Real Programmers *and* Mythical Man Month?
Two of the greatest writings in computer history.
// The third, of course, is K&R.
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Two of the greatest writings in computer history.
// The third, of course, is K&R.
Fred Brooks' seminal work on the management of large software projects, was written after he managed the design of OS/360. If you can get around the mentions of secretaries, typed meeting notes and keypunches, it's required reading for anyone who manages a software project. Come to think of it...*any* engineering project. I've recommended it to several people and been thanked for it.
// Real Computers have switches and lights...
When someone calls you, be extremely skeptical of anything they say. Refuse to cooperate.
If it's your bank, wait a while (so this scam doesn't work) then call them back at the number on the back of your card and ask them if they just called you.
If it's Microsoft, feel free to do anything necessary to keep them on the line, there's a contest running for longest time. My best is 20 minutes, answering all the questions, clicking and making sure he could hear me typing. I didn't bother telling him I was running Linux, and the menus are close enough that he continued along with his script, but finally gave up and told me to call Microsoft's support number.
It was then that I asked him (still playing the dumb user) if I should tell them I was running Linux.
There was a pause, then the start of a swear, then he hung up, leaving my wife and I ROFL for quite a while...she had immediately passed the call to me when she realized what it was and had been listening to my "efforts" to follow his instructions.
Atheros had the driver (took a couple of attempts to get the correct one).
'twould be nice...if every manufacturer took more than a passing interest in supplying working, bug-free, current rev drivers, for *ALL* their current and former products, clearly labelled as to which chips they are for, in an easily found location on their corporate website.
// I can dream, can't I?
As a teen, I developed my own film. Working in the darkroom is a super way to learn obstacle-avoidance skills which have served me well throughout my life.
Mostly. The downside is that the extra confidence causes me to move decisively, rather than tentatively, and the few toe/obstacle collisions that do occur are consequently at high speed.
Some bright Nork spark has figured out how to get the state to pay him to build and fly model airplanes.
How do we identify which sheep are OK and which aren't?
...Russia is full of beautiful women who grow old and turn into shot-putters.
I believe that's referred to as the "babushka bomb" effect.
...attractive and dumb as bricks...
Cause, or effect? If they know they can get anything they want with a jiggle and a smile, why bother to learn anything? Starts early, too.
My beloved is average looking and quite intelligent.
// Oh, hello, dear! Didn't see you there.
...warning me about my Windows system being infected?
He was from NSA?
// that must be where Santa gets the Naughty and Nice lists from...even HE outsources!
...but then...it's actually quite a good idea, isn't it?
And if we only charge 1/10 of what Carbonite charges, we could balance the Federal budget in five years.
Gee, Thanks, Obama!
Surely the Lunar New Year would be a better choice for that demographic?
I've found that being close enough to control very small pieces of vibrating quartz (at a frequency in the 40m band) has a relaxing effect...but only if the oscillations are controlled at a rate above 15 wpm.
// the one with the key in the pocket
// de KA1AXY
You have to pull.
How else do you set the hook?
...see how many different objects you can decorate with the Burberry plaid design
// there seems to be no Burberry icon?
Be sure to pick your target vehicle carefully. The game will only allow you to actually start hotwired cars with ignition systems manufactured by someone other than Lucas...
// Prince of Darkness icon?
Because IT is at the heart of these businesses, you would think they'd have at least one main board director with fundamental IT systems knowledge and expertise.
But then, they'd need someone senior to that IT director to check to see if the candidates were just spouting a line of BS, or if they really knew what they were talking about.
It's a never-ending cycle of people knowing just enough to sound like they know what they're doing, when in fact, all they need to know is a few choice nuggets that their boss doesn't understand.
...in re-issuing cards alone, with perhaps $US1 billion in the longer-term costs of fraudulent transactions resulting from the breach.
My bank's fees will shortly be increasing, then.
...and to think: it's someone's job to manage that ^^^ list.
// wonder how much they're paid?
Try to keep up here.
I had to look up "emoji" myself. Apparently, they're of Japanese origin (think smileys crossed with Hello Kitty). These are emoticons 3.0 -- and cover pretty much anything cute you might ever think of communicating. Especially things an 8 to 12 year old might think of.
Actually, *exclusively* things an 8 to 12 year old might think of.
Smiling Turd isn't my favorite, but it's right up there with Helpful Information Woman.
I've heard that some significant portion of worldwide VPN traffic is bittorrent.
A lot to LOSE????
I believe they actually SELL computers to the NSA. As well as worldwide, to other customers, a backdoor into whose systems, the NSA would love to have. Yeah, IBM has nothing to do with the NSA. And Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are as real as I am...
// ..and she's as pure as the driven snow!
It's like something our of Mad Magazine's Spy vs. Spy....
// can't find the Spy vs Spy icon...
inch greater than a decent and proper English cricket ball.
Well, you see, we use a smaller bat, so the diameter of the ball is increased slightly...
American Football, which is rugby for girls
Very muscular and well-paid girls.
// actually, it's a two-hour long advertisement for Bud Light
Monitoring the coffee pot, to see who drained it and left it, instead of making a new one.
// sadly, pretty much everybody...
359 [goshdarnit], why don't you quit being a 262 [male genitalia] about it and go 284 [sexual act] yourself?
(saving the list and code numbers for future reference)
(boobs, funbags and gazungas notably absent?)
must contain a naughty word or phrase...they all fail
The coyote would take one look at this and do a roadrunner impression heading away from it!
"If you have a kid, it's YOUR responsibility to pay for it and care for it and raise it properly."
But at some stage you would like some one to pay your pension?
My children used to advise me to treat them with respect, as "they were the ones who get to chose the 'home' "
// what has happened to all the workhouses?
I would think that runways capable of being used for take off of a fully bombed and fueled B-29 would be just as suitable for a B777 and I think there was a number of such runways built in that region during the WWII.
While I agree with you that these are the places to look first, I suspect some significant amount of vegetation removal (not to mention repaving) would be necessary before the runways are again suitable for use.
I tried looking for a custom power transformer on Alibaba for a project we were doing at work.
After posting the needed specs, I was deluged by replies from companies offerring totally inappropriate products. Many of the replies were just contact information, although I had posted fairly complete specs of what I needed. The rest of the replies were, to put it politely, junk. The ones I could even understand.
Yeah, it's pretty much Chinese eBay, with a touch of Craigslist. Everyone and his brother has a bot to respond to any query with a list of the stuff they're flogging. And you keep getting replies for months after you place your query.
Others claim to have succeeded, but for me, the effort to reward ratio is far too high. Alibaba's on my junk mail filter now.
Oh, yeah, fine. YOU'VE got a corporate Linux distribution. Well, la-di-dah, aren't you special?
// insanely jealous :-)
// good IT here -- they haven't tried to foist Win8 on us!
Businesses don't (shouldn't) use consumer-grade equipment
Hell, *consumers* shouldn't use consumer-grade equipment!
Plenty of off-lease refurbs to be had and they're a heck of a lot more reliable than the cr@p Best Buy sells.
...the rest of the IT dept never seem to know how to treat the devs...
Teach them. Positive reinforcement (e.g.: remembering them at Christmas...apparently, I'm the only one who does) seems to work wonders.
Dell's not immune.
I have here on my desk, an Optiplex 745 in "Ultra Small Form Factor"
So "ultra-small" in fact, that our IT department wants nothing to do with them, as their anemic fans and poor internal airflow fail spectacularly at removing heat from the case, causing the box to be a never-ending instigator of service calls. It was "given" to me to use as a Linux box. I replaced the HDD and discovered that it ran TEN DEGREES C cooler if I popped the case top and ran it that way. It's been doing fine ever since.
It's a series of tubes.
There's an adapter mid-Atlantic (and Pacific) to change from imperial to metric size tubes.
// Paris, because that's where the metric tubes were defined
Right down the road from me, actually (well, a bit of a drive, but still...what are the odds?)
Mint Mate here...has been for the previous two releases, and quite satisfied with it.
// one of the many *other* uses for that versatile substance....
...I'm glad to see you remembered the cupholder!
Don't bin it...advertise it on Craigslist, free for the taking.
Somebody will come and pick it up. Those things are still much in demand. Beats the hell out of the cheap Harbor Freight version.
Huh...Maryland. I was expecting Florida. Looks like this "zero tolerance" silliness is spreading.
I hereby apologise to the rest of the world for the embarassment that is US education. We seem to be in a race to the bottom. Maybe it has to do with getting rid of all the good teachers and training the new hires to be mindless form-fillers...
Pocket change. Do you know what the war in the Middle East is costing us...*per day*?
Same could be said of my country...and probably yours, though mine is probably ahead of yours in variety.
// Canada's a strong third place, with Rob Ford...
... in USA is that mobile users have to pay to receive a text...
If you don't have a texting plan, you have to pay to send SMS as well. So they collect twice, and the cost, once a nominal 0.05 has risen to 0.25 (for sender and receiver), but, as I said, it all depends on what your plan includes.
// in my next life, I'm running a d*mn telco: build the infrastructure, then just sit back and watch the cash roll in!
...hitting the heady heights of a *spit* digital Seiko.
Even MI6 had to reduce budgets during the fiscal belt tightening of the 80s...it's all Q could afford, Bond is lucky he got a Seiko...it would have been a Lorus or an Armitron if Q hadn't gone to bat for him!
...reverse lifting body airfoil. The thing would sink just by moving.
That's by [Yanko?] design -- it hides while it moves, then pops up where you least expect it!