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There is no evidence to support that claim

Wrote an installer to download and unzip git repos from the internet. Someone else baked it into another installer, claiming that it was in there; running it seemed to produce no network traffic, but the files showed up. Suspecting they had merely downloaded the files and baked them into the installer (defeating the whole purpose of the exercise), I fired up WireShark and saw no traffic – they said I was Doing It Wrong. Fine, cleared all of my caches, unplugged the network cable, ran installer. Files showed up. They’re now “looking into it”.

In WireShark I trust.

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Written by Ry Jones

24 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Work


Coworker was talking about his neighbors complaining that when his dad moved out, he didn’t sell to someone within his minority. I said if it bugged them that much, they should have bought his unit. “That’s what my dad said!”

Now I’m reminding coworkers older than me of their parents. I should think young thoughts.

Written by Ry Jones

23 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in isms, Work

Don’t answer the door

Nothing good can come from it. Kid died for the crime of carrying his Wii controller to the door.

Not sure how it would have been different if they made her kick in the door; sounds like she was on edge while serving the warrant.

Written by Ry Jones

22 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Trust the police

That’s that

My former employer, PhotoRocket, just sent out the long-expected “we’re closing the doors” email. It’s a hard, under-served space – photo sharing. I still think the problem we were solving needs solved, but the people writing the checks didn’t see PhotoRocket having enough adoption to make funding it worthwhile.

You might think I’m being snarky, since there is a seemingly never-ending torrent of photo sharing sites, but none of them captured the nub of what we were about. Maybe someday.

Written by Ry Jones

19 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in PhotoRocket, Work

An appendix everyone working in engineering management should read

I’ve linked to it multiple times, but Feynman’s Appendix F to the Rogers Report should be required reading.

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

For software testers out there:

To summarize then, the computer software checking system and attitude is of the highest quality. There appears to be no process of gradually fooling oneself while degrading standards so characteristic of the Solid Rocket Booster or Space Shuttle Main Engine safety systems. To be sure, there have been recent suggestions by management to curtail such elaborate and expensive tests as being unnecessary at this late date in Shuttle history. This must be resisted for it does not appreciate the mutual subtle influences, and sources of error generated by even small changes of one part of a program on another. There are perpetual requests for changes as new payloads and new demands and modifications are suggested by the users. Changes are expensive because they require extensive testing. The proper way to save money is to curtail the number of requested changes, not the quality of testing for each.

Written by Ry Jones

17 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Heroes, Work

End of an era

Minivan of Justice Mark The Second rolled away on a flatbed this morning. Truly, a van more sinned against that sinning.

Written by Ry Jones

16 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies, Humor, Offroading

Breaking the chain

If you’re working in a git workspace for a while, you might end up with a dependency change that doesn’t make sense.

c depends on b depends on a (merged)

Now, you want to push c for review but when you do this, b will be pushed as well. Use rebase to undo this:

git checkout c
git rebase --onto b a

using the SHA (or tag, or whatever).

Written by Ry Jones

12 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Work


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