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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

CyberLife They should NOT be treated differently (716 comments)

The developer agreed to deliver software that did X. They did not do so. Thus, they are in violation of their agreement and must make amends. Simple as that.

As to why things are often not done this way, in my experience, it is because developers desperately want the software business to be different. They don't want the traditional rules of industry to apply to them. They want to be special snowflakes, and management is letting them.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

CyberLife Perhaps people are growing up ... (503 comments)

... and realizing that dicking around with what is ultimately a tool is an impediment to getting useful work done. That's the realization I had. I used to delight in building my own computers from parts ordered online, rebuilding kernels to be lean and mean, compiling all software from source, tweaking things endlessly, etc. But somewhere along the line I became more interested in what I could do with the machine rather than the machine itself. Now I just want to plug something in and go.

about 3 months ago

Why America's School "Lag" Has Never Mattered

CyberLife Study philosophy (361 comments)

Being good at general scientific reasoning requires a firm understanding of scientific philosophy. This is not a subject many people encounter directly unless they're on a scientific track at a university. Very few, if any, will pick it up just from engaging in scientific activity.

about a year and a half ago

Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

CyberLife Yes, anyone can learn, but ... (767 comments)

Anyone can learn to program, just like anyone can learn to build a house or drive a car or bake a cake. But not everyone can learn to do these things well. The lower an industry's barrier-to-entry, the more crap people one will find working in it. Just look at the software business.

about a year and a half ago

New Reality Series: Be the Next Microsoft Employee

CyberLife Desperate and Lame (168 comments)

... I'm speaking of Microsoft

about a year and a half ago

New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says It's An Easy Out For Lazy Devs

CyberLife Re:use your Brain cells... if you got some left (491 comments)

API-documentation comments can be a good thing. General commenting within the code itself, not so much. If one's codebase requires such comments to understand it, they've got problems.

about 2 years ago

New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says It's An Easy Out For Lazy Devs

CyberLife Re:Requirements do change (491 comments)

Your entire post reeks of bad management. Anyone who initiates a project without basic boundaries is a moron. Anyone who cannot decompose tasks is unqualified to lead. Anyone who allows things to go off on tangents should be fired. It's that simple.

about 2 years ago

New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says It's An Easy Out For Lazy Devs

CyberLife Re:Developer rebellion? (491 comments)

One of the assumptions in Agile is that at almost any point you could go back and recode a significant amount of the work once you realize that you've been going down the wrong design path. Sounds nice on paper but in reality I doubt that ever happens.

Happens in my company all the time, but it requires competent management and lots of discipline. The software design has to support such changes, as does the work environment. If you've got a jumble of spaghetti and a boss who just wants it done, you've got management problems. No system is going to be very effective.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Track Bugs For Personal Software Projects?

CyberLife Re:I fix the bugs (221 comments)

Agreed 100%. If you can't stop what you're doing and fix a bug in a few minutes, you've got management issues. The only exception to this that I've encountered are the rare situations where I'm using a system and nowhere near my development environment. In those cases I use whatever communication tool seems appropriate: email to myself, voicemail to myself, note scribbled on paper, etc.

This concept works in team projects as well. If you need a tracker, you have bigger problems than software defects.

about 2 years ago

Apple Yanks Mac Virus Immunity Claims From Website

CyberLife Re:Suprising that no one has sued. (327 comments)

This is exactly it. Everything I ever saw from Apple on this subject said their products were immune to the large volume of PC viruses out there, which is completely and totally true. They probably changed their tune in order to avoid a waste-of-time lawsuit from people who can't read.

about 2 years ago

Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg

CyberLife Re:Nothing new? (738 comments)

... in no other field can you self teach yourself into the skills you need to have tomorrow.

I think you've spent too many of those 42-years indoors.

about 2 years ago

Spoiler Alert: Your TV Will Be Hacked

CyberLife Half-Assed Society (211 comments)

Our society indeed has a problem with accepting half-assed work. In my experience, employees and managers alike just want to be able to say something is done regardless of whether or not it really is. Few seem to show concern for doing a good job, and those who do are ridiculed for it.

about 2 years ago

iTunes' Windows Problem

CyberLife Death to removable media? (332 comments)

Macs don't come with Blu-Ray drives, and some of the newer models don't have optical drives at all. Apple may be trying to kill off removable media. They've done it before. Remember the shock of the first iMac? "How can any computer function without a floppy drive?!!" Yet today floppy drives are nowhere to be seen. Apple has shown a willingness to declare certain technologies as dead or dying long before the rest of the industry. Given what they're trying to do with iCloud, it wouldn't surprise me if optical drives continued to disappear from their product line.

about 2 years ago

Sergey Brin Says Facebook, Apple and Gov't Biggest Threats To Internet Freedom

CyberLife *yawn* (500 comments)

This is getting old and tired. Not everyone finds "walled gardens" to be a problem. If you do, you're free to use something else.

about 2 years ago

Apple Snubs Security Firm That Spotted Mac Botnet

CyberLife Re:Corroboration? (409 comments)

Apple's patching of the vulnerability only means they acknowledge its existence and feel it's worth correcting. Nobody is disputing that. It's not even the first vulnerability for Macs nor the first to be patched. It is, however, the first to my knowledge to have such a widespread infection. THAT is what I would like to see corroborated.

about 2 years ago

Apple Snubs Security Firm That Spotted Mac Botnet

CyberLife Corroboration? (409 comments)

As with any other claimed discovery, I'd like to see independent corroboration. I'm not saying it doesn't exist, just that I personally haven't seen it. Everything I've read credits Dr.Web as the source. Has nobody else confirmed their findings?

about 2 years ago

The Un-Internet and War On General Purpose Computers

CyberLife Am I being held back somehow? (266 comments)

I guess I'm not understanding how using a "controlled" platform hinders me.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Facebook Archiving?

CyberLife Don't Let Go of the "Original" (368 comments)

Giving the one and only copy to another party is risks losing it. Basic life lesson.

more than 3 years ago

Jimmy Wales Declares App Store Models a Threat

CyberLife It's Always Apple (334 comments)

Seems like it's always the App Store which gets all the credit for being bad for society. Why don't we ever hear about the PlayStation Store, or the Xbox Marketplace, or the Wii's Shop Channel? These also sell screened, platform-specific software, some of which you cannot get any other way. Oh, but they're just games, right?

more than 3 years ago

Apple's iPhone Developer License Agreement Revealed

CyberLife Re:What's the big deal? (483 comments)

... many people seem to be willing to bet their livelihoods on Apple. That includes people who aren't big players, and lack the leverage to make it to Apple's advantage to forget about certain contract terms.

What's the reason for that?

Simple. They are not you. They have different priorities and they value different things. What is important to you is not necessarily as important to others.

more than 4 years ago


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