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Comment Damn how I hated LISP (Score 1) 405

Mostly because when I was taking it in college 20 some odd years ago all the code they gave us as example basically tried to do everything in one line of code. I mean damn, maybe if your terminal gave you a 50,000 volt shock for hitting the enter key I could understand it but it made debugging anything a complete pain. (Well that and the fact you had to have the absolute perfect number of parenthesis. One too many or few and watch the app crash.)

Comment I would guess it's the standard stuff (Score 1) 149

Let's me see some of the stuff that annoys me

Not being given the tools I need to do my job.

Being blown off when I try to get them to do more basic stuff like source control and release management.(Oh we don't need to do that, we're fine.)

Working under a manager where you seriously begin to wonder if they're literally a psychopath.(Hasn't happened much to me but there's been one or two where I started to wonder.)

Comment Re:On top of that you also have the Agile Lawyer (Score 1) 184

Oh you've definitely met one. The most over the top thing that's happen so far is them telling me what "I thought" of something during the retrospective.(No, they didn't need to actually listen to me to know what my opinion actually was.) Then of course writing down "my opinion" which they made up for me as part of the retrospective. (I mean WTF?)

Comment On top of that you also have the Agile Lawyer (Score 1) 184

One thing I've really screw over "agile" projects is a concept I call the agile lawyer. In theory law is supposed to make society fair. However we have people called lawyers that while they can help you they can also use their expertise to completely pervert the idea of fairness. Similarly I've seen the same idea crop up in agile. You'll have a guy, usually a scrum master, can totally quote any particular part of agile you could mention. However when it comes time to actually do agile they just end up using agile doctrine to fuck over the development team. Shit like oh you're self managing but you can only grab from the top of the backlog. Oh, another one is keeping interesting projects out of the sprint process so, surprise surprise, they can work on it themselves. Of course the classic, everybody is equal on the team, except most of the planning of projects that's special and only the leads get to put their 2 cents in on that.

Comment The reason it can't be dumped (Score 1) 374

It is only the US that forces student loans that can't be dumped in any way.

There's a simple reason it can't be dumped except for things like getting crippled very badly. There's nothing to repossess. I mean in theory you could take the person's degree away from them but they'd still come out with whatever they learned and whatever network connections they made in college. On the other hand if you don't pay for your car loan the bank takes away the car and sells it to somebody else. The deal is if you could just get out of it like that no bank would make student loans. (Since people would and have declare bankruptcy to avoid paying for things like med school.)

Comment Really? Galileo? (Score 1) 181

I mean the guy who got in trouble because after his college buddy, Pope Urban VIII, asked him to publish the heliocentric hypothesis he did so in Italian with a dig in his treatise about the omnipotence of god.(Which is what actually got him in trouble.) I could point out that the 2 leading theories that they were considering, Tychonic and Copernican, are mathematically equivalent and make the same predictions. I could also point out that he had no actual evidence that the Earth moved, he tried to demonstrate that it moved with his tide theory but the problem that people at the time pointed out was that his theory got every fact about tides wrong except that there are tides. (It predicts that there's 1 tide a day, it's at noon, and it's always the same height. All of which are wrong.) The Catholic church are a bunch of control freaks but that whole anti-science thing is a myth.

Comment If H1B's really were about bringing talent (Score 2) 318

Then the US government wouldn't allow the company sponsoring the worker to have any control over his status, well at least after some trial period.(Say 6 months) I mean really, if it was about talent would anybody want a talent guy to get the boot back to his country because of the whims of his boss? (Yes, I know it's politics is the real reason they let companies own people under H1B)

Comment Look who's won the peace prize (Score 1) 405

People like Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres. I always say given I've done nothing for peace but some of the prize winners have done less than nothing I must have won it at least once since I deserve it more than them. Of course more than half the planet deserves it more so I'm figuring it'll take a long time to give them all out.

Comment What in the blue hell are you talking about (Score 5, Informative) 834

Guess what. Technology workers like you and me aren't immune to the same damn laws of capitalism. Businesses will find a way to reduce costs and punch up their profits, no matter what populist measures are passed by the politicians.

I guess you missed it. The big bitch session about H1B's is that it isn't capitalism, it's cronyism. It's using government to interfere with the market by letting business use effectively indentured servants. They bring people in that don't have the knowledge about how much the job is actually worth, suppressing wages. Then when they find out they're getting screwed just like US citizens they have no recourse since if they raise a stink they lose their status and have to go back while the company gets yet another sucker. If this was capitalism then the foreign candidates would just work for somebody else that actually paid them what they're worth but with the H1B program they're prevented from taking any action. But hey, it's not as though this is the only time a company thought that using cronyism is a hell of a lot better deal than actual capitalism.

Comment Re:Because they're constantly generating new keys. (Score 1) 203

Very informative. Sounds like the key card system I was working on was a bit different since those things were on the network. Actually it sounds as though with the one you mentioned if the database containing the token-room pairing got encrypted by ransomware they'd have issues generating new keys though. Or do you mean all the tokens were the same for all cards and only the increment changed?

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