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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

plopez Re:Nonsense (139 comments)

Which I believe required Senate approval...

10 minutes ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

plopez Re:Nonsense (139 comments)

I wish I had a union rep.

12 minutes ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

plopez Re:Holy shit (388 comments)

Assuming no major medical issues, no layoffs, no major accidents, etc. Your estimates may not work out.

yesterday
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

plopez Re:Want (388 comments)

They were really good in the 90's. At some start ups people were getting paid in stock options and landlords were taking stock options for rent. I joined a start up but I held out for cash, I was never that stupid.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

plopez Re:But what is a militia? (1279 comments)

Would they be provided with uniforms, food, pay, and medical care at least while on duty? Hey, you may have solved the problem of poverty and income inequality as well. To pay for it we could define tax dodging as treason.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

plopez Re:Militia, then vs now (1279 comments)

In addition the weapons industry did not have a rich and powerful lobbying group called the "NRA" working for them.

yesterday
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

plopez Re:That's Not DevOps (207 comments)

There is what I call "Cargo Cult" management. Some smart people observe things, collect metrics, and develop techniques which improve the way of doing business at least in some circumstances. There are some successes at least initially as early adopters see its value and being often above average use it in their situations. But then it becomes popularized by seminars, books, etc. and it becomes a buzzword. So people buy the books, got to the seminars, take the training etc.

But something happens. Maybe the intelligence level regresses to the mean or the people picking it up are too rigid to change or they are too cynical or lazy. But instead of really understanding the methodology they just buy the books, attend training and seminars, get the certifications etc. They know the buzzwords but they really do not know the meaning behind them. They do not "get it". It becomes a "Cargo Cult" exercise. So it starts to fail and people start to look for the next magic bullet.

It happened with TQM, Six Sigma, CMM, XP Agile, pair programming, and probably a host of others I probably do not know of.

yesterday
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Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts

plopez What aqbout the madness of crowds? (136 comments)

People speak of the wisdom of crowds but the madness of crowds create things such as financial crashes or stupid wars.
Shall we discuss and research this?

4 days ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

plopez It makes perfect sense (322 comments)

Hypothetical situation. I am an IT director. I track trillions in revenues and hundreds of billions in taxes. Do I 1)
switch to a new system with unknown security risks and associated costs in upgrading in house systems and applications?
or
2) Do I stick with a true and tried system for a few tens of millions more?

No brainer. Stick with the devil you know. This is not some happy little mobile app like the "Annoyed Nematode" you are dealing with the financial futures of both the US government and each and every person who must file taxes.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

plopez Re:Ooooh shiny (272 comments)

" if configured and used correctly"
There's the rub. Configuration takes knowledge and work and most developers think there is a magic way to avoid it. There isn't. If you don't need data consistency or atomic operations but throughput you also have the option of turning off logging. That gives you a mature DB engine that is proven with much faster through put.

"If you've designed a bulletproof database schema, optimized all your queries to the bone, created every possible index on every possible table, partitioned your database files and even thrown hardware at it"
In other words, done everything a good DBA should.

Sacrificing data integrity is ok if it is a happy little mobi game. Go for it. If it has anything to do with human life, e.g. medical records, you had better think long and hard about sacrificing data integrity.

about a week ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

plopez Re:Different views on a free market (223 comments)

Free Market != unregulated market. In fact an unregulated market often becomes a captured market, e.g. monopolies. Too bad most people confuse that.

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

plopez Re:For God's Sake, Internet is a LUXURY not a UTIL (223 comments)

Except for banking. And filing some legal papers. Education. Weather reporting. Checking commodity reports, which is very important to farmers. Rapid shipping of design documents to job sites. Those are just a few I can think of.

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

plopez Re:Regulate last mile (223 comments)

But companies often float bonds insured by the taxpayer, massively reducing upgrade costs. Besides profitability is no guarantee of service.

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

plopez Re:Regulate last mile (223 comments)

We also have utilities owed by members. Rural phone and electric providers, who serve areas for profit companies cannot due to lack of profitability.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

plopez Re:So... (564 comments)

An attempt to maximize stockholder value. Every decision made by the board and CEO of a public compamy is made by Wall Street. That is why you should never go public with your company.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

plopez Re:The new Hitlers (564 comments)

Haven't heard of Godwin's Law have you?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

plopez Re:Should void warranty (208 comments)

And corporations are never incompetent or lie..

about two weeks ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

plopez Re:Assertion of the day. (161 comments)

The designer only has a duty to the Corporation, blessed may it be, otherwise the blessing the Holy and True Free Market Capitalism will not be bestowed upon him. Any sense of obligation beyond that is Heresy and Saint Rand will surely become wroth with him.

about two weeks ago

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Is Agile the new silver bullet?

plopez plopez writes  |  about 10 months ago

plopez (54068) writes "Agile is becoming, at least in my experience, the latest in a long line of silver bullets. Questions are arising about it applicability and articles are appearing criticizing the approach. A practice often considered best for smaller projects is being pressed into large corporate projects with far flung team members. The spawns articles such as the one recently submitted on Slashdot and even CIO.com is getting into the act: http://www.cio.com/article/734338/Why_Agile_Isn_t_Working_Bringing_Common_Sense_to_Agile_Principles

So what are the limitations of the Agile process? Is it over sold? What can be done to preserve the best parts of the approach in the face of what may be growing backlash?"
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The Isolation of Academia and the Private Sector

plopez plopez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

plopez writes "The ask Slashdot
recent posting "Ask Slashdot: Successful software from academia" asked a good question but I think also missed a larger issue.

The programming I have seen in Academia has been poor, probably worse than the private sector. OOP seems to be unheard of and is often taught by those who only heard of it a few weeks before they were required to teach the class. Ditto with Design Patterns, UML, unit testing, Agile Development, and the hard lessons from private sector death marches. The Application Developers in Academia are often poorly taught and undisciplines, more so than what I have seen in the private sector.

In addition outside of a few areas such as games, databases, and graphics; learning from Academia often doesn't make it into the mainstream. E.g. algorithm analysis should be a basic given for any working programmer, I know I did it when working as a programmer. But when I tried to explain why a bubble sort was a bad idea I was often met with blank stares. Or why using a DOM XML parser on large data sets instead of a SAX based parser was a bad idea. Or how to hack a SAX parser when needed, which involves tree searches and push-down stacks. Both push-down stacks and tree searches should be Sophomore level programming and in every programmers toolbox, even if only to assess whether a library based on these principles is a reasonable solution. Or self-referential programming, which is often skirting on the edges of AI (and in fact what some Design Patterns may be approaching). Another cool thing coming from Academia but yet seemingly unheard of is time-oriented databases (see Snodgrass who works at the University of Arizona if you are interested, there are some bizarre things that can happen if time is mishandled in databases).

The upshot is that Academia and the rest of the world seem to be isolated from each other. There is a wealth of experience in the private sector that doesn't seem to make it into Academia and vice versa. If I am wrong please correct me. And if you have ideas how to fix the problem please share them."
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Ask slash:What is the best copyright for a thesis?

plopez plopez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

plopez writes "I am wrapping up an MS. In the past I have had problems getting copies of others' works due to lack of copyright notices on their thesis or dissertation. I don't want that happen to me. I know the joke is "No one will ever read your thesis", but in the slim chance it is useful to others I don't want them to be required to hunt me down for a release. Basically I want to say: "Copyright is released as long as this work or excerpts is properly attributed. Also, any published excerpts cannot be copyrighted by other parties, nor can the original work in its entirety.

Is this good enough? I don't want to encumber legitimate uses of the work but I also don't want some pirate coming along and stealing it out of public domain. Is public domain good enough? Or does it allow the work to be restricted by commercial interests? I know of copyleft, but copyleft is a family of copyright notices and I am unsure which one is right for my intent.

Please help. Stay on topic, don't respond to ACs who are trolling (I never do), and be polite.

TIA""

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Why am I here?

plopez plopez writes  |  more than 4 years ago

How many years of my life have I wasted on slashdot. I could have done something more satisfying, like drinking or cultivating a heroin habit.

I seem to have not only friends but fans on this site. Why? I'm finding things getting weirder, but I guess that makes life more interesting.

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