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Comment: There's One More Pitfall (Score 1) 329

by 31415926535897 (#49141903) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

Let's say you've figured out pretty well how long something will take and you give your realistic estimate. The game from the managers then becomes, "That's too long, you need to give a more realistic deadline."

This pressure on the other side is often why developers set deadlines that are too short and then miss them. The penalties for that are less of a problem if you come off as sandbagging (even when you aren't). Managers who have no clue what the complexity of the problems trying to be solved not trusting developers are the real problem.

Comment: Broken Style (Score 5, Informative) 154

The Anthropocene Epoch ended when the Bad Slashdot Style Epoch began after the following style code was introduced:

#comments { clear:both; display:block; position:relative; padding: 0; margin: 0 0 0 122px; padding-right: 1.5em;z-index:1;}

Get rid of the 122px left margin--it's wasting a lot of space.

Comment: Re:What special about beliefs if they're religious (Score 1) 894

by 31415926535897 (#48821109) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

The elephant in the room is that Islam is fundamentally and irreconcilably offensive to Christians because they say Jesus was not the son of God. There is nothing more blasphemous than denying this fundamental tenant of Christianity.

If we follow this logic Christian's would be perfectly justified in beating up any Muslim that they happened to come across.

Hang on a second. I understand why you're saying this; it's a common misconception.

The Bible teaches that the world--non-Christians--will mock Christ and his followers (1). That's the expectation, and in the face of this knowledge, the Christian is also called to turn the other cheek (2). Christianity is offensive to the world, but the response is not supposed to be in kind. The Christian is supposed to respond to violence with blessing (Romans 12:20). You may argue that you have not seen many Christian behave this way. I agree with that, and I think it's a very sorry thing when people who claim to be followers of Jesus don't really respect his teachings. I'm sure there are many who claim to be Christians who aren't really, but please also understand that no Christian is perfect either.

So, is Islam blasphemous to Christianity? Sure. But it's also exactly in line with the way the Bible describes non-Christians. Islam is not surprising to, or should not be surprising the Christian.

And no Christian would ever be justified in beating up anyone, including Muslims. The logic really doesn't follow, especially if you know what is in the Bible. I'm sorry the ignorance of many has led you to believe that violence is the logical conclusion, though.

(1) This is all over the New Testament. Like Matthew 24:9, "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake."
(2) Matthew 5:38-42: "You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you."

Comment: Re:Get a free upgrade or a free replacement (Score 5, Informative) 450

Does anyone remember this debacle?

Their anti piracy techniques included messing with your MBR. I was still doing my taxes by paper at the time, but I was sure to steer clear of TurboTax after that garbage.

Terrible company...

Comment: Re:Laughably wrong. (Score 2) 386

by 31415926535897 (#48698665) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

Why does everyone want to not drive? I find driving to be a particularly enjoyable task, hell I don't even mind being stuck in traffic as long as I have NPR/CBC or decent podcasts to listen to.

For me, at least, driving is exhausting. I'm driving a large kinetic weapon bent on self destruction, so I take the responsibility very seriously*. I find myself as tired at the end of a day of driving as if I had been working in the yard the whole time.

If I could instead relax and read a book like I were on a train, I'd take that in a heartbeat.

*I've never been in an accident in my 18 years of driving--excepting a fender bender in a parking lot as the other party decided to back into my stationary car out of their parking spot.

Comment: DDoS .. in which attackers flood (Score 0) 360

by 31415926535897 (#48654743) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

So THAT's what a DDoS is. I'm so glad Slashdot is here to hold my hand through the hard terminology. I was almost confused that it had something to do with a Microsoft Operating System (here's a link to what an Operating System, since the Slashdot community may not already know: But since everything was made clear, we don't need to worry about anyone writing uninformed posts, especially about our beloved M$.

Comment: Scummy (Score 1) 266

by 31415926535897 (#48593167) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

It is a terrible thing for the drug company to force this switch.

But doesn't this imply that the first drug can be created generically now? Can't we take Actavis out of the equation entirely by having Alzheimer's patients switch away from the company? Why must they take Actavis' new drug?

Comment: Re:Doesn't distilled water taste horrible though? (Score 3, Interesting) 167

by 31415926535897 (#48419987) Attached to: Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Pure water does taste a little off, which is why bottled water companies add minerals to their product.

If this is a big concern for athletes or anyone else using this system, they could easily transport a very small amount of mineral mix to dissolve in the water to fix the problem.

Personally, I'd be shocked if this was the biggest problem. Athletes require far more fluids than this will be able to provide. I don't see this being practical.

Comment: Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (Score 1) 320

Of course we all use available code. I would be very disappointed if my colleagues were all writing their own sorting functions when that problem has already been solved a million times.

But that's not what school is about. You need to go through the process of understanding how these algos came to be understood--not so that you can re-implement them in your job--but so that you can do two things:
1. Know which algos will work when you do have a real world problem to solve
2. Use the same process that helped you solve for a known algo when the time comes to solve for an unknown one

Please, use available libraries and stack overflow on the job. But let's not pretend that we're trying to accomplish the same things on the job and in the classroom.

Comment: Okay, but (Score 4, Informative) 429

by 31415926535897 (#48334109) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

1. Quantum fluctuations are not nothing, but I guess we have to sell headlines here
2. Inflation Theory seems faster than "exponential" expansion. We're talking about a theory that went from the size of a singularity to something bigger than the visible universe in 10^-32 seconds. Exponential is quite pedestrian compared to what is theorized.

Comment: Re:I'm I smart? I guess I'll never know. (Score 1) 306

by 31415926535897 (#48255905) Attached to: We Are All Confident Idiots

That said I typically stand back aghast at today’s Republican conservatives – I may be wrong, but in general they seem mean and – yes I’ll say it – bigoted. Of course that could just be Dunning-Kruger blinding me to the brilliance of the current Republican vision.

I agree with you, but I also think the following is true too: :%s/Republican\|conservative/\={'Republican':'Democrat','conservative':'liberal'}[submatch(0)]/g;

fortune: cpu time/usefulness ratio too high -- core dumped.