Author Topic: The computing stuff rant thread  (Read 144704 times)

ian

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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1775 on: February 13, 2019, 05:51:04 pm »
Hmm, Office 2016 doesn't bother with any of those fancy font metrics when creating a PDF. As a result, the text looks like it's been kerned by someone on drugs and I'm having to open every file and redo the bloody tracking manually. Why, I've no idea, the information is embedded in the font. Worse, the fix seems to be – impressively – use an earlier version (which I don't have on this computer) or don't use PDF, use a raster format.

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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1776 on: February 19, 2019, 05:08:55 pm »
I see the Met Office website has been redesigned to maximise the amount of scrolling (particularly horizontal scrolling) you have to do.  I bet they've had some polo-necked conslutant with an iPad tell them it's a good idea.
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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1777 on: February 19, 2019, 08:04:13 pm »
I see the Met Office website has been redesigned to maximise the amount of scrolling (particularly horizontal scrolling) you have to do.  I bet they've had some polo-necked conslutant with an iPad tell them it's a good idea.

Forget the scrolling - who writes this crap ?

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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1778 on: February 20, 2019, 12:43:47 pm »
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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1779 on: February 20, 2019, 01:19:22 pm »
I see the Met Office website has been redesigned to maximise the amount of scrolling (particularly horizontal scrolling) you have to do.  I bet they've had some polo-necked conslutant with an iPad tell them it's a good idea.

Forget the scrolling - who writes this crap ?

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Gusts will be strong enough to make small trees sway by the evening, but it shouldn't blow you over.

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Noticeably gusty, umbrellas may become hard to use.

That sounds like Geoff Monk of MWIS trying to convert his forecasting style for a more general audience.


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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1780 on: March 08, 2019, 04:48:56 pm »
Less a rant more a grumble, but we haven't got a thread for unfocussed IT grumbling.

Colleagues.  The .Net framework has many ways of partitioning chunks of code by responsibility, classes and namespaces spring instantly to mind,  so why did you think it was such a brilliant idea to drop all of those methods, there were 15, I counted them, in a "general" area and name them using the (anti-)pattern {BusinessProcess}_{MethodName01}, {BusinessProcess}_{MethodName02}, ... {BusinessProcess}_{MethodName15}? 

Pitiful.

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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1781 on: March 08, 2019, 07:31:07 pm »
... name them using the (anti-)pattern {BusinessProcess}_{MethodName01}, {BusinessProcess}_{MethodName02}, ... {BusinessProcess}_{MethodName15}? 
I do hope the naming convention placed appropriately small lengths on the BusinessProcess and MethodNameNN.  One wouldn't want to exceed the assembler's limits for identifiers.
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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1782 on: March 09, 2019, 08:30:03 pm »
I do hope the naming convention...
Don't get me started on that.

"Thou shalt use Hungarian warts on thy variables and the wart shall say unto the world the type and scope of the variable."

Thus it was brought to pass in the land of Bedlam in the valley of the shadow of despair that there did appear declarations that were like unto the ravings of an lunatic whereat a class scope boolean would be named unto the world a method scope string and the proliferation of inanities of that ilk was without number.  Truly was the sorrow and woe without measure or gauge.

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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1783 on: March 10, 2019, 08:59:29 am »
... name them using the (anti-)pattern {BusinessProcess}_{MethodName01}, {BusinessProcess}_{MethodName02}, ... {BusinessProcess}_{MethodName15}? 
I do hope the naming convention placed appropriately small lengths on the BusinessProcess and MethodNameNN.  One wouldn't want to exceed the assembler's limits for identifiers.
This is not possible. TheLurker's colleagues are working in .Net so identifiers will be changed to ensure they don't clash before they even reach the CLR. There is no limit on the length of an identifier in C# apart from available memory at compilation. There is a limit in VB.NET of 1023 characters, but it will fail at compilation. As dysfunctional as TheLurker's team appear to be, method, class and namespace names all of hundreds of characters would be hard to achieve, even for them.
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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1784 on: March 10, 2019, 09:11:21 am »
I do hope the naming convention...
Don't get me started on that.

"Thou shalt use Hungarian warts on thy variables and the wart shall say unto the world the type and scope of the variable."

Thus it was brought to pass in the land of Bedlam in the valley of the shadow of despair that there did appear declarations that were like unto the ravings of an lunatic whereat a class scope boolean would be named unto the world a method scope string and the proliferation of inanities of that ilk was without number.  Truly was the sorrow and woe without measure or gauge.

I ask you.

I can heartily recommend SonarQube as part of your build process. I was getting thoroughly bored of repeatedly telling team members that their code was non-compliant (or just a mess) on what they saw as minor things. Just because that was standard practice when you were at college learning language X, does not mean you have to keep doing it 10+ years later with modern languages and tooling. Now the PR can just be blocked until Sonar issues are resolved, and I don't get viewed as the team pedant.
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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1785 on: March 10, 2019, 08:55:25 pm »
And the website acquiring the custard cream award for today, is Viator.

I'm off to Mexico this week, and have booked a guide for Friday through Viator. Went through Paypal, got confirmation from the guide, all seems good.

Went to log back into Viator. Sorry, wrong password. Now I know it wasn't. Oh well, reset password and I'm in. No sign of a booking. OK, lets try the Chat helldesk. 30 minutes later chat droid gives up and tells me I have to contact the PCI compliance (!!1!) Helldesk in USA. OK, I was using skype, but really!

It turns out viator.com and tourguides.viator.com are completely separate. Account on one =/= account on other. Tourguide systems can't even be seen by Viator........

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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1786 on: March 11, 2019, 01:42:52 pm »
... name them using the (anti-)pattern {BusinessProcess}_{MethodName01}, {BusinessProcess}_{MethodName02}, ... {BusinessProcess}_{MethodName15}? 
I do hope the naming convention placed appropriately small lengths on the BusinessProcess and MethodNameNN.  One wouldn't want to exceed the assembler's limits for identifiers.
This is not possible...
'twas a joke.  A suggestion that the Lurker's esteemed colleagues' naming convention might belong to the world of 1970's assembly languages.
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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1787 on: March 11, 2019, 09:15:34 pm »
'twas a joke.  A suggestion that the Lurker's esteemed colleagues' naming convention might belong to the world of 1970's assembly languages.
I got it.  It made me smile.  It wasn't just assembly languages.  Many happy years in DSM-11 (MUMPS) wrangling an 8 character variable name limit and given that there was only one data type (character) Hungarian warts could be helpful even if they did mean you lost one or 2 of your 8 characters.  However that was when dinosaurs roamed the pens world and we now have power tools rather than stone axes.
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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1788 on: March 12, 2019, 06:17:59 pm »
Trying to make a Debian USB stick installer.  Unetbootin seems to not work, well it doesn't create the debian tittle.  Rufus doesn't want to install the iso or download the iso.


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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1789 on: March 13, 2019, 03:33:57 pm »
Ah sorted, in the end created a dvd. Haven't done that in ages.

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Re: The computing stuff rant thread
« Reply #1790 on: March 21, 2019, 11:33:08 pm »
Discovered one of our ancient systems made it through the Cyber Essentials security audit by dint of having an OS so old that it wasn't recognised by the scanner.
Mandrake 7 I think it was. Last updated in the Pleistocene (or 2007, which ever is earlier).
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