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Ways In Which Programming Is Like Sex

Date: 2017-06-30 11:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jack
You should take the advice of programming language creators with a grain of salt at least.

Some people can do it with just two fingers, but others say it's best standing up.

Think about security before you start, not only at the last minute.

It's portrayed REALLY UNREALISTICALLY in films.

If someone interrupts you in the middle you're usually really upset because you can't just continue, you basically have to start over.

Clothes are not strictly speaking required, but many people prefer wearing clothes appropriate to the occasion.

The government gets all up in your business if you do it in ways they're not used to.

People in the oxford university department of computer science have strong opinion whether you should do it with tabs or not.

If you get your keyboard sticky, you're doing it wrong.

There are lots of useful tutorials but don't just follow them step by step without understanding what you're doing.

There are significant advantages to doing it in pairs, but if you really know what you're doing, you can gain a lot by doing it in larger groups.

It's sort of hard to explain what constitutes doing it well, but you know it when you see it.

Think twice before doing it with someone who uses PHP (sorry, sorry... :)

There's no shortage of people without much practical experience telling you you it's better to do it their way.

It's really kind of magical how you can make something which lives on successfully long after you.

It's not exactly in fashion in vatican city.

People write books about it but it's surprisingly hard to write them well.

People tend to ignore advice when they really shouldn't.

You don't strictly need coffee to be involved, but almost everyone expects it.
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From: [personal profile] jack
I mean yes, but couldn't they have picked a different example? I thought I loved big stupid giant robot fighting movies, until I saw the transformers franchise -- I'm more interested what people saw in the previous one, than why people didn't want to see this one...
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From: [personal profile] calimac
Sort of related to this, I had the interesting phenomenon of having people who'd liked the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies come up after seeing the Hobbit movies, and telling me that now they understood what I'd been complaining about all this time.

Date: 2017-06-30 01:02 pm (UTC)
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"You need a database not a message broker" is bad advice, because a message broker is a database, albeit a fairly specialised one. Whether you want a message broker or a more traditional database really depends on which side of the CAP theorem you want to fail on. If you can tolerate consistency failures, you want a message broker. If you can tolerate availability failures, you want a database. (And of course if you can't tolerate either then you're out of luck, because you are going to have network partitions.)

Date: 2017-06-30 03:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calimac
"'Hidden rules that everybody knows' is not a useful mental model of how people act"

Eh, I'm not so sure about that. As an antidote to imposter phenomenon, this is useful; but the fact is that far too often, people act as if there is a hidden rulebook, because they express disapproval of behavior in the kind of thunderous, coming down like a ton of bricks terms that would be appropriate if there were a specific rule written down in clear terms. And then when the victims of this ask, semi-sarcastically, "What rule did I violate?" they get lectured on how there are no rules. (Then stop acting as if there are.)

Sometimes, in fact, behavior gets denounced so wholesale that it leads one to wonder, not what the rules are, but what the denouncer thinks non-offending behavior would even look like. (Classic example: the man who denounces half of women for being prudes, the other half for being sluts. What's left? Unfortunately there's also a breed of women who denounce men in equally stringent terms.) But if you ask, the answer is, "It's not my job to tell you that." I've been told this in so many words. But if they think it's not their job to tell you what would be right, they do think it's their job to tell you what's wrong, at great length.

Date: 2017-07-01 03:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calimac
The ones you're likely to get a chance to vote against, i.e. the right-wingers, do have a rulebook, and they're quite vocal and specific about its contents. Noxious as they are, there's never any question about whether you're breaking their rules or not, and consequently it can be quite fun to break them deliberately, especially as their response to broken rules is often to get amusingly flustered.

That's a quite different situation than the one I was thinking of.

Date: 2017-06-30 03:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calimac
"Jeremy Corbyn sacks Labour shadow ministers for voting against Brexit"

Or, why I wouldn't vote for Labour, not even in the last election.

Sure, Corbyn is within his rights to sack them for defying him. It's his choice of this as a sacking offense that concerns me. If I were in England (n.b. I'm not considering Scotland, where things are different), I'd be looking for a party that actually welcomes the 48% (or whatever it was) who voted against Brexit, and which is capable - see previous reference to 48% - of winning more than 12 seats.

Date: 2017-06-30 04:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
En Marche will be opening a branch in Islington any day now.

Date: 2017-06-30 04:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
I am starting to think that a small recession is probably about 12-18 months.

Date: 2017-07-03 11:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
Yes, away. Oops.

Date: 2017-06-30 04:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
The buy-to-let tax policy seems to be having the desired effect.

Date: 2017-06-30 04:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
I'm in favour of the German social media fines. I do see the risk that it will have a chilling effect because of the short time to respond but short of Angela Merkel being able to take a pair of beersteins to Marc Zuckerbergs nuts whenever his organisation ignores clearly illegal or dangerous activity a large fine brutally levied is the only thing that is going to make him and those like him pay attention.

As a Brit I would be very interested in joining a pan-national body that came up with common standards for regulating economic activity and then had the economic clout to enforce them against rogue billionaires. If only such a thing existed.

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