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Comment Re:But what is a lie? (Score 1) 178

We're not talking about every single answer.

We're talking about when people say, in a meeting, "Well, can you justify that?" or "Why do we have to do that?" where the simple answer isn't enough and you're explicitly asked for more. And then I provide simple and complex answers simultaneously, but often at a later date (because opposite me is a pseudo-expert I respect who disagrees and his boss who knows nothing and won't understand the full thing).

At that point of asking, "normal" (non-autistic-trait) people switch off and rarely care as they've formed their opinion already, it's in opposition to yours (or they wouldn't question your reasoning), and they're asking for justification enough to change their mind. And then they don't look at it, or they do the "Oh, well, that's beyond me, I didn't read it all"... and then go on to make the decision the same way anyway because - presumably - it would make them feel foolish to be seen as taking advice, and they'd rather actually be PROVEN wrong further down the line when it's too late to backtrack.

Agreed that, by default, I provide the reasoning and answer, because it's just that often that the answer isn't enough or leads to a demand for the reasoning anyway. By the time it's got to an email chain, Yes or No won't be good enough.

But people believe that the "minutes" from a meeting are all that matters, not why those decisions were made or who made them, which is why I get things explicitly minuted in some meetings so I can go back later and, effectively, do an "I told you so". Without that explicit demand, it gets claimed that all the reasoning behind the decision was unimportant even when that reasoning is shown correct (i.e. we shouldn't have done X because Y would happen, we do X and - shock - Y happens).

And it's not even as simple as just avoiding blame / liability, or covering up, or failing to admit a weakness.

As you point out - if you trust the expert opinion you're asking for, you don't need the full explanation. I certainly have done this to those below me - "You're sure? You know how to do that? And it will solve the problem? Cool, I'll leave it with you.".

And I will happily provide Yes/No but that *is* opinion, because when it differs from theirs I'm ALWAYS asked for an explanation. In fact, being asked for my reasoning is the prime hint that I'm about to be overruled anyway.

There are many times where my boss has needed to spend upwards of £100k on my opinion. A Yes/No has sufficed, because they don't understand but they can see that it's a no-brainer to myself, even if it's hard to justify to a layman. It does happen. But when opinions differ and reasoning is required, it's ignored or needs to be so dumbed down as to be unconvincing and useless.

The second you involve other departments, staff, layers of management, etc. everything turns from Yes/No into "justify that", and then the justification ignored for a pre-made decision, and even swept under the carpet so it can't come back to bite them later. Often, you don't even find out their reasoning for overruling, which is the EXACT thing they asked you for. Even "Oh, we can't afford that much!" - that's a valid reason. When you're not prepared to give that it makes me question motives.

I've worked in several places where THE MOST ILLOGICAL decisions are made almost every day. There's literally no rhyme or reason and all those carrying out those decisions cannot see the logic behind it, even if they assume bad-actors, monetary gain, power-grabbing or whatever else as the reasoning.

As the person I am, I combat association with those types of decision by providing - on request - my reasoning. To use your code-analogy, I am "open-source". Not only do I tell you what I'm doing, I tell you why, and what else has been tried, and why that failed or isn't suitable, and why we should do things exactly THIS way.

And then, effectively, someone else buys their brother-in-law's piece of junky proprietary software and we're stuck with it and then I get blame from all corners for how we allowed it which, without stating reasoning as to why it's a bad idea in the first place, would be untraceable to anything but me not providing that reasoning and "going along with it" (really, being overruled and told to do it)..

I've had it happen for everything from £50k print contracts, to core business software. After years of dealing with people trying to push blame, or kowtow to bad decisions, and not having the social tools to combat it at the heart (which seems to involve doing it, wasting money, and hoping that you'll become mates with higher people by doing so), I provide reasoning.

Comment Re:It's worse than that (Score 1) 527

Are they being scared by frat-boy brogrammers (who aren't even real programmers)?

No, they are being scared of by other women and a press that insists the industry in rampant with sexism - even though that's really only the case in an isolated cluster in California (there you have a massive problem, but it's not like it affects most people).

I have to wonder how many women (just like so many brogrammers!) only picked programming or other STEM majors thinking it was 1) easy, 2) easy money, and 3) easy excitement,

From personal experience that number is zero, absolutely no women picked the field because of "easy money", since after all programming is really not that easy to begin with and it takes a while sometimes before you start earring a lot of money.

It's also evident from just a few classes exactly how much "excitement" there is; none. Unless you get excited about programming then hey, it IS exciting just in a different way... for some women (and men) that is the case and they are happy.

Comment Re:Ummm... (Score 1) 73

Amazon Prime's video selection was quite horrible for the several years that I had it, at least an order of mangnitude worse than Netflix's current selection, and the streaming performance was pretty bad too. Has that gotten any better lately? That's the main reason I didn't bothering addressing Amazon until you brought it up.

The selection is now pretty good, while Netflix's has decreased to only being pretty good. And yes, the streaming performance is now better than Netflix, at least here it is. In the evenings I can barely use Netflix. And I have the bandwidth setting set to be inoffensive.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 91

Presumably the fix would be to have the car always run in "cheat" mode, rather than removing the cheat. The cars are clearly capable of generating fewer emissions or the cheat wouldn't have worked in the first place.

The result will be lower performance, of course, but the vehicles will have emissions ratings in line with what everyone was led to believe.

Comment Why not just keep using Esc then? (Score 1) 431

For anywhere Esc makes sense, it would obviously still be present, just not a "real" key (though that does not mean no feedback when pressed).

However I think it's absurd to say chording is not ergonomic, there is no twisting involved to use Shift with other keys to do selection, or to hit Ctrl-A to move to the start of the line. In fact if anything your hand benefits from mild occasional stretching.

Comment Should lead to more use of function row (Score 1) 431

XCode uses F-Keys,

Sure but all of those F-Keys will be back as clearer named keys on the touch bar. Which even better could change between editing source code vs. using IB vs CoreData modeling tool... nothing like a key to shift bounding boxes to match constraints!

I think that will lead to more use of the function row for me. I also use Xcode for most the day, and I have to say I have never used the F keys at all because I simply have never taken the time to understand what they are mapped to - I use a lot of other key-combos with Xcode, just not those keys.

Comment Right because Apple has no experience with touch.. (Score 1) 431

Only some vague, wispy area to touch which one hopes will do what they want but will, as time and experience has shown, fail at every given opportunity.

Actually what experience has shown is that Apple gets Touch right, every time.

For years Apple has the only laptop trackpad I could stand using.

For years now Apple has made touch the singular way people interact with mobile devices - one that work at every opportunity, not fail...

Apple has also been doing an excellent job of integrating haptic feedback with touch, on both the Apple Watch and newer trackpads along with the iPhone.

So all signs point to a haptic-feedback touch bar with great responsiveness and accuracy... certainly not the grim picture you paint.

I personally am really looking forward to having function keys I never used replaced by clean commands in most apps I certainly will use. It's like gaining an extra row of keys, not losing anything.

Comment No, Maximalism (Score 1) 431

What is the obsession with removing functionality?

What is the obsession with claiming something has been removed, when a million new things in a superset have replaced them...

They are taking away the top row on function keys (and Esc) and in return giving you an INFINITE NUMBER OF POSSIBLE KEYS. How is that less???

Many apps never need Esc so why would it matter if it is gone? Presumably when the desktop is up or any key that needs esc, it would present that opinion in the standard location.

None of this is being done because of aesthetic reasons, it's for improving control of software. Being older you should appreciate this!!

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