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Comment A strategy that seemed to work... (Score 1) 128

At one place I was at, a strategy that seemed to work for at least one manager was to keep a spreadsheet, listing each developer. He'd record their estimates, the time it actually took for each task, figure out a multiplier, and apply it to the estimate for the next task. After a while, he had fairly accurate estimates of what each of his developers would take for each task, moreso than most other managers. Granted, it takes time and will be highly variable at first, but *does* seem to zero in after a few different tasks.

Comment Re:High quality Indian applicants are scarce. (Score 1) 619

Further predicating a well-paying job on a degree inflames other problem areas - mainly, around poorer US citizens who cannot or could not afford an advanced degree - or any degree at all - having access to well-paying jobs IF they can demonstrate the skills and build the experience needed to satisfy its requirements. I'm one of these people, myself. I'm now on my 22nd year in this industry, and I credit a lot of luck and hard work to get to where I am now financially. A degree was never a factor in this journey.

I understand the importance of such degrees in places such as India, but I think this is an anachronism in some areas, especially if the degree comes from a place where the emphasis was on rote learning rather than independent discovery and natural knowledge maturation.

Comment Re:"At an airport" meaning Class B airspace. (Score 1) 44

Can you imagine the uproar if drones were required to equip a WAAS GPS and ADS-B Out?

The problem we pilots have with the drone-flying public is that we have no confidence that the drone-flying public have much of a concept of airspace, how to navigate it, and do so safely. Thankfully, nothing bad has happened yet - just a few newsworthy reports of near-misses and at least 1 suspected (but not confirmed, the last I read) collision between a UAS and an aircraft. Sadly, it probably is just a matter of time where a UAS and plane collides, and the UAS pilot was completely oblivious to how to actually fly.

Comment Re:"At an airport" meaning Class B airspace. (Score 1) 44

Yeah, agree. The general public isn't going to grok airspace classification or the 3D aspects of them (surface to 10k?, 500' to 10k? what???) A lot of drone operators (and that means everyone with one) got a very abrupt introduction to nomenclature, rules, and concepts that we pilots are familiar with, and part of me wonders just how many shirk their need to learn these things because they just don't take them seriously.

Comment On GitHub becoming a critical SPOF (Score 2) 227

The conveniences conveyed by GH are undeniable - ready-made code dev environments with widely-used issue and progress tracking, integration with other project management tools (zenhub, jira) and all in all eliminates and centralizes one's OSS and private project interests.

However, as more and more Internet Infrastucture-ish projects have moved to GH, either completely or in major parts, I've become worried. OpenSSL, several projects, some OSes (Linux, FreeBSD, illumos), and so on call GH their home now, or at least use it in some substantial way. Eggs in Baskets analogies apply, and given the security landscape of things now, one must at least pause and weigh the Pros and Cons of this centralized and trusted repo for so many important pieces of code.

Comment Re:Nexus 6? Sure... (Score 1) 75

I suppose it's *possible*, but since it's neither rooted nor unlocked, it seems pretty unlikely. The only "unusual" thing I did was enable the device encryption. May as well see if I can enroll in the beta program to get the update pushed.

Though what I really wish was my N7 2013 LTE tablet would get updates, still.

Comment Nexus 6? Sure... (Score 1) 75

I'm still on 6.0.1 on my Google Fi Nexus 6. I've been getting the monthly security updates, but have seen neither hide nor hair of 7.anything for my phone. Keep in mind the Nexus 6 was supposed to get 7.0 in October, and it's now December...

Comment Re: Including Nexus 6... (Score 1) 26

Hell, I'm still waiting for 7.0 on my Nexus 6. My wife's Nexus 5X has already gotten a Nougat update (past the initial 7.0). My Nexus 7 2013 LTE last got the August security update to Marshmallow. I suspect that I'm going to have to start looking into alternative ROMs, especially because the Pixel line, which I was hoping to upgrade to, will cost me about $900 to get the storage and resolution I want at middling specs. I'd rather go 3rd party and use my N6 until it dies (hopefully not the way my N4 did, with a smashed screen).

Comment Re:How long until the cheaters take over? (Score 2) 46

The speed bubble is ~35 mph, with a 30 minute timeout. That being said, I've been on flights with wifi, locked into the departing airport, and it's taken an hour or more to get out of the sandbox. Sucked transferring at DIA to BWI and driving home. Jitter really shouldn't play into it for more than a couple of minutes with close portals. Cell tower drift, on the other hand, while helping with Trekker, can screw you on a desk portal for a while (I've drifted 10s of km away sometimes).

Comment Re: How long until the cheaters take over? (Score 1) 46

Yeah, some people where I work really want to have PvP, but they don't play Ingress, so haven't seen the, um, drama associated with COMM, interactions, Intel maps, etc. I keep telling them that it's a Really Bad Idea, because even though they're adults and want to battle coworkers, there are so many bad, bad things that'll happen.

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