* Posts by EarthDog

218 posts • joined 30 Dec 2014

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1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

EarthDog

Re: Huh?

Go to meetings, fill out reports, review documents, drink coffee, eat donuts (all organic gluten free), more meetings, actually do some work (maybe once or twice a week), more meetings, etc. In other words:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBfTrjPSShs

How one programmer's efforts to stop checking in buggy code changed the DevOps world

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Re: Jenkins?

Having done QA, QAing your own work is really not QAing it. IMO.

Stairway to edam: Swiss bloke blasts roquefort his cheese, thinks Led Zep might make it tastier

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I think the 60's and 70's

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Re: Controlled experments: thats the ticket

and wine. Don't forget the wine.

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Re: and the bands ..

Stringiest Cheese Incident.

http://www.stringcheeseincident.com

GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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That's the problem. They used the wibbly wobbly web. They should have gone serverless and then the server and storage problem would be solved!

/s

Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Re: Monitor

+1 for being a good teacher.

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Re: Re:down the mine

If it was something safety critical then you had best copy it legibly and accurately. As opposed to the Freidman school driven "cut costs by doing just good enough as long as the deaths cost less than the profits".

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Not in IT...

Hooray for the good guys!

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Re: Not in IT...

That's "Residual Human Resources"

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Re: Not in IT...

And/or make big assumptions on their skill and training levels. "He was hired to run Oracle so I assumed he knew the difference between SYS, SYSTEM, SYSOPER, and sysdba, ".

Mega-bites of code: Python snakes into 1st place for cyber-attacks

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typical

a language gets popular. get's pushed into in appropriate roles. demand for <insert name of language here> programmers spikes. People start taking "Learn <programming language in 21 days head first> courses". Managers start hiring monkeys. Badda bing badda boom, crappy code and security flaws everywhere.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: DevOps?

It's called SAFe.

Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Zuckerberg is proof

Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'

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Re: Did zUckERbErG create this on his day off `

Silly valley is 90% brogrammers and other such ilk. So their understanding of female psychology and all the variations thereof is.... non-existent. But if it doesn't work it is obviously due to the fact the user doesn't know how to use the software properly, and the universe should change to match the software. Right?

IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Re: lying scum are still lying

There is no difference

What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

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Re: Been there. Golden handcuffs were my problem

I need a change of pace. An opportunity for more growth. I'd like to ry my hand at doing X. Seeking new challenges. Seeking a smaller environment etc.

Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest

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Re: A large consultancy at a tech conference this week

Not so fast. It needs to be containerized BYOD 24/7 serverless leverage synergy apps with social media capabilities.

US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Re: Copyright, Patents all screwed.

Life + 50? Why? So the person's freeloading relatives can make money with no work and then brag about what clever business people? And then decry the poor for being lazy parasites? If you want to see parasite go to a pricey resort town and watch all the trust fund babies stuffing their monthly checks up their noses.

Agile development exposed as techie superstition

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Re: RE: that core premise has always been at the heart of best development practices

you get it. see "Agile is Dead" by a creator of the manifest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-BOSpxYJ9M

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Re: Thank the heavens

The intent was that agile be an adjective, not a proper noun. A philosophy or approach to software development. Not a rigid methodology which is what it was sold as.

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Re: Agile is b*llocks. Any non-idiot knows this.

and always write it with a small "a" and not as a proper noun.

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Re: Coming back to this article and comments a day later

first off agile is an adjective, not a proper noun.

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Re: Let's get rid of these myth too

Have you done studies on it? Would you publish your results online?

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Re: Let's get rid of these myth too

Have you measured your output? How? Never underestimate the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning–Kruger_effect

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Re: Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter

Here are some ways sociologists, use what fits https://www.cliffsnotes.com/study-guides/sociology/sociological-research-methods/sociological-research-designs-methods

I think I was talking about observational and case studies. But even so they try match up groups, e.g. while studying education level and it's impact they would try to control for age, ethnicity, income level of the subject's household while growing etc.

As far as burden you can run reports on defect escape rate, features delivered etc. which should be documented somewhere.

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Re: Ahh, Agile -- process fad du jour...

Management fixates on surface details; we must use Jira, have standup, sprint planning, training classes etc. So But they do not grasp the underlying spirit and social messages. They buy the books, read the articles etc. but done read deeply enough. It's sort of like "everyone successful is wearing wide ties so I look successful and so will be successful". I somestimes refer to "cargo cult" management or programming.

Your post is a good example of using appropriate tools and being agile when developing software, use what works. If waterfall works, use it.

And then there is the matter of 2 week sprints. Everyone fixates on that. But to be agile you adjust sprints to the the complexity and organizational friction you encounter. Maybe 3 weeks or 4 weeks or whatever you need.

Remember, agile is an adjective not a noun.

EarthDog

Re: Daily meetings

Are you using a silo'd QA or embedded? Embedded seems to work better

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Re: Agile is b*llocks. Any non-idiot knows this.

This is the perspective of one of the original authors of the agile (small "a") Manifesto. An interesting talk titled "Agile Is Dead" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-BOSpxYJ9M

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Let's get rid of these myth too

They have no scientific foundation.

they are:

10x programmer

Exponential Defect Cost Curve

The Software Crisis

https://blog.fogcreek.com/10x-programmer-and-other-myths-in-software-engineering-interview-with-laurent-bossavit/

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Well there is another approach often used in Sociology. Find 2 groups with as much overlap in factors as possible such as tool sets, problem domains, team sizes, maturity of the product etc. Make sure they are using different development methods. Gather data for both projects and compare. Repeat the process for several projects and throw in some longitudinal studies as well. Then over time you'll have a series of naturalistic studies from which inferences can be drawn.

Pointless US Congress net neutrality vote will take place tomorrow!

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Factional fighting.

This is a battle of for net neutrality barons vs against net neutrality barons. The bet is that the for oligarchy will give you more support that the against oligarchy fights you and it will give you the money you need to win elections.

Facebook stuck with IRS bill after court tosses $7 BEEELLION appeal

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Re: Fight Fair IRS!

"Zuk is surveilling the world"

Fixed that for you, no charge.

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six figures is gross

not net. If they are anything like other business take about 10% or less as net.

UK Ministry of Justice knocks down towers, brings IT BACK in-house

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Re: Outsourcing - does it *ever* really work?

"If you actively manage, oversee and hold the outsourcer's feet to the fire, you can make it work."

If you replace "outsourcer" with employees you are in fact doing nothing different. There is no difference; you cannot walk away from project management, human negotiations, picking the right workers (every time I worked for a body shopI ended up being interviewed by the permanent staff as well as body shop managers), cost controls, etc. There is no free lunch.

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Re: Tower of tickboxes

When I hear "Tower" I immediately think "Silos".

'Computer algo' blamed for 450k UK women failing to receive breast screening invite

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So manslaughter is OK

Because preventing it it too costly.

Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

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Re: JEDI Cloud

Yes nice acronym. It reeks of marketing through and through. Now that's innovation!

Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine

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what a Danish thing to do:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0342492/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

What a Docker shocker: Founder, CTO Solomon Hykes takes a hike

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Re: Docker's future is bright

In my experience Docker really didn't help much in managing complexity. For any moderately sized project we ended have containers scatter around like jackstraws with hidden dependencies. Stateless is also fo limited value as there was, on my projects, a need to maintain state *somewhere*. So hacks had to be used to not only save state but to ensure consistency. It turned out to be tricky.

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Look on the bright side.

We can party like it's 1999 and 9/11 hasn't happened yet.

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Do the right thing

Is the new motto. It changes a while back. But they do not mention for who.

Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'

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Re: professional restaurant

sausage and gravy?

Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames

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Re: Without reading the contract specs or anything, I would think their would be withholds

Because ethics and professionalism. This is why we will never has Software Engineering, no one cares.

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IBM cop out

They are the professionals. They could, for a fee, helped define the system with the Gov't. I've been through such exercises and this was the way it was done. We had people compare systems, look at workflows, and then help map data and functions. IBM's "you tell us what to do and then we take your word for it" is a cop out.

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What was wrong with the old one?

And why can't we move back? Duh! There's always a defacto fallback which is often less complicated than building a whole new system.

EarthDog

Re: It doesn't sound like an IBM problem at all

obviously the users don't know how to use the software and refuse to change the reality of how payroll is done to meet the software's expectations.

Huawei's Not Hot Dog is possibly the Worst Tech Promo Ever

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Re: Yikes...

Do you mean the one where it successfully IDs a hot dog, pizza, sandwich, cheese burger, blood sausage, and a bottle of chlorine bleach?

Marketing had them cover those up so it wouldn't make the company look bad....

Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian

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And use a transaction block for a test run through so you can roll back

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