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Comment Re:Companies don't get it.... (Score 1) 444

*Focus your testing on driving good design and executing at the UNIT level (e.g. RAM, CPU, fuckall else - no database/network/filesystem bullshit in 'unit' tests!).

That one is new and interesting. Didn't know that. Could you expand on the "no database... in unit tests" part? And honestly, #1 and #2 on your list are the hardest part :(.

Comment Re:Free Time is the only currency worth a damn (Score 1) 444

Work-life balance is a horrible term. It means, the company gets your time outside of business hours. You are available 24/7. In return you can have flexible work hours, work from home, or take off 1-2 office hours for the official work you did late into the night. Overall the concept isn't all that bad. Until you start crossing 60 hrs/week. At which point those 9+ hours of work every day can really cut out family, friends, and sleep time.

If you sleep & eat 8 hours of the day, you only got 16 hours left. 60 hrs/week would normally mean 14 hours work/commute, 1 hour lunch break, and 2 hours for fun. Plus you got your weekends. Imagine those 9hrs/day spread across 2 or 3 sections of the 16 hours. Exactly what are you going to do with your short free time slots and no weekends? Sacrifice your sleep to extend your free time so you can atleast enjoy your Friday night?

Work-life balance is pretty good as long as the hours stay below 45 per week... which is extremely rare in IT. Above that, the company starts winning out and it should be called "24/7 availability". If HR says they offer work-life balance, understand that they are nothing special, they are just like everyone else. You should ask what they offer that others don't. What makes their company special compared to the rest? HR rarely knows how to answer that. Understand that you probably won't get the job if you do ask that.

Comment 5000 Respondents is enough (Score 1) 444

5000 respondents is a sufficient enough sample size to make generalizations... sometimes many non-generalizations. The size isn't the issue in as much the population it actually represents and if that population is representative of the whole IT sector. Not having read the article (who does?) but per the little in the summary, I think we are good on the sample size.

Anyway, I don't think a lot of companies are fixated on the idea that minor perks will translate to huge moral boosts. If they were, they would also understand that lack of said minor perks would result in the opposite. And I have yet to meet a client that thinks about either.

I think in IT, it is mostly the "no sense of mission" that depresses IT folks. There are "requirements documents" that aren't worth the pixels and Sharepoint storage they take up. Deadlines that assume that time machines have been invented. And "approvals" and "sign offs" that might as well be check boxes & a meeting attendee list because no one reads what they are signing off on.

All these end up with a mission path that keeps changing while not caring about the change costs. Its like taking a flight where the guys in business class keep changing where they want to land. Eventually they emergency land somewhere random or crash land somewhere or just crash and burn. Of course those business folks all have parachutes.

Whats depressing is that management is fully aware of the "reasons" why something went off rails, but continues to make the same mistake on all subsequent projects. We document lessons learned for the sake of write-only documentation and nothing more.

Comment Re:Probably will just make our jobs harder (Score 1) 109

>> We have scrum at 11pm...

I am sorry, but that statement just is so stupid on face value. I understand that most people say "Oh company X doesn't really do scrum" or "Scrum isn't done right anywhere." etc. But if your formal process is to actually have a meeting AFTER business hours... you have a pretty serious problem; least of which is that you aren't implementing scrum. I can understand if you got an off shore team in India/Turkey/Whocaresville. If you need to sync with them during their business hours, then you formally adjust YOUR business hours. You don't come in at 8am... you come on at 3pm and work till midnight.

Forget the IT "Mythical Man month" the other poster said. How do century old disciplines like HR, Legal, and "common sense" not find the above stupid as shit? You are implementing scrum because you have stupid processes that lead to the above and as proven a billion times, decreases return & productivity. But you can't get out of the inefficiency by using the same stupid processes and just labeling it "scrum".

Comment Re:It won't matter (Score 1) 109

Lower interest rates do not make a home cheaper. Its basically offset by a rise in the house price. The monthly payment affordability of someone doesn't change with rates or house prices. All that happens is what percent of that payment goes to interest and what to the loan. Lower interest rates, higher house price. Sure you can "afford" a more expensive home, but with all prices going up, you basically end up with the same "value". So if the rates today all of a sudden jumped to 7%, you can bet the home prices get depressed.

What will more likely happen is that house prices are supposed to go up by 5% but will only go up by 1% due to the interest rate correction. Keeping it low just "inflates" the house price. There are winners and loses when interest rates change. From an investment view point: rates going down, good time to sell; going up, good time to buy). The problem is moving out of the norm. And we been out of the norm too long.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 2) 70

On a personal network... I don't care, your choice. But on a business network, this is a no brainer. Its clearly from IBM's "No shit Sherlock" department. Some intern needed to write a security recommendation. Few enterprises have a business need for Tor, so why not block it? What good reason is there to have it unblocked?

As for where it stops ummm... when it actually hinders your business? If you business doesn't have ANY need to load webpages (ie: the book network at a stock exchange), then yes, you block standard webpages. Of course if you business relies on Tor (clearly not a publicly traded company); then you wouldn't block it either. Additionally, you may not block it on your dev, guest, or honeypot network.

Comment Re:Blimey (Score 1) 518

Its a lot more complicated than that. ion thrust, photon thrust, em thurst, etc are nothing new. But this appears to be.

Imagine a closed plastic box that has a propeller attached on the outside. You put it in water, turn it on, and it moves in a direction. Common, simple, normal physics.

Now fill that box with water, put the propeller on the inside, and turn it on. Does it move in a direction? Of course not.

From what I understand, replace the propeller with microwave generator and for certain shapes of the closed box, the thing appears to move very very little. So this is the controversy, is it really moving or is it just a measurement issue where the micro thrust is within the measuring instrument's margin of error.

If it is really moving... WHY? That is ground breaking and it opens up a new arena in the field of physics.

Comment Re:Europe has also had wire transfers (Score 1) 294

Honestly, for folks that are ok at managing budgets, there just isn't a need for "quick cash" here in the US. Almost everyone accepts cards*. Many people I know hardly go through a $20 bill in 3 months! You can transfer cash to almost any bank in 24 hours and withdraw it 24 hours later for free. Thou you do need to setup and link the accounts up front (again managing budgets). Most bank networks have it instantaneous within their network. We have 3 weeks to pay almost all bills and that's more than enough time to setup and execute autopays.

Quite frankly, there just isn't enough demand in the US to justify the switch from batch overnight transactions to costly just-in-time transactions (or some appearance of). I just used my credit card for 88 cents at

* = Government services & housing usually don't, but they accept personal checks.

Comment Re:I'm one of those people (Score 0) 336

Mod parent up. Well said.

There is so little "content" and "depth" in today's games. Tons of pixels animating a rain drop falling off a leaf but that adds so little to the game. The per pixel market value is going down but the cost of making it keeps going up. The industry is more geared toward making choose-your-own-adventure movies than an actual game. Such a sad state of affairs that I hope devs leaving will eventually fix.

Comment Re:Google Fiber (Score 2) 229

Yes, I HATE this about the phone, cable, and internet providers. I wish they would stop assuming that I am some retard. I did the assessment, I know what you offer, and I personally found it lacking.

They came up with some dollar value of their service(s) and it is asinine & disrespectful that they think we must agree to their determination. Clearly I am already pissed at the provider, the least they can do is quickly accept that we don't have a deal and make it a smooth separation and try again later. Funny, if they got rid of the legions of sales and "retention specialists", they could probably offer the service at the value I see it and not actually lose me. But then I guess our national unemployment rate would double.

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