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Comment Re:Data Breach (Score 1) 385 385

Good point about the Data Breach Incident. Granted, NewEgg is not in the business of wiping drives but if this does qualify as a DBI then NewEgg may have some liability here. This would be similar to pawn shop owner that receives and resells stolen property. Even if the owner wasn't aware that it was stolen, they still have some liability if they didn't do their due diligence to find out.

IANAL, but you might consider sending the drive back and explaining the situation to NewEgg. If it's not a DBI, they'll wipe the drive and restock it. If it does qualify as a DBI, you might just have spared them some legal hassles.

Just my 2p.

Comment Re:EU Linux Mags Rock (Score 2) 562 562

I wholeheartedly second that recommendation. I've been reading Linux Format for the last several years and I've enjoyed almost every issue. The writing is fresh, engaging, and above all, useful.

Some of their humor reminds me of Marcel Gagne from older issues of Linux Journal.

Comment The Curse of "Granularity" (Score 0, Flamebait) 274 274

Unfortunately, managers love the term "granularity" and have been using it as a cudgel. They've locked on to "Agile" programming and SCRUM project management as methods for driving this granularity into the development and test processes. They want tasks broken down to 15 minute increments and balk when any task takes more than a couple of hours to complete. All this so that they can achieve "visibility" and "predictability" for a given project, i.e. they get more status reports with pretty charts and graphs. I really despise the term "burn down" which springs from the whole thing as well.

Now, I may sound bitter about this but, I do understand that for all parties involved in a project, especially a large scale project; there needs to be an understanding of where team is at, where it's headed, and where the bottlenecks are located. This is not any easy problem to solve; it involves lots of guess work and dependency graphs that would make Euler weep. I suppose that's what makes it all the more irritating when managers think they have yet-another-silver-bullet for project management that they misuse causing more Maker frustration and possibly increasing the chance for failure rather than ameliorating it.

Sorry, end of rant.

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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