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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

bickerdyke Re:whine (124 comments)

DevOps is all about creating dangerous conflicts of interrest.

No.

And I'd even go so far to say that we need MORE conflicts of interests.

A software company is full of conflicts if interrests. You have the sharholders who want money, sales who care about release dates, customers who request a feature, devs who know that that feature will have unpleaseant side-effects that the same users would not accept and so on.

"Resolve" those "conflicts" by completly seperating them into different roles, and you have a company where departments will fight each other to the bone and management will be busy with conflict resolution instead of actual work.

You need to have people inbetween those branches who know how to make them work together.

19 minutes ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

bickerdyke Re:What about capital gains or dividents? (360 comments)

Germany here, but PAYE applies here too. It's similar for capital gains: The bank automatically sends your estimated taxes to the tax office. At the end of the year, you get a report. Exactly as you PAYE report, it contains a transaction ID which can be used to refer to those advance payments when you want or have to actually file your taxes. (If you can expect a refund, you may file one, if you have other income besides the advanced-taxed income, you have to)

yesterday
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

bickerdyke Grudgingly (360 comments)

Grudgingly. I guess that's international.

yesterday
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

bickerdyke Re:It was a "joke" back then (259 comments)

Which is exactly the point the article makes. That we're bad at predecting technology, because we tend to think along the lines of an evolution of existing technologies. But can't imagine even small but substantial new technologies. (in my example obviously the servo engine that could be used to control mechanical devices directly without a robot.)

Another case of "almost right" is from the same Asimov book (I didn't read more than that plus the short stories) is an exact description of a GPS device used for navigation. While the actual use was a spot on hit, the user interface was as far off as possible: No one could imagine LED/LED displays, so the device was a rod that heated the handle when you pointed it in the right direction.

Do you know that feeling when you're watching old speculative fiction pieces and suddenly realize that despite all that future tech, in a given moment, they's give their right arm for a simple Nokia cellphone? :-)

yesterday
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

bickerdyke Re:It was a "joke" back then (259 comments)

I also laughed when Asimov described spaceship controls as so complex, that only a robot with a positronic brain could handle them. Yep. a "computer" using levers and pulleys to steer a starship. :-)

yesterday
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

bickerdyke Re:Maybe that's intresting trivia to you... (179 comments)

I'm from Germany too, so I know the Autobahn quite well, too, but have hardly ever seen lighting there. (Except NRW) but that may vary.

And you wish it were 3 seconds.... at 150kph you're going at 41m/s. That's 120m in 3 seconds. Headlights go 50-60m up to 100m on the right side if - IF - you have assymetric headlights.

http://www.rechtslexikon.net/d...

2 days ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

bickerdyke Maybe that's intresting trivia to you... (179 comments)

...but the "Autobahn" in Germany never had any kind of electrical lighting (besides retroreflecting paint for the road markings) and even at night large parts of it are considered save enough to not have speed limits - even at night!

2 days ago
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NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

bickerdyke Re:Much maligned Google goggles (104 comments)

Espescially with eywear-mounted cameras available as low as $40!

4 days ago
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NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

bickerdyke Re:Added benefit (104 comments)

Unless you claim that story happend more than 40 years ago, I'd call BS.

Animals in the kitchen would be a reason to close a restaurant over here, too. even a flowerpot with fresh basil next to the stove might be a point in an audit. (soil contamination)

And I don't think food standards are higher in the US. What they may be seen as a possible higher hygienic standard only lead to more than questionable chemicals allowed in US food. Or use of irradiation.

The most absurd difference IMHO can be found here: http://io9.com/americans-why-d... Two completly valid ways to reduce salmonella infections from raw eggs, but completly diametral and uncompatible. (tldr: US eggs need to be kept in the fridge as washing of the "natural" salmonellas also removes the protection from further salmonella infection)

4 days ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

bickerdyke Re:Whatever you may think ... (444 comments)

Don't even need a sign. You just need to show that I somehow agreed to your disclaimer.

Reading others bumper stickers is not required, while reading the terms and conditions when you'Re taking some free software can be expected.

5 days ago
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Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

bickerdyke Re:New meaning for "Get to the Exit" (64 comments)

I would love to see a Double Dragon style brawler where you tried to make your way to the emergency exit as fast as possible, bonus points for knocking back into seats people trying to extract heavy overhead items to take with them down the slide.

Sounds like a normal scene after arriving at the gate with a cheap airline.

5 days ago
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Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

bickerdyke Re:Oh great (64 comments)

OK, but where does the live vests come in this scenarion of a taxiway fender-bender?

5 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

bickerdyke Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (639 comments)

I was referring to that "slight" change in style from this to this.

5 days ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

bickerdyke Re:New? (181 comments)

The difference is that in the old model, you paid to have more fun. In the new model, you pay to skip boredom.

If you're bored by a game, you can just stop playing it for free!

At least that's what I do.

5 days ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

bickerdyke Re:Let it die (507 comments)

Biology class.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

bickerdyke Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (639 comments)

And that was not half as bad as when they tried to do that with Kes. 7of9's role was obvious. But what they tried wuith Kes was, obvious, unbelievable, incoherent and overall stupid.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

bickerdyke Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (639 comments)

To be fair: she had a nice scene in a tub, but otherwise... nah.

about a week ago
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Google Chrome 34 Is Out: Responsive Images, Supervised Users

bickerdyke Re:Rather have vector (115 comments)

Most images on the web are used to render fancy box borders user elements, another set is used to simulate their shadows. If those elements would not be kludged together as so-called css-sprites, the majority of images on the web WOULD be vector based.

about a week ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

bickerdyke Re:San Fran = the new Detroit (369 comments)

If that $4000-Bedroom is downton SF, your tech job in Mountain View or Cupertino is NOT within walking distance.

about a week ago

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Telecommunications data retention unconstitutional

bickerdyke bickerdyke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bickerdyke (670000) writes "The highest german court ruled this morning that the advance retention of telecommunications data is unconstitutional. Collected data has to be deleted immedeatly.

Comming into effect January 2009, telephone and internet providers had to store information about each and every telephone, internet or email connection for 6 months. 35,000 people sued against that law at the Bundesverfassungsgericht

Article in german: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Karlsruhe-kippt-Vorratsdatenspeicherung-2-Update-943695.html
Press release: http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/pressemitteilungen/bvg10-008.html"

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