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Comment Re:Boy Scout rulez apply... (Score 1) 148


But if you're writing a secure program it's something to keep in mind. (Something like a cfree or cdelete might be overkill/difficult to implement because of performance issues or sheer complexity but things like clearing video memory or other specific resources might still be a good idea.)

Honestly, after all the secure software initiatives and outcries that came out in the last decade I'm surprised this didn't pop up until now...

Comment Boy Scout rulez apply... (Score 1) 148

Leave the memory better than you found it.

Been doing this stuff for years and it never even occurred to me that this could be an issue. By "cleaning" up the memory usage on shutdown I just made sure I free'd the memory, not clearing it on the way out.

JVM and .NET VM makers take note - You could add this to your GC and shutdown code and give all programs automatic support for this easily.

Comment 2.7 BILLYUN... (Score 1) 207

That's how much Avatar made at the box office and it's a good bet TFA will meet or surpass that (which I continuously read as The F***** Article...)

When they bought Lucasfilm for 4 billion I thought they'd be hard pressed to make that money back. I knew they would but I thought it'd be several years and movies before they could recoup the cost.

But... they're going to practically do it with the first movie!

Comment Re:star wars has marketing? (Score 2) 207

The irony is that Fox practically gave Lucas most of the marketing rights for the first movie thinking Lucas was a sucker for giving them bigger box office take.
I practically drove my mother into the madhouse trying to get the original 12 figures plus tie fighter and x-wing (with laser light LED on the nose! vreeee-vreeee!)

Comment Are they going to bother notifying us?! (Score 1) 43

"Customers impacted by the password resets will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. When asked, a Comcast representative confirmed that their security teams were certain that none of their systems or apps had been compromised."

Uh... EXCUSE ME?! If my account was compromised I want to know NOW - I rarely login to my account as I have my own email and get my bill mailed to me.

sigh... going to check now...

Comment Ian Bogost? (Score 2) 568

This Ian Bogost?

"He holds a joint professorship in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication and in Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Chair in Media Studies"
"Bogost received his bachelor's in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California in 1998. He then went on to get his masters in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2001, and received his doctorate in Comparative Literature from UCLA in 2008.[3]"

Ahh... a liberal arts major telling us with STEM degrees what an engineer should be...

Comment Heaven's Gate 2k15 (Score 1) 327

This isn't a corporation it's a cult.

What does it mean, really, for all employees to bring their full creativity to work? They're a SHOE SELLING WEBSITE. Unless Hsieh has figured out a way integrate basket weaving into tech, sales, marketing or leadership he doesn't really need/want "full creativity" and he's just leading everyone down Jim Jones way. He's a true 21st century shaman priest because he can't deal with his success so he thinks he's superman and he has to impose his vision of a utopian future upon the rest of the world to make it better because he's "superman". (Just like every other megalomaniac the world has seen like Hitler (there I've invoked Godwin), Alexander the Great or Khan (Genghis, not Noonian...)

It's BS.

I've worked the gauntlet of companies from startups to radically successful small companies to stifling mega-corps (Why yes, your team of 4 built a fully working system in 6 months but we need to hire mega-contractors for 5 million to rewrite it all because then it'll be "legit"). I'm now working for a company that's trying to go Agile because even though they were wildly successful with traditional methods Agile was gonna solve their weaknesses. Well guess what, they've STILL got the same weaknesses (it's hard to estimate dev time for wholly new systems, political blockers, fuzzy requirements, fuzzy design) but now development is faltering because everyone's spending more time trying to make sure all the agile paperwork is up to date rather than putting all their effort into the products themselves!

That's not to say Agile is worthless but my point is that a process is only as good as the people implementing it. Not the other way around. So what does that make our company? Orange? Teal? Green? Plaid? (Can't... do...plaid!).

Producing products (those evil evil materialists) requires a unified goal. Unified goals do not come out of self-discovery. They come out of one man or a small team with a unified vision. People can then choose to work towards that unified vision or not but the end result is the same - the effort and energy output is ONE way towards the team and up the chain of command (or to the people driving the vision). You want happy people Hsieh? Pay them well, simplify their workload and give them dependability that their job will be there so they can have the comfort and psychological energy to discover life themselves as they want it. Not as you want to impose it you tinpot dictator with delusions of godhood.

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