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Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 509

by JaredOfEuropa (#47548247) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
Your job (most jobs anyway) includes working with others. Yes, fucking up too often will ultimately get you fired, but if you think a sterling reputation as a coder will let you get away with being an a-hole, think again. Abrasive personalities and prima-donna attitudes can ruin a team just as badly as a poor coder, and if you regularly rip into other developers in public for making mistakes, you will likely be the one being called in for a serious conversation with your manager.

In case of Linux kernel development, Linus doesn't have one of course, he pretty much is the CEO on that endeavor.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 2) 509

by JaredOfEuropa (#47546009) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
This has nothing to do with political correctness; this has to do with being polite and professional. A useful attitude when dealing with other people, and that goes double when you are a public figure whose word carries a lot of weight. You and he may think being abusive is fine and gets results, well, more power to you. But it also means people will simply start avoiding you and your projects.

6 years ago I set myself a goal that I have reached since: to never work for any asshole again, and to set myself up so that I can comfortably walk away from any job. Now I know I can walk away, and it makes a world of difference in the way I approach my work. My managers also know it, and it makes a difference there too, and in my view I enjoy an altogether healthier working relationship with them. The world needs Linus more than it needs most of us, but that doesn't mean any of us have to stand there and take his abuse while kowtowing to him. The guy needs a good dose of humility.

Comment: Re:Hardened electronics (Score 1) 211

From what I understand of the effects of solar flare, there's no point in hardening electronics against them as the effects caused in short conductor runs are minimal. It affects power grids because of the length of conductors involved. Regular surge protection will protect plugged-in electronics against secondary effects on the grid.

Comment: Re:Outstanding... (Score 1) 182

by JaredOfEuropa (#47529539) Attached to: "Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

What I mean is that the plane isn't even in service yet.

That's the problem. My country decided to buy these things and participate in the development as a level 2 partner. That has some advantages, and at the time was cheaper than buying off the shelf, plus we got a good deal of offset orders for our own aerospace industry. However, the projected cost per plane has already increased by 45%, and it's still not clear how much the final sticker price will be, or how the plane will perform.

The one big advantage of buying off the shelf is: you know what you're getting and at what price. However I also know how the Dutch military likes to buy stuff: off the shelf is never good enough, and every design needs "to be peed on", as the expression goes, meaning everyone must be allowed to give input as if marking their territory.

Comment: Re:Code the way you want... (Score 1) 367

by JaredOfEuropa (#47522151) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'
An interesting view. I don't agree that there are no consultants who understand the use of project management, in fact, more and more consultants come trained in formal methodologies for project management, change management, requirements capture, architecture, etc. And consultants increasingly come in to do more than code: they understand they need to know the business, and that means talking to people and attending meetings instead of coding all day.

Interestingly, I got some gigs as a consultant because I didn't care for project management and following "proper process", but with an understanding of when it's important to document, get agreement, stick to the rules, and think things through. I got hired to do emergency work and innovative (highly volatile) pilot projects that teams of employees or consultants with compartimentalized skillsets and training to follow procedures simply could not complete in a satisfactory manner. Nice work if you can get it...

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 4, Interesting) 667

by Sasayaki (#47498143) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

FatLittleMonkey is correct, the Ukraine has many Buk SAM systems. The one that allegedly shot down MH-17, however, appears at the present time to be a Russian-supplied and crewed loaner to the separatists they are backing.

Not that a Ukrainian error of identification would have been any more or less tragic, although it's less plausible since the separatists are not operating any air assets that I'm aware of so the Ukrainians are much more likely to be very conservative with regard to their anti-air grid.

It's important to note: At this stage it is clear that neither the Russians, nor the separatists, intended to shoot down a civilian airliner. They were targeting military assets. That point should be remembered. It's not like Putin's on his dark throne, cackling away at all of this. In fact I suspect he's currently having his men find and quietly dispose of whoever ordered the missile launch.

That doesn't change the fact that the Russians are clearly supplying the separatists with weapons and trained crews, and that in war people die, including people who had no horse in the race at all. Supplying rebels with state-of-the-air medium range anti-aircraft systems is a significant escalation of the previous conflict which has, as we've seen, the potential to cause all kinds of misery for third parties.

Comment: Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (Score 4, Informative) 667

by Sasayaki (#47498119) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

> shot down a Ukrainian fighter

I'm seeing this a lot. Minor point of order: The craft that was shot down was an SU-25 Frogfoot (, which is a ground attack aircraft; the Eastern Bloc equivalent of the A-10 "Warthog" Thunderbolt II (

I agree with the broader point though that it seems clear that whoever was operating the Buk SAM system was aiming for Ukrainian air assets, based on their previous actions, but they dun goofed and shot down a civilian aircraft.

At this particular point in time, it does not seem to be a deliberate action. The fact that the agencies involved (Russia for supplying the expensive, specialist equipment with crew trained in its use; Russian-backed Separatists for ordering the anti-air action) are going to great lengths to attempt to cover up their involvement speaks volumes in support of this conjecture.

Comment: Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (Score 5, Insightful) 383

by JaredOfEuropa (#47474055) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go
"In order to ensure continued access to scarce skillsets that are key to our ability to innovate, we need to be able to draw flexibly from a global pool of professionals."

(Oh, and we also resent having to pay those scarce and valuable individuals more than $15 / hour. So we'll still need some foreign worker visas, thanks).

I use technology in order to hate it more properly. -- Nam June Paik