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Comment Re:iterative dev, no docs, took us to the moon... (Score 3, Insightful) 221 221

I one read an overview of the CMM levels, and what struck me was this:

At level one, it doesn't say the organization is hopeless, doomed to failure, it says "success depends on the skills of exceptional individuals"

The rest of the levels are built on a fantasy it could be otherwise.

Comment Re:What happened to freedom of speech (Score 3, Interesting) 484 484

We need to carpetbomb all these countries with flyers showing every blasphemous depiction of Muhammed anyone can think of, daily, until they realize its been a few centuries since racking up a body count made anyone respect Muhammed.

Comment Re:There is nothing special about programming (Score 2) 767 767

half of Slashdot taught themselves to program when they were between the ages of 8-13

And that is exactly the kind of mind it takes to program. The good and bad programmers I've known divide fairly equivalently to those that taught themselves before high school and those who wrote their first code in CS 101.

Comment Re:it's too fast (Score 1) 500 500

if it were a zero sum game they would show a profit of zero at the end of the day

They do, for a certain value of "they". My only claim is "they" does not include buy-and-hold investors, the supposed virtuous everyday people that are the poster children for all this hand-wringing. "They" does include all the slightly-less-high-frequency traders, which I suspect are the drivers of this kind of agitation for reform.

Comment Re:Linking to Wikipedia to explain math (Score 1) 102 102

The historical dead paper encyclopedia wouldn't even have entries on these kinds of things. It is true wikipedia's math articles are written at a graduate or higher level, though. Personally, my response was to stop settling for less than the real deal and become a math grad student - one course at a time (taking my third now).

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 4, Insightful) 408 408

The purpose of security questions is not security - its reducing customer service workload due to forgotten passwords.
In most implementations its an overall reduction in security, since the security questions constitute a backdoor to the password, rather than an additional factor of authentication.

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