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Discussions - Public / Re: Unteachable Ignorance
« Last post by Code Refugee on February 10, 2017, 04:06:16 PM »
Yup.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Unteachable Ignorance
« Last post by The Gorn on February 10, 2017, 01:25:21 PM »
Corporately employed types here who've never freelanced: Gee, why does this guy ask for so much for so little pay? That's weird. That must never happen that much in real life. If I ever freelance, which I never have, ever, I will be absolutely immune to hearing such offers that tear down my self-esteem. This is like science fiction.

Savvy freelancer types who have been out there in real life on the streets: I had five of these fuckers approach me last month. Even worse than this guy.

 >:D
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Discussions - Public / Re: Unteachable Ignorance
« Last post by Code Refugee on February 10, 2017, 12:33:57 PM »
To be fake there'd have to be a giveaway, a wink to those in on the joke. There wasn't one. It was a completely legit normal looking request we've seen a hundred times before.
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An AP writing its own tests???? You never want the programmer writing their own tests. Because they would perpetuate the same blind spot.

Basically, once you are using an AP, you don't have the same tests. The unit tests are meaningless for the very reason you stated. However, system tests are still needed and would be written by the humans, not the AP.

Unit tests are not meaningless because they verify that incremental changes in the Agile development model of "release early, release often" don't break anything.  They get run every time a build is initiated after something is committed to the version control system.

You're right though, someone other than the programmer should have a look at them.  There could be an automated tester which creates the unit tests separately from the programmer.







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Discussions - Public / Re: Unteachable Ignorance
« Last post by The Gorn on February 10, 2017, 07:02:06 AM »
It is a joke to those of us who know better, but I suspect that the post was serious. I've run into too many people who think that way. That is why I titled the thread as "Unteachable Ignorance". They are convinced that they are correct and we developers are just holding out on them.

Totally and absolutely. This thinking is out there and you'll run into it constantly in the gig economy.

It's also by far the biggest component of positive responses to any marketing that we do. If you are a small operator like one of us, and if you advertise and market and put yourself out there, THESE are the people who constitute most of the inbound traffic and initial "yes" responses.

They're all thinking "you're small like me, so I'll forcibly make you be cheap for me."
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Discussions - Public / Re: Unteachable Ignorance
« Last post by David Randolph on February 10, 2017, 06:53:29 AM »
It is a joke to those of us who know better, but I suspect that the post was serious. I've run into too many people who think that way. That is why I titled the thread as "Unteachable Ignorance". They are convinced that they are correct and we developers are just holding out on them.
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The AP could easily adhere to the practice of agile development.  It would write its own automated tests, use a version control program and write incremental code.  The longest part of its sprint cycle would be for humans to sign off on what it had done.  Development and testing would take about 60 seconds.

An AP writing its own tests???? You never want the programmer writing their own tests. Because they would perpetuate the same blind spot.

Basically, once you are using an AP, you don't have the same tests. The unit tests are meaningless for the very reason you stated. However, system tests are still needed and would be written by the humans, not the AP.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Review
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on February 10, 2017, 05:54:04 AM »
I occasionally use Ubuntu, which I've installed in a VirtualBox virtual machine.  I see that I'm woefully out of date with my release, being 12.04 LTS.  It used to be mainly for learning software when I was working in IT.

I spend a lot of time in Word, which for me is the killer app bar none (along with Chrome and occasionally Excel).  I've never used any OpenOffice types of alternatives to Microsoft office, and I'd have to convince myself that they are as good as Word and Excel before I would regularly use Linux.

You can actually run Microsoft Office including Word, Excel etc on Linux using a product called Crossover Linux.  This is a compatibility layer built on top of Wine.  You can read up on it here and see what software runs using Crossover.

https://www.codeweavers.com/products/crossover-linux
I'd have to use it Feb-April each year for TurboTax   :(.

Thats ugly. Shrink the Windows partition to the smallest that you can possibly need. Thats what I did + some some space for growth. I shrank mine to about 90GB and that includes 15GB for growth. The only apps I have installed are Windows itself, Office, Firefox, VLC.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Here's why win drivers work so well
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on February 10, 2017, 05:51:18 AM »
The easiest solution is to not use Windows :) . Problem solved.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Temp work in Europe
« Last post by benali72 on February 09, 2017, 09:50:09 PM »
I guess I have always assumed we have greater employee instability (more temp work, gig economy, contractors) than in Europe.

Apparently, that's not the case, according to this article from the NYTimes -- www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/business/europe-jobs-economy-youth-unemployment-millenials.html?_r=0

Supposedly they have a large contingent workforce just like we do. And people are unhappy with the instability of it.
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