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Comment: Re:From one end to the other (Score 1) 193

by Wiseazz (#30118038) Attached to: Becoming Agile

The problem with right-designing (and I do like the designation, btw) is that having multiple methodologies can create confusion. Consider the corporate IT shop. Hundreds of IT folk of various skill sets working in an organization with strict auditing and quality controls. Repeatable, predicatable processes work best in this environment... pick one and stick with it as best as you can so everyone's on the same page. It's a trade-off to be sure, but in some environments you have to learn to work within such limitations for the greater good.

We are currently using Agile (Scrum) and Waterfall because we're in transition (to mostly Agile.) Agile is new to me still, but I cannot deny how the added transparency and shorter dev cycles have begun to streamline our development. Life will be better still when Agile is in full swing here and all involved have been properly introduced to the concept.

Comment: But why is this so hard? (Score 1) 256

by Wiseazz (#27055089) Attached to: Diebold Election Audit Logs Defective

I understand there are complexities to any software project - I've been doing this stuff professionally for over 10 years now, and I still fail to see what's so hard about capturing votes. My only real guess is that Diebold and others are re-inventing the wheel - coding a complete system from the ground up and making a lot of mistakes along the way.

But seriously, if your entire business model was based on a machine that exists to simply tabulate votes, don't you think you'd have the bandwidth to do it very well?

Comment: Re:But WHY? (Score 1) 904

by Wiseazz (#26300659) Attached to: Facebook Nudity Policy Draws Nursing Moms' Ire

Just don't look. Mothers have a right to feed their babies. My wife used to be very sensitive to people who may not want to see that kind of thing, but where are these private places of which you speak? They do not exist, for the most part. Some malls, workplaces, and other businesses have places set aside, but most do not. And no, my kid is not going to be fed in a bathroom.

And there's no reason at all to compare urination to breast feeding. That's the weakest argument I've ever heard, but unfortunately I hear it a lot (and multiple times in this thread.)

As for FB, well... I can't say I would want pictures of my wife breastfeeding posted on facebook anyway, so I guess I don't understand the big deal. It's their site... if they don't want pictures of a certain category there, then that's their business. The attitude behind their policy is wrong, I think, but they are within their rights to exercise it.

Comment: For UI Design (Score 1) 517

by Wiseazz (#26215003) Attached to: Your Favorite Tech / Eng. / CS Books?

I have a couple I'm working through to help with the other side of my brain (the stupid side).

Designing Interfaces, Jenifer Tidwell
Information Dashboard Design, Stephen Few

Both have been very helpful... mostly, I'm able to much better explain several design principles that I've known somewhat intuitively for a long time - I just couldn't talk the talk. Comes in handy when I'm justifying a UI design to the business folks, or trying to communicate what I need to an actual designer.

Biotech

+ - First Successful Bacteria Genome Transplant-> 1

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eldavojohn writes "The first genome transplant from one bacteria to another, thereby transforming the species. From M. mycoides to M. capricolum, the research shows that it is entirely possible to achieve a success rate of 1 in 150,000 genome transplants in bacteria. While this may seem an exercise in futility, this is actually a major step towards synthetic life which would give us the possibility to tailor bacteria to our needs — whether they be medical, fuel production or terraforming another planet."
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+ - IBM Takes Step Toward Light Powered Chips

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wndmltudtkd (1044128) writes "IBM says its researchers have built a device capable of slowing down the flow of light ,opening the door towards faster computing chips in the future. The researchers said last week that the advancements could one day allow normal computer chips to use light signals instead of electrical signals to send data. The transition would enable microchips to process more data in less time, the researchers said."

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