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Comment: My opinion (Score 4, Insightful) 181

by dskoll (#48920019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

I started a software company back in 1999; we're still around and up to 10 employees, so I have had some moderate success in the software business.

I think the LifeHacker link makes a lot of good points. I especially agree with limiting overtime. I *never* ask my developers to work overtime. Just never. Because I don't set release dates. When someone asks when the next release will be, I say "when it's ready" and I mean it. It's far more important to get it right than to get it out "on time", whatever that is.

I would add that to be a great software developer, you need a lot of discipline. You need to write your unit and regression tests even if you don't feel like it and even if you'd rather be moving on to the next cool feature. You need to write your documentation clearly and comprehensively. You need to have your code reviewed; even the best programmer can benefit from suggestions that improve code clarity.

You need to listen to your customers. You can write the greatest software in the world, but if it doesn't do what your clients want, that's not much use. But you also need to have enough judgement to know when your customers are asking for something ridiculous and you need to have the communication skills necessary to explain to them why what they think they want isn't what they really want.

You also have to be passionate. If you went into computer science because you thought you'd get a secure job, but never particularly liked computers and didn't do programming on your own time, forget it... you won't be a great software developer.

Comment: Re:Freedom of expression (Score 2) 1350

by dskoll (#48756981) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Most Muslims are very nice people. You didn't read what I wrote. Islam is intrinsically evil. Most Muslims are not evil because their intrinsic human nature leads them to reject the evil aspects of Islam. Unfortunately, it's dangerous to verbalize this because apostasy in Islam is punishable by death. So most Muslims quietly reject the worst aspects of Islam without actually admitting to doing that.

You say you find my generalization offensive? How offensive do you find the cold-blooded murder of 12 people just because they dared to exercise their democratic right to free expression?

Comment: Re:Terrorists (Score 3, Informative) 1350

by dskoll (#48755153) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

+1. Islam is petrified of people who think, because thinking people will see it for the racist, facist, evil, misogynistic, hateful, backward pile of war-mongering nastiness that it truly is.

Anyone who doubts the depths of depravity encouraged by Islam should read Cruel and Usual Punishment, written by a former Muslim who suffered at the hands of Islam.

Comment: Re:Religions codify survival info ... (Score 1) 755

by dskoll (#48704635) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Religion is very easy to reach and abuse.

Flip it around - there are billions of religious people who don't kill anyone

How many of them don't kill because they just think it's wrong? And how many say "Wow, I sure would have liked to have killed someone except my religion says it's wrong." Only in the latter case does religion deserve any credit.

Comment: Re:Religions codify survival info ... (Score 1) 755

by dskoll (#48702873) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

But the desire to kill comes from within

Yes. But it takes an organizing philosophy to rally others around you to commit atrocities. Religion is very, very good for that. As such, religion is highly dangerous. It's like ordnance left lying around, just waiting for the right terrorist to come along and use it.

Comment: Re:Religions codify survival info ... (Score 1) 755

by dskoll (#48702867) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

miss the fact that it doesn't take religion to convince people to kill and otherwise mistreat one another

That is true. But religion provides a very powerful organizing principle for sociopaths to justify their actions and to convince others that they're right. In this way, religion is similar to other theoretically-fine but practically-disgusting ideologies such as communism.

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