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Comment Re:Hubris and Self-Interest (Score 1) 130

If you actually have a problem that decomposes nicely into lots of little, neatly contained, problems it might work really well. It's just that if you have that, you are among the blessed and probably don't need any fancy consultants in order to do just fine. You'd need somebody who is actively capable of pulling defeat from the jaws of victory to screw it up.

The sticking point is whether or not snake oil can dissolve seemingly insoluble problems into lots of little, neatly contained, problems.

Comment Re:Not a hard and fast rule... (Score 3, Interesting) 130

I don't know how broadly it can be applied(if it in fact works as well as they claim at all); but it would appear that the whole point of these 'microservices' is to produce smaller 'projects' so that you have more room to scale before complexity eats you alive. It's not so much a disproof of the 'mythical man-month'; but an adaptation to cope with it.

Getting purely linear scaling without some sort of zero-latency hive mind is unlikely to be possible; but it seems fairly obvious that the amount of overhead you incur by adding 20 extra people to a five man project is going to be rather higher than adding a second person to a one man project(though the jump between 1 person and 2 people might actually be pretty big, if helpful in terms of producing documentation that somebody other than the 1 person understands). If you can break your projects down into smaller pieces, with complexity better contained, and well defined interaction between the pieces, you have teams small enough that you might actually be able to make them faster by making them somewhat larger.

If your project is already a screaming heap of interlocking complexity, there simply isn't as much work that can be done in parallel. Aside from people stepping on each other's toes, there will just be a lot of "Part X can't be done until the guy doing Part Y finishes".

Not so terribly different(if likely to be even less predictable because humans are involved) than deciding how a problem will scale if you throw more computers at it. If your problem is actually a large number of mostly unrelated problems, it'll scale nearly perfectly. If your problem consists of lots of somewhat interconnected problems it will scale; but demands on interconnect will become increasingly expensive. If it's a purely serial problem, and each step depends on the prior step, it may not scale at all.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 400

You cant cut out some of our largest population centers and leave other countries ones in and not call that cherry picking. ALL countries have more violent regions then others.

You're still not getting it. The point is that there are places in the country that are far, far more violent than others. But gun ownership is high across the entire country (and very high in some places) ... where that level of violence simply doesn't occur. Do I need to explain it in more detail? It's not the guns, or the pattern would be the same everywhere there are guns. It's the local cultures. Further, the places where it's the worst are the places that have the tightest restrictions on guns. Chicago is a great example.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 400

Including information from striking outliers IS a way of cherry picking, in order to distort the big picture. Just like including suicides and calling it "gun violence." Pointing out that a very small cross section of the country - geographically and demographically - is responsible for a huge portion of what's reported as if it were nation-wide... that's NOT cherry picking. It's called context.

Comment Re:Teens shouldn't have access to guns... (Score 1) 400

but I do know that something, somewhere has got to give

Kind of like it already has? The use of guns in violent crimes has been going down steadily for decades. If you remove from the stats the four cities that host the worst of the country's intra-gang violence, the rate plummets. We have less murder per capita now than we have since the 1950's.

Alas, we've had mulitple murders right near us in the last few weeks. Of course, they were stabbings. When you say "something has got to give," you're talking about human behavior, right? Not which inanimate object some killer decides to use? Not whether they use a pressure cooker to shred dozens of people, but that they want to do so?

Comment Kind of this, but not really (Score 1) 680

Every situation is a bit different. Do I prefer civility and kindness? Absolutely. What happens when you take advantage of my good nature? I really don't have a choice but to change tactics. Probably not the first time, but I'll let you know I won't tolerate it again. Have I been accused of being a bully because someone only heard a more abrasive part of the conversation? Absolutely again. The funny thing is that I rarely, if ever, see those people jumping on the chopping block. People that jump in to help the screw up on their own time happens in the movies, but we don't live in movies.

As an example, iff you are a manager and you are working 10 extra hours a week because one of your people is continually messing up, for how long will you continue to be kind? Your personal life relationships start to suffer because of this person? How about when the rest of your team is also putting in 10 extra hours a week because the person is a real mess? Your boss is chewing your ass daily because you are late with a deliverable? The other 20 people on the team are upset because they can't seem to go forward. Nobody can get frustrated and tell that person causing issues to STFU, even if they attempt to pass the blame? Everyone needs to be kind to their "feelings" even though they are making a job miserable for many people?

TFA has nothing to do with bullying, it's about trying to get people to do what needs to be done. I'll add it's about unrealistic expectations where people don't vent in the workplace (or at least do not vent the same way as you). You may not think that the Kernel is a big deal, but it's Linus's whole life. He built it from scratch and makes his livelihood from the project. You can't really compare his perspective with an argument with a co-worker. It's more like seeing a master architect yell at a welder for fucking up a seam and not fixing it after being asked to fix it. Shit happens.

*steps off the soap box*

Comment Re:RISK vs CHANCE (Score 1) 166

Meh, we found so many holes in the Law of Conversation of Energy 100 years or so ago, we had to completely redefine it to include "mass" as a kind of energy. I bet we do that again, one day - broaden the definition to maintain something being conserved. (Also, did you know there is no conservation of energy in General Relativity? Strange but true.)

More fun: an act of divine intervention could conserve energy; it would just require a statistically unlikely sequence of events. Plenty of energy coming from the Sun to power all sorts of wild effects, and the Sun itself is a chaotic system that sometimes bursts energy in amazing ways.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 680

To quote Linus about "professional"

Because if you want me to 'act professional,' I can tell you that I'm not interested. I'm sitting in my home office wearing a bathrobe. The same way I'm not going to start wearing ties, I'm *also* not going to buy into the fake politeness, the lying, the office politics and backstabbing, the passive aggressiveness, and the buzzwords. Because THAT is what 'acting professionally' results in: people resort to all kinds of really nasty things because they are forced to act out their normal urges in unnatural ways.

Comment Re:Emissions testing needs to be fool proof (Score 1, Troll) 77

Just get rid of the EPA. They've screwed up the diesel market and VW was hacking around it. The VW engines produce less nox per mile than a gasoline engine, but more per gallon, and the EPA is derp-tastically stuck on gallon which makes no sense to any rational being. Rather than price diesels out of the market, VW did the right thing for the environment and hacked around the EPA. Yeah, they got nabbed, but they didn't do anything wrong ethically, unless you favor regulatory compliance over the environment. As usual, the EPA causes more harm than good.

Comment incomplete sentence... (Score 3, Insightful) 103

It's not farming, building and hunting that hurts the animal population. it's doing it in MASS QUANTITIES from overpopulation.

The american indians managed the land and it's resources just fine, It's the assholes from europe that wiped out most everything because of stupidity.

Just like how the Wolf population crashed horribly due to idiot farmers killing every wolf they see because they are too lazy to protect their livestock properly.

Comment Dont need long term.... (Score 2) 113

It's effortless to get the snip, then you don't have to worry if the doc does it right where it's non reversible. I.E. he snaps the vas, seals the ends then folds them back 1/2 an inch back on themselves and uses basically a surgical ziptie to hold them there. there is ZERO chance of the Vas reconnecting.

Real men get their Vas snipped. You do not "need" to have any more kids.

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. - Kahlil Gibran