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Comment It's not global censorship (Score 1, Interesting) 337

It's corporate censorship. Google can opt out of doing business in France. Or China. Or the U.S. Or it can comply. It will comply.

This is why we can't let corporations run the world. They're in it for money, not principle or human rights or whatever. They don't have ideals... they are like sociopaths that are in it for themselves. That's not to say that they're not useful, but they shouldn't be in charge of politics.

Hate to say it, but this problem isn't going to go away. The internet will have to become regulated, with various strictures applied according under a multitude of jurisdictions. It will be messy.

Comment 57, and still an eclectic listener (Score 1) 361

Always listened to a broad range of music. Not a fan of atonal jazz/classical, rap, hip-hop, or trance. Pretty much open to anything outside of that.

My modus operandi on Spotify is to type in some word I see when stopped in traffic and peruse the results. The only problem I encounter is that there is much, much more mediocrity out there (in all musical styles) than there is truly innovative stuff. So I have to sift through a lot of sand to find the gems.

Comment I've lived around the Puget Sound all my life... (Score 1) 678

A couple of points:
1) Seattle has less rainfall than NYC. Seattle "rain" is drizzle. Drizzles a lot. Not much water in it, though.
2) We have droughts. It's because the watersheds are in the mountains, and rely on snowpack. Some year there's lots of rain in the Cascades, but not enough snow.

Comment Time for the mega screens (Score 1) 164

I'm waiting for whiteboard sized touch screens to make their appearance. I know Microsoft was working on this a couple of years back.

This would not only be useful for long-distance collaboration, but for team collaboration as well. Image working on a conference table-sized monitor, with a common workspace among 7-8 people. I think a team like that could potentially be more productive than the same number working independently. May require a different sort of programmer.

Comment Re:Simple methodology (Score 1) 347

Got asked about Agile planning estimates (you know: the Fibonacci scale) by our CEO, and why we didn't use time estimates. My answer was the developers a better at estimating complexity than time to completion. And complexity estimation accounts for the fuzzier initial understanding of harder problems. When you start measuring velocity, it stabilizes remarkably well and can be predictive.

But complexity estimation is not a time estimate. If, for my team, a 1 is about 2 hours work, varying between .5 and 4 hours, then a 5 (5x as hard) is going to take between 2.5 and 20 hours. That's a big variance! But it more accurately reflects the uncertainty of the estimate.

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.