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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

arglebargle_xiv Re:Wow... (232 comments)

Managers with antisocial personality disorder can deliver impressive short-term results. This happens at the cost of long-term results, but since when did shareholders ever care about those?

Ah, OK. I'm guessing it would also depend on the degree, since it's not black-and-white, someone with a score of 10-15 on the Hare Checklist (PCL-R) would probably be an effective (if perhaps not very popular, depending on how high-functioning they are) manager, but once you're getting into the 20+ range you're asking for trouble. Mind you that would also depend on the job, in the financial industry (banking, share trading) a 20-25 or more would probably just make you one of the gang, while a manager in the services industry with that score... shudder.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

arglebargle_xiv Re:Wow... (232 comments)

For the companies that screen for psychopathic tendencies for managers, how many screen out psychopathy and how many screen out non-psychopathy?

Why would you screen out non-psychopathy? Any company clueful enough to be aware of this problem certainly isn't going to want to hire managers with psychopathic (strictly speaking, antisocial personality disorder and related disorders) tendencies.

5 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

arglebargle_xiv Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (491 comments)

While continuing to be protected by UK's nuclear deterrent

Deterring what, exactly? Bruce Forsythe, Cilla Black, Peaches Geldof, Jeremy Beadle, the entire cast of Geordie Shore, who needs nuclear weapons when you've got that as a deterrent.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

arglebargle_xiv Re:Wow... (232 comments)

I've never had to work in a truly dysfunctional shop,

You really need to distinguish between cases where this is endemic and where it's caused by certain individuals. The linked article 10 Sure Shot Ways to Lose Your Team describes at least some behavioural traits that would correspond to one of the group of personality disorders for which the people who exhibit them are popularly referred to as sociopaths, and in their more extreme forms, psychopaths (unfortunately Hollywood has pretty much mangled most people's understanding of what that really means). This is why some companies specifically screen any management-level interviewees for psychopathic tendencies, they may appear to be (that is, create the illusion of being) effective managers, but they're actually very destructive to the company in the long term.

5 days ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

arglebargle_xiv Re:Parallax. (424 comments)

This whole article is troll bait.

My reaction to reading the abstract was "And this is news?". What's next, "Cat stuck up tree"? I suppose if it was "Cat with vaguely Apple logo-shaped patch on fur stuck up tree" it'd probably make it too.

5 days ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

arglebargle_xiv Re:NSA scorecard on on truth? (200 comments)

Has anyone tried asking the liars whether they're lying? I'm sure they'd be honest about it this time.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

arglebargle_xiv Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

Has someone tried to verify the original story and check that Windows Phones are a real product? If they were actually being sold I'm pretty sure I'd have seen someone using one by now.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

arglebargle_xiv Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

I'm 5'11" and there is plenty of room in Economy plus. If you're a frequent flyer you can get Economy Plus for free when you book a ticket on United, I assume Delta is the same for their frequent flyers.

I'm 1.95m (6'5" for Americans) and once had to fly Austrian Airlines transatlantic. They have 31 or even 30" seat spacing, the seats were so cramped I had to sit with my legs angled out sideways, and to shift them from the right to the left had to lift them up, move across, and drop them down again (bit hard to explain in text form). For eight hours.

Result: I've asked our travel people to never, ever book me on an Austrian flight again. Well, that and Hello Kitty Airways.

So they may have saved a few dollars by squashing in some extra seats, but they've permanently lost a passenger who does quite a bit of flying to Austria. I don't know how many others they've lost this way...

about two weeks ago
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Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

arglebargle_xiv Re:So.... (170 comments)

splitters

You call that a splitter? This is a splitter.

about two weeks ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

arglebargle_xiv Re:Standards (152 comments)

Are rules for some and suggestions for the rest of us. The IEEE can put a standard on cleaning the toilet.

At least where I work, most likely is that it will be more paper work to get done

Well it is normal practice to not consider cleaning the toilet until the occupant has finished their paperwork.

about three weeks ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

arglebargle_xiv Re:coordinated work (146 comments)

Lots of construction work is only safe to do when the crew is working together. [...] It's not just a union thing.

It's certainly a something thing. Here's a conversation I had with a construction worker in NY:

Me: Hi, how's it going.

Construction worker: I'm having my lunch [As in: Go away].

Me: Mind if I grab a seat? [There wasn't any other seating, this being the point of the attempted conversation]

Construction worker: CAN'T YOU SEE I'M HAVING MY LUNCH?

I just assumed it was some kind of union thing, they're being paid to eat but not anything else, so if I want to ask whether I can grab a seat I have to do it during paid work hours.

about three weeks ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

arglebargle_xiv Re:Switched double speed half capacity, realistic? (316 comments)

From TFA

PMR (Perpendicular Magnetic Recording) or low-resistance helium technology was employed.

They actually use a variant of PMR that's based on magnetic monopoles. The reason why they're "shipping only to select enterprise clients" is because there's a limited supply of those, looted by the Red Army from a secret Nazi lab in 1945 and only recently rediscovered in former NKVD archives in a bunker outside Moscow.

Not a lot of people know that...

about a month ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

arglebargle_xiv This should read "Old Windows Coming in September" (251 comments)

From TFA

"Threshold" is expected to include a number of new features that are aimed at continuing to improve Windows' usability on nontouch devices and by those using mice and keyboards alongside touch.

What this backwards statement is actually saying is

"Threshold" is expected to reinstate a number of standard Windows features that were removed/crippled in order to impair Windows' usability on nontouch devices, once again making it usable by those using mice and keyboards.

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I expect the packaging to be a Windows 7 box with a "9" sticker strategically pasted over the "7".

about a month ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

arglebargle_xiv Re:I hope not (511 comments)

It was just coming into favour when I left. When I was around it was Modula-2 and Eiffel (for OOP) at University.

Given that Eiffel was created by Satan himself to torture lost souls, I can't see how Java could be worse. The language itself was quite nice and had some good ideas, but the programming/development environment was appalling, I'd rather spend eternity in the company of Beelzebub and all his hellish instruments of death than have to develop code using those tools again.

about a month ago
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Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

arglebargle_xiv Re:"Amid heightened tensions with Russia" (108 comments)

It's interesting that you think you're a better source than a peer reviewed internet dictionary.

Like Slashdot, a peer-reviewed Internet news site?

about a month ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

arglebargle_xiv Re:Reputation (212 comments)

This is what happens when a customer doesn't want to own the system they are buying. Like a lot of places they probably had MBAs at the top who took the whole "not our core competency" thing too far. Yet again. Sure hire a vendor or vendors. But Own The Fucking System. Don't just let the vendors do what they want. It is a licence to push out shit with no oversight. I don't know for certain that this was the case here but that would be my guess.

That's not a silver bullet. There's a government IT project running in Australia where they decided to do exactly that, Own The Fucking System. You now have a government department with this huge tumor growing out the side of it that develops, updates, and maintains their IT project. Since govt.departments aren't set up to run IT development work, it's ended up as an antipattern for everything you can do wrong in a project of this nature. There's way, way too much to type in here, but given the level of fail I'm sure one or more people will write books about it at some point.

about a month ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

arglebargle_xiv Re:Do the math (338 comments)

I know it's Europe, but who TF would want/need more power than that for a F'in vacuum cleaner?

The same people who buy 18,000 watt PMPO stereos. Obviously if it has bigger numbers it's better, so manufacturers oblige them by putting bigger numbers on things.

about 1 month ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

arglebargle_xiv Re:Actually, it does ! (375 comments)

Wae Don' needa nae Nukies! Wae gots... HAGGIS!

It's actually quite impressive that you didn't even say anything out loud, yet still managed to convincingly give the impression of the least-convincing Scots accent *ever*. :-)

Och aye 'n fock off the noo!

about a month ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

arglebargle_xiv Re:Infingers? (376 comments)

none of my fingers are going to pay up.

I was just wondering if RightsCorp was now run by the Yakuza, and were extracting payment in fingers.

about a month ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

arglebargle_xiv Re: Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

Hahaha, you make it sound as if "being licensed" has some implication of advanced skill.

Licensing implies some minimal level of quality control. People in western Europe, and most parts of the US, are used to a relatively good quality of taxi transport that comes about from decades of regulation. Now before you complain about how bad things are in your home city, try catching a taxi in St.Petersburg, or Bucharest, or Tirana (in St.Petersburg I'd get a marshrutka which is shared with lots of others or a taxi from a hotel, in Bucharest I'd get in a car driven for a fee by a friend's cousin's brother, and don't even ask about Tirana). Even cities like Budapest a decade ago were still the wild west until they introduced stricter regulation of drivers, now it's almost at the level of somewhere like New York, although hailing a cab on the street is still a no-no (you phone for it and order one).

So before you advocate a free-for-all, remember that the current situation only exists specifically because there isn't a free-for-all.

about a month ago

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The upcoming Windows 8.1 apocalypse

arglebargle_xiv arglebargle_xiv writes  |  about 5 months ago

arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "As most people will have heard, Microsoft will end support for anyone who hasn't upgraded to Win8.1 Update 1 on May 8. What fewer people have heard is that large numbers of users can't install the 8.1 Update, with over a thousand messages in this one thread alone, and that's for tech geeks rather than home users who won't find out about this until their PC becomes orphaned on May 8. Check your Windows Update log, if you've got a "Failed" entry next to KB2919355 then your PC will also become orphaned after May 8."
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Windows 8.1 Update creates chaos for many users

arglebargle_xiv arglebargle_xiv writes  |  about 5 months ago

arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update has been creating chaos for many users, as demonstrated by threads running to six hundred and eight hundred messages respectively in Microsoft's support forums. Users report spending days trying to get it to work, with the Microsoft-recommend solution of using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool fixing some failed updates, followed by more recent reports of it corrupting the Windows component store and requiring a complete reinstall of Windows. For users with OEM pre-installs, that means going out and buying a Windows 8.1 CD. Since no further updates are possible without the 8.1 Update, this now leaves large numbers of users of Microsoft's latest OS in the same boat as Windows XP users."
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Sophos A/V riddled with vulnerabilities

arglebargle_xiv arglebargle_xiv writes  |  about 2 years ago

arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "Security researcher Tavis Ormandy has had a look at Sophos A/V and found that it'll actually make your system less secure after you install it:

The paper contains details about several vulnerabilities in the Sophos antivirus code responsible for parsing Visual Basic 6, PDF, CAB and RAR files. Some of these flaws can be attacked remotely and can result in the execution of arbitrary code on the system. Ormandy even included a proof-of-concept exploit for the PDF parsing vulnerability which he claims requires no user interaction, no authentication and can be easily transformed into a self-spreading worm.

The findings also include this gem:

Ormandy also found that a component called the 'Buffer Overflow Protection System' (BOPS) that's bundled with Sophos antivirus, disables the ASLR (address space layout randomization) exploit mitigation feature on all Windows versions that support it by default, including Vista and later.

Original paper here."
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Is Google targeting Firefox?

arglebargle_xiv arglebargle_xiv writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "As of about two weeks ago, Google searches carried out from Firefox are returning meta redirects that require manually clicking through every search result in order to reach your target. In doing this Google is specifically targeting Firefox and no other browser (switching your user agent to anything other than Firefox gets rid of the problem). Presumably switching to Chrome would also resolve the issue. Could this targeting of Firefox be because it's Google's main competitor in the open-source browser market?"
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The end of the end-to-end principle

arglebargle_xiv arglebargle_xiv writes  |  more than 3 years ago

arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "The Internet was designed around the end-to-end principle, which says that functionality should be provided by end hosts rather than in the network itself. A new study of the effect of vast numbers of middleboxes on the Internet indicates that this is no longer the case, since far too many devices on the Internet interfere with traffic in some way. This has serious implications for network (protocol) neutrality (as well as future IPv6 deployment) since only the particular variations of TCP that they know about will pass through them."
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