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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

fractoid Re:Author is dumb (225 comments)

Oh no, not at all! The beauty of startups is having motivated, talented people willing to work long hours for peanuts!

Oh you mean the beauty of startups for the *employees*... :P

4 days ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

fractoid Re:Author is dumb (225 comments)

I'm a senior developer at a 21 year old startup that does C# thick clients over Microsoft SQL back ends.

At a what? Are you at a 21-year-old company or are you at a startup?

Or are you at a 21-year-old company that pretends to be a startup when they say things like "hey guys we're a startup so can you work this weekend?"

4 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

fractoid Re:Wat? (580 comments)

This one time this guy died in a car crash and he was driving a Volvo.

Therefore motorbikes are safer than Volvos.

4 days ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

fractoid This role exists in any non-software business. (225 comments)

This sysadmin/scripter/system architect/DBA role exists in virtually every company that has a core business other than IT or software development. Even in a very large multinational, there's more utility in having one "Mr Wizard" in each business unit than there is in having a room full of software developers somewhere far away from the rest of the business.

It really is a support role and it's more an outgrowth of system administration than it is saddling your brightest software guy with managing the mail server. Of course, it's possible to get stuck in that role because there's nowhere to go from there, but it's a niche that suits some people. If it doesn't suit you, then move.

It's also a distinct role from the "do everything guy" at a startup, because at a startup everyone is multitasking and as the startup expands, new people are hired to take on some of these roles. DevOps is a role in itself.

4 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

fractoid Re:NSA boogeyman (170 comments)

Who are controlled in turn by an even more mysterious organisation: ROUS.

But I doubt they exist.

4 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

fractoid Re:Anonymous (170 comments)

Sir! I think we've just identified the Babelfish Bandit!

4 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

fractoid Re:The NSA is becoming a new God for "True Believe (170 comments)

Just physically unplug the hard drive before booting off a live CD? I have to admit, though, that my first reaction was also "Anonymously produced live CD promises to protect your secrets? Sounds legit."

4 days ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

fractoid Helicopter blades have a huge disc area. (157 comments)

And this is the issue with every single "flying car" prototype. The efficiency of a rotorcraft is determined by its disc loading. All of the VTOL "flying car" designs have a comparatively tiny disc area, and thus a ridiculous disc loading. With enough power you can make something like that, but in terms of engineering complexity, cost, and reliability it'll be far closer to a Harrier Jump Jet than it will to the Jetsons' car. That SkyTran thing seems pretty cool. Basically an autonomous pod transport system a la every sci-fi metropolis ever.

5 days ago
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The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

fractoid Re:It's called (260 comments)

A friend of mine recently re-joined Facebook after a year or two of not using it. He found that despite our best efforts, he was still enough out of the loop that he was missing a heap of social events.

tl;dr Not playing only works if your friends don't use Facebook as a primary communication medium.

about a month ago
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Nanoscale Terahertz Optical Switch Breaks Miniaturization Barrier

fractoid Re:Isolation, Reflection and Cross-talk (35 comments)

Is this still as much the case given the trend towards increasingly parallel multi-core CPUs?

about a month ago
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Nanoscale Terahertz Optical Switch Breaks Miniaturization Barrier

fractoid Re:Isolation, Reflection and Cross-talk (35 comments)

[...] if your new experimental thing isn't at *least* an order of magnitude better than current production, there's little point pursuing it in commercial directions [...]

You have to take into account the potential of the new technology as well. Consider the transition from DC to AC power - initially there wasn't much in it, because voltages were low and transmission distances were short. It was only after the whole electricity industry scaled up that AC really showed its strengths... but the potential was there and so it was a worthwhile investment even early on.

about a month ago
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How Data Storage Has Grown In the Past 60 Years

fractoid Re:How long id a song (100 comments)

I prefer to use power-of-two values for my length measurements, too. At 2 cm = 1 inch, I'm way more inches than you.

about a month ago
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How Data Storage Has Grown In the Past 60 Years

fractoid Re:Just in the last 16 years... (100 comments)

Yeah, our first x86 computer (in 1993) originally had a 40mb hard drive, and that was mid-range.

about a month ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

fractoid Re:Malaysia denies everything ! (382 comments)

So don't you think that the telemetry shutting off BEFORE the plane dropped off radar is even MORE suspicious?

If they'd shut off at the same time, then kaboom. If they'd shut off after the plane dropped off radar, then maybe some electronics was battery backed or whatever and was still transmitting until it got waterlogged and sank. But shutting off 20 minutes before the plane dropped off radar would indicate deliberate sabotage.

about a month ago
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New Blood Test Offers Early Warning for Alzheimer's Onset

fractoid Re:Correct. (86 comments)

Notice that you're still "giving" stuff, with conditions. Without the idea of private property, you can't give things because you can't own things. And you can't apply conditions, for the same reason. So no, I wouldn't breach that trust, because there would be no gift and nothing for the trust to apply to. It would not exist to be breached.

about a month ago
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New Blood Test Offers Early Warning for Alzheimer's Onset

fractoid Re:Correct. (86 comments)

If something isn't your private property then you forfeit the right to dictate how it is used. So I could take stuff you've worked hard for, and break it, and you have no right to be upset because it isn't yours.

about a month ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

fractoid Re: No (627 comments)

True, but if your company is already run by crappy HR (and good HR would be involving the existing technical team when evaluating new technical hires) then you probably want to get out as soon as possible. Eventually the company will be almost entirely composed of cheap but useless drones, true, but long before then they'll make the place so tech-hostile that anyone half competent will have left.

about 2 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

fractoid Re: No (627 comments)

None of that is the IDE's fault. All of that is the fault of whoever hired the untrained incompetents. An IDE is not and never has been a replacement for understanding what you're doing.

about 2 months ago

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