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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

Beliskner Deal with bullying managers (473 comments)

Deal with bullying managers that impose tight immovable deadlines in front of senior management, and then when I tell them to reset the client's expectation and blue sky renegotiate the entire contract with the client because the deadline is unachievable in front of senior management they get upset and then start bullying you and physically attacking you and I walked into a Police station and the Police officers refused to take my official report of a harassment incident. I wouldn't get any witnesses anyway because they were junior management and everyone's scared of their careers - they all have families to feed. That was in my old company, now in my new company my predecessor's predecessor had a breakdown and tried to commit suicide, but these get covered up by corporate management.

about 10 months ago
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Indiana Man Gets 8 Months For Teaching How To Beat Polygraph Tests

Beliskner Re:proving parent right... (356 comments)

Let's be clear: If the government wants you, they're gonna get you. The laws aren't there to uphold social norms, they're there to club you over the head and drag you off in a way that seems justifiable to the unwashed masses, should the authorities so choose to do so

So what do you want - for the government instead of using laws, lawyers and judges to use some sort of random voodoo guesswork? Get the bad laws changed!

about a year ago
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What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring

Beliskner Re: Stay classy ./ (223 comments)

At my last job we had constant RAID failures due to an SQL Server database running ten thousand transactions a second all day every day with no break including weekends. Only EMC Clariion storage array was reliable enough and it hasn't had a single failure for three years apart from HDD failures upon which it automatically pages EMC. Their salespeople are idiots but their design engineers are good. During the dotcom boom they did the best hardware, dont insult their storage hardware which is damn good

about a year and a half ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Beliskner body armour and bulletproof doors (2987 comments)

Body armour for all kids in USA hanging on every classroom wall and bulletproof lockable doors that cant be shot out please

about a year and a half ago
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Google Found Guilty of Libel For Search Results In Australia

Beliskner Re:Province is Provincial (223 comments)

I bet that just finding the server that the content is cached on among the millions of servers Google has would require some sort of debug mode to operate on their main search engine which would require them to more than double their server power overnight. Just ask Linus Torvalds if the linux kernel was witched to debug mode with full verbose logging, how much performance penalty it would have

about 2 years ago
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Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO

Beliskner Re:Good for him (911 comments)

They have taken an oath as servants of the people, but instead, seek to rule over them as their masters and confiscate/limit the fruits of their labor and give them to those who have not earned it in exchange for political favor, and try to control what private citizens spend their own money on, while limiting the amount of success someone is allowed to attain.

So the poor have no Right to food, what a horrible uncivilised unChristian country, would be ridiculed at the United Nations, have them depend on what - Christian charity? As a scientist I know that if a population is starving the likelihood of shootings and stabbings increases, which all American citizens do not want. Do a poll - How many Americans want themselves and their children to be tortured for money and physically shot and killed? And would you give a five percent tax to avert this possibility? Pretty much everybody would say yes they would pay the tax.

more than 2 years ago
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Russia Threatens Pre-emptive, Destructive Force On US Missile Defense

Beliskner Re:Frak (675 comments)

On the big chess board if the missile defence system is put in check by the Russians then America would have to move its pieces to perform more invasions of Arabic countries pre-emptively

Russia has good relations with Iran. What if Russia orders Iran to fire nuclear weapons at Europe? Or at Israel knowing that the USA intervened in Serbia - a Russian-controlled country. If Iran caused trouble to Israel the USA would have to nuke Iran, if Iran has nukes for secondstrike at Europe this is unacceptable under NATO

more than 2 years ago
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Osama Bin Laden Didn't Encrypt His Files

Beliskner Re:There's a hopeless retard here for sure... (333 comments)

I think its way simpler than that - the US has two stances - passive in the world, and actively imposing its will on the world with its military. It was passive and Pearl Harbour happened, the US invaded a bunch of countries including Germany which hadnt actually started a war with the USA. So the precedent is set that when the USA gets cheesed off, any country it doesnt like gets hit - so its not you-invade-me we-invade-you, its America-sitting-on-its-ass or America-invading-everyone-it-doesnt-like

more than 2 years ago
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Russia Threatens Pre-emptive, Destructive Force On US Missile Defense

Beliskner Re:Frak (675 comments)

On the big chess board if the missile defence system is put in check by the Russians then America would have to move its pieces to perform more invasions of Arabic countries pre-emptively

more than 2 years ago
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Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

Beliskner Re:Faulty Reasoning (653 comments)

I think the point here is that if you get an idiot and give him an MBA you just have an idiot with an MBA, not an intelligent person. A person that would look at a 5-year 8percent bond and go that's cheap without considering the macroeconomic implications of rising interest rates (which devalues bonds)

more than 2 years ago
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Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

Beliskner Re:Faulty Reasoning (653 comments)

It seems if a zero was entered into a field instead of a non-zero number, the web app would crash (or it was something equally stupid - please don't hold me to actual issue

I've seen onshore problems far worse than that. But yes the offshore ones depend on management communications which isn't always good, for example a web app came back in ASP.NET instead of VisualBasic, it's like "You don't get a more basic error than using the wrong programming language, what should I do throw away the webserver with all our existing customers on it?"

more than 2 years ago
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Should Composting Be Mandatory In US Cities?

Beliskner Re:No (861 comments)

Anyone who doesn't recycle when their government cajoles them to because they think it violates their civil liberties is harming their neighbour via increased pollution and increased landfill, this violates many world religion including Christianity where there's a commandment "Love thy neighbour"

more than 2 years ago
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Should Composting Be Mandatory In US Cities?

Beliskner Re:No (861 comments)

When I got my first floppy drive when I was 10 (before hard disks) I took that five and a quarter inch disk and put my fingers on the finger recess and put the disk in the drive. After a few days of trying I realised that the finger recess was the area where the magnetic media was exposed (five and a quarter inch disks have an exposed magnetic media unlike three and a half inch disks which have a shutter). My first disk in my life I had ruined, I cried for hours

more than 2 years ago
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30 Years of the BBC Micro

Beliskner Re:jaded (208 comments)

When I got my first floppy drive when I was 10 (before hard disks) I took that five and a quarter inch disk and put my fingers on the finger recess and put the disk in the drive. After a few days of trying I realised that the finger recess was the area where the magnetic media was exposed (five and a quarter inch disks have an exposed magnetic media unlike three and a half inch disks which have a shutter). My first disk in my life I had ruined, I cried for hours

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Long-Term Video/Picture Storage?

Beliskner IoSAFE Solo 2TB (499 comments)

Iosafe Solo 2TB fire-proof waterproof external hard-drive http://www.iosafe.com has served me well

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Demos C++ AMP At AMD Developers Summit

Beliskner Re:Where's my C# version? (187 comments)

Seriously? Are you claiming that the latest installment of Linux is safer when it comes to malware than Windows. If you claim that you are an ignorant idiot. Windows 7 as an operating system is significantly better protected than Linux

I think what he means is that a well configured linux box with an intelligent user is more secure than a well configured windows box with an intelligent user, because as an open source system you can verify everything youre using for security holes whereas with windows Microsoft ignores open vulnerabilities until their business case/profits are threatened, Microsoft doesnt give you a personal line to the developer

more than 3 years ago
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North Korea Training "Cyberwarriors" Abroad

Beliskner Re:"acts of war" (128 comments)

Maybe. But they are running out of white elephants. They need a new enemy, and they need a new one NOW! How else are they going to justify the 2014 budget? Crackers / Hackers / Hacktivists (bleh!) are one of those groups that people don't really understand (like Muslims, Chinese, etc.)

Ignoring relatively electronically secure infrastructure like nuclear reactors that actually aren't connected to the Internet (and shouldn't be), if an electronic enemy could knock out all VPN connections in the USA then the US economy would be devastated - all the working from home people would be locked out of their systems, this in itself would cause maybe billions of dollars of damages. For this reason alone the expense is justified.

more than 3 years ago
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Fetus Don't Fail Me Now: How Scientists Raise Children

Beliskner Re:Sometimes not at all. (233 comments)

One the other hand, after three years, you're still shovelling feces

Cats are very easy to train, all you need is a litter tray, they instinctively like to keep the house tidy unlike dogs.

more than 3 years ago
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Search For Alien Life On 86 Planets Begins

Beliskner Re:crop circles (248 comments)

If an extraterrestrial civilisation is so far advanced to be able to travel the vast distances, then the chances are very probable that they could learn absolutely nothing by studying us and wouldn't waste their time to even visit

In the same way that we sit and listen to old sixties music and take our children to zoos where uneducated animals just play around, perhaps the aliens bring their children into Earth orbit to show them us?

more than 3 years ago

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