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Submission + - Are accurate software development time predictions a myth? (medium.com)

DuroSoft writes: For myself and the vast majority of people I have talked to, this is the case. Any attempts we make to estimate the amount of time software development tasks will take inevitably end in folly. Do you find you can make accurate estimates, or is it really the case, as the author suggests, that "writing and maintaining code can be seen as a fundamentally chaotic activity, subject to sudden, unpredictable gotchas that take up an inordinate amount of time" and that therefore attempting to make predictions in the first place is itself a waste of our valuable time?

Submission + - Police violently drag man from United plane after reportedly overbooked flight (foxnews.com)

Mr.Intel writes: On Sunday, a United Airlines passenger was pulled from his plane seat and dragged off the aircraft — because the airline had overbooked the flight. Several passengers captured the scene and the disturbing footage appears to show that the man was left bleeding from the mouth after his face was smashed against an arm rest during the scuffle. Security are seen wrenching the man from his seat and then dragging him down the aisle and off the plane.

United Airlines gave us this response:

“Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation.”

Comment in my opinion (Score 1) 1

IMO, the best environment for a developer is one that doesn't treat them like a criminal who requires everything to be locked down. Further to that, as every developer is different, their environment is also different. Don't lock developers into one way of doing things for you'll make one developer happy and productive, and the rest will struggle and wonder why they have to deal with crap.

Give them a laptop, give them admin rights, tell them that they administer it themselves. Provide the software they request, and the services to function as a developer. If you need to lock stuff down, lock it down at the server.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What's the best environment for a developer? 1

Dorgendubal writes: I work for a company with more than a thousand developers and I'm participating in activities aimed at improving the work experience of developers. Our developers receive an ultrabook rather powerful but not really adapted for development (no admin rights, small storage capacity, restrictive security rules, etc.). They also have access to VDIs (more flexibility) but often complain of performance issues during certain hours of the day. Overall, developers want to have maximum autonomy, free choice of their tools (OS, IDE, etc.) and access to internal development environments (PaaS, GIT repositories, continuous delivery tools, etc.) . We recently had a presentation of VMWare on desktop and application virtualization (Workstation & Horizon), supposedly the future of the desktops. It sounds interesting on paper but I remain skeptical.

What is the best working environment for a developer, offering flexibility, performance and some level of free choice, without compromising security, compliance, licensing (etc.) requirements? I would like you to share your experiences on BYOD, desktop virtualization, etc. and the level of satisfaction of the developers.

Submission + - Texas feminist wants to fine men $100 each time they masturbate (cnn.com) 1

mi writes: Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Democrat, has proposed a bill that would fine a man $100 each time he masturbates. The bill also imposes a 24-hour waiting period if a guy wants a colonoscopy or a vasectomy, or if he's in the market for some Viagra.

Comment Re:So what's your point? (Score 1) 3

Exactly, it is no big deal yet it is making front page news. I'm sure there are much more important things going on in the world, yet this major news company thinks the number of web sites that Trump's IT department has registered is important. Perhaps they should look into who owns obamasucks.com or obamabinladen.net.

This is nothing more than the privately owned media attempting to persuade the opinions of the people of the USA to oppose their elected leader.

Submission + - Author is a good example of why Mint is popular

miscbyproduct writes: I m a complete newb. I tried Ubuntu. 2 hr's & threw it away. Tried Mint. 20 mins and it was booting. Now rant all you want about this and that. But there is no denying the newbie friendliness of Mint vs U.... AND 1/2 OF YOU TOO! As several of you seem to have forgotten what it is like to know nothing, and are now stuck on knowing it all.

Comment So... (Score 1) 1

It appears that women are no longer allowed to choose the career they want, but rather the career where there are less women. Perhaps there are fewer women in cyber security because fewer women are interested in cyber security. FFS, let people be who they want, work were they want, in whatever industry they want.

Comment Microsoft product (Score 1) 1

The attack works only on Mac versions of Word (attempts to execute on Windows or Pages, Mac-based productivity software similar to Word, failed).

So the solution is to avoid Microsoft products (whether they're a target because they are vulnerable, or just because their popular isn't important). I also know there will be a lot of people in the "I need this for work because Pages isn't good enough" crowd, I say fair enough, but for everyone else, I'm sure it is a suitable replacement. Then there is always the Libre Office route.

Submission + - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broke its own rules (dailymail.co.uk) 2

turkeydance writes: A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.

The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than scientists expected. Launched by NOAA with a public relations fanfare, it was splashed across the world’s media, and cited repeatedly by politicians and policy makers.

But the whistleblower, Dr John Bates, a top NOAA scientist with an impeccable reputation, has shown The Mail on Sunday irrefutable evidence that the paper was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data.


Submission + - NOAA deliberately published flawed report on climate change 6

elgatozorbas writes: The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed. A whistleblower and top NOAA scientist claims NOAA breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders.

Submission + - SPAM: Boston Dynamics Handle: A 2-Wheeled, "Nightmare-Inducing" Robot

An anonymous reader writes: Boston Dynamics debuted a new two-wheeled robot called Handle that can jump over obstacles, self-balance and eventually move objects around. A video leaked on YouTube shows Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert debuting Handle at a presentation.

Raibert says Handle is an exercise in building a humanoid that has less degrees of freedom and is less expensive, but one that still has significant capability.

One of the issues with commercializing a robot like Boston Dynamics next-gen Atlas robot, for example, is legged robots aren’t as efficient and are quite costly. Handle ditches the articulated feet for wheels and self-balances itself at all times.

Raibert says Handle has knowledge of how to throw its weight around and will be a “nightmare-inducing” robot.

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Submission + - Quimitchin: The First Mac Malware of 2017 Arrives

wiredmikey writes: Security researchers have a uncovered a Mac OS based espionage malware they have named "Quimitchin". The malware is what they consider to be "the first Mac malware of 2017" which appears to be a classic espionage tool. While it has some old code and appears to have existed undetected for some time, it works.

It was discovered when an IT admin noticed unusual traffic coming from a particular Mac, and has been seen infecting Macs at biomedical facilities.

Submission + - It's not you, Slashdot, it's me. 5

BuckB writes: When I was a young man, I read Slashdot in order to amaze my friends with useful facts. It was even my homepage for awhile. Sure, there was time when I cheated and went to cnet or wired. With Slashdot, I could count on high quality debate on controversial topics, even though I knew in my heart that most of the readers were Apple fans, while I am a closeted Microsofterian. Now the stories are mainly non-tech — no, that's the real reason — the stories are now mainly fake or click-bait or alarmist, and the discussions are completely uninformed, insulting, to the point of being indistinguishable from an MSNBC forum.

I'll still remember you fondly. And I'll check back now and then. You'll do fine without me, find more people who enjoy insulting contributions and upvoting rumors and gossip. But maybe, just maybe, you'll think back to when you were a leader and attracted the kinds of people like me.

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