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Comment Not going to be feasible at a publicly traded cmp. (Score 1) 69 69

They have controls in place that require executive approval of all changes. Any unapproved changes are a firing expense. So the little tuning changes we always used to do for "free" can't be done. Likewise, the changes won't be approved since by management point of view, there is no value to the activity since it is not a feature (this is true at small companies too- had a developer bend my ear on this issue literally today a few hours ago).

Comment Software Priesthood (Score 1) 337 337

The whole thrust of ESR's Cathedral and the Bazaar essay...

You're about 30 years late WRT your reference. When I said "back in the day"...

I first saw the term "software priesthood" in print in Byte magazine -- it was 1976, I think. It was already in play among those of us who had already been programming for a while, and even more so among certain sectors of management.

Comment Re:Industrial network (Score 1) 51 51

So my "follow the money" joke, really should be this. IF the people in charge are asking for it, find and suggest a solution that can do it safely. If they are not willing to pay for your solution, find another, albeit less safe solution and present it with a list of assumed risks. Rinse and repeat until you have a solution they are willing to pay for with risks they are accepting, then do that.

They want easy, and cheap. That limits you slightly...

Some people manage by the book, even though they don't know who wrote the book or even what book.

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