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Comment: Re:TDD FDD (Score 1) 232

by BiggerIsBetter (#47925065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Having some experience with both FDD and TDD, I can attest that test driven culture where automated testing is fully integrated into the dev process pretty much addresses all three of your conditions.

Or combine them. I've seen amazing things happen when the developers are fearful of the testers.

Comment: There's an app for that. (Score 1) 205

by BiggerIsBetter (#47042695) Attached to: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call In the Bahamas

I guess we have to accept that we can't trust The Powers That Be to respect our right to privacy. Fortunately there are options.

I reckon more folks should be installing Open Whisper Systems RedPhone for encrypting their own calls.

Then there's always the Blackphone handset for more serious business too.

I supposed if you were really paranoid you could run RedPhone on your Blackphone...

Comment: Re:Will most consumers care? (Score 1) 93

by BiggerIsBetter (#46792061) Attached to: How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

On another note, I want something that attaches to a barbell and tracks the speed of the bar and can automatically count my reps by interfacing to a strength tracker app on my phone. I know there is someone on this site that can do that.

Sounds like a good application for a Smart Watch, assuming it has accelerometers, heart rate monitor, etc. I know some folks don't like to train with a watch on, but if you did it could count reps tell you when to slow down, speed up, etc.

Comment: Re:Seems it was only a few years ago... (Score 1) 170

by BiggerIsBetter (#42511685) Attached to: Kingston Introduces 1TB Flash Drive

Hard to beat the GB/$ deal with hard drives, but with 1 year warranties and a lot of DOA deliveries, plus quite a lot of drives which seem to die within the first year, I'm not super inclined to put my valuable files on them.

IMHO, the current way to go is big old spinning disks configured as RAID on a NAS for bulk storage, and SSD for PC/Laptop/etc drives. Your valuable files are safe enough and you get great OS performance without breaking the bank on big SSDs...

Comment: Re:Did you take any science courses at all? (Score 1) 381

Depends... What's your definition of a negative frequency? A frequency out of phase with a positive one might qualify. I'm pretty sure you can make one of those... and Ars Technica had an article on negative frequency photons a while back too.

Comment: Re:similar issue. Open Plan (Score 1) 285

by BiggerIsBetter (#41580337) Attached to: They Work Long Hours, But What About Results?

While I don't mind answering and helping people, it means I get none of my actual own work done.

Perhaps you misunderstand your job? Sounds like you're a team lead, and if so, a good part of your job is to help other people get their work done. If you don't have time to do the other tasks then you need to delegate them and help where necessary.

Comment: Re:Its about culture (Score 1) 487

by BiggerIsBetter (#41196141) Attached to: The Truth About Hiring "Rock Star" Developers

But, I prefer to find a balance in the middle, one that allows some of the freedoms of coders in a cave but with the feedback and guidance provided by the parts of the company that matter.

Wow. You're awesome. Shame the developers aren't one of the parts of the company that matter.

4. Do not promote your best developers to be managers...

I mostly agree with the list you've written, except for this part. It a) implies that a management role is more important rather than just a different role in the greater team, and b) you'll lose your best seniors if you don't give them a career path beyond just cutting more code.

Until organisations get over their manager > "resource" mentality they're doomed to mediocrity (at best). Yes culture matters, but that's not so much a factor of giving devs a free coke or the tools they ask for, it's about respect, it's about the team (including the testeres, analysts, PMs, etc) and about the collective way things roll. It's more about them than it is about you.

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