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Comment Re:Bull Stuff (Score 1) 326

You let this happen

More than you know. "Professional" project management is just as to blame for the joke that is modern software. My first job out of college, 25 years ago, I was working for the government. I was basically paired up with what we would call a "business owner" in today's terminology: he described what he was thinking, I'd implement something, we'd review it, he'd suggest changes, I'd implement those, sometimes rewriting entire parts of the system, he'd suggest other changes, back and forth. We were both professionals, we both knew what we were doing, we both trusted each other and - here's the part that modern project managers can't comprehend: we treated each other like professionals. If I spent a few days or even a week figuring out how, say, TCP/IP (which was sort of a newish thing back then, at least for personal computers) worked, he wouldn't insult me by demanding a daily status report, or demanding that I break down my tasks in one-hour increments, or insist that I go ask Bob who "knows that stuff". I, likewise, wouldn't insult him by bitching about the fact that he forgot a detail a month ago that was going to cause me some re-work: because neither of us were being insulted by a project manager who insisted that the product, regardless of quality, had to be finished by some arbitrary date because he knew, in his heart, that if he didn't keep his oppressive bootheel on our necks every minute of every day, that we would just sit around all day playing video games and wasting time. In essence, we respected one another and were respected by our employers.

But then came the software project managers. I don't know if a couple of guys peed in the pool for all the rest of us, but within ten years I found myself punching a card like a factory assembly worker. There was a glimmer of hope in the late 90's when "extreme programming" started to take off, which was based on this same underlying model of treating professionals like professionals rather than fast-food assembly line workers, but extreme programming became "agile" which became "scrum" which is the most offensive possible way of viewing the practice of software development as semi-skilled bricklaying.

Comment Re:How convenient (Score 1) 180

You're not the only one who's noticed this. Although I am currently employed, and have actually never been out of work since I started working around '94 or so, I do change jobs every 3-5 years on the average. And I've had some very inexplicable rejections for positions that I was beyond qualified for. On paper, at least, I look good (I like to think I'm pretty good in person, too, but "on paper" is completely objective), yet I've been rejected from way more developer positions that I've had every single qualification they asked for (and most of the nice-to-haves) than I've been hired for. Sometimes I feel like somebody is just yanking my chain.

Comment Re:There is a point to be made here (Score 2) 89

HTTP, telnet, SSL, or some other insecure protocol. Could I not validly say that the message was forged by a man-in-the-middle?

In the interest of pedantry, SSL is not insecure - or rather, it's the only effective defense we have against man-in-the-middle attacks. You also can't actually "transmit" over SSL; SSL just turns an insecure connection into a secure one. You have to do the actual transmitting over a higher-level protocol, like HTTP.

Comment Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 294

Thank you for sharing. IMHO it seems a stretch to say that the entire marine fish biomass in the world's oceans has declined by 80% based on a URL that is clearly indicating "fisheries". I am sure fisheries have declined but I doubt that extrapolates into a decline for everything else. Could even mean other fish species are enjoying a boon of food because we're removing some of their competition from the equation. Just thinking out loud.

Comment P vs. NP (Score 2) 161

I've always felt that our meatbrains have a pretty incredible capacity for taking WAGs at NP problems (i.e. traveling salesman). And I feel like an AI would just bring itself to its knees trying to find the 100% best solution to NP questions asked of it, so I wonder if there's some need for a bit of cognitive code that says "is this an NP question? IF yes, go to the WAG process"... Just a thought I had... someone probably already did that.

Comment The culture (Score 2) 116

Yeah, the "culture" is "hurry up and get it done so you can get on to the next thing because if something takes more than an hour to do it's not worth doing" and it exists in every single software development organization on planet Earth. Until these things actually start costing real money to people with real power, this will continue.

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