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Comment Re:My $0.02 (Score 1) 323

Everywhere around the world we the people pay lawmakers. We can expect of them that they do their work. No, demand!

Unlike lobbies the people don't require anything in return for the money, we hand over the cash and maybe complain a bit. The lawmakers will just ignore your empty "demand" or pretend to be outraged while they ignore it.

Outrage merely evokes soothing. Seriousness, determination and persistence is what's needed to induce.

Comment Re:Bias? Or reality? (Score 1) 445

There's more to gifted than IQ. Being able to associate with the mental ranks that differs from yours -in both directions- is vital. As are application and persistence.

For instance, my kid knows he's intelligent but doesn't apply himself and thinks of all possible ways to avoid toiling -or what we would call doing slightly more than average. He'll find out later in life.

Or just now. While I was writing this mail he just got up to go to class and behaved exemplary. Annoying little brat. Never does what I expect he will!

Comment My $0.02 (Score 1) 323

Not pretty, or elegant or sensible, let alone honourable what VW did. I wish for a better environment. VW sort of cheated and I'm not happy about it.

In a legal sense however VW committed crimes when and if they acted against the law. We know that law and common sense do not always coincide.

The questions I have not seen yet are to establish whether case will actually stick. Was it unlawful of VW to rig the tests the way they did? Did laws make make provisions for such rigging? Or did the law provide testing conditions that were actually all met by VW?

Don't want to blindly defend VW. But the lawmakers must also be scrutinised. Crappy laws lead to crappy cases. And in this case I can't see why laws were not there for random testing in normal, day to day circumstances. I mean even a kid could have come up with this.

And then apparently there's might be a loophole.

Everywhere around the world we the people pay lawmakers. We can expect of them that they do their work. No, demand!

Comment Application vs. lib, comp or sys programming (Score 1) 616

With the nose to the grindstone you can code applications. However, coding libs, reusable components or system software is a completely different ball game.

Unfortunately, regardless of how hard it is to write libraries and regardless of how much good libraries boot performance and reduce costs, most attention, fame and money reaches the application programmers.

Comment Practical experience, common sense and policy (Score 1) 198

It is very usual that priorities get inverted. You'd say that one diligently designs the architecture and that afterwards everything is derived from there. But that's hardly ever the case. People in spots where money flows (e.g. sysadmin, sales, purchase) usually have more influence than those who actually matter most in the light of business strategy.

Who will be your boss? Will he back you up? Did you guys actually analyze your business to develop a business strategy? Or do you have policy by decree? What will the guys say that will become redundant as a result of your optimizations?

I hope you will succeed in pushing your company forward; Costs and efficiency are always factors. If you don't have reall backup from the business strategy then you might head towards rubber stamp. You should avoid becoming a scapegoat for the mess the shop is in.

(I say this with long experience as programmer, sysadmin and architect.)

Comment And what about the napkin arrangement? (Score 1) 280

And what about the napkin arrangement? Many hours go into studying origami.

Finally someone takes action! The proprietors of Imbiss will be delighted. EUR 3 for a Bratwurst and a mere EUR 99 for the right to take a picture of the grub. Picture of the way the plastic container is presented? Prices start at EUR 250. Power to the chippies!

Comment Bring it on! (Score 3, Informative) 394

As a guy with very broad shoulders I say: Bring it on!

On planes I prefer aisle seats because that way I don't have to constrict myself in order not to disturb fellow passengers. For me one shoulder in the aisle is the way to travel. Every now and a trolley bangs into me. But so what.

Still I wonder how this is ever going to work gracefully.

Comment That's normal business transaction (Score 4, Insightful) 92

When you sell a business as a whole, you sell its inventory, credits, debits and running contracts. If you want to do that differently than you have to stipulate. But then the business's value will be different. Private customer information is as much inventory as is the fish tank in the hall.

Comment Re:If you cannot answer your own question.. (Score 2) 296

Furthermore you should ask yourself why you would need such a low level access when low lever performance clearly isn't the main issue. Consider using available main stream OSS APIs and libraries to allow higher abstraction level. You could then contribute to improve the used library.

Reuse components that others developed. It will most likely render you more effective and efficient. You would also pay the component developers back at least through lips service. The components will improve. Everyone will be a winner.

Comment Less suspect than the others (Score 5, Insightful) 78

IMHO Google remains less suspect than other corporations, when it comes to defending privacy. I would never trust MS or Apple with my data. Not that they would gladly hand over data. But the corners they cut in order to achieve their own goals and the negligible contributions to OSS show that they're only in it for the money. I know, purely subjective but we as commoners will only be able to judge through indirect perception. Much like you can judge by lack of code quality that software is unlikely to be well developed.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan