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Jul
21
comment “Kill switch” in customer hosted environments, to protect payment?
+1. I'm in Very Eastern Europe and we recently has a case when a program with a variation of a kill switch lead to criminal prosecution. So the outcome of "Average Joe" versus "Greedy Lawer" can vary.
Jul
12
answered What did Bjarne Stroustrup mean by his characterization of C and C++?
Jun
29
asked Why would a code analysis tool be priced based on lines of code count?
Jun
28
comment Simple method for reliably detecting code in text?
Actually this IMO enforces poor questions like "I have a problem please help me, the code is below" - quite rarely code needs to be separated from the question. Best questions go like this "I want to achieve this and wrote these two lines of code, but the effect is the following, what's the problem" - there's very little code heavily interleaved with plain language.
May
4
comment What if the client needs the ability to retrieve passwords?
@Robert Koritnik: Doing that can expose him to criminal liability in many jurisdictions if his company is dumb enough (the latter is quite likely given facts in his story) so it's not a very practical idea.
Apr
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
27
answered How to explain to non-programmers that programming is not a repetitive task?
Mar
23
comment Industry has no place for passionate programmers?
@Jungle Hunter: If it is really is how you describe it - well, that happens, just pass the internship and get a job in another company where a software developer is needed.
Mar
23
comment Industry has no place for passionate programmers?
@Jungle Hunter: And that's how it usually is - your job is more useful than you expect.
Mar
23
answered Industry has no place for passionate programmers?
Mar
21
asked Do Fortran compilers really generate faster code than C compilers?
Mar
18
comment How to explain that writing universally cross-platform C++ code and shipping products for all OSes is not that easy?
@btilly: It already works on WINE, but WINE is not right, you see.
Mar
18
accepted Is it true that first versions of C compilers ran for dozens of minutes and required swapping floppy disks between stages?
Mar
18
asked How to explain that writing universally cross-platform C++ code and shipping products for all OSes is not that easy?
Mar
11
answered Does professionalism in job postings matter?
Mar
5
comment What do you do when you encounter an idiotic interview question?
Wow. Putting so much weight on an error that would be immediately caught by a compiler and is so trivial to fix?
Feb
24
comment How did programmers work back when a computer was very expensive, rare, as big as a room?
@Louis Rhys: Will this link help? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punched_card
Feb
24
comment How did programmers work back when a computer was very expensive, rare, as big as a room?
Also numbering punch cards was a very good idea for cases like dropping the cards pack.
Feb
24
asked Is it true that first versions of C compilers ran for dozens of minutes and required swapping floppy disks between stages?
Feb
18
comment What to do if you find a vulnerability in a competitor's site?
@user17610: Okay, an adjusted variant: tell them and see if they fix it. If they don't fix it in reasonable time don't send your resume to them.