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Journal Journal: An excellent Analogy, Part II 2

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.

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Journal Journal: Bug or Feature? 1

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.

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Journal Journal: I like my new job, but it's boring 3

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!"

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Journal Journal: Financial Confirmation Bias 66

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?

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Journal Journal: anyone have a wireless-ac router?

Folks' Linksys WRT54Gwhatever shat itself recently. I had set them up with what seemed to be the equivalent of mine, at the time. Mine's the black model with the green lights; theirs were blue for some reason. Mine's older, but still going. Although a couple of years ago I had to start resetting it every day. I switched off its DHCP and assigned static IP's to my few devices, and that worked around the problem evidently. Maybe it was just getting bombarded at the time, and I could go back to dynamically-assigned IP's now, but whatever.

Anyways, it's dissappointing that theirs didn't last very long. I think these were about $60 routers (which bought you just wireless A/B/G, at that time). The wireless light was off and all four network port lights were flickering (even though only one had something connnected to it), not responding at its admin web address even after unplugging it for a minute. So definitely not salvagable, at least at my knowledge level.

So it seemed to keep it reasonable at under three figures, today's choices are $45 wireless-n routers and $90 wireless-ac ones. The "TP-Link Archer C5 Wireless-AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Router" seemed well-reviewed, so I picked one up at the local Fry's. It has two external antennae, which I figured was a plus. It's got gigabit ethernet ports, which might possibly come in handy when Time Warner Cable bumps up its Internet speeds. It supports wireless-ac, which mom's iPhone could use, but also wireless-n that is the fastest that dad's netbook uses.

I'm not an expert, but of course I don't use the "dummy button" (WPS), which auto-sets up God-knows what defaults. Their admin screens were unfamiliar, having only used that formerly ubiquitous Linksys system, but everything was findable. Apparently wireless-ac and wireless-n operate on different frequencies or bands or whatever, so you actually set up two access point names. It auto-switches its admin addy to 192.168.0.1 when something else is taking 1.1, which is nice, as they had called cable guy out while I was at work, and he replaced their cable modem with one that had built-in wireless capability and took up 1.1. (I initially tried that address, and got web pages for the vendor of that device, which was my first clue.) I don't think our old Linksys models do that.

The results: Crap. Wireless-ac signal was so weak that mom's iPhone would switch over to cellular downstairs. (Wireless light was off on the cable modem.) Wireless-n signal is better, but still not all bars or whatever. Seriously, this is all of a 1200 sq ft two-story duplex home. One room down and one room over, and wireless-ac was paltry. I have a 1000 sq ft townhome of similar configuration and with wireless-g I get full bars from anywhere in my place, and a least a few feet outside my garage.

So basically I paid $90 for low-power wireless-n, because I had to switch her iPhone to that. So what then I'm wondering about is, are the later wireless technologies only theoretical, laboratory tech? These houses are just wood and drywall. I thought by getting the $90 router my folks would be ready if they ever wanted to stream movies some day. What good is wireless-ac if you basically have to be in the same room; it'd be faster to just do a wired connection then.

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Journal Journal: and you're gonna like it, too

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Journal Journal: de-militarize the police 8

One good idea from the Dem debate tonight, from Bernie, was to de-militarize the police. I don't recall there being much in the way of specifics, beyond something about them not looking like an occupying force. But it got me thinking, thusly:

1) Make it illegal for the federal government to sell military gear to non-military entities, and make it illegal for civilian police forces purchase surplus military gear. (Whatever private individuals are allowed to buy would be unaltered.)

2) Remove SWAT teams from police forces and transfer them to each state's National Guard. Police would request SWAT assistance from them, with the idea that deployments would require more justification.

3) Remove military gear from non-military federal government agencies such as the DEA, ATF, and whichever others have them. I would include in this the overstocking of bullets; massive stockpiling of ammunition is quasi-military to me.

In short, no military-style operations on US soil. I don't care if it's under the guise of the WOT or the War on Drugs or any other war. All law enforcement business should be conducted as civilians dealing with (fellow) civilians.

An explicit, strict "Separation of Military and Police" doctrine. A separation between the two needs to become one of our national values. Maybe such a consciousness would change mindsets in police forces and cut down on brutality and lethality.

p.s. I think it was in a George Will column around Christmas where it was said that more monetary value was stolen by law enforcement in the country in 2015 than by criminals. So asset forfeiture laws are also obviously corrupting influences on police/policing forces and deserve to be looked at.

p.p.s. From the I-Told-You-So Dept.: "The Democratic [sic] Party in the United States worked since Harry Truman to get the Affordable Care Act passed. We finally have a path to universal healthcare." -- Hillary Clinton tonight

p.p.p.s. Currently playing in my head these days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOrXKiSy8ZY

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Journal Journal: Can't Log In from My Laptop 11

I can't log in to slashdot from my laptop. Every browser - and even from a browser running on a vm - it always fails. Not sure why but as long as it persists my posting will be less frequent.

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Journal Journal: WALDO- a way to merge software methodologies 27

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.

W- Waterfall

A- Agile

L- Lean

D- Devops

O- Outcomes

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.

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Journal Journal: mostly hasta la pasta

Unfortunately the mix in the journal community long ago ceased being what it had been, so I've done the long-overdue thing and switched my new JE notification from web to email.

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