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Comment: Re:Rand Paul may have done only one thing right .. (Score 3, Informative) 469

Even if that Rand Paul guy has done only one thing right that ONE THING still represents one thing MORE than all the other congress-critters (plus senate critters) on the Congressional Hill!

While I applaud him for so openly opposing the bill, he's not the only one in Congress who has. There were 121 votes against the bill in the House.

Comment: Re:"WSJ stunt to maximize anti-Clinton engagement" (Score 2) 231

by ATMAvatar (#49756149) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

Please explain how "reviewing Hillary Clinton's emails from her time in office" automatically constitutes "publishing pro-GOP progaganda"?

It's the "on Benghazi" part you omitted. You know, the tragedy where four people were killed, and Fox elevated it to 24/7 coverage, national crisis levels for multiple years trying to uncover a cover-up conspiracy that didn't exist.

Comment: Re:useful (Score 1) 173

Sure. Of course, you're going to prove that it was a management directive, and not just plain old IT incompetence or malice that led to "deleted" profiles being left around in the system, right?

If the IT guys are partly to blame, they should be lined up right alongside their managers for those whippings. And I'm pretty sure that you'll find more often than not that the IT guys are just as clueless and incompetent as their clueless and incompetent bosses.


Obviously, if it was a management directive, it's management's fault. However, if the lack of security is due to ignorance/incompetence on the part of IT, it's still management's fault, as it's their job to hire and/or train IT for security (and fire if necessary).

Internally, management is free to assign blame and take action against IT, be it through improvement plants, pink slips, or (in the case of malice) lawsuits. But make no mistake - management holds final responsibility - that's part of being in leadership.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 507

by ATMAvatar (#49694855) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

The ultimate thing that Agile is doing for me is making me work longer hours than I ever have in my life. That's the goal I think, it's why managers love it. Ie, I have to give a two week estimate of what I can get done. Now I feel personally responsible to get things done. The deadline is no longer an external deadline by people unfamiliar with what needs to be done but instead it is a self-imposed deadline. And self-imposed means I want to get it done so that I don't look foolish. Other people are waiting for it to be done so that they can do their part. If I do ask for more time I get glared at. And what happens now is that there is a deadline EVERY TWO WEEKS. It is ALWAYS crunch time! And there is still behind the scenes the high level deadline from the executives that can not slip.

This sounds entirely self-inflicted. Why not adjust your estimates in future sprints to better reflect reality? If you are truly in control of your estimates, you are only working super long hours because you are under-estimating your tasks. If you aren't in control of your estimates, you are in a toxic work environment, and there is no shortage of other programming jobs out there.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 507

by ATMAvatar (#49694763) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

So we had to create a demo version of the project, all while doing Agile. Afterwords, we rip out 50% of the code because it's shoddy mockup needed only for the demo. Meanwhile the management sees a good response to the demo and claim that we're going to be shipping soon and that orders are showing up.

Sounds like you're over-doing your mock-ups. If they are functional enough to convince management that it's ship-worthy, then you've done too much. Use hard-coded, fake data. Use Lorem Ipsum text. Mock-ups should only cover those pieces a user sees directly, be they UI pieces or some output data like a report. They need only be good enough to give an idea of what the final product will look like and how the user will interact with it, so you can get feedback and buy-off in proceeding further.

Don't write a hacked-together but good enough infrastructure, or it could live with you forever - nothing is more permanent than a temporary solution which works.

Comment: Re:Advice : do it from home exclusively. (Score 2) 353

That depends on what state he lives in. Several states (e.g., Kansas, among others) have laws which state that work done on your own time with your own resources is yours, and any contract clauses which state otherwise are null and void.

As always, OP should consult a lawyer, as even if such a law exists in his state, there may be finer details which could still prevent him from developing his plug-ins.

Comment: Re:We're so screwed. (Score 1) 237

And when it comes to suspected criminals, it is trivially easy to convince the mob that the suspect deserves no protections. When it comes to the rights of the accused, I would much rather follow the fourth amendment than a bunch of scared/angry people who probably couldn't even tell you what the fourth amendment is about.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.