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One day in 1995, my mother brought me into the community college library where she worked as a librarian. She led me up to a new row of computers set across from the digital card catalogs and sat me down.
She opened up a program called Netscape Navigator and told me to type in a cryptic phrase one letter at a time into the top: 'http://www.yahoo.com', then hit enter. She told me "this is the world wide web. You can type in anything you want and find information about it."
The concept completely blew me away and soon I was finding websites about legos, video games, cartoons and anything else I could think of.
She had led the charge encouraging the school to become wired up for general access to the internet at a time when many people didn't understand the importance of it.
This is just one of the first of her many achievements in technology in education. She later went on to become dean of technology designing an entire computer center at that school. She became sought after to modernize other community colleges and still works in education and technology today.
I'll never forget that day and I am incredibly proud of all the things she's accomplished just wanting to bring the best things to students and looking towards the future. And for introducing me to the internet.9
*On a programming support forum*
Guy: My compiler keeps throwing null pointer exception at line 128.
Me: Ok. Can you post your code real quick so I could figure out what is null at line 128?
Guy: No I'm not going to show my code to someone on the internet. What if you want to steal my code?
My mind: "Dude wtf why would I steal someone's code on a support forum?"
Me: *Use the next 15 minutes explaining that showing the code is necessary so that others can actually help him, and that no one on a support forum is going to steal his code.*
Guy: "You know what I'm more convinced that you want to copy my code. I might as well just try to fix this on my own."
"Your complementary internet access has expired please pay for.."
"Welcome to blablabla public wifi please enjoy 1 hour of complementary internet access"
I love this tool15
Now let me be clear and say I’m not against code review in general and I think it’s a critical part of the engineering process...
But picture this situation:
Q: “Why is this const?”
A: because it is invariant and more information for the compiler means it’s easier to forward constants etc.
Q: “why don’t you do it this other way that’s no better than what you did here?”
A: “stop wasting time”
Q: “I’m going to block submission of this emergency patch because of code formatting and then go home for the day”
Q: <asks about some other c++ semantic related to the change under review>
A: <explains basic c++ language topology while simultaneously wondering why this is the appropriate forum for it>
Q: “you should have designed this the way I would”
There are some great code reviewers on my team but there are just as many time wasters who’s comments seem more related to not knowing how c++ works and how compilers work than actual deficiencies in my code.
I’ve also tried to bring better readability to our codebase in ways that are so subtle they are almost style agnostic and that has been met with fierce resistance (our codebase is actually quite good but has no naming conventions or file conventions whatsoever and it’s nuts how frustrating it is)
I guess to put it more precisely my issue with code review starts when it becomes somebody else’s forum to prove they’re smart enough and hard working enough to be worth their salary rather than a forum for improving submissions and catching bugs. I have a big fucking issue with that.15
So my college has Apple iMacs and this is the pain I have to go through everyday.
Why can't they just clean it at least once?34
[Extremely off topic]
Hi, Michelle's back and alive. You probably don't remember me, but that's okay. :)79
I HATE when websites ignore your browser language and use your IP address to set the language instead4
I found a healthCheck function while troubleshooting an old application for a large auto manufacturer today. The healthCheck function was running several times a day on a timer. The function tries to insert a record into the database and returns whether or not it was successful. It was written in 1999 and has to date inserted over 2.5 million records into the database! 1/3rd of the data for this application was the same record.
How the hell did nobody notice this for 20 years!!!3
Recruiter: Hi, i'm recruiting for xyz, your profile looks like a great fit. Would you be interested in discussing further?
Me: Hi, your company website says you only have an office location in Berlin. I've marked my profile as not interested in relocation, only interested in jobs in my country and said the same in my description. Are you expanding to my country?
Recruiter: You are correct, this role is based in AMAZING Berlin. Are you interested in relocating?
So the next step to destroying the internet is clear name-only posting and registrations with full name, address and official IDs.
Welcome to the next crap ideas coming from european countries, currently and for real in work.61
I know I'm not on wifi. I get it. Sometimes data coverage isn't amazing or the network is congested. It's cool. You can just flash "no service" and I just won't try. or even "3G" and I'll have some patience. I rember how slow 3G was. It's okay, I'll wait.
But fucking stop showing 4G LTE if you can't make a fucking GET request for a 2kb text file in less than 5 minutes! Fucking really? Don't fucking lie to me with your false hope bullshit, just tell me the truth and I'll probably sigh and say shit and put my phone away.
But fuck you and your progress bar externally stuck in the middle. As if to say you're making progress! Wasting my time!
If you can't download a kilobyte in a 5min period, why even say I have data at all? What good does that do me?20
The 3 greatest things in life:
1 A great orgasm
2. A great shit
3. Fixing a major bug before anyone notices.
Work directly on a production system and get all 3 experiences simultaneously.9