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Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 208

by JohnFen (#47931135) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

most people doing "Agile" aren't really doing Agile......they're doing more of an iterative-waterfall with the overhead of certain Agile processes.

I always hear this from Agile proponents, and maybe it's true. All I know is that I've worked at four places that use Agile (three of them had been using it for a long enough time that they aren't new at it), and in all four of those it has made development a living hell, delayed production, and reduced the quality of the end product. It amplifies the fear factor, not reduces it.

The place I work for now is in the process of adopting Agile, and so far it's going about as well as I've experienced before. In fact, it's inspired me to move on to a different company.

Comment: Re:Apps (Score 1) 471

by JohnFen (#47874027) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

There lots of things people use their smartphones for that only require a quick glance. They are the kinds of things a smartwatch is suited for.

Most of the things I glance at my phone for (calendar, maps, shopping lists, etc.) are things that require a larger display size than a watch has. There are a few that would work, but I can't think of enough of them that would justify the hassle and expense of the watch.

Comment: Re:The war that no one wanted (Score 1) 471

by JohnFen (#47873815) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

We all learned our lesson with the moving target which was HD initially, that left early adopters with TVs which were no longer allowed to display HD due to HDCP/HDMI.

Meh. I still have exactly zero interest in HD. It's just not compelling enough to affect my purchasing decisions at all, except insofar as I really try hard to avoid anything that is tied to HDCP/HDMI.

Comment: Re:The war hasn't started (Score 1) 471

by JohnFen (#47872401) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Not until the health/life insurance companies start offering incentives to wear and heed a smartwatch's fitness advice.

My work-provided health insurance currently does this, reducing premiums for people who use such devices and provide the collected data to them. Nonetheless, that's not nearly enough incentive for me to go along with it.

Comment: Dubious (Score 1) 471

by JohnFen (#47872351) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

I don't wear a watch and don't want to. When I try to think of some application that would overcome my aversion to watch-wearing, I can't really think of any at all: everything I'd want to do with it would be equally (or more) convenient by using my phone directly.

That said, here's what a watch would have to be for me to even begin to consider it: small and lightweight, look "normal" (not like a smartwatch), and the ability to effectively interact with me without me having to raise my arm or look at it. It should rely on my phone/tablet/laptop for communications and storage (no direct connection to the internet at all).

Comment: Re:Motorcyclists rejoice! (Score 1) 261

by JohnFen (#47775121) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

It's evil because it's incredibly dangerous -- even worse than tailgating.. Motorcycles are hard to see to begin with. Having them dart out from nowhere and eliminate the buffer space around my car is a recipe for disaster. I don't want to be the driver who accidentally injures or kills a motorcyclist because he got too close to me.

Comment: Re:Short term (Score 1) 506

by JohnFen (#47765509) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

The reason is public transport sucks and the blocks are too large to make walking a viable option.

That's the case where we live as well.

If I lived somewhere where a car wasn't necessary I would still be pushing my kids HARD to get their license asap.

I tried, but I can't actually force her.

Comment: Re:Fad (Score 1) 506

by JohnFen (#47760799) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

I agree with you, at least for the near to mid future. I know that I personally have no desire for a self-driving car. It would be gee-whiz cool for a while, sure, but I'd very quickly want to drive my own car again. There are just too many situations where I want the car to be in a very specific place, and it would just be easier to put it there myself rather than try to explain it to a machine. I suspect a large majority of people feel the same.

But in a couple of decades that could very well change.

Comment: Re:Short term (Score 1) 506

by JohnFen (#47760711) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

15 years after driverless cars are released your going to have a whole generation of people who never learned to drive a car.

We are well on our way there already in some places, no driverless car needed. My daughter is 20-something, and she as well as about 25% of her friends don't know how to drive and have no interest in learning. The percentage of people who have no interest in driving is even higher in the 16-20 year old bracket.

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