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

Absolutely. I actually get sideways with people that think one specific method, language, or tool is so good that it should always be used no matter what. Flexibility is key not only in code but on the business side of software development. Getting good with more common languages/methods/tools/etc. is great in the sense that they will be used more often, but anyone that has an almost religious devotion to these one thing may succeed with it in short term (and there are still too many that believe this) but eventually a problem will come along that needs something else and they are will try to force the proverbial squares into circle holes.

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

As I stated in my other post, if design reviews and early on demonstrations are done a lot of that can be mitigated in a waterfall project. I concede (and wouldn't really ever say otherwise) that some things will fall through the cracks, but my statement was that can happen in an agile environment too even though it probably happens less. I mean hell, sometimes even customers can be pushed by hyped up posts about new technologies (see: the cloud when it first got popular...) that they really don't need but someone wrote an impassioned article and they get convinced that it just has to happen right now.

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

This also depends strongly on the project management style and customer demonstrations. Generally I get change orders for plenty of things before the software ever hits site. This is because we do design reviews throughout the project, we have a live Factory Acceptance Test with customer in a simulated and emulated environment, and we specifically structure things so that we can get requests for change earlier. Now, granted the type of system I am installing can't be piece mealed out therefore we are somewhat pigeon-holed into waterfall, but with better transparency and avoiding developers all working in silos this isn't such a problem.

Some of our core development is done more in agile style with feature specs, sprints, and such, but if a common sense approach is used waterfall does not have to be so back loaded and so much more expensive. I would argue a lot of those problems come from large organizations that allow their gears to grind much too slowly and they isolate people so that they don't actually look at the overall business problem they are trying to solve (so that they can predict what parts of the code need to be more flexible).

Granted in some scenarios I do feel agile is more well suited, because it is a good thing to allow the user to get more hands on time with the end features so things can be tested and retooled if it isn't what they want, but a project can still be managed in waterfall style as long as proper measures are taken throughout the process, at least in my opinion. I know some people are married to one style or the other, but I can't help that.

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

I disagree. Working at a primarily waterfall based company we have lots of change orders after systems go into production and as long as the code was designed well there really isn't an issue with adding new features. Sure, there are occasionally the huge changes that some customer decided they couldn't live without, but those types of changes hurt agile shops too. The problem you describe and "solve" is designing overly rigid code, not "agile is better than waterfall."

Comment Re:What a pity (Score 1) 130

No I work at a privately held company. I do however agree a lot of that is wasted on what amounts to corner case extremes. The large majority of these people will split themselves eventually out of necessity, just like in times past. I've seen a few that came into companies (a couple at one of our other offices even) that really needed to split, but once the company actually started asking real things of them it was a sink or swim situation and most swam (albeit with some growing pains).

There absolutely are some crazy extreme cases (the handful I have heard where parents go to job interviews for kids come to mind), but they are way overblown and definitely not the norm. Most decent companies won't let that crap fly anyway (I know we won't, I conduct some interviews now and if that happened I would walk out and ask HR if it was a joke), and even if they did, there is absolutely no way they will make it in the environment at large. Dumping money into such a small group is extremely alarmist and frivolous imho, especially when it will resolve itself.

I won't deny that it is difficult to ignore some of the studies and data considering our general reliance on experts in fields analyzing complex trends, but this one strikes me as incorrect. Especially given we don't have the same data to compare from all the previous generations in the same manner, they are trying way too hard to explain it when, to me, it is just part of the cycle of the generations and growing up.

Comment Re:What a pity (Score 1) 130

I disagree that the problems are as widespread as we are lead to believe. Working off of your same anecdotal evidence, at my office I have the opposite experience. Most of the developers I am working with at this point are of the millenial generation (in my office at least) and with two notable exceptions (they are *closer* to the stereotype, but not full fledged), are extremely hard working, very intelligent, and not entitled/delusion. Hell, one of my co-workers that I am still friends with just moved on to working at Microsoft as a full time senior support engineer and is excelling at his job.

Maybe it is a thing of culture, or even area, but my experience and the 'counter-research' concludes in the other direction as well. Honestly we can probably argue this both directions all day, and while I respect your experiences/opinions I stand by my statements that a large portion of this is blown out of proportion and isn't any different than previous generations. I remember specifically growing up and hearing the same stuff about GenXers and my parents can remember the same thing about the Baby Boomer generation. I've seen bad apples, I've seen ridiculous parents, I've seen entitled asshats, but I don't accept this even as the slight majority of experiences.

My post was a bit of a rant, but you can't deny that it has gotten very old how many of the previous generations just want to bash on mine. It gets old hearing it over and over again, especially when I feel this is unfair to people such as myself and many of my friends (see: not all, some of them are idiots...). I do not believe we are even close to perfect, but as I stated we're not really any different than the previous generations and just want a fair shake. Maybe you have given some of these people that fair shake and they just blew it, but not everyone

Comment Re:What a pity (Score 1) 130

While you are completely correct on the Texas laws allowing people to be shot for basically setting foot on your property (I'm in the state so I should know), and I also agree with you on the its ridiculous to assume lawsuits will result for stupid people not paying attention, I wholeheartedly resent your 'millenials are idiots argument.'

I am part of said generation and can honestly say at this point, this generation is no different than the previous ones, it is just much easier to criticize us because of the proliferation of round the clock news and how much more documenting many of my peers do in their every day life. Every previous generation has done stupid ass crap constantly, been incredibly smug for no reason (and with little accomplishment), ran around acting like they were better than everyone else, and countless other things that most of my generation will undoubtedly bitch about just the same when the next generation comes of age. The most you can argue is that more people see it because more people want to record and post it (professional and amateur alike).

The idea that somehow all millenials are idiots, irresponsible, don't go out, entitled, etc. is just outrageous. Yes, there are people within this generation like that, but there were people just like that in other generations as well. Please stop acting like we (millenials) are all the same. I am a college graduate, doing perfectly well and in fact taking care of multiple of members my family members in my own home (I know, such a reversal of expectations!), while not posting my entire life to social media and acting like an entitled dick (I do not feel I am better or worse than anyone, just different). I enjoy video games and many of the other things my generation does, while still going out and working on side projects that involve skills including electrical work, carpentry and many other 'practical skills' that apparently 'no millenial learns'. I have many friends that do the same and while may not be in the same position I am, they are still good people that work hard and just got hit with their own burdens. Hell many of us even go outside, and yes I have enjoyed playing Pokemon Go as many others have as well.

Bottom line, not everyone in the generation is like you and others want to stereotype, just a loud and idiotic minority that somehow people believe is a 'spokesman group' for the rest of us when they're not. Stop complaining about all of us please and just realize that some people are morons/assholes/entitled/whatever regardless of age or any other factor. /rant off

Comment Re:Raspberry Pi & OSMC (Score 1) 226

This is what I'm working on now. I'm exploring different options for OSs now to make it more robust (Chromium will probably be great once they iron out the implementation and Google finishes getting their Android app support put into it). Very open and if you shop around you can easily get into it for under $100 (hell, $50 if you're very crafty).

The other thing I am looking into now is the system-on-a-sticks from Intel. They have a surprising variety of hardware and even multiple OSs. Some come preloaded with full Win10 or a Linux distro, not sure which, and they even have a couple that are load your own OS. They have middle tier models that are under $100 and then high end that are close to $500. Reviews and reports from people is they are about as good as the SBCs in performance, they support streaming pretty well, have full 1080p, and even expandable storage on top of the onboard 32GB+. USB ports allow for using the media keyboards that are getting popular (I bought a Rii for my RPi3 and its pretty cool) and even plugging in thumb drives/external hard drives (even has a USB 3.0 port).

The only drawback I really would consider is they can only do a wifi connection (least the intel ones, maybe others can do more) so it can be less reliable or some people just prefer hard wire, but they support all the way up to ac wireless and some have bluetooth.

Those are what I would recommend looking into. Kodi on a firestick is a pretty low cost option too, significantly more limited in expandibility, but much easier to setup (though not like the others are THAT hard...).

Comment Re:Cost Increase...for customers (Score 3, Interesting) 595

Pretty much exactly this. Apple is and always has been a HARDWARE company. Removing these things and creating a walled garden on even the equipment that is usable with their devices just feeds right into that model, but goes against the rest of the industry giants (mostly anyway). Problem is this will eventually kill them if they can't keep coming up with revolutionary ideas (and be first to market with them), because everyone can do it cheaper while still making money and being compatible with everything else.

Submission + - Scientists in Iceland turn CO2 into Stone (theguardian.com)

Zmobie writes: The unique project promises a cheaper and more secure way of burying CO2 from fossil fuel burning underground, where it cannot warm the planet. Such carbon capture and storage (CCS) is thought to be essential to halting global warming, but existing projects store the CO2 as a gas and concerns about costs and potential leakage have halted some plans.

The new research pumped CO2 into the volcanic rock under Iceland and sped up a natural process where the basalts react with the gas to form carbonate minerals, which make up limestone. The researchers were amazed by how fast all the gas turned into a solid – just two years, compared to the hundreds or thousands of years that had been predicted.

Comment Re:Definition (Score 1) 568

Interesting. I had not heard of this before. I wonder if the PE is recognized by the national bodies yet? Definitely something to look into, but I know the legal definition hasn't changed yet (my title at work is software engineer to customers and I do work with public/government entities so it would matter).

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