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Comment: Pete Townsend as my guide (Score 1) 164

by WinstonWolfIT (#49377047) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology

Townsend wrote about a powerful idea, of the perfect note. Clapton, who crossed paths with Townsend, preferred a simple guitar lick to communicate his ideas. I started as a business consultant with software skills, and I've always considered -- even now as a consulting developer -- a line of code to be the last resort when all else fails -- because of the cost involved. Back before the concepts had buzzwords, I advocated 'just in time' development over 'just in case', and that if you're writing a lot of code you're probably doing it wrong. These days it's called Emergent Architecture on a formal level, and YAGNI informally. Every line of code, every expansion of the technology footprint, should be when all else fails.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 262

by WinstonWolfIT (#49340015) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

In general, they have the right to temporarily detain you if they have reasonable suspicion that you've stolen something. I simply ignore them, and the day one touches my arm will get him fired by the time I'm finished. Even if you "agree" on entrance to have your bag searched when leaving, they can do nothing more than ask you not to return, which is legally binding.

Comment: Pure marketing, no payoff as usual (Score 1) 224

by WinstonWolfIT (#49306553) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

Kids learn from their mistakes. I learned from mine as much as my parents tried to protect me, mine learned from theirs. I made some real doozies but miraculously survived, by all indications mine weren't as reckless. Not positive it was because I was far less restrictive but it seems plausible.

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.