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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

Anrego Re:Levels (126 comments)

To be honest, I think a "team play" level is in there as well.

Working on your own software pet project, working on an open source project with other developers, and working in a corporate software environment are very different experiences. The rock-star programmer cliche still exists, but I think your average run of the mill programmer's success is more determined by how well he plays with others and balances his relationship with management and other forces of evil.

Also throw in a requirements level. A lot of people struggle with this early (and sometimes late) in their careers. It sounds simple, but figuring out what the customer wants (what they _actually_ want), and what you've agreed to provide, and what the program _actually_ needs to do (all three are often exclusive concepts) is a big deal. Sometimes the customer doesn't know what they want (but won't be happy until they get it). Sometimes the customer thinks they want the wrong thing, and won't be happy if you deliver it to them. Requirements analysis is a specialization all it's own, but speaking the language is a huge asset if you go into "big software" (aerospace, medical, defence, etc).

8 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Anrego Re:Encryption first (233 comments)

Or something like duplicati which lets you have the benefit of encryption without the downside of having to upload your entire volume every time you want to update it. There's probably a security trade off (I don't know of any specific attacks, but I assume a single encrypted volume is probably more secure), but to me it's worth it for the convenience.

yesterday
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Anrego Re:But how did it happen? (364 comments)

I think panic is the key word.

Microsoft doesn't want to be the next RIM. They've been sitting comfortably on their office/desktop monopoly while google and apple have (not necessarily for better) been driving the future of computing, and are worried they may no longer fit into it. Everything they've done recently screams of desperate flailing to stave off a march down RIM's "we innovated once, that aught to be enough" path of doom.

This comes off less as some young guy saying "tablets guys, tablets are cool, lets do tablets!" as some old guy screaming "everyone is using tablets and we don't do tablets, we need to get on tablets now!".

2 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Anrego Re:Screenshots (364 comments)

Indeed. I mean you can find them in google, but you'd think an article on the subject would at least include a screenshot of what it was actually talking about.

2 days ago
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Adobe Patches One Flash Zero Day, Another Still Unfixed

Anrego Re:ClickToFlash for me, thanks. (47 comments)

I've used the flashblock plugin on firefox for a long damn time, but I'm finding it has stopped working properly on a lot of websites, including just recently youtube. I'm guessing this is due to some javascript shenanigans, but haven't had time to investigate.

5 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Anrego Re:Less creepiness (324 comments)

Legal expectation of privacy and social expectation of privacy are pretty different concepts.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Anrego Re:Less creepiness (324 comments)

Socially unacceptable behaviour is met with hostility, usually in proportion to the nature of the behaviour. Something extreme (like a guy beating his date) is likely to attract violence, something relatively minor like my cellphone example would likely result in being told to "cut that out and go away" (which is more or less the response I'm advocating).

You're also a hypocrite for not being upset about the 100+ times per day you end up on security cameras or in the background of someone's cell phone photo.

See: http://slashdot.org/comments.p... for standard counter argument.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Anrego Re:Less creepiness (324 comments)

Agreed, but see:

Covert surveillance is also now mostly trivial, but it's not socially acceptable and very few people actually do it

Citation needed, but at least perceptually I don't feel like everyone is sneakily recording my private conversations at a restaurant.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Anrego Re:Less creepiness (324 comments)

* there .. :(

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Anrego Re:Less creepiness (324 comments)

Horrible as it is, this is a battle of social acceptance. Google wants wearing a camera on your face to become socially acceptable. Those of us who don't want to see this become the norm want to make sure it doesn't become socially acceptable.

Unfortunately the best way to achieve this is by being hostile towards people wearing the damn thing. Just as walking up to some random couple at a bar, pulling out your cellphone, and pointing the camera at them would likely attract hostility as a non-socially acceptable behaviour, so must wearing google glass.

This doesn't have to be violence, but it does have to be enough to make:

- the individual unhappy (negative re-enforcement against the socially unacceptable behaviour)
- observers nervous about engaging in the behaviour themselves (hmm, everyones telling this guy to shove his google glass up his ass, and one guy is even offering to help, maybe I shouldn't buy one just yet!)
- businesses nervous about incidents, hopefully enough to ban the devices

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Anrego Re:Less creepiness (324 comments)

There are subtle but important differences.

Yes surveillance is ubiquitous, but it's usually managed by business owners or government agencies, which means it's very unlikely to end up on youtube. A bar wouldn't survive very long if they made a habit of posting embarrassing moments from their surveillance tapes on the web.

People with cellphone cameras is also ubiquitous, but using one to record something is usually fairly obvious.

Covert surveillance is also now mostly trivial, but it's not socially acceptable and very few people actually do it, so the chances of being covertly recorded in a bar are pretty slim unless someone has reason to.

Google glass is in an all new category. To many, walking up to a table while wearing google glass is roughly equivalent to walking up to that table with your cellphone camera pointed at the people sitting their, and thus has gotten much the reaction you would expect.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Anrego Re:This test was a successful failure (248 comments)

It's a fairly commonly used term, and I wouldn't really call it a grudge so much as an acknowledgement of the disconnect in reality with those who assume an out of proportion interest in anything involving space.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Anrego Re:This test was a successful failure (248 comments)

Lots of people find space interesting and are generally supportive of ongoing research and efforts, but generally maintain a healthy balance of other interests.

Space nuttery is in my opinion defined by an unhealthy and unrealistic obsession with space. These are people who would (or at least have said they would) sell all their worldly possessions for the opportunity to spend some time in space, who would volunteer for a one way trip to mars. Basically a space nutter is someone who spends a fair bit of time flailing their arms and shouting "SPAAACCEEE" excitedly.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Anrego Re:Try Again Next Time (248 comments)

Gotta agree.

Business in general has become very risk adverse with a few exceptions (spacex and google being the big ones). Many of us feel constrained in this environment where everything we do has to mostly work or we won't get a second change or an opportunity to improve it. Everything has become about risk management and ROI and soul crushing metrics. It's very refreshing to see this kind of apparent "lets just do something we know probably won't work the first time, and keep doing it until it does" attitude.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Anrego Re:This test was a successful failure (248 comments)

Indeed. I'm not a space nutter, but this impresses the hell out of me. With a problem this hard, the fact that they are down to minor mistakes like this and not major fundamental issues is awesome.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Anrego Re:Why use hydraulic fluid? (248 comments)

I would assume for the same reason they are using an open system rather than a closed system: to save weight and complexity.

Also, I'm not a space nutter, but this stuff impresses the hell out of me. That looked damn close.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

Anrego Re:And that people... (329 comments)

One keeps backups to protect themselves against such horrible, very rookie mistakes. They happen. Yes we can rage about how it shouldn't have happened, and yes someone at steam should get slapped, and yes "everyone should have backups" doesn't lessen the reality of what happened here, but having backups is still a good idea and is the difference between an inconvenience and sobbing in the corner when something like this happens.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Anrego Re:Uh. (403 comments)

At this point I'm far more inclined to jump ship to BSD (which to be honest feels very much like Linux did back before all this nonsense) and contribute my efforts to making it what I want. Neither is really what I want, but I feel at this point BSD is actually closer, and at least philosophically more aligned with what I'm looking for.

I'm not looking to exaggerate, but i do feel the BSD developer base is noticeably increasing for the same reason, having met many recent converts who all tell much the same story.

about two weeks ago

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