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Comment Re:Sucks to be you! (Score 1) 516

Oh, I'm sure we're doing it way wrong:
1. No Scrum Master
2. You have to do your own task estimates by yourself, and then they're pretty much set in stone.
3. Tasks randomly assigned regardless of developer familiarity with task, so estimates are often a wild guess
4. 1-week sprint
5. Code ends up being rushed
6. If you can't meet the sprint deadline (see #2) your pay gets docked; leads to #5.

Waterfall's not looking too bad...

Comment Re:Sucks to be you! (Score 1) 516

At least here in San Diego all they want someone whose experience is an EXACT match for the position, doesn't matter if you can learn it in a week. You need to have multiple years experience working on that exact technology (though not too many years because that means you're old.)

$30K (junior) - $60K (senior) is typical around here, $75K at the high end. Really sucks given how expensive it is to live in San Diego. I'm doing a bit better money wise in my current position, but I HATE HATE HATE Scrum. I'll probably have to move out of town to find better opportunities, sucks with a family and mortgage.

Comment Wasted opportunity for Sony (Score 5, Insightful) 191

When Minidisc was announced I thought it would be a perfect removable storage solution; at the time people were using Syquest drives for "large" (44 and 88 MB) removable storage, and they were pricy; there was a market waiting for something cheaper yet still reasonably fast. I think a Minidisc could hold 250MB or something like that - good storage at the time, relatively cheap, and would probably have been pretty reliable.

However, Sony's anti-piracy worries made Minidisc inaccessible digitally - there were no Minidisc readers/writers and you could only use it for recording/playback of ANALOG audio!

Soon Iomega came out with the very popular 100MB ZIP drives and Sony's window of opportunity closed - and we got to enjoy crappy Iomega quality and the infamous "Click-of Death".

Sony does come out with cool tech sometimes, but their entertainment division screws it up every time. I guess Sony made their money from Minidisc, but they could have done so much more with it.

Comment Re:I have a much more ambitious vision (Score 1) 1073

"Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia". Hmmm, reminds me of a certain book I've read.

If every last person was at heart kind and wanted the best for their fellow man, then there MIGHT be a ghost of a chance of such an idea working; however, there are (and probably always will be) those who are at nature selfish and have a lust for power. When such people are also charismatic, you have a politician, and at the extreme end of things you have a Hitler.

If people know their history, then if we're lucky enough of them might recognize such a person's shenanigans for what they are and oppose them before things get too far out of hand; otherwise, well that's where that saying comes from: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Comment Re:restraint of trade (Score 2, Interesting) 276

While the Right Thing resulted from the lawsuit, it's funny how it hurt Sun and Java more than it hurt Microsoft, which was Microsoft's real goal anyway.

The thing is, I remember around that time that Sun's CEO Scott McNealy was constantly ranting and raving about how the goal of Java was to take over the desktop and specifically "Kill Microsoft". Launching a frontal assault against Microsoft (especially at that time) was foolish, and look at what happened. If the good folks at Sun had kept their mouths shut, maybe they would have actually succeeded.

You can applaud the result of the lawsuit, but so many comments on this article reflect a resulting public perception that is not exactly favorable to Sun and Java.


Venezuela Bans Hostile Videogames and Toys 335

An anonymous reader writes "In an effort to 'help improve child education and prevent misconduct,' the Venezuelan government began enforcing a law on March 3rd banning war videogames and toys, imposing a fine and 2.5 years in prison on the production, distribution, sale, hiring and use of video games and toys inciting violent behavior. Alberto Federico Ravell, former director of opposing news network Globovision, has already come on twitter denouncing the authorities for seizing imported Gameboy, Wii and PlayStation 3 consoles, due to considering them violent."

Comment Re:It is a culture problem (Score 1) 307

If Microsoft wasn't hostile to Java then maybe Sun wouldn't have needed to do those stupid shenanigans to get Java to run halfway decently on Windows; it could even have been included with Windows (not the bastardized version Microsoft made, but the true, licensed Sun version).

But I don't really blame Microsoft too much for this; I blame Sun for declaring Java a "Windows Killer" from the get-go. The idea was that you'd run all your apps in Java in a web browser, and this would "Kill Windows". Yeah, declaring war on Microsoft was REALLY smart. I can't really blame MS for not going along with them on that. Probably just another example of Scott McNealy running his mouth.

(Of course it didn't help that Java was slow as hell back in the beginning; it isn't now, but the damage to its reputation is done).

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