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The Programmers Go Coding Two-by-Two — Hurrah?

Peter Cooper Suck it and see, it's not for everyone (318 comments)

Like many workplace practices, it's something worth trying, but not something to be trumpeted as "the way" to do things. Some people get on with pairing, some don't. And it's OK either way. Likewise, there are writers who work in pairs, but many who do great work alone. There are architects who work in groups and alone. So it goes for software developers.

Where it goes sour, however, is when people who find pair programming valuable start tarring anyone who doesn't do it as being error-prone slackers.

more than 2 years ago

Is MySQL Slowly Turning Closed Source?

Peter Cooper Re:IMHO... (336 comments)

That said, if there is some way to create a parallel version, a version not intended to pay for a yacht, I would be all for it.

Forking, perhaps?

more than 2 years ago

AMD Breaks Overclocking Record With Bulldozer

Peter Cooper It's been a long time.. (193 comments)

But.. imagine a Beowulf cluster of these!

more than 3 years ago

Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time

Peter Cooper Re:WASD? Flash version only, I guess. (362 comments)

I still use the Quake with mouse scheme for all my FPS gaming. For anyone who forgets, that's right mouse button for "forward", A and D for strafe and S for back (as in WASD) and space for jump. Mouse inverted vertically.

All FPS games support this setup still, though you have to tweak. The bummer, though, is when you get a mouse that doesn't allow simultaneous left and right mouse clicking.. you can either shoot OR move ;-)

I keep trying to do the full, modern WASD method but can't deal with "W" being forward and the mouse merely being to aim. Just feels wrong. I guess this is what it is to be old. My muscle memory struggles to change.

more than 4 years ago

In Ukraine, IT Freelancing Under Threat

Peter Cooper Re:So? (359 comments)

I think you're confusing a true freelancer with a contractor. While laws like IR35 affect the latter, a freelancer should be doing work for many clients simultaneously under their own rules, and do not need a Ltd company or an accountant (if they don't want to).

more than 4 years ago

Scrabble To Allow Proper Nouns

Peter Cooper Ooh, they're printing a new bit of paper! (377 comments)

Wow, big deal. All they need to do to "change the rules" is to print a slightly different paper to slip inside the box. WTF would they need to "make" two separate editions? Hardly anyone seriously plays 100% by the official rules anyway so it seems a load of bullshit. You could just agree with your partner to follow this rule without buying a new set. This is just PR bullshit.

more than 4 years ago

Metaprogramming Ruby

Peter Cooper The ecosystem is, not the language. (84 comments)

Ruby's ecosystem evolves very quickly, sure, but the underlying language doesn't. Ruby written 10 years ago isn't significantly different to that written now. It's the libraries that are being used that have changed, but Perl has become susceptible to that in the last few years too (consider Perl5i and all the Perl 6-isms that are entering Perl 5).

more than 4 years ago

Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?

Peter Cooper Re:Medical... (727 comments)

It is a medical device which means that it is subject to insane markups. Mostly they are probably paid for by insurance, so there is little attention paid to cost by consumers.

Consumers being the operative word. Insurance companies get massive discounts on medical devices - gotta keep the cartel propped up somehow.

more than 4 years ago

Correcting Poor Typing Technique?

Peter Cooper Re:Use a qwerty touch typing program (425 comments)

"Hitting a wall" at 90-100WPM is like driving a car that "only" does 100MPH. Hardly anyone benefits from typing or driving faster than that.

more than 4 years ago

Virgin Promises 100Mbps Connections To UK Homes

Peter Cooper Great, if you actually have cable near you.. (247 comments)

There is nothing we can't do with our fiber optic cable network

Except deploy it across most of the country, it seems..

more than 4 years ago

School Spying Scandal Gets Even More Bizarre

Peter Cooper Re:Ugh. (699 comments)

It seems like you're predisposed to talking out of your ass. The GP poster was right.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Debates Whether To Trust Chinese CA

Peter Cooper Re:Well in that case (276 comments)

Nothing good comes from China.

That's not true. Sweet and sour sauce, duck pancakes, soy sauce, kung-po shrimp, sesame seed toast, prawn crackers.. I mean I could go on.

more than 4 years ago

Next Flash Version Will Support Private Browsing

Peter Cooper And after that.. (192 comments)

After that feature, could they make Flash respect the "Block Pop Up Windows" features in Safari and Firefox? I expect NO popups when I have this set.. yet Flash seems to be able to open them still!

more than 4 years ago

It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?

Peter Cooper Re:iPad? (684 comments)

I take it you're reading this on an e-ink based display then, because using regular computer screens has surely "melted" your eyes.

more than 4 years ago

Restructured Ruby on Rails 3.0 Hits Beta

Peter Cooper A ton of Rails 3 Beta links (197 comments)

Over at Ruby Inside we did (and are maintaining) a roundup of ~36 Rails 3.0 beta links/articles (it's up to about 40 now, I think). If you've got Rails 3.0 installed and want to know how to use X or Y or want to learn some of the back story/motivation, the links should come in useful. They're only things that are actually worth reading. Well, mostly.. :-)

more than 4 years ago

Tech Tools Fostering "Mini Generation Gaps"

Peter Cooper Re:Bullshit level: High - Storm likely. (322 comments)

If Twitter's a fad, then I guess Slashdot's a fad too? Except more people use and get value out of Twitter than Slashdot :-) Or is it just new stuff that you don't use that's a "fad"?

Twitter is way beyond "fad" stage. If you want fads, try Google Wave or Clojure. Doesn't mean they won't become significant as time goes by though.

more than 4 years ago

Hulu Blocks International Access Via Witopia

Peter Cooper Re:SOCKS proxy to USA VPS doesn't work for me (256 comments)

I've had exactly the same result with, perhaps, even the same ISP (also in Houston, TX) :-) They're definitely doing something other sites do not. I can now watch South Park on the official SP site through this method, for example.

more than 4 years ago

Author Encourages Users to Pirate His Book

Peter Cooper A bad summary makes bad responses (237 comments)

I wrote the piece linked here and the summary on Slashdot is laughably wrong. All the cool Hacker News and Reddit people who read the story.. you're awesome and you really added to the discussion and didn't come out with nonsense saying I'm actively encouraging people to break the law (which, if whoever wrote the summary could comprehend English, is not what I said - I raised a potential method of circumvention as a thought experiment.. "I suspect" does not mean "I think you must").

So if Slashdotters want to be the first to spout nonsense and misquotes on the same day my first kid was born (I'm just getting a few hours sleep after being up a gazillion hours ;-)) then congratulations - some of you succeeded admirably. All the traffic to the site is going to somewhere you can donate to a good cause and earn some actual karma.

about 5 years ago

The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

Peter Cooper DOS too (939 comments)

It worked in DOS too. At least, it did for me when I was working out what it did back in the late 80s!

about 5 years ago

Microsoft Says Google Chrome Frame Makes IE Less Secure

Peter Cooper Re:Friends? (459 comments)

Friends don't let friends use Windows period.

more than 5 years ago


Peter Cooper hasn't submitted any stories.



Some links

Peter Cooper Peter Cooper writes  |  more than 11 years ago has a great article by a slightly hyper tech guy who tried to get a job in Atlanta and failed.

The 101 Dumbest Moments in Business is a great read over at Business 2.0.

It's also nice to see a voice of reason right here on Slashdot.

And if you're feeling a bit insane, then this incredibly deep online psychological self-help guide will see you right.

Dasher is an amazing project, and even though it's for disabled people, I play it like a game.. it's great seeing how fast you can write stuff just with the mouse :-)

Last but not least, I couldn't go without recommending Cooked and Bombed, an archive of tons of funny Chris Morris bits.

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