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Comment: Re:Legendary... (Score 1) 232

It was a book of tricks, but it was also about showing possibilities that many people overlooked. The book iirc didn't just show specific tricks, but went into the though process behind how those tricks were developed and went in depth about how they were implemented. So it was a primer course to developing your own tricks. As such it was more than just a trick book.

Comment: Headline wrong of course (Score 4, Insightful) 230

by Lando (#45404233) Attached to: Judge: No Privacy Expectations For Data On P2P Networks

The ruling is on, "made the information available for public download on a P2P network" there are plenty of private p2p services. If you make your information available to everyone then of course the police don't need to go through red tape to get that information. Non-story

Comment: Re:What do they do? (Score 1) 212

by Lando (#42544289) Attached to: A Least Half a Million Raspberry Pis Sold

Perhaps the learning curve to do this on android is higher than it is on the pi, or maybe the pi just seems cooler than an android phone. Both would be valid reasons in my mind. Also where does one find android phones cheap? Where does one get batteries once the current ones expire?

As far as I see there is nothing wrong with using the tools that you are familiar with, interested in, and have laying around over something that you are not familiar with, have no interest in and would have to go out and purchase.

Ummmm, I'm reminded of Perl's slogan, theres more than one way to do it.

Comment: Re:Smart people know how to safely handle/store gu (Score 1) 1388

by Lando (#42543137) Attached to: Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

This has been shown to be true in Kennasaw Georgia I believe. A couple of years ago when they were trying to ban guns across the nation the city council made a law that homeowners must have a gun in their home. While they didn't track guns that were in homes, the crime rate in the area dropped considerably. It's only one example but it was significant enough at the time to be carried in national papers. Shouldn't be hard to find the actual articles.

Comment: Mythical Man Month (Score 1) 276

by Lando (#42370015) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Gently Keep Management From Wrecking a Project?

I'd suggest reading Mythical Man Month and then going to talk with the program manager. You can point out that it will take more time to bring all these new people on board rather than continuing to build out the project yourself. The book should provide you with a bit of ammunition.

It does sound like the program manager is trying to get his/her name associated with the project, ie riding on you coat tails. There isn't anything particularly wrong with this, but it requires you to manage the resource rather than becoming managed by their "help" If you don't have the skill to do so, you will need to find a mentor to give you advice. Most large companies operate as much on politics as they do on actual products. Solicit advice from senior engineers and others that you feel have the knowledge and skills to work in the political landscape. Not much else I can tell you.

Comment: Re:This isn't surprising (Score 5, Insightful) 451

by Lando (#42102087) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Troubling Trend For Open Source Company

When I was in business doing software development and computer maintenance I found that raising my rates had the surprising result of more customers and less complaints. Apparently when you don't charge a lot people assume that you are incompetent when faced with a challenging problem; however, if they are paying a lot more, then suddenly you are considered extremely competent and therefore the problem is very difficult.

It's just one person's experience, but I figured I would chime in on the subject.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928