to be bothered with doing their job. Such a law is only good when quick action is needed to be taken. We are well beyond that point.

Actually, the original rationale was to give the president full legal authority to retaliate in the case of a nuclear attack on the US (at the time it was a real enough possibility). It made sense at the time, since requiring Congress to quickly convene at least a quorum and declare war, then have everyone scramble for the fallout shelter... all within 30 minutes? Yeah, no, that would be stupid.

Not saying that the power hasn't been abused (every single president since Johnson has done so), but it had a real reason for existing in the first place.

Comment: Re:Not a Piece of Shit (Score 1) 127

by Penguinisto (#49536703) Attached to: POS Vendor Uses Same Short, Numeric Password Non-Stop Since 1990

One of the requirements of PCI compliance with the credit card companies is that you don't use default passwords in any equipment tied to the card transaction.

True, but...

1) Does PCI compliance/certification even go near individual retailers/businesses, or does it stop cold at the merchant card processor that the retailer/PoS dials into with each transaction? I'm not quite seeing a small Mom-n-Pop store undergoing a PCI audit anytime soon...

2) For folks who do their own in-house processing, how many auditors do you know of that painstakingly test each and every PoS machine in every store (e.g. Wal-Mart, whenever they recertify)? Hell - they barely sample servers, which you tell them the hostnames for...

Comment: Re:please, Mod Parent up (Score 1) 392

by Penguinisto (#49528491) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

It is a self-correcting problem - only the time-to-correction variable is in question.

A company that burns itself hot with drugs will find mistakes creeping into its products, workers that burn out and crash in spectacular ways, or simply see a mass exodus from its ranks and a big, fat black-mark with recruiters. It also eventually destroys productivity.

I used to work for a company whose culture could best be described as a boiler-room. No drugs were involved, yet in the space of two years, one of the sysadmins had a literal heart attack, and the lead developer and network engineer both suffered strokes - the network guy recovered fairly quickly and quit, while the developer is still, even today, trying to re-learn that whole talking thing. One of the IT managers suffered so much stress, that he eventually wound up in prison for abusing one of his kids.

Again - no performance-enhancing drugs were involved. It took the global parent company (In Germany) to step in and fix the mess, because it was destroying the company financially (due to turnover, downtime due to sloppy work caused by over-committal, etc) It took the act of publicly firing the company's CEO, a few other board members and the IT Director, and basically hitting the big corporate culture reset button. I was long gone by then (as were many others), but many of my former colleagues who remained behind tell me that things improved vastly, and the company actually has improved by quite a bit since then.

We don't really understand it, so we'll give it to the programmers.