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Comment Re:jobs (Score 1) 170

It's far cheaper to get 90% for not a lot, and fix the bugs.

Not if you have an entirely different person assigned to fixing the bugs.

I once knew someone who claimed that whenever an employee left his/her programs would end up being totally rewritten by the next person. Because it was easier to start from scratch than to deal with someone else's coding quirks.

Comment Re:Wouldn't this lead to Natural Selection? (Score 1) 169

Enough. I'd as soon wrassle with a pig or argue systemd.

I don't "go to" Stack Overflow these days, it comes up on Google searches when I have specific problems to solve or research to do. As a research tool, like I said, it sucks.

I don't expect to just randomly land on the site and be put off. For specific answers, often - but not always - I get usable results. What puts me off in many cases, however, it how much of the conversation is done in the exact same tone of voice you're using. It's purely defensive and does nothing to improve things.

And, in response to Dog-Cow, I'm NOT the question author. If I don't get my answer there, my research skills are good enough to look up elsewhere. It's just that if I see a question on Stack Overflow and I chase the link, I get peeved when the link proves to be nothing but a question with justifications as to why it isn't worth answering and thus I've wasted my time.

Comment Re:Wouldn't this lead to Natural Selection? (Score 1) 169

I know better places to go when you want to learn the underlying reasons

Such as?

I could name URLs, but I would be accused of being self-serving because I'm heavily involved with them. All I can say is that the reason I'm heavily involved with them is precisely because I found them to be better places to go. Also because they're older than Stackoverflow and I was using them first, but Stackoverflow wasn't enough better for my purposes to make it worth switching.

a lot of Stackoverflow questions have been marked as "too stupid"

I have never seen a question on Stackoverflow dismissed like that, even when the questions were actually stupid. Can you provide a link to an example of a reasonable question that was dismissed as "too stupid" and not given a serious answer?

I'm afraid I haven't been taking notes. It just happens often enough to annoy me, but - thankfully - not often enough to completely give up on Stackoverflow when I need a quick answer. Almost never is the answer literally "too stupid", but there are about a half a dozen stock rejections that amount to basically the same level of dismissal. And there are more instances where I can count where the answer is something like "This question has already been discussed at (some other question)" where the "some other question" turns out to be sufficiently different that none of the answers apply to the question that was so dismissed. That particular characteristic is one that makes me scream.

Comment Re:Wouldn't this lead to Natural Selection? (Score 1) 169

Actually, Stackoverflow answers tend to be light on theory, and strong on "quick-fix" answers. In fact, I've seen more than one case where people have been told off for not being specific enough. I know better places to go when you want to learn the underlying reasons for why you need to do something in such-and-such a way instead of simply copy/paste instructions without understanding. Stackoverflow is good for "Git 'R Dun!", but it's not as useful for becoming an expert on a topic.

The other thing that puts me off is that in the last year or three, a lot of Stackoverflow questions have been marked as "too stupid" or otherwise unworthy of an answer in such an august forum. When I, after all my years in the field look up a question and see "too stupid" as an answer, it really irritates me. I may ask stupid questions, but by now I like to delude myself that they're legitimately stupid questions and not just questions that anyone with skills to google or RTFM wouldn't have to ask. I think that every question deserves a meaningful answer, even if the answer starts out with, "That's a stupid question, but..."

At least they don't outright flame you, but sometimes it can get pretty warm.

Comment Re:What's more effective? (Score 1) 392

Think about it. The government of France has the means to spy on the communication within their country through ISPs since 2006.

Obviously, the ability to know what kind of pornsites you're visiting was very effective in preventing terrorism.

It should be. Pure-Hearted Martyrs for the Faith in organizations such as Al-quaeda are notably fond of alchohol and porn. IIRC, even Bin Laden himself had a stash.

So monitoring porn sites and liquor stores can be very important.

Comment Re:What's more effective? (Score 1) 392

It all comes down to whats more effective. IMHO shutting down recruitment has more value.

I'm inclined to agree. ISIS is outstanding in its application of social media as a recruitment tool. If potential recruits can be frustrated or outed in "honeypot" sites, then a major component of their organization is compromised. If they get reduced to doing their recruiting door-to-door, then it's going to be much harder to enlist people, since their personal behavior is generally not up to the standards of culture and civilization that you'd expect from a pack of rabid dogs. And it would greatly reduce their ability to pull in the gullible and disaffected in target countries. That's always been the problem with ISIS. Al Quaeda has never had much appeal in the USA, but ISIS had.

However, Anonymous had better hope that they live up to their name. This is war, and the other side has already proven that they will take barbaric and bloody revenge on anyone and everyone, and they have less respect for "Innocent until Proven Guilty" than Drug-Free America does.

Also, so called intelligence didn't stop France attacks ... so the value of monitoring the sources is even more dubious.

That's armchair quarterbacking, 20/20 hindsight is always easy. What you do with what you know can be more important than the knowledge itself.

Comment Re:How is it a problem? (Score 1) 143

NTP handles leap seconds, where's the issue?

There are a lot of "foo[60]" arrays out there, and leap seconds triggering things like writing beyond the end of an array, or overwriting the last entry, losing data for the previous second. And in many cases it goes unnoticed, which can be even worse.
Then there are interfacing between systems that handle leap seconds differently. Do you go from 23:59:59 to 23:59:60 or to a second 23:59:59? If the latter, what happens with jobs that are scheduled to run at 23:59:59.500?

In my opinion, the solution isn't to get rid of leap seconds, but for developers to not make assumptions. If you look at time.h, it states:

int tm_sec; /* Seconds. [0-60] (1 leap second) */

So why assume 0-59?

I may be mis-remembering, but it seems like a summer or 2 ago, there was a day with 2 leap seconds in it.

Comment Re:I'd use it (Score 1) 93

I can see setup networks of interconnected containers using a Minecraft-style GUI as easier than using vi to set up docker-composer files.

What worries me is that it also allows easy visualization of the resulting constructs meaning that PHBs will think that that means they understand them.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.