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Comment: Re:Creationism (Score 1) 436

by asylumx (#49781495) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

If scientists want to be taken seriously, they need to stop arguing the existence of a deity when 85% of the world's population believes in one.

Most scientists don't bother arguing about the existence of a deity anyway. They dodge the question and leave it alone. The people who argue against the existence of any deity are called "Atheists" and generally while some scientists are atheists, certainly not all atheists are scientists. Scientists don't worry what stupid people think but the rest of us worry for them because we know those stupid people are allowed to vote, own guns, and do any number of other stupid things that are likely to affect us.

Comment: Re:Ah, memories... (Score 1) 106

by asylumx (#49776745) Attached to: Hot Topic To Buy ThinkGeek Parent Company Geeknet
I love this comment -- you summed up how I feel about some of my younger friends and acquaintances. I'm sure I'll say the same thing about them when I'm nearing 40 and they are entering their 30s -- there will be something new that they are doing that I did too, but didn't realize until later. Life is interesting, isn't it?

As for Hot Topic gobbling up ThinkGeek -- ThinkGeek has become very much a hipster thing IMO anyway, I'm kind of past my phase for it. Most of what they offer now is branded/themed stuff rather than actually cool or interesting stuff. Gone are the days of buckyballs, here are the days of USB Lightsabres.

Comment: Re:Price (Score 1) 134

by asylumx (#49750807) Attached to: Pre-Orders Start For Neo900 Open Source Phone
I personally have a Windows phone and I agree about that being a decent phone OS but i'm not sure what that has to do with anything here. $533 US is quite reasonable compared to many smartphones in the US and remember that electronics in Europe cost significantly more than they do in the US for whatever reason -- so if it sells for 480€ it will probably sell for closer to $400 US, assuming it even comes here. Maybe you and I wouldn't spend that much on a phone, but it's been proven time and time again that a lot of people will.

Comment: Re:Schizo (Score 1) 322

by asylumx (#49743999) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States
I'm sorry but I can't follow the point you're trying to make. I seriously just don't get the analogies. Who said anything about whether you could take handicapped people or not? Uber is just a marketplace; the drivers don't work for Uber. That's like saying the companies who sell things on E-Bay work for E-Bay. They don't. E-Bay is just a marketplace.

Comment: Re:Schizo (Score 3, Informative) 322

by asylumx (#49726041) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States
Yes, I tend to agree with you on this one and am a bit surprised by the anti-ridesharing stance here on slashdot today. That said there is a line between what you described and some of what appears to actually be happening, which is basically self-employed taxi services. In the aviation world we already have a rule that takes care of this problem. With your private pilot's license, you are allowed to carry passengers. Your passengers are allowed to chip in to pay for part of the flight, however the regulation states they can't pay more than their share and also they can't influence the decision to fly nor the plan. That is -- they can ride along and pay for half the gas and they can't tell the pilot where to take them. If you want to carry passengers for a profit, you have to pursue further certification.

A regulation like this but for automobiles would take care of the problem legally. Then all you have to worry about is enforcement (and IMO that's where it really gets difficult).

Comment: Yes, but not because it's a bad idea (Score 2) 507

by asylumx (#49690207) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?
Agile is great in theory and if you can get everyone involved to understand it then it's great in practice, too. The reason I say agile is a failing concept is because those of us in the industry understand it but are remarkably terrible at selling it to the non-technical people we need to have involved in order for our projects to be successful. What good Agile methodology really drives at is an effective amount of involvement from all parties -- customer, analyst, technical team, testers, operations, etc. Most businesses want to fire things at their IT department and then go off and do other things while the project is underway. This is clearly more conducive to the "waterfall" model (which we all know is terrible) and it prevents them from ever seeing and effective agile development implementation.

So, yes, Agile is a failing concept. Not because the idea bad, but because it's so incredibly difficult to implement fully, and it's not very valuable when partially implemented (you basically just turn it into mini-waterfalls).

I foresee DevOps ending up with a similar problem.

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