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Comment: Sense and sanity (Score 2) 97

by plopez (#49376639) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology

This basically sums up things I've said over the years and thought about. You and your team have a problem to solve. Anything that gets in the way of solving that problem is the wrong solution. Learning a bunch of new tech looking for a silver bullet or because it is 'kewl' is the wrong answer. There is the learning curve to consider as well as the instability inherent in a new tool set which needs to be understood when making these decisions.

What is even more distressing is when you see bad ideas return like bad pennies, network databases are now graph databases for example. ACID compliance sacrificed for 'speed'. Having to write you own threading management code. Those immediately pop into my mind. Sure, there may be some short term gains but what about 5 years from now? After a huge investment throwing something away and replacing it becomes difficult and expensive. I am looking for the citation but I once heard that the maintenance costs of software far outstrip development costs by about 10 to one.

My advice is to first learn the problem domain which includes keeping a long term view in mind, then pick the tool set with a bias towards the tired and true workhorses. Spend less time thinking about your tools and more time solving the actual problem.

Comment: The Republcans would never let her win (Score 0) 346

by plopez (#49366813) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid

Because women don't belong in the WH. Only white rich males are really qualified for leadership. The fact Obama made it in enrages them. They will trot Carly out to show how inclusive they are and split the woman vote but then stab her in the back in the end. See what happened to Herman Cain and Colin Powell as examples of their dirty tricks. Women and minorities will always be outsiders in that party.

Comment: He soon recieve an email (Score 1) 157

by plopez (#49362919) Attached to: UK Licensing Site Requires MSIE Emulation, But Won't Work With MSIE

On behalf of Her Majesty's Special Security Services you have completed the level one security service selection process and you are hereby accepted as a level one Security Yeoman. You are here ordered to appear for further training and screening at a secret location code named 'The Village'. As per the software ELUA (you did read the EULA, didn't you?) you are hereby bound by both the public and classified sections of the official secrets act including section 4. You will be further briefed on your new assignment by courier only. Note that you are now travel restricted until such a time as we determine your proper role and clearance.

We are excited to have you as part of our team. If you have any questions do not reply to this email. Your contact will provide with suitable blind box drops for communications. If asked your cover will be that you will be attending a Windows 10 security 'boot camp' in Wales.


Comment: Re:And now, things get Ugly. (Score 1) 120

by plopez (#49337499) Attached to: Uber To Turn Into a Big Data Company By Selling Location Data

Most of what you complain about is due to insufficient tax revenue or due to Congressional attempts to actually interfere with good governance and good stewardship. As the other poster said, move to a country without a strong government such as Somalia or Mexico. Just watch out for the gangs, militias and death squads. A few taxes are a low price to pay for the benefits of civilization.

Comment: Re:And now, things get Ugly. (Score 4, Insightful) 120

by plopez (#49335623) Attached to: Uber To Turn Into a Big Data Company By Selling Location Data

Is there a word for that even? Where you pay somebody and they unwelcomingly shag you? Only thing I can think of is "taxpayer."

Nah. I don't know your situation but I get, or have received; roads, schools, fire protection, cheap food, clean water (unheard of in many places in the world), airports, railway travel, national parks, national forests, state forests, public parks, heavily subsidized university education, cleaner air, cleaner water, and public libraries. By pooling my tax money with others I we use our combined cash to create a civilization. Which is why I hate tax cheats and dodgers, they are parasites.

In the sciences, we are now uniquely priviledged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand. -- Gerald Holton