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Comment: Re:whine (Score 1) 203

by bickerdyke (#46765463) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Not untrue, but in your counterexample you've compared the workload (and review quality) that can be handled by 2 people (D and O) with a single person (D&O).

A review from another D&O could be required as easily for production code as an O's review for D's code.

If you're trying to replace a D and an O with a single D&O, you're doing something wrong anyway.

But on the other hand, in your model performance and stability are solely part of O's business. But D has to be aware of those issues if you want him to code with them in mind. and they WILL be on the mind of a D&O

Comment: Re:whine (Score 5, Interesting) 203

by bickerdyke (#46764893) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

DevOps is all about creating dangerous conflicts of interrest.


And I'd even go so far to say that we need MORE conflicts of interests.

A software company is full of conflicts if interrests. You have the sharholders who want money, sales who care about release dates, customers who request a feature, devs who know that that feature will have unpleaseant side-effects that the same users would not accept and so on.

"Resolve" those "conflicts" by completly seperating them into different roles, and you have a company where departments will fight each other to the bone and management will be busy with conflict resolution instead of actual work.

You need to have people inbetween those branches who know how to make them work together.

Comment: Re:What about capital gains or dividents? (Score 3, Interesting) 378

by bickerdyke (#46756953) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Germany here, but PAYE applies here too. It's similar for capital gains: The bank automatically sends your estimated taxes to the tax office. At the end of the year, you get a report. Exactly as you PAYE report, it contains a transaction ID which can be used to refer to those advance payments when you want or have to actually file your taxes. (If you can expect a refund, you may file one, if you have other income besides the advanced-taxed income, you have to)

Comment: Re:It was a "joke" back then (Score 4, Interesting) 270

Which is exactly the point the article makes. That we're bad at predecting technology, because we tend to think along the lines of an evolution of existing technologies. But can't imagine even small but substantial new technologies. (in my example obviously the servo engine that could be used to control mechanical devices directly without a robot.)

Another case of "almost right" is from the same Asimov book (I didn't read more than that plus the short stories) is an exact description of a GPS device used for navigation. While the actual use was a spot on hit, the user interface was as far off as possible: No one could imagine LED/LED displays, so the device was a rod that heated the handle when you pointed it in the right direction.

Do you know that feeling when you're watching old speculative fiction pieces and suddenly realize that despite all that future tech, in a given moment, they's give their right arm for a simple Nokia cellphone? :-)

Comment: Re:Maybe that's intresting trivia to you... (Score 1) 181

by bickerdyke (#46748271) Attached to: First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

I'm from Germany too, so I know the Autobahn quite well, too, but have hardly ever seen lighting there. (Except NRW) but that may vary.

And you wish it were 3 seconds.... at 150kph you're going at 41m/s. That's 120m in 3 seconds. Headlights go 50-60m up to 100m on the right side if - IF - you have assymetric headlights.

Comment: Re:Added benefit (Score 1) 104

by bickerdyke (#46724909) Attached to: NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

Unless you claim that story happend more than 40 years ago, I'd call BS.

Animals in the kitchen would be a reason to close a restaurant over here, too. even a flowerpot with fresh basil next to the stove might be a point in an audit. (soil contamination)

And I don't think food standards are higher in the US. What they may be seen as a possible higher hygienic standard only lead to more than questionable chemicals allowed in US food. Or use of irradiation.

The most absurd difference IMHO can be found here: Two completly valid ways to reduce salmonella infections from raw eggs, but completly diametral and uncompatible. (tldr: US eggs need to be kept in the fridge as washing of the "natural" salmonellas also removes the protection from further salmonella infection)

Comment: Re:New meaning for "Get to the Exit" (Score 1) 64

by bickerdyke (#46722921) Attached to: Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

I would love to see a Double Dragon style brawler where you tried to make your way to the emergency exit as fast as possible, bonus points for knocking back into seats people trying to extract heavy overhead items to take with them down the slide.

Sounds like a normal scene after arriving at the gate with a cheap airline.

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