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Comment: Re:It depends (Score 1) 486

by chuckugly (#49339821) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory
Actually the way they did it, when you write to a file you add a byte to a memory buffer and the runtime and/or OS and/or disk controller will then write that across the IO bus to cache in the disk, where it will finally get carved into the platter. I believe.

What they are doing is exploring two different ways to concatenate in memory, one using Java and one using lower level code written in (probably) C.

Comment: Re:It's a vast field.... (Score 1) 809

by chuckugly (#49051493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

I can even envision a situation where Excel encryption is better than a PKI solution like GPG. Imagine a situation where a firm is under investigation and has to turn all email over to opposing counsel.

Or even more simply, if the intended recipient has no clue how to use PGP, but can handle an enciphered ZIP or Excel file just fine.

Comment: Re:Did they ask if they could look it up? (Score 1) 809

by chuckugly (#49049969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?
This is supposed to be a senior person, they should understand how PKI works (in broad strokes) and if they can't work out "Source Code Management" when asked about SCM merge conflict resolution then I would also hold that against them. It's not a fatal flaw but these are fundamental concepts, just as understanding algorithm complexity and data structures are and I would expect them to understand the fundamentals.

I guess you can have the ones that don't know those things?

I would expect some confusion from an associate level hire but a senior? Nah.

Comment: Re:Did they ask if they could look it up? (Score 1) 809

by chuckugly (#49049065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?
If you would be happy with 'use your public key to send it to you' then it's a perfectly reasonable interview question IMO. And a lot of developers suck in much the way a lot of plumbers suck. That seems to be the way things go. On the other hand a lot of employers seem to be allergic to paying a high rate to a technical person; they often want to make them into managers before paying higher pay grades. Some really excellent technical people don't want to be and wouldn't make good managers.

Comment: Someone think of the parrots. (Score 1) 136

by chuckugly (#49011191) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is There a Web Development Linux Distro?

Would you think there's a need for this sort of thing and would you base it of Debian or something else? If you do web-dev, how do you do it? Prepareted scripts for setup? Anything else? ... Ideas, unkown LAMP distros and opinions please."

Why preparet when parrots work so well on demand?

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