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Comment: Re:"It's hard, so we won't do it" (Score 1) 337

by mveloso (#49143107) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

Actually, I've done all that. It's really not that hard to estimate, unless you don't pay attention to how long it takes to do stuff. It's not like you're trying to figure out how to fuse atoms, and have to build the manhattan project from scratch.

Writing something new is more difficult, but when you break it down into chunks it becomes easier. You do have to have a good understanding of how you work.

Just like anything, it takes practice. If you have enough people estimating you can bayes the answers, sort of.

Comment: "It's hard, so we won't do it" (Score 3, Insightful) 337

by mveloso (#49141857) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

Part of being a software professional is understanding how long it takes for you to do things

If you don't know how, go read a book. It's not hard. The money that's used to pay you depends on your estimate being somewhat correct.

Imagine how upset you would be if you asked for your paycheck, and payroll said "we're not sure when we're going to pay you, but it should be sometime soon."

Comment: Why not? It's the truth (Score 1, Insightful) 645

by mveloso (#48999163) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

Other media organizations are afraid to post the video because "people might get the wrong idea."

Basically, they are afraid that people will start going all anti-Muslim. Well hello, most Americans should be pretty familiar now with the "all terrorists are Muslims, but not all Muslims are terrorists" idea.

Videos like this will show people exactly who is on the other side. This isn't a fake propaganda video, this is what ISIS/ISIL wants people to see. I suppose it doesn't fit into the worldview of the left-leaning media, who believe that diplomacy, talk, and hugs will cure any conflict, and that conflicts are due to misunderstandings between rational people.

It should be pretty clear that burning someone alive in a cage wasn't a misunderstanding.

When faced with this pretty brutal challenge to their worldview, the left basically says "screw it" and ignores it. It doesn't fit the narrative.

Comment: Guess they learned from Apple/iPhone (Score 1) 98

by mveloso (#48966229) Attached to: Google To Compete With Uber, Uber To Explore Autonomous Transportation

After the bad blood generated with the Apple iPhone stuff, google realized that they can't just compete with companies that have google employees as board members.

I'm surprised Apple didn't sue Schmidt for breach of fiduciary duty, now that I think about it. At what point was he going to tell the Apple board about Android?

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. -- Plato