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Comment Re:Prone to promise too much (Score 1) 371

the very first thing that should have been done is write a spike card or cards to find ways to break that down to digestible components.

But really, why bother? Why not just say "Well, this is a large task - prolly take a few weeks. Let's get going." How does time spent breaking things down into small bits ahead of time actually help anything beyond allowing you to play the game of "fit the task into the sprint so we can get on with the work"? With or without a sprint-based method, you'll naturally break stuff down as you get into the task anyway.

I dunno. Just seems like weird voodoo to me.

Comment Re:When done properly it is fantastic (Score 1) 371

When done right, scrum is fantastic methodology. I know this from my own experience. However, I have not see many teams master it.

A "fantastic methodology" would probably have implementability as a fairly fundamental property. Not being able to do scrum right kinda blows the lid on that, wouldn't you say?

Comment "Know to intelligence" - why is this a theme? (Score 2) 318

FTA "It's also worth exploring the question of why Twitter hasn't already disabled these accounts, and why intelligence agencies haven't done anything about them, if they're so easy to find."

It's not just Twitter accounts, it seems to be a common pattern whenever most perpetrators of hate or terrorist attacks are analysed - at least some of the those involved have been under surveillance, known to law enforcement, or otherwise under suspicion already. I can understand this being the case once in a while, but it seems like pretty much every time.

Why is this? It is fear of false positives? Wanting to use known suspicious actors to reveal accomplices? Lack of police resources on the ground? What?

Comment Re:ffs, once again: UI problem = "lack of interest (Score 1) 51

Perhaps it was the UI (and they certainly didn't experiment much with that before they canned it), but to be fair, voice control is only really viable if you're on your own. And unlike phones, where input can be tricky, the keyboard is likely quicker and more accurate in pretty much every circumstance.

Comment Re:Semi-OT: Why does plain text still exist? (Score 1) 106

Well yes, runtime costs of encryption might be an issue, but that's sort of what I meant when I said nobody seems to be phased by SSL and how that works with trusted keys, etc. In short, why can't all data (like medical records) be encrypted inside systems that are incapable of exporting the plain text and can't be accessed by anything that doesn't have the cryptographic ability to do so?

Obviously, and attacker could steal the keys and write an application that read that data and then exported it as plain text. But encrypting by default would seem to a good way of preventing accidental or just stupid data breaches as so often seem to be perpetrated by idiots.

Comment Semi-OT: Why does plain text still exist? (Score 1) 106

Why does plain text still exist? Or put it another way, why is anyone who has data they must protect able to put such data into a program that will export, import or otherwise be accessed by an external system *without* an encryption key?

I know it's a stupid question, but being able to just dump a database to text is just totally wrong, no? Nobody seems to be phased by SSL over HTTP, after all. Excel, Outlook, Oracle, MySQL, etc. - stop the madness!

Comment The ratchet effect of censorship (Score 1) 164

"Chief executive and co-founder Steve Huffman told users: 'We've spent the last few days here discussing...'

There it is. If you've ever wondered how any repressive regime started with perfectly good intentions and ended putting humans through meat grinders, then there it is.

Imagine the scene: the great and the good at Reddit discussion what to do about revenge porn, swastikas and confederate flags in a plush air-conditioned office. They all have beautiful wives and young kids at home. Who, just who among them will seriously make any point about how Reddit is part of the fabric of free speech and that all they should do is give the community the tools to deal with it?

Nobody will. They don't want to come across as some swivel-eyed libertarian loon! We all know evil when we see it after all!

That's why I like Slashdot. Look at the length of my ID: I have never in all that time ever seen a swastika or any hate speech at all. I'm sure it exists though.

Comment It's about the gangsters and hoes, really. (Score 1) 218

"For decades, AM/FM radio has used whatever music it wants without paying a cent to the musicians"

That is completely false. They pay to ASCAP and BMI, who in turn pay to the musicians. That is why those organisations exist.

The real issue here is that those organisations are shameless parasites who take almost all the money for themselves before passing anything to the people they claim to represent.

A finer example of how utterly venal the music business is. Any musician who deals with them gets what they deserve, in my opinion.

Comment So a coat it silly, but what about...? (Score 3, Interesting) 40

While I agree that putting the fabric inside a coat demonstrates a naive view of human factors (you can't wash the coat, you have to wear it all the time, etc.), I wonder if this might simply be the first idea they had after developing the invention?

Fabric generating power from movement would seem to have applications in other places: sails on boats; flags flying on buildings; tarpaulins on trucks, maybe quite a few others if the fabric is sufficiently robust enough.

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"