Now if we can only get Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya to US soil we're sure to cure those devastating third world epidemics as well!
We don't need engineering, we need mind-readers. If users had enough time to sit and be thoroughly interviewed about needs and preferences, they wouldn't need automation to begin with.
And further, how to make software maintainable in the longer run is highly disputed largely because it depends on "wetware" and unknowns, such as developer perception of code, and unknowable future domain changes.
It's more akin to writing technical documentation than to building a bridge: how do you write documentation that's clear to the audience, but flexible enough that it doesn't have to be largely reworked for every change.
There is no magic modularity formula: domain issues inherently intertwine (or can intertwine in the future even if not at original launch.) You can't hide intertwining, you have to find a way to manage it well.
To deal with this what we do is go quickly to the UI.. once you show them they can give you better feedback. There's also some research supporting this.
I didn't realize MRIs had prostates..
you learn something new every day!
The Onion has reported the new TSA plan:
I think it'll be much better than the previous one.
Open floor plans have nothing to do with improving innovation or creativity. That's just what they tell people.
The real reason is the realest of all reasons: cost savings.
In the 90s software companies offered everyone "their own office". It was a source of pride for them (I've never worked any other way).
There was also research that supported it. A famous book was Tom DeMarco's "Peopleware" that stated that companies with private offices had programmers that were 5-10x more productive. (This book also started the "rock star" idea that some programmers are 10x more productive.. but people have forgotten that the central conclusion was that PRIVATE OFFICES were a key piece of this equation)
Then these companies come along in the post-dotCom era and say that productivity will be better with smaller offices. They simply are making things up to make the MBAs happy.
Side businesses are risky.. there are safer ways to invest that use up less of your precious time.
So does it turn into rocket fuel when it catches fire and you blow a high powered fan on it?
If a 99% accurate test is true, but the probability of the condition is only 0.0001%, it is still highly improbable that the person is afflicted by the condition on the basis of the test alone. Its important to narrow down the population before any testing is effective.
Do you think investment bankers, hedge fund managers, and especially politicians are "happy"?
Happiness is not a function of money.. those that spend their lives chasing money are rarely happy.
"Coding jobs can be easily outsourced to wherever the going rate for labor is cheapest. Google's "coder shortage" seems completely imaginary. They're an advertising company whose greatest trick was convincing the world they are a software company."
Wouldn't it be interesting if Google was really just a front for the NSA?
They did it in Argo.. why not make a company with irresistible tech that makes everyone give the company their secrets. Sounds easier to do then breaking cryptographic codes all day.
I don't think they presume.. they have more data on each of us than we have on ourselves!!
They probably know what you're doing right now!
(I'm safe, I have a tin foil hat)
Check out this movie:
Gives an interesting inside look at Markerbot and its main competition at the time.
Try a human trafficking shop.. they seem to specialize in this field.. (he might miss school though)
fun angry birds programming game
They can't afford TAs because they're busy building rec centers with tuition money... priorities!