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Comment Re:Worth it (Score 4, Informative) 102

Under her, Yahoo nearly tripled in value, from about $16 billion to $44 billion.

Wow, I didn't believe that, but I checked YHOO's stock price and kamapuaa is correct. When Mayer became CEO in July 2012, YHOO was trading under $16/share. As I'm posting this, YHOO is trading at $46.5/share. .

Comment Re:Wade through... (Score 2) 477

I see good questions dismissed by those with lots of points with excuses of "it's a duplicate" because they didn't bother to read the question thoroughly

And the jackasses who close questions as not related to programming when the questions are clearly related to programming, but just happen to involve another subject as well, for instance questions about network programming...

Submission + - Another Computer Outage Grounds Delta flights worldwide (ajc.com)

McGruber writes: Another computer systems outage has hit Delta airlines. At 7:15 PM EST, the airline tweeted: "We’re experiencing technical issues impacting the operation. Our technical teams are working to resolve this as quickly as possible to minimize the impact to our customers. We apologize for any inconvenience our customers may experience.” (http://www.ajc.com/news/local/delta-flights-delayed-due-computer-outage/qne9X06ckFMYVV8XZe8HEI/)

In September, the airline reported that an August 2016 computer outage caused the cancellation of more than 2,300 flights took a $150 million toll on the company’s financial performance. (http://www.ajc.com/business/delta-outage-took-150-million-toll-airline/q5sM5cxMtcnIHYcEP6hdgM/)

Submission + - Ask /. Should I sign permission slip so my kid can use Google Apps at school? (google.com)

McGruber writes: My childrens' public elementary school recently acquired 100 Chromebooks and is using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) [https://www.google.com/edu/products/productivity-tools/]. As part of the rollout, the school emailed this to parents:

[School] now has over 100 ChromeBooks that teachers can use in their classrooms for a variety of purposes. Teachers and students will have access to Google Apps for Education (GAFE) as a tool for learning, creativity, and critical thinking. In preparation for the roll-out of this great resource, we ask all parents to give permission for classroom instructional use. Please take a moment and complete the form sent home last week in the Friday Folder and return it to your child's teacher.

The permission slip asks us to sign-away some of the protections provided by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). It says:
COPPA applies to commercial companies and limits their ability to collect personal information from children under 13. This permission form allows the school to act as an agent for parents in the collection of information within the school context. The school's use of student information is solely for education purposes.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) FERPA protects the privacy of student education records and gives parents the rights to review student records. Signing this form acknowledges that some student records, such as portfolios of student work with teacher feedback, may be stored in a student’s GAFE accounts on Google servers.

Should we, the parents, sign this form? If not, how do we explain to the school leadership why we declined to grant permission?

Comment Re:Uber + Autonomous vehicles = Dumb (Score 2) 151

Uber getting involved in autonomous cars makes absolutely zero business sense. Their entire business model is based on an asset-light utilization of vehicles owned by the people that drive for them. They are basically a middle-man matching and scheduling taxi service.

Uber is a software middleman dependent on utilizing vehicles and smartphones owned by others. Once the smartphone and (autonomous) vehicles start being produced by the same companies (Alphabet, Apple, etc), then there is no more need for Uber -- ridesharing is trivial compared to autonomous vehicies

So Uber eneeds to look like its developing autonomous vehicles in order to keep the hype up prior to its IPO.

Comment Re:Agile is good for some teams & projects, ho (Score 1) 332

If your team consists solely of programmers of medium competence, Agile may be the best choice. If you have even one excellent systems architect...

What you're ignoring, is that for a hell of a lot of real-world projects, there's already a pretty good architecture in the form of one of several appropriate frameworks--and in many cases the team is already using one.

There's really a small portion of software development that is cutting-edge.

Comment both sides??? (Score 5, Insightful) 89

No, there are not "strong arguments on both sides". One side is corrupt and lying. Either the local administration of the schools are skimming funds and creating the hazardous unqualified schools as described, or the government agency is lying because they demanded bribes and were refused. This is not a "both sides have a point" kind of situation, and actual journalism would require digging in and finding the truth.

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