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Comment: Re:Pay Scales (Score -1, Flamebait) 149

by pclminion (#44989589) Attached to: US Nuclear Commander Suspended Over Gambling

This is basic security clearance stuff. It you're doing anything that gives someone leverage over you (outside of your job), you don't get to know anything important. Seems reasonable to me.

No, it's completely insane, and a circular argument. If you gamble, you could be blackmailed by somebody threatening to tell your boss. Your boss will fire you for that because... it creates leverage? It's only leverage because the boss makes it leverage. If the boss would butt his dumb ass out of your private life, it wouldn't be effective as leverage anymore.

Example: Dickhead calls your boss and tattles on you for gambling. Your boss yawns and says "Who gives a fuck?" and hangs up. Look! No leverage!

Comment: I don't believe the results. (Score 1) 346

by pclminion (#44942539) Attached to: My favorite season:

With fall (autumn) just getting started, the season is fresh and novel for most of us after experiencing the summer. It's no surprise the fall is coming in first, followed by summer (the next most recent thing you experienced) followed by spring (the again next most recent thing). And winter, the furthest back in memory, is coming in last. I have little doubt that if we executed this poll in the summer, the results would simply rotate around.

Every season seems fresh, new, and stimulating when it begins. Personally, I'm enjoying the fall start, but I can't kid myself -- summer and spring are my favorites, for different reasons. But yeah.. I'm digging fall, but it'll get old in a month or so.

Comment: An analogy. (Score 5, Funny) 238

"I'm a contractor. I have a team of carpenters who are tasked with building a house. It seems this is going to require the driving of a large number of nails. My team of carpenters would like to know what sort of tool or mechanism would work best to drive these nails. Right now, we have one guy who holds the nail while another guy hits it with his thermos. This does eventually drive in the nail, but 90% of the time the nail bends, and it's denting our thermoses. I wonder if there exists some genius, super-carpenter bad-ass out there who might be able to suggest a better way."

Comment: Complete dilution of the meaning of WMD (Score 1) 533

The term "WMD" was intended to distinguish certain weapons of "mass destruction" from other conventional weapons, for instance conventional bunker-busting bombs. With respect to military weapons, a convention explosive bomb capable of leveling a three story building is not considered a WMD. WMD was meant to describe weapons such as thermonuclear bombs, mass chemical and biological agents, etc.

It appears we no longer have a useful term to refer to weapons which cause "mass destruction." Apparently, a couple of ounces of low-velocity explosive packed inside a metal container one can acquire at Walmart now meet the qualification. This is ludicrous.

Comment: Re:Developers hate Agile too (Score 2) 597

by pclminion (#43910121) Attached to: Why Your Users Hate Agile

As I understand it, in a stand-up, one is supposed to say what one did yesterday (I don't care), what one is going to do today (again, I don't care), and what road-blocks, if any, you have (and, unless your problems affect me doing my work, I still don't care).

So you're saying if a fellow team member is doing something in a way you think could be done better, you just stay silent? If a team member is planning to do something that you think isn't actually necessary because of something you're doing, you just stay silent? If a team member is struggling with a problem you have the skill set to help out with, you just stay silent?

It's true, for Agile to work, you need to have a team. The group you are a part of doesn't seem to fit the definition (or at least you don't).

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig