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Comment: See, this is bullshit (Score 1) 507

by melted (#49691031) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

Do you even measure "quality and velocity", let alone "increased productivity"? Do you control for confounding variables? I bet the answer to all of that is "no". For all you know it might be hurting all those metrics, but you feel good about yourselves because you do "stand up meetings" every day and talk about how you couldn't get anything done the day before, but today you will definitely be able to do it.

Comment: Reminds me of the post on The Verge the other day (Score 1) 299

by melted (#49551753) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Reminds me of the post on The Verge the other day about $45K 3.3KW solar charging stations that San Francisco bought with taxpayer money. Man, I'm glad I'm not a CA taxpayer, because I'd be pissed. Let's very optimistically assume 365 days sunny days a year and 10 hours of sunlight. That's 12775 KWh of energy, which at $0.15/KWh works out to $1916 per year. That's 23 years before those chargers pay for themselves, and that does not include repairs and maintenance (such as, you know, washing those panels once a year, and replacing broken stuff), AND the assumption is that the batteries generate their peak output through the entire day. So realistically, 50-60 years before you have any chance of breaking even.

This is basically the same thing. It makes no economic sense for 99.9% of its potential users, even those who already have solar.

Comment: "They can't be a customer of ours" (Score 1) 303

by melted (#49398349) Attached to: Microsoft Engineer: Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible'

>> they can't be a customer of ours

They very much can be. They just can't be customers of _Windows_. Mark is confusing Windows with Microsoft again. They can be customers of Azure, they can be customers of Office, they can be customers of SQL Server. I mean, just about any Microsoft product can run (and therefore can be sold) on Linux just fine. Except for Windows itself.

Particularly for server products, I just don't get why Microsoft insists on offering them only on Windows. Seems like at some point they too will wake up to the reality on this.

Comment: Re:Don't you wish some of those slain had firearms (Score 1) 1350

by melted (#48760797) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

I dunno. I would, even if I was a hippie treehugger creative type. There was a fatwa on their head. That means a dude with a Kalashnikov would eventually come. So instead of filming from their cell phone, the person who filmed how the policeman was executed in cold blood could open fire. This was in broad daylight, and buildings were full of people. I would totally fuck them up if I had my gun on me in that situation.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory