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Earth Avoids Collisions With Pair of Asteroids

korpique Re:It is our kill switch (256 comments)

the continued existence of a universe is based on its ability to produce complex structures without intelligence that would find out how to collapse it and use that as a weapon. The best protection against intelligence getting too far is a steady rate of catastrophic events. As universes get older, their contents get more evenly distributed and catastrophic events get less frequent, opening the odds up for their eventual demise.

more than 2 years ago

Why Coding At Fifty May Be Nifty

korpique most coders are too inexperienced (317 comments)

Many people move on from programming to management or entirely other careers because it is so hard. What makes most existing systems hard to develop is the unnecessary complexity, lack of or overabstraction and negligence of test code. Management coming from such mess and never seeing anything better can not strive for anything better. It is hard to navigate such an enviroment and stay sane and become productive. Once you succeed it is highly rewarding to coach younger team members. I'm living proof of that and there are plenty more at least in the Finnish agile circles. Career age would be of essence to anyone looking for real successful team leads.

more than 2 years ago

Students Looking For Easy A Target Online Courses, Where Cheating Is Easier

korpique Sorry, Cloud is the new new Cyberspace (241 comments)

Alternatively, you may refer to it as Wiki-wiki-web, Usenet, Matrix, Information Superhighway, Virtual Space or Altavista.

more than 2 years ago

Icons That Don't Make Sense Anymore

korpique Drop the confusing pictures (713 comments)

Text all the way.

Most of those images were invented only because it was expected at the time to have a picture for every action, which was kikd of stupid in first place.

more than 2 years ago

Avian Flu Researcher Backs Down On Plan To Defy Publishing Ban

korpique Opportunity, not threat (54 comments)

1. pandemia
2. ???
3. profit!

more than 2 years ago

Mysterious Dark Matter Blob Confounds Experts

korpique Dumped useless ballast (151 comments)

It dragged them down unnecessarily and nobody figured any way to use it for anything so they schemed a plot to leave it behind.

more than 2 years ago

Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050

korpique gotta love the attitude (488 comments)

It probably won't hurt your corporate image too much to bolster some idealism every once in a while.

more than 2 years ago

Employer Demands Facebook Login From Job Applicants

korpique simply disgusting. (434 comments)

Myself I'm an elitist bastard who only takes jobs at very liberal companies, but through the contemporary global society this corporate/bureucratic culture of general hostility is bound to make its mark on the lives of us free dwellers as well. Not to say I didn't care for the people suffering this in the first degree, but they've got their own choices to make. It would be best for the common good, though, if these environments would go largely disregarded.

more than 3 years ago

Unsecured IP Cameras Accessible To Everyone

korpique This is how it should be (146 comments)

If the streams were secured, there'd be a monopoly or oligopoly of the information thereof, paving way for police states. As long as it's publicly accessible (though it should be properly accounted and publicly listed) it's common knowledge to be leveraged by all. Want to check whether your friends are hanging at their usual place? Check it out from the live stream. Want to see how it's like to live on the other side of the world? Want to follow an uprising in Tunisia? Likewise.

about 4 years ago

The Details of Oracle's JDK 7 and 8 'Plan B'

korpique mod parent up (204 comments)

Awesomely clearly explained context and subject matter. This is one of the reasons why c# is so nice to write in itself even if it's not very unixy.

Looking forward to scala myself.

more than 4 years ago

Teaching Fifth Graders Engineering

korpique Testing failed (156 comments)

"And not a single house blew down."

That's an F for the testers, then.

more than 4 years ago

For Automated Testing, Better Alternatives To DOS Batch Files?

korpique All other scripting languages depend on (426 comments)

...their interpreters. Powershell isn't as backwards compatible.

Languages compilable to self-contained executables not installing anything extra on your computer (not a single file) are typically a lot more effort to work with - and the users can't just read the file to find out it's trustworthy to run.

Only exception to above rules I saw in comments here (pardon me for not linking, htc hero is really hard for this stuff) is the PAR perl exe packager. I'd jump to try that out if I developed for Windows.

I'd say keep it simple and avoid the colors. They bring extra complications and add no business value.

I admire your mad batch skills. How do you talk to the printers and send mail without extra dependencies, by having the script write out small com files to run, eh?

more than 4 years ago

Best Way To Land Entry-Level Job?

korpique Re:Missing something (441 comments)

Oh, my ++ is really rusty on the conversion details to which this boils down to, but naturally this is an irresistible challenge, Fnord:

36 False Fnord
14 7 Fnord

Can't remember off the top of my head, but I'd imagine since we have a bool type, it'd render itself something sane such as "False" as a string, and stream:: would have the decency to prefer the string presentation to numeric; I could be miserably wrong and it could as well be either 0 or NULL (well, hopefully not that). Fnord.

I take it that truish to convention "class Fnord" would override the bool Fnord() in scope and create a Fnord by name Fnord. Fnord.

Then again, my eyes have to have been contaminated from some coding style guide, since they hurt from just looking at all those violations. Fnord.

Yes, I've completed my work at current customer and just biding my time. Fnord.

Now please tell me why I tend to land on non-programming jobs? Fnord.

This post contains no Fnords. Please keep the world safe for children and carefully dispose of any Fnord. Fnord.

more than 4 years ago

Space Exploration Needs Extraterrestrial Ethics

korpique life-forms we don't [choose to] discover (162 comments)

There's water on moon, mars, europa, other bodies. We haven't yet even settled on the ethical price of human life. If it suddenly somehow became feasible to exploit those worlds, many of us would not care that some of us would see to it that we'd never notice signs of life there.

Did I mention Avatar yet? In real life we'd never heard about Na'vi.

It'd be great to have ethical guidelines; that would at least make people think about their actions. Get general public ponder it a bit. Fix Earth first perhaps? Environmentally acceptable solutions for getting out of the gravity well?

more than 4 years ago

Physicists Discover How To Teleport Energy

korpique Re:Consistent Histories? (365 comments)

> I'm pretty much pushing a rock up hill here, but some people enjoy pointless struggle.

I love pointless struggle! I could read it for hours.

Funny part is, all this fuzz about FTL goes on and on because people don't understand what time and distance are. Explain that, and the babbling stops.


more than 4 years ago

Is Linux Documentation Lacking?

korpique Re:It's called engineering (769 comments)

Oh yes.

Throw in "automate the acceptance tests" between the usage agreement and coding, just for good measure. Well, actually to free the developers from ever worrying whether they met the goals or broke any planned functionality again.

Really. It's not that hard:
- Expect for the commandline,
- Netcat for network,
- Selenium for web,
- Robot framework for graphical user interfaces.

Googleable, deadwooden and professional help are available on all of above.

It's a world I'd love to live and work in where programmers were engineers providing precise solutions to actual problems!

more than 5 years ago

About X% Of My Daily Co-workers Are Remote.

korpique Close collaboration is fun independent of location (206 comments)

In my experience, after building sufficient trust in a team, good collaboration in software development and most of ICT administration only requires face to face contact every once in a while, such as beginnings and ends of sprints if that's how you organize. IRC or other such persistent communications channel is actually preferable to ensure continuous virtual presence of everyone concerned.

When things don't work and when you enhance your ways of working (such as in retrospectives), face to face contact is essential. Otherwise you need extraordinary trust between communicating parties or it will degrade, taking honest communication and traceability with it.

Say, doesn't most of free software development happen in quite a distributed manner? Maybe only rudimentary trust is required when there is low to no gain from cheating, motivations are pure and results are clearly visible?

Personally though, I find it really boring to sit in an office alone. Some company is great to have around. It keeps your mind open and makes it really easy to start pair work on small problems.

Currently I work on our own product with my boss as my sole team. Thus, I voted "Not As Many As I'd Like" :)

more than 5 years ago

What is your least favorite industry to deal with?

korpique Military (548 comments)

Those insensitive clods.

more than 5 years ago

Why New Systems Fail

korpique Re:Tolstoy's version (140 comments)

In reality everyone is miserable.

"In reality everyone is happy" is equally true.

Only if you tune your meter so that it covers the variation available rather than some idealistic edge of scale, you get variation. Such as people varying between misery and happiness, nobody quite stably at either end, as moods tend to be dynamic in living things. Then you can inspect people who tend more towards one end than the other, on a reasonable timescale, not whole life, since we do tend to learn and grow.

I know people from many walks of life from many places on Earth and do not perceive a clear correlation not to mention idea of causality (used to nurture one though) between how you live and your happiness or misery. Yes you have to have basic needs fulfilled, after that it's up to your ability to react constructively to your environment; a lot about communication and sympathy, it would seem. I'd risk a guess that those would even expand to one's success at work as well.

As usual, reality is rather more complex and boring than extreme one-liners :)

more than 5 years ago


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