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+ - How Silicon Valley got that way -- and why it will continue to rule.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Lots of places want to be "the next Silicon Valley." But the Valley's top historian looks back (even talks to Steve Jobs about his respect for the past!) to explain why SV is unique. While there are threats to continued dominance, she thinks its just too hard for another region to challenge SV's supremacy.
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Comment: Not everyone is a wingnut like the submitter (Score -1, Troll) 81

by HBI (#49595115) Attached to: American Psychological Association Hit With New Torture Allegations

"Surprisingly cozy relationship" my ass. This is what real work is like, you advise people who do things. The fact that you don't like them after the fact is an irrelevancy.

You wave your bias way too openly to be taken seriously. Then again, this is pretty much the wingnut witch hunt site nowadays. Sanity is not easily to be found.

Comment: Re:Subs as aircraft carriers (Score 5, Informative) 74

by HBI (#49587759) Attached to: Submersible Photographs WW2 Japanese Sub's Long-Lost Airplane Hangar

In the beginning, Barbarossa was launched with the assumption that the Soviet Union would collapse quickly. This did not happen, for various military, economic and political reasons. On this basis, the Germans attempted to convince the Japanese to strike at Great Britain at places like Singapore and Hong Kong late in 1941 and facilitate their war against Britain. They kept the Japanese in the dark about Barbarossa.

Amidst the signs of obvious failure just short of victory in Russia, the Germans tried to convince the Japanese in October and November of 1941 to attack the Soviets from Manchuria. This failed, as the Japanese already had plans to invade the Philippines, Singapore, Borneo, and all associated islands to secure oil supplies. Moreover, they had concluded a non-aggression pact with the Soviets they preferred to keep in place. So the Soviets ended up at war with just Germany and Italy. The Japanese ended up at war with just Britain and the US. The Germans, however, ended up at war with all three major Allied powers, by foolishly declaring war on the US just after Pearl Harbor.

The German DoW was predicated on a weak American response to Europe based on the Japanese threat. The agreement to focus on Germany between the Anglo-American powers confounded this idea. Even Mussolini believed that the focus would be on the Pacific after the Japanese attack, hence his declaration of war on the US, which seems insane considering the results just over a year later.

At that point, Hitler's (and Goebbels', judging by his diaries) only hope was for a cleavage between the Soviets and the Anglo-American powers. There was about zero chance of this happening with Roosevelt championing the alliance, but that was what he hoped for. When Roosevelt died and nothing changed, this is the point where he gave up hope and we can then segue to the events of "Downfall".

I don't think Hitler hoped for actual military victory post-Stalingrad. He hoped for delay in the war's end game to present a political situation he could take advantage of. His thoughts were rational, I believe, but unlikely from this vantage point to ever bear fruit.

Comment: Re:Agile - like everything else it is good and bad (Score 1) 208

by gatkinso (#49579835) Attached to: IBM CIO Thinks Agile Development Might Save Company

Well time zones, I would agree with. But I currently work on an Agile product with team members scattered around the US (Eastern Central and Mountain) and it is working pretty well (for an Agile product). Of course, that is not a huge time differential. I used to work on a huge project with team in the eastern US and Hawaii... not agile... and that just sucked.

Comment: I am also a gray beard and I mildly disagree (Score 3, Insightful) 208

by gatkinso (#49579569) Attached to: IBM CIO Thinks Agile Development Might Save Company

I think for smaller projects, on a team with good interpersonal dynamics... Agile can really deliver a decent product fast, in the absence of any real requirements.

But those are the keywords: no requirements, fast, small. I have seem agile projects go right down the toilet also. YMMV.

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