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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

yorgo Nothing to see here, move along... (217 comments)

From the summary:
“they report that language design does have a significant, but modest effect on software quality.”
“strong typing is modestly better than weak typing”
“static typing is also somewhat better than dynamic typing”
“functional languages are somewhat better than procedural languages”
“It is worth noting that these modest effects arising from language design are overwhelmingly dominated by the process factors”
“we hasten to caution the reader that even these modest effects might quite possibly be due to other, intangible process factors” ...and from TFA:
“Hence, we are unable to quantify the specific effects of language type on usage”

Paraphrased: “Findings were inconclusive.”

about three weeks ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

yorgo Re:You forgot half the effect... (306 comments)

You know that feeling you get when you read a Dilbert cartoon and think it was specifically written about you (or your workplace)? That's the feeling I got reading your post.

about a month ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

yorgo You forgot half the effect... (306 comments)

Each time I see someone mention the D-K effect, they focus only on the first manifestation: unskilled individuals tend to suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate.

But, there is an equal-but-opposite manifestation, as well: highly skilled individuals tend to rate their ability lower than is accurate.

Why is this one typically ignored?

about a month ago
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Book Review: Measuring and Managing Information Risk: a FAIR Approach

yorgo The solution doesn't address the problem (46 comments)

"Research from firms like Gartner are accepted without question; even though they can get their results from untrusted and unvetted sources."
"With myriad statistics, surveys, data breach reports, and global analyses of the costs of data breaches, there is an overabundance of data, and an under abundance of meaningful data."
Unchecked sources. Abundance of meaningless data. These are problems.

"The authors note that information security and operational risk has operated for far too long as an art, with not enough science. This is the gap that FAIR attempts to fill."
Yet, the book doesn’t seem to address those problems.

about a month ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

yorgo Re:Marketing or Research? (133 comments)

Thus far, I've been unable to find the actual report. I found and downloaded the "Summary of Key Findings", which says, "This report provides a brief summary of the important results from the full 2014 CRASH Report.". But, I can't actually find the "full 2014 CRASH Report".

This is making it difficult to evaluate. Perhaps on purpose...?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

yorgo FDX not FDD (232 comments)

I’d guess that FDX (Fear Driven X) exists in nearly every industry. Google “motivated by fear” or “driven by fear”, and you won't just find a bunch of software development articles. This is a human problem, not an engineering problem.

Figure out how to stop this type of behavior at a larger scale, and the answer will probably apply to the smaller one.

about 2 months ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

yorgo Re:What Moolya thinks of it (152 comments)

That is a damn fine blog post. Very well said...

about 3 months ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

yorgo Re:Of course you can have a standard (152 comments)

This.

Testing is essentially "evaluating a product via experimentation". While experimentation certainly requires plenty of scientific rigor, it also requires plenty of creativity, as well. And trying to standardize creativity is unwise. There simply is no "one size fits all" way to test. Extended, or not.

about 3 months ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

yorgo Re:just like ISO 9000, that worked well! (152 comments)

This. Mod parent up.

In (very) short, "testing is evaluating a product via experimentation" (see http://www.satisfice.com/blog/...). According to this definition, truly anyone can test. Anyone can "evaluate a product via experimentation".

However, formal, professional testing also has a purpose: to inform. That is, "testing provides information about the quality of a product so that others can make informed decisions."

So, formal, professional testing is "evaluating a product via experimentation - in order to inform". And /that/ requires "a modicum of skill and critical thinking".

about 3 months ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

yorgo Re:Wrong focus? (152 comments)

Sadly, not everyone thinks like you.

By using words like "internationally agreed" (instead of "locally agreed" or "internationally begrudgingly accepted") and "standard" (implying "the way", and not "a way"), ISO/IEC/IEEE strikes fear into the following, unthinking leaders of companies, who then force the workers to...begrudgingly implement and comply with the "internationally agreed standards".

Anyway, I don't believe that something like testing can be standardized anyway. There simply is no "one size fits all" way to test. "Internationally agreed", or not.

about 3 months ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

yorgo Re:Standards (152 comments)

Companies can't do anything. But, people that run companies can. And people that run companies might be leading, thinking, reasonable people. But, very often, they're following, reacting, unreasonable people. People that will blindly follow "standards" simply because they're called "standards". And other people that report to those people must implement and live by those "standards". Even if the "standards" hinder, instead of help.

about 3 months ago
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EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog

yorgo Smells like Sega Channel (63 comments)

This sounds a bit like Sega Channel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega_Channel). I was one of the morons subscribers back in the day. Unfortunately, actual did not equal expected. I thought I'd have access to a lot of fun and popular games. In fact, they provided neither.

This tastes the same.

about 4 months ago
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Interviews: Ask "The King of Kong" Billy Mitchell About Classic Video Games

yorgo Donkey Kong Clones? (122 comments)

What is your experience and opinion on the many Donkey Kong clones, like Congo Bongo, Crazy Kong, Konkey Kong, Monkey Kong, Donkey King, or even Popeye?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

yorgo Re:2 pay cuts in 2 years (263 comments)

FWIW, aside from "satisfaction", the other pieces of my "compensation pie" are "salary" (+raise/bonus), "benefits", "time-off", and "investment options".

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

yorgo 2 pay cuts in 2 years (263 comments)

In the past 2 years, I've been at 5 companies and taken 2 pay cuts. All voluntary.

My “compensation pie” is made up of many pieces. Only one of them is salary. The piece of the pie that was sorely missing was "satisfaction" ("happiness", "contentment").

After 2 years, I finally found a company that *wants* me (my skills and what I have to offer), and actually allows me to contribute. This helps fill my "satisfaction" piece of my "compensation pie”.

You need to figure out your own pie pieces, and the size/importance of each.

Meanwhile, I'm confident enough in my abilities that I'm not too worried about future salaries.

about 9 months ago

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ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard"

yorgo yorgo writes  |  about 3 months ago

yorgo (595005) writes "The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will soon publish part 4 of a 5 part series of software testing standards. According to the website, “ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 Software Testing is an internationally agreed set of standards for software testing that can be used within any software development life cycle or organisation.” However, many in the testing community are against it.

Some wonder how the ISO/IEC/IEEE achieved consensus without their input. James Bach speculates that exclusion helped build consensus. Others, such as Iain McCowatt, argue that something as variable as software testing cannot be standardized, at all. And others believe that the motive behind the standards is not increased quality, but economic benefit, instead. Michael Bolton explains “rent-seeking” as he builds on James Christie’s CAST 2014 presentation, “Standards – promoting quality or restricting competition?”. A comprehensive list of many other arguments, viewpoints, and information has been collected by Huib Schoots. Opponents of ISO 29119 have even started a petition aimed at suspending publication of the standard.

Even so, this might be an losing battle. Gil Zilberfeld thinks that companies will take the path of least resistance and accept ISO 29119.

So, where do you stand? What constitutes a consensus? Can a standard be honored without consensus? Can an inherently sapient activity, such as testing, be standardized, at all? What is the real purpose of a standard? Will companies acquiesce and adopt the standard without question?"
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Ask Slashdot: Nobody Puts Baby Monitor in a Corner

yorgo yorgo writes  |  about 2 years ago

yorgo (595005) writes "Baby 1 is nearly 2, and baby 2 is nearly due. Unfortunately, our baby monitor has monitored its last baby. We had a Best View by Summer Infant that we received as a baby-shower gift. Now we’d like to upgrade. The primary feature we’d like to get is WiFi remote viewing. Therefore, we’ve also expanded our search to include webcams not specifically designed/sold as “baby monitors”. Hopefully, we can use the solution as a nanny and home-security cam in the future. I’ve seen a lot of cool features, but not all together in one product that meets my requirements. The new monitor must have WiFi remote viewing that is accessible (for free!) via smartphones and tablet devices, at least 1-way audio, night-vision, and pan/tilt/zoom. It would also be nice to have alternate connectivity options (such as Bluetooth — for local viewing in case our WiFi connection goes down), 2-way audio, temperature/humidity monitoring, and the ability to view multiple cameras/feeds. I’m not too concerned with lag, video recording, or the ability to play lullabies. Thus far, I’ve researched about 15 different options, but wanted to ask the Slashdotters for their opinion, as well. Any thoughts on baby monitors?"

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