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Comment Benefits and drawbacks (Score 1) 244

I have no problem with monitoring parolees, that's part of the bargain. Wearing a tracking device to get out of jail early, submit to drug testing, etc. However, tracking people who have not committed any crime is a different story. Here's a scenario, a 'clean record' man loses his wife due to a drunk driver. He buys a gun and starts hanging out near the defendant (all realistically trackable by an algorithm collecting records & gps data), what is an appropriate response, if any?

Comment Comment on your last interview (Score 2) 157

Care to comment on your last answer from your last interview here on slashdot?

McAfee: The attorney for the House Ways and Means Committee contacted me and asked if I would help. I said “no”. I would never run for office, neither would I want to be in office, of any kind. I would rather drive a nail through my foot.

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer ( 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

Comment Re:Quite the Opposite (Score 1) 271

From my experience (almost 20 years now as a developer) anyone who's been working in the field has business knowledge simply as a result of working. How to deal with people, coworkers and customers, is something not normally taught in school.

I can understand the sentiment that PMs are useless, but I've worked with a few that have been amazing. In a lot of ways I treat them as my secretary, dealing with the customers, getting assets, keeping me on time, mediating arguments, etc.

I also think a PM with a technical background is superior because they have more realistic goals & timelines. The best PMs are the ones that can say no to customers.

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