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Comment Re:A good point, but poorly phrased. (Score 1) 349

I won't argue that moc and the voodoo it does it's scary, but the thing is.. it works really damn well. By contrast the weird crap GTK does (with things like glade) is simpler but often causes problems that are a headache to sort out (at least for me).

Comment Re:A good point, but poorly phrased. (Score 1) 349

Trying to write anything using GTK after using Qt feels like going back in time. It's amazing that GTK is still around and so popular, it really is shit.

Dunno if I'd stretch it as far as you have, but definitely agree that as a toolkit Qt kicks GTK's ass and always has.

Comment Re:The real reason (Score 1) 423

Watching old interviews of Lucas is kinda depressing. The guy does have a talent. Maybe he's like Tarantino and needs people holding the leash and a limited budget for it to really work, but I do think a lot of the original trilogy was him. It's sad to see a guy go from being revered to being almost universally mocked.

"A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing."

He once said that! How does a guy go from that to a mind numbing scene that's basically 2 characters smashing light-sabers together on a CGI backdrop for like 20 minutes.

Comment Re:great timing... (Score 2) 43

Off the top of my head:

When a company is getting out of a line of business and no longer needs the skills those people brought.
When a project downscales and there's nothing new for everyone to do.
When a company looks at their workforce and realizes they've got too many of one skillset and not enough of another.

There are legit reasons, but often it's about firing your skilled local (and more expensive) workforce and bringing in cheaper replacements. Shuffle everything around under the guise of a "restructuring" so it's not as obvious, but you end up with the same number of people only a lot cheaper and less local.

Comment Re:Scrum is fine in theory (Score 1) 371

Definitely A.

If your testers, upper management, and customers arn't on board, you end up with exactly what you said.

Personally I think scrum works if you arn't religious about it. Take the bits that work, introduce it slowly, don't get hung up on the "proper" way of doing something. As you said, the core principles are sound, and I'll add that a lot of the management tools built around scrum are pretty decent. Building often makes sense, testing incrementally makes sense, letting the customer see things early (usually) makes sense, etc.

Comment Re:Sounds very complicated. (Score 1) 24

Sorry I haven't been around much. Since I retired I've been concentrating on writing and haven't been to slashdot much.

A lamp my grandmother gave me will be an antique in fifteen years. Sad that antique literature is still under copyright.

Comment Re:It's a trap! Don't do it! (Score 1) 24

If something is broken I do have to worry about it, because if the landlord's costs go up, your rent goes up. The renter bears all the costs of ownership plus profit. Even after the inevitable repairs and taxes, owning is cheaper than renting. I've both owned and rented,

And yes, a homeowner can lose his house, I lost both of mine. The first was because the ex cleaned me out before she left, and the bank swindled me out of the second. The Illinois AG sued them and they paid me $1200 for stealing my house. And someone I used to know's parents lost their paid off home because the taxes rose to more than their mortgage had been. But again, it's harder for a homeowner to lose his home than a renter. I've never been evicted, but I know a lot of people who have, through no fault of their own.

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Journal Journal: Ask Slashdot: What SF Magazines do you read? 2

I'm actually looking for two things: good magazines I haven't found, and good magazines to submit science fiction stories to. I also want to know where I can find your favorite magazines; I've been getting them at the Barnes&Noble in town, but they sell out quickly. Once all they had was three copies of F&SF, and I found it to be excellent. Another time I found five titles, but I haven't seen Asimov's there, and I always liked that one.

Comment Re:It's a trap! Don't do it! (Score 1) 24

I plan on dying in whatever house I buy (hopefully a very long time from now), so resale value is of no importance to me. I just don't want to have to deal with a landlord. You can't do any renovations on a rented house, and you're paying the landlord, his property taxes, and loan interest. He can evict you, sell the house to someone else.

I hate moving, I only want one more move.

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