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Comment: Re:Start with these (Score 1) 687

To the OP: I don't have advice on what to put in your videos, but I can only say that when my time comes, I hope to have a fraction of the courage, grace, strength, and selflessness that you do.

Your greatest legacy will be in the memory of the person that you are. Just by making your posting here, you've changed people for the better. I know you have changed me and I thank you for it. Perhaps the words are trite, but you're what I think of when I think of "hero" or "real man."

You're leaving an indelible gift behind, the gift of having helped others.

Comment: Re:Well someone has to do it (Score 2) 337

by chipschap (#49142237) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

I was a technically literate manager, having done lots and lots of programming myself. My job was simple: run interference with the client so that my team stayed funded. The team was very happy to let me do that job, which required a lot of travel and unpleasant politics.

In turn I trusted the team. I asked them for realistic estimates to give the client. If the team thought they weren't going to make it on time, I asked them for a heads-up as far ahead as possible, and I would take the news/new estimate for the client. I did not criticize the team, either to them directly or to the client.

They knew they were asked to do their best but software being what it is, they were not held to preliminary estimates. (The only issue was with downright incompetence or negligence, which was very rare.)

It's interesting that I was considered a good manager by the staff and the client, but not by my own management, who said I wasn't hard enough on the staff. Well, sorry, I got results and I kept us funded.

So, was I a "useless manager"? I hope not. I didn't produce anything tangible, and that bothered me, but I hope I played a useful role.

Comment: Total fruitcake (Score 2) 318

by hairykrishna (#49127423) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

The guy is a well known loon. In the past he's been very vocal in his support of homeopathy and various other quackery. If memory serves he once also publically claimed that blood won't clot under a full moon.

He sits on the Science and Technology Select Committee and the Health Select Committee. An astonishingly clear example of an elected official not being fit for purpose.

Comment: Re:cost analysis (Score 1) 87

by chipschap (#49122685) Attached to: Can Tracking Employees Improve Business?

A corollary sort of thing happened where I once worked. There had been a major change of upper management, and they "fixed" a bunch of things in the way that executive management sometimes does. A year into it we were asked to provide a memo telling executive management how things had improved, even though things had degraded so much that anyone except out-of-touch executive management couldn't possibly miss it.

When we told them the truth, they replied, "This isn't what we asked for."

Comment: Re:Pick an easy solution (Score 1) 343

by chipschap (#49074731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

The big downside is that the Google Docs UI is dramatically different from Word/Excel/etc.

Change 'downside' to 'upside'. I'd rather work with Google Docs any day. Yes, there may be a little retraining. Yes, Google Docs is missing features that you very likely don't need and are just time wasters. The only real downside I've found is that it's slow with very large documents.

Comment: Re:perforce (Score 2) 343

by chipschap (#49074693) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

I thought Google Drive did, but may be wrong; maybe it's just Google Docs that does version control?

Google Drive sort of offers version control for non-Google-docs. Previous versions are merely saved (which you can argue is not really version control, I suppose). However --- be careful --- they are only saved for 30 days unless you actively go in and retain them. I lost 7,000 words of a novel I was writing partly because I didn't realize this (and admittedly, partly because I overwrote the working copy).

A Google Doc has much better version control.

Comment: Re:What were you expecting? (Score 4, Insightful) 154

by chipschap (#49052109) Attached to: Trans-Pacific Partnership Enables Harsh Penalties For Filesharing

It's worse than this. You're denied the rights to even use WHAT YOU PAID FOR in the way you wish. Witness Kindle books as one example. Want to read them in the reader of your choice, on the device of your choice? Sorry, can't do that, and DCMA outlaws decryption tools.

Comment: Re: Another silly decision (Score 1) 480

by chipschap (#49035697) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

I really can't see the reason for buying a condominium though -- you pay just as much, and own no land

Not strictly true, in fee simple ownership, you own a share in the land under the condo complex. For us, a condo is a good choice as we're retired and don't want to deal with yard work and most infrastructure maintenance. Of course, we face a monthly condo fee that escalates somewhat.

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