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Comment Re:Nope (Score 4, Interesting) 132

I'd like to share my own experience, since I'm self-taught programmer.

I started programming 35 years ago, on a pocket calculator (TI58-C), then moved onto some micro-computers.
At this time, I realized that that's what I wanted to do as my job.
So I spent a lot of time disassembling code, in order to understand how it was done.
Then I started to write my own games.
I finally got hired into a video game company, but I realized that working in a company could not provide me enough software education.
I bought the Art of Computer Programming, and I passionately read it.
Later, I entered programming contests, where I could explore combinatorial algorithms by practicing them.
Now, I'm equivalent to a software engineer, though I'm underemployed given my experience.

So yes, you can practice programming and acquire theoretical bases afterwards.
But most coders I met were satisfied with their level, never trying to challenge their knowledge.
I don't speak about learning new languages, but new ways to solve problems.
They are more dedicated to build their career.

Comment Re:After RTFA (Score 2) 157

Since I'm from France, I found some other articles explaining the real reasons, and they are pretty different from TFA.

Here are my sources:

First, Montreuil is 11 kilometers away from Paris, it's reasonably near and a lot cheaper.
You can check the photographs, the residents live only a few meters from the datacenter.

The problems appeared because Interxion would like to add an extension to the datacenter, doubling its capacity, and thus the noise it produces.

Here is a translation about the various causes:

In particular because of the presence of generators with combustion engine, of course designed for use in emergency power supply and when the monthly testing and maintenance, but also for refrigeration systems installed outdoors on terraces, designed to operate continuously, and because of a law daily traffic of 15 heavy vehicles.
Besides the sirens sometimes trigger during the night.

It's nice to have datacenters, but it's hellish to live nearby.
And if you are the owner of a house nearby, your house cannot be sold at a correct price.

Comment Re:What's in a patent? (Score 1) 76

In fact, it's quite easy to patent new ideas.
There are even methodologies for that: TRIZ, SIT, ASIT or USIT.

The only problem is that these methods don't focus on "inventing" but on "improving" existing ideas.
So basically, it's not a very "creative" process, so "genius" is not required.

Comment Re:Suggestion... (Score 2) 230

A french magazine for consumers wrote an interesting article about long-term reliability of the various cars.

Volkswagen has a generally good quality, but still a lot of problems.
Here are a few ones:
- fouling and breakage of the turbo diesel 4 cylinder
- failure of injectors and water/oil leakage on the 1.6 TDI

The recommended models are : Up!, Polo (except diesel until 2014), current Golf Jetta and Passat, New Beetle, Sharan since 2013 and current Touareg.

If you are interested, I can translate some of their recommendations.

Comment Continuous integration (Score 1) 325

In fact, what you want is several different tools, at least a VCS and an integrated build:

At my company, we are using CruiseControl.NET, which is free and open-source, but seems discontinued.
It's sufficient for our needs.
We use a SVN server to make our commits (with TortoiseSvn on the clients), it's dead simple to install and use.
Configuring CruiseControl is more tedious, but you'll get automated builds, along with code coverage and unit tests.

A better tool may exist, but we use this one.

Comment Divide-and-conquer is an art (Score 5, Insightful) 281

Dear Anders,

I know you are trying to defend your point of view, that DevOps is THE solution to everybody's problems.

I agree that divide-and-conquer is an approach useful in algorithms (especially if you pass Google's recruitment tests), but it's much more difficult in real life.

Social loafing exists in groups, and has been known since a long time.
Ringelmann measured the productivity at the beginning of the twentieth century, and discovered what is now named Ringelmann effect:
Ringelmann's original article explains that a team of 8 persons produces the work of 4.
You may argue that you can optimize that by splitting in several groups, but the effect exists starting at 2 persons (85% of effort is produced).

To a certain degree, you can optimize a process by splitting tasks in independent subtasks, preferably assigned to one person each.
However, there are several major problems:
1) some tasks are not as independent as you may imagine
2) some tasks require that people with multiple domains work on them
3) some tasks are so long that it slows down the entire process. It is well known in Supply Chain that a single bottlenecks reduce your output.
4) splitted tasks become boring as hell
5) working alone doesn't improve your knowledge

So no, you didn't show that the Mythical Man-Month has been disproved.
You just showed that dividing tasks to a certain level may improve productivity, which is nothing new.

Also, applying efficiently DevOpt requires experienced managers.
Experience comes from mistakes and mixing various techniques, like ITIL, Scrum, DevOps, etc.
If you only use DevOps, I can assure you that you are bound to fail !

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 2) 928

I'm sorry, but what Linus says is pure bullshit.

It's not about manipulating others or faking politeness, it's about respecting others.
You don't have to be condescending to be respectful.
And you can avoid bullying people when unnecessary.
It's all about non-violence: you treat others as you expect that they treat you.

At my first job, 30 years ago, experienced people were bullying inexperienced people, just because they had a little bit more knowledge.
Even though I was on the experienced part, it was a terrible experience for me, since toxic people endelessly badmouthed others and it was very demotivating.
A few years after I quit, I learned that the toxic guys were badmouthing each others, to the point that there have been some revenge, and the police was called !!!

What I learned from that is that if you want to be alone, you can treat others like shit, it doesn't matter.
But if you need to build a community, you have to learn how to behave, and encourage people to share knowledge and help them feel secure.
From a non-violent point of view, you have to realize that your actions will cause unpredictable reactions, and by treating others like shit, you are perceived as what you really are: an asshole.

Linus probably believes that he's irreplaceable, but he's not, and I'm sure he won't be missed.

Comment Re:Bingo ! (Score 1) 107

I think you are too pessimistic.

I don't really disagree with you, since it's obvious that money goes to people who already have money, and I see Apple making piles of cash, and keeping it to itself.
At a given moment, the whole system will collapse, but is it really a bad thing ?

I see the advertising model as a way to create a fake good reputation.
It's easier to invent a good self-image and ignore what's wrong, and that's where Apple, Google and Facebook excel.

Hey, you are starting to rub off on me !

Comment Bingo ! (Score 4, Insightful) 107

I detected a Bullshit Bingo:

Seriously, their business is to rip off small businesses.
Their service can only be used once, because even dumb businesses realize instantly that it doesn't attract regular customers.

"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

Comment Re:It might finally be time for this (Score 1) 1291

Indeed, but do you believe that you would need a million dollars every year ?

I know we are in a period of opulence, but you don't need money to have a good life.
I would say that you can easily be happy without money.

Disclaimer: my wife just died, and I'm currently reducing drastically my lifestyle, since most of my money was spent for/by her.
Thus, the question I asked also applies for me. I can probably live with less than $1000 every month.

My mother is a fish. - William Faulkner