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Comment Windows 10: first steps (Score 1) 483 483

So I got a new desktop that I might return, so instead of the usual OS reinstall I played around with Windows 10. At some point I wanted to see how Emacs would look on the screen, which was a bit exotic (27" 1080p), so I downloaded a 64 bit binary...
  • Cannot open zip file. Would you like to find app in the app store?
  • This app cannot be installed. No reason given. Clicking on them at random until...
  • You need to create login ...
  • You need a parental consent... Are you an adult?
  • Enter date of birth... 1/1/1925 (just to stay on the safe side)
  • Please enter a credit card number to prove your adulthood

Unplugged, boxed, 3 layers of scotch tape and back it goes!

Comment What about open-sourcing work code? (Score 1) 353 353

I have a more interesting question: We use a lot of open source (mostly GPL- compatible) at work, mostly because I convinced the owner that these are production-worthy software that comes for free and does not get discontinued by some management decision, which was the fate of most of his Microsoft environment. Some libraries I created are pretty generic and can find many new uses if published on GitHub. I can try to convince the owner that he will get free bugfixes and updates for those packages if some other shop/developer finds them useful. There is no direct benefit for him, though. How should I go about it?

Comment Re:Tabs vs Spaces (Score 1) 428 428

When you work in an environment when you maintain code written by others in editors of their choosing the code indents always come out screwey. Whenever I open the next garbled mess of a source code, there is a two stroke command to reformat to the style of my choosing. The next person to open the file will see it exactly as I saved, regardless of editor. The only issue is that version control tools will think that I changed EVERYTHING.

If everyone in your group uses the same editor, say MS Visual Studio, this is probably less of a problem.

Comment Re:cameras for everyone! (Score 1) 447 447

Ha ha, they already do that at UPS, which is also rated one of the worst companies to work for. I still think there should be a video log in a crashed plane's black box. Maybe encrypt the video in the camera and send it to black box, so that employer cannot accidentally tap in?

Comment Re:Not being a metric ton of bit rot (Score 1) 298 298

why are you making those errors?

...because it "integrates with a pretty scary existing system". Something written from scratch would have much much fewer. I guess it does speak of quality of the code but also depends on the quality of data it has to work with, external interfaces, changing user requirements, etc.

Comment Re:Damage has been done (Score 1) 365 365

Well, the article is shit, so I will have to go with the sparce details I have so far:

The jury deliberated for 2 days, so there were some serious arguments to deliberate about, and thus this was not a frivolous lawsuit.

Lawsuites like this impose a cost of litigation but in the long run they give us something more important, something other places like Korea or China lack. This advantage is the prime reason the Silicone Valley exists in the Valley as opposed to some shithole where laws are questionable and judges go to the highest bidder.

In this example, the lawsuit tries to establish equal treatment of men and women in the workforce. Women comprise over 50% of population and any country that can tap that talent (and most countries cannot) suddenly has access to 2x the number of capable candidates, a tremendous advantage. Most of these lawsuites are impossible for lack of proof, but if something is so obvious that it is provable in court it would be a waste not to persue.

Now imagine a society where all the respectable and compensated positions are given to communist party member's cousin's son-in-laws. All their talent rots in slums. This is the current situation at some 75% of the world. Good luck starting any successful ventures there.

Comment Re:Not being a metric ton of bit rot (Score 1) 298 298

I understand the CPU and other resource hogs are undesirable, but for simple things there is a trade off between keeping them simple or squeezing every drop of performance out, and for most practical tasks keeping things simple is more important.

Imagine something that takes 0.001 ms on a cheap CPU and is used once a day. Is it worth making it faster for a day of work and a man-week of maintenance increase due to complexity?

Comment Re:Not being a metric ton of bit rot (Score 1) 298 298

Pardon me, but your targets are off target:
Depends program objectives. Most of my code does not need to be fast, and some even works better if it is slow so it does not pig some resource
Usually the case, then again, see "Fast"
not bloated
not buggy
BS. I just completed a complex project that integrates with pretty scary existing system. It is 95% bugs at this point, yet does not make it bad code. Most bugs will get weeded out over a few weeks, as long as code is easy to read and maintain.
respectful of the user's privacy
hardened with regard to hacking
not encumbered by dependencies
adequately featured
well supported
It is if someone pays for it?
well documented for the end user
Users of a very complex iPhone never read a single page of documentation. I prefer things that just work as expected

So IMHO it boils down to maintenability and security.

A fanatic is a person who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. - Winston Churchill