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Comment Learn from print media (Score 1) 216

Intermixing ads with content is bloody infuriating, especially when it's animated in some form. Newspapers for centuries sold ads which were contained separate from the content; a buyer interested in the specials at the local market would flip through, it was seriously win win. A mild neutral link to deals on offer from advertisers achieves the same goal, and if the advertiser is relevant to my interests, I'd actually click on it. I've bought tons of stuff from promotions, e.g. 60" TV promoted locally, and I've never ever not once clicked through on some damn clown bouncing across my screen screaming buy this!!

Submission + - SPAM: Stupid interview questions

WinstonWolfIT writes: Recently at work I attended an "interview training". What's unique about where I work is the client hires the consulting company and then (in about 10% of engagements) interviews consultants. The vast majority of time, the "interview" is a slam dunk because my company's reputation speaks for itself. But earlier this year I was asked "What is a SQL Server" for a slam-dunk gig my submitted consultant profile indicated I was a no-brainer to engage. I hate having my time wasted and I aborted the interview — I have a profile that says I don't ever have to work for time wasters. But this prodded thinking to the last time I was insulted, which was "What is the internet?" What I'm after is the answer of all answers when you're sitting with an absolute tool who thinks there's value in being insulting. Or, if you overcame this idiocy and there was a positive outcome, how did you get there?

Comment Re:Need to use the system against itself (Score 1) 200

That's one of the most inspired posts I've ever seen. 1) Find out the douche who approved the cameras. 2) Hire a car closely matching what he drives. 3) Passable cutout plates with metallic paint. 4) Get him enough points in varied locations in a single night to get his license suspended. 5) Retire.

The douche gets it dismissed but it takes him a court fight to do so.

Comment PSM reporting in (Score 1) 371

I've been joining teams for the past couple years providing Scrum coaching and technical leadership as appropriate, as it happens to a wide array of the blue chips in Australia. Dysfunction under any methodology is still dysfunction, and I've seen Scrum completely dysfunctional, and chaos surprisingly effective. It's important to distinguish Scrum from Agile: Agile in short is about feedback, with the primary purpose of surfacing problems early; there is no standup in Agile. Scrum on the other hand centers on a strongly-defined definition of done, and how to get there. I realize the standup may smell like micro-management and I've seen it terribly misused. The actual point of standup isn't the ritual; it's the preparation. When you know you have to have a standup, you quickly realize that any impediments should be addressed now, not tomorrow at 10. If a standup takes more than 3.5 minutes you're seriously doing it wrong. It's similar to code reviews, which are a pillar of DOD: the code review doesn't improve your work, it's the mental process of preparing for a code review which achieves that. The one thing that Scrum and Agile have in strong alignment is the concept of the value proposition: delivered (done) software is the only measure of where the team is.

There is a strong sentiment commonly voiced around larger units of work which may not fit within a sprint. (Incidentally, I hate the two-week sprint: It's too short to get to Done. Depending on the team, three or four weeks works better.) A pillar of Scrum is about the "potentially shippable unit of work" which in most cases is very effective. In all seriousness, if you deliver a sedan to the customer on schedule this quarter and upgrade it with a performance package again on schedule next quarter, but don't quite get to the chrome finishings, everybody's happy. But if you try to schedule a Ferrari in six months and it won't start, and it takes a year to wind up delivering a sedan, nobody's happy. Scrum is about keeping the software in a continuously shippable state, and that concept is here to stay.

Comment Re:Old news (Score 1) 125

I've never compromised myself to the point of being polygraphed, but a relative, a friend of his, and a friend of mine made off with a small fortune in total, and were polygraphed, and all passed. This is conjecture, but they had the quality of feeling superior to the companies they were bilking, so weren't ambivalent in the slightest as to what they were actually doing. If you feel morally justified for speeding, you may very well pass a polygraph around have you ever speeded.

Comment Re:The old talent doesn't understand the new stuff (Score 2) 229

I'm *51*, and I've been around since before C++ existed.

I wouldn't trade angularjs for jquery ever.
Nor jquery via nuget vs. npm.
Nor Typescript for pure javascript.
Nor DbContext for SqlConnection.

I can go on for pages. As a consultant I drop into numerous client sites, some of which are very current, and some of which are staffed by dinosaurs headed to extinction. Source code as a living document must evolve or die the horrible death of design dead. Of course there are fads, but ripping out spaghetti and replacing it with expressive sources of 1/10 the complexity and 110% of the functionality is pure joy.

Comment Re:Too costly (Score 2) 152

In the consultancy I work within, two platforms are most common: Macbook Pros and Surface Pros. There are a smattering of relative dinosaurs hauling around 2.8kg Dells or Thinkpads, but the lighter form factors are absolutely relevant in this space, which does require good grunt running a development platform. I'm still using my Thinkpad because even at 2.5 years of age it has plenty of dev grunt, but I refreshed into a Surface Pro which in most ways is faster, and when docked it's a delight to work with. I went with SP because it's like a grand less than a MBP and I prefer a tablet with a standard okay detachable keyboard to the MBP's keyboard of just wrong (don't smack me, I worked with one for two months and never stopped hating its keyboard). My SP I can slip into a small bag and take to presentations or do small engagements, or I can pack the dock and accessories into a backpack. At 16gb and 512gb RAM and SD, it's plenty for even the big iron engagements I've done in the past few years.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.