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Comment Re:Scrum Was Never Alive (Score 1) 371

Scrum can work if the team actually works together. A 'blocker' can be nothing but a statement of fact - this can't get done until that is in place. It sounds like you've got an organization that worries more about politics and individual success than actually shipping.

Literally anything can work if the team actually works together. The question here is more "does scrum lend itself to fingerpointing and politics in an imperfect team more than comparable methodologies".

Comment Re:Question: Evading Police radar-detector-detecto (Score 1) 42

iirc the lowest band police radar transmit in is 10ghz, with some of the other bands being as high as 24ghz. The SDR dongles generally have a response frequency of around double digit MHZ to a bit over 2.4 ghz. That's almost an order of magnitude lower than what you'd need to detect a radar gun. From what I know of radar detector detectors, they work based on listening for the detector to emit slight echos whenever its oscillator is oscillated by an incoming beam. As such, I doubt there's any interaction between one of these SDRs and a police radar gun since they're not even communicating in the same frequency ranges.

Comment Re:Really? 30-40/night (Score 1) 83

What is a meaningful attack though?

That's what I wish they would define. An example of a "meaningful" attack might be a flurry of portscans from a single IP address hitting all of their known public IP addresses in sequence in a short timeframe (indicating they were the specific target of the scan). Otherwise they just sound like a software firewall trying to justify its own existence.

Comment Re:Wasn't that great (Score 1) 37

Which is why I'd love to see more engineering backstory and less blather about how they'd always wanted to build a robot since they were 5, or how they overcame the fact that they had boobs (as if that's somehow relevant) to design something and enter the competition.

Tested had some decent footage on youtube of the various builders talking about their robots and showing off the internals and design challenges, which I found more interesting than the actual battles. If ABC doesn't want to show the engineering stuff on air, they should at least strongly encourage some of the well known science and engineering youtubers to come out and do it for them.

Comment Re:Autie/Aspie is not a disease (Score 1) 345

Think about it. Would a sane person really want to give up belonging to an association that protects good workers just because it also protects bad workers? Especially if it's your job that's protected, no matter how good or bad you are perceived to be?

Sure, if they think about it for more than 2 seconds and aren't a selfish asshole. In the case of having bad co-workers, that makes the job demoralizing and stressful. And if you're the bad co-worker, you're a horrible human being for inflicting yourself like an impossible to remove parasite on the people who actually get things done.

Sure there are cases when a union has correctly protected a good teacher, but (in my state at least) that's far outweighed by the harm they're causing by not policing their own.

Comment Re:Autie/Aspie is not a disease (Score 1) 345

They don't form protective organizations. In fact, they're often anti-union

Wait what? The reason they're anti-union (in california anyway, assuming you can even find anti-union folks here) is because the unions go all out to protect even the bad teachers, to the point of preventing the school districts from firing teachers for some truly outrageous and inappropriate behavior. They'll sometimes even shame the good teachers for making the mediocre ones look bad by contrast. Nothing to do with this Randian stuff you seemingly pulled out of nowhere.

Comment Re:Autie/Aspie is not a disease (Score 1) 345

but with the same work ethic and intellectual ability that they require, one could easily make more money in other fields.

Definitely. But then given the choice between a job that's mentally unstimulating but socially demanding vs a job that's mentally stimulating where my co-workers and I are expected to be a bit odd, I'd go with the latter every time, even given significant financial motivation to do otherwise.

Comment Re:Depends (Score 1) 315

I would theorize that while hunter-gatherer societies might be expending the same raw amount of mental effort, they're doing it in such a way that lack of sleep doesn't impair them. Their mental activities are more "bursty", whereas ours as software developers are sustained for much longer periods of time. I'd suspect that the hunter-gatherers can wake up, do the heavy thinking and planning for the next hunt, then operate on autopilot once it's been started. That doesn't quite work for software developing since it often involves sustained that level of mental activity for 8+ hours.

Comment Re:another idea (Score 1) 151

But how many times do you need to launch fuel from the moon to cover the cost of all the launches of fuel generating equipment required to build the infrastructure to build the fuel processing plant?

Comment Re:Or put another way... (Score 2) 398

iirc radio stations used to (and maybe they still do, I haven't kept up with it) have a guy in charge of advertising. One of his main jobs was vetting the things and making sure obnoxious stuff didn't get through. The problem was that if an ad spot was too annoying, people just flip the station and now you've lost a listener for the rest of the commercial break.

The fact that the radio stations were allowed to vet ads basically forced the advertisers to walk a line between annoying and something that the radio stations would actually air. Unfortunately with websites, the owners aren't able to vet ads that go on their sites and so one of the natural limits is removed from the equation.

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga