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Comment: BS (Score 1) 231

by Xylene2301 (#46410861) Attached to: Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds
Pardon my cynicism but this is just another opportunity to confuse children even further. 'Math teacher' is generally an oxymoron. The real problem in math education is that the system requires math teachers to be 'math people'. Nerds who do math but can't communicate worth spit. In the elementary grades, we need artists who can teach math. They're rare but they do exist.

Comment: Artists and correctness (Score 1) 1448

Consider that Richard Wagner's music was pretty much anthems for the 3rd reich and his position with regard to the Jews was confused at best. The Israelis recently lifted the bans on his works for their philharmonic. I think artists need a little more slack. 'Ender's Game' is good work, maybe not 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' but I'll see it regardless. I'm a fan of his writing not his politics.

Comment: killer app and competition (Score 1) 274

Remember also that once you release your killer app and get even a handful of clients, someone out there is going to copy what you've done and one-up you in some way. Then you're going to find out how competitive the software industry really is. You might consider registering a provisional patent first. I think that gives you a year to file an actual application. It's cheap insurance.

Comment: Agile: the buzzword du jour (Score 1) 395

by Xylene2301 (#34192984) Attached to: A Decade of Agile Programming — Has It Delivered?
Agile is just a buzzword made up by the business end to try to convince the programming end that hitting a moving target is efficient and better. That's the way the business end works; promise to satisfy whatever the client wants in whatever time frame nets the contract. There is no substitute for knowing exactly what you're trying to do before you start and no substitute for knowledgeable IT personnel in the contract process so that expectations and timeframes are reasonable.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981