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Comment Re:Prone to promise too much (Score 1) 371

That's not a failing of scrum, that's a failing of the team. If those are mission critical steps, the very first thing that should have been done is write a spike card or cards to find ways to break that down to digestible components.

If you find yourself in that spot again, start asking around for help outside of the company. Writing spikes and then figuring out how to spawn stories off of that isn't always intuitive. But a lot of times just getting an outside set of eyes on the problem does a lot to help you see your way through the problem.

Comment Ann Arbor and Des Moines (Score 1) 464

I live in Ann Arbor, and can attest that it's an amazing place. It's Michigan, so you really should have a car, but if you live in the city proper you can actually get by with a bicycle most of the time, and just rent when you need to get out of town. Excellent cultural scene, and as an added bonus many of the speak easys from prohibition are still open (although most under new management).

Des Moines IA is another place to consider. Many multinational and national corporations have big footprints there, and there are plenty of tech jobs. There's also quite a bit to do. I lived there for a year, and while I'm happy to be back in Ann Arbor, I enjoyed Des Moines itself. Low cost of living, low crime, and wide open spaces are its strengths.

Comment Re:Bolt is a 20k car (Score 1) 249

The Volt doesn't sell better because it costs $40k and it's ugly as heck. For the same money I could buy a much nicer car. It's cool technology in an ugly and overpriced package.

Stick that tech in a Camaro body and people might pay for it. In a body that makes a Malibu look sexy, what's the point?

Comment Re:Slow learners (Score 1) 107

Immediately jumping to absolutes will be your downfall. The world doesn't work that way my friend.

My point is that making a high profile website that thumbs its nose at law enforcement is a very foolish plan. It's attracting attention to a thing that you don't want to attract attention to. This is kind of predator-prey 101 here.

Of course law enforcement doesn't catch every underground marketplace. Likewise, my cat doesn't catch every rodent that walks through my neighborhood. But the parade of small lifeless bodies that greets me when I step out the front door every morning suggests that she does catch a lot of them who are foolish enough to attract her attention.

Comment Slow learners (Score 1) 107

Apparently this is being done by slow learners. If the FBI wants to stop you from doing something, they're going to stop you. If you're dumb enough to flaunt your invulnerability in their face, they're definitely gonna want to take you down. And they have a lot of smart people with a lot of experience at infiltrating organizations. Has the takedown of the last two Silk Roads taught you nothing?

Comment Re:On Shopping Around (Score 1) 1032

Not particularly. I chose my school specifically because it had an excellent program in the field I was studying. When you're getting a physics degree, it's rather hard to beat going to the school with the National Superconducting Super Collider. Even if you aren't going to graduate school, your professors are leading the field in research, and they're trying to product the kinds of students they would like to see in grad school.

Comment Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 1) 1032

Learning about art history is great. It's absolutely worth dedicating four years, or even a lifetime, to learning about art. At the same time, it's a really good idea to learn how to feed yourself and pay off the debts that you're accumulating to study art. I learned a couple of trades while I was studying physics. I've spent the last 20 years of my life working in one or the other of those trades. The physics degree was incredibly valuable to me personally. Learning to program a computer on my own time has been useful to me financially. Learning to paint houses kept me in food until I could find work programming. It also led me to other fun activities such as tile setting and laying pavers.

Setting tile might not be very erudite, but it is both financially and personally rewarding. It's also putting that study of art history to practical use, because mosaics are cool, and you don't get to build mosaics unless you're a pretty accomplished tile setter.

Comment Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 1) 1032

So what exactly is stopping you from signing up for a trade program at a community college and getting a decent job so you can later study for the thing you want? There are always jobs open for machinists and welders, the money is good and the work is interesting.

Or have you considered military service or national service programs like Americorps?

All of those things will partially or fully pay for your school.

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar