I prevent non-alcholic fatty liver disease with large volumes of alcohol.
Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!
We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).
I always get my coder to give me an estimate and I keep track of both the agreed upon and expected delivery based off history.
I always negotiate any changes I make to anything with the coder IN WRITING as stated in the contract.
If I'm changing the spec the coder gets to change his estimate of both time and price.
As a result I make damn sure my spec almost never changes.
It incentivizes me to know what the hell I want and not turn into one of the shitheads I've done projects for.
My coders work with a contractual gun to their head in the form of penalties for failure to deliver. I'm not a complete ass about it but when they fail to deliver they lose a lot of power in the relationship.
I hold myself to the same standard and if I go changing the spec it's lots of extra time and money for the coder.
If you can't estimate a job then I don't want you anywhere near my business. I don't care if your code brings tears to QA's eye.
In movies machine gun fire does not generally sound like machine gun fire.
Explosions are caricatures of the real thing largely done with diesel to create the big fiery plumes we love to see.
A stick of C4 going off does not create a giant fireball. It's just not good eye candy.
Removing aggression without getting a handle on our propensity to greed would be victim blaming.
In capitalist societies we're supposed to honour and revere people who take advantage of other people for their own profit.
In reality our limited ability to stand up to this form of attack is the only thing preventing most of us from being complete slaves.
The fact that the populace tolerates government interference in their personal decisions is the problem.
The government has no legitimate right to decide what I can do with my body unless it's directly harming someone else.
Marshall McLuhan was talking about this stuff in the late 60s when talking about how we lose perception of our context. “We don't know who discovered water, but we know it wasn't the fish.” I highly recommend "Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man"
People have a hard time understanding the methodology of the probe v.s. the argument but if you can wrap your head around it, it is a breathtaking vision.
It even talks about online news feeds like Slashdot..again in the 60s.
There is another book called "The Laws of Media" that explains that book.
Visual Basic..not even once.
While people who move the course of humanity forward make less than people who chase balls for a living, more press is needed badly.
Imagine all the STEM people disappeared, humanity may collapse.
Imagine all the athletes disappeared...not really a problem.
What they need is for reviewers that screw up and reject good stuff or accept bad stuff, to have their statistical weight reduced.
I've always poo-pooed the "The Linux desktop is here" calls...for decades.
Well, this could do it. Even for me.
The boss in IT does not have to be technically competent but they have to be a techie for two reasons.
1) You have to be able to understand the lingo and the significance of it. I've had project managers that didn't know what a driver is. That was insulting and we had to drag this moron through the whole process.
2) If IT is run by non-techies then it's always a clusterfuck. It also tells your IT people that you think any schlub in a suit can just step in and do it.
This is why socialism revolves around workers owning the means of production.
This gatekeeper crap should be against the law. I should be able to sell my work to my customers and Apple should have no say in that transaction.
This is why I've only developed Android apps. I'm not real crazy about their censorship of their App store either but at least I have the option of side loading.
Maybe those with critical thinking skills already figured out that corporate America is a sucker's game.
A company like this should be seized and auctioned off with the employees getting first refusal on any deal.
Any stock owners should be allowed to sue the board of directors for their loss.
Unless this kind of activity ruins careers then it will continue.
This is abuse, fraud and theft.
If the Mother and Father's DNA is pretty much identical..you might be a republican. If you have an extra Chromosome you're probably libertarian. Zygotes are never democrats until they're sure they've dodged the coat hanger.