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Comment Ten easy steps to HDD (Score 2) 332

Here are ten easy steps that you can take to implement Hype-Driven Development for your project.

1. First, choose a new tool. Find somewhere that the tool is being used by a company everyone has heard of. Don't be too concerned about what they're using it for, or whether it relates to your work in any way.
2. When you start using the tool, don't mention it to anyone until you've already decided to base your finished product on it.
3. Don't bother finding out if the tools you have can already do the job you're doing now.
4. Expensive tools are automatically better than cheap tools. This makes it easy to measure fitness-for-purpose.
5. Even if you only use the tool to simplify very mildly half a line of code that's only used once, incorporating a new tool is still worth it.
6. Compare the tool by re-implementing some of your existing tasks. Only test the simplest and most trivial scenarios: if it works in a simple case, it's bound to work just as easily in a complex case.
7. Any inconsistencies with existing standards can be readily overcome by creating a new standard that the new tool fits exactly. Try not to be disheartened by the idea that you've previously been doing everything wrong for years.
8. Have some like-minded suckers re-implement everything even vaguely related to the new tool from the ground up. The more suddenly you can implement this, the more of an impact it will have - and impact is always cool.
9. If the re-implemented product turns out to be awful, or if it doesn't do what users want or need it to do, you'll be committed to the new tool by then, so it won't matter. Tell anyone who is critical of the product that it's too late to change it and that they should have raised their concerns earlier - especially if they did.
10. Stride confidently into your next performance review, knowing that even though you wasted a lot of time and resources to build a product that does slightly less than it used to, you've certainly achieved a lot.

Comment fixing USB TV tuner with a hot wheat bag (Score 1) 258

I've also got a wheat bag that you can heat up to relieve headaches. As it turns out, you can fix a USB TV tuner with it as well:
  - http://aarongnielsen.blogspot....

Apparently, if you took off the plastic casing and baked it properly in a medium oven, you could enact a more permanent fix. I haven't been game to try it, though.

Comment issue here is simple (Score 1) 286

If I ask a grocer for 2kg of potatoes, and he gives me 1kg of potatoes and charges me for 2kg, I think I have a right to complain. Why do we let computer people get away with that sort of nonsense?

In fact, if Microsoft made a table with 64GB of disk space, but it only made 23GB of that available to the user, you'd all complain about that:

Comment anti-Russian bias (Score 0) 667

I love how media outlets - including Slashdot - are making no effort whatsoever to hide anti-Russian bias.

The Ukrainians edited Wikipedia to say that Russians shot down MH17.
The Russians edited Wikipedia to say that Ukrainians shot down MH17.

Every headline complains about Russians editing Wikipedia pages about MH17. Where are the headlines about Ukrainians having already done the same thing? Where is the balance?

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