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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

SecretAsianMan Re:Powershell (729 comments)

As a fluent PowerShell and bash user, I would bet money that PowerShell was designed by some poor sot from the Visual Basic team after watching a 15-minute presentation on bash.

about 5 months ago

My SSID Is...

SecretAsianMan A Series of Tubes (458 comments)

It's simultaneously an obscure reference, somewhat descriptive, and humorous. Best of all, it was my kid's idea.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: To AdBlock Or Not To AdBlock?

SecretAsianMan Re:Everything (716 comments)

And apparently, I can't remember how to log into /. I'm the AC who posted above.

more than 2 years ago

Why Valve Wants To Port Games To Linux: Because Windows 8 Is a Catastrophe

SecretAsianMan Re:Boot to game (880 comments)

I'm sure the answer is "drivers", but I've dreamed of the same for years. These days, it's not even that much of an inconvenience, as game load times are significantly longer than boot times.

more than 2 years ago

Is Web 2.0 A Bigger Threat Than Outsourcing?

SecretAsianMan Observations From the Fortune 500 (331 comments)

I have worked at a Fortune 500 company for almost five years. A few things I have observed there:

1. Most businesses larger than, say, fifty employees are going to have very complex problems -- problems that only dedicated IT personnel can solve. I fail to see how any outsourced "mashup" (whatever that *really* is) could tailor itself adequately to these problems. It's just a restatement of the common problem of customizing third-party vertical software for a specific business. In my experience, that endeavor tends to faily miserably, draining productivity as users are forced by the software into a non-intuitive mode. Eventually, the offending system is removed and replaced with something else. You need IT personnel for all of this.

2. In a large IT group, there are a lot of people who don't contribute value. You have your sycophants, ass-kissers, hiring mistakes, misassigned resources, bumbling managers, etc. The problem is that the corporate culture can make it very hard to get rid of these people. They may have influence with the powers that be, or they may even *be* the powers. If you see some downsizing, you have to ask *who* got downsized. Perhaps it wasn't the people actually adding value.

more than 7 years ago


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