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Comment Re:Private sector will always do it better. (Score 1) 352

> People *need* healthcare. They get sick. They don't *need* Internet access;

Ok so give up your telephone, electricity and plumbing. You don't *need* any of that. People may not need Facebook and Twitter, but some level of remote communication makes life a whole lot easier (not to mention efficient). If I have internet I don't need any other telecommunications, internet is the modern information carrier.

Comment Re:Say what? (Score 2) 392

Lives at stake? Seriously? Have you READ the regulations on diesel emissions? So, there's a few more nitrates, you are *burning* the diesel, where do the regulators expect this stuff to go? Basically you have to hobble the vehicle in order to pass US emissions tests. The only thing VW got by doing this was a leg up on the competition. (assuming the competition wasn't doing the same thing... time will tell)

Comment Re:Learn about something before changing it (Score 1) 583

Actually, this suggests I didn't read the grandparent closely enough.

> "before you start suggesting changes"

Just uh. Close your mouth. Suggesting changes is rarely useful, even when asked for suggestions they often bring only peril. If you're doing it yourself, you aren't likely to over-commit when you know it's going to be you that has to fix every problem that crops up. However, telling someone else what to do hardly has such checks and balances.

Even having led projects to get more done than I could finish on my own under a deadline, I never told other developers how to do anything. I merely laid out a plan of what needed to be done along with at least one method of accomplishing the goal. If they find another nearly equal or better solution, who am I to question that?

Comment Re:Learn about something before changing it (Score 1) 583

Very true on the macro/fundamental level, but on the micro level, often changing things is what teaches us.

How can you learn HOW it works without breaking it a few times. Be free to make and revert changes, just be careful with your commits.

(Of course, a single senior dev should be able to revert the bad changes of countless interns, but wasting other's time is always an embarrassment. In larger shops a single build engineer can work integration magic on a whole project during fast-paced changes.)

Comment Re:A couple of things (Score 1) 583

I dunno, if I couldn't trust my company's IT department to back up a simple Mercurial repository I think I'd be deep in paranoia land...

Put EVERYTHING IMPORTANT in the repository... now that I can get behind. (or for really large projects bin/docs can be a file-share of some kind as long as everyone has a copy and it's mostly write-once and not heavily edited)

Comment Re:A couple of things (Score 2) 583

After years of dealing with people who simply haven't learned the discourse of mutual understanding, I find myself automatically translating for them.

After you're answered time and again with "How is this stupid? I don't understand what you would like to change." and have details you never imagined shared with you in an easy to follow manner, you'll start doing the same yourself without even realizing it.

Basically, try to be around people and organizations who already do this instinctively and you'll find good habits can rub off on people as much as bad ones can.

As to your boss, he's probably afraid of "getting in trouble" or "running out of work" which, I've always found when doing a good job, is pretty much an impossibility. Somehow you'll have to ween him off his false-fears. (And maybe share a few real ones with him: poor requirements, unknown project status, lack of transparency, etc)

Comment Re: We the taxayer get screwed. (Score 1) 356

minimum wage 40hrs x 50 weeks is over $18,000 / year but the minimum you have to earn to pay federal taxes is $9,500 / year (about half that). True, many employers keep low earners below 30 or 35 hours a week to avoid paying benefits or treating workers as "full time" but still, they're well above the minimum federal income tax limit.

In most states anyone working over about 1,000 hours/year (even at minimum wage) will most likely have to pay federal income tax.

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