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Comment: Interest rates (Score 2) 107

by Tony Isaac (#49769559) Attached to: Tech Bubble? What Tech Bubble?

Interest rates have been so low that nobody wants to invest in bonds or other interest-bearing funds. Where else are people with money going to invest? Once interest rates start coming up, the picture is going to change dramatically.

It doesn't seem as bad as it was in the late 90's, when investors were throwing money at anyone who could do something "on a computer." At least this time around, most of the companies with high valuations actually do something valuable, even if they don't yet know how to make money. Still, there are a lot of crazy stock prices out there.

Comment: Waterfall in agile clothing (Score 1) 507

by Tony Isaac (#49695689) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

In my first encounter with Agile back in 2001, our management decided to follow Scrum.

We did the daily meetings, of course. Then we divided our project into sprints:

Sprint 1: Design
Sprint 2: Coding
Sprint 3: Debug
Sprint 4: QA
Sprint 5: Release

Needless to say, it didn't work out too well. Since then, I've seen agile done a lot of ways, some worked, some did not. Frankly, most waterfall proponents simply don't get Agile. Managers who DO get agile are able to deliver far better quality, in far less time, than any waterfall model.

Comment: Tablet sales aren't doing so hot either (Score 1) 276

by Tony Isaac (#49670689) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?

Tablet sales have slumped this year. Why? I'd guess that it's because everybody who wants one, already has one...and new versions of tablets aren't that much different from the previous versions.

Desktop sales are down too, but that's in large part because they last longer these days. We used to replace them every three years, now a computer can last 5-7 years or more. The desktop certainly isn't dead!

Comment: It depends on your goal (Score 1) 267

by Tony Isaac (#49622459) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

If you simply have intellectual curiosity, why not? But if you want to use your knowledge commercially, you might want to focus on languages that businesses actually use. A language is much more than a set of syntax, it's an ecosystem. Try finding code snips on StackOverflow for your new language...good luck with that! The majority of the benefit of using a particular language is not the syntax, but the community support.

Comment: The median age of McDonald's employees (Score 1) 349

by Tony Isaac (#49543117) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

...has to be pretty low too. They hire any teenager who will show up and punch a clock. But who is complaining? Should we sue McDonald's because they create opportunities for people who need that very first job? (Wait, somebody probably IS suing them for this.)

This isn't about hiring integrity, it's pure and simple, about extorting some money out of deep pockets.

10 to the 6th power Bicycles = 2 megacycles