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Comment Re:Power dynamics in graduate academia (Score 1) 342

Gee, that couldn't possibly propagate such behaviour on and on forever now could it. I feel sad for your friends, but ultimately their inability to act is why nothing changes. Call me victim blaming, I see it as being very clear. If you don't change your circumstances and nobody knows about it, how would you ever expect a different outcome? What could you do when your friends were being torn down?

Small story, similar vein. A lady friend of mine worked as an accuntant at a firm and her boss (the last one anyways) was constantly belittling her, denying basic dignity, and a few other things that I am sure are firable offences (at least where I live). Anyways, she tells me this long after she was fired, and I was soo frustrated because she not only refused to do something about it (report behaviour to HR, etc..), but she couldn't even tell her friends/loved ones until afterwards and forced herself to deal with that misery alone.

Comment Re:Betting we'll see thermal issues. (Score 1) 93

My GF plays games like skyrim for hours on my couple year old XPS 15 and though the fan is certainly in full swing, there's essentially never a BSOD / hard crash. Hell, I used to play games on my yet older and far larger 2011 XPS15 and though it was heavy and hot as lava, I never got the stability issues you claim. I can't talk about other categories or other vendors, but I've generally been very happy with my XPS15's, even at the high price point they sell for. Oh, and touchscreen is full functional but a gimmic. If given the cheaper option, ignore touch!

Comment Re:Isn't this what Agile promises? (Score 1) 281

There certainly are many naive managers who have no idea what Agile does and how well it works. In a lot of ways, Agile isn't always the best approach to every problem domain, but it is far more beneficial than your comment slams.

In essence, Agile concepts encourage less up front (and as such harder to change) design, and smaller more manageable tasks that can be realistically estimated. Obviously if you slice too fine grained or too broad, you're going to run into different problems. Fine grained slicing, you waste a ton of time setting up component bounds and too broad and you've got the same old monolithic blobs which are hard to estimate and hard to show completeness.

One example, we had a really competent guy take on a huge functional piece of work and spent 3 months bashing at it. We had faith in his brilliance, so he was almost entirely left to himself. Months later, we find that he wrote most of what he did well enough, but it didn't integrate well with the core system. Further, much of it was forced to be rewritten to actually integrate properly with the system. If we had properly managed him with Agile methods (we were using verrry loose agile), we would've divided the huge task into pieces, ran into the same problem earlier and ideally corrected the design decisions before it burned us badly later on.

In regards to your 'not entire systems knowledge' problem, this is a development style, not a learning and interaction style. You're dividing WORK to be delivered. The second you have 2+ developers on a project people stop knowing the entire body of work. Agile neither encourages nor hinders one's desire to learn about all the pieces of a system. True, you have one discrete functional area to work on, but if you're telling me in a pre-agile world you never worked on anything specifically, I'd say people are wasting a lot of time constantly learning and re-learning functional areas when they should be far more effective specializing in areas they're good at and having a general understanding of the surrounding areas in case they need to integrate / change roles.

I feel that you're not happy with your company in general and this is yet-another reason to bash them. Maybe they really are doing Agile badly and you should consider giving -constructive- feedback instead of bashing them on Slashdot. If the company is really making you so angry, you may want to consider a job change. Its better to jump than sit and fester in a job you hate. Trust me, I've been there too.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 5, Insightful) 1164

Well, there are a lot of gun free / highly-regulated countries with far less gun crime than the US. Maybe you should dis-empower citizens from making bad decisions / accidents. Oh, well. Slashdot, the land of libertarians, out of my cold dead (more likely dead than most countries) hands. Just wait a few more years and school shootings will be as passe and hum drum as rockets being lobbed over the Gaza / Jerusalem border.

Comment Re:PC dominates the gaming world (Score 1) 250

Most office progarms are now or going offline into cloud. I really wanted to use Open/Libre office more, but frankly Google Docs is just better for my relatively simple office needs. This trend will continue. The only real question is what the 'office computer' of the future will look like. We currently have

Desktop PC's as we know and love them today:
Adv: Low cost over the life of the product, works with most software businesses need
Dis: Not portable for some use cases, so hybrid laptop usually necessary, higher management costs

Adv: Portable, works with most software businesses need
Dis: Higher cost than PC's / Don't last as long as desktops, higher management costs

Tablets w/Keyboard:
Adv: Cheap up front cost
Dis: Not compatible with a lot of software, don't last as long as desktops (comprable to Laptops? probably not), simple but inflexible management

Netbooks / Chromebooks:
Adv: Cheap up front cost
Dis: Not compatible with a lot of software, don't last as long as desktops (comprable to Laptops? probably not), simple but inflexible management

The real question isn't which tech will win. If desktops die in the enterprise, there's a huge market for desktops gone all together. Can our economies of scale hold out a loss of enterprise desktops? That's the one I'm really scared about. With Shoddy short-lived and underpowered tablets replacing home PC's and laptops, it makes it harder for PC's to compete, and eventually the market will deplete enough that I'll be paying a premium for my niche demands.

Comment Start tying nooses... (Score 1) 471

Someone's gonna be hanging.

If found guilty (which certainly looks to be the case) see a huge black eye to the industry, a huge fine (hopefully leveraged over years to avoid outright murdering the company but gutting profits), and ideally better testing a cheat prevention applicable to all other participants. Considering how few players are big in passenger vehicle diesel engines these days, it may just be the end of them as well.

Comment Re:This seems like a good idea (Score 1) 146

The idea ideally looks good on paper, but maybe not so well in reality.

Some people like me will naturally embrace the concept, because I'm generally always thinking of ways to improve my workflows anyways. Add someone else who could come up with completely different scenarios I miss or don't spend enough time on, and you have a good trajectory of improving productivity.

On the negative side of things, many people are really good at figuring out how to improve production workflows, and then there are those that are either terrible at it, or just have no interest in bothering. In these cases, you could actually damage effectiveness or simply have a do-nothing doing next to nothing. Its a tough line to say, well Bob, n months ago, all your ideas were crap, so we're going to skip you over this time around.

Comment Re:uh no (Score 1) 1291

The government is here to babysit you. Its pretty much its singular purpose besides maybe lobbing missiles at people you don't like. The problem is, you don't want to give money to people YOU don't like, and I don't blame you, but that's the social contract we live by in receiving what we do. Don't like it? Find / create through armed rebellion a country without government entitlement and have fun with it.

Comment Re:Ben Franklin (Score 1) 1291

Your solution is to remove productivity? That will certainly never happen in a progressive society. The more likely scenario is that people will work less while retaining existing levels of productivity. You'll never see 'enveolpe stuffers' or the such coming back ever just to fulfill your assumption that people need to work to be relevant to society.

Too many people not working? Reduce the subsidy till nature balances things. Too many people working long back breaking hours for not much gains, maybe increase the subsidy to either force companies to raise wages, or to reduce the number of hours the workers need to sustain their lifestyles. Generally, human nature will still drive people to compete with one another, so to assume the majority will just ride the free bottom rung of living scenario to survive seems unlikely.

Everyone born in your country is already given 'free money' in many real senses already. Your eduction was largely free (to the individual, not society obviously). Fire, hospitals (in many countries), police, millitary, rights, etc.. are all paid for by society so that you can hopefully live to produce more than you cost in the end. I'd be surprised if anyone wanted to remove that goal. The trick is (and has been for a long time) to balance the scales in the most effective measure while allowing individuals varying levels of happiness depending on their place. Communists and Libertarians alike all have their flavors of how to accomplish this goal.

Comment Re:Free money isn't free (Score 1) 1291

The problem with fewer people is that statistically, some of those unborn children would've grown up to improve society in a substantial way. By disincentivising reproduction, we're removing that potential for social improvement with it. To the most ridiculous degree, we outlaw reproduction and society ends (very quickly). Ideally, we could better harness the children that are born to enrich our society as a whole. If we had effective and enticement for truely gifted individuals on an international scale, just imagine what they could accomplish. Too many kids are born into poverty, poorly educated, and live menial lives due to their circumstances. Ideally, we could support everyone (to some marginal level) while allowing for a few truly brilliant people and an army of busy bodies to raise and continue driving society forward (as best as society at the time deems).

"I have five dollars for each of you." -- Bernhard Goetz