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Comment Re:Agile is good for some teams & projects, ho (Score 1) 332

If your team consists solely of programmers of medium competence, Agile may be the best choice. If you have even one excellent systems architect...

What you're ignoring, is that for a hell of a lot of real-world projects, there's already a pretty good architecture in the form of one of several appropriate frameworks--and in many cases the team is already using one.

There's really a small portion of software development that is cutting-edge.

Comment both sides??? (Score 5, Insightful) 89

No, there are not "strong arguments on both sides". One side is corrupt and lying. Either the local administration of the schools are skimming funds and creating the hazardous unqualified schools as described, or the government agency is lying because they demanded bribes and were refused. This is not a "both sides have a point" kind of situation, and actual journalism would require digging in and finding the truth.

Comment could just be the beginning (Score 3, Informative) 153

From my experience, I'd guess that about 90% of Oracle installations do not need Oracle. They're all ripe for migration to PostgreSQL or MongoDB. (Granted the 10% of installations that are big enough to need Oracle will be way more than 10% of Oracle's database revenue, but it's still a nice market segment, ripe for the taking.)

Comment Re:California (Score 1) 428

Out there, "traditional roofing materials" are asphalt shingles, or sometimes cedar shakes, neither of which is bulky or brittle.

Cedar shakes are quite brittle. A good hail storm leaves them with tiny cracks, which spread with hot/cold cycles, so that a year or two after the storm they literally disintegrate into shards.

Comment Re:Horizontal glass (Score 1) 428

Shingles, on the other hand, could have hail dropped from a very high distance indeed -- enough to reach terminal velocity.

I'm pretty sure you have no idea what the phrase "terminal velocity" actually means, otherwise you wouldn't throw it around in such an idiotically pointless way.

Hint: please describe to us under what conditions hail could possibly ever NOT be at "terminal velocity" when it hits your roof ;-)

Comment Re:He should count his blessings (Score 1) 497

If you are unemployed with no income, you qualify for medicaid.

Not true at all. Good for you that you live in a state decent enough to offer Medicaid to out-of-work adults. From medicaid.gov:

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that, together with the Children’s Health Insurance Program, provides health coverage to over 72.5 million Americans, including children, pregnant women, parents, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Medicaid is the single largest source of health coverage in the United States.

In order to participate in Medicaid, federal law requires states to cover certain groups of individuals. Low income families, qualified pregnant women and children, and individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are examples of mandatory eligibility groups. States have additional options for coverage and may choose to cover other groups, such as individuals receiving home and community based services and children in foster care who are not otherwise eligible.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 created the opportunity for states to expand Medicaid to cover nearly all low-income Americans under age 65. Eligibility for children was extended to at least 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) in every state (most states cover children to higher income levels) and states were given the option to extend eligibility to adults with income at or below 133 percent of the FPL. The majority of states have chosen to expand coverage to adults, and those that have not yet expanded may choose to do so at any time...

Comment Re:Multithreading is a solved problem (Score 1) 497

Or just use go and all those problems disappear as well.

BWAHAHAHA! They disappear, right up until the moment you send mutable references across channels instead of deep copies, then poof you're right back to having to get your locks correct!

OTOH, "Or just use Erlang and all those problems disappear as well." would actually be a correct statement.

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