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Comment Re:Pissing contest (Score 1) 324

At home, dual IPS 1600x1200 displays that are over a decade old. Home-brew Intel i5 4690. 32GB RAM. 250GB SSD. 2TB spinning rust (4TB mirrored). Nvidia GTX 970 graphics. Fedora 24 w/Cinnamon desktop. Primarily used to run Eclipse, KiCAD, Chrome.

At work, 8-core Xeon E5 running RHEL7/Cinnamon, 32GB RAM, 250GB SSD, no spinning rust, and three 1920x1200 IPS displays, plus 3 other headless E5 boxes with same RAM and SSD.

On the go, a 2013 Macbook Pro running El Capitan with 8GB RAM and 250GB SSD. Often found running Windows 10 under Virtual Box, Simplify3D, Eclipse, and KiCAD.

On the sofa, a Google Nexus 10 running Lollipop because those bastards dropped support for the best tablet ever made.

Now, please excuse me while I get off your lawn, old man.

Comment Re:Arguing over the subjective (Score 1) 523

GC is unusable for real-time systems. Heck, dynamic allocation can be unusable for some systems. RAII provides deterministic behavior and timing. And if is useful for far more than memory allocation. Suggesting otherwise just demonstrates ignorance. Not throwing in destructors is rarely a limitation. GC has its place, but IMO it is overused in modern systems.

No one memory allocation is better than another. They all have their place and it is a well-rounded professional that knows this.

Comment Highly Inefficient (Score 1) 112

First off, this is a good question, since I see this happening more and more.

It can be done, it is just highly inefficient from a management perspective. More of the manager's time will be spent soliciting and providing feedback. Without being there in person, if there is a performance problem, it may be hard to tell what the political situation on the ground is like, and whether the team dynamics, developer or PM is at fault for any project-related issues that come up. And there is no substitute for in-person meetings when it comes to providing reviews, feedback and coaching.

If you are a manager in this situation expect to travel quite a bit in order to meet with your team members (at least quarterly) and their local co-workers and PMs. If, by chance, your company does not permit that sort of travel or you do not want to travel, I recommend finding new employment. It is not likely to work well.

I would not want to manage in that sort of environment unless I understood what problems they are trying to solve and was convinced that it was the most efficient way to solve it. The real key question for me has always been "are they paying me enough to put up with this shit?" It's going to be a lot more shit to deal with. You should expect to be compensated for it.

Submission + - Companies Finding It Harder To Conceal H1-B Abuses (

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: In America, it's common practice to make severance pay for laid-off workers contingent on signing a "nondisparagement clause" that prohibits workers from ever speaking ill of their former employers. But as more and more layoffs are precipitated by illegal practices like hiring H1B visa-holders and forcing existing workers to train them as a condition of severance bonuses, workers are growing bolder and refusing to sign gag-clauses — or breaking them and daring their former employers to sue. Marco Peña was among about 150 technology workers who were laid off in April by Abbott Laboratories, but he decided not to sign the agreement that was given to all departing employees, which included a nondisparagement clause. Mr. Peña said his choice cost him at least $10,000 in severance pay. “I just didn’t feel right about signing,” Mr. Peña said. “The clauses were pretty blanket. I felt like they were eroding my rights," he revealed in an expose by the New York Times.

Comment Re:It's amazing (Score 1) 410

I don't think any of the plane's passengers care how long it takes to find the plane at this point. I know I wouldn't pay for a higher priced ticket just because they claim they will find the wreckage faster if the plane is blown up by terrorists.

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