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Comment: Re:whine (Score 1) 124

by bickerdyke (#46764893) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

DevOps is all about creating dangerous conflicts of interrest.


And I'd even go so far to say that we need MORE conflicts of interests.

A software company is full of conflicts if interrests. You have the sharholders who want money, sales who care about release dates, customers who request a feature, devs who know that that feature will have unpleaseant side-effects that the same users would not accept and so on.

"Resolve" those "conflicts" by completly seperating them into different roles, and you have a company where departments will fight each other to the bone and management will be busy with conflict resolution instead of actual work.

You need to have people inbetween those branches who know how to make them work together.

Comment: Even a bestselling novel can have a typo (Score 5, Insightful) 346

by sandytaru (#46761141) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?
We're surrounded by tiny errors in the world. Heck, they're even built into our DNA. The vast majority of tiny little errors do no harm, and we don't notice them. We gloss over them, like a typo in a book. It's just that every once in a while, a tiny little error can occur that snowballs into something much greater. Like cancer. Or a massive, accidental security leak.

More eyeballs usually do make bugs more shallow, but only if the eyes know what to look for.

Comment: Also Netflix is willing to play nice (Score 1) 311

by Sycraft-fu (#46758787) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

They'll provide ISPs with cache engines for their content. That way, it doesn't use near as much bandwidth. Their content gets pushed to the cache engine, and that streams to the customer. It is win-win since both the ISP -and- Netflix get to use less bandwidth.

So it isn't like the ISPs can whine that Netflix is just too heavy a load. They can get cache engines and call it good. Netflix even picks up the cost of said cache engines near as I know.

Cox does this. They've had fast streaming and "super HD" for a long time because they have Netflix cache engines. Comcast is just being greedy.

Comment: Re:What about capital gains or dividents? (Score 3, Interesting) 360

by bickerdyke (#46756953) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Germany here, but PAYE applies here too. It's similar for capital gains: The bank automatically sends your estimated taxes to the tax office. At the end of the year, you get a report. Exactly as you PAYE report, it contains a transaction ID which can be used to refer to those advance payments when you want or have to actually file your taxes. (If you can expect a refund, you may file one, if you have other income besides the advanced-taxed income, you have to)

Comment: Had to do paper for a few years (Score 3, Interesting) 360

by sandytaru (#46756675) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
I tried to efile a few years ago and discovered someone had already submitted a tax return under my SSN. So I had to send in all my tax forms and all my proof of identity in paper, along with a statement of fraud or something of the sort. And I had to file paper again the next year since my SSN was blocked from efiling due to the fraud alert.

Finally got the ability to file normally again last year. We don't qualify for the free tax software any more, unfortunately. I think we used the paid version of Turbo Tax.

Comment: Re:It was a "joke" back then (Score 4, Interesting) 259

Which is exactly the point the article makes. That we're bad at predecting technology, because we tend to think along the lines of an evolution of existing technologies. But can't imagine even small but substantial new technologies. (in my example obviously the servo engine that could be used to control mechanical devices directly without a robot.)

Another case of "almost right" is from the same Asimov book (I didn't read more than that plus the short stories) is an exact description of a GPS device used for navigation. While the actual use was a spot on hit, the user interface was as far off as possible: No one could imagine LED/LED displays, so the device was a rod that heated the handle when you pointed it in the right direction.

Do you know that feeling when you're watching old speculative fiction pieces and suddenly realize that despite all that future tech, in a given moment, they's give their right arm for a simple Nokia cellphone? :-)

Comment: Re:So it's the "tech industry", so what? (Score 1) 280

by sandytaru (#46748485) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job
You can tell when someone has done any kind of help desk work, because when confronted by "X isn't working" the first thing they do is inquire as to whether they've rebooted since X was installed. Everything from Active Directory changes to a Windows update can cause junk to break, and rebooting takes five minutes at most.

I did help desk work for three years and I still forget this lesson sometimes since I switched to software dev. DID YOU REBOOT should be stapled on everyone's wall in every office on the planet. Printed next to the help desk number. Engraved into the plastic of your computer monitor.

Comment: Re:Maybe that's intresting trivia to you... (Score 1) 179

by bickerdyke (#46748271) Attached to: First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

I'm from Germany too, so I know the Autobahn quite well, too, but have hardly ever seen lighting there. (Except NRW) but that may vary.

And you wish it were 3 seconds.... at 150kph you're going at 41m/s. That's 120m in 3 seconds. Headlights go 50-60m up to 100m on the right side if - IF - you have assymetric headlights.

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