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Comment: Monday-morning meetings (Score 1) 361

by dutchd00d (#45402647) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

Something that we did at my previous job, and that I have successfully lobbied for at my current one, is the Monday-morning meeting. The whole team gets together, everyone explains - in a few short sentences - what he's currently working on, and mentions anything else people might want to know about (when they will be absent, for example). The team-leader sometimes talks a little about upcoming projects or company news. Shouldn't take more than half an hour, and everyone gets up-to-speed on what people are working on. It's sort of like the agile "stand-up meeting", only once a week instead of every day.

Maybe you could introduce something like this? After all, why should you be the only one who has to explain what they're doing?

Comment: Re:Most people have NO clue what space travel is l (Score 1) 308

by dutchd00d (#44900667) Attached to: To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now

That people working for NASA believe this explains a lot about why NASA has gone nowhere in the last couple of decades.

Yeah. How dare those who know what they're talking about trample all over my wishful thinking.

Space flight is easy, man. They did it on Star Trek decades ago.


Comment: Re: Is this the point in time.. (Score 4, Insightful) 712

by dutchd00d (#43389385) Attached to: Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

The NT family was designed from day one for multi user access and security.

If that is true (and it may well be) I wonder why so many applications require administrator rights to run, not just to install. I suspect that is because historically applications always did have administrator access, and so developers expected this to always be the case. That is why I think Windows (even the modern, multi-user aware versions derived from NT) is still hobbled by its single-user history.

Comment: Re: Is this the point in time.. (Score 1) 712

by dutchd00d (#43388933) Attached to: Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

Windows users say: "Of course there aren't any Linux viruses. It's too small a target." Linux users say: "Of course there aren't any Linux viruses, it has far better security." The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.

It probably helps that Unix was developed from the beginning as a multi-user system, where you had to think about not letting one user trample all over another, whereas Windows started out as a single-user system where users could only f*ck up their own stuff if they did something stupid. The whole multi-user security thing was bolted on afterwards.

On the other hand, if you can get a user to type whatever you tell them to, or if you have physical access to it, no system is secure.

Comment: Re:C? (Score 4, Informative) 535

by dutchd00d (#42509795) Attached to: C Beats Java As Number One Language According To TIOBE Index

Encapsulation - the ability to hide functions inside classes is a far bigger feature of C++ than any of the above.

And how do you hide functions? You put them behind a "private" or "protected" access specifier, but you still have to show them in the class definition in the header file. That's not hiding. That's saying "look at all my nifty functions, none of which you can use, neener neener neener".

In C you prefix those functions with a "static" keyword, and they aren't visible anywhere outside the original source file. Once you compile them into a .o file it's as if they never existed. That is hiding.

Comment: Re:no love for mutt? (Score 3, Informative) 464

by dutchd00d (#42233443) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

It might not have helped that my work's server used a custom IMAP namespace either.

I suspect that may have been your only problem. I set "folder" to "imaps://hostname.of.mailserver", set an imap_user and an imap_pass and away it goes. No external program required.

You do need an external program (muttprofile) to switch between profiles/servers though, and that does take some setting up.

Comment: Re:no love for mutt? (Score 3, Interesting) 464

by dutchd00d (#42232379) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

That is the beauty of mutt, I have my configuration save on a git repo, so it is trivial to get any new linux/similar OS to run locally mutt so that remote issue is not a problem

I do that for all my dot-files (including ~/.muttrc). Log in to a new system, svn checkout ~/src/env, run make install there and boom, it's like coming home. Wonderful.

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