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Comment Re:Conclusions (Score 1) 149

Not necessarily,

I have been working with Agile software development for 3 years now. Delivering working software every 2 or 3 weeks and never had a single day of delay or extra cost. Got extremely satisfied clients.

Now, it is not a religion, it is not the only and best way to view software development. It is just one tool every project manager must have in his toolbox.

Always think, does this software that I am building looks more like a building a bridge or like writing a book?

If you are building a bridge, please use a process oriented methodology that will get you the correct specs. If you already know exactly what you want, why go for a methodology that is made to coupe with change?

If you are venturing into the unknown, and nobody has a clear idea of the final software, but has a vague initial definition. Go Agile

Comment Re:Free trade of ideas, anyone? (Score 1) 687

China's GDP growth was at 11% last quarter, for year-over-year growth of about 8%, and just now replaced Germany as the world's leading exporter. (Funny, how does a "Socialist" European Free Market(tm) democracy be former world's largest exporter, but the US can't be?

Why would anyone want to be the world's largest exporter?

What everyone wants to be is the largest importer. The richest countries are the ones that get more products (a bigger piece of the pie).

All the developing countries always have been the biggest exporters of everything for the last 50 years. But they also have always had huge external debts to go with that, so the products got out, money got in, and the money got out again to pay interest on those debts (which were made to no benefit of the population during good non-democratic governments. Good because they were helped/sponsored/approved by the developed countries).

What nobody expected was that China would come out of communism to became a huge exporter in 10 years (without debts to balance the cash flow). Nobody expected, because they believed China to be communist like Russia. In fact China never was. China has been an company and run like a company for the last 15 years at least. It has a board of directors and a CEO. It learned the lesson that the western world failed to see: If democracy was the most efficient way to do something, companies would use it. They don't! Employees don't elect the directors. They don't vote for CEO.

I have been in China for a while now and I see their point, even tough they still don't get that people should be represented in any honest form of government, I can't help but think that they got something right that democracy as we know cannot compete with. Its like seem the end of Feudalism.

Comment Re:The decade isn't over yet! (Score 1) 313

Yes, this is pedantic. But not incorrect. Now comes the real pedantic part: If you say the best of "the decade" you are implicitly referring to the current decade as counted from the first one until now. The same goes to "the century" and "the millennium". It is correct to refer to the 80's as the period from 1980 until 1989. Every one of those years really belongs to the 80s. Buts. as you said, the first year of our calendar was 1. There was no year 0. This makes the first decade go from 1 to 10. So, it is correct to say that the [current] decade will end next year. It really makes little sense to start on year 1 if you think about it. They wanted to mark the birth of Christ as the start of the calendar, but they made it in a way that by the year 10, Christ was 11. If you ask me that was a major fail.

Comment Re:The decade isn't over yet! (Score 1) 313

A new decade ends and begins every second. We're celebrating this one because it's a double digit change on the odometer. What's your problem?

That is true, but then again, if we must be pedantic about it, since a decade can be any 10 year period, they should specify which decade they are referring to.

Comment Why? (Score 1) 831

I mean, I get the whole we like to do concurrent staff. But does the world really need another programming language? There has been a literal outbreak of new or revamped programming languages in the last few years. Are we seeing now with programming languages what happened to linux distros a while back? If so, what languages will emerge and what will just merge with others?

Submission + - Brazilian Power Grid Down again (

alberion writes: The main power plant in Brazil (Itaipu) shutdown last night causing a 17.000 MW power drop, which turned off the power in the states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janerio, Espirito Santo. For those of you who don't know Brazil, that means about 80 million Brazilians (about half of the countries population) was without power. The outage also hit the entire area of Paraguay, since almost 100% of its power comes from the Itaipu powerplant.
As of this moment power hasn't been completely restored. The official (link in pt-br) version is that unusually strong storms caused the powerplant to shutdown. But this comes just after this slashdot article about how hackers caused a similar power outage in Brazil in 2007. Coincidence?

Comment Re:They have a way to corrupt elections (Score 1) 101

Actually, I don't think the election numbers are manipulated in any way in Brazil. Simply because there is no need... People keep voting on these guys and these guys keep the people dumb enough to elect them. If democracy worked, companies would use it. Companies strive to always use the most effective and cost efficient system to manage themselves. It is the law of capitalism, if there is a better way and you don't adapt, you are going out of business. The fact that companies do not use ask the employees to vote on their board of directors should speak enough about how much democracy works.

Comment Re:Why we generally trust the electronic voting (Score 1) 101

- You OUGHT to vote if you are a Brazilian citizen between 18 and 70, and is not illiterate. You get in a lot of trouble if you don't.

No You don't. You have to pay about R$4 (USD 2) per election you miss, with a maximum of three elections. So you would have to pay about R$12 if you never go to vote, but need your voter id normalized (in case you decide to vote or get a public job). That is it. The only inconvenience is that you have to go to the voting registry place to do this, and it usually only opens in business hours.

Comment Re:Don't blame me, (Score 1) 894

You are right of course. I just could not resist the opportunity. There are better alternatives to sugar cane, I saw somewhere there was a research to produce ethanol using a special kind of bacteria, so it would convert solar power straight to ethanol, without using up crop space. I think that is promising if it works.

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