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It is privatized now (space travel that is), which also means that everyone and their grandma is going to try to make money off this somehow, some way, especially when we start sending people up consistently.
Reading the SpaceFlightNow post[^], and others, I'm always awestruck (emphasis on "awe") on how much testing, retesting, tweaking, re-retesting, etc., goes into all of the various bits and pieces.
“We’re going to test its navigation capabilities, we’re going to test avionics, telemetry, we’re going to test the reaction control system, its ability to dock, its ability to re-enter,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
And that's just the high level bits (probably leaving out a bunch of stuff too.)
This stuff puts my unit tests (when I even have them) not to shame, but, well, into perspective.
In previous job, I spent two years being almost daily criticized and abused my senior management. In the job prior to that, I spent 2 years working under a psychopath -- he should run for POTUS, very similar traits. Prior to that (now 4 years back) life was blissful with the contract work I was doing.
I realized yesterday, after 3 months at this lovely new job, those last 4 years left me feeling psychologically damaged. I expect criticism, cringe when the manager or CEO walks in, stress if I take longer than 30 minutes for lunch, etc.
Perhaps it's just me, being overly sensitive, yada-yada, but I'm curious if others have realized that they need to heal from traumatic work experiences?
I don't think you realise until you are well and truly out of there, nor do you realise the damage it's doing to you. I was under a traumatic level of stress for 25 years in three different jobs, and responded by drinking far, far too much; using coke and dope far, far too much. It wasn't until I said "sod the lot of you" and just stopped that I started to get an idea that I was under any stress at all, it was just "normal". It took a long time to get to my current laid-back state!
Now I hardly drink, I haven't smoked for fifteen years, I haven't used any drugs in decades. Except caffeine, I still mainline that one.
Stress will kill you from the inside long before it manages to kill your body.
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Yes I had a manager once that tried to sabatoge me at every turn. Tried to fireach me but his boss wouldn't let him. Everything he asked me to do I had him put it in writing and sign it. Then I had to take paperwork home because he would go through my desk at night and take papers. It was a freaking nightmare.
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Then I had to take paperwork home because he would go through my desk at night and take papers.
Why wasn't he fired? Though, that was the question I asked myself every day at these previous jobs. The answer to one was old school corporate mentality, the other was basically "drinking buddies on the CEO's boat and neighbor of the CEO's brother." Talk about a conflict of interest.
Sheeet! I cut my programming teeth in 7th grade on one of those. Wrote a Star Trek game -- 10x10 grid that printed on a teletype each turn. A couple starbases, the Romulan neutral zone, bad guys. Those were the days!
Why wasn't he fired? Though, that was the question I asked myself every day at these previous jobs. The answer to one was old school corporate mentality, the other was basically "drinking buddies on the CEO's boat and neighbor of the CEO's brother."
Exactly. I've been in a couple of situations where a complete idiot could not get fired 'cuz they had buddies in the stratosphere. It didn't matter how badly they screwed up.
Like in Wargames, the only way to win is to not play the game. Ya move on to a better place.
I had my share of stress too, but I think it is almost unavoidable in our line of business. When things get complicated, which they always do in IT, people get stressed and that brings out the worst in some people. But what I personally found much worse than stress is being unemployed, which I experienced several times.