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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re:"smallpox OR guns OR other unknown diseases" (351 comments)

"Nor" is a hangover from Old English, when the language had a dual number in addition to the singular and plural we have today.

about 7 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re: not super expensive at all (1146 comments)

When you break an incandescent bulb then turn it on, all that happens is you get a brief puff of smoke followed by darkness.

about a year ago
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Object Lessons: Evan Booth's Post-Checkpoint Airport Weapons

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re: A Textbook False Dichotomy (208 comments)

I am flying from Australia to South America for a holiday. Because of all this TSA nonsense, I paid extra to fly via Chile rather than USA. This also means I flew using LAN rather than a USA airline (which is money lost for the USA economy).

That's odd. I would think Australia to South America would require WAN, not LAN ... I'm so confused now.

I think you are confusing LAN meaning "Local Area Network". WAN means "Wide Area NetworK", but it's not so much wide as it is long. Hence in this context LAN means "Long Area Network" :P

1 year,3 days
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Object Lessons: Evan Booth's Post-Checkpoint Airport Weapons

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re: A Textbook False Dichotomy (208 comments)

I am flying from Australia to South America for a holiday. Because of all this TSA nonsense, I paid extra to fly via Chile rather than USA. This also means I flew using LAN rather than a USA airline (which is money lost for the USA economy).

1 year,5 days
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Stop Listening and Start Watching If You Want To Understand User Needs

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re: Difficult != Safe (161 comments)

Everybody seems to be confusing the term "customer" with "stakeholder". The fact that a person may not understand what they really need when asking for an info system should be no surprise to anyone in the IT industry by now. It's the whole reason for the existence of business analysts like me. Being a good programmer does not by any means guarantee that you are good at gathering and understanding requirements. Being a good BA certainly doesn't make me any sort of programmer (though I do understand the concepts).

And the customer is not always synonymous with user. The role of the BA is important, but it should be part of facilitating communication between the developer and the user, not a firewall keeping them apart.

That depends on both the developer and the user :P Just kidding, I agree. When someone asks me what a BA does, the simplistic answer I give them is that I act as a translator between users/the business and the programmers.

I deal with some users that have almost no clue about computers and technology, so they have a tendency to think that IT development can deliver more than it can in a lot less time than it really takes. Even worse, the organisation I work in is strongly hierarchical so my communication with some users is often via several layers of management (each of whom know very little about computers and technology). Suffice to say, it is quite the challenge to manage users' expectations!

1 year,9 days
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Stop Listening and Start Watching If You Want To Understand User Needs

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re: Difficult != Safe (161 comments)

Everybody seems to be confusing the term "customer" with "stakeholder". The fact that a person may not understand what they really need when asking for an info system should be no surprise to anyone in the IT industry by now. It's the whole reason for the existence of business analysts like me. Being a good programmer does not by any means guarantee that you are good at gathering and understanding requirements. Being a good BA certainly doesn't make me any sort of programmer (though I do understand the concepts).

1 year,10 days
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Why the FAA May Finally Relax In-Flight Device Rules

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re:Ummm... (278 comments)

I don't understand that argument. If there was an emergency that required evacuation, you would have to be pretty darn absorbed in your game not to notice the bumping and the oxygen masks coming down and the smoke and the people screaming and the loud "assume brace position" warnings. The time it takes to put your Game Boy down is probably significantly less than the time it would take to undo your seatbelt, stand up and get into the aisle of a plane full of other people all trying to get off as quickly as they can.

about a year ago
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What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re: Good Question (655 comments)

They assure me that the bullocks are superior. Bullocks are huge and powerful, and low maintenance.

about a year ago
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What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re: Good Question (655 comments)

Castration isn't required. The bullocks used by my wife's family in her native country weren't castrated.

about a year ago
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What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re: Good Question (655 comments)

Cows are work animals, though they are selectively bred for meat now. Try ploughing a field in a developing country where you can't afford kerosene for a tractor and then you'll appreciate the value of a cow!

about a year ago
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3-D Structures Built Out of Liquid Metal At Room Temperature

HeadlessNotAHorseman Semantics (72 comments)

Is it really a structure built out of liquid metal, or is it a structure containing liquid metal?

about a year ago
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Detroit's Emergency Dispatch System Fails

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re: you don't understand the "world" terms (191 comments)

And there has never been an example of a word or phrase shifting in meaning as the cultural context in which it was originally used changes...

about a year ago
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Birthday Song's Copyright Leads To a Lawsuit For the Ages

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re:Protecting the arts and artists (442 comments)

Also - copyright terminates when the author(s) die. None of this life-plus-eleventy-thousand-years crap. When you kick, your works revert into the public domain ... we *all* benefit from that.

Except the author when something horrible happens to him/her because they are in possession of a multi-million dollar copyrighted work that others would like to exploit...

about a year and a half ago
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Why Your Users Hate Agile

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re:Are you nuts? Don't talk agile with the custome (597 comments)

The business representative should be handed a business requirements document, written by a decent business analyst, that clearly explains to them in words they understand exactly what the system will do.
It's wrong to expect someone to sign off on a document they don't understand, and whilst it may achieve the goal of deflecting accountability, it won't result in a good product.

about a year and a half ago
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Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re:Fuck Islam (773 comments)

Many many Muslims oppose terrorism committed in the name of their religion, however it is less well-known because the media prefer to only show extremist views (which get better ratings).

about a year and a half ago
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How Would an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Die?

HeadlessNotAHorseman Easy way to test (412 comments)

Why don't we send an astronaut into a black hole, but tie a rope onto him or her first? Once they cross the event horizon and make some observations, we just pull the rope and drag them back to the mothership. We could make the rope out of carbon nanotubes or something to give it infinite strength.

about a year and a half ago
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The Mobile App Design Tail Wags the Desktop Software Design Dog

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re:Dumbing down (183 comments)

This is not dumbing down, this is finally applying basic usability theory. Designers should be aware of the fact that nobody reads dialog boxes for example, and take care with their design to not use them, and where they do, to keep it short and to the point.
Using black and white instead of colour icons? Yay, finally colour-blind people will find things easier to use.
Not everyone needs to access every function all the time. A good designer will anticipate what the common functions are and make it really easy to use them, and tuck the less commonly-used things out the way. Too many choices can be just as bad as not enough.
The /. bias is towards technical people who will mostly see it from the other side, but in reality the vast majority of users only use a computer as a tool to achieve simple goals; a good designer should make this easy for them.

about 2 years ago
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Facebook's Graph Search Is a Privacy Test For Internet Users

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re:Hmm (104 comments)

I can go one better than that. I don't even use the internet, except the occasional booking at the library, to ensure I don't use Facebook. One time at the library I did stumble upon Facebook by accident, so I crushed the computer with a steamroller, closed my library account, and moved to a different city.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re:easy (372 comments)

you get to see and hear lots of interesting things you'd miss sitting in a car or on a bus

I cycle to work and I concur. I get to see all kinds of things like car doors springing open in front of me, cars cutting in front of me without warning (though I rarely see an indicator flashing), and drivers that think there is ample room for a pushbike and an SUV in the same lane.

about 2 years ago
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Australian Police Warn That Apple Maps Could Get Someone Killed

HeadlessNotAHorseman Re:Apple bashing (452 comments)

I drove from Melbourne to Mildura and only had to look at the map once at the start. Just follow the one highway with the big green signs telling you that you are going in the right direction. The drive takes about 6 hours (8 if your engine catches fire on the way like mine did).

about 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Secure board meeting document collaboration/dissemination system?

HeadlessNotAHorseman HeadlessNotAHorseman writes  |  1 year,7 days

HeadlessNotAHorseman (823040) writes "My Australian employer has asked me to investigate secure IT systems for preparing and distributing documents and agendas for board meetings. The board meetings are all face to face and there is no interest in web or teleconferencing. The key requirements are:
  • Security (they want equivalent of Australian "Protected" or USA "Confidential").
  • Secure wireless distribution of meeting documents to tablet devices.
  • A secure collaboration space so that staff in separate offices can work together on developing documents for the meetings.

I'm keen to get a feel for what sort of products are on the market and how well they work. What are your experiences with secure meeting management / document collaboration and distribution systems?

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