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Comment Re:All too true (Score 1) 223

I guess the premise needs to be someone above barely competent.

We'll agree that your method works for fire control. Projects should NOT BE fire control in most cases. Sadly, many are. While I like to be the Ross Adair of systems malfunctions, I'll also take a less stressful life. At the end of fire control, there are often a pile of ashes. It's possible to lead a long and successful life, and not deal with but a small pile of ashes. Others seem to need them for daily lunch.

Comment Re:All too true (Score 1) 223

I like execution-time libs that give me full stats, so the database guy doesn't argue with the network guy who doesn't argue with the team that did middleware, etc etc.

DevOps, SCRUM, and other continuous development systems often eschew this, because they're running under fire control rather than improving incrementally. This said, I've seen a few SCRUM teams that were fast and surgical and rightly proud of their work.

Comment Re:All too true (Score 1) 223

Sure, I've heard of and have used profilers.

But performance monitors often only give point to point execution times, not "network I/O took 3242ms") or "Auth timed out 3x" sorts of details.

I like logs, syslogs, and other methods of determining execution problems, too, because sometimes: it's not actually the code, it's the host, the UI, the wm, the phase of the moon. Best to know.

Comment Re:All too true (Score 2, Insightful) 223

Maybe in your world, but when weighted down with sloggy operating systems and minimal memory (typical of many Windows 10 installations TODAY), code can get pretty slow.

For a very long time now, there have been libs that add breakpoints to examine how long processes are taking, think: debug mode, that can pinpoint problem areas pretty easily. Not enough coders use them.

It gets worse when a user has 94 Chrome tabs open, something in Office, and an AV app running.... all on a laptop whose processor speed is measured in furlongs per fortnight.

Yeah, SOME computers are way faster, and some have been habitually overloaded with things outside of a coder's control yet their app still must perform within a "reasonable" amount of time. Blah.

Comment Re: It is just a decent thing to do (Score 1) 39

Don't want fraudulent items, make them in your own country.

You're either a (lame) troll, or utterly clueless about how quickly knock-offs are created based on nothing more than things like product photos on the designer's web site. All a knock-off company has to do is place an order for an item (and return it, later - free access!) in order to inspect it closely enough to make a sellable ripoff version. No, not every knock off (or even most of them) is made by scam artists at the factory making the original, and brand owners are increasingly able to police that since that practice became more prevalent over the last few years.

Comment Re:While I still can read and work maps... (Score 1) 153

I've always had trouble with maps. Reading them is the easy part. Getting the damn things folded or unfolded is the tough part. :-p

I haven't done much with GPSs. I did more travelling before they existed. I recently went on a trip with a friend who used one, and I got to see a number of its limitations. Based on that, and on what I've heard about them, I'd say they're probably a good thing, but you have to take them with a grain of salt.

Comment Re:I've noticed that, but something else interesti (Score 1) 153

I've been there just last weekend. A friend wanted to find someplace he hadn't been in years. The GPS said to turn on some rinky-dink street just by the highway. I hadn't been to that place at all, but that didn't sound right. My friend took that road anyway, and sure enough it led nowhere and he ended up with both me and the GPS telling him to just get on the !@#$ highway.

Comment Re: Uptime (Score 1) 48

As quick as Windows Update.

What makes you think they'd target my Office 365 account rather than myself directly anyway?

And I can get another IP in about 10 minutes from my ISP, or use one of the multiple other ranges / connections that I have. Or just connect my phone.

That's at home. In work, it's even easier.

Nobody buys Microsoft cloud services because of DDoS protection of their office suite.

  If anything, having a cloud office suite is actually the problem there. I can work in Word just fine while my external connection is down.

Comment Uptime (Score 3, Insightful) 48

Technically, if I measure uptime for the Google Cloud, the Azure Cloud and iCloud against my in-house servers (which are nothing spectacular and most people here wouldn't be impressed), over the last three years, I win hands-down.

And that's not counting "theoretical" outages, but actual outages where it happened in the working day in our region for services we use.

Cloud is just another computer. Use it as such. Supplement it with a replica / backup / alternative.

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