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Comment: Would agree but I don't (Score 1) 226

by SpaghettiPattern (#46765569) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer
Would agree but I don't. Primarily, to design en develop systems well you should have a full view of all its influences across your organisation. A well designed system should intentionally consider all aspects well, against the business strategy.

Having worked for huge organisations, I must say systems are rarely designed well. Their influences across all disciplines are hardly ever fully considered. From one side I agree that one should avoid paralysis through analysis and that eventually some programming must commence. On the other hand, the badly designed systems come in large packs. As a consequence, putting stress and strain on the organisation and eventually affecting the bottom line.

A good op's input will inevitably be of great value to system designers, as the latter usually have no hands-on experience in the concepts they studied. Indeed, input from all affected disciplines is valuable. Until utopia (CMM level 5) is reached.

Comment: Re:Internet "merely" speeds processes up (Score 1) 1037

by SpaghettiPattern (#46682823) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

I stepped renounced my religion at the age of 8.

Nobody is qualified to deduce whether there is a god until they've developed a profound appreciation for the laws of physics, and their elegance. (In other words, even most Doctors of Theology aren't qualified.) And then, each individual should confront themselves with this question: did the laws of physics just write themselves, or does their sublime cleverness indicate that they were authored by some highly intelligent entity?

How was your knowledge of the laws of physics at age 8?

You sound much like a creationist. You want people to seriously consider entertaining narratives as a plausible truth. As if there were a higher, better power, that however can't be bothered to make itself unambiguously clear to us idiots. And then you hijack physics.

By the age of 8 I realized that I was jerked around by all religious people I met until then. And that, based on simple logic, god simply could not exist. I really gave it a very long thought and I resolved to dissociate from my catholic upbringing. No hard feelings towards the ones left behind but I simply wasn't to perform a U-turn.

Comment: Re:Internet "merely" speeds processes up (Score 1) 1037

by SpaghettiPattern (#46679067) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

But what you can't argue is that evidence exists that there is no such thing as a god.

That would cover every subject that does not exist. The burden is in proving something, not in disproving. In other words, by default we will just assume that nothing exists, then we go out and find out about things, and then collect evidence that such thing exists.

Well put. I go one step further. Why should we at all entertain preposterous ideas that have no scientific base? All religious writings always seem to completely discard such an important detail as proof. In exchange, many excuses and concocted reasons as to why striving for a proof is "bad" for us, are poured over us.

Comment: Internet "merely" speeds processes up (Score 3, Insightful) 1037

by SpaghettiPattern (#46674835) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
Whatever you do, the Internet speeds up personal development processes as huge amounts of information is readily available. Without the Internet you would have come to the same conclusion but it would have taken just a bit longer. Internet can feed both limits of the scale, atheist and believer.

(I attribute my becoming an atheist to myself. I stepped renounced my religion at the age of 8. Simply deduced that there is no such thing as a god from observations and reasoning. That was in the early 70s. Internet would have merely sped the process up.)

Comment: Why old? (Score 1) 87

Can someone explain why old car batteries are better suited than new ones? Is it perhaps that old car batteries just cannot produce the huge peak required to start the engine but that energy storage and extraction works fine at lower currents? And that therefore old batteries perform adequately at lower cost?

Comment: Re: Hope this induces people (Score 1) 149

Yet you might have heard of Jeeves as in "Ask Jeeves" or I'd recommend to transcend vindication and instead to cut to the chase. Wodehouse's books are readily available and Fry & Laurie (as in Dr. House) feature in a most brilliant TV adaptation of Wodehouse's work. In short: Jovial upper class gentleman with limited intellectual abilities happens to engage the most intelligent and diplomatic valet imaginable. The story always turns intricate but Jeeves always saves the day and Wooster remains jovial and kindhearted despite recurring"defeat".

Comment: Re:Hope this induces people (Score 1) 149

A quote without attribution is plagiarism,

Indeed. And now you mentioned it, I fixed it.

But it is/was quite clear from the sheer quality, the verbatim quote by which the author is readily retrievable and the trailing ... that the text never could have been mine. Also I sort of assumed everyone knew Wodehouse. Reading his work always is a cure against any sort of bad mood.

Comment: Re:Hope this induces people (Score 1) 149

I hadn't the slightest objection to his spending his time planning massacres for the bourgeoisie...

Who would the bourgeoisie want to massacre? Are you sure you didn't mean "massacres of the bourgeoisie"?

Lookup the quote. I copied it verbatim as I wouldn't dare to hazard a guess at improving near perfection.

Comment: Hope this induces people (Score 1) 149

Hope this induces people ... to get the hell out of my shot and let me take the picture with the background and just my wife in the foreground. Shush you inconsiderate bunch of fellow tourists. Walk that bit faster and show us snapshot takers you care.

Having said that, the idea is truly bizarre.

Comment: Re:Terrible Article (Score 1) 452

by SpaghettiPattern (#46490295) Attached to: Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

None of these hard coded values will make it into production, we'll rewrite those entire sections and use property values and external variables to define them.

I cannot emphasize enough the need to code POC/fast prototype/ versions at a high standard. Because you won't get a second chance. The convincing prototype, almost by definition, is always good enough to base the final version on.

Comment: A bargain (Score 1) 306

That sounds like a bargain. Provided they do a thorough job (e.g. by keeping Firefox updates coming, by ditching any other browsers, by keeping updates from installing other browsers.) How much money is the installation of Firefox worth to you? Question remains whether Dell's job is actually any good.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun