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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

w_dragon Re:Not surprising (391 comments)

You haven't worked much as a developer. Having built systems used by tens of millions of users I guarantee you that every time Amazon rolls out an update to the store or cloud software there's an ops person biting their nails hoping the system doesn't die. When Google released Gmail they only allowed each user to invite a certain number of friends in order to slowly ramp up the system. Writing any software that is made to have millions of users on day one is really fucking hard.

On top of that steps 2 and 3 require interacting with external systems who may also not be able to handle load well, and probably use a combination of buggy and poorly documented interfaces, and step 5 requires reading a bill so long that the people who voted for it didn't bother to read it. You're grossly trivializing the problem.

about two weeks ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

w_dragon Re:Standards (152 comments)

It's worse than that. Large companies will lobby government to make sure that not only government contractors must be certified on the standard, so must anyone who sells to certain regulated industries. Want to sell to airlines or food processors, even if it's non-critical software? Hope you're certified.

about a month ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

w_dragon Re:Hardwoods and a broom (338 comments)

It's cheap, and no matter how crappy a job the builder did on your subfloor the carpet will not crack when the boards start to move apart. It also absorbs a lot of sound and causes less injuries when the kid falls down the stairs.

about a month ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

w_dragon Re:And how long does it take... (190 comments)

The only places you need quick-charge station are places where people will be traveling long distances. Most of the time people will charge overnight at home. Most highways have areas where you could easily build a huge lot with rapid chargers. I suspect the larger issue most places will be finding and transporting enough power to charge perhaps hundreds of cars at one time.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

w_dragon Re:Contact Us (278 comments)

Google 'free fax'. There are plenty of companies that will fax a PDF of a couple of pages for free.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

w_dragon Re:Now this just might.... (254 comments)

Perhaps they are exploiting security holes in current versions of Java that are due to be patched soon.

about 2 months ago
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Least Secure Cars Revealed At Black Hat

w_dragon Re:Opinion from industry insider (140 comments)

Does nobody do signing or encryption of signals to control systems? Having had issues with VW's electrical systems in the past I wouldn't blindly consider a more complicated setup to be a benefit from them.

about 2 months ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

w_dragon Re:PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification (180 comments)

It's a bug, but some people rely on the current behavior, so the next release will have RealSpecificationFormal that does more what people might expect.

about 2 months ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

w_dragon Re:Adopt (155 comments)

If you've in an area of the world where they grow tobacco people smoke, third world or not. Same way third world countries with poppies often have some level of opium problems. Drugs are cheap if you can produce them yourself.

about 2 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

w_dragon Re:What about on the ground? (468 comments)

On the ground this could be easily solved in a number of ways. When a plane goes off-course where it shouldn't be, however, the last-ditch attempt to communicate by the fighters that intercept is a standard set of hand signals. That could be a problem if they can't see the pilots.

about 3 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

w_dragon Re:Windows as point of weakness (468 comments)

Windows screw up the aerodynamics and force the cockpit to be at the front of the plane, making the most critical controls run the full length of the plane. If the front of the plane were smoother a flight could burn less fuel, the main cost in flying these days. If the cockpit were towards the back a lot of weight could be reduced in control lines to the wings and tail, all that's needed from the nose is wiring for a couple (critical) warning systems.

about 3 months ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

w_dragon Re:Creativity (209 comments)

The post-2000 revival of apple, sure, that was Jobs. But the founding and initial success of Apple would not have happened without Wozniak.

about 3 months ago
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The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

w_dragon Re:How is it broken, exactly? (162 comments)

SCTP already exists, and is reasonably well supported. No one uses it because it turns out TCP and UDP actually do most of what we need pretty well.

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March

w_dragon Re:How close? (151 comments)

You need to be out of the controlled airspace for the airport. Or you need to have ATC approval for where you are. Same as every other plane in controlled airspace.

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March

w_dragon Re:Implicit ownership of the air? (151 comments)

Actually, if you want to fly an ultralight aircraft and keep it below 1000ft you may not even need the license or certification, depending on where you are.

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March

w_dragon Re:Implicit ownership of the air? (151 comments)

They don't. If you're away from populated centers there is still plenty of uncontrolled airspace around. But if you're near an airport then the massive jet carrying hundreds of passengers performing the most dangerous part of the flight with proper clearance damn well has right of way over anything else.

about 5 months ago
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

w_dragon Re:Cars (345 comments)

If the defect may kill you car makers may fix something 12 years old. Maybe. If the defect will allow someone to easily unlock your doors and steal everything in the car they won't care.

about 5 months ago
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

w_dragon Re:Who are these people (345 comments)

Microsoft would have fixed it anyway, since there are still a few large organizations paying for extended XP support. All they decided to do was make the patch generally available.

about 5 months ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

w_dragon Author is dumb (226 comments)

Full-stack developer generally refers to a developer who can code the full software stack - UI, middleware, and backend. Also lots of QA people can code - automated testing is mostly coding - and lots of developers can't test at all. Author needs a bit more real-world experience.

about 5 months ago
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Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

w_dragon Re:He didn't make a mistake? (281 comments)

You could flip that around and say that degrees may not have value beyond what employers believe they have. Right now a degree gets you extra money, on average, compared to someone without a degree. That alone gives a degree value.

about 6 months ago

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