The minor rants thread.



  • @Jaloopa said in The minor rants thread.:

    @anonymous234 not as bad as Office. I swear smoetimes it's literally impossible to select a few letters from the middle of a word without it insisting on selecting the whole word

    IIRC, that's by design, and there's an option somewhere to disable it. I don't remember where, though, and I'm not 100% certain I'm not confusing it with some other program.



  • Entered AWS console after a few months. Oh look, they did a redesign, what joy. Maybe they finally brought some consistency to the bajillion different services they have? Nope! It still looks like each one was designed by a different intern. And they added extra stuff! So now this page is out of date https://www.expeditedssl.com/aws-in-plain-english and I have to go through them just to figure out if any will be even remotely useful to the project I'm working on.

    Hint: they won't



  • @HardwareGeek said in The minor rants thread.:

    @Jaloopa said in The minor rants thread.:

    @anonymous234 not as bad as Office. I swear smoetimes it's literally impossible to select a few letters from the middle of a word without it insisting on selecting the whole word

    IIRC, that's by design, and there's an option somewhere to disable it. I don't remember where, though, and I'm not 100% certain I'm not confusing it with some other program.

    Word 2016: Options dialog, Advanced pane:

    0_1490214776469_upload-4ff2500d-d75f-4ee8-a491-e920ea0442b9



  • 3WP: Government is passing a law that will make subcontracting easier. So an employer can subcontract all it's worker to a shitty company that doesn't follow any labor laws while avoiding the risk and still getting an sticker from "great place to work".



  • Status: Probably made some new "friends" today. I was on an advanced training course on Data Protection and Privacy Laws (the equivalent to US' HIPAA rules, only for schools, but it's similarly regulated due to a lot of our pupils being minors and the rather sensitive nature of other documents (e.g. the documentation that a pupil is officially on leave due to being committed to a psych ward)).

    The nice thing about computing? Quite a lot of stuff is testable. You can test that one algorithm performs faster than the other in its domain. You can test that everything you enter correctly is also dealt with correctly.

    Naturally, the topic of passwords came up. First the usual stuff: Long passwords are more secure, more complex passwords are also more secure - which they demonstrated with the usual "One character takes a nanosecond, two characters take several nanoseconds, three approach one millisecond" and so on. Yes, I know, take a bunch of EC2 instances and it gets faster but that's beside the point.
    Anyway, this stuff once again is testable. Run the cracking tools against several kinds of passwords and you can easily see that "longer is better".

    Their last rule was, however, "change passwords every three months". That's a more dubious claim - I mean, it makes sense on first glance but then, I've come in contact with such claims in my psychology courses where the professor opened with a lot of such "common sense" rules and then proceeded to show us which of those actually held true when under scrutiny.
    But it's a testable claim and there are studies which show that the reverse is true - make people change their passwords regularly and they'll go for weaker passwords (and usually also sequential ones which then makes the second supposedly positive (i.e. "If we are breached the password becomes invalid after three months at the latest) a negative).

    The colleagues in question didn't like that at all. And from the type of their counter arguments, I also don't think they actually understood the problem. Their biggest counterargument was that "The BSI says so!" - yeah (BSI = German Agency for Computer Security). The NIST did too until they saw the light. So?
    Another argument was that if people were using sequences (like "hunter1" => "hunter2") they could check if the password was sequential. Good idea, that. Because that would either mean storing the passwords as plaintext or complicating the rules (okay, so "hunter1" =>
    "hunter2" does not work, but what about "hunter11" => "hunter22"?)

    Then again, that fits the colleagues' MO - I spoke about the platform they're pushing before (it's Sharepoint and Office365 integration is on the horizon). A short while ago, I saw an advert by Microsoft on how to use OneNote in the classroom - it made a lot of sense and would also perfectly complement what I was trying to do.
    So, with the knowledge that this platform in theory could support this feature, I approached one of those guys and asked him about it. The answer: "This does not fit the method of teaching we'd like to see!"

    Nevermind that I'm not a dumb guy and I still have only a very fuzzy notion of what their "method of teaching" is supposed to achieve and how it's actually different from what we're already doing. I mean they're always giving this "democratization of knowledge sharing" or such, but I'm not seeing anything out of the ordinary on their platform - you have tools for a blog, a file library and something akin to a forum. Bog standard stuff.

    And at the same time I was meeting stiff resistance when I mentioned "two-factor authentication".

    Oh, and the best part: When someone else asked them what to do if their favorite password (yeah...) was too short they replied: "Well, then simply put your date of birth at the end". Right.


  • Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election

    Dear offshore developers,

    If I reject your PR, please make sure you've fixed all the issues I've pointed out before you update the code review. I've just had to describe the exact same issue for the 4th time.

    Sincerely,
    The guy who is currently ordering a clue bat.



  • @asdf
    You should check with @RaceProUK, see if she's running a discount sale on her line of Clueko Hammers. I hear they're easier to administer than a clue bat.


  • sockdevs

    @izzion said in The minor rants thread.:

    You should check with @RaceProUK, see if she's running a discount sale on her line of Clueko Hammers.

    Special WTDWTF discount for all forum members ;)

    @izzion said in The minor rants thread.:

    I hear they're easier to administer than a clue bat.

    The larger surface area of the faces makes your target easier to hit.



  • @Rhywden said in The minor rants thread.:

    Their last rule was, however, "change passwords every three months".

    This seems to be irrelevant for my lusers. They all forget their passwords over the weekend.



  • @boomzilla
    They are your alts too?



  • @Luhmann If they were then they'd know how to use keepass.


  • sockdevs

    Fuck golf. Fuck it right in its fucking starholes.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @RaceProUK said in The minor rants thread.:

    Fuck golf.

    Is that where you try to get a hole in one with as few strokes as possible? :giggity:


  • sockdevs

    @dkf No, it's what happens when you're in a bad mood because you read some old stuff that reminded you of happier times, then your PC freezes when cruising through Los Santos in a vain attempt at cheering up, then settle down to watch robots smash the shit out of each other followed by middle-aged men driving fast cars, only to find the channel is overrun by overpaid twats in loud clothing smacking tiny balls around with sticks on a massive lawn.

    Fuck golf.



  • @RaceProUK said in The minor rants thread.:

    overrun by overpaid twats in loud clothing smacking tiny balls around

    The football isn't on :tropical_drink:



  • @Jaloopa said in The minor rants thread.:

    not as bad as Office. I swear smoetimes it's literally impossible to select a few letters from the middle of a word without it insisting on selecting the whole word

    Office does default to word-selection. But you can tell it that you really meant to start (or end) mid-word. Drag your cursor far enough that it jumps to whole-word selection, then move it back the other way until you get back to you start point or you see it flip back to mid-word selection. Then you can move your cursor to your desired endpoint and it won't try to second-guess you.



  • @RaceProUK Their python library is pretty straight forward



  • I love when you're listening to nice relaxing music on YouTube, and then an ad comes up and you have to listen to GenericRapperGirl3427 singing "BOUNCING MY FUCKING ASS UP AND DOWN" for 13 seconds. Totally doesn't kill the mood or anything.

    (How did my adblock get disabled anyway?)



  • I work on a system that takes in crappy data, tries to clean it up, stores it, does calculations, and outputs the result. I've been working on a new part of the calculation that adds some extra data to the output.

    The exchange I've had with one of the testers boils down to:

    :man_tone2:: put in test data that accidentally hits a different case which takes precedence over the one he was aiming for
    :man_tone2:: CarrieVS , this gives me :apple: instead of :banana:
    CarrieVS: This is working to design. The documented business rule is [xyz], so :apple: is correct. If you change [abc] you won't get :apple:
    :man_tone2:: I don't agree with this business rule because [valid point] so you can't close this defect.
    CarrieVS: That's a valid point but this is existing functionality and it aligns with the documented behaviour, and :apple: is nothing to do with this piece of work, so this would be a CR, not a defect.
    :man_tone2:: No it's wrong and you can't close this defect unless it's put on the known error log.
    CarrieVS: I agree with your point and we can talk to :man_tone1: about a CR, but it can't be an error when it matches the agreed business rules.
    :man_tone2:: It's an error.

    Am I speaking Martian or something? I'm not the world's best communicator but it always seems to be that this particular guy never understands what I'm trying to say.
    Am I just being obstinate here? Is it actually reasonable that this is a defect because he's identified a possible improvement to a long-standing business rule that's been agreed, documented, approved, and implemented to design?



  • @CarrieVS
    No, he's an idiot who doesn't understand the world doesn't revolve around his opinions.



  • @homoBalkanus Well he is kind of right, and everyone else agrees that this would be a good improvement to make and it sounds like we're going to do it. It's just that there's a defect raised against the release that's currently in development (which we certainly won't be including the proposed change in), and he won't allow it to be closed as "working to design".

    I'm happy to say we won't close it until we've written down somewhere that we're going to raise a CR. I'm not so happy to record it as a known error against this release when it's doing exactly what it's supposed to do and has been doing without complaint from anyone for longer than I've worked here.

    It's not really important, it's just a matter of how we record things, really, but it bothers me to have our code labelled as defective.



  • @CarrieVS
    I understand where he's coming from and that he has a point. But it's not his decision to make, nor is it his business rule that was implemented. I called him an idiot because it sounds like he's purposefully being thick-headed about the world not working how he wants it.


  • sockdevs

    @CarrieVS said in The minor rants thread.:

    Am I speaking Martian or something?

    You could try. I mean, it's clear he doesn't understand English, so you may as well have some fun ;)

    @CarrieVS said in The minor rants thread.:

    Am I just being obstinate here?

    If you're obstinate, I'm a penguin from Pluto.

    @CarrieVS said in The minor rants thread.:

    Is it actually reasonable that this is a defect because he's identified a possible improvement to a long-standing business rule that's been agreed, documented, approved, and implemented to design?

    No: it's a change request.


  • mod

    @CarrieVS It's a defect against the original requirements, not against the finished product. You spelled out that the correct way to file that is via CR, so he should be putting in a CR.



  • @CarrieVS said in The minor rants thread.:

    Am I speaking Martian or something? I'm not the world's best communicator but it always seems to be that this particular guy never understands what I'm trying to say.

    Some people have the fantastic ability to not understand things when it's convenient for them*.

    *Or maybe it's all the time, it's hard to know.



  • Forget the adblocker wars, just give me a stupid cookie message blocker.



  • Oh my god, emulator UIs are so fucking horrible. Each and every one of them.

    Not just the UI, the program in general. Somehow something always breaks. The video doesn't work, the controller is not detected, random crashes, something will find a way to fuck you up.

    Edit: not Project64, that one's really fucking nice!


  • Impossible Mission - B

    @anonymous234 I've never had any serious problems with ZSNES...


  • sockdevs

    @anonymous234 I think it depends on the number of twiddly knobs an emulator has.

    Spectrum emulators tend to be pretty sane because there aren't that many permutations. But WinUAE for Amiga emulation has way too many options though the UI these days is at least usable if not wonderful.



  • @masonwheeler said in The minor rants thread.:

    @anonymous234 I've never had any serious problems with ZSNES...

    My favourite thing about it is that you can operate it entirely with the controller.



  • QUAKE CHAMPIONS I have an 8GB graphics card ... why do you crash so fucking much and bring Windows down with you?

    0_1495053847307_fe11c5d9-ce5f-42fc-a3ae-e5824d49134d-image.png



  • @lucas1 Right game runs smooth like slick and then just as you are having fun dies on its ass.



  • @lucas1 Thought it was the GPU itself. It isn't getting that hot. It is either the drivers or the game.

    I get about 10 minutes out of the beta until the game locks up. Fuck knows.



  • @lucas1 said in The minor rants thread.:

    out of the beta until the game locks up.

    :welltheresyourproblem.mp4:



  • @izzion It shouldn't crash every ten minutes because other people aren't having that problem.



  • @masonwheeler said in The minor rants thread.:

    @anonymous234 I've never had any serious problems with ZSNES...

    I had trouble with chrono trigger copy protection on this one


  • Impossible Mission - B

    @wharrgarbl Really? I must have played that a dozen times through and never had any hint that it had copy protection at all!



  • @masonwheeler Even cheating, the lavos final battle was impossible. I had infinite health and he just wouldn't die. I ended giving up.


  • Impossible Mission - B

    @wharrgarbl Weird. Maybe your cheat b0rked something? Not sure. :confused:


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @wharrgarbl said in The minor rants thread.:

    @masonwheeler Even cheating, the lavos final battle was impossible. I had infinite health and he just wouldn't die. I ended giving up.

    That's a thing developers are doing nowadays, game plays normally until you get to a certain point, then impossible to continue if detected illegitimate.


  • sockdevs

    @Tsaukpaetra Chrono Trigger isn't a "nowadays" game.


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @Arantor said in The minor rants thread.:

    @Tsaukpaetra Chrono Trigger isn't a "nowadays" game.

    ..... What year is it?


  • sockdevs

    @Tsaukpaetra it came from 1995.


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @Arantor said in The minor rants thread.:

    @Tsaukpaetra it came from 1995Outer Spaaace!.

    FTFY. ;)



  • @lucas1 said in The minor rants thread.:

    @izzion It shouldn't crash every ten minutes because other people aren't having that problem.

    It's almost as if you have an unusual configuration that would cause issues that can only be found during a beta. Weird.



  • @NedFodder Except I don't.


  • Impossible Mission - B

    @Tsaukpaetra said in The minor rants thread.:

    @Arantor said in The minor rants thread.:

    @Tsaukpaetra Chrono Trigger isn't a "nowadays" game.

    ..... What year is it?

    Any of:

    65,000,000 BC
    12000 BC
    600 AD
    1000 AD
    1999 AD
    2300 AD

    Depending on the era



  • People who go on Q&A websites and respond to questions with a completely unrelated answer because they couldn't even bother reading the title properly should be put in the pillory in the town square and publicly flogged.



  • Word does not appear to have a way to reset all styles in a document to the defaults, and that sucks.

    Edit: yes it does, it's the entire "design" tab.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @anonymous234 said in The minor rants thread.:

    People who go on Q&A websites and respond to questions with a completely unrelated answer because they couldn't even bother reading the title properly should be put in the pillory in the town square and publicly flogged.

    Yes, and when you're done, please also flog people who ask questions on Q&A websites and argue with all of the answers.


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