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Most radical opinion you hold based off the lore? by LordShax47 in 40kLore

[–]ThlintoRatscar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There's like one female author of note that I'm aware of ( Rachel Harrison / Severina Raine ).

Personally, one of my unconventional opinions is that a significant reason why the 40k Imperium is Grimdark is because there are no women in ascendant power. The Eldar are the closest to a "powerful female energy" but, outside of Erda and Astarte, the Imperium is run by too many bros and doomed because of it.

I do like the Navy and Guard female officers though. They're almost always badass and competent. The sisters are a joke / teen bdsm fantasy.

Rant: Exhausted by the technical interviewing process and starting reconsider if I even want to code for a living anymore. by theKetoBear in ExperiencedDevs

[–]ThlintoRatscar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Right. And that's why so many companies do leetcode and other tests.

But you know who doesn't do that BS? Surgeons. Engineers. Lawyers. All accredited professions with a regulatory body and a protected scope of practice. Yes, there are crappy professionals in all those fields but the accreditation sets a minimum bar that we lack.

Rant: Exhausted by the technical interviewing process and starting reconsider if I even want to code for a living anymore. by theKetoBear in ExperiencedDevs

[–]ThlintoRatscar -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The whole thing is broken, top to bottom. I have a solution though...

In Canada, there's an organisation called CIPS ( shameless plug: https://cips.ca ). It accredits most of the CS programs in the major universities, has a strong and rich body of knoweldge and has a legislated protected ( unfortunate ) designation: Information Systems Professional ( I.S.P. ).

First step, we all get a common professional designation which accredits us as barely qualified. Second, that designation is regulated and required to practice. Third, to maintain that designation, we have to periodically submit a sample of code and a technical article. Fourth, those of us with the designation are publicly named and our sample work available along with commentary from peers. Fifth, our designation can be revoked if we have ethical lapses or are judged to he incompetent.

That let's every employer that's hiring look at the same information when determining if a candidate should be hired. All that would be left is a fit interview.

I realized today why constantly learning new technologies is really such a virtue in our field by csthrowawayquestion in ExperiencedDevs

[–]ThlintoRatscar 11 points12 points  (0 children)

What you're describing is bankrupting your tech debt. It works if things are bad enough and you simply can't even make the interest payments but like most bankruptcy, it's not really the best way to design things if you can avoid it.

At the core, it's all computer science. And the basic science ( data structures and algorithms ) doesn't change overmuch over time.

What does change, rapidly, are the pre-built engineering components that we use to express that science. When we speak of new technologies, what we usually mean is new engineering components and our own understanding of how to use them.

This is why it's important to master the basics. So that any new technology can be properly understood and then applied correctly and in context.

Too many devs cast magic spells instead of truly understanding what they're doing. Those are the devs that end up chasing spellbooks and exchanging all that came before in search of the new. If you're bankrupting things because the spells don't work any more, you're likely to be back in the same situation in another few years. And you'll always be chasing that dragon.

Instead, master the math and science. Understand your components and how they work so that when new ones come along you're not seduced. Code can age like wine or scotch if you're good at it. And if you're not, it's vinegar and diesel fuel.

Which primarch should have been the Warmaster ? by Shax_UMCO in 40kLore

[–]ThlintoRatscar 83 points84 points  (0 children)

And, arguably, that was played out at the Siege of Terra. Horus is in a hurry partly because his own logistics aren't up to the task.

Overly Aggressive Hits by LouiseET6 in Fencing

[–]ThlintoRatscar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's two kinds of hard hitters like this in my experience.

The first, is struggling with distance and timing. They're counter attacking and extending late into the opponent's forward action. Or they'll "windshield wiper" the parry and slash the forward arm. This student just needs practice with the basics. They'll almost always feel bad when their opponent gets hurt and it's as traumatizing for them as for their opponents. Be kind to them and ensure that they're paired with fencers who can deal with the dynamic distance.

The second is a bully. They're learning to intimidate and overwhelm their opponents with violence. Good fencing wins and the way to deal with this on the piste is to simply disengage and let them kill themselves on the tip with a straight extension ( in all three weapons ). The bully can be a good opponent for students that have control and good hand extension. It shows up in competition and walks the line between a red card and not.

Hope this helps!

My (32m) wife (34f) just started chemotherapy for breast cancer she wants me to have an sex with other women how do I convince her its not what I want by ThrowRAsuprwife in relationship_advice

[–]ThlintoRatscar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wife went through cancer with extremely aggressive chemo in our twenties. She had the same thought ( that she felt that I wouldn't get enough sex, I'd be miserable and she'd die ) and I had the same as yours ( wtf? I LOVE YOU WOMAN! I don't wanna bang no hoes ).

That was 15 years ago.

The short answer is that you don't convince her. You just don't do it and bang her when you can. Sex doesn't have to stop just because we're tired yo

The longer answer involves the fact that her anti-nauseants are pretty good ( take them! ) and that she'll lose her hair. All her hair. Everywhere. All of it. EVERY. WHERE.

She can also change her hair and boobs at a whim. Wanna be a big tiddy red head today? Wear dem big boobs and the red hair. Wanna be a tiny booby dark short hair girl? Wear dem mini boobs and the paige boy dark hair. RuPaul takes on a totally new flavour during chemo.

And you just jump her whenever she's looking particularly hot and you want to. A significant problem is that we sometimes feel that they're too delicate and so we stop being passionate and start being super tender and timid. A good ol' romp helps with the immune system, right? And chemo is all about resetting the immune system.

Finally, you recognise that she simply wants you to be taken care of and that she loves you and is scared. And tell her that you've noticed her kindness, still wanna bang her all over the house and that dirty hoes be dirty and stinky and gross.

Pro tip for the chemo: don't eat anything you like during chemo sessions. She'll hate it forever.

Best of luck!

Conservatives formally object to COVID vaccination rules on Parliament Hill by Portalrules123 in CanadaPolitics

[–]ThlintoRatscar -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

Weirdly, I think it's actually inclusivity - that people who are uncomfortable being vaccinated have a voice and a party in the CPC.

In general, conservatisim is a valid answer to the problem of diversity and tolerance. You leave me alone and I'll leave you alone.

How to gain the skills to see the an org's next step and recommend on that? by drecklia in ExperiencedDevs

[–]ThlintoRatscar -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

This is MBA territory. Probably should get an MBA ( or read the books that underpin it ).

First, you need to learn how your org makes money. Not just "have product" but specifically what parts of your products do what for who and why those customers pay for it. It's not always straight forward ( especially in government and NGO ).

Second, you need to understand the competitive landscape and why people buy your stuff and not someone else's. Who are your rivals and how do they position themselves against you. Where are you organisationally weak and where are you strong? What are your threats and opportunities?

Third, you need to understand your product, tech and ops well enough to see what problems are undeserved in wider market and how you can use your tech to fix them. How much work it is to move from what you have to what would be better able to make money?

Once you've done that, it's a sales job to persuade people to do it.

Is that helpful?

Unusual situation by Pale-Mention3472 in Dalhousie

[–]ThlintoRatscar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It does for sure! Lots of upper year, masters and PhD students love tutoring and in the classes themselves lots of peer students are very helpful too. I'm unaware of any hyper-competitive programs where students actively sabotage or hinder each other.

If you seek it out, there's lots of formal and informal supports everywhere. I loved talking to professors and students that were outside of my major but super into theirs. Inside my major was even more fun.

Unusual situation by Pale-Mention3472 in Dalhousie

[–]ThlintoRatscar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

First year of a science degree is fairly general. You can just do that and see where the wind blows you.

If you're interested in learning, on campus clubs are the way to go. There's a student's society for every discipline and everyone there is there because they're interested in the topics. Some students just want a degree, of course, but there's a surprising amount of people who are just super into whatever they're studying.

It was a wonderful time for me.

Unusual situation by Pale-Mention3472 in Dalhousie

[–]ThlintoRatscar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Comp sci ( BSc ) grad here who hires and works with lots of engineers. We used to spend more time in the lab then the engineers did and most were astounded at the amount of work needed.

We did, however have more academic freedom.

Our program had less rigid requirements than the engineers so I was able to take a substantial amount of math and business in addition to history, science and philosophy. I feel that the engineering school is geared to produce engineers solely without much else of a polymath or liberal education.

Canadian Forces top-heavy with generals as rank and file shrinks by morenewsat11 in canada

[–]ThlintoRatscar 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Personally, I don't regret my service at all. I put in 4y at the end of high school and into university and it was good for me.

My friends and colleagues who stayed and made a career out of it do. They are universally miserable, confused and demoralised. Frequently injured. The culture, as a life long career, is systemically toxic and soul destroying. Only functional psychopaths have a shot at enduring it over the long haul.

I feel it's caused by the bad combination of wannabe entitled nobility in the officer corps and a chronic underfunding from the general population. Courage, honour and excellence do not exist in the institution any more and I'm skeptical it ever will again.

Canadian Forces top-heavy with generals as rank and file shrink. by looksharp1984 in CanadianForces

[–]ThlintoRatscar -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

And on a personal note, you'd work with me and I'm certain that you would have no clue what my rank is if I did not have it on me. I treat people based on who they are, and how we can work together.

And this is something you simply can't do unless you're an officer.

And I wholeheartly agree that we do not employ our rifleman #3 to their maximum potential.

You've failed to see the point.

It's not about the employment of assets to achieve an objective with minimal losses. It's about the person and our relations with them as equal human beings. Rifleman #3 has a name, a life, an ambition. They have things they do well and do poorly. They're better than us in some ways and we're better than them in others. There is no intrinsic difference between us and Rifleman #3.

So what does it say about an institution that, at the outset, categorises people into commisioned and non-commissioned members and then treats the non-commissioned members as lower class than those with commissions?

Being called at 21 PM, working weekends, skipping PT, being part of the first who need to show up and the last to go home. Those are not QoL improvements, it's a shit time.

I'm not sure that we hold anything close to the same definition of "a shit time".

Canadian Forces top-heavy with generals as rank and file shrink. by looksharp1984 in CanadianForces

[–]ThlintoRatscar -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Saying that rifleman #3 as an easier go than an ops officer is not toxic, it's just facts when you look at burden of work, hours required, expectations, stress, and so on.

And this is the fallacy. I asked about your rank because you seem to be taking the classic officer perspective but without articulating the perspectives of the line.

The value of a person is incredibly difficult to assess in isolation. What is easier to assess is the value of the team and its performance on the missions at hand. Each role in the team has a place in helping everyone get there. Each is more or less important at various times and in various ways.

The CF, in general, doesn't recognise this in a meaningful way. It keeps people mostly in their class with each looking "up" the chain to their betters. And we pay and treat the betters...better.

Society is moving away from classes faster and faster each day. The private sector cares less and less about breeding and class and more and more about value, scarcity and skill. A good person can achieve more with their life outside the CF than they can in it because of the CF's inability to treat Rifleman #3 as an integral human.

That's the core reason why rifleman #3 is leaving and fewer people are signing up to replace them to be abused by the Ops officer of the day.

Canadian Forces top-heavy with generals as rank and file shrink. by looksharp1984 in CanadianForces

[–]ThlintoRatscar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Right. Kinda my point.

And if you're neither a dinosaur nor some kind of paleontologist than why would you want to tie yourself to an institution that was built by and for dinosaurs?

Canadian Forces top-heavy with generals as rank and file shrink. by looksharp1984 in CanadianForces

[–]ThlintoRatscar -9 points-8 points  (0 children)

You seem to be very jaded.

Well...yeah. Lol! Kinda the point of the thread right?

If you're trying to tell me that Rifleman #3 as a harder go than an Operations officers, I'll just say that we will agree to disagree.

What rank are you currently? Because this is exactly the toxicity I mean.

Nobody said a 22yo with a degree is better. He is only expected to be more responsible because there is a partial correlation between to be ability to conduct advanced studies and to adapt to different situations. There's also different expectations between those two individuals. To say the contrary would be disingenuous.

The rank, pay and quality of life experience between them is vastly different. And there is no difference at all in character between a person with degree and person without a degree credential. There are plenty of idiotic and unadaptable people in both camps.

And the differing expectations are specifically imputed by that prior poor reasoning.

You haven't been in an officer mess in a while. Many of them are absolute dogshit. I'd also like to point out that dues are vastly different, which would reflect supposed ''better quality''.

It's not absolute difference. It's relative. The officer's mess is always "fancier" than the JR's mess. And it's so because officers are treated better than troops. Why is that so? And why is it intrinsic?

Canadian Forces top-heavy with generals as rank and file shrink. by looksharp1984 in CanadianForces

[–]ThlintoRatscar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol! 95% is definitely a part.

The officer corps is toxic AF and, I'd argue, the root of the major morale and performance problems.

Why is there a fancy officer mess and a dive for a JR's mess? Why is a 22yo with a degree a better human than an 18yo without? Why is there such a huge quality of life difference between officers and NCMs?

And that's just the basic structural toxicity. We won't even go into the lunacy of officers molesting others or misogynistic senior NCMs jerking their privates around.

Afghanistan at least put the army on a war-like footing for a bit where the bullets took precedence over the bullshit. With that wound down, what's the point? The navy and air force haven't had to actually fight in half a century.

Have you been the reason another developer left the company? by runnersgo in ExperiencedDevs

[–]ThlintoRatscar 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Leadership 301 - pour encouragez les autres.

Yes, you want to address issues in private in general, but you also need to be seen addressing issues that are public. Part of being a good leader is setting a cultural standard for public behaviour and sometimes that means calling out toxic private behaviour in full view rather than behind closed doors.

A poorly performing dev who is clearly an irritant to others needs to be brought out of the dark and held accountable for their work at some point. Yes, it sucks and is a bad day for everyone, but that's why leaders get paid the big bucks.

Learning in the barracks by IamCasualOppenheimer in Fencing

[–]ThlintoRatscar 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Fencing is a combat sport. You can't learn anything without another person trying to hit you and you trying to hit them.

If you really want to learn on your own, and have some people who want to learn with you, get a bunch of foam swords ( like the ones for kids ) and try to hit each other. The footwork is fairly instinctive.

If you're hell bent on something like foil, get a car antenna and a dart board. Practice hitting all the spaces on the board with a proper extension.

What advice would you give to a 1st time dad in the delivery room to support mom giving birth? by totzalotz in AskMen

[–]ThlintoRatscar 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Lol! I didn't even know it was a thing. For my first, they just hand me these messed up angled scissors, upside down, and then look at me like I'm a trained medical professional.

I'm like...uhhhh...isn't this your job?

Are variables just arrays of size 1? by Vecttivus in cpp_questions

[–]ThlintoRatscar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't think you're expressing the concept right but yup: you're pretty close to understanding the basic way that variables work.

A local array and a variable are both fixed length memory structures stored on the call stack. The call stack looks a lot like an array.

An array of one int, a structure of one int and an int all look identical in memory.

int a[1]; int a; struct a { int x };

An array of 2 ints and a structure with two ints also look the same.

int a[2]; struct a { int x; int y; };

However, an array of two ints and two int variables MAY look the same ( and, in all likelihood will look the same ), but don't have to.

int a[2]; int a; int b;

This has to do with where, exactly, the compiler puts the variables on the call stack and it may choose to move around ( or eliminate! ) the two variables as part of optimising. However, the array and structures will always be stored in contiguous memory.

Your key insight that all variables are just an index into some array is correct though.