I seem to be getting some rather severe packet loss today.
I seem to be getting some rather severe packet loss today.
My local Archbishop had some harsh words on what it means to be A reasonable and merciful Catholic
Maybe it's time to change my sig line again.
I just noticed this morning that the idea of God supporting Agile CI is rather Islamic. To be Catholic, God would have to support Waterfall Development.
Miracles are just God Patching the Universal Sourcecode. He clearly supports Agile CI.
I've been hopping Linux distros since I decided (for reasons of my own) against intentionally using systemd-based distros. I'm not interested in systemd flame wars, so don't bother here.
Waaaaay back in the early-to-mid 1990s, my dad sent me a box of 3.5" floppies. On these floppies was Slackware Linux. I don't remember the version, but I think I have most of them kicking around still, so if I felt the need, I might dig them up and see if I can install enough to get a version number from it. What I do remember is that it had kernel version 0.99pl10 on it.
Since my introduction to Linux on Slackware, I've used Red Hat/Fedora/CentOS (professionally and personally), Debian/Devuan, Arch, and Aurora (a Red Hat derivative for use on the Sun SPARC platform), in no particular order.
It's interesting, having to find all the dependencies again and having to re-compile kernels to get something newer than what comes in the box.
While everybody else is in a panic, buy British Pounds. They're sure to bounce back and they're on sale right now.
Playing today, Disqus, the ubiquitous blog discussion system. After many years in existence they finally give users the one feature they all have been clamoring for: blocking of trolls in their system, a feature that even Facebook has had for several years now.
Except it's not. Oh, you no longer see replies from that person- but they are still able to reply to you, you just can't see it. Which is fine if you have friends to defend you, kind of sucks otherwise.
And so I'm watching AfterMash on Youtube on my phone. Soon Lee Klinger just had a great line in the second episode: "You are my husband to love and obey, but only when you are right!"
We don't believe tobacco companies that pay for studies that claim that smoking isn't harmful. We don't believe oil companies that do studies that claim fracking isn't harmful. Why do we believe the researchers of the sexual revolution, who were paid to cook the data to claim that fornication, birth control, abortion, and homosexuality are not harmful? Why do we believe those researchers paid by the pharmaceutical industry, including the black market pharmaceutical industry, who claim that LSD isn't harmful?
Interesting Article in the Atlantic on how consciousness evolved- and why even very simple vertebrates can feel pain. Must remember to cross post to that thread about fishing later.
In short: Nobody wants to take the blame for attempting to impeach the first $CHARACTERISTIC president. Trump has no characteristic that would possibly protect him if he screwed things up: he cannot play a race card or a sexism card. He's got nothin'.
He's got everything to lose by getting impeached and everything to gain by doing the Right Things.
Will you dare to watch this video?
I've been thinking a lot about the software methodology religious wars lately. It seems to me that all methodologies have their strength and weaknesses. 15 years in, Agile has given us faster coding, but worse quality. Waterfall was flawed due to its overemphasis on architecture and underemphesis on business. Lean cuts out inefficiency- at the cost of elegance and maintainability. Devops sacrifices quality and cheapness for speed of continuous Outcomes. And while it's true that the "User Interface is everything" because that's the only thing the user sees, Outcomes sacrifices the future for one-off unmaintainable code.
So here's my solution- WALDO. The ultimate 3-6 person team- no more than 6, no less than three if a couple of guys wear multiple hats.
But these aren't just methodologies- they imply roles on the team. The ideal six person team consists of:
W- The customer's view of the project should always be waterfall with iterations. They tell us what they think they want, we build it- they're involved in every iteration. Of course, they don't really know what they want- it takes several iterations before we discover what they want- but the W role is the customer herself.
WA- The Waterfall Architect, or perhaps the Waterfall Analyst. This is the guy who is the face of the team to the customer- the single point of contact. On smaller teams, may also be the scrum master- but ideally should be a master of the models. This person should also be the principle advocate in scrum meetings for the customer.
AL- the real scrum master should be a master of both Agile and Lean. This guy lives in the world of Gantt charts and excel spreadsheets- keeping both schedule and budget, keeping the team on schedule, communicating that schedule to the team and to the WA and W. Daily scrums should keep people on task.
LD- the Lean Developer is a Model First Full Stack Programmer, but is the king of Object Orientation, maintainability, and reuse. It is this role that you want somebody who excels in data- but can work in the higher tiers of programming right up to the User Interface Tier.
DO- the ultimate Devops guy should be as much artist as programmer- a whiz of the User Interface. This is what the customer will see, so the DO and the WA are a natural Quality Assurance feedback loop for each other. Since the DO consumes data and objects coded by the LD, there's a natural QA feedback loop there as well.
O- the Outcomes guy. QA and Build Engineer rolled into one- this is your build manager, working with WA and W to make sure every release happens quickly and accurately, and that beta testing actually occurs to provide data back to WA.
This is my ideal team- one that insures you get the best of all methodologies, not the short sightedness of focusing on one or two.
Sounds like a great way to enable widespread identity theft to me since 501(c)3s are not likely to be able to afford robust security. If this rule goes into effect, it almost makes me want to turn black hat and aquire the donor SSNs for Planned Parenthood
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