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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

neumayr Re:That's nice, but... (419 comments)

That relies on using exactly the same tools for the entire build chain. Which might be hard or impossible to get, and of course also need to be trusted.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

neumayr Re:UX? Meh. I have enough experiences in life (199 comments)

The user's experience of the many interfaces of a system. E.g., as software nowadays comes, there is an (remote) backend, multiple frontends (apps, API, administrative tools). UX usually focuses on the end-user facing frontends, but those also come along with different interfaces as they have to integrate into different platforms.

Strictly speaking, yes, "user interface" could mean the sum of all those interfaces. But that's not the traditional meaning of the term.

about 4 months ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

neumayr Re:Let me be the first to say it... (396 comments)

Let me guess, you're writing these lines from the comfort of your air conditioned home office?

Give the man a break, he's had more impact than close to everyone on this site will ever have. And now he's in Russian hands, who have can easily blackmail him into anything.

about 8 months ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

neumayr Re:Useful Idiot (396 comments)

And the rest of the world either inclined to sell him out to the US, or not letting him immigrate in the first place.

about 8 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

neumayr Re:Proven Correctness (664 comments)

o_O

What you're arguing against is might not be what the parent stated. Yes, proving your software is working correctly is hard, very hard. Not possible for an individual developer in a real life situation (limited time, resources, formal education in mathematics - what are you doing writing commercial code when you're a mathematician?). That's one of the issue what I believe the parent wanted to mitigate with improved development tools, which also need to be bug free of course. At some level, the building blocks need to be proven to work correctly, you're right there. But that's should not be for the feature developer to do, he should be able to rely on the tools he's given.

Yes, I agree with the parent, software development is way to hard at the moment, the analogy "It's as if engineers decided to only use modeling clay for buildings, because nobody sells steel, and it's too cumbersome to smelt their own." holds true and seems to fit with what you're saying.

about 10 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

neumayr Re:Live in a cave (664 comments)

It is pretty common to blame users for system malfunctions. And often, that turns out to be correct. However, you being here, chances are you somehow involved in software development and its processes, and have experienced many of its failures. Here, we're talking about software people bet their life on. I do think it's warranted to look very closely and actually rule out that the failure was a technical one, and I find it difficult to imagine an argument against that.

about 10 months ago
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Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks

neumayr Re:What would happen if they just let it meltdown? (157 comments)

Or... maybe that's the pro-nuclear lobby portraying such easily refutable claims as the anti-nuclear agenda in order to discredit them..? Such tin-foil-hat-esque theories have lately proven to be closer to reality than I would like them to be.

about 9 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

neumayr Re:Offline composition of Slashdot comments (506 comments)

At what step in your mulit-tiered review system does it usually occur to that you're not writing for publishing, but partaking in a online discussion? How often did you decide your phrasing does not fit the purpose and started over? How often did the discussion move along to other sub-threads and your carefully worded post ignored?

about a year ago
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WebKit As Broken As Older IE Versions?

neumayr Re:No really, it's jQuery that's broken (213 comments)

You make some good point. Howevr, imagine the following not uncommon scenario:

1. A small number of experienced developers starts a project
2. The devs choose to build their own framework for the reasons you describe
3. PM wants ever more features, the project grows, more developers join
4. All new code is build on the framework made in step 2
5. Framework is extended
6. Original devs leave

So now everyone can use the framework, but it's original devs stopped maintaining it. Everyone know how to use the framework, but nobody knows its inner workings well enough - we have a custom, still lightweight framework tailored for the job, but nobody's maintaining it. The worst of both worlds, a framework maintained by people you can't rely on to understand it and fix its bugs, and the initial investment to build it in the first place.

In the end, you're right, there is no clearly defined criteria for which approach is better than the other, both ways has a very good chance to bite you in the ass. My perspective however, not as a developers of production systems but a software testing engineer (writing code to break other people's code ;)), what I see is bugs, bugs everywhere. Hardly any new feature, however straight forward it appears in its original specs, that's not can of worms of new and exciting issues. That's why I'm very skeptical of using new code when existing, already tested code exists.

about 2 years ago
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WebKit As Broken As Older IE Versions?

neumayr Re:No really, it's jQuery that's broken (213 comments)

This is hard to prove or disprove. Sure, throwing some huge framework on a small problem is not a sensible approach. Seems like a no-brainer. But where to draw the line? A real life application constantly grows, and has a good chance to eventually use a growing percentage of the features exposed by a given framework. If you know your application will not outgrow its initial specs (in an unexpected way), it might make sense to opt for an own framework.

My personal experience, however, is that developers too often opt for their own solutions, maybe due some kind of not invented here syndrome, and duplicate a lot of work. That is bad in a lot of ways, as a well maintained framework with multiple developers and documented bugs is always preferable to completely new code.

about 2 years ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

neumayr Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

Indeed, that's a distinct possibility. Still wouldn't say that guy panicked - going at ~200 km/h with the perception of having no control is a corner case for the human psyche, and he made it through.

about 2 years ago
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WebKit As Broken As Older IE Versions?

neumayr Re:No really, it's jQuery that's broken (213 comments)

If that was the AC's point, he didn't bring it across in any sensible way. He literally said "I code everything by hand", and that's plain stupid.

about 2 years ago
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WebKit As Broken As Older IE Versions?

neumayr Re:No really, it's jQuery that's broken (213 comments)

Usually, frameworks are not written and maintained by one person. And thus, you are free to worry about your own code and its bugs, and have others worry about the framework's bugs (within reason, for crucial bugs you will of course need to worry about finding a viable workaround). Code reuse is a good thing, and no single person is smarter than > 1 person.

Also, frameworks do not usually change completely in less than a year, and the change that does happen is gradual - as long as you keep the framework you use up to date the learning curve is flat.

about 2 years ago
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WebKit As Broken As Older IE Versions?

neumayr Re:No really, it's jQuery that's broken (213 comments)

Hehe, yeah, you're sooo much smarter than those idiots who wrote this framework with the sole purpose to enable other idiots to take shortcuts instead of doing things properly[tm]. Anyways, "Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans."

about 2 years ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

neumayr Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

I don't know about that specific case, but from your description it doesn't apply to my argument: Either the car worked and the guy was joyriding, which isn't panicking, just general douchebaggyness, or the car did indeed fail, and the guy killed neither himself nor anyone else, which also isn't panicking.

Generally yes, in most cases the guy operating the "failing" machine is himself the point of failure. But that doesn't mean that's always the case.

about 2 years ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

neumayr Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

As you understand the argument on bad road conditions, all that's left is a situation where the road condition turns from bad to worse unexpectedly. Shifting back into gear still takes some time. Plus, using the hydraulic brakes where the engine brake would do causes additional wear. However, I don't know how much wear would warrant how much additional fuel intake.

about 2 years ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

neumayr Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

Provided the car did indeed work, maybe. However, had he really panicked he would have crashed his car into the next concrete wall. Instead, he managed to keep it on the road, not crash it, and call emergency services. Not exactly the signs of mental problems.

about 2 years ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

neumayr Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

While those stats are interesting, it doesn't matter. It's not enough to warrant the loss in vehicle control you get by detaching your engine from the drivetrain.

about 2 years ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

neumayr Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

Well, that guy made it through an hour of uncontrolled cruising at high speeds. I think it's safe to say his mind works well enough. Many, maybe most, people I know would panic.

about 2 years ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

neumayr Re: It's called the key (1176 comments)

Steering lock is not the same thing as non-powered steering.

about 2 years ago

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