Ask stupid questions and you'll get a stupid answers, was: Technological advantages over Linux

Chris Hill chris at
Fri Jul 24 23:03:50 UTC 2020

I wasn't going to go down this hole, but here we go. See below.

On Fri, 24 Jul 2020, Aryeh Friedman wrote:

> On Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at> 
> wrote:
>> On Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:52:51 -0400
>> Aryeh Friedman <aryeh.friedman at> wrote:
>>> Let add one more complication the client wants us to auto populate 
>>> the MySQL DB from our webapp DB which is on a physically separate 
>>> machine, but refuses to buy a second license for the device DB 
>>> software and thus we are forced to do our development/alpha testing 
>>> on live data (i.e. we *MUST* have completely working backups made 
>>> every 15 mins or so).
>>         Ugh! I really don't miss end-user facing work :) There's 
>> something nice about having sysadmins as the most demanding 
>> customers.

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> the VP of Engineering (who held the programmers job before April) 
> refused to answer the following question saying it was irrelevant to 
> having two programs updating the physical DB at once: "Are there any 
> concurrency issues we need to aware when auto populating the patient 
> data?" (ok "refused" is too polite of a description for what he 
> actually said "don't go down that rabbit hole, this conversation is 
> over!" [and hangs up on us by slamming the phone down].... this 
> despite direct orders from the CEO to give all possible aid and 
> answers).

I wish I could be surprised at this. It's very common for top-level 
employees in $DEPARTMENT to get promoted to manager or VP of 
$DEPARTMENT. But if I'm a good software engineer, that doesn't mean I'd 
make a good manager (or executive). They are entirely different skill 
sets. I've learned this many times.

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Chris Hill               chris at

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