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Comment: Re:Pick a different job. (Score 4, Interesting) 516

I work in a unionized software shop. It's awesome during bad times. In good times one is tempted to think it's better in fast-and-furious start-ups, but then one compares one's salaries and benefits and realizes, "no, actually, union shop is still better."

Comment: Where to begin (Score 4, Interesting) 516

  • Project management, specifically the importance of not being a bottleneck.

  • How to design a solution on my own time before I code a solution on company time.
  • Differential diagnosis of bugs (see #2 of the link above --- although I learned this skill later in graduate school and have applied it multiple times since.)
  • Code for readability and correctness first, efficiency later. Code that is "too clever" will never be maintained (except by you).
  • I really enjoy programming as a way of automating tasks and not for other reasons --- which makes me better as a systems administrator than as a software developer.

Comment: Re:Old drums leak (Score 1) 291

by Mashiki (#47718773) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Well not exactly, it's showing up in batch samples. It's not showing up in various specific localized samples right. It seems that if they really wanted to find out "where it's coming from" they'd be running with more test equipment in various areas to narrow it down. Hell a smelter on the great lakes here in Ontario, has no less than 78 sampling devices in a concentric ring.

Comment: Re:Someone with no brain is running NASA (Score 4, Interesting) 162

by ColaMan (#47710695) Attached to: Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

Ultra low temperature silicon rubber springs to mind.

Could have bonded a couple of millimetres thickness onto each alloy wheel. It seems the wheels only break when they have no cushioning underneath them, then the point loads on the tread are too high.

Oh well, I guess they'll know for next time :-)

Comment: Odd material selection (Score 0) 162

by ColaMan (#47710331) Attached to: Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

Still unsure as to why they didn't go with polyurethane or hard plastic wheels or similar. Probably about the same weight as the alloy ones, much less susceptible to fatigue.

Might be hard to find something that's good for those temperatures, but surely not that hard. Or were they expecting more sandy areas?

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 63

by Mashiki (#47700347) Attached to: Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

I'm from Norway. I think the United States has handled it well and there are few countries I would trust to do so.

Pretty much the same feeling, and from most people I know in tech circles. Though I'm in Canada, and my view is Canada-centric. But the vast majority of people here don't trust the UN at all.

Comment: Re:American car companies... (Score 1) 413

Salt in the air sure, but we drive through the stuff roughly 9 months out of the year adding water to the mix. Corrosion against metal in "salt in the air" areas is magnitudes less than direct. Oh and we've got corrosion warranties in Canada, you *might* be lucky if the coverage is longer than 5 years.

Comment: Re:Incentive Bug Finding (Score 1) 323

by Mashiki (#47690255) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Yes, that means punishing the victim. Whereas the victim here is a facilitator for the culprit. It's like leaving your car unlocked and open on the main road and someone using it for a bank heist. I don't know about yours, in my country, if that's your car you're due for facilitating a crime.

Really? In my country, it's illegal for a criminal to take something for the use in commissioning a crime. This protects "stupid people" then again, malware is profitable and easy to get "installed" because ad networks don't properly vet their content. So if you wanted to nail anyone for "facilitating a crime" I'd start there, since that is the main infection point.

Comment: Re:American car companies... (Score 1, Informative) 413

I still look over parking lots to find cars with rust, peeling paint, etc as when I buy a car, I don't want it to look like a 10 year old junker in 5 years. I don't like the trend but some forigen cars are haveing American car paint jobs with peeling clear coat and badly oxidized paint. My 12 year old Toyota has better paint and is not garrage parked.

Tough luck huh? I guess you don't spend much time in a place with a lot of salt. Try it in Canada some time, and you'll see 3 year old cars at times from companies like Toyota, Honda, and Kia already turning into rust buckets. Funny enough, the GM, Ford, Chrysler, and a few of the higher end brands like Audi, are still looking pretty good. Doesn't always hold true though, seems to rely heavily on just "how good" the steel was when the parts were made. And whether or not the person putting the final panels on(when the robots don't), nicked any edges.

Interestingly enough, if you've got a complaint about how the cars look, you're better of telling the automakers to build their cars using polymer panels like what Saturn did. My old '96 saturn looked nearly as good as the day it rolled off the lot in 2014.

One way to make your old car run better is to look up the price of a new model.