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Jun
29
comment Is Tracking Software Usage Illegal?
If your customers were fussy about it, let them have something that can decode the packets so that they can see for themselves. An application like Fiddler can capture the traffic which you could then inspect.
Jun
29
comment Is Tracking Software Usage Illegal?
@mathepic, the PHB wanted it to be "exactly like Microsoft's or don't do it at all."
Jun
27
comment Are there any valid reasons for disallowing characters and limiting the length of passwords?
@Jeff, that is correct. If I leave my notebook at home, the passwords are too complicated to remember, so I'm unable to log in. And on the payroll system, I put the username and password as part of the bookmark.
Jun
25
comment Move on and look elsewhere, or confront the boss?
@Louhike, there you go.
Jun
13
comment Why there is perception that VB.NET is good for small to medium size application and not for enterprise class project?
I've been getting remarks from recruiters that I have "too much" VB listed in my resume, so they want me to cut more out.
Jun
11
comment How to explain why multi-threading is difficult
@compman, no. Because it is possible for 2 threads to try to grab for the same resource at the same moment, and those thread don't necessarily need the same set of resources - just an overlap enough to cause problems. One scheme is to put the resource "back" and then wait for a random period before grabbing for it again. This backoff period happens in a number of protocols, the earliest of which was Aloha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ALOHAnet
Jun
4
comment Why do companies tell me they want me as an in-house employee, not as a contractor?
@Kevin, You can force an employee to sign a non-compete, but no contractor/consultant would ever sign such a thing.
May
20
comment Coping with an unfixable endless project
I had to look up DTAP: phparch.com/2009/07/…
May
12
comment Is the MSDN sufficient for taking MCPD exams?
For me, the WCF is the hardest of the exams. If you're doing .NET 4, then I'd recommend being strong in EF and LINQ.
May
12
comment Why aren't young programmers interested in mainframes?
@David, no it does not include the (overpriced) software. Just the operating system.
May
9
comment Is it legal for me to contribute to open source software while employed?
dilbert.com/fast/2011-05-08
May
4
comment What if the client needs the ability to retrieve passwords?
75 million accounts for the PlayStation Network, 25 million accounts for Sony Online Entertainment. I'm not sure I believe that there were only 12,000 credit cards exposed in this leak. wired.com/gamelife/2011/05/sony-online-entertainment-hack No evercrack until the weekend. Maybe.
Apr
30
comment FPGA device + networking + software kit
I'd recommend reading Circuit Cellar Ink magazine as that is some of what you're looking for. circuitcellar.com
Apr
23
comment Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Performance
The intellisense in SQL Server Management Studio can be refreshed with Control-Alt-R.
Apr
14
comment Is it ever a good idea to hardcode values into our applications?
The gravitational acceleration on the Earth is pretty much 9.81 m/s^2 for most latitudes and altitudes (of course, if you're searching for oil underground, or shooting ICBMs over the North Pole, knowing the variation in gravity is very important to a lot more decimal places), with the gravitational acceleration on other planets being a different number, but as far as I know, the gravitational constant is constant around the universe. There is a lot of physics that would have to change if g were variable.
Apr
13
comment Off-shore bug fixing
@Ramhound, David, Greg, It was a better place when I started, I left the place at the end of December (shortly after my 5th anniversary). No one had been hired since I was hired, and in the past 2 years, 6 developers have quit. The latest one to depart had been there 11 years.
Mar
31
comment Will Java catch up with C#?
@Glenn, the Oracle vs Google lawsuit shows to me that they don't "get" open source, and that it means large companies are less likely to pick Java for future development. groklaw.net/staticpages/index.php?page=OracleGoogle
Mar
18
comment Why do ads for s/w engineers always say they “offer a fast-paced environment”?
As a fellow greybeard, I see this as a code phrase for "only youngsters need apply."
Mar
2
comment What information must never appear in logs?
The PCI-DSS standard prohibits storing the card number in any way, shape or form.
Feb
24
comment Developer productivity Cobol versus C#
If fixed width stuff gives you trouble, I'd like to recommend FileHelpers, as they have some nifty IO handling. filehelpers.com