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Comment: Re:Neatness counts (Score 1) 116

by spatley (#47022371) Attached to: Finding More Than One Worm In the Apple
i will go you one further and say that the more open style of braces would have shown the bug quite clearly
if ((err = SSLHashSHA1.update( &hashCtx, &signedParams)) != 0)
   goto fail;
   goto fail;
   if ((err = &hashCtx, &hashOut)) != 0)
      goto fail;
// if you always put a brace on the line after the evaluation of an if, and tab in, the nesting will be obvious.

Comment: Am I the only one (Score 0, Offtopic) 106

by spatley (#42971143) Attached to: Why My Team Went With DynamoDB Over MongoDB

that is getting sick of this content-free, slashdot echo chamber, clickcrack stuff. Hey Slashdot, why do you need whole nuther site to post original articles? And why do those articles make such a deafening sucking sound?
Problem is that I would be interested in a reasoned look at MongoDB v Dynamo but my experience with is not to waste my time by reading TFA.

Comment: the answer is "I don't know" (Score 1) 219

by spatley (#42279053) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Interviewing Your Boss?
The trick to managing technical people is knowing what you don't know and allowing technical experts do their job without infuriating them with stupid questions.
-- ask some technical questions, make sure at least a few the candidate will not know the answer to. If they fake it rather than saying "I don't know" PASS
-- give a situation to deal with (the server is down) and ask "what do you want me to do?" if it is anything other than "fix it and let me know the details only after you are done" PASS

One of the most overlooked advantages to computers is... If they do foul up, there's no law against whacking them around a little. -- Joe Martin