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[#] Sat Nov 12 2022 18:08:36 EST from Nurb432

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Nah no ruined pants

Even when i have been in some pretty serous wrecks, or almost wrecks, no ruined pants. i keep my cool. ( like the time i was doing 70 or so.. 2 cars in front decided to mash.. hit the brakes to slow own, went to the floor as i popped a line.. had to weave thru them as they spun like in a video game..  wish i had that on tape :) ) 

Sat Nov 12 2022 05:59:13 PM EST from zelgomer
Yikes, sorry to hear about your ruined pants. I quit taking the highway to work after a less exciting event like that. I'll get on it occasionally for one-off trips, but driving it twice daily just feels like odds I could do without.

 



[#] Mon Nov 21 2022 07:27:51 EST from Nurb432

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Grrr

 

So last few years i have been buying surplus think-center tinys from eBay for silly cheap.  Now freaking YouTube people are telling the world they are there " look what i found "  now prices are going up.

They should have their channel removed, and put in prison or beat to death with a PC-XT.

When you find good stuff that is flying under the radar you only tell you close friends, or no one. You dont f-ing tell the world and ruin it for everyone



[#] Wed Nov 23 2022 09:25:12 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ah yes, I saw Andreas Speiss do a video on that just yesterday. A nice replacement for Raspberry Pi when they are not available, he said.

I'm not sure why you'd want more than one of them, though.

[#] Wed Nov 23 2022 11:44:55 EST from Nurb432

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That was the latest video that prompted this rant :) 

My PVE server farm is full of them.   My daily driver desktop is one upgraded to an i7, and a spare i have that was upgraded to a xeon. ( was just playing around, its no better than the i7 in practical terms. )

 

 

Wed Nov 23 2022 09:25:12 AM EST from IGnatius T Foobar
Ah yes, I saw Andreas Speiss do a video on that just yesterday. A nice replacement for Raspberry Pi when they are not available, he said.

I'm not sure why you'd want more than one of them, though.

 



[#] Fri Nov 25 2022 01:38:54 EST from Nurb432

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"we will take your system down at midnight, should be down for about an hour"

Get out of bed at 12:45 to see how its coming.. 1:30 still nothing. about to give up on them. THEN it goes down. WTF people..!



[#] Tue Nov 29 2022 16:43:40 EST from zelgomer

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I think that I need to start considering a career change. Without going into too much detail, 2022 has been a very enlightening experience for me as far as the capabilities of my more senior colleagues. My job description is in the "embedded software" space (thought admittedly very little of what I do feels specific to embedded development, and so it's left me with not much confidence in my skills for seeking employment elsewhere in areas I'd find more interesting), but I've learned that very few on my team are actually not capable of much more than the absolutely most basic C programming, like at a freshman level. And anything beyond that, such as...

* Good modern C practices -- clean interface design, encapsulation, loose coupling, writing libraries symbols to avoid namespace collisions, avoiding memory leaks, avoiding archaic unsafe string manipulation functions and why those functions are considered unsafe, understanding what undefined behavior is and how to avoid or when to exploit it, understanding how to use abstraction to write portable C

* Shell scripting -- writing portable sh, like actually knowing sh and not crudely having something without knowing which parts are POSIX sh and which parts are BASHisms

* Actually knowing and understanding what POSIX is

* Understanding open source licenses and why as a business GPL should ve avoided whenever possible (I actually had a guy get busted once for copy/pasting functionns from GPL code and hacking them up to fit his needs, and when confronted he said "I thought it was GPL, that means it's free, right?")

* Embedded Linux skills

* Kernel development

* Debugging skills

* Using advanced build systems like GNU Autotools or CMake... hell, even using not advanced build systems and just writing not-broken Makefiles, for that matter, and knowing the common pitfalls of hand-crafting a Makefile

* Interfacing with open source documentation or communities, like successfully finding help on IRC or mailing lists (I honestly wouldn't be surprised if I'm the only one here who even knows what IRC is)

* Even fucking reading man pages.

...are all completely lacking. Most people here have made their entire careers only hacking features or bug fixes into code that somebody else wrote.

I used to think that with such a low bar, it should be easy for me to succeed here. And to some extent it has been, but it is also very frustrating and I never find it very rewarding. I guess I'm a slow learner, but I'm just now realizing that the problem working for unskilled people is that they don't know how unskilled they are, and so they tend not to recognize skill in others. I think I'm sick of talking to other software people, and even more sick talking to software people who aren't very good at it.

During my career at this place, I think that I have developed two completely divergent reputations. Among fellow software developers I tend to be known as hard to work with, inflammatory, and offensive (in the "he called out my bullshit and it hurt my feelings" way, not "he said something not PC" way). But among non-technical people (internal customers or customer support reps escalating issues), I think that I usually make very good impressions, with my manager often receiving compliments for satisfaction.

So I think I've reached a conclusion. I need to be a software team of one. How does one achieve such a thing these days? Perhaps I need to seek positions in non-tech businesses, bringing software skills to a team of not-software people.

And without having some personal connection to exploit, I have no idea how to find a position like that.

[#] Tue Nov 29 2022 17:16:10 EST from Nurb432

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I dont know, but if you find out please let me know. Id love to ditch the IT career thing too. 

Tue Nov 29 2022 04:43:40 PM EST from zelgomer

So I think I've reached a conclusion. I need to be a software team of one. How does one achieve such a thing these days? 

 



[#] Wed Nov 30 2022 00:13:15 EST from test2

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 embedded system software for aircraft.  mil-contractor.  we have openings. lots of your clones here. we don't take no crap.

Tue Nov 29 2022 04:43:40 PM EST from zelgomer
And without having some personal connection to exploit, I have no idea how to find a position like that.

 



[#] Wed Nov 30 2022 21:33:55 EST from zelgomer

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2022-11-30 05:13 from test2 <test2@uncensored.citadel.org>
 embedded system software for aircraft.  mil-contractor.  we have
openings. lots of your clones here. we don't take no crap.

Thanks. Maybe I'll poke around there, though when I think of that sort of thing I imagine a lot of bureaucracy, but maybe it's worth it. Still, I think I'm done working with fellow software folks. I'm fine socializing with them, sharing war stories and trade secrets, but working with them is just awful. I just want to have clearly defined problems and the freedom to address them without feeling like I have to share tasks or hold somebody else's hand.

[#] Thu Dec 01 2022 12:29:38 EST from darknetuser

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So I think I've reached a conclusion. I need to be a software team of

one. How does one achieve such a thing these days? Perhaps I need to

seek positions in non-tech businesses, bringing software skills to a

team of not-software people.

And without having some personal connection to exploit, I have no idea

how to find a position like that.


I don't consider myself a developer, but the idea I have is you no longer make it alone anymore. Modern projects have so many moving parts that it is very hard for a single person to put every element together and make it actually worthwhile. If your goal is to sell products or services, such sales typically go over channels controlled by big enterprises which dictate the rules (ie. if you sell software for smartphones, the OS provider dictates the terms; if you sell freelance services, freelance platforms dictate the terms).


I consider myself lucky in that I do freelance work for some recurrent customers I deal with directly. I acknowledge this is not what usually happens. Being a freelancer and getting recurrent customers you don't want to strangle every single time you deal with them is a feat of Biblical proportions. Still I barely make a living on my own and mostly go by.

I have been seriously considering building up a non-profit and making a living from government handouts. It is doable, but I need certain endorsements I can't get right now in order to set it up. I have no moral qualms because leeching from people who voted socialists into power is not evil, but karma fulfilled.

By the way, the real point lacking in industries today is RTFMing. The rest of the defficencies you pointed out fix themselves if you RTFM and learn how to ask people where the manual you need is located.

[#] Thu Dec 01 2022 13:10:18 EST from Nurb432

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That is one reason low-code frameworks are so popular i think

 

Thu Dec 01 2022 12:29:38 PM EST from darknetuser

I don't consider myself a developer, but the idea I have is you no longer make it alone anymore. Modern projects have so many moving parts that it is very hard for a single person to put every element together and make it actually worthwhile. 

 



[#] Thu Dec 01 2022 13:12:20 EST from Nurb432

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That is why i quit doing it.  I was making it, but it was a struggle. Spent just as much time 'working' as 'finding work'.

Not that i'm lazy and against work, but there comes a point.

Thu Dec 01 2022 12:29:38 PM EST from darknetuser
. Still I barely make a living on my own and mostly go by.

 



[#] Thu Dec 01 2022 18:09:09 EST from darknetuser

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2022-12-01 13:10 from Nurb432
That is one reason low-code frameworks are so popular i think

 
Thu Dec 01 2022 12:29:38 PM EST from darknetuser


I don't consider myself a developer, but the idea I have is you no
longer make it alone anymore. Modern projects have so many moving
parts that it is very hard for a single person to put every element
together and make it actually worthwhile. 


Well, of course. The point of bloated frameworks is that you work less (in theory) because a team did the job of putting the framework together. Then you put the expenses of running the bloat on the customer. Ta-dda!

[#] Thu Dec 01 2022 18:14:55 EST from Nurb432

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Not to sound like 'one of them' but with today's machines,  you can tolerate a some bloat before it gets in the way. ( some, not a lot )

 

Its all a trade off of course.



[#] Thu Dec 01 2022 18:23:48 EST from darknetuser

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2022-12-01 18:14 from Nurb432
Not to sound like 'one of them' but with today's machines,  you can
tolerate a some bloat before it gets in the way. ( some, not a lot )

 

Its all a trade off of course.


I have a bit of a problem with bloat, because the devs pushing the bloat have thousand of dollar in equipment to run the bloat on, and meanwhile I am using a recycled computer with a motherboard from 2004 that I scrapped from a junkbox.

[#] Thu Dec 01 2022 20:06:01 EST from Nurb432

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right, some. not a lot.

but its all a numbers game, dev costs, app costs, hardware.   expected return rates

Thu Dec 01 2022 06:23:48 PM EST from darknetuser
2022-12-01 18:14 from Nurb432
Not to sound like 'one of them' but with today's machines,  you can
tolerate a some bloat before it gets in the way. ( some, not a lot )

 

Its all a trade off of course.


I have a bit of a problem with bloat, because the devs pushing the bloat have thousand of dollar in equipment to run the bloat on, and meanwhile I am using a recycled computer with a motherboard from 2004 that I scrapped from a junkbox.

 



[#] Sun Dec 04 2022 15:54:02 EST from Nurb432

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When i become world emperor, the first order of business is banning dumb asses from being out with the rest of us. I will be a kind leader and give them scheduled time to be out, but outside of that window get away from the rest of us.



[#] Sun Dec 04 2022 18:21:39 EST from zelgomer

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2022-12-04 20:54 from Nurb432 <nurb432@uncensored.citadel.org>
When i become world emperor, the first order of business is banning
dumb asses from being out with the rest of us. I will be a kind
leader and give them scheduled time to be out, but outside of that
window get away from the rest of us.


There used to be a saying, "Life is hard. It's even harder when you're stupid." Somewhere along the way I think we crossed some threshold and now it's the other way around.

[#] Sun Dec 04 2022 18:35:12 EST from Nurb432

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I'm currently struggling even to walk. Grocery store. Dude wearing a towel on his head suddenly stops in front of me, whips out his phone to do face time with his kid. WTF  just about ran him down as it hurts to stop too.

People physically pushed him aside to get their milk after staring at him for a moment. 

Another at the tomatoes staring off into the sky.. No, not at the tomatoes trying to choose but the literal sky..  In the way of both me and the grocery attendant trying to stock the shelf. 



[#] Sat Dec 17 2022 14:10:58 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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There used to be a saying, "Life is hard. It's even harder when you're

stupid." Somewhere along the way I think we crossed some threshold and

now it's the other way around.

Stupid people are easily manipulated. This creates an incentive for the manipulators to breed more stupid people.

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