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Comment Re:You missed the point of your own story (Score 1) 199

You mean like bringing home hookers, guns, or anything similar that might lead them to a fruitful career?

Defensive, much? Maybe something like tradeable sports cards, a lathe and furnace for smelting, screen printing tools, golf clubs? The list of cool stuff a kid could get geeked on is endless, but I enjoyed how you went straight to possibilities that carry to some serious negative connotations. For the record, I see nothing wrong with bringing a gun home if you show the children to respect it. I would encourage this practice, actually.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 506

I worked at MS for over a year and it was just painful. I watched amazingly talented people get ignored and shut down while complete idiots kept getting to ship stupid products riddled with bugs. Test teams would cry 'show stopper' because a p1 bug wasn't fixed but a PM would ignore this serious flaw and make their ship date (or 2nd ship date).

I'm not trying to speak maliciously; I have nothing against the people I worked with. They're nice, intelligent people but they are not high quality coders or testers, or PMs. That is why you get such god awful products being released.

Just look @ the new version of Messenger - they do a lazy fetch for contact pictures even right after installing it. Who in their right mind would ship such an obvious flaw if the fix takes 10 minutes?

Great excuse to get rid of dead weight but it will be damn tough to carve them out.


Sorry, but we Germans have earned quite a reputation of going large-scale berzerk in the last centuries and every neighbouring country of us has suffered from it.

Exactly. You worked hard for that reputation, so you earned it. I'd hate it if you had to start all over again. (Particularly since I'm one of those neighbours.)

As an American let me say - please, go berzerk on your neighbors! We could use the opportunity to improve our global image doing what we do best - freeing the shit out of people!

Comment Re:Microsoft needs to take support seriously. (Score 1) 543

What QA?

1/3 of the that company is a lethargic, inept test department. If you can actually do testing well they push you to be a dev. Test managers get no respect and find the ladder doesn't reach as high as a dev or pm's ladder. It frustrated me to no end to work with the testers there. Having to explain what my code does everytime I submit a patch, explaining something in a meeting and then two more times in person, the ridiculous amount of redundant emails that you have to forward to the same people over, and over...ugh. Until MS fixes it's test department (part of this will be getting devs and pms to respect test) your question will ring loudly to me and many other ex-employees, as well as those who remained.


Submission + - Germany Wont Let Cruise Onto Historical Premises (

mrdarreng writes: Tom Cruise, set to play Count Claus von Stauffenberg in a new movie titled Valkyrie, has been banned by German Defence Minister Franz-Josef Jung from inner the Defence Ministry's courtyard where von Stauffenberg was shot. Members of the German government liken Scientology to Facism, and say it "masquerades as a religion to make money". The same body that hunts Terrorist, Neo-Nazi's and spies, the Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution has been observing the church for years. A Defence Ministry spokesperson said, "The film makers will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult."

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