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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

tempest69 Whole classes of bad episodes (512 comments)

Any episode with Q was horrible. (John Delancy was great)
Holodeck centered episodes -- lame (Barkley's stuff was passable)
Any episode focused on Troi, Data,or Wesley, were really bad.
Worf or Geordi episodes were more palatable.

My favorites:
Arsenal of Freedom
Inner light
Thine Own Self
Peak Performance
Who Watches the Watchers
The Defector
The Hunted
Best of Both Worlds

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

tempest69 Re:Maybe it's not you (218 comments)

If he's reaching the interview phase, it isn't the job market.
Almost nobody want's to interview more candidates than necessary. It's a huge hassle and the cost is pretty damn high.

Baseline is that in an interview I try to determine a few things:
1. Ability to perform work. Can you be in consistently, and perform work that is of an adequate quality/quantity to be worthwhile?
2. Ability to work with the team. Are you going to damage morale, will you communicate in a manner that doesn't cause excess problems.
3. Ability to not upset the exterior of the team, will a person dress/speak appropriately around customers/ bosses/ HR
For likability go for candor.
Some people feel uncomfortable with that, if so go with a mistake that could have been averted by another party -but- take full ownership of it. Leave enough of the story in there so that the interviewee can see that it was another party mistake, but not enough that it appears blatant. An instance might be making a bad commit to the code base, realizing it too late, then finding out that the svn repository died horribly AFTER everyone had pulled out YOUR broken update. Then have some canned speech about how you stopped mixing the debug and production directories from that point on.

Lot's of developers are intolerably arrogant, and there are a bunch of queue's that the interviewers are looking for, show that you can hide these signs. Talk yourself up in a way that doesn't show arrogance.

about a month ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

tempest69 Re:Why? Hell is other people (769 comments)

I've come in to work with some gross frickin coffee makers.
Or finding the grinder lid is no where to be found on Monday morning.
If you stash your next grinder you're considered some kind of pretentious schmuck. So you get some cheap POS grinder, just to find that the coffee filter is gone the next Monday. You grab some paper filters, and find that someone tried to brew stronger coffee by using five filters at once, making an ever loving mess of the coffee pot/kitchen area

I like that it is really inconvenient for someone else to make the brewing part go nasty/break on a K cup system.
Knowing that I just grab a pod and have fresh brewed caffeine in 20 seconds is comforting.

about a month and a half ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

tempest69 So that explains it. (491 comments)

I've been interviewing people for higher end stuff, and keep getting applicants that don't know jack.
Are lost at the Ax=b
Haven't heard of Valgrind

All this from interviewees that are conditioned to believe that all these requirements are just HR flak to be ignored.
Those HR people have stolen hours from me indirectly.

about 2 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

tempest69 Re:Be careful what you wish for (533 comments)

A Passionate Programmer != Good Developer
A good developer cares about their craft, a passionate programmer cares about their code.

about 3 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

tempest69 Be careful what you wish for (533 comments)

Honestly, most managers would be clueless as how to deal with a passionate programmer.

The meetings, conference calls, the coding conventions, the documentation, making hard choices that hurt the deeper beauty of the finished product. This is poison to the passionate programmer. Other people doing substandard things to her code. This isn't ok to do to someones passions. It would be like letting a person bring a pet to work, and the staff kicks it at a whim.

They want people who pretend to be passionate. But really their looking for employees that want a paycheck, and a good portfolio when they leave.

about 3 months ago
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Fedora 21 Linux Will Be Nameless

tempest69 Obvious (128 comments)

Fedora 21 (Black Jack)
I'm calling it that, and I dont care if Fedora leaves it nameless.

about 3 months ago
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Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time

tempest69 Re:Sell now. (371 comments)

Bitcoins can be broken down to very small values. Allowing a bitcoin to inflate to a crazy value without impacting spend-ability..

about 5 months ago
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Most Sensitive Detector Yet Fails To Find Any Signs of Dark Matter

tempest69 Check the Phlogiston Compensators (293 comments)

The dark matter theory has always felt a bit contrived to me. But I don't have the background to make an cogent argument against it, nor have standing for my words to carry weight.

about 6 months ago
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Is the Stable Linux Kernel Moving Too Fast?

tempest69 Re:TDD (156 comments)

The All clears an ambiguity. This means the poster means that all the print drivers have most of their stuff in userspace. Rather than most of the print drivers are in userspace.
I don't follow printer drivers closely enough to know if the poster was right. I try and follow the nuance language, it is abused often.

about 8 months ago
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Report: By 2035, Nearly 100 Million Self-Driving Cars Will Be Sold Per Year

tempest69 Re:WTF (325 comments)

Why own the car at all? Might as well be a service, no point in having "your" car a couple miles away doing nothing.
You could summon a car, based on all sorts of criteria. Mostly I see the big use case as a taxi-van, where a ride sharing system could be in place. Sure a person could request a private car, but I suspect that many people would be happy to share a ride with people who have been matched by computer as good ride matches.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins

tempest69 Re:Hmm (634 comments)

They're sysadmins, They'll have the same sentiments as other federal employees that get downsized. Some will transfer to other USG jobs, Then they'll check the big iron jobs, fortune 500 companies, top500.org (some quasi governmental work there). University, State and Municipal IT positions.

The last stack of resume's I looked at was deeply disappointing.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins

tempest69 Re:Hmm (634 comments)

They have a freakload of data. Where the access to the data must be secured, compartmentalized, logged, verified, and audited. Keys must be managed in a much more robust way. Ensuring that no data can leak between running jobs on a cluster.

There are going to be a freakish amounts of sysadmins/systemprogrammers/cybersecurity type all trying to meet the needed requirements. Then hoping that none of them get so rushed that they cut a corner, and leave a vulnerability open.

I'm sure that doing 10x work will result in full diligence.

about 8 months ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

tempest69 Re:Missing alternative (587 comments)

Any reasonable computer type assumes that other reasonable type talk in MiB and GiB. Violating the convention brings you into the land of marketeers. As does trying to justify otherwise. Talking to someone who is a known unreasonable (a professor for instance) it is fine to use speak in the unreasonable vernacular. This is the same concept as one or zero based array indexing.

about 9 months ago
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Research Suggests Mars Once Had a Thick Atmosphere

tempest69 Re:Planetary magnetic field (98 comments)

The Oxygen isn't going to just "strip off" Venus has a huge amount of Oxygen in the atmosphere. With little hydrogen the earth would have an incredibly thick atmosphere. Without life the O2 wouldn't be replenished and it would be an atmospheric compound.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?

tempest69 Re:The final Link (347 comments)

Then some plucky human will get the bright idea of having crows do trash cleanup.. He'll build a device with a retinal scanner, that will let a crow bring trash to any container in exchange for food pellets. The system will keep the crows from gaming the machine.. This will be hailed as a boon to society, until our streets are barren of garbage, and then we start having scenes right out of Hitchcock's "the birds", as the birds will start proactively getting garbage from the hands, and pockets of the unsuspecting humans.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

tempest69 Re: Equal rights (832 comments)

INCOME TAX + SS + Medicare + State Income + State and local Sales + Gas + property + plates + fees + utility franchise fees + workers comp tax + tolls +liquor taxes + other sin taxes + corporate income tax + a whole bunch of stuff
is going to come pretty dang close to the 51.1% for the median family.. The numbers can be moved around some, but taxes are paid something fierce. We just break is down into chunks that each seem fair, some of it falls on the employer, so it is hidden.
I'd take 51.1% total tax in a heartbeat to have really good government services. I'm paying pretty close to that for a system with few safety nets, few employee protections, and for insurance that has been pillaging the population.

Sweden isn't utopia. But I don't hear horror stories from my friends who are Swedish nationals.

about a year ago
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Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth

tempest69 Because we live. (414 comments)

Some organism anchor in one place, and hunker down, relying on the external forces to spread their offspring. This has worked for plants for a long time. We have the ability to sense dangers that no other animal can, to plan an escape from a multitude of catastrophes. We don't wait around for misfortune to find us when we know it's coming. We don't stand in the middle of the street just because we will eventually die.

It isn't egotism to give the people a better chance at survival. We take the steps today so that there is a chance that we won't screw it up when it matters. Today we are the beneficiaries of the work done by the people of the last hundred years. It seems a waste to sit down on the railroad tracks and wait for the train to hit us. Doing this as a species is immoral cowardice.

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