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

by Hythlodaeus (#43452155) Attached to: How NASA Brought the F-1 Rocket Engine Back To Life

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

by Hythlodaeus (#41365483) Attached to: Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

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

by Hythlodaeus (#41305681) Attached to: More Warnings About High-Frequency Trading

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

by Hythlodaeus (#41299799) Attached to: Possible Proof of ABC Conjecture

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

by Hythlodaeus (#40932043) Attached to: Secret Security Questions Are a Joke

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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