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Comment Re:I'm still shaking off the crappiest winter ever (Score 1) 385 385

What continent am I on? Europe. All of Europe had a record warm winter. As a point of interest, Europe's bigger than Florida, so we more than cancel each other out. Anecdotes aplenty.

I'm 36 years old. I remember we used to get snow here in Holland, so we could sled. Barely happens these days. The last time we had an Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour, an ice skating marathon) was 1997, and before that 1986. The other years, we didn't have enough frost.

It's entirely possible global climate change means Florida's going to be colder. I hope you enjoy skiing, at least until your state floods.

Comment Re:I've said it before (Score 1) 391 391

Technology decreases certain classes of work. And a large portion of the population is capable -- either by experience, choice or simple capacity -- only of unskilled labor. When menial labor disappears, you have unemployed people who still need to live.

Comment Re:Why such short employment (Score 1) 381 381

Alternative view: Places where employees are encouraged to change and grow over their decade(s) of employment are more innovative, yet more stable, than places that encourage drive-by work. New ideas only get implemented in a half-assed way if the person who promoted the idea is already two jobs further in his career.

Comment Re:UK needs to be run by corporations like America (Score 1) 266 266

Seems to be working okay. My country (The Netherlands) is consistently in the top happy countries, definitely near the top healthy countries.

You seem to be under the misapprehension that European countries are communist. We're not, but by and large we've heavily regulated and, in some cases, nationalized things that should not be run for profit, like health care. I'm still miffed that the train system was privatized. It's gone down-hill since then.

Comment Re:USA in good company... (Score 1) 649 649

That might make you feel warm and fuzzy, but it's not actually true. US foreign policy is based on US interests.

Ron Paul took a lot of flak years back for saying that the US is responsible for creating a climate that allowed Al Qaida to strike on 9/11 2001, but he was absolutely on the money.

Media in the US, however, don't exactly report on what the US actually does. Just one of many parallels between the soviets and present day US (besides propaganda, this includes comprehensive spying on its own citizens, disappearing citizens and use of torture). This used to be something that would upset Americans.

Comment Re:Right conclusion, wrong reasoning. (Score 1) 507 507

Acceptance testing involves testing the newly built functionality in the entire system. A product owner should signal any integration issues. Test and review is also a bit broader than just testing the code in question; if a problem is spotted with adjacent functionality, fix it.

That said, full-on systems testing is lacking, and we don't do any regression checks at the moment. We'll get to regression sprints before long, with this project, I think.

Comment Re:Right conclusion, wrong reasoning. (Score 1) 507 507

My agile workflow involves development work until Dev Done, then I hang up a rest-and-review task. Once another developer has checked my work for functionality and improvements, it goes into acceptance. Once there, the Product Owner has to test it for functionality and accept it or reject it (if it doesn't conform to the specs). Only then is the task considered 'done' for the sprint. So five stages a task will go through.

How does that skimp on testing? It's leaps and bounds more useful testing than any waterfall project. Waterfall skips the test-and-review, and once you do get to testing, you're doing the entire system, meaning you miss huge chunks of it.

Comment Re:Agile. (Score 5, Informative) 507 507

The hell? My daily standup is 2-4 minutes. Restrospective takes 15-30 minutes, subsequent planning takes another 30-45. We do weekly sprints, so you're looking at an average worst-case of averaging 19 minutes a day. Boo-fucking-hoo.

If your standups take 2 hours, then screw that. Tell them what you did, what you're going to do, and what's blocking you. If someone wants to have a long discussion, sit back down and go to work, because the standup is apparently over. If anyone complains, tell them to take a course in scrum.

"History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions." -- Ted Koppel