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Comment: Re:"Annoying ads" (Score 2) 311

by JohnFen (#49792523) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Actually their acceptable ads (which you can turn off with a single checkbox and they even offer the option on first install) is exactly what I've been saying for years should be the only ads allowed due to security concerns,

I disagree. The "acceptable ads" rules that Adblock Plus uses allow the very thing that I object to the most about online ads: the tracking. So their "acceptable ads" are completely unacceptable to me.

Until ads stop spying on me, I will block every single one of them that I can.

Comment: Nonsense (Score 4, Insightful) 387

by JohnFen (#49783369) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

is reformed in the House bill, which does away with it over six months and instead gives phone companies the responsibility of maintaining phone records that the government can search." Obama criticized the Senate for not acting on that legislation, saying they have necessitated a renewal of the Patriot Act provisions.

What nonsense. Moving the storage task to the phone companies does absolutely nothing to make the collection less nasty. Enacting the "reform" is, at best, no different than just renewing the Patriot Act as it is. But that's "at best". In reality, it's even worse, as requiring the telecoms to keep this data guarantees that the telecoms will use that data -- so the end result is an expansion of the the amount of spying that is being inflicted on us.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 827

by JohnFen (#49744495) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Maybe 20 years ago... New toll systems have few manned toll booths and don't require traffic to slow or stop.

Yes, but that's in exchange for the massive privacy invasion that results from using toll transponders and/or license plate readers. I don't see that as an improvement at all. It's just the opposite.

Comment: Re:Agile. (Score 1) 507

by JohnFen (#49691347) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

But you know, development isn't about making developers 100% happy. It's about product.

Of course I know (and agree) with this. However, when (as has been my experience) agile actively makes developers unhappy in addition to reducing productivity, the product will inevitably suffer.

My experience (both as a PM and developer) has been that Agile projects tend to take longer to produce a worse product.

If the developers have no measurable yardstick to judge their progress, or middle management collects a bunch of meaningless metrics which don't help the development process ... you're doing it wrong.

True, but all of that has little to do with Agile specifically.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 4, Interesting) 507

by JohnFen (#49691253) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

None of those are failings of waterfall at all. There is nothing about waterfall that requires you to make ironclad decisions at the very start, and there is nothing that prevents you from adapting the course of development as the project proceeds.

In other words, you aren't describing waterfall in your comment. Yes, I'm invoking the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, since that is usually what is invoked when Agile is criticized.

The real truth is that all methodologies can be done well or poorly, including waterfall and agile. The difference that I've seen in practice is that it's incredibly hard to implement Agile correctly (such that I've never seen it done), but implementing waterfall correctly is not a huge chore.

Comment: Re:Agile. (Score 2) 507

by JohnFen (#49690661) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

I'll split down the middle of this. In the agile shops I've worked in, there has been a consistent strong aversion to producing documentation that is actually useful: design specs, etc. However, there has also been a consistent trend to dramatically increase the amount of worthless documentation: documenting the process itself (encouraged by tools like Version One).

Comment: Re:All development methods are flawed (Score 1) 507

by JohnFen (#49690539) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

And when you begin a large software development effort with 50 other developers???

I agree with your underlying point, that if the team consists of just one or two developers, then process becomes less important (but still important). However, if the team consists of 50 developers, that's a serious problem all by itself, no matter what process is in use.

Comment: Re:Agile. (Score 1) 507

by JohnFen (#49690459) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

Serious developers don't care about the process and don't want it in their way

This can't be overstated. A great process is a process that is nearly invisible to developers, allowing us to get on with the development with minimal friction. Agile presents a great deal of friction. It is a process apparently designed to please middle management at the expense of developers.

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