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Comment It depends on why you are estimating (Score 1) 483

If you're trying to estimate the size of project for budgeting purposes, then function-point counting is a useful method. Over time you can learn how an organization performs and your estimates will become more accurate. If you're trying to estimate for the purposes of visibility then don't—you're better of using one of the agile development methodologies.

Submission + - US Government Confirms Illegal wiretapping Program (

uctechdude writes: National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell pulled the curtain back on previously classified details of government surveillance and of a secretive court whose recent rulings created new hurdles for the Bush administration as it tries to prevent terrorism.

Among the disclosures:
McConnell confirmed for the first time that the private sector assisted with President Bush's warrantless surveillance program. AT&T, Verizon and other telecommunications companies are being sued for their cooperation. "Now if you play out the suits at the value they're claimed, it would bankrupt these companies," McConnell said, arguing that they deserve immunity for their help.


Submission + - Life on Mars uses hydrogen peroxide as anti-freeze

mrraven writes: "According to an article on CNN a new interpretation of 30 year old data by Joop Houtkooper of the University of Giessen of from Mars Viking lander data indicates a possibility that Martian soil may be .1 percent of biological origin:

"Houtkooper believes their presence would account for unexplained rises in oxygen and carbon dioxide when NASA's Viking landers incubated Martian soil. He bases his calculation of the biomass of Martian soil on the assumption that these gases were produced during the breakdown of organic material." Article at: .life.reut/index.html?iref=mpstoryview"

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