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Comment Re:Scrum Was Never Alive (Score 1, Insightful) 371

Scrum was very useful. It was one of my imbecile tests for a long time. If an American said "scrum" instead of huddle, they were either just parroting what some idiot boss had read in a book or they themselves were the idiot. Americans have no idea what a scrum is unless they were one of the few who played rugby at some point.

The other imbecile test is the use of the word "A3" to describe a summary printed on tabloid-sized paper. Again, we do not have A3 paper in the US, so this was always a good indication that a person is using the word because they have to work under an idiot, or they themselves failed to grasp the lessons in the Toyota book that they read.

Another good one is a whole meeting room filled with sticky notes. Welcome to the 1980s.

Comment Re:In Portugal "Engineer" is a regulated professio (Score 1) 568

It's two means to the same end. We don't have a regulation problem with engineers in the US - we are quite competitive globally and when our infrastructure falls down it is from simple neglect and generally not from engineering deficiencies. Almost every profession in the US is regulated in the same way, and for the most part it works just fine. Doctors have the Medical Boards, lawyers have the Bar - it's a public-private hybrid, but it's still regulation and the entities are non-profit, bureaucratic, and very government-like. Like I said, it's not the most efficient way to do things, but sometimes efficiency takes a back seat. Moving it all over to some government agency would serve no purpose other than to crown a new Caesar.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 166

But with Windows, you have no choice because it is installed on 90+ percent of all PCs. If you want to reach more than a few Mac users you need to write for Windows. Android does not have that position. If you are a game company, Apple still commands the vast majority of actual paying app buyers and most Android devices are the low-end variety that don't make great gaming devices. So, sure, a developer COULD support Android - but at greater cost and for lower return than iOS.

Comment Re:A vine fellow (Score 1) 488

As I pass through middle age, I've come to terms with my "cheap" wine taste. I like the younger, fresher flavor of the less expensive wines. I still like dry wines, so the $3.98 bottles are generally not for me - but I can be quite happy for under $10. The aged and more expensive wines... I can taste the difference, but I have to confess that I don't actually like that flavor. If we are out at a fancy restaurant with $100 bottles and a sommelier or on a wine tasting tour, I am always a bit disappointed.

Comment Re:The general consensus amongst many Americans (Score 1) 488

Their climate is not the same just because their latitudes are similar. Even neglecting temperature, the precipitation in New York is roughly even throughout the year, while Oregon has most of its rainfall in a 6-month period. So the rainfall totals are similar, but it's all scrunched into half of the year.

Oregon wines are generally good, New York wines are generally not.

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