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bio website infosecfrog.blogspot.com
location Scotland, United Kingdom
age 43
visits member for 4 years
seen Oct 28 at 10:59

Have mostly coded in legacy languages:

  • 6800 Assembler and hex
  • 68000 Assembler
  • Z80 Assembler
  • COMAL
  • PASCAL
  • Fortran
  • C
  • COBOL

but am vaguely learning C++, Java, Ruby on rails, .NET and other languages and frameworks I come across


Sep
15
comment Legal issues with an NDA that I do not want to sign
The non-compete may also be legally unenforceable - it is in the UK anyway. (I am not a corporate lawyer, but I asked one:-)
Sep
9
comment What are the (or some) tenets of software security?
You could move this across to IT Security, as @Aaronaught hinted
Aug
4
comment Why would a company develop an atmosphere which discourage code comments?
I agree with Olivier. Disagree with Qwerky. It just doesn't work like that. You could spend ages to fully grok some new code, but that is a waste of money and resource. If I'm hiring coders I want them to comment properly - not every simple function, but anything which is complex. Yes, even java can be complex!
Aug
4
comment Why would a company develop an atmosphere which discourage code comments?
Agreed - always remove obsolete code, otherwise you run the risk of it being accidentally available for an attacker to use. And it looks messy and takes up space:-)
Aug
4
comment Why would a company develop an atmosphere which discourage code comments?
@Thorbjorn - I can understand all MY code. Would someone else...? Not necessarily.
Aug
4
comment Why would a company develop an atmosphere which discourage code comments?
Totally disagree with @Qwerky here - from a management perspective it makes much more sense to have your code fully commented so that it is still manageable easily without you. Code is not self commenting in most languages.
Aug
2
comment What are some reasonable arguments in favor of closed source software?
It may well be the correct answer for a lot of people though. Many coders I know just go where the money is.
Jun
1
comment Should you ever release something that you yourself could hack?
Check out their share price @David :-)
Apr
12
comment What do programmers at security firms do?
Feel free to browse security.stackexchange.com for an audience of many more security folks!
Apr
12
comment What do programmers at security firms do?
@Graham - you said that which was not to be named :-) And I do like your new longer version answer! +1
Apr
11
comment Is job hopping the best way to keep moving and learning at work?
huge generalisation. I work with a number of large dev companies (international/global) and the prospects are awesome. You're not likely to end up running the show, as technical streams and management are separated but progression is quick!
Apr
7
comment Is job hopping the best way to keep moving and learning at work?
@quanticle and @KevinD - absolutely. Yes to both these points!
Apr
7
comment Importance of learning to google efficiently for a programmer?
@Steve - had to check your profile for that. Seems fair enough:-)
Apr
7
comment moving from Windows to Linux
+1 Nim: StackExchange has an awesome amount of prior information here. I am most comfortable in flavours of Unix, but currently working in Windows development environment and searching SE has answered almost all my queries in a very short space of time.
Apr
7
comment moving from Windows to Linux
@SK-logic - "if you've got Windows sources"... :-)
Apr
6
comment How to fight absentmindedness
@Berin - I saw your advice, but mine was a little more extreme. Nothing at all, even if the task takes a couple of days. It works for me, and in fact makes you lose your waistline :-)
Apr
6
comment How to fight absentmindedness
I have a variant of the food bit - don't have any food until the task is complete. Once you start getting really hungry the brain gets very focused :-)
Apr
5
comment How to Leverage Clearcase's features
+1 for the knowledge required. I have used SVN a lot in the past and it was quick, did everything I needed and just worked. Current project uses clearcase and the amount of time wasted to get a simple snapshot view I can run my tests on is astonishing. I don't ever need to commit changes back - just carrying out a test role - and CC is wasting about an hour a day. Trying to grab some info from one view and running testing in another using that info - well nigh impossible. And trying to get consistency between win, solaris and aix - forget it!
Mar
22
comment Why do game developers prefer Windows?
False premise - where is evidence that game developers prefer windows? I think @user17674 had it more accurately - they want to develop for platforms so they can sell more and make more money:-)
Mar
21
comment How difficult would it be to interact with a Facebook poker game?
@Case - you may find that will still fall foul of the terms & conditions...