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Comment Re:99.9% perfection X 14 million lines = 14,000 fl (Score 1) 236

Since we have the word "regression" no, I am not implying that. I am stating that when reviewed there is a decent chance of errors being found and that code will tend towards less errors in the absence of new features. It's unreasonable to expect that code refactors will never add new bugs, but it is perfectly reasonable to assume that they will trend towards less bugs.

Comment Re:99.9% perfection X 14 million lines = 14,000 fl (Score 1) 236

You've forgotten about the existence of iteration. Your assumption is they only have one chance ever to write a piece of code, and that it is never reviewed by another coder, or even the original coder after it's been written. You assume the code is never refactored, or passed through static check tools or other forms of analysis.

Comment Re:I feel that lone sysadmin's pain (Score 1) 356

Accenture made exactly this blunder on the London Stock Exchange website root folder (running on IIS). Some nimrod came in and accidentally deleted all the files from that folder taking about 30 different financial products offline. We noticed pretty quick and scrambled to restore from a backup.

Funny thing is...some other nimrod or the same one did almost the same thing a month later, this time only removing a few key products :-)

Comment Re:Artistic control? (Score 1) 213

You're missing the fact that you can actually develop the film at home in your own darkroom, and have total control over the type of film, the chemicals used to develop it, the temperature of the chemical baths, under and over exposure, push processing and cross processing. Sure, most of these decisions have to be made in advance and apply to a while roll at a time, but 120 film on a 6x7 camera is only about 10 shots. Better yet, using a frame camera you shot individual shots on massive pieces of film and can develop it exactly the way you want.

Once you have the negative developed, it's child's play to scan it into a PC and do anything that could be done to a digital photo. Alternatively, spend a few hours in the darkroom developing prints the old fashioned way. You have quite a lot of control at the print making stage, from dodging and burning, contrast filters, toners (sepia, chocolate, etc)

Comment Re:Just bought one (Score 1) 130

If you're in Australia you can switch to a mobile plan from Aldi supermarket. It's pre-paid, but unlike most which expire the credits each month, this one lasts for 12 months at a time and is only $15. So, if like me, you really only keep a phone on hand in case of a vehicle break-down or a rare lunch meetup then you can switch to this plan and save $525 / year for the rest of your life.

Comment Two Party System (Score 3, Insightful) 191

It's probably not so much they are fanatical about Android, but simply don't want to use Apple, and there's really only the one main competitor to turn to from there. If you don't want an Apple handset you are almost bound to buy an Android set, unless you have a fetish for Windows.

People are pretty heavily conditioned by decades of advertising to believe brand is a highly valuable thing when deciding which item to buy. Samsung has a lot of brand recognition and many leading products on the market - it's no surprise they held their ground.

Comment Just bought one (Score 1) 130

I literally just bought a Moto G4 Play phone a couple of days ago. Being vanilla Android was a big selling point for me. I don't care for mobile games, so as long as it works as a phone, can SMS, and run a couple of apps that I want it's perfect for me. The price was pretty damn good compared to the other stuff out there. I really like the fact it has little to no bloatware.

It took me 10 years to replace my old Nokia N73. I hardly ever make calls, and I have a desktop PC so I could care less about what most people use their phone for. The local telco finally removed 2G and some 3G support forcing me to look for a new handset...I guess I'm a ludite.

You can get off my lawn now.

Comment Re:Hate the office life (Score 2) 250

I had only one dev job where they had a virtual jukebox loaded with music which played at annoying volumes all day long. The real problem was that the people who loaded it up had terrible generic radio friendly taste in music. I heard the same dull songs day after day with the worst offender being a guy who queued up La Bamba and Come on Eileen every single day near knock off time.

I couldn't stand it, so I had to bring in a big set of headphones and play something I liked just to drown out the 80's / 90's radio friendly playlist. There's nothing like having to have a big set of cans on your head all day just to get your job done.

These days, I work alone, at home and almost never play anything. If I do put something on it's usually an internet radio playing some form of trance or vocal trance. I just flip between a couple of stations till I hear something groovy, then settle in and work. I change stations if needed, and if there's nothing good - it's back to silence again.

Comment Not Read (Score 1) 381

While I haven't read the books, and doubt I ever will now, the content is similar to the uni course I did in computer science back in the 80s. Knuth covers everything in higher detail than I can recall being taught, but I'm pretty certain my foundations are just fine. It may just be that I'm forgetting some things too, it's been almost 30 years now for most of it.

I might go back and revise a topic or two in those books or a similar source if I felt I needed a refresher. For most cases though, what I can recall is good enough to get through to the solution - or lead me to an online source to crib up on how best to form the solution.

I think if they spent more time today teaching this foundational science in classes, and less time on the latest languages and frameworks, then we'd be seeing a much better class of programmer emerging from education today.

Comment Re:It's pointless (Score 1) 260

I've tossed two inkjet printers into the bin for this very reason. Each time I'd printed an average of two pages before the heads were clogged or the ink had dried out. The cost of the printer is pretty much the same as the cost of a replacement set of cartridges.

Now I don't even own a printer. Literally the only things I ever need to print are ticket-less booking system receipts e.g. movie tickets, and those I just write the confirmation number onto a slip of paper.

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