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Comment Re:Agile! (Score 1) 7

Actually, agile software development improves quality by delivering on shorter development cycles. What's the point of spending 2 years developing a multi-million-dollar, fully-featured content management system when requirements change out from under you? Every piece that doesn't work as well in the real world as it does for QA will break all at once when you ship it out--welcome to beta software--and features will do what users wanted two years ago.

With agile development, you deliver in pieces. You do iterative development, producing a framework or basis upon which to build further components. You do incremental development, producing fully-functional components which you can deliver immediately for use. Further development on iterative components reveals defects and design deficiencies, and so you refactor, re-engineer, and adjust to meet requirements. Delivery of a working component generates user feedback, which allows you to detect and correct for defects and changes to requirements.

At every stage, you generate more knowledge. Producing each piece, iterating on each framework, and responding to each piece of user feedback generates information which is folded into the further parts of the project. Rather than dumping one piece onto the pile of shit-to-deliver-later and blissfully working on the next, you get told that the shit you just made isn't what we need, and you can reflect on that and the implications for the next piece of the project. That means each piece takes into account the failures encountered so far, and the final product delivers closer to actual requirements at delivery time.

Part of planning is applying knowledge you have. Agile project management allows you to generate new knowledge at every stage and roll that forward into planning the next stage. You can't apply knowledge you don't have.

Comment Re:What's wrong with this people? (Score 1) 806

i.e. a massive hypocrite.

Yes, every Christian and every conservative is a hypocrite. It's impossible to live up to our own rules, that's why we're always trying and failing. You are not a hypocrite, however, because you'd have to have standards in order to violate standards. A pig who thinks rolling in shit is just swell is hardly hypocritical when rolling around in shit, is he?

I actually know the bible reasonably well, well enough to know that your allegedly religiously derived rules are nothing of the sort. No, instead you have a bunch of extra-biblical philosophy and selectively cherry pick bits of the bible to support it all the while ignoring the bits of the bible that don't support it and in fact say the opposite.

Yeah, you have it backwards. Catholicism is a philosophy. The Bible is a liturgical tool we compiled to help with our teachings some 400 years after Christ, but it is not the religion itself. This is why protestants are so fucked up. Physics books are written by physicists who understand physics. You then have people who read the physics book and think memorizing it means you understand physics. Wrong. You just know how to recite a book, but not what it means.

Apart from a desire for oppression and a return to glory days of the 1950s where everyone except people like you were repressed, you mean.

Well here we 60-odd years later and everybody's still pretty damn oppressed aren't they? Blacks are burning down the cities, 25% of the women are getting raped on campuses or whatever (which are not exactly bastions of right-wing trad Catholic indoctrination are they?). Seems to me whatever the progressive social movement was trying to do failed miserably. Keep digging that hole though. I'm sure it'll all work out any time now.

Comment Re:This has to be a 4chan joke... (Score 1) 806

I didn't say I think it's okay, I said the girls think it's okay.* We know this because the determining factor in whether a guy is "creepy" or "hot" when coming on to a girl is not the manner of the approach but the attractiveness/social status of the man.

Fat nerd: "Oh hello m'lady, I would very much like to buy you dinner and get to know you better, if that would be all right with you." Polite! Nice! Creepy. Reported to HR.

6'2" Tom Brady looking motherfucker with money and a nice car: "I'm gonna buy you some furniture and then fuck your brains out on it." Bizarre! Awful! Hot. Gets laid. "Teehee he's so aggressive I just love it!"

Now morally I don't agree with any of this casual sex hook-up crap and I think it's ruining civilization turning the women into trash objects and the men into either vapid playboys or bitter loners and now 70% of men 20-35 are unmarried. Kind of disastrous for the next generation. But this is how women behave. It's called "hypergamy." Eggs are expensive, sperm is cheap, don't waste expensive eggs on low-quality sperm.

When I was younger I was selectively famous in a niche artistic circle. People knew who I was. I'd go to a convention and girls way out of my league would want to climb me like a tree. Just because I had a little bit more social status. Go back home and go to a club where I was just another guy and not a second look. That's just how humans are wired. This is why 80% of the women on Tinder are only fucking 20% of the guys.

* I went and read your article and it says basically the same thing I did: whether something is creepy or hot is determined by the boundary set by the woman. However women set very different boundaries for rich hot guys than for fat nerds. The moral of the story is "don't be a fat nerd."

Comment Re:This has to be a 4chan joke... (Score 1) 806

And this makes it OK to harass and coerce women into sex... how?

I never said it was okay. My point was that he was so pathetic his girlfriend was out banging other guys, and then so hard-up he thinks it's a good idea to go begging subordinates to do his girlfriend's job. I'm just laughing at the entire situation.

Comment Re:What's wrong with this people? (Score 1) 806

That's a good point. I am not doing anything in the bedroom that will get our city firebombed, so you can rest assured.

Then again I recall Jerry Falwell saying that Hurricane Katrina was God's justice on New Orleans for the gays. But since the flooding mostly skipped the gay district, it seems to have been God's justice on the gay-adjacent. I guess we need more data points to figure out who exactly God is hating these days.

Comment Re:Hard to read (Score 1) 216

Even anti-Trump people want to hear about something else once in a while.

Actually not. Our appetite for anti-Trump information is apparently insatiable, and that's a problem for us. In fact I think it's one of the reasons Hillary Clinton lost the electoral college.

Like everything else, negative information reaches a point of diminishing returns. There comes a point where more bad news doesn't hurt you any more, but crowds out other news. In a divisive election, you win by getting more supporters to the polls than your opponent, and for that you need media bandwidth. So while Hillary's favorable/unfavorable ratings were consistently far better than Trump's even when they were under water, Trump was hogging all the media attention she needed to make the most of that advantage. Trump was ratings gold, because people who despised him as a buffoon simply adored stories which confirmed that fact.

And if you're a Trump supporter, take heart: we haven't seemed to learn anything. We still haven't figured out we can't rely on Trump's buffoonery, that we have to craft a positive message and deliver it into places where he has support.

Comment Re:Great idea... But there is a problem... (Score 1) 280

Is a man-made production process for solid sheets of aluminum oxide and for tiled sheets of zero-distortion interfaced aluminum oxide in nature? Does nature give us a way to perfectly-control the physical and optical properties of aluminum oxide using caveman-level tools?

Gasoline is in nature. We separate it out from a pile of muck pumped out of the ground. The same with iron ore and the steel made from it. There's an argument for communism and socialism which explains that all property is theft because the natural state is that we can go anywhere and take anything, and then suddenly things which we were allowed to take are claimed to belong to someone else and thus have been stolen from us; this argument ignores that human labor is required to acquire, shape, and distribute objects as made from natural things. Giant sheets of alox to precisely-engineered specifications aren't natural, you toolshed.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 806

It is pretty clear that the majority view at this point on Slashdot is that sexism is either imaginary, overrated, or just something women should put up with because essentially any measure to correct it is anti-men, or anti-equality, or affirmative action, or quota management, or whatever.

Might have something to do with the frequency of which these kinds of allegations turn out to be imaginary or overrated. In this case so far all we have is an allegation.

Comment Beer (Score 1) 107

Another reason to ban beer: It would cost the taxpayers several thousand dollars to launch a pint of beer into LEO. The bill for a small Superbowl party on the ISS would easily exceed the average US worker's annual salary.

If they're going to send up any booze, make it 190 proof grain alchohol. That would only cost about $100 per drink.

Better yet, ditch the whole manned space flight boondoggle and use the savings to fund more real space science.

Comment Re:What's wrong with this people? (Score 1) 806

When did I say I was an MRA? I'm a traditionalist Catholic. We don't have much in common.

All I'm saying is the sea of degeneracy in which these people are wallowing which results in a man begging a strange woman for sex over email started long before "but he was her boss."

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