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Comment Re:Scrum Was Never Alive (Score 1) 371

What you said was "In daily Scrum meeting only the team and the Scrum Master are allowed by definition."

Which is fairly unequivocal. "By definition" the Scrum is open to observation by any actors outside the time.

Also, in many settings it is not "the team's right" since management and product owner sponsor the process.

Nevertheless in any sensible interpretation of Scrum only the bits that are relevant should be retained. My main issue of the wording is that these things are often taken up literally, even if only at the start. The sole purpose of the daily standup should be to facilitate open and candid communication between team members - it should specifically "not" be a show-and-tell for the the rest of the business.

Submission + - Animal rights group targets NIH director's home (

sciencehabit writes: Late last month, hundreds of people in two Washington, D.C., suburbs received a letter in the mail claiming that one of their neighbors was tied to animal abuse at a government lab. Science has learned that the letters, sent by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), targeted U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins and NIH researcher Stephen Suomi, revealing their home addresses and phone numbers and urging their neighbors to call and visit them. The tactic is the latest attempt by the animal rights group to shut down monkey behavioral experiments at Suomi’s Poolesville, Maryland, laboratory, and critics say it crosses the line.

Submission + - Case study shows new roles for robots in today's economy (

Hallie Siegel writes: A newly released case study by Silicon Valley Robotics tracks the ways in which robotics startups are trailblazing new business models and technologies in the service sector. Ranging from delivery robots for hotels, mobile robots for restaurants and warehouses, and mobile assistants for retail stores, this report has interviews with the CEOs that are bringing this technology to the fore, as well as a peak into the trends around what kinds of funding and interest these companies are getting from VCs. An excellent resource given the nascency of this industry.

Submission + - Pigeons spot cancer as well as human experts (

sciencehabit writes: It may sound like a bird-brained idea, but scientists have trained pigeons to spot cancer in images of biopsied tissue. Individually, the avian analysts can't quite match the accuracy of professional pathologists. But as a flock, they did as well as trained humans, according to a new study appearing this week in PLOS ONE.

Submission + - Scientists grow working vocal cord tissue in the lab (

sciencehabit writes: For the first time, scientists have created vocal cord tissue starting with cells from human vocal cords. When tested in the lab, the bioengineered tissue vibrated—and even sounded—similar to the natural thing. The development could one day help those with severely damaged vocal cords regain their lost voices.

Submission + - NVIDIA Reveals Details On Pascal GPU With Up To 16GB Of HBM2, 1TB/Sec Bandwidth (

MojoKid writes: This week at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in Japan, the company announced that their next gen GPU, code named Pascal, will have close to a 2x performance-per-watt improvement over the current Maxwell GPU architecture. It was also been revealed that Pascal will be produced using TSMC's 16nm FinFET process, which will put it right up against AMD which is moving to use 14nm/16nm with two new Graphics Core Next (GCN) products in 2016. Other improvements including replacing PLX PCIe Gen3 bridging with NVLink, which enables bi-directional communications between two GPUs at 80GB/sec, up from 16GB/sec in NVIDIA's current generation Maxwell GPUs. Pascal also includes High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2), which will significantly increase available memory bandwidth compared to current generation offerings. Flagship consumer Pascal boards will ship with four 4GB modules, combining to provide up to 16GB of memory and up to 1TB/sec of bandwidth.

Submission + - Four classic movie robots that are no longer far fetched (

Hallie Siegel writes: Robots have long made for good fiction, but this is a fun read about some of the robots you've seen in sci-fi movies that are actually possible to pull of these days from tech perspective. Interesting to note that the main limitation of these real-life robots is still artificial intelligence.

Submission + - Julia Programming Language Receives $600k Donation

jones_supa writes: The Julia programming language has received a $600k donation from Moore Foundation. The foundation wants to get the language into a production version. This has a goal to create more efficient and powerful scientific computing tools to assist in data-driven research. The money will be granted over the next two years so the Julia Language team can move their core open computing language and libraries into the first production version. The Julia Language project aims to create a dynamic programming language that is general purpose but designed to excel at numerical computing and data science. It is especially good at running MATLAB and R style programs.

Submission + - We can't let governments use Paris attacks to excuse increased surveillance (

Mark Wilson writes: The tragic events in France have, almost inevitably, led to renewed calls for increased surveillance of the internet. This cannot be allowed to happen; terrorism cannot be used as an excuse to infringe upon the privacy of millions of innocent internet users.

We have groups such as Anonymous taking a vigilante stance in a bid to drive ISIS from the internet, but governments have leapt on the massacres as a justification for additional snooping powers. This smacks very much of being a knee jerk reaction, and there is a very real danger that rushed legislation will cause greater harm than good.

Mass online surveillance is never right. We have already seen the NSA and GCHQ sucking up more information than they are able to process. It's a sign of governmental panic that rather than trying to come up with a meaningful, workable solution to terrorism (like, oh I don’t know... maybe not bombing people perhaps) those in power would rather chuck a load of money at projects that indiscriminately gather data in the blind hope that something useful will turn up.

Submission + - Soviet Union's Secret Space Cannon ( 2

schwit1 writes: In 1975, the USSR actually fired a cannon from an orbiting space station. Forty years later, we finally got a good look at this gun.

Installed on the Almaz space station in 1970s, the R-23M Kartech was derived from a powerful aircraft weapon. The original 23-millimeter cannon was designed by Aron Rikhter for the Tupolev Tu-22 Blinder supersonic bomber. That gun is relatively well known. However, its space-based cousin had largely remained in obscurity.

Submission + - Structural Engineer Destroys the Fallacies of Bridge Destruction (

szczys writes: Suspension bridges like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are favorite victims for movie makers but are almost always shown to perform in violation of the laws of physics. Structural Engineer Alex Weinberg couldn't stay silent any longer. He covers how bridge collapses in several major films should have looked. The biggest offender? Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.