Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?
The "you can't do that because we don't have the budget for maintenance" is just a lame excuse for two situations, either you just don't have the budget to do it or your manager is scared that you will break something. In all cases it is just a failure to communicate properly, which is especially lame when prefixed with "I would like to let you do this, but..."
I work on FDA-relevant software for production lines; any change brings a whole series of extra work with it. Some changes require the production line in question to be taken offline for one or multiple days so that proper testing can be done, QA can have their word, an official validation can be performed, a maintenance crew can check whether hardware and software still work together as expected and so on. While not rocket-science and certainly feasible, cleaning up code in absence of problems/bugs is usually frowned upon when production lines are supposed to be active 24/7 and maintenance windows are rare. The cost of maintenance is not only that of the developer/engineer writing the code. Factor in man-hours from other departments like documentation, validation, proper testing, and - most of all - the cost of taking a productive equipment offline for some serious time, and you might see that "we don't have the budget for maintenance" is not alway a lame excuse.
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To protect against the above, try running your network cables separate from the sewer plumbing.
Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords
Thanks for this information! I occasionally order stuff for various family members; for the past months a certain number of women's sandals and phone covers in primary colors kept showing up in my recommendations. You helped me get rid of them.
Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners
They probably saw it. And laughed all the way to the bank.
Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
We need a free desktop OS. Linux is the only contender.
Is that so?
F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data
By the way, the best way to keep your data private is to keep it out of your untrusted phone/computer/whatnot, and use bogus data when you need to enter something.
Exemples: use "Acme inc." as your home phone number's name in your addressbook, and nicknames for your contacts. Don't enter your full address as your home in your satnav's app but someone's address in a street close-by, etc.
Unfortunately, that won't help. Your phone number(s) and your home address are already on many of your friend's devices under your real name. Apple, Google & Co already have your details, whether you use their service or not. It should be easy for them to filter out bogus data and associate your number with your real name.
Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill
In case you don't want to wade through the article, the source code is at https://github.com/edsu/anon
Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language
I hate that I can't build a string by doing "Foo" + i (where i is an integer) [...]
Try the following:
"Foo %s" % i
Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos
I thought there was a certain discrepancy between their middle school talk about manhood and their using the Goatse guy symbol in the green infochart (bottom right, above the "male nude selfies")...
It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)
Reminds me of a good friend of mine who after an evening spent binge drinking got on his bicycle, put both feet on the pedals (without pedaling) and tried to turn the grip on the right handlebar, thinking he was on a motorbike. At that point gravity took over and ended the show.
After Knocked-Down Damages Claim, Apple Again Seeks to Ban Some Samsung Phones
As much as Apple might prefer otherwise, nailing the execution is not a patentable achievement, [...] (emphasis mine)
Also, Pontius Pilatus might claim prior art...
Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car
Marchionne is a whiner. FIAT has a history of living off public money for the past 50 or 60 years. During the past years Marchionne has repeatedly requested money from the Italian government in a way that I wouldn't hesitate to describe as extortion: "Either we receive [amount of money] from the government or we close shop and move to a different country; think of all the workers!" In spite of all the subsidies and tax cuts and whatnot received, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have moved their fiscal base to London and their legal base to Amsterdam last January. So they receive money from Italy but build the cars and pay their taxes elsewhere. Brilliant.
In my eyes Marchionne is now trying his game in CA: whine about "unfair legislation" and request subsidies to "level out the field".
Orca Identified As 103 Years Old
Please ignore, posting to undo wrong moderation.
How the USPS Killed Digital Mail
...And what would Outbox do when your Aunt Sally sent you a birthday card with a $20 bill in it?
Send you the scan and pocket the bill. D'oh.
NASA Honors William Shatner With Distinguished Public Service Medal
Not to take anything away from Shatner but it was James Doohan (Scotty, for the whippersnappers out there) who inspired a lot of people to become engineers. Shatner was more the alpha-male-chasing-the-girls type.
Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down
Hugo Chavez, Fred Phelps, or Jane Fonda would be very bad choices as business leaders because they come with a ton of bad PR.
There's a deeper problem than bad PR with two of those people. Just sayin'.
I prefer my peppers ...
Obligatory reading: Texas Chili Cook Off
MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet
I noticed the missing ) in your first post; it actually bugged me and would have haunted me all night had you not posted a correction. Thank you.
Oh, and here is the opening ( to the closing parenthesis above.
Debian Considering Long Term Support for Squeeze
[...] but particularly with devices running at remote locations, I admit to a bit more paranoia and skepticism.
Reminds me of upgrading a famous rpm-based distro in the nineties, it ended more often than not with a fresh install.
I find Debian's upgrades to be painless. Last week I upgraded remote servers (sitting in another country) to Wheezy; the whole process went so smooth it was nearly disappointing. These servers have now survived a few Debian release upgrades without ever seeing a remote hand.
Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8
GP never said it was right to take code in whatever form. Leaking a released build so that some "journalist" could publish a sensationalist headline and a few screenshots is one thing. No company can "make billions" off that. OTOH, leaking the source code of a proprietary OS could yield some money. Both ain't right (from a moral and a legal standpoint), but the distinction is important in order to assess the damage done.
To answer your question: If you give one of my software projects in binary form to a company I might be miffed. If you give them my source code rest assured I will be seriously pissed.
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