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Comment: Re:It's most likely a sign of code age... (Score 1) 244 244

It used to be scarily common, but I believe that it's slowly phasing out in favor of hitting a website where you can (re)set the password yourself after a couple of security questions.

I believe it's just a sign of old code (or an old coder) on the site. There may be cases where the guy writing the sitecode is inexperienced or incompetent, but I like to think that such cases are rare.

I think I only see a cleartext password sent via email like once every 10 requests now.

Hey, watch it pal. I was born and raised on '12345' and it's always worked out great for me. Now get off my punch card machine, er, I mean, lawn.

Comment: Re:Who watches this crap? (Score 2) 135 135

I don't know who does this, but I'm waiting for the market of "watching paint dry" to start picking up, then I'm buying a can of paint and charging $300 for an hour of viewing.

Well, clearly, this is the introductory offer, right? I wouldn't expect such a good deal once this thing goes viral..

Comment: Re:Be good at 2 of the following 3 things (Score 1) 583 583

Be good at 2 of the following 3 things:

1. Be reliable and work hard. Be on-time to work and meet deadlines. 2. Be nice to everyone (i.e. be likeable). Treat everyone the way you want to be treated (presumably with kindness and respect). 3. Be competent at what you do - possibly even the best in the office (the "go-to" guy with the big problems.)


1 + 2 = The incompetent but "he tries hard", punctual guy that everyone likes. 2 + 3 = The cool guy that's perpetually tardy, misses deadlines, etc. but gets the tough things done and is a go-to guy. 1 + 3 = The talented office ahole that everyone needs. To the extreme: Steve Jobs.

If you don't do two of those three things, you'll be out of a job sooner rather than later.

Also, aspire to all 3. My (current) motto is: "focus on customer service". As a developer, I have a set of tasks on my plate and need to shift priorities around on my own initiative. Whenever I can, if someone needs something from me ASAP, I drop my current task and focus on what will make them successful. (assuming my current task is longer term).

Find the least complex solution to whatever task is at hand.

Comment: Re:Scientists are generally trusted (Score 1) 260 260

More to the point, it's impossible to independently (& personally) verify the data and claims of everything that you would like verified. There's not enough time in the world.

But I saw it on facebook!

That's good enough for me!

Then, something amazing happened...

"It takes all sorts of in & out-door schooling to get adapted to my kind of fooling" - R. Frost