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Comment: Re: Something we don't really need (Score 1) 30

Not to mention testing. And we're back to the whole buggy/deficient driver mess of PC's. It's true that smartphones are basically like computers. But the one key difference is that I'm far less tolerant of buggy software/hardware on my phone than on my desktop.

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 1) 222

by dannys42 (#47112063) Attached to: China Looks To Linux As Windows Alternative

GNOME 1.x was really great. It was fairly configurable while still being relatively easy to use and did what I (as a developer) needed. Current day GNOME looks like it borrows from the worst of Windows (the stuff even the Windows folks don't even like), and only recently adopted a few things that the Mac does (possibly because Windows copied some of it) but in some weird way that lost all of the intent behind the actions. So we end up with something that's simple but still not understandable because it's confusing and weird, and consequently useless to just about everyone. I managed to get by fortunately because they had an alternate window manager that was a bit more traditional.

Don't get me wrong, I still think the Linux community is amazing and love the fact that it all exists. But for GUI, not only have they lost sight of the Unix Philosophy, they also don't really have a good view of who their /actual/ users are.

Comment: Re:Telco oligopoly (Score 1) 569

by dannys42 (#45269903) Attached to: Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?

Actually, I would contend that *all* infrastructure-based resources will be natural monopolies. As such, I think the way we handled it before was correct.. it was just the way we divided it wasn't quite right... Governments shouldn't run the services/technologies/etc. They should regulate a single local company to manage the it (ie. the government regulated monopoly). In this case, we're talking about the physical cable/fibre/etc into the home. Services on top of that, then can be a free market.

Comment: Re: Very different... (Score 2) 266

That's a very good point. Bug tracking systems (public and even private) should also have a way to track the reliability of submitters. I've been with the open source community since before "open source" was a phrase, and sadly from what I've seen, the community still seems to lack an understanding of the human side of things at pretty much all levels. And from how GNOME has been shaped through the years, it only seems to be getting worse.

Comment: Yes, but... (Score 1) 220

by dannys42 (#43645461) Attached to: A Case For a Software Testing Undergrad Major

There really needs to be a software engineering major too. Where I went to school, the CS curriculum really didn't cover how to break problems large problems down into logical structures and pieces manageable by small teams, or how write maintainable code, etc. And from talking with others, I gather this is pretty true for most colleges. So don't feel bad.. .it's not just the testers that lack formal education... the developers are often self-taught or learn on the job as well.

Comment: Re:Equal rights (Score 1) 832

by dannys42 (#43614259) Attached to: So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

I actually think it's fine to discriminate in this case. Women and men *are* different and have different needs, especially when it comes to child birth. However, child care is entirely different, and what you suggest makes sense... there should be "primary care" leave as well that's equal between the two.

On the other hand, I think businesses get into this kind of trouble because they try too hard to classify people's personal time. Just give everyone X number of days off and let them manage their time off. I mean you could argue that maternity/paternity leave is also discriminating against single people. I mean why the heck should someone get more days off just because they're giving birth? Shouldn't I be given just as many days in order to find a girl to impregnate in the first place? Who's to judge which one is more important than the other?

Comment: Re:I was in the same boat (Score 1) 187

by dannys42 (#43388953) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Source For Bill and Document Management?

I have a ScanSnap as well, but just use their Mac software. What type of paper are your documents and how many pages do you do at once? I've found for really thin paper or for many pages it helps to simply fan them out a bit. But if you're doing many pages (like over ~20 or so) you might need to feed them in batches... Unfortunately it's a bit of baby-sitting, waiting for it to reach near the end of one batch, then putting the next batch in. But I manage to avoid the multi-page problem most of the time this way.

Comment: Re:Technical Debt (Score 1) 507

by dannys42 (#42551635) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

I think programming languages are similar to written language in this case. No two people will really have the same style of writing, but most people can agree whether someone's writing is "good english" or "bad english." Grammar is part of that determination but also comprehension.

Comment: Re:a sensitive subject with me (Score 1) 776

by dannys42 (#42551459) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Timed Coding Tests Valuable?

I worked at a company when I was in my 20's where most of the engineers there were also in their 20's. However, after hosting a couple interviews, I quickly found that knowledge-based tests were far less useful than personality/attitude based test. And I managed to boil my C language "test" down to 3 questions (regarding volatile, static, and endian -- I work in the embedded space; anyone who's worked with embedded systems are intimately familiar with all 3 of these). Most questions I ask, while they cover technical topics, are largely testing their ability to communicate, reason logically, and define their own work parameters (eg. if I ask you to figure this out, what resources do you think you'll need)... If they pass all that, I also look for (as a bonus) whether they're outside-the-box thinkers, but these are rare to find.

Timed test, extensive knowledge tests, and puzzles... while fun, aren't useful (to me) for determine if I'm going to work well with someone.

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