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Comment: I did this. (Score 1) 133

by tthomas48 (#46559547) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving From Tech Support To Development?

I started in tech support. Created a QA department and eventually moved into development. Create a github repo. Build things to help make your job easier where you work now. Stress your customer service skills in interviews (programmers are frequently known for not having them). Look as startups as they're frequently looking for people who can wear multiple hats. Maybe you can do tech support and programming for one.

Comment: Not the issue (Score 1) 742

by tthomas48 (#46316803) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

The issue is that many of us feel trapped into using Microsoft products that we hate and that don't work properly. I use Linux, but still continue to have to work on my wife's Windows machine to keep it marginally functional and keep it from imploding on itself. We're trapped because of Quicken. I actually have very little anger for them past that. They've become somewhat inconsequential in my life.

Comment: Re:Bad Analogy (Score 2) 716

by tthomas48 (#46224295) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

"In software, a spectacular crash caused by a particular kind of bug isn't publicly analyzed and the entire software development industry doesn't pass new standards that proscribe avoiding that error in the future"

What is a spectacular crash in software? I hear what you're saying, but you're basically defining why we haven't had this level of introspection. Software just doesn't fail that catastrophically. Being unable to load the website does not in any way compare to a bridge collapsing killing hundreds of people. If you really think about it a pretty good case could be made for roads being just as buggy as software. Thousands of deaths in my state alone each year? Perhaps it's just that the bar for software "working" is quite a bit higher in software than for many other bits of engineering. Software needs to be innovative, aesthetically pleasing, easy to operate, functional, highly available, and more.

Comment: Re:Bad Analogy (Score 2) 716

by tthomas48 (#46223321) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

It's a bad analogy because non-software engineers who do really creative work generally do have similar failure rates to software engineers. If you look at builders of original architecture they have to deal with fixing a lot of problems. Petroleum engineers have all sorts of inefficiencies and failures. Bridges that are in any way original are frequently known to fail. Let's stop comparing complex software applications to incredibly standardized roads.

Comment: Re:Actually one of my beefs (Score 4, Informative) 293

by tthomas48 (#46092701) Attached to: Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

Well Android does offer more way more granularity than iOS. I think iOS is nicer in the way it will prompt for a couple of the permissions. That said, iOS can't do many of the things android can, so it's not really an apples to apples comparison.

Facebook can't read your texts on iOS because it's not possible. My app doesn't require a permission to access network state on iOS because my app can't change it anyway.

It's easy to do security by simply stopping developers from being able to do things. Of course you just have to trust that Apple is doing all your security properly since there's no way to validate that fact.

Comment: Actually one of my beefs (Score 5, Interesting) 293

by tthomas48 (#46092243) Attached to: Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

Android needs to add two levels of permissions for much of this stuff. You basically have to ask for everything or nothing. I wanted to check network state in my current app, which requires asking for permission to change the user's networks. I don't want to change their networks. I just want to see if the network is up.

Comment: I hate averages (Score 5, Interesting) 312

by tthomas48 (#45970337) Attached to: Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

I also think averages should go away. Most people think they are being reported the median (the number in the middle) when people tell them the average. It's great for real estate agents, and people trying to advocate for tax reform, but the numbers are not what people think they are.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen