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12 hours ago, majestic said:

I'd love to no longer be my own 1st, 2nd and 3rd level support but in this case we were chasing intermittent slowdowns that happened for no immediately apparent reasons after a major release change. DB load and query execution time was fine, the application servers were bored, memory usage was fine. Then we went on to measure round trips between clients and servers, code execution time. Everything said "this is fine" but it wasn't.

Found out what was going on by stumbling upon a seemingly unrelated but no less hilarious issue of some code working most of the time and failing some of the time, but absolutely never when debugged. A classic Heisenbug. Turns out that the login system was the cause. Too many logins and the application server is stuck being busy logging people in an puts everything else on hold. That was no real problem for local logins, but web users had a nice little page available that would log in directly in a loop through selected records, with potentially disastrous results if the users caused a larger amount of records to be collected. Which they did. Still do. Heh. Damn thing.

I'd like to not be that either, but am stuck in it now.  Wouldn't be as bad if they didn't treat developers as if they were in an ivory tower.  Well and if the developers didn't decide every change is a time for ego masturbation as they write complex code that's great until you have to maintain it.  Add in our tech leads say comments are unnecessary and it's quite funny sometimes.

Now we have SaaS crap to deal with which is even more fun. 😛

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4 hours ago, Wormerine said:

And if someone has a 3D printer and doesn't have a flight stick then there is a solution for that.

If you have a 3d printer, I'm sure you can afford a proper HOTAS 😄

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1 hour ago, Skazz said:

Sometimes I suspect everyone on the internet is a software engineer.

Or a tech hardware engineer.  Or both at the same time.
But don't worry, I've met at least three, maybe four, people on the internet who aren't engineers of any type.  We do exist.   :-
 

Edit: rest deleted because oops, realized not the thread I thought I was in.

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1 hour ago, Skazz said:

Sometimes I suspect everyone on the internet is a software engineer.

Maybe... most software engineers are terrible at their job. So there's a lot of potential overlap between software engineers and people on the internet. The correlation certainly is there, keep digging to see if there's some causality behind it. :p

Want to hear the funniest support call I ever got? I swear 'tis true.

Phone rings, I pick up and the guy says: "Every time I delete an e-mail it's gone afterwards, why, is this normal?"

I had no idea what to reply without making this even more awkward than it was, so I said I'd call the Exchange administrator and ask. Hung up, laugned a couple of minutes, then called back and told him that this indeed is the intended behaviour of the delete function in Outlook.

What he was really asking about was why the deleted items folder is purged every other day because his private mail client at home doesn't do that, so he got used to "archiving" mails by deleting them. It still requires being completely oblivious  to the meaning of the word delete but it's not the dumbest question I've ever had. Just the funniest.

The dumbest question so far was when someone called and asked why he's still missing exported orders from a client. He "told" the system to export the orders from "today" three days ago by setting a future date in the "export orders created on" date range, so they should have been in the export three days ago, right? RIGHT?

Whoever said there are no dumb questions, only dumb answers needs to spend a year in first level support. Join the dark, cynical side, get cookies... or watch your mind break. Your choice. :p

What's the topic of this thread again? Uhm... yeah. Game news. Eh... *runs*

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9 minutes ago, majestic said:

Whoever said there are no dumb questions, only dumb answers needs to spend a year in first level support. Join the dark, cynical side, get cookies... or watch your mind break. Your choice. :p

Well... at least now I know I never should have signed up for that coding course.

So, yeah, uh. Back on track.

Games. Yes.

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13 minutes ago, majestic said:

most software engineers are terrible at their job.

I feel attacked.

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4 minutes ago, Skazz said:

Well... at least now I know I never should have signed up for that coding course.

So, yeah, uh. Back on track.

Games. Yes.

Oh, you did? What did you learn. Or ar planning to learn? :)

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16 minutes ago, majestic said:

Oh, you did? What did you learn. Or ar planning to learn? :)

I did, a week ago - and I'm anxious as hell. ~8 months, starting from November. Therefore, so far, I have learned nothing.

Unless you count these horror stories from Obsidian boards. In that case, I have learned that coding is a soul-crushing voyage into pain and misery.

EDIT: I forgot to actually answer: Java.

EDIT2: Amentep please don't ban me

 

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When I read people discuss coding around various places of the net, I feel like I'm listening to people speak Alpha Centurian or something.

But hey, I guess they compliment us aliens well, 'cuz I'm still clicking and keyboarding the crap rich content they produce, and enjoying myself. 😃

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1 hour ago, Skazz said:

I did, a week ago - and I'm anxious as hell. ~8 months, starting from November. Therefore, so far, I have learned nothing.

Unless you count these horror stories from Obsidian boards. In that case, I have learned that coding is a soul-crushing voyage into pain and misery.

EDIT: I forgot to actually answer: Java.

EDIT2: Amentep please don't ban me

 

Eh, it's like all jobs - they suck.  Java is nice to start. Just remember, all that matters in the end is getting that paper. 😛

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1 hour ago, Skazz said:

EDIT: I forgot to actually answer: Java.

I avoid the coffee language like the plague and it's worked out well so far, but since you have no prior experience you most likely won't find the verbosity of Java offensive.

That might come later. Feels like you need then times the lines of code to get something done in Java than you would need in anything else. Except COBOL. Good if you're paid by LOC though.

On the other hand, avoid getting paid by LOC at any cost just as well. That's such a ridiculous measurement of coding productivity. :p

 

No but in all seriousness, Java is a decent and safe choice assuming you like it and want to work in that field. It's been high in demand for a while now. If you want some buzzword side to go along with Java you coud look at R, that's the new hot shice apparently. Those come and go. All the time. The classics however have endured so far. They probably will for some while yet.

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Blizzard delayed Shadowlands, sort of a surprise. Think this is the only WoW expansion that's been delayed, certainly only one so close to launch

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4 hours ago, Skazz said:

Well... at least now I know I never should have signed up for that coding course.

So, yeah, uh. Back on track.

Games. Yes.

Well done my friend, as you have mentioned you have felt moments of boredom and melancholy so this is exactly what you need to help improve any signs of motivation 8)

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https://cyberpunk.fandom.com/wiki/Weapons_in_Cyberpunk_2020

Good lord, CD;PR do not hold back on raw content do they?

I already know what gun I would use should I purchase this game, and that's the Beretta M97P.

Let's hope character building can augment gun choices well because I'm not much of a fan of ditching something I have an affinity to just because something else has higher stats on paper.

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King Frederick the Great of Prussia

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40 minutes ago, ComradeMaster said:

https://cyberpunk.fandom.com/wiki/Weapons_in_Cyberpunk_2020

Good lord, CD;PR do not hold back on raw content do they?

I already know what gun I would use should I purchase this game, and that's the Beretta M97P.

Let's hope character building can augment gun choices well because I'm not much of a fan of ditching something I have an affinity to just because something else has higher stats on paper.

That's the 2020 pen and paper game.

@ComradeMaster

https://cyberpunk.fandom.com/wiki/Weapons_in_Cyberpunk_2077

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WW1 and in the desert? Color me intrigued.

"only when you no-life you can exist forever, because what does not live cannot die."

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I remember watching a let's play of the first game, it looked jank as ****. The most notable thing about it was that you played as Not Jody Foster and got chased by a mostly naked old guy. Sadly, it looks like you won't be playing as Not Jody Foster as much in this one. Hopefully there will be at least as much old man naked ass as in the last one.

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Technically I suppose this isn't news, but I searched the forums and only found one post about it (and the gameplay is new-ish) but I just saw this for the first time yesterday, a new game from the Tower of Time people, and I thought it looked pretty cool.

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Ok, this looks very interesting:

 

 

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Unobtrusively informing you about my new ebook (which you should feel free to read and shower with praise).

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50gb is the old days. The future is 100+ wherever you look.

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