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Comment: Re: I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 648

by chaboud (#47550017) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

I'm not missing anything. I think there is a balance between abusive language and professionalism to be had, and nothing in his incensed email steps over the line. Would I write it? No, but I wouldn't quit over it either.

It takes time to be measured and restrained, and the party that never snaps at someone doesn't have the hidden backstop of snapping to keep things in line. People should want to avoid disappointing Linus, and negative reinforcement matters.

It can't be all carrot. There has to be a stick.

What happens when you only stick to professionalism? I've worked in a couple of companies that stuck to professional communication only and strongly frowned upon brutal honesty. Guess what? They're inefficient, bloated, bureaucratic messes that allow horrible engineers to get by (or even ahead). Have I learned to play in that environment? Sure, but it's a losing formula.

Likely couples, teams should learn how to fight. If they don't, passive aggressive sniping and collective failure are almost certain.

Comment: Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (Score 1) 484

The UN is so ridiculously and blatantly anti-Israel that they sanctioned israel 22 times in a single year but completely ignored genocide in Africa. Top level UN officials have repeatedly admitted the UN is biased, and a majority of the "sanctions" and "statistics" put out are directly from arab nations and representatives within the UN.

http://www.theguardian.com/com...
http://www.americanthinker.com...
http://www.unwatch.org/site/c....

Comment: Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (Score 1) 484

Comment: Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (Score 1) 484

Israel already offered a complete capitulation to virtually all demands and a two state solution in the Camp David accords. The Saudi Royal Family flat out said it would be a crime against the palestinian people if Arafat refused. Guess who walked out without even making a counter-offer?

Comment: Re: I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 648

by chaboud (#47546233) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Sorry, but in an environment driven by praise and scorn more than money, this type of feedback is not only effective, but also probably essential. The absolute sharpest development environment I've ever worked in (in 16 years as a professional programmer) was an environment of harsh, ultra critical abuse and genuine unadulterated excitement and praise on success.

Linus verbally abuses people who shit out bad code because it reduces the likelihood that others will shit out bad code. He also cares about the code base and tool chain and expects others to do the same or get out of the sandbox.

In an environment where people can't be fired, this type of political play is all that exists. Growing up in an environment of complete terror of sloppiness mixed with genuine comraderie was the single best thing for my growth as an engineer that I have ever experienced.

In an environment of people who can take it, it works. An environment of people who need only positive reinforcement or carefully metered criticism is one that will almost certainly produce shitty code and operate inefficiently.

Besides, head-dropped sloth? That shit is just funny. If that is too much for you, good luck in the real world.

Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes. -- Richard Hamming

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