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Comment Terrorism is a fallback solution. (Score 1) 285

I'd say it has more to do with being a male than with being an engineer.
The trait that makes a person a terrorist is more primoral than "engineer type".

Basically, terrorism is a fallback solution to changing/improving the world to fit your needs/desires.
Which is what many male humans and thus male engineers would want to do.

Tech experts are also prone to being smarter than average, narrow minded, misunderstood and socially excluded by people around them.
This in turn leads to frustration. And I'd say roughly 80% of all wars and conflicts go back to simple male sexual frustration. Also terrorism.

Take a smart, outcast male youngster, and, yes, he is indeed very much closer to becoming a leader, innovator, bum, philosopher or, yes, if the circumstances are right, a gun-rampager or terrorist than regular people.

I know that I am closer to being a warrior, leader or bum than a 'regular guy'. There is less of an inbetween for me.

Let's keep in mind, the difference between terrorism and war basically is just the amount of people you kill and the amount of comrades and long-term planning involved.
Looking at terrorism and the technical requirements for effective terrorism, these stats are no real surprise.

Comment Windows 2000 was my last version. Here's why: (Score 0) 231

Same has been said by many a people about Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Truth is at the end of the day when MS have a small or any screwup the open-source crowd are so divided among themselves that they can never seize the opportunity.

The last Windows I used was Windows 2000. They crossed the line with me with forced registration and remote disabling "features".
Why anyone would use a OS that has this for anything mission-critical, is totally beyond me.

In my book Windows is a Toy, an elaborate gaming bios, and the only reason to use it is if you're into frontline hardcore PC gaming or need to use a professional application that only runs on Windows - such as Solid Works for engineers or something like that.

I've been riding Mac OS X since 2004 - for professional Flash development back then - and x86 Linux since 1999. Nowadays there is absolutely nothing aside of perhaps some neat Photoshop plugins that Linux and FOSS can't offer that I need for my professional work (Dev, Software Architect and Consultant). I expect that to improve even more with Gimp 3.0. I've got no incentive to replace my broken Mac Mini now - albeit HW & SW integration with Apple is still top-of-the-line.

However, I *do* still use a MS product: The last iteration of the XBox 360. The system mature to the marrow and has dirt cheap top gametitles out of the bargain bin. Just added Diablo 3 to my collection for 20 euros last saturday. Neat.

I hope Windows, the abysmally shitty Outlook Groupware, Exchange, MS Office and all those ancient crappy MS monsters die in a fire and/or gets squished by Google and Chrome OS like a bug. They would deserve it.

Google has users by a leash too, but at least I get all their stuff and services for free and have an interest in keeping them running and synced across devices no matter what.
Which is why I recommend Chrome OS over Windows whenever a n00b asks me for advice.

My 2 cents.

Comment Yes, but they have to chance their perspective. (Score 1) 162

I'm your Type-A 80ies computer kid turned web-dev in 2000. The line between stable long-term occupation and freelancer has been blurry ever since. This comes with the profession and the times we live in.

I've been in active in the industry for 15 years and now call myself a "Consultant & Software Architect" for FOSS and non-trivial web-applications (flashy name required for being taken seriously as a senior). The software we use at my current employer is matured FOSS, most of the coding is done already. 15-20% of the work consists of slapping together various pieces and building a whole project, adjusting preconfectioned webdesigns with some CSS and jQuery hacks on the side, maintaining the deployment pipeline, doing a little helpdesk, patching IT, etc. The other 80% are office, partner and customer politics, writing important sounding requirements-analysis and covering the companies ass on the technical side when we prepare to take on a deal.

If I would insist on only doing coding, I'd be one of the freelancers we hire to do the work for a few weeks, two or three times a year. One guy is a freelance web-guy, the other is a student who's good at Bootstrap and WordPress and is more into politics and probably has other long term plans than staying in webdev.

Since I'm important for deals and revenue I've got a part-time fixed position. Which is just the right fit for me and the company.

If everything goes right, our jobs, like most others will mostly be done by robots/software when we retire. Software is eating the World.
It's called progress and you should prepare for it.

Comment SQL has no place in applikation persistance. (Score 2) 191

I always wonder why people - even professionals (ableit only the non-DB pros) - think SQL is a feasible means for an application to utilise persistance. It isn't. In fact, it's a huge smelly turd for app-persistance and using it so broadly for this sort of work is a really harebrained and abysmally stupid idea.

That we have to deal with SQL injection problems is one of the countless pieces of crap based on this technology decision.

SQL was meant as an end-user interface for interacting with relational database - and for that it is absolutely perfect. End of story.

Using SQL as intermediate for application persistance is one of the most annoying and studidest things in the history of applikation development - for reasons to countless to list them. DB designers are among those who time and time again shake their heads in disbelief when they see the mess devs do with SQL.

Comment Tocamak critics rejoice! (Score 1) 193

This is water on the mills of the tocamak critics. ... I always thought they *do* have a point or two.

Net energy with magnetic cages required to keep super-hot plasma controlable is a very difficult thing, even *if* we manage to achieve stable prolonged tocamak fusion.

They've spent 16 billion or so already. I'd thoroughly review their plans and perhaps cap the entire project at 25 billion or so. If they max that out, put the money into solar and space exploration. It's better off there for now I'd say. Even cold fusion research would make more sense than this money-sinkhole imho.

Comment Vertical ERP Software is among the worst (Score 2) 189

Vertical ERP Software is among the worst Software when it comes to UX, workflow and system architecture. The problem is, nobody want's to do it because it's boring and those who need it have their head too deep in the sand to go out and find a good Software Architect to define the requirements and work out the business processes that can be automated.

Vertical ERP is often made of bloated ancient abysmally architectured workflows and UX toolkits from 25 years ago. ... That wouldn't be a problem if they weren't built with abandoned prorpietary software kits from borland that no one can use anymore. A friend of mine moved into IT administration in the German healthcare industry and describes the same problems - the easy-money tax-funded mess that prevails in that field is unbelievable.

The biggest problem are the lazy slobs that order and sell this crap. They have no stake in the produkt, they don't give a fuck about building a good product or actually helping out in automating the tedious work, they don't have to use it and they don't have to understand the processes that these programms have to automate - they're just in it for a quick buck and a gullible small-to-medium business owner who is ready to drop 100 000 Euros on a promise and crappy software on a bloated system that no one needs.

One of the countless examples:
I get angry whenever I go to the bakery and see the poor lady behind the counter, manually entering an eight-digit number to process the bun I just bought. It makes me want to take a baseball-bat to the head of the asshole that peddled that piece-of-shit system in the first place. The most annoying thing is that I could have probably built a better solution for a fraction of the cost of the system she's using. ... We all know this and have been there.

Bottom line: Vertical ERP is in the worst state in our industry. It's actually an interesting market for the hip, so-called 'lean startup' model. It's a field that definitely needs some Google/Apple style innovation.

My 2 cents.

Comment This is the mystics point of view ... (Score 1) 90

... that the origin of life is spirit. Yes, it's put in different words and there's math behind it to back up the theory, but it's basically the same thing.

I'd argue the same way. Wether I'm close to an ape or close to something else makes no different. A spider, bird or jellyfish posting here on slashdot and joining the discussion would be closer to us that we are to an ape, because it's our consciousness that makes us distinctly human vis-a-vis the (rest of) the animal or plant kingdom.

I'll be glad when we've come full circle with our theory about the origins of life and intelligence and can dismiss religion based on revelation and have a meaningful spiritual/theological discussion again.

Comment The hype is over. Scrum remains. It works. (Score 2) 371

We're using Scrum. One of the many variants of it.
A simplified version of scrum suitable for agency work.
Simply getting around a board, away from the keyboard, standing, talking (timeboxed) writing cards and moving them around makes things better and enhances team communication and interaction.

That the overblown hype and overengineering and the holy wars about how scrum is to be done is over is a very good thing.
Hype ends, Scrum remains.
I think it's a very good think that this was a big fasionable thing and that Agile (sometimes contradictory to Scrum btw.) brought back the focus on results and regular customer interaction.

Comment It's about time. (Score 2) 393

It's about time this happened. It's like Peter Thiel said back in 2010 or so: The housing bubble hasn't disapeared - it's just moved on to academic education.

I have no notable formal training or education in my field and yet I can outprogramm and outconfigure most of those with an academic background. Why? I'm an 80ies computer kid that learned most of this stuff from buddies and of the bbses and networks.
Whenever I go to an university I notice that they are 2 decades behind in technology and standards.

I'm all for hard subjects and fields getting a solid education and that includes academic education. But to much of that is happening in the isolated ivory tower. It is long overdue that the job market gets more diversified in terms of where the people come from. You have to be so specialized in todays world that even an academic training can be to general.

That's why certified SAP and Oracle experts often earn more than their purely academic counterparts.

Comment Yeah. And the SS was a bunch of nice fellas ... (Score 3, Interesting) 518

I guess I've heard shit like that before. From my German-side Grandpa.

I think there is a distinct area in which people and their views can be placed that is undoubtedly evil. Holding abysmally absurd theo-fascist views, chopping peoples heads of whilst chanting praises to your utlitmate-dictator-in-the-heavens god, preaching and trying to practice genocide, believing in truth by revelation rather than insight and forcing that truth to others at gunpoint, etc. pretty much puts people smack center of the 'evil' designation in my book. And in most other peoples book aswell, I would presume.

Give us an effin' break - please.

Comment Well ... *he* won't. (Score 1) 378

I guess at the age of 70 there's a lot to be said about what humanity will never do.

Given, 1,3 parsecs to a neighboring system is an very long distance, but get a technology that can accelerate an object to the speed of light and build a large spaceship that can sustain a population for 100 years or put them into hybernation - suddenly it becomes plausible.

Comment Andreas Lubits was suicidal, he was not a fanatic. (Score 1) 965

Andreas Lubits was suicidal - he was not a fanatic regligious terrorist. Is crashing of the plane he was in charge for as a pilot was an extended suicide fueled by a deadly mix of depresssion, narcisim and psychoactive prescriptoin drugs that are under suspicion by some researchers for causing sucidal tendencies.

The deliberate crashing of that flight had nothing to do with religious motives.

Comment MS isn't Apples biggest threat ... (Score 1) 478

There's no doubt, that new surface thingy looks impressive - MS really upped their Hardware game to brand new heights, that's for sure. However, it still has one problem: Windows. MS depends on selling software and services, which practically forces them to castrate their software package. Apple is years and a bazillion dollars ahead in selling the package experience.

There is another player, that Apple should and probably actually is way more worried about: Google.

Googles existing business model is the one that is most future-safe amoung the big players. They can sell nifty hardware if they wish, they can sell dirt cheap hardware if the market demands it, they can have others sell hardware ... no matter what, their branding doesn't even take a dent. Chromebooks are the poor mans Macbook and the ubiquity of their service and cloud-integration, all for free for end-users to use, makes it very difficult for MS and for Apple to compete in the long run. And improving hardware speeds and cost-effectiveness will only make the web more powerful in the future.

Apples new iPhone subsciption model is aimed squarely at this problem posed with Google, enabling users to buy into a constant stream of Apple hardware and give the 'we-sell hardware' model a service-like spin. MS is putting huge amounts of effort into their switch to subscription models aswell.

Tim Cook and his crew are probably more worried about Googles Pixel C at the moment than the MS Surface line - I would be too.

As for him harping the the too-much-too-hard - I get that. Sort of. The iPad Pro and the Pencil is an impressive device combo for artists and creatives - wacom is probably shaking with terror right now. Apple can count on the refreshend creative vide rubbing off onto their entire product line once again. And it's the hippster creative community that is willing to put down this amount of cash for an apple device and will spread the love - forcefully if it must be. We all know the frantic love for Apple the core fangroup has.

I see a place for the iPad Pro, because it's clearly positioned - not so much for the new surface thing.
Although, once again, it is a darn impressive device.

My 2 cents.

Comment Hosting with Deutsche Telekom is safe ... (Score 1) 173

Hosting with Deutsche Telekom is really safe.
As soon as somebody accesses the data, they'll have their high-speed quota maxed out in an instant and their bandwidth reduced to a agonising 200 baud trickle.
I expect most people to give up accessing your data before they can get anything meaningful.

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