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Comment: Re:Author is dumb (Score 4, Insightful) 224

by fractoid (#46763785) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

I'm a senior developer at a 21 year old startup that does C# thick clients over Microsoft SQL back ends.

At a what? Are you at a 21-year-old company or are you at a startup?

Or are you at a 21-year-old company that pretends to be a startup when they say things like "hey guys we're a startup so can you work this weekend?"

Comment: This role exists in any non-software business. (Score 5, Insightful) 224

by fractoid (#46763417) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer
This sysadmin/scripter/system architect/DBA role exists in virtually every company that has a core business other than IT or software development. Even in a very large multinational, there's more utility in having one "Mr Wizard" in each business unit than there is in having a room full of software developers somewhere far away from the rest of the business.

It really is a support role and it's more an outgrowth of system administration than it is saddling your brightest software guy with managing the mail server. Of course, it's possible to get stuck in that role because there's nowhere to go from there, but it's a niche that suits some people. If it doesn't suit you, then move.

It's also a distinct role from the "do everything guy" at a startup, because at a startup everyone is multitasking and as the startup expands, new people are hired to take on some of these roles. DevOps is a role in itself.

Comment: Helicopter blades have a huge disc area. (Score 1) 157

by fractoid (#46754331) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?
And this is the issue with every single "flying car" prototype. The efficiency of a rotorcraft is determined by its disc loading. All of the VTOL "flying car" designs have a comparatively tiny disc area, and thus a ridiculous disc loading. With enough power you can make something like that, but in terms of engineering complexity, cost, and reliability it'll be far closer to a Harrier Jump Jet than it will to the Jetsons' car. That SkyTran thing seems pretty cool. Basically an autonomous pod transport system a la every sci-fi metropolis ever.

Comment: Re:Isolation, Reflection and Cross-talk (Score 2) 35

by fractoid (#46490747) Attached to: Nanoscale Terahertz Optical Switch Breaks Miniaturization Barrier

[...] if your new experimental thing isn't at *least* an order of magnitude better than current production, there's little point pursuing it in commercial directions [...]

You have to take into account the potential of the new technology as well. Consider the transition from DC to AC power - initially there wasn't much in it, because voltages were low and transmission distances were short. It was only after the whole electricity industry scaled up that AC really showed its strengths... but the potential was there and so it was a worthwhile investment even early on.

Comment: Re:Malaysia denies everything ! (Score 1) 382

So don't you think that the telemetry shutting off BEFORE the plane dropped off radar is even MORE suspicious?

If they'd shut off at the same time, then kaboom. If they'd shut off after the plane dropped off radar, then maybe some electronics was battery backed or whatever and was still transmitting until it got waterlogged and sank. But shutting off 20 minutes before the plane dropped off radar would indicate deliberate sabotage.

Contemptuous lights flashed flashed across the computer's console. -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy