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Comment Re:Climate has never not been changing. (Score 0) 369

I sat at lunch, at Princeton, while you were still still swimming around in your dad's balls . . . the folks at the lunch were physicists and philosophers, and they were fighting about the "Arrow of Time", which is is much beyond anything than your can comprehend

You, Sir, are a totally idiot! Post your credentials . . . maybe a local community college in New Jersey . . . .?

Comment Re:Climate has never not been changing. (Score 0) 369

The "Science" of Physics was "settled" back in the time of Issac Newton.

It still is! Newton's laws work just fine for explaining pretty much anything a human can put their hands on

. . . so . . . either you are not human . . . or you don't have a cell phone with GPS . . .

. . . or you have no fucking clue, whatsoever, which is probably the case . . . S T U . . . P I D . . . how did you do on your SAT?!

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

Hi, just this comment, as a pre-Christmas gift! In a project that I worked with, oh, yes, it was for a company the also produced mainframes, if anyone here knows what that means . . . a quality assurance manger monitored the the defects and the lines of code changed with each defect fixed. This meant that the developer had to appear in a manager meeting, and explain why this defect needed to be fixed.

The developers soon determined that the quality assurance manager's script was just looking for semi-colons in the source code. So they programmed some XEDIT scripts to automatically add or remove semi-colons in the code, to keep the number constant.

When the shit hit the fan, the executives were amused, and the quality assurance manager got early retirement.

Now, why anyone would want to program in PL/S is beyond me anyway . . . .

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

I've noticed a disturbing trend from one of those "three letter" IT providers: their folks have titles in their email trailers, declaring themselves as "Certified Scrum Masters". For me, this is a warning sign that the person has no actual experience or knowledge of software development. I'm guessing that the company involved has some kind of policy that gives them points for getting "Certifications".

When I recruit folks for projects, I don't care about any certifications . . . for me it is more important what they have done in the past. Most great programmers that I interview are incredibly self-deprecating. When I ask them what they could have done better in hindsight after a project, you get a cornucopia of ideas. That person is hired!

In my experience, developers don't like "processes" that are forced on them from higher management, but they are willing to embrace anything that makes their job easier. A case in point: a while back, a programmer who was working for me on a large development project suggested that we use a Continuous Integration system named Hudson. I took a look at it, and was impressed, but wanted to show it to the other developers first. I warned them, that this system, will give them an email, when a change that they committed caused a unit test to break. They liked it! It caused much less "fuss" about whose change broke something, and they loved getting to work in the morning, and saying, "My commits were all clean!"

To recap, just to adopt the latest "fashionable" process or technology will not make your software development more productive. Find something that the developers like!

Comment Re:Climate has never not been changing. (Score 4, Insightful) 369

Not the point. Point: it's never changed this fast, and it's our fault. Denier doesn't get it, news at 11:05.

True science needs deniers:

That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer. - - Jacob Bronowski

The "Science" of Physics was "settled" back in the time of Issac Newton. Oops, then came Einstein along! Our views on global climate change are based on we *think* is right, based on the facts that we have today. In another 100 years, things might look very differently. Hey, using blood-sucking leeches to treat sick folks seemed like a good idea a while back! The gag is, blood-sucking leeches are back in fashion in modern medicine: it turns out that they are very useful in restoring blood flow to skin transplants.

Even Einstein himself, probably one of the most gifted minds that ever walked on this planet, had problems with that newfangled Quantum Theory:

Einstein: "God does not play dice!"

Niels Bohr: "Stop telling God what to do!"

Erwin Schrödinger: "So, is like, my cat dead or alive . . . ?"

Einstein: "If I had my way, all those cats would be dead! They pee on my furniture, and shit in my shoes!"

Comment Re:The propaganda machine in public (Score 3, Insightful) 184

I don't know how many Syrian and Iraqi civilians died in the past year,

Syrians are voting with their feet. They are undertaking horrendous and dangerous journeys to get to Europe . . . all which is better than living under a Muslim ruled country.

If Islam is so great, how come so many people are trying to get away from it? It seems that the only folks who want to go to the Islamic state are teenage boys, who like the idea of buying teenage girls sex slaves.

Islam is worse than Nazis . . . and until we acknowledge that, the West will suffer wherever we offer Muslims refuge.

Submission + - Suicide bomber at the Stade de France had a ticket for the match but was turned (

An anonymous reader writes: Shocking new details about last night’s terror attacks in Paris have been revealed .
According to a report on Saturday, one of the suicide bombers at the Stade de France had a ticket for the match but he was turned away by security before he detonated his bomb.
The bottom line of the article is clear: the intention of the terrorist was to get inside the stadium in order to blow himself in the stands up during the France vs Germany game.

Submission + - Anonymous Vows Revenge for ISIS Paris Attacks (#OpParis)

An anonymous reader writes: As usual, Anonymous members are quicker to respond to threats than investigators and have announced #OpParis as revenge for the Paris attacks. Their action is similar to #OpISIS from this spring, launched after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Previously Anonymous ousted thousands of ISIS Twitter accounts in #OpISIS.

Submission + - Spaghetti Strainer Helmet Driver's License Photo Approved On Religious Grounds (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Just over the border from New Hampshire in the Massachusetts city of Lowell, a woman identifying herself as a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), otherwise known as Pastafarianism, has been approved by the state’s Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to wear a spaghetti strainer on top of her head in her state issued driver’s ID.

The approval to wear the helmet was initially denied. However, citing religious grounds, Lowell resident Lindsay Miller filed an appeal. Following intervention by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the RMV reversed their decision and allowed her to put on her colander and get her driver’s license picture taken.

According to the church’s website, while there are those who perceive the religion to be satirical in nature, it “doesn’t change the fact that by any standard one can come up with” the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is “as legitimate as any other” religion.

. . . now what about my tinfoil hat . . . ?

Submission + - Police Body Cameras Come With Pre-Installed Malware

An anonymous reader writes: The old Conficker worm was found on new police body cameras that were taken out of the box by security researchers from iPower Technologies. The worm is detected by almost all security vendors, but it seems that it is still being used because modern day IoT devices can't yet run security products. This allows the worm to spread, and propagate to computers when connected to an unprotected workstation. One police computer is enough to allow attackers to steal government data. The source of the infection is yet unknown. It is highly unlikely that the manufacturer would do this. Middleman involved in the shipping are probably the cause.

Submission + - Sony finally pulls plug on Betamax (

An anonymous reader writes: Sony announced this week that it will stop selling Betamax cassettes from March 2016, 41 years after they were first introduced.

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