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Comment: Re:This product reminds me of... (Score 2) 166

by Just Some Guy (#49547609) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

You know the famous quote.

This one?

"As a general thing, I have not 'duped the world' nor attempted to do so... I have generally given people the worth of their money twice told."

The one you're likely thinking of is irrelevant here, because I've spent more on dinners than I did on my Sport watch that's due for delivery today. You say "suckers", I say "people who don't mind spending $350 on a watch they'll be using every day and that's easily worth the money in sheer entertainment value".

Comment: Re:Google: Select jurors who understand stats. (Score 1) 338

by Penguinisto (#49545423) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Holy shit - that was so beautiful I almost cried. :)

On a more serious note - parent post (or something like it) needs to be required reading for anyone who wants to be more than just a rotating scrum team leader or etc.

Hell, it should be required reading for anyone with "Sr." in front of their job title.

Comment: Re:Google: Select jurors who understand stats. (Score 1) 338

by Penguinisto (#49545345) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Something you may not have considered...

Yes, younger coders/admins/etc are willing to put in insane hours, and can bang out huge swaths of effort.

The problem arises when you realize that most of the kids are not so adept at, well, solving problems that arise. As a corollary, that lack of experience is a basis for lack of creativity. They only know what they were taught with perhaps a few limited ideas, and haven't enough hands-on time in the real world to realize that there are multiple ways to get something done, especially on a macro scale - many of those ways being far more efficient and elegant than what they just barely learned in school.

Oh, and I have found that the kids by and large have little-to-no people skills. At all. In a company larger than 400-500 people, the ability to explain and persuade becomes just as important as the ability to do your job.

The good news is this: over time, those kids get that experience, those skills, and most of them realize that there is more to life than throwing 80+ hours a week at a project.

So let's tie it all together: As the near-median mid-40's guy, I've found that I don't have to toss my life upon the altar of the Kanban board. Instead, I find ways of getting the work done more efficiently, and have the people skills to demand (and get) management to set realistic timelines to meet the company's goals (meanwhile, the kids just bitch, moan, then go blast out 80+ hour work-weeks to meet the deadline, often at cross-purposes which blows the timeline anyway - then someone else has to go back in and refactor their barely-running shit, usually after release).

...and that my friend, is what an old fucker brings to the table. ;)

Comment: Re:Google: Select jurors who understand stats. (Score 1) 338

by Penguinisto (#49545183) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

You do realize that there is one possibility no one has considered: English may not be the guy's first/native language?

He may be a mouth-breathing idiot, but destroying his argument publicly (instead of his grammar skills or lack thereof) would be far more effective, no?

Comment: Re: so....why? (Score 1) 94

by Penguinisto (#49545077) Attached to: Gen. Petraeus To Be Sentenced To Two Years Probation and Fine

Probably somewhere in the middle... he knew the location of enough closeted skeletons to avoid a stay at Hotel Leavenworth, but he was not quite powerful enough to just have the system shrug it off.

Then again, consider that he is still, even now, a paid consultant for the Obama Administration (ostensibly concerning ISIS), so take from that what you will...

Comment: Re:Good enough to criticize the mechanisms (Score 1) 129

Agreed... I stopped bothering at "So if I can find an Apple-approved app and get it to load external content..."

It's a possible corner-case privilege escalation at most, and nothing near the breathless 'OMGWTFBBQwe'reallgonnaDIE!' summary and headline. Oh, and it still requires the user to do something stupid.

Wake me when someone finds a way to take remote control of an OSX box without first requiring a complicit keyboard actuator to help him do it.

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