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I'm a trained computer scientist, an experienced software engineer, and a practical system administrator.


Sep
1
answered How do you get the usernames/passwords onto a STUN or TURN server for long-term credential authentication?
Sep
1
answered Separation of concerns between objects
Sep
1
comment Tweaking a ranking algorithm from a few variables
I suspect you really want a factor proportional to (now - timestamp), and not directly timestamp.
Sep
1
comment What's wrong with comments that explain complex code?
It's frequently impossible to justify spending employer's money rewriting code to be more self-explanatory, when a good comment can do the job in much less time. A dutiful programmer must use her/his judgment each time.
Aug
31
comment “Ever change the value of 4?” - how did this come into Hayes-Thomas quiz?
An old version of Emacs respected a per-file variable assignment of the value nil to the well-known variable t. Since the sole purpose of t is to indicate a Boolean true value, whereas nil conventionally represents false, this was a horrifying prank.
Aug
31
comment Is this a good design in C++?
It can be useful and efficient to return a const reference. If you do this, you should document how long the returned reference should be considered valid.
Aug
31
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21
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Oct
19
answered Long lines of text in source code
Oct
17
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