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Comment: Get a (New) Job (Score 4, Insightful) 275

by Tau Neutrino (#47949435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?
Speaking from my personal experience (which is my only qualification to speak at all), keeping a steady stream of new and different jobs does the trick. I've been programming professionally for thirty-five years. I've never had a gig that lasted more than three. Some are "permanent", some contracts, some on-site, some remote. Many of them have great promise at the start ("I could retire with this job"), but something always changes. The project is finished, or cancelled, the company goes broke, or sees a major shift in direction, management changes and has different priorities than before. Some times it just doesn't work out.

But the end result is that I'm in no danger of becoming complacent. There's always new stuff to learn, new projects to pursue. I'm still having fun.

Comment: Re:bad ide (Score 1) 198

by Tau Neutrino (#46378665) Attached to: Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week
Right, because once Apple switched to the Lightning connector, all those old 30-pin connectors stopped working, and everybody with older phones had to buy new cables. And we all know that Mercedes, Volvo and Ferrari use nothing but industry-standard parts that are compatible with those from all other manufacturers.

+ - Porting C# App to a Tablet

Submitted by Tau Neutrino
Tau Neutrino (76206) writes "It looks like I'll have the opportunity to port an existing C# application (PC-based) to a tablet of some sort. I'm a professional developer with many years of experience, know C/C++ quite well, but have not done anything in C#. My client guesses that it would be easiest to port the app to a Windows Tablet, but now I'm wondering if that's so. If there's an easier path (or even equal) on an Android device, I'd prefer it.

Can I make a case for Android?"

Comment: Not the bug... (Score 5, Informative) 1051

by Tau Neutrino (#42416357) Attached to: Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug
It wasn't really the bug that set Linus off. At least not in my reading of the post. It was Mauro's cavalier attitude toward the bug. He tried to shrug it off as a problem with pulseaudio, when it clearly was a bug that he had introduced.

I'm not a big fan of this style of management, but I can't fault any of the content of Linus' rant.

Comment: Doesn't matter (Score 3, Insightful) 350

by Tau Neutrino (#40961837) Attached to: With one-time-only use of a cloning machine, I would:
Whoever you clone, it'll still be twenty years before the clone is an adult. And by then, you'll be old. Or at least older. And different. And likely somebody who would have chosen differently, twenty years earlier.

The question is: who would you duplicate? As in, a fresh copy, indistinguishable from the original. Right now, ready to go, no waiting required.

The mind boggles.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw