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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

twrake Re:It's called being an employee (716 comments)

I say the $BOSS is an idiot, too because his analogy only applied in his mind.

Lets complete HIS thought experiment.. He changes policy and requires all software developers to fix their own bugs on their own time. I think most would quit, some would argue that but is really caused by a programmer who quit last week. Some will question who fixes the bugs introduced by the fix. Other will argue the whole project in the source of the bugs. None of this will produce less bugs in the future or hire better programmers. In the end the smarter programmers will likely quit first.

Or tell the boss to start a construction company because that is so easy. If the boss already has a construction company let him hire some of the labor to do his programming jobs.

Tell the boss to get a clue!

about a year ago

US Entertainment Industry To Congress: Make It Legal For Us To Deploy Rootkits

twrake Re:I am ok with that if... (443 comments)

This is the only positive I see here. When such a system is hacked we will be able to view congressional staff's computers to see who congress is really working for!

about a year and a half ago

9th Grade Science Experiment: Garden Cress Won't Germinate Near Routers

twrake A very long time ago. (327 comments)

About, 25 years ago I recall viewing an episode of 60 minutes. Where scientists claimed they were able to detect biological effect of very narrow frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. The implication of the press piece was that their employers, a mobile telecom, refused to follow up studies on their research and these two guys choose another research path and moved on.

1) See no evil, Hear no evil, Research no evil.
2) .....
3) Profit!

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

twrake Re:The point of the progress bar (736 comments)

Theme #1, Programmer v. the LUSERS

All progress bars are doing great compared to the LUSERS.Simple put a progress bar is a piece of UI candy to amuse the LUSERS,

You are not supposed to cancel installs until the installation is complete. When LUSERS see the computer doing apparently nothing they try the universal reboot the system command. This leaves the system in an inconsistent state. Better give the LUSERS a few cookies now and then.

Theme #2, Congress must act

Lets get Congress to pass the âoeReliable Progress Bar Actâ, A Bill to supply the computing public will accurate time estimates on software installation (and for other purposes.)

Theme #3, Accurate progress bars have been patented and that patent is now owned by Bill Gates.

Theme #4, Progress Bars are always accurate on Beowulf Clusters

Theme #5,
        1) Make em watch the bar, 2) Sell Ads 3) Profit!

about 2 years ago

We Don't Need More Highways

twrake Re:PennDOT's Solution is Building Circles Instead (244 comments)

Thinking in Circles is more to the point.

This timely article http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121006/NEWS/210060324 contains the kernel of why highway funding will never be solved. We are going to name the project after the ex-representative who advocated the project. The study for this project was limited in scope because PennDot knows that any area studies in this region will show problems it needs to correct, with dollars it does not have. County planning is deficient in picking up the slack in the admissions in the State of Comprehensive Plan done in 2002 to review a 2020 plan,

Since politicians make plans and do not follow or fund them the political class is clearly at fault.

But they can agree to name the project after one of their own, so typical of our elected officials.

more than 2 years ago

Followup: Ultraviolet Vision After Cataract Surgery

twrake Re:Cool (311 comments)

I spend the early '80 going blind in my left eye from a disease process, I had a cataract removed from my left eye in 1986 and I did not get an implant. About six months later I noticed this violet glow in my left eye as I entered a strip bar, there were black lights behind the bar, the typical ones we used to use with the posters. UV light enhancement was one of the considerations I made when choosing not to have an implant which were new at that time. All in all, the the UV enhancement is not that spectacular or useful and occasionally just annoying.

more than 2 years ago

Is E85 Dead Now?

twrake US Ethanol Market incentives are a mess. (556 comments)

E85 always has limited distribution in the United States. See the follolwing map http://www.greentechmedia.com/images/wysiwyg/research-blogs/blend-wall-visual.jpg. Flex Fuel vehicles sales needed E85 pumps and E85 pumps needed flex fuel vehicles. Most of these pumps are in the rural US.

The US is currently close to the E10 blend wall (we have the capacity make all the ethanol to include in all our gasoline that is 10%) this limits the construction of new ethanol plants. It also limits the construction of new non-corn ethanol plants because the current plant as the existing plants control marginal capacity with existing established plants.

Additionally we are exporting ethanol to Brazil and importing ethanol from Brazil to meet advanced blender credits. http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/energy/us-importing-exporting-ethanol-and-brazil

This is all the result of short sighted incentives. The entire US ethanol market is a mess, however sugar cane shortages in Brazil will keep American corn farmers happy for at least a year. And ethanol plants are now planning to sell off the oil portion of the distillers grains in an attempt to put more to their bottom lines. http://sdcornblog.org/archives/tag/corn-oil

about 3 years ago

East Coast vs. West Coast In the Quest For Young Programming Talent

twrake Re:err (235 comments)

From TFA,The young staff has told HFA to dump the legacy and start over. Given the decade of conflict with music industry challaging and the tech industry on rights issues TFA has it's hand full to get talented young programmers.

I think the younger staff see this type of organization as a dead end in an organization that has a single core business and has a difficult time adapting to change...and has a limited growth business model.

Take your money and the next offer (ANY offer) out of this place.

East Coast v West Coast? It is in the /. title not in the TFA.

more than 3 years ago

New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models

twrake Substantial Increase but... (954 comments)

Of course 37% is a big increase and CO2 and climate may be sensitive to small amount of CO2 but, CO2 is still less than 0.1% by vol (more like 0.04%) so who is being alarmist the big 37% increase or the small 0.04% by vol.

It is just how the numbers are presented and to who but that are political arguments and not scientific ones .... so never mind ... who cares when stuff matters.

more than 3 years ago

Solar Energy Is the Fastest Growing Industry In the US

twrake Re:Examine the methodology (410 comments)

The study lumps front end labor costs by an average over the lifetime of the facility. This gives the impression that we can have a burst of spending and then a nice number of jobs but that is just an illusion, an artifact of the average. The jobs and expenses are front end loaded. To average the cash expenses we need to acquire debt over the period of time.

Now we need to consider the actual lifetime of the employment over the life of the facility and is the up front payment worth it?

The fact that solar costs more should cause us to choose coal because of cost. Unless we factor in the cost of carbon which is another discussion....

more than 3 years ago

Tech History Behind New York's New Year's Eve Ball

twrake Ships set your chronometers (106 comments)

Watching a dropped ball was a historical way of setting a marine chronometer up and until the advent of radio signals. Pre 1920 watching a dropping ball was essential tech.

from :

It was common for ships at the time to observe a time ball, such as the one at Greenwich, to check their chronometers before departing on a long voyage. Every day, ships would anchor briefly in the River Thames at Greenwich, waiting for the ball at the observatory to drop at precisely 1pm.

more than 4 years ago

Economy Tanked While Government Surfed Porn

twrake Re:"Porn" isn't the problem, it's just goofing off (405 comments)

But goofing off by who? Perhaps by those who are raising the SEX issues... could be...

These people are going to be because it is politically popular to use this issue to raise money and support based on the hot button issue of SEX and probably because SEX beats GREED in a head to head competition. So an issue such as those "GREEDY people at Goldman" will likely be displaced by "All that SEX at the SEC". The Devils Casino is a look at internal culture at Lehman Brothers in reputed to combine GREED and SEX so we need to through SEX at the SEC to remain "fair and balanced" .

I think the real big issues here are Systemic Risk, To Big to Fail and undoing of Glass-Steagall there should be a debate about those types of issues. Remember The Republicans claimed at the time that Bill Clintons attempt at an attack on Bin Laden was just an attempt to divert attention from the Lewinsky Scandal sex scandal. This is playing politics on the short side as seen after Sept 11, 2001.

Beware of the SEX card

more than 4 years ago

eBay Urges Rethink On EU Plan's "Brick and Mortar" Vendor Requirement

twrake Re:WTF (139 comments)

Just wait a dumber one is on the way!

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Rewrites PHP Runtime For Speed

twrake Re:Assembler is High Performance (295 comments)

This is SLASHDOT! Agreement is futile!

Actually you were the closest to my thoughts as I read down the thread. The right way is code AND optimize with the least amount of resources, that is if you are paying programmers to do a job. There are trade off in most choices including maintenance and the cost of keeping brains who know how your system is coded which is a lot higher for keeping asm updated.

Unless I can find a expressive asm routine or a real need to cut processor cycles C is preferred IMHO. I have coded and debugged at "switch panels" we have higher level languages is because of the labor involved with direct machine interaction.

And not enough people or companies do it the right way, they just pay and waste programming brains, and because of this program language wars will just go on and on. Pointless because the method of code,test, measure and optimize is the economic/engineers way to work.

about 5 years ago

Facebook Rewrites PHP Runtime For Speed

twrake Re:Assembler is High Performance (295 comments)

php v perl v C v asm is a waste of time.... oh, I forgot this is SLASHDOT!

Test how it runs then optimize the most used sections and repeat until you have the best results you can afford.
Don't waste time avoid pieces of code that don't matter find out the most used sections by testing, optimize those portions.
Perhaps this is how it should be done in the real world perhaps this what Facebook is doing. Who cares what management thinks we are the coders of slashdot...

resistance is futile or V/I ?

about 5 years ago

Cooling Bags Could Cut Server Cooling Costs By 93%

twrake But what is the cost and lockin? CPUs or HVAC? (135 comments)

I looked at specs for a new data center last week and the cost of electricity for the servers is followed closely by the cost for electricity to run the HVAC equipment. In a few more years it is likely the will become HVAC the major cost. So from a cost point of view the "lock in" is the HVAC equipment will become the major problem. This type of system will start to look real attractive and if we can get good leak detection within the server cabinet most of the problems will be manageable.


more than 5 years ago

Using a House's Concrete Foundation To Cool a PC

twrake Re:It will work fine. (465 comments)

When concrete sets it shrinks and tends to crack, most concrete slabs will crack, joints are often placed by cutting with a saw to control where the cracks should be but this is not always perfect to control. I also believe that the minerals in the concrete will attack the copper.

I lived in a house with 70 year old plumbing and leaks did happen. I would consider using PEX or placing copper underneath a drywall section you still need to use nail guard which are metal strips that protect the pipes from nails driven with hammers or drywall screws....

more than 5 years ago

Should Undergraduates Be Taught Fortran?

twrake Re:Newer doesn't always mean better. (794 comments)

I think this comment profoundly restates this entire threads argument. The construction industry suffers from what would be called in the software industry level 1 companies. Most for profit construction companies have adopted nail guns over two decades ago. Nail guns are clearly more productive and level 1 companies understand this when they see this. But this isn't really the point most construction delays and costs are associated with management of the job as a whole and getting the right pieces from the suppliers ( and checking an reordering them if incorrect) and knowing that the specs will chance of that cost saving material has required you to redo work "completed" a month ago.

Companies have legacy code in FORTRAN and COBOL and few new programmers fluent in either, this makes the legacy costs even higher. Sure rewrite it all in the newest language is the programmers dream but it will never happen. The newest nailgun makes little difference to the companies with these legacy problems and programmer call for call these new languages. Let em starve it was those guys who got us these legacy problems in the first place is the corporate attitude.

FORTRAN IV was old when I learned it in 1975 a semester early so I could breeze through the spring term, I bought the textbook and went down to the computer center and punched the cards, and typed on the terminals like any good hacker to be. It was easy for me I had studied machine language in 4th grade from a book I purchased, computer are just dumb machines doing step by step stuff these languages just translate one set of instructions to another...

FORTRAN is worth teaching as was pascal and C and java and lisp and PERL.

Language wars are a waste of time.

more than 5 years ago


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