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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

penglust Re:Recycle! (323 comments)

Or in other words 99% of medium to large companies today.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

penglust Re:Guarantee (716 comments)

Actually it is exactly like the medical profession. There are also a great number of doctors that do no more than what a medical book tells them and just try one thing after another based on the list in a particular medical text they have been reading. As a person that had a problem 2 decades long and finally found a doctor that did a bit of thinking I know.

The problems with software development are systemic in most environments currently. There is never enough time to figure out what doing it right means. Contracts are consistently underbid to "get in the door". A large portion of managers believe in the higher them cheap and see what works out.

It is not impossible but it is hard to write non trivial programs with very few bugs. You have to hire people who are capable, want to do it right and enjoy it to the point they put the effort in. Companies need to stop taking their best engineers and forcing them into management. You can use process to streamline and help but you cannot use it to create quality in the first place.

I agree with you on programmer quality. I often state that 5% of the people I work with do most of the creative work. Another 20% to 40% depending on the particular organisation contribute daily and the rest just get in the frakin way. 90% of management is in the frakin way group.

Every evaluation I have received in the last 20 years all mention there are people I refuse to work with in the organization and it is a problem. Well after all this time I figure someone that wastes 100% of the time I spend with them should be ignored, the consequences be damned.

about 8 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

penglust Re:dev adv ftw (665 comments)

What drug are you on. Oh it's called I can't or won't read scientific papers. The theory of evolution has mad a large number of predictions about what the in between missing species would be like. The lake of evidence makes it hard to find one of these predictions but every few years a new fossil discovery is very close to one of the predictions. It happens you just can't or won't recognize it. Darwinian evolution is shown to be true on the micro level with direct evidence. It has been shown to be a good predictor on the macro level but that takes time to find the evidence.

Your analogy is BS.

about 8 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

penglust Re:Your point of view means nothing. (665 comments)

I was 12 or 13 when I told my parents I was no longer going to church and it was all a lot of bunk. At first it was an issue. Now 40 years later they don't believe anymore either. I guess you can teach an old dog a new trick.

about 8 months ago
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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

penglust Re: unions (473 comments)

Another anonymous poster. Probably already talked to daddy for a loan to start his own "consultancy" business.

about 8 months ago
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Wozniak Gets Personal On Innovation

penglust Re:I blame textbook monopolies. (161 comments)

While getting my BS in computer science, one of my fellow students was one of the most incredible looking women I will ever know. She also had an almost perfect memory, could give you back pretty much any fact she ever read, and aced every test. She could not program worth a damn. Helping her out had it advantages.

That is the problem with just teaching to the test.

about 9 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

penglust Re:In otherwards (664 comments)

If you mean the actual people claiming to part of libertarian party then I would agree they have little power. Its the ones squeezing into the republican party using the rabidness of the tea idiots and religious diatribe to back them up that are dangerous. They just seem to rub a little more salt in wound and get the dogs to snap up a little more insanity.

about 9 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

penglust Re:In otherwards (664 comments)

Like I said, the government is bought and sold. The extremeness of the guilt is great on both sides but it does seem like the republicans are worse than the democrats. God I would like to see a president like Johnson again who had no problem ripping a new one. Obama is wimp on training wheels.

And, oh yes, again another anonymous poster. You are either a shill or an idiot.

about 9 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

penglust Re:In otherwards (664 comments)

Another anonymous BS artist. In a modern society governments are created by the people (where have I heard that before) to ensure the common good. There is the freedom to do anything to your employees you want and then there is the freedom to not be treated like a slave. Where have most of the battles been fought in the last 150 years or so.

That is until the the corrupt domineering religious right started forcing there values onto everybody else at the republican corporate ran prison system and then the extra greedy rich used them to extend their money power on congress.

Our government today is mostly bought and sold just as you would have it. Fuck you with forced at gun point. How about some common decency.

about 9 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

penglust Re:The real point of what Detroit has to offer... (398 comments)

So instead of using those powers to fix the issues preventing American workers from considering moving to Detroit you want to bring in immigrants who have no idea of the problems and force them to stay there or be deported. If it gets worse then send them home.

This is at best a band aid on a gaping wound.

about 9 months ago
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Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

penglust Re:I like my own office, thanks (314 comments)

Actually you may be the only one who has a issue with the music. At my job in San Diego a few years ago I came in one morning, put on the head phones, started playing Queen at high volume and started coding. A while later in the middle of "Fat Bottomed Girls" I realized I had not plugged the headphones into the little jack in the front of the PC speakers. When I did I immediately paused the music. The only complaint I heard was that I actually turned it off.

Surprised the hell out of me.

about 8 months ago
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Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

penglust Re:Downton Abbey (314 comments)

I just want the Tardis.

about 8 months ago
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Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

penglust Re:I miss walls... (314 comments)

Actually I believe the republicans had the correct pace maker installed to get his heart set to the jack boot rhythm.

about 8 months ago
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Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

penglust Re:I like the open plan (314 comments)

I agree with you completely. A couple of jobs ago, for the first year our development group was kind of off in the back corner behind a wall of book cases. The 7 of us had a quite area where we could concentrate. Much good code was written and 2 products released. Then the new COO of the company decided to improve collaboration. We got split up and I was over the cube wall from one of the marketers. That ass hat refused to do a single phone call not on speaker. At the 3rd week yet another volume high call occurred just as I was about to track a long standing bug down. The result was I stood up, looked over the cube wall and yelled "shut the fuck up". I would probably have been in trouble had it not been that vigorous clapping up and down the isle was the immediate result.

I just don't need every bodies BS to know what is going on.

about 8 months ago
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Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

penglust Re:I like the open plan (314 comments)

No, I don't know where you are going with this. A couple of people doing it wrong does not make an argument. I have worked on open floors, high cubes, low cubes, 2 people to a large office and everybody had their own 8x8 office with a door.

By far was the best was the 2 person office. My office mate and I were working 2 sides of the same development project most of the time and the collaboration worked well. At the same time I large blocks of time to think about some real low level code I was creating. At the same time we never closed the door to the office and when ever somebody wanted to talk, work together, etc. they just came in.

Since I have come back to cube land I have noticed there are many that sit in their cube, wear the head phones and will only communicate through chat or email even if they sit 3 feet away over a cube wall. Your lonely guy exists anyway.

about 8 months ago
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Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

penglust Re:Allow it... (340 comments)

They already have a room with a trap door. And when you flush the sucking sound can be heard through out the plane. Just need to sound proof it now.

about 9 months ago
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Google Glass User Fights Speeding Ticket, Saying She's Defending the Future

penglust Re:Like 100 years ago... (464 comments)

That is a non argument because I would just ask you to show me that she way not. From the discription of her life style she was picked for the google glass beta for the very qualities that would indicate she was driving while emailing, twitting and video chatting with her gamer girl buds. Any judge is going to take this into account.

about 9 months ago

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