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Comment: Re:Depends on what "delivered" means (Score 1, Interesting) 347

by Atrox666 (#49142109) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

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.

Comment: This is normal (Score 5, Insightful) 133

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.

Comment: Re:Greed kills. (Score 1) 532

by Atrox666 (#49097339) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

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.

Comment: Welcome to the party (Score 1) 228

by Atrox666 (#48884917) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

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.

Comment: Re:How do you get good people to step up? (Score 1) 204

by Atrox666 (#48380703) Attached to: Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

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.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 2) 145

by Atrox666 (#48243777) Attached to: Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

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.

Make it right before you make it faster.