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Comment Re: Kinda dissagree (Score 1) 234

I once talked about my violent dreams with a friend who is a social worker so studied all this shit - he says that most if not all people have violence fantasies. There are some for whom the socialization does not work and who actually try to realize their fantasies. This applies to soldiers too - most of them have trouble with killing, not at the moment when they pull the trigger but in afterthought which shows that their socialization works. There are all sorts of people - some enjoy hurting others, most not. I suppose this works even for children-soldiers leaving them as living wrecks if they survive their 'adventures'.

Comment Re:Visual vs wall of code (Score 1) 156

That is only partially true. From what I see there are different types of coding these days than 30ya. Back then you had to code all yourself or use few libraries that were available. Today you still have complex infrastructure projects requiring proper engineering skills (which reach well beyond coding) on one side of he scale and bits and pieces that require just gluing few things and a nice user experience sort of thing. This is not to say one is better than the other but coding as it were (i.e. the complex 'infrastructure' projects I mentioned before) is just one of the many areas. There is huge amount of assembling stuff from complicated pieces of software for instance where coding is not required but knowledge about huge modules that are being phased out and new ones being phased in. Many different things. To use a car analogy - the blacksmith that could do anything for the horse and the cart has been replaced by many specialists doing different things from engine research, battery, mechanics and passenger protection and now some thing that you can assemble the things from modules and work only on some sw and have a car anyway - which is probably true to some extent already. This CS courses are a silly simplification to the needs that were there 20ya. Today it is more like knowing how to use basic tools and small scripting that is needed in some places. Not sure if even that is needed for most of humans walking the earth today.

Comment Re:It'd be interesting... (Score 1) 566

He installed win10 on VBox and let it go idle for 10h while he dreamt of dragons etc. So whatever you do, you should not have anything running that goes on and tells mama and papa - hey I am here etc. Whether this is the same or different servers or one or many cluster(s) is irrelevant too.

Comment Re:should be interesting (Score 1) 327

Well a short check against other countries with high level population of immigrants living off welfare (this does not include US as the welfare for immigrants is rather not existent or?) like Austria may give you a clue. But indeed Sweden's rape laws and this particular case are way off the mark for a reasonable country.

Comment Re:GOOD (Score 2) 165

I have to agree. I have seen so many people coming to us straight from university that could code java and would not accept that they need to know anything about basics like memory management for instance - I mean we have gc so why should we bother, right? What I noticed over the years is that real basic coding tool that is always very helpful and without which you cannot code and design stuff properly is brains. Refusal to use it usually leads to situation where any programming language is bad for the task.

Comment Re:The Future! (Score 2) 149

Just before /. wets itself with all this comps won a go game - there is still a small difference between 2d player from France and a professional players taking part in professional leagues in Japan, China and Korea. It is indeed a respectful result beating 2p professional. I wonder how that performs with people on the top of the league tho.

Comment Re:how is this relevant to /. (Score 1) 308

Limiting the number of platforms was probably necessary - costs of keeping them all were just crippling the company. Going for MS was probably the biggest mistake but this was just an effect of not keeping a narrow but SW strong base for their mobiles software. In other words: they fucked up already before and MS was just a last nail into their coffin.
Speaking of which: Nokia is still producing quite some infrastructure projects and selling them to operators worldwide so talking about their death is bit premature. They lost on phones - so did another Nordic company in Sweden.

Comment Re:Paranormal = What is not explained by Science. (Score 1) 49

Most of modern technology is a mystery to most of people. They have no clue how it works and soon that it does in the first place. It is desired to be so (some hippy greens claimed long time ago that electricity comes from the wall and not from the power plants and this was already in 60ties of last century). For some of this people the belief in supernatural will be based on what they know and that is little. When this sort of ignorance reaches the ruling elite there will be only short time before dark ages. I wonder how likely it is to happen say in next 50years.

Comment Re:hard (Score 1) 84

That may be true but most of what is written anywhere in this world is meaningless drivel so the problem of losing meaning does not exist really. The need to obfuscate neither I admit.
This leaves us with people that actually have something to say. I reckon there would be a tiny minority among them, that would want to have such service but that also means its production would most likely be economically unfeasible.
Then there are trolls and 50c soldiers which could use the service of course but I guess it is easier to automate them than to obfuscate their activity.

Comment religiously? (Score 1) 186

Fuck if that makes sense. I do not see why I should follow anything religiously. Religion maybe, but even here you should use brain not to get abused by the truths dispensers trying to rob you or put their dick where it does not belong (and I say it not as a faith hater, neither I am religion hater). You use what suits you best and what you can use in a team. Pairs are good for some combinations of people, tasks and organisations. Sometimes other ways are better. A review of a document may or not be done (on top or not) - whatever is suitable. That religious following is what burnt scrum for me. This and abuse by managers that thought of it as a best method of getting rid of responsibility while getting bonus for removing project and system management. I think that is the same as what communists did - forced everybody to do the same and in the same way. It has to fail. Then as long as company achieves profits and can pay my salary I do not give a flying fuck - they tell me to do my job in the toilet then nobody will be able to use it - perfect, why should I care.
After all these years in software development and around, the only tool that I see as vital is rhetoric skill, used to tell managers what I think without abusing them verbally and in a way they can understand. They pays handsomely to use and is immense fun to watch them realize how big a cluster fuck they managed to cause. As with everything else (including pair programming and code review) use with care.

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