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Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 1) 487

by Ash-Fox (#47931649) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

You could argue the same thing for Detroit... if only they could devalue the Detroit national currency and print their way out of debt then they wouldn't have needed to go into default/bankruptcy and technically ruin their credit rating.

Pretty certain Iceland's credit rating is better now than what it was prior to devaluation.

Or they could just settle on a budget that is actually sustainable and not have to borrow at a rate that is outpacing the growth in tax revenue.

Which isn't really possible when the economy of Greece is that vastly different from the big earners of the European Union (let's not forget that the EU politicians took their membership despite all the EU auditors and advisers saying they would not economically fit).

Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 2) 487

by Ash-Fox (#47931223) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

The other issue is economic, the UK didn't use transitional controls when Poland entered the EU to delay immigration, so it got a really really large number of Polish immigrants because they had few other places to go. The evidence suggests the UK benefited from this economically but given the sheer speed and scale of the migration it's not hard to see why people got antsy.

Some of us have other reasons to be antsy.

I lived in Poland for over a decade, I was forced to have a visa and such when legally I wasn't required because I am an EU citizen. I was regularly told that I was stealing Polish land, taking the food out of their children's mouths, taking their jobs away by people who learned that I wasn't Polish. I learned Polish, could almost speak like a native.

I eventually moved to the UK, I participated in the Polish communities, listened to how a vocal minority wanted to demand there be Polish news papers, Polish radio stations, mandatory lessons to teach other children about Polish culture etc. I do remember once instance, I was in a job agency searching for a job, when one of the staff commented in Polish that I shouldn't be there to her colleague once she found out I was not Polish.

I don't think the majority of Polish people are bad people, I don't think the majority of them are xenophobic. I do feel antsy about them because I have been mistreated by many Polish people and their government and I have seen preferential treatment employed by Polish communities as a sort of solidarity against true integration into UK society.

I believe that people pick up on these signals and is part of the reason for the dislike.

Comment: Re:FUD from start to finish... (Score 1) 487

by Ash-Fox (#47926813) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Oh really? Care to back that assertion with facts and links?

Sure, but it'll have to be when I'm back home and not working in my client's offices. Which will be two weeks from now (internet is locked down and I'm only doing Slashdot while blocked in my work).

The UK has been nothing but a pain in the arse since day one of its membership. Screw them

There is nothing wrong with being eurosceptics. Next you're going to say that there is no legitimacy behind arguments like the European Union auditors not signing off on accounts for years (is it 10 now) in a row and that if they were a bank, they wouldn't have been shut down (hint: they would have or at least had their managed completely changed). Or how the people being unable to vote on European presidents is meant to be democratic for the European states etc?

Oh, you mean Australia? The country that is one of the biggest trade partner of the EU?

That is now, you're quick to forget history.

Gosh darn, those poor Aussies sure got screwed in those deals.

They did in the 1970s. They could have been more prosperous if they hadn't found significant issues ending getting locked out from much trade.

Comment: Re:FUD from start to finish... (Score 1) 487

by Ash-Fox (#47926187) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Why would they do that, now, since the EU is in a deep economic and institutional slump, is completely beyond me, but still...

The EU has a bunch of sad laws that discriminate against non-EU countries for trade. This has hurt the UK quite badly when it came to trade with other common wealth countries that weren't part of the EU. The way Australia got screwed was pretty bad and I think people that remember still hold it against the UK to this day.

Comment: Re:The opinion of an ignorant (Score 1) 487

by Ash-Fox (#47926151) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

I believe they should just stay while using the current situation to get more "practical independence", i.e.: more control over the union's government, taxing and expenses

They actually receive a lot of control over that through the Scottish parliament. The interesting thing is, if it wasn't for the rest of the UK, Scotland could not afford their welfare state (which is high due to people living in a lot of remote locations with little business prospects).

Comment: Re:Experience counts (Score 1) 228

by Ash-Fox (#47926071) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

I once had a manager ask me to perform a task in a timeframe well short of reasonable. I said "no". He said "with a click of my fingers I can get 5 people just like you who will say yes". I said "go ahead". And ... he didn't. I took the time that the job required, and it worked out OK.

I have encountered similar issues, except, I get the person to sign off on the risk before doing it. So, if it fails, it's on their head for doing a bad estimation, not mine since I raised the risk.

I do admit, sometimes it can be hard to get people to sign off, so CC'ing stakeholders in follow up e-mails usually helps.

Comment: Re:Agile/Scumm was written not by develop (Score 1) 228

by Ash-Fox (#47925849) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Your implementation of agile wasn't done very well. It works quite well at my company for the pure Agile, Scrum projects. When people don't do the full agile methodology, that's when things start going awry. Of course, if everyone is inexperienced in programming and agile, you're not going to get very far (not much different from waterfall).

The very good developers will be at a loss to explain how they only got one task done, as their task was truly a 50 hour task.

Something is very wrong at your company if this happens where they can't explain why it was a 50 hour task.

When that developer cannot explain why it will take longer, people just say "we'll just go with the original estimate then." Then those people don't get the tons of work done, and the whole project failure is pinned on them.

I've never been in a situation where I couldn't explain why, I have been in a situation where I have been overridden. In those instances, I go out of my way to get the overriding decision signed off (risk based approach) so if it blows up; I'm absolved, since I did raise the risk and got the risk signed off.

Then those people don't get the tons of work done, and the whole project failure is pinned on them.

I've been on late projects, never been on any that were cancelled and people fired.

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