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Comment Not that difficult (Score 1) 229

Not that difficult if your developers work off a bug and feature log. The managers should assign bugs and features to the developers, and over time the daily average of bugs successfully closed, or features accepted for a build per day is a pretty good metric. I don't think it is hard if you have good processes and track everything with a bug and feature log.

Submission + - Google interview process big turn off for experienced engineers (businessinsider.com)

mysterious_mark writes: There's an article in the Business Insider discussing how the interview process at Google is really just geared for recent CS grads, and makes no sense for experienced engineers. Apparently the only criteria to work at Google is one's ability to do white board code problems, actual engineering experience counts for nothing. This may explain why the average engineer at Google is under 30, the problem is partly due to age discrimination, and also because older and more experienced engineers simply don't want to deal with the interview process.

Comment State of software quality (Score 4, Insightful) 358

I don't think this has as much to do with Android and iOS as it does with the state of software quality in general. The current state of software quality is abysmal, since the shift to scripting languages and web apps as the primary platform about ten years, the science and art of writing robust and reliable software for OO, event driven, asynchronous platforms like iOS or Android has become an almost lost skill. Unfortunately failure modes for these platforms are more dramatic than for web apps, in that you'll likely get a crash rather than 'error on page' message. The situation has been further exacerbated by management's insistence an always hiring the lowest quality developers they can find, outsourcing, H1 B's etc. If you use low quality and inexperienced devs, you'll likely get an unstable and and unreliable application on these types of platforms. This should be a wake up call to the industry in general in that we need to focus and engineering, quality and reliability, and not just minimizing cost.

Comment Misleading Article... Not 100% Flash (Score 4, Informative) 388

Yes everyone has flash, but what they don't tell you is that you'll also need the Swarmcast NexDef browser plug-in.
Check out the not so great review of the flash/nexdef experience: MLB Support Forums

Oh and if you want to also understand this from Microsoft's perspective: Miscosoft SL Team Blog
The CBS March Madness HQ streaming was SilverLight and was a huge success.

Comment Nothing new here (Score 2, Informative) 110

The US Military has been using Atropine auto injectors since the 70's, but there's no requirement for FDA approval. There's also a auto injector of Pam-2 chloride to be used to neutralize the toxicity of the Atropine. The Atropine and Pam-2 chloride injectors are issued in a box of two each that each soldier/sailor/marine carries when at 'MOPP' level anticipating a chemical attack or training for such. Anyone whose been through basic training or who has trained with a combat related unit probably has fond memories of long hours spent in MOPP suites, gas masks, and practice with the fake injectors for training. The only difference I see with this new antidote is that's its FDA approved for civilian use. Mark

Comment Re:I agree its wrong (Score 1) 459

It sure is. That's why you need a judge to interpret it. I mean when you setup a site on the internet with no auth, you would think it's fair game. So you *could* be against the law but there really needs to be a court case on it.
The Patriot acts make teh law even more vague and give authorities even more power what they define as illegal.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - I Phone unlocked (blogspot.com)

mysterious_mark writes: "The Apple I phone has been successfully unlocked. George Hotz of New Jersey managed to unlock his I Phone and is now using on the T-Mobile network. Detailed instructions on how to unlock the I Phone are posted on Blog Spot also the story is being carried on CNN and Fox , no comment from yet Apple or AT&T."

Submission + - A geek on Everest (kahrlconsulting.com)

mysterious_mark writes: "Recently I was recruited by altitude films to be the IT geek for a filming expedition to the north side of Mount Everest. I have written an account of my experience at : http://www.ueverest.com/camp_life.aspx?postId=19 . It is a tale of high latency, low band width, blown hard drives, and frozen fingers. Summit day is June 14th, the overall expedition is covered at http://www.ueverest.com/"

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