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Comment: Re:Trust (Score 1) 532

by h2oliu (#44985187) Attached to: I'd prefer my money be made of ...

While it may have value in wires, I doubt that it would be the same as copper, gold being approximately twice as dense as copper, means that best case it would have half the value of copper. Also, the greater density, and lower strength makes it less suited in many cases. Admittedly there are many cases where gold is better, but there are reasons other than cost for selecting a material, and gold doesn't always stack up well there.

Comment: Ending maintenance also ends control (Score 5, Insightful) 225

by h2oliu (#43508975) Attached to: The Eternal Mainframe

One of the points I found the most insightful is that the geeks don't like to take the time to make things work anymore. I remember a colleague saying that there was no better way to kill a hobby than to get it as a job.

The days of tweaking the OS and hardware as a common practice among the majority of geeks is gone. The field is too broad now. You have to pick which stack, and where on it, you want to hack.

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+ - Vulcan to Join Our Solar System (Maybe)-> 1

Submitted by jollyrgr3
jollyrgr3 (1025506) writes "If William Shatner gets his wish one of Pluto's two new moons will be named Vulcan. News.com.au reports that James T. Kirk (aka) William Shatner picked the names Vulcan and Cerberus. The names still have to be approved by the International Astronomical Union as they have the final say. Full link here:
http://www.news.com.au/world/capt-kirk-aka-william-shatner-names-plutos-two-new-moons/story-fndir2ev-1226585541984"

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Comment: Re:It's just training for future geekery (Score 1) 425

by h2oliu (#42377351) Attached to: Has Lego Sold Out?

I remember building a crane "by the numbers" using a lego building set. In 1980 or so (I know for a fact is was before 1984, since I moved out of the house that I did it in then. For some reason I still have the box, but the instructions/legos have all gone.

Yes, some sets are more specialized. Minecraft gives you a huge range of blocks that isn't possible in the physical world, but dealing with the way that they fit together in "meat space" has its own value.

Comment: Re:I love it when XP/scrum practictioners defend i (Score 2) 491

That is nice in theory, but I have found all to often in practice, when people see what they ask for, they realize that they didn't really want that. When you have a multi-year process, requirements change (heck I've seen it in multi-week!). Even ignoring the issues of human nature which induce this type of event, there are so many external forces that can drive a change that being able to re-evaluate is key.

My take on agile, and the "developer rebellion" is that developers got fed up with 18 different "Number 1" priorities, and wanted to force management to actually do their job and prioritize.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

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