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Comment Re:Sit down and shut up (Score 1) 903

Blame your European/Asian ancestors. The US miliary used to be comparatively small and the government isolationist but stupid facist Europeans and Asians dragged us into two World Wars and a decades long Cold War threatening nuclear annihilation. You reap what you sow.

Comment Re:The broadcast world knows better (Score 1) 155

I would pay for that.

I'd also pay for HD European cycling with complete coverage from start to the podium with minimal commentary from a retired pro (just so I'd know, for example, who's in the break, grade of the climb, etc.) and no stupid life stories or let's look at the countryside like US broadcasters often do.

Comment No more than one status meeting a week (Score 1) 360

and keep it short. My company has daily stand-ups that don't help me. Sure they are short but they are in the middle in the morning right when I'm getting into the "zone". It takes might right out of the "zone" and, with all the other stupid office distractions it can take me another hour to get back into my work. If the dev team needs daily stand-ups to stay on track then you don't have the right crew.

Another thing is don't make developers multitask. That is don't assign them to more than one project. They aren't like sales people that can hop from customer to customer every half hour. Developers need to focus on one thing and carry it out to completion. Furthermore, if you assign them to more than one project, they'll have that many more meetings to go to and if you have more than two meetings in a day, your whole day can shot to hell.

Comment Flex time is not a solution (Score 1) 421

If a woman can't work the standard 9-5 because of duties at home (raising kids is a more than fulltime job!) flextime just means she'll have two jobs: one paid and one unpaid. She'll be working +80 hours per week and so we'll still see a pay gap. If you want pay parity the only solution is to not have kids!

Comment Re:Just another f***ing kludge to get around (Score 4, Informative) 129

I'm using it right now. Embedded system, Python 2.7 (many legacy modules not 3.x compatible) on a multicore processor. I'm working on an existing Python based project that is very similar to something I did previously at another company in C++. Python is certainly easier to bootstrap a project but once you start dealing with high loads and trying to squeeze all the processing power out of a CPU I'm finding Python much harder to use over C++.

Comment Just another f***ing kludge to get around (Score 5, Informative) 129

Python's GIL. Pythonistas keeping pushing for Python everywhere but don't realize that Python does have its limits and is not the language of choice if you need performance on multiple cores. In my experience, when you try to emulate multithreading in Python using some message passing scheme you end up with something that is more complicated, harder to debug and tune, harder to maintain, than the equivalent written in good C++.

Comment Re:Only 3 years? (Score 4, Funny) 472

Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at three o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of hot gravel, go to work at the mill every day for tuppence a month, sit in 6 hours of evening lectures, come home, do another 6 hours of physics and math homework with single piece of paper and lump of coal to write with, and Dad would beat us around the head and neck with a broken bottle, if we were LUCKY!

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