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Comment: Re:Change Jobs (Score 1) 274

by dave562 (#47950469) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

I agree with changing jobs.

At a certain point, you have to realize that you are in a no win situation and move on. The only way to affect change in your current organization is to leave. If enough people follow your lead, senior management will realize that your manager is a problem and deal with them. That will be too little, too late in your specific case, but the company will be better in the long run.

If you really are a good programmer, you can go to work anywhere. There is a serious shortage of good programmers in the world. By good programmers I mean people who inherently get programming. I do not mean people who happen to be able to develop apps in a single language.

Once you get burnt out with programming, aspire to be the manager or executive that you always wished that you could work for. Cultivate an environment in which other programmers can thrive and succeed. Find a company that needs good programmers and reap the rewards of being the person, or the team leader who builds the product that generates the revenue.

Comment: Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 1) 419

by dave562 (#47793489) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

This is already being done. I mentioned it in a previous post on this topic. I work for a company that does legal technology in both America and Europe. We had to stand up separate infrastructure in Europe to host data for our Europeans clients. They do not want their data coming anywhere near American servers.

Comment: Re:customer-centric (Score 1) 419

by dave562 (#47793467) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Are the emails that the government wants the emails of Americans or Europeans? If they belong to the latter, and they are stored on European servers, it is calls into question on what legal basis the United States government has to view those emails.

For what it is worth, I work for a United States based company that works in the legal technology field. We have operations in Europe. We had to stand up separate infrastructure in Europe in order to comply with European data privacy laws for our European clients. The assumption is that European data in European data centers is not subject to American legal jurisdiction.

Comment: Waste of time (Score 3, Interesting) 426

Is this really what is going on at Microsoft? Their staff has so much free time that they can sit around sorting out whether or not to rename a browser?

Are we going to get an educational campaign to go along with it? After all they will have to explain to people that, "Internet Explorer is not really gone. It is now called..." What is the life span of a bad idea in the minds of computer users? We still make fun of Clippy after all....

What an epic waste of time.

They need to suck up the fact that their product was sub-par for years. Focus on the improvements. Continue moving forward.

The exact audience who cares about the differences between IE, Chrome, WebKit, Trident and all of the cross roads of the various technologies is not going to be "fooled" by a re-branding. Those are the people who matter. Those are the people who are developing web technologies. Give them the features that they want. At the same time, give the end users a stable, secure application.

The truth is that the war is over. HTML5 is here. Everything that used to require ActiveX can now be done in HTML5. I am already seeing large vendors make the switch. One of our larger LOB application, a web app with hundreds of internal users, recently went HTML5. The vendor did a great job. The UI looks exactly the same. The only difference that the end users see is that the site now "magically works in Chrome".

Comment: Re:Why is this Apple's problem? (Score 1) 249

by dave562 (#47674101) Attached to: Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

At the same time, companies pay premiums for shelf placement. I have never been into a Wal-Mart and are not familiar with their operations, but I know for certain that this is how it works in large chain grocery stores. The shelves higher or lower than eye level cost less than the ones right at eye level. Similarly, in the cereal eye the companies pay more to have their sugar laden cereals on the lower shelves so that they are at eye level for children.

It would be interesting to see if Apple eventually allows developers to pay for preferential placement. I do not see why they would not. Everyone else pays for eyeballs, whether it is on Facebook or

Comment: Consolidate your processes (Score 1) 199

by dave562 (#47673227) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

This should not be an either or discussion. As new features are being developed, there should be a resource tasked with leading the documentation team and ensuring that they stay up to date with the feature changes. The resource needs to be technical enough to listen, take good notes, and most importantly, understand what the developers are talking about during the change meetings. Conversely, the developers need to be available to that person and their team when additional clarification is needed. That will slow the developers down a little bit, and we all know how much developers hate having to explain what they do... but in the long run, the product will be better for it and the team will be better for it.

Comment: Re:The suck, it burns .... (Score 2) 179

by dave562 (#47673175) Attached to: Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

Microsoft gets no pass! I generally give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt, but there are too many instances of this. I am going to go off on a bit of a tangent here, but the fail to eat their own dog food. They come up with Best Practices, and they do not even follow them internally. There is not an internal body at Microsoft that enforces uniform standards. They have it setup that way to mitigate risk to the company. If they had a single body responsible for maintaining order, they open themselves up to the risks associated with the failure of that body. So instead, they just compartmentalize and each team ends up doing their own thing. Therefore the inevitable fallout is contained.

That organization strategy causes problems like this. They restrict their ability to test patches across the groups. They have damned themselves. And they have done it to cover their own asses. Therefore, they get zero sympathy.

It is never going to happen, but they need to modify their business model. Instead of forcing people onto the upgrade treadmill, they should move over to a maintenance subscription model. Doing that would allow them to continue to improve the products, and stop focusing on pushing out new features all the time. For the most part, Windows, Office, Exchange and SQL server are "good enough" in terms of feature set. Now they just need to focus on making them stable, and improving the tooling that is already there.

Comment: Welcome to Thunderdome! (Score 1) 299

by dave562 (#47665833) Attached to: Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

The internet is the ultimate gladiator arena for thoughts. If an idea cannot stand up to the harsh scrutiny of a bunch of anonymous trolls, it probably does not deserve to thrive permanently in the public realm. The reality of internet trolling is that people are free to say what they actually think, without the tethers of society keeping their ego in check. It does get ugly and unproductive at times, but let's face it, ideas are stronger for running the gauntlet.

I especially think that news sites need to support comments. The primary reason for that is so that that informed members of the public can provide counter points and make persuasive arguments to influence people who might be on the fence about the subject. Every site, from a mainstream site like CNN to the darkest fringes of the internet, is biased. As a society, we need to be able to counter the bias and the best way to do that is with discourse.

Comment: Re:This is going to end so well for them! (Score 3, Insightful) 147

by dave562 (#47665425) Attached to: T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

Where do those who determine what is and is not ethical come down on the issue ISPs who introduce artificial scarcity by refusing to re-invest the revenue that they generate from their customers into infrastructure upgrades that would allow them to support the internet usage habits of ALL of their users?

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James