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Comment: Re:Blender should file a Counter Claim against Son (Score 4, Interesting) 306

this, from the moment the video was took down, every download of Sintel from any Sony Pictures server is an instance of copyright infringement carrying a fine of up to $250,000.

I would love to see Sony Pictures lawyers claiming it was just an accident after all the aggresive prosecutions of "accidental" music sharers.

Comment: They're just UGLY (Score 1) 810

by spectro (#45499295) Attached to: Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

My personal opinion is EVs are just ugly... awfully ugly. The Tesla Model S is the only exception, but it's at least twice as expensive than any of the others.

After years of driving sweet looking sedans i just can't see myself driving an ugly little hatchback EVs every car manufacturer is spawning for some reason. Heck, even BMW is making it's EV as ugly as you could possibly design it.

I'll tell you what I would buy:

  • A Nissan Sentra, Altima or Maxima with the Leaf's powertrain
  • A Chevy Cruze (or Malibu) with the Volt's powertrain, or better with the Spark EV's one (400 lbs/ft OMGtorque)

Comment: Re:Trespassing (Score 1) 186

by spectro (#44617983) Attached to: Company Using Proxy To Evade Craigslist Block Violated CFAA

Let's say I am watching a baseball game in one of these Chicago buildings just outside Wrigley Field. The Cubs decide they don't want us to watch the ballgame for free anymore so they block our view by putting a tarp or building a new scoreboard. According to this ruling it would be illegal tresspass for us to find another, maybe taller building from where to keep watching...

Comment: Re:What's that saying about agile? (Score 1) 349

by spectro (#43825403) Attached to: World's Biggest 'Agile' Software Project Close To Failure

A properly run Agile development project should release a "potencially deliverable product increment" at the end of each iteration. Iterations usually last between 2 to 4 weeks. Big agile projects such as this one should have a production release schedule and deliver an actual (unfinished) release every 3 months or so.

There is no way a properly run Agile project should be classified a failure, you might get less features than initially requested, but you should get working code running in production early and often.

Comment: Why a tech solution? (Score 2) 301

by spectro (#43059509) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

I don't think even more tech will resolve your issue. Everybody is different and I don't know it will work for you but what I have done is:

1. Find a job were I work on challenging, engaging projects. If your mind is wondering off, chances are you have a really boring job. Find a better one.
2. Get quiet working conditions: eliminate distractions, shut down email, IM, put phones on DND. If something urgent comes up, they'll have to come over in person. If your job requires constant distraction, either train yourself to handle the quick context switching or find another job.

I think this TED talk is relevant: http://www.ted.com/talks/jason_fried_why_work_doesn_t_happen_at_work.html

Comment: Re:Okay. (Score 1) 67

by spectro (#39018403) Attached to: Twitter Gets Satellite Access

I don't think getting news that your loved ones are ok after one of the biggest earthquakes in history is bullshit.

Here in Texas, I was driving back from a concert with my Cousin when she got a text from her bf in Chile about the earthquake just a minute after it ended. We were able to get "I'm ok" news from all our family living there within the first hour after the quake thanks to SMS.

Twitter started as a system where you could send an SMS that would be broadcasted to all your friends (subscribers). In fact you can still register your cellphone and use it to send updates instead of logging in. You can also set it to send you SMS every time specific people you follow posts updates.

The big earthquakes both in Chile and Japan proved SMS is a very useful form of communication in times of crisis: while voice lines got easily saturated making it almost impossible to talk to someone there, text messages kept being delivered quickly.

Comment: Re:In perspective (Score 0) 380

Every accident is preventable... after the fact.

What would have happened if we had applied the same mindset after the first fatal car or airplane accident? Would these technologies ever develop?

100% safety is impossible. There is always something you miss, and you will only discover after an accident. You can either get paralized by it and stop any further development while commissions investigate for years resulting in added bureaucracy or you can take calculated risks and press on.

The FAA would have never allowed the Wright Brothers to take off in their experimental plane, too unsafe.

Comment: Not only for software development (Score 1) 445

by spectro (#38924707) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Daily Stand-Up Meetings More Productive?

I worked for Bechtel Corporation in a construction project for a big copper mine in the late 90's. I was in the team in charge of configuring and testing all the control systems through the plant and we started the day with a 10-15 minutes stand-up meeting with the subcontractors so we all were in the same page about the day's work.

Comment: Re:Curious (Score 1) 445

by spectro (#38924669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Daily Stand-Up Meetings More Productive?

You might know what everybody in your team did, but do you know what they are going to work today?. It might conflict with something you plan to do. Remember in a real agile team, tasks are not assigned but picked. Anybody can work on anything they want and somebody might plan to take on the next task you wanted.

Roadblocks are reported and then you move on to another task while the scrummaster takes care of them. You mention them on the daily stand-up just to remind her/him you cannot finish this other task until that issue is resolved.

Comment: Re:U.S. law is the new international law (Score 1) 1005

by spectro (#38758588) Attached to: Megaupload.com Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy

Of course they are, their business model is all about controlling all phases of distribution, even artificially keeping supply low to increase prices (Disney Vault).

MU offered artists a system to cut the RIAA middlemen. RIAA members of course will do anything in their power to preserve their revenue streams, including calling political favors to remove the competition.

We can predict everything, except the future.

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