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Comment Re: Instant Run sounds nice (Score 2) 40

You'd be surprised how hard it is to get some companies to spend money on spite of how much more productive it would make their people. There's still arguments about whether to spend $100 for a second monitor......and that $100 is a one time spend over many years. Memory is in the same boat --- $100 to $150 that will last several years. The payback is almost instantaneous.

Comment Re:Not tempted? (Score 1) 60

If you don't have a mouse or keyboard, how do you plan on using it when you get to your destination? Are you going to buy new ones every time you travel somewhere?

Also, with web apps and storage, they don't need your hardware to get to your data.....they just need a warrant provided to Google (or whatever provider you use). Hopefully you meant something else (like a VPN or Tor or whatever).

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

I never said there was No True Agile. I said in larger companies (subset of the whole) and I said many, not all (another subset). I've seen plenty of examples of Agile working really well. But that's always been in smaller shops where the organization doesn't have the monolithic ingrained culture that makes it hard to do Agile.

In larger companies, I've seen:
Business partners who don't think owning the backlog is their job.
Marketing who continue to over-promise on features and/or delivery dates in spite of the mismanagement of the backlog
Financial departments balking on spending money on something that isn't fully defined in terms of features, dates, etc.

The large companies that have been successful with Agile have either been successful in small pockets of the company or when there have been mandates from on-high such that the whole company falls in line. This wholesale adoption is not the norm.

In smaller companies, there are fewer people required to buy in. The company already realizes that they have to work closer as a team in order to accomplish anything. Smaller companies can't afford to spend time on things that may not even come to fruition, so they have a vested interest in managing the backlog. Smaller companies also tend to be more short-sighted (focus more on next customer vs next year) which means they barely have time to think much past the next sprint anyway.....

Comment Re:Scrum Was Never Alive (Score 3, Insightful) 371

The biggest problem is that many larger corporations have trouble implementing true agile development. It isn't because IT doesn't want to do's business partners or management or accounting or what have you. So in those instances, agile turns into some hybrid of waterfall and SCRUM that isn't as effective as it could be

Comment Re:For the Nth Time (Score 1) 156

While I'm not arguing that conditionals and looping structures are very handy, it *IS* technically possible to code entirely with events (as the summary describes) ---- provided that data is available to each event handler.

Assume a fictitious pseudo language:

data {
    msg: string = "",
    counter: int = 0

when(App.Starting) {
    msg = "Hello World";
    counter = 1;

when(counter.modified && counter 10) {

Obviously, a compiler would optimize this into a simple loop with a conditional, but it's possible to create a language that doesn't need either loops or conditionals [unless you count the event definition a conditional -- semantics]. In fact, I've used NOOLS (, to implement business logic in a project following a similar pattern......but since you can use JavaScript within each rule, we also had loops and conditionals.

Comment Re:OS/2 was great (Score 1) 262

The year it was released, I actually did a 6-month co-op with IBM. I even got to go to COMDEX in Las Vegas that year. During the keynote (by Bill Gates) all of the IBMers were wearing shirts that said "OS2/Warp - Up and running, not up and coming". I still have that shirt (probably one of the oldest shirts I own and still occasionally wear).

Comment Re: It'll be aired in todays conventional methods (Score 2) 438

But they haven't figured out how to track the viewers and charge the advertisers for's sort of the same problem that a lot of internet content has. Pay per impression is the model that they understand and when you can't easily track impressions, it's hard to turn that into a business model.

Comment Re:10 years was a decent rest (Score 1) 438

Iâ(TM)ve been trying to champion a series called Star Trek: Ferengi Traders. Think something like Trade Wars (old BBS game) where Quark et al are constantly dealing with shady people in order to get the most latinum for their product. I think thereâ(TM)s huge possibilities here. You get the exploration aspect. Thereâ(TM)s intrigue. The occasional space battle.

I know, I know â"- this could have just as easily been Firefly, but believe it or not, I had the concept in my head before I ever knew what Firefly was.

Comment Re:A friggen video driver... (Score 3, Interesting) 113

You're also missing the other side of it.......

While you're playing COD, rendered right on top of the guy you're trying to kill is a notification because your mom wants you to send her another Candy Crush ticket. And because of that --- BOOM, headshot.....only you're the recipient, not the giver.

Comment Re:I never understood why (Score 1, Informative) 576

If they used it like a headline, it would be fine. But they don't. They use it as the location for the beginning of their first sentence.

Subject: Anonymous Cowards don't know how to
Body: use the Internet.

Newspapers don't write their articles that way......they write them like this --

Subject: Anonymous Cowards don't know how to do this....
Body: Anonymous Cowards are apparently clueless Trolls because they don't know how to use the Internet. They think that Subjects are where you start the first sentence of your article and then you just continue the sentence in the body as if that is just an inconvenience to spewing their diatribe.

See.....a real Subject (akin to a headline) that conveys an idea of what the body will discuss but it's followed by a full concept that can also stand alone if the subject is hard to read (for instance on a site like Slashdot where it gets lost in the green bar).

"You can't get very far in this world without your dossier being there first." -- Arthur Miller