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Comment Re:Major disconnect from WHAT the job entails (Score 1) 474

No, the problem isn't that people above don't know how things work, it's that they don't know what it TAKES to make things work.

The more code you write, the more code you support. Even if support, updates, etc on the average program is only 0.5% of your time, what happens after 10 years when you have written 100 programs that are in regular use by the company? Some are more complex and require more support/updates. Some are less. But even at 0.5% average each, you are now spending 50% of your time supporting your old software. Or worse, supporting someone else's software who has long since left the company.

So now you only have 50% as much time to code and test, but management still loads you down with work as if you had 100% of your time to code. So you have to code faster, test less in order to keep up, which means even though you are a much better programmer now, you write shittier code. Which requires more support...

At least 60% of my job is supporting changes and updates to my old code. Someone decides to change a server, or a database, or a reporting format? Suddenly everyone is bitching at me that my program doesn't work. I look like a dumbass because someone else did something without notifying me. Now I have to find and change source files, recompile, test, etc. We're making a new product that doesn't follow our old specs? Now I have to kludge that into the old code. Eventually the old code has so many kludges I have to create new models for my code and rewrite it. Management doesn't understand why working code (barely working) needs to be rewritten. Why do you need so much storage? Where is that data from 8 years ago? I need it now!

Comment Re:Make a stay in the hotel any better (Score 2) 58


I build and rent cabins on my property. Sure, vacation travel is different from business travel, but still my main concerns are:
1) comfort
2) soundproofing
3) basic amenities

Because THAT is what people want on a vacation. Not fancy gadgetry, people get enough of that in daily life anyway.

Comment Crooks are afraid of the dark, too (Score 4, Insightful) 307

And cars tend to have headlights.

I remember a study from the 90's that showed eliminating lights around schools at night actually reduced the number of break-ins at those schools. The reasoning was that a) most people are afraid of the dark and b) a ne'er-do-well would need a flashlight, which would be easy to spot in the darkness.

Comment Re:Security theatre. (Score 4, Interesting) 357

Try China. They have x-ray machines and wands at every subway station and, of course, airports. I sent my bags through dozens of times traveling around Beijing, I got 'wanded' dozens more times.

It was very obvious that almost all of the machines and wands were turned off. Camera in my pocket? Wand doesn't even beep. Dark screens on the x-ray machines, staff not even looking the few times when the screens were actually on, they never stopped or questioned anyone. They obviously didn't care, either.

I kind of liked their "we don't give a crap" attitude. It was very...China. Made me like the place even more.

Comment Re:How does one tell the difference? (Score 1) 103

It's actually pretty easy to look at rocks and tell what has been worked on by someone and what hasn't. It takes a little practice, but I've gotten pretty good at it and I'm not even an anthropologist. I just like to figure out what is an artifact and what isn't when I wander around my ranch.

Comment Re:Makerspace.... (Score 1) 167

My grandpa used to complain about the "college boy" engineers who had never worked in a machine shop. "You can't be a good engineer if you aren't a good mechnic first!" was one of his favorite phrases.

The man held a whole bunch of patents on aircraft engines and electronics, so I'm inclined to agree with him.

Neutrinos are into physicists.