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Comment Re:Why is it wrong to care? (Score 1) 142

Hasn't the most militarily aggressive country done most of the Moon exploration to date?

Yes, but do you want the militarily aggressive that is for free speech and human rights or the one that is against it?

Though frankly the U.S. has toned down from the age of military drone strikes on weddings.

Also it's not like we mounted any weapons on the moon whereas the Chinese certainly would. Do you truly doubt that?

Comment Not any more (Score 3, Insightful) 142

I'm quoting you: "...repressive government and the wrongful imprisonment of dissenters".

As I seem to have to continually remind people on Slashdot, Hillary is not president.

Who exactly has Trump imprisoned wrongfully? Or are you saying it is wrong to imprison people who set cars on fire and loot shops? I know many on the left bellive this to be true but I had hoped that rot had not spread to the more rational denizens of Slashdot.

It's just their sheeple, drink the Kool-Aid given to them and think the other is more evil.

While that is indeed true of many Statists, it's not really true of the other more libertarian side of that equation - which only makes sense as the larger a government gets, the more unfeeling and cruel it becomes... so you can imagine what happens in essentially a world-wide government.

Comment Each of those lags in real value (Score 1) 185

So, if a CS degree is overrated

Which it is to some extent (I say that as a CS major).

I did find it useful and still find many of the concepts useful, plus I really enjoyed the courses. But the degree to which CS majors seem worshiped seems overmuch, or at least the degree to which non-CS majors are thought not to have the same skills seems overwrought. Non-CS majors can easily learn the aspects of CS that make a CS degree useful and give you a real-world advantage in the workplace. Think on it, what aspects of a CS degree are not able to be learned outside of college?

why isn't college in general overrated?

It is vastly overrated. If I were at an age to go to college today, I would elect to spend four years focusing self-study on a primary topic along with some kind of apprenticeship approach, or perhaps deep contribution to a set of open-source projects.

You could easily add in other aspects of study for rounding and spend vastly less than you would on a "real" college. Get a dirt cheap apartment around a college of your choice and you can enjoy all the social benefits with none of the massive debt.

why isn't high school overrated?

Public high school is not overrated, because the ratings are already horrendous. It certainly is not worth much currently, it serves mainly as a way to keep most kids off the streets for a number of hours per day. Far better to either go to a private school, some kind of charter school, or be homeschooled.

What you're saying is that education is pointless,

The actual thing he was saying is that EDUCATION is valuable, but you are only getting a real education to varying degrees from each of the steps you outlined.

Comment Why is it wrong to care? (Score 3, Interesting) 142

Trump, if we don't fund science, China will be #1 in RD

How is it not a problem if a repressive government gets ahead of the west in R&D? Do you like more, or less repressive government and the wrongful imprisonment of dissenters?

Trump, if we don't fund NASA, China will own the Moon!

Again, would you like a militarily aggressive force controlling the moon? That seems like a pretty valid concern for real, not just "a way to get Trump interested". In fact it's why Trump is already pretty interested in continuing NASA's work and why NASA didn't face any major budget cuts, in fact they increased planetary science spending, which is what you would hope from any rational president. We are all better off if a number of nations have operations on the moon, so we should figure out how to get more U.S. presence back on our nearest neighbor.

Comment Opposite Thought (Score 1) 188

People who can write interesting stuff are kicked out the door because they want actual creative control over what they write.
No amount of hiring people can fix that.

How is the answer not to hire the creative interesting people that were kicked out? Since they already hate the existing system it seems like they would no go with a strike - and all of the production that matters now (Netflix, Amazon) is giving creators creative control anyway.

Comment Re:Yes, inherently unpredictable, needs percentage (Score 1) 214

I always provide my managers with confidence interval estimated times

That is a great idea - I did the same thing years ago at a past employer - sadly the manager knew not what to make of it, so I only did it once. It was more accurate than the "real" numbers then ended up going with.

But I think giving a range of timeframes with percentages is probably the best way to go, if you have to give estimates at all...

Comment Re:Yes, inherently unpredictable, needs percentage (Score 1) 214

That's pretty interesting - I had heard about Fogbugs for years even before StackOverflow but had never used it.

Clocking in and out of a task is annoying, but if you make it easy enough it is not too bad.

Sadly one of the main systems I use at the moment is the execrable TFS, with no change the company will switch from it.

Comment Yes, inherently unpredictable, needs percentages (Score 4, Insightful) 214

Even with known and well understood languages/technologies/frameworks, you can and will run into glitches that can take days to complete something that was supposed to take hours - or even longer if the developers are not skilled in debugging and isolating problems!

StackOverflow has helped the industry in this regard, because now a lot of times you can reduce some mysterious problem to a fifteen second StackOverflow search which instantly answers the issue. But not always, and there are always issues when actually programming any design that you can uncover hidden flaws and need to correct them.

What I would love to see is some kind of approach that instead of a time estimate, gave a time along with a percentage of confidence. Two different tasks may seem to take about five hours, with one you are 90% sure it can be done in five hours, with another (like brand new code) it can be more of a 50% five hours. Then you could use this percentage to determine the actual areas of coding likely to cause schedule issues and monitor them more closely. The other nice benefit of this approach is that it factors in the actual developer understanding and abilities more than just a straight hour estimate. Maybe you even put a cap on how high a confidence level a developer is allowed to give until they have met given estimates a number of times already...

Coding is a chaotic system, yes, but it's not like it's fully chaotic, and there are patterns within the chaos I think you could determine over time.

Comment Re:And these breakers are connected to the network (Score 1) 38

Airgaps only make a grid unmanagable which would lead to more poweroutages. The answer isn't airgapping, it's actually knowing security.

If your idea of security is to simply airgap then you're going to fall victim by many other attack vectors.

Exactly. Have we all forgotten about Stuxnet already? For those who don't know, Stuxnet is a worm that attacked Iran's nuclear weapons facilities. Iran had their variable speed drives airgapped (standard Siemens SCADA system). And yet, Stuxnet crossed over, and managed to reprogram the drives in such a way that they failed prematurely (and part of Stuxnet is hiding the fact that it's mis-driving the drives so they'd fail).

Airgaps simply don't work anymore - there's too much informati0on that needs to be transferred between an airgapped network and the regular network that it's now a vulnerability to get the airgapped network infected.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 1) 271

I don't think what you describe is unique to Pixar, and we have similar inflexibility in the semiconductor industry.

It's not unique. It's because your company is run by managers who realize both the nature of the work (there are deadlines that are hard to move) and there will be periods where you're working extremely long hours. But they also realize the importance of family, so they invite your family to come over and join you during break periods so you don't get all bogged down in work.

For some companies, Pixar and many semiconductor ones, allowing unauthorized personnel even in "public" areas is quite a big deal (who knows what they may see or overhear). That they allow children and spouses to hang around is a really big deal - it shows the company cares about the well-being of its workers. Sure they're in a public area, bur even in a private cafeteria often sensitive things get discussed.

So no, it's not unusual, it's only unusual in that the company cares about its people, and knows that while the crunch time is unfortunately necessary and temporary, they also know that having family over for meals means a lot to the workers. Especially since security policy can easily demand that the family be stuck outside the main door.

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