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Comment Argh! (Score 1) 294

The last version of Firefox that I used unmodified out-of-the-box was version 2. Worked fine. Ever since it's been a game of whack-a-mole. Cannot think of a single must-have feature that had been added; instead, it's been a down-hill slide of trying to undo all the stupid new "features" that ruin an otherwise fine product. An endless treadmill of installing add-on extensions and tweaking about:config. Please, STOP IT!

Comment Will You Fire Me? (Score 4, Informative) 141

I asked that once of the Director. It was a blatent request.

He refused. "Nope."

Left me stuck with an impossible job. Fortunately, things worked themselves out.

Nowadays, he comes around and pesters me. I want to fire him, but can't, because he's retired. Maybe I should resign.

Comment Rarely (Score 1) 319

If you mean upgrading to a new version - will do it on rare occassion, either need new features, or the old version didn't work so well. Maybe once per machine. If you means applying patches, then only once when the new OS is installed, then never. In any case, all my OS's are long since out of support anyway.

Comment Re:Europe is a shadow of itself (Score 1) 266

"America on the other hand never had any war on its main land."

The American Civil War was fought on US soil, is considered one of the earliest "Industrial Wars", and resulted in over one million casualties. Not the largest war ever, but its impact is still felt today.

"Also, europe is very strong in the free software world."

There was also that guy Torvalds from Finland who created something called Linux.

Comment Re:Hard To Say (Score 3, Interesting) 293

No trolling, and even though you post as AC, you raise a good point. Slashdot is not functional without Javascript enabled, and so that is how I read it. Nevertheless, it is teetering on the edge of becoming unusable. The moment it crosses the threshold, I will stop reading it. There are many websites that I used to visit (some hosting content by very good writers) but the Javascript jockeys have turned them to mush. The submitter seems to aspire to becoming one of those jockeys. What do I know? I'm just one person - a tiny mote in webserver logs. Whether I am a canary ...

[Way OT - I just used the Post button. What's quick reply?]

Comment The PM writes good code (Score 1) 230

I was able to compile it with both gcc and g++, even though it seems to have been written for a Windoze system. So yes, it is legal as both C and C++ code.

No idea how to run it. Was expecting "You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here." Instead, all you get is "Row[1] :"

Comment Face-to-Face Communication Matters (Score 4, Interesting) 133

Many years a go I was coordinating a group of developers that was somewhat larger than yours and possibly even more distributed. E-mail and phone conferences were fine, but they were no substitute for face-to-face communication. At some point I just decided that we all needed to get together for a 2-day meeting every month, which meant everyone else had to fly in, except for those in Asia, who joined by videoconference in spite of ridiculous time zone differences. No objections from upper management. It definitely helped (and later learned that people regretted when I stopped holding the meetings.) The key is to make sure you work in a place where it is a non-stop flight for everyone else.

At the moment I am working on a project where the center of activity is two time zones away. Coming up on a review, I realized that there was a big disconnect in how the people in charge thought my part of the project would work - this in spite of our having even more advanced online collaborative tools to communicate. On my own initiative, I flew out to where the rest of the project is located. It was for 2 days, and it was extremely productive - indeed, essential.

There always seems to be a mandate in organizations that people travel too much, and it needs to be cut back. I look at it the opposite - people don't travel enough.

We want to create puppets that pull their own strings. - Ann Marion