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Comment no plan survives contact with the enemy BUT (Score 1) 222

... the act of planning has value

in the long tradition of "if there is a question in the /. title - the answer is yes" - yes "accurate" software development time predictions are myths

of course "accurate time predictions" are going to be "myths" for any massive project (a google search for "defense project over budget" produces interesting results - like this)

the fact that people tend to get better at "estimating" anything the more experience they get at "estimating" is a big part of the reason why "lead software engineers" make more money than "junior software developers" ...

Comment just in general price caps are a bad idea (Score 0) 257

price caps result in rationing or shortages (Venezuela being the latest example of price controls not working)

so remove the price caps, then help the school systems get internet access somehow (school funding/technology is a completely different subject ...)

Comment make sure there is a market (Score 1) 140

What the "business people"will tell you is that ideas are cheap, implementations are important, and elegant implementations are useless if no one needs/wants your product.

If you are writing software to solve a problem you have, and then hope that other people will find your software useful - that isn't a business

If you know that (* large number of people, who are willing/able to pay for your software *) have a problem and your software will help them with that problem - that is the beginning of a business ....

  1. 1. who is the customer (if you answer "everyone" you are missing the point, start again)
  2. 2. what can we do that is better/cheaper/different than is already out there
  3. 3. profit!

for more (and better) advice - Guy Kawasaki has written several useful books - "The Art of the Start 2.0" is very good ...

Comment I have the solution, 100% employment guaranteed (Score 1) 396

all we have to do is get rid of electricity

no more will those pesky automated machines take away human jobs! Everyone will be able to work 16 hour days (or longer) just surviving

Every nation will be blessed just like large parts of Africa

I, for one welcome our new X overlords ...

Comment yup, as bad as it sounds (Score 1) 114

Microsoft greatly improved the smb protocol between Server 2008r2 and Server 2012. Increased performance of smb and encryption are also selling points Microsoft hammers to encourage upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

BUT now that I've shown my "Microsoft certified professional" bias, I actually read the article: this was within a web browser, and most damning = "But when you change the user-agent string of your browser on Linux to match IE or Edge, suddenly OneDrive's web code runs fine. "

So this really is as bad as it sounds - ...

Comment Re:The value of money (Score 1) 426

Henry Ford kept cutting the cost of making the model T (the famous line about "customers can have any color they want, as long as it is black" illustrated that point - it was least expensive to paint the cars black) - so then they could sell it cheaper, but still made a profit

the other "Henry Ford" story often told is how they offered a $5 daily wage (a version of the story here) - but once again, the underlying intent was to increase worker productivity and decrease employee turn-over (people hated working on the assembly line, but if you paid them enough ...)

if you could solve the "scarcity" problem (the "Star Trek" vision of the future) - then you might be able to get rid of "money", but that would also require changing basic elements of human nature

Comment political correctness 101 (Score 1) 407

a petition to stop bad reviews? c'mon people ... p.c. 101 = we believe in free speech that we agree with ...

as far as "suicide squad" goes - I loved the "Batman: Assault on Arkham" animated flick. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it (my local library system has it on dvd) - very much not for the youngsters though (PG-13 all the way) ...

to be honest, I've been turned off by any film with Wil Smith in it for quite a while - so I probably wouldn't have seen it anyway (even had a chance to get a free ticket and passed). DC does straight to dvd/whatever animated films very well - and keeps releasing terrible live action movies ...

Comment Greece's economy didn't fail due to "capitalism" (Score 1) 866

they were paying people to retire at 50, and then promising them benefits for the rest of their lives. Add in massive corruption and a shadow economy and they had the worst of both crony capitalism and socialism

The answer might be "simple" (cut welfare benefits, root out corruption, make business friendly changes to the tax code that encourage "free market" capitalism) - but by no means easy.

The EU is collapsing, so Greece will default soon anyway ...

Comment mandatory access control (Score 4, Insightful) 554

security wonk rule of thumb:

  • "confidential" = it would be embarrassing if this information leaked
  • "secret" = material/stuff might get destroyed if this information leaked
  • "top secret" = people could die if this information leaked
  • you need to control access to/the flow of "sensitive" information and therefore establish policies. Once policies are established they must be enforced. There isn't any allowance for "intent" - was the information "sensitive" were the policies violated. It isn't that complicated ...

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