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Comment Re:-1 for linking to FOX news (Score 1) 336

However, not to be a denier just a questioner, how can we tell if this is just part of the statistical variations to be expected over time rather than an actual real trend?

A part of the answer to your question can be found here: . To get the full impact you need to watch the whole thing right to the very end, 3:15.


Comment Engineering attitude (Score 1) 421

And we'll let everyone in the engineering company design parts for the next bridge we build. What could possibly go wrong? Well, they'd be in violation of the Professional Engineering legislation in their jurisdiction, for one thing. IT still has nothing like professional licensing: There is absolutely nothing preventing rank amateurs from producing code for production. That's why software crashes are a lot more common than bridges collapse. It's going to take decades, and probably some fatalities, but eventually the world will hold IT accountable for its mistakes, just like the history of engineering, medicine, pharmacy, etc.

Comment Re:Wrong person doing analysis (Score 2) 306

The data exists to serve the needs of the business and programmers/developers work to serve those needs.

+1. Every developer should be made to write 100 times on the whiteboard: "The data belongs to the enterprise, not to the application."

Data architecture is a discipline in itself, not something a developer does off the side of his/her desk.


Comment Pinker's book (Score 3, Informative) 372

People interested in this topic may wish to read Steven Pinker's book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. In my opinion Pinker does a more convincing job of documenting that violence has declined rather than why, but it's a fun read.


Comment Re:Bismarck Copyright Term Extension Act (Score 1) 128

In America, he's more famous for saying, "Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made." Though he probably never said it.

He might have said it. A search on German Google finds a lot of hits attributed to him (and not Saxe) for variations on "The less the people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they sleep."

Je weniger die Leute wissen, wie Würste und Gesetze gemacht werden, desto besser schlafen sie.

Comment Re:Why link to another Galen Gruman article? (Score 1) 165

Re:Why link to another Galen Gruman article?

Why? Because he's self-satirizing! He's never had a real IT job, yet he condescends to lecture those with decades of hard-earned "lessons learned" who have seen this plan go belly-up before.

This is just another pendulum swing. Another 7 years and it'll be swinging the other way due to some highly publicized lawsuits and jail terms.We'll see ol' Galen eat crow then. In the mean time just grin and bear it; it' can't be stopped.


Comment Re:Reflections (Score 1) 960

The most common misunderstanding from inside of IT: Assuming that every computer system needs the security of Fort Knox, the reliability of a nuclear Submarine, and the mission-criticality of the Space Shuttle.

In the absence of someone doing proper analysis, it's safest to assume it does require all those things. Because if you assume the other way around and your guess is wrong, the whole company can go under. Or maybe you've only ever worked on trivial stuff?


Comment Re:Apple's Future (Score 1) 263

I'm sorry, you're terribly confused. Or a troll...

Fine for bits and pieces, but read Isaacson's biography of Jobs. Yes your parent quote was exaggerating, but Jobs's philosophy was very, very closed source, with the purpose that Apple could control the consumer experience from end to end. The bits and pieces you cite were things Jobs would have opposed.


Comment Re:Justifying shinies (Score 1) 237

Blackberry Playbook. Seriously. We evaluated one a month after its release. Fully updated system, but the built-in Adobe reader was unable to open and reliably render or scroll two basic, Acrobat-generated PDFs (less than 500kB, text with some images, no fancy stuff). No background apps were running to slow things down.

It's working OK now.


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