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Comment Re:This is slashdot (Score 1) 112

I ran track in high school and have done C25k a few times (week 7 is where I stop). Your point still stands, though. If I was going to get a runner's high, i'd have gotten one by now. As it is, my "high" is kinda like the Lament Configuration: I'm just so happy when I stop running because I've stopped running.

Comment Re:Step One: get out of the way (Score 2) 688

^This poster gets it. If I find myself in a so-called "toxic community", I will leave. If I find what that toxic community is doing, production wise, valuable, I will do it myself and try to create a community that is less toxic for me. In my case, I was/am a punk rock kid of the 80s/90s. You want to talk about toxic? The entirety of mainstream America was, in my esteem, toxic. Then in the punk scene itself? The straight-edge vegans and the pc punks were both insufferable. Instead of trying to browbeat everyone into what I thought was the "ideal" punk rock scene (inclusive rather than trying to be a cool kid), I did it myself. I started my own bands with my friends and before you know it, we had a rather large following of punks who had the same sort of inclusive, can do attitude I had. Sure, I can complain about how self-righteous cuntbags the sXe/hardline kids were, or how super sensitive idiotic the PC Punks where, but what good does that do? Do it yourself and don't worry about what other people think. Lead by example instead of whinging about every perceived slight. Shut the fuck up and build something.

Comment Step One: get out of the way (Score 5, Insightful) 688

One of the things that draws me to Open Source is that the barriers to entry are absolutely fucking zero. You want to build an Open Source app? Do it. Release it. If people want to use it and contribute to it, they will. If not, they won't (see the billions of abandoned/disused apps on sourceforge, github, etc). Run it however the fuck you want.

However, this really smacks of "Oh, but doesn't feel welcome in the community!" that's been going around lately. So the fuck what? DO IT YOURSELF. Don't wait for my approval. Don't wait to look around to see if anyone cares. If you want to do it, DO IT. You don't like how some maintainer is maintaining a project? FORK IT and make SOMETHING BETTER. Show them how YOU would do it. Just SHUT THE FUCK UP AND START DOING instead of WHINING.

Comment Physical labor & metrics (Score 2) 165

Unlike many of my office co-workers, I've done manual/physical labor in warehouses and what not. When I hear about office productivity and reporting, I often wonder just exactly what it is they're measuring because for software development, none of the metrics actually seem to apply. With physical labor, I never felt like I had a moment to breathe. Twenty eight boxes per minute was the standard, the goal, and the basis for all future performance metric evaluations (including raises and bonuses). Clock in. Start. Twenty eight boxes per minute. Small boxes. Big boxes. Heavy boxes. Broken boxes. reach, grab, place. reach, grab, place. No moments to think about life, what I want for dinner, what my professor talked about in my day classes. Box. Box. Box. Box. Box. Box. Twenty eight times per minute (my rate was around 35-40, though. I miss being young, but I don't miss wasting that youth on boxes). As I moved into the "white collar" world, the standards seemed to change. "File X papers/hour. Answer X phone calls per hour." Same sort of goals. I knew exactly where I stood at all times in the grand queue of things.

As a developer.. It's a completely different world. Lines of Code? Bullshit, everyone knows how to game that. Milestones? Same deal. Half the time we're completing projects in 1/8th the allocated time and browsing the web the rest, the other half we're scrambling because they only allocated 1/8th the time it actually requires to get the job done (Try working for the .gov as a software developer.. Estimates aren't really an art as much as a "what can I say to make the guy in charge of my contract happy?", apparently). Etc. Productivity as a measurement in software development is increasingly idiotic. Whenever I hear "agile" and "scrum" I hear "We're trying to make objective measurements on something that really has no objective measurements because we have to check this box right here that says I have to have objective proof I'm actually working and doing my job!" Bleh.

Comment Re:And.. (Score 2) 449

Devil's Advocate: I used to tell my parents I liked shit all the time when it was obvious to me that not liking shit would mean they were disappointed and/or would continue hammering whatever it was in my face all the time. See: piano lessons. So, while she may think her daughter now totally loves programming, it could just be she's going along with it to make mom happy-ish.

Comment Re:It's all fun and games... (Score 1) 61

Yeah, we have some of those guys in our region, but for the most part, I tend to not hang out with them even if they're in my faction. I'm the lone smurf in my immediate area and battle 5-6 toads on a regular basis, but I've also met all of them in real life, even had drinks/food with some. We all acknowledge that 1) it's a game. 2) it's a game 3) it's a game. We talk shit back and forth, but when it comes right down to it, if they don't take down my fields and portals, then my only mission is to basically recharge portals and that game *sucks*. I just got back from a 4 mile Ingress walk to retake my neighborhood from the weekend travellers and I'm already getting alerts from the usual suspects working on their work portals.

The psychos.. I dunno. We found out one of our faction guys was a registered pedophile and was actually trying to recruit school aged kids when he was busted again. that's kinda chilling for an all-ages style game.

Comment Re:Theory... (Score 1) 591

Weird, I grew up in TN and in my rural high school (450 students, 7-12th grade), we had a nice discussion about evolution. Our teacher did start with "We're going to talk about evolution and I know some of you have religious exemptions from learning this, if so, please go to the library for the next few weeks while we get through the material. I remember only one person left the classroom and was really confused as to how anyone could actually be offended by evolution or science in general (this is also about the time I discovered atheism and had already left my fundamentalist church a year or two prior).

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky