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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

mnooning Re:Free market (231 comments)

You misinterpret on at least two counts, but you bring up yet another good point

First the good point. If you just learn random things in general you will never use 90% of it. I agree, that would be a great time waster.

One cannot learn a real language in a week, though. Python or Perl can be learned enough for a small script in a week, yes, but beyond trivial subroutines there are stacks of advanced books in each language. Take the time to read them. Go through the examples line by line. Mastering a language will save you and your company untold hours a month because you know what can be done and, instinctively, how to approach things.

One cannot learn a technology in a short time, either. If you don't know TCP/IP or symbol tables or hashes, and you are a programmer, learn them. If you are a programmer in the coal or nuclear industry, for example, learn different aspects of it the steam cycle. Look into the marketing aspects. What do salesmen encounter? What are the competing technologies? Learn something about them.

I am not suggesting doing any of this using the company's money, either. If you work 12 hours and get paid for 8, then make sure you put in an honest 8 hours work.

I believe there is a strong payback for both the company and the workers if the workers have kept up. Companies show they agree with this in actual practice because it is not the worker who has kept his nose to the grindstone all 12 hours that gets the rewards. It is the one who has kept up and can therefore contribute more in the future.

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

mnooning Re:Free market (231 comments)

Over my 30 years as a SW engineer I have seen project managers get their projects by promising unrealistic time and costs to the president. They are under the gun to push an unrealistic schedule from the very start. Everyone knows it, including the president, but they also know that forcing 12 hr/6d work weeks is the great way to get a lot of free work from their employees. Saying that the schedule has slipped yet again actually does make workers think that somehow they themselves had a hand in the slippage, and the slight feeling of guilt shuts them up. That means you agree, by default to doing a tremendous amount of charity work for your company.

The worst thing you can do is acquiesce. If you do that for any length of time you will be pigeon holed into only having only the exact skills you are using, which will make you unemployable anywhere else. I am very capitalistic, but I have to say the company will own you if you let that happen. Your real shock will come when you are let go for a new person who has the updated skills they need!

You cannot let your family go. The precious little home time you have must spend time with them. So what do you do?

You must be fair to the company and work hard for them, at least 8 hours a day. However, your first loyalty is your family, and for them you must spend at least 4 hours a day honing your skills. Do your charity work at church where it belongs. Keep up or, eventually, become unemployed and unemployable.

4 days ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

mnooning Re:Cure is worse than the disease. (191 comments)

The "fracking is bad" ideas are in the movies because they need bad guys in movies to create excitement. There are in reality only very small risks. No, I am not a shill. I am a retired person who took the time to look into it.

about two weeks ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

mnooning Re:Fracking takes water out of action (191 comments)

.. water being taken out of the system? How many millions of gallons do our major rivers pour into the sea?. Saving water in a wet part of the country area will not help a dry area.

about two weeks ago
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Saturn's F Ring Is Now Three Times As Wide As During the Voyager Flybys

mnooning Re:Man made global warming (41 comments)

Poignant!

For those of you who didn't get it, it's called sarcasm. Very funny, too.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

mnooning Re:Bad? (435 comments)

My 15 year old niece wants to be a stay at home mom, just like millions of other women and girls. Add to that the many moms who are working outside of the home purely out of necessity. Stay at home moms are important, too.

about 3 months ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

mnooning Re:market at work (325 comments)

Worthless? I think not. I for one would much rather have my fries served to me by a proper speaking philosopher than some random kid off the streets.

about 3 months ago
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SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

mnooning Re:Not a surprise (303 comments)

In theory that would work, but only if it was a system administrator within the stock exchange's server farm itself. He would have to route the TCP/IP packets to an HFT's server instead of the stock exchange servers, and when done, the HFT would have to reroute the packets back to the stock exchange. The number of hops (servers visited) is always part of the packet. So would the HFT's IP address be, being the last "source" to the last incoming stock exchange router. The HFT could become known far too easily.

about 5 months ago
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SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

mnooning Re:Not a surprise (303 comments)

This is the way the supposed scam is supposed to work. You click on "Buy". The TCP/IP (internet) packets magically go from your computer to some HFT trader's computer faster than it can get to the seller's computer. The HFT's computer does the calculations and sends his "Buy" order to the seller, and his packets, again, get to the seller's computer before the original "Buy" packets from the original seller.

The idea is absurd. The possibly thousands of in-between servers of the internet would all have to be rigged. The whole thing would take the cooperation of hundreds of system administrators.

about 5 months ago
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

mnooning Re:Bennett's Ego (235 comments)

The old chestnut that if you cannot do everything, you should not do anything, is ludicrous. Will someone please let Bennett know he cannot eat just any time he wants?

about 5 months ago
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YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

mnooning The court is right (427 comments)

With the current wording GEMA looks like the bad guy. What if it read "Unfortunately, this video is not available in Germany because Youtube will not come to agreement with GEMA."? Then youtube would look like the bad guy. "... lack of a licensing agreement between YouTube and GEMA ..." would be neutral.

about 7 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

mnooning Re:In otherwards (664 comments)

>until the the corrupt domineering religious right

Huh? Looking at the last 300 years of US history our freedoms have diminished while the population has become less and less religious. Your anti-religious zeal has you distorting history.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

mnooning Re:See a psychologist. (384 comments)

Yes, indeed. I am retired now, but I went back for my MS in my mid 30s. There did not seem to be any stamina or mental differences vis-a-vis my college days. I would ask a doctor what could/should be checked for. Good luck!

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts

mnooning Re:Imagine a world... (348 comments)

The ensuing decades I mentioned came after the war of 1812, not during. Part of what both you and ebno-10db above are saying is true nonetheless, but only during the years around 1812.

As far as might is concerned, in the 1776 war only 1/3 of our population was for the war and the British still could not win. By 1812 almost all Americans would stand together as one, and America was much more populous as well as prosperous. It would have been impossible for the British to take us on in a land war.

I remember from history class that the British were worried because our merchant vessels seemed to be present no matter what port their ships visited. They knew we were growing in pretty much every way one could think of. I believe my analogy with the China of today fits as far as xenophobia - fear of the unknown - is concerned.

about 9 months ago
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U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts

mnooning Re:Imagine a world... (348 comments)

Yes indeed.

After the war of 1812 it became clear to Britian that the US was becoming a major force. Over the ensuing decades Britian spent a lot of effort to contain us militarily. We did not care because we had no external designs. China is in our old position. We are in Britians. Let us act on our hopes, not our fears. On the other hand, China already seems to be trying to take control of vast sea and island areas. Ouch.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

mnooning Re:Two things: (465 comments)

Yes, internal candidate, but external, too. I have seen it at least 4 times. In the case of my company the people were were from India, China or Italy. One took roughly 6 months to come up to speed, so forget about the "best and brightest" of other lands.

At one large company an IT person with a laundry list of requirements was requested by the legal department. I called the supposed requester and asked what on earth the legal department would want with a software engineer with such a long, detailed list of requirements, or any IT person for that matter, no matter what the requirements. He told me that he just does what the HR department tells him to do. Wow. He made no attempt to hide what was going on. Good for him. The guy who eventually filled the slot was from India and had already been in the company for two months. The requirements were tailored for him. No one else, foreign or domestic, could possibly fill such a set of requirements.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

mnooning Re:Build it! (312 comments)

That was my solution, too. Multiple monitors are a real productivity booster. I have one 21", one 24" and one 27" monitor - from years past - connected to two cheap video cards. If you do not play games you do not not tax your video cards very much. Both of the larger monitors are turned sideways so I can see longer code listings at a glance, and especially see how the if-else clauses line up.

Do *not* put the top of the monitors at eye height. That was great advice in the days of 16 inch monitors.

I made the height of each monitor such that looking straight into a monitor would have my eyes 1/3 the distance from the top. The eyes normally can look up slightly without neck strain. The head can tilt down well without strain.

If you don't want to build a special platform, just buy the right thickness of paper reams and/or wood, as suggested elsewhere.

about a year and a half ago
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Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers

mnooning Re:Leftist as in Hitler? (389 comments)

Hitler's left wing nationalist movement, like that of North Korea today, was very dangerous.

The purpose of the original posting was to cast the Taliban as right wing. How can you not be opposed to such diabolical demonizing?

about a year and a half ago
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Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers

mnooning Re:Before commenting, please remember... (389 comments)

More from the link:

Hitler often used religious speech and symbolism to promote Nazism to those that he feared would be disposed to act against him.[107][108] He also called upon religion as a pretext in diplomacies.

Further down:

He feared the political power that the churches had, and did not want to openly antagonize that political base until he had securely gained control of the country.

In other words, he was not stupid about his beliefs. It would have been a PR nightmare to let the public know of his real beliefs. The historians on the link that say that Hitler "probably" was not an atheist quote mainly his public writings and speeches. I do know from separate sources that Hitler did believe in astrology - which is very much non-Christian - at least at one time, so there may have been times where he flirted with belief in a god.

In any case, labeling your party the National Socialist Party and pushing for government control of industries is not right-of-center, it is far left of center. Touting the millions dead as caused by Christians instead of socialists is a wicked distortion as well.

about a year and a half ago

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Insourcing of Honduran laborers

mnooning mnooning writes  |  1 year,26 days

mnooning (759721) writes "At least ten Hondurans were outside of my Pittsburgh PA home today digging ditches for Verizon. They were digging up in preparation for laying down FiOS lines. There were two American supervisors. I attempted to speak with two of the Hondurans but they could not English. They recognized "where are you from" and told me Honduras.

It is apparently cheaper for Verizon to ship in foreign laborers than to pay US laborers."
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4.99 O'Reilly ebooks

mnooning mnooning writes  |  about 2 years ago

mnooning (759721) writes "At the risk of sounding like a shill, someone recently submitted a story titled "O'Reilly Discounts Every eBook By 50%". Well, the price dropped again. I just bought eight ebooks for $4.99 each. You need to register with O'Reilly, then register the paper books you purchased through them in the "Register Print Books" tab, under "Your Account".

Over the past 12 years I purchased a host of paper books from them. Many did not have an ebook copy at the time. If you bought the paper book and want the ebook, go to "Your Account", then "Print Books", which will show your registered books. You will see the upgrade offers beside the books you registered.

I registered the First Edition of Google Hacks, but they let me download the Third Edition's ebook. The Advanced Perl Programming ebook is the 2nd Edition, even though I bought and registered the original edition."

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Windows Temporary Internet Files are not so temporary

mnooning mnooning writes  |  more than 10 years ago Windows Temporary Internet Files are not so temporary On Windows XP Pro, I wanted to see why "Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files" was so big if it was really empty. I did Tools->Internet Options submenues to delete both cookies and temporary files. I then used the mouse with IE to click down to where I could see that C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files still had a size of 36MB. Yet clicking further down to Temporary Internet Files showed that there was nothing. My Windows command prompt shows only desktop.ini when I "attrib" in the said directory. I have cygwin (read: gnu unix on windows) and through the magic of cygwin I can see the directories and files in the supposedly empty directories. Apparently all them. They are still there. Windows only seems to SAY they have been deleted. What is going on here? I look and see a directory name in my cygwin box. In the windows command prompt box, I "cd cygwin_identified_name" and voila, I can do the cd. But "dir" in Windows showed nothing and shows nothing. In the cygwin box of course I can see voluminous files and directories. Again, what is going on here? Can it be true that temporary files and directories are really not deleted, even though Windows says they are? It looks like with cygwin, anyone can track where anyone else on the computer (or network) has been even though they wouldn't think I can. That's great if your are trying to catch crooks, but to me there is just something bothersome about it.

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