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Comment: No shortage of scam products.... (Score 1) 75

by Kazoo the Clown (#48172993) Attached to: Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign
Since a Kickstarter project doesn't usually have the benefit of a reputation, they're ripe for scam artists and huckster/hype factories. Then again, that HAS actually established a reputation. For Kickstarter/Indiegogo/etc. projects in general. Even ones that do what they say they're going to do can boil down to overhyped junk. Take the Om One, Leap Motion, or Midi PUC for example. They do what they say they can do. But it's like, so what, what they say they can do turns out to be pretty lame, it's just their marketing made it seem like something really hot.

Comment: Re:Agile is a bit like a religion (Score 1) 132

by Kazoo the Clown (#48171503) Attached to: Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality
Managers aren't scientists. They're bureaucrats, or politicians, or bean counters or some combination of those. And they're in charge because they dispense the paychecks. If a methodology takes any significant understanding to make it work, it's too complex for its target audience. That is why every few years a new fad methodology with a new set of buzzwords sweeps through, sold by the latest round of salesmen who make a killing on it. But when it boils down to it, it's just another bit of voodoo ritual that the managers are expecting will solve all their problems-- because before that, the problem was-- "you're doing it wrong."

Comment: Re:Agile is the answer to everything (Score 2) 132

by Kazoo the Clown (#48171327) Attached to: Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Bureaucrats hate "Agile" because they perceive they have less control over the process. Which is true, but only in a way. They may have a bit less control over the process, but they still control the product, which is really the whole point. Micromanagement is bad. Waterfall is micromanagement in action.

My experience with Agile has been the bureaucrats transformed it into just another vehicle for micromanagement. In some ways, an even better vehicle for that than ever before. Daily standups? Sprints? Grooming? Burndown charts? Perfect for micromanagers.

Comment: Re:Fine. Legislate for externalities. (Score 1) 488

by Kazoo the Clown (#48025673) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
Off grid systems are significantly more expensive than grid-tied systems. And off-grid systems will have to have sufficient battery to run for days in bad weather if there's no grid to rely on. And even worse in areas where bad weather is more common. Your "viable, cost-wise" comment is just blowing smoke, possibly true in some parts of the country, but certainly not universal.

Comment: Re:Fine. Legislate for externalities. (Score 1) 488

by Kazoo the Clown (#48025659) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
Salesmen have been traversing my neighborhood with a grid-tied system that has no batteries pitched to be the same cost as my current power bill. It's a scam, but there may be people who are falling for it, and I don't think it's illegal, they can provide what they say they can at least until the power companies decide it's not working on their end. The power company can't afford to be the battery for everyone, at some point the economics for them breaks down. And when will the power companies decide to stop giving you credit for your excess power they can't use (and can't store)? The whole grid-tied credit bit only works when there aren't too many people using it...

Comment: Re:A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare (Score 2) 488

by Kazoo the Clown (#48025637) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
Except that a large number of these solar electric plans are grid-tied systems that attempt to use the power company as its battery. I recently was offered a system where they would simply collect my electric bill payment instead of the power company, and in exchange they would install a grid-tied solar system that would provide my power. Such systems are scams in my opinion, as the economics don't work long term for the power companies which remain in the equation. These scamsters can't afford to make the same deal for off-grid systems because the batteries eat up their profits. Not only are the power companies mad at these deals, they have a right to be and in fact, I'm mad about them as well because they're attempting to profit off a disruptive technology at both the power company's and my expense-- my expense because I would remain dependent on the power company, just differently while the scamsters skim off the profits-- when the power company can't make it work anymore, I'll be one of the ones adversely affected.

Comment: Re:Unlike my house keys, sir? (Score 1) 354

by Kazoo the Clown (#48006467) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous
You missed my point. The FBI doesn't CARE about door locks because they're easy to beat. They could very well behave differently about them if they were actually secure. Encryption is only an issue for the FBI if it works, backdoored encryption they're fine with. Since your door locks essentially have a back door, you'll not see them complaining about them. Mr. Comey might very well disagree with "strong" locks on houses, but since there isn't a mass movement to move to them like there is to encrypted communications, he has no reason to make an issue of it.

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