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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

NatasRevol Re:Nope... Nailed It (185 comments)

Late is not allowed. Managers don't get bonuses.

Instead, features get 'minimized'. And work very poorly. ie edit xml config file instead of GUI with controls. For a customer of a GUI product.

4 days ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

NatasRevol Re:Nope... Nailed It (185 comments)

Yeah, my company does that.

75 features to be implemented by the end of the quarter.

2 weeks in, cut it down to 50

1 month in, cut it down to 20.

Actually deliver 12 features.

Planning & prioritization are all over the place for the first month. And code freeze is 2 weeks into the second month.

Every single quarter. Why don't the people expecting 75 features every quarter get fired?

I'm just glad I'm not a developer here.

5 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

NatasRevol Re:Beware the T E R R O R I S T S !! (441 comments)

Outside of our national borders, we shouldn't be doing anything with our military. That's the non-arbitrary subset.

Fund the red cross, food banks etc. if we want to help.

But why the military?

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

NatasRevol Re:Beware the T E R R O R I S T S !! (441 comments)

You're willing to sit on the sidelines while ISIS engages in a campaign of genocide and ethnic/religious cleansing?

Why were we fine with doing this when the warlords of Africa were doing it? Or Bosnia?

Or anyplace else on this list:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about a week ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

NatasRevol Re:Read again (299 comments)

Thanks jackass.

He said the 'press said it's bad' ie he believes those incidents didn't happen, they made stuff up.

It's called smearing. Look that up.

about a week ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

NatasRevol Re:Which party is scummy? (299 comments)

Was the dialogue guided to this point by the reporter?

Considering the executive apologized to her personally, fuck yes it was.

Making all your bullshit logical shortcircuits laid bare.

about a week ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

NatasRevol Re:There's not a lot to say, this is scummy (299 comments)

So, you're saying those incidents didn't happen? Because the press is questionable?

WTF kind of logic is that?

about a week ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

NatasRevol Re:There's not a lot to say, this is scummy (299 comments)

And what I'm saying is that it IS a bad company. And the press pointing that out doesn't make them bad.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

NatasRevol Re:There's not a lot to say, this is scummy (299 comments)

You might want to go read this:
http://pando.com/2014/11/17/th...

Back in 2012, Paul Carr first raised serious concerns about the company’s view that both riders and drivers are disposable commodities in an all-out Randian battle to maximize profits. He uninstalled the app when he wrote that piece, and he started a drumbeat of press around these concerns.

Then, in 2014, Carmel DeAmicis exposed that an Uber driver accused of assault had a criminal record that should have been uncovered by the background checks Uber claimed to do. She further documented a “blame the passenger” culture at the company when such complaints came up.

It started to snowball: An investigation at The Verge exposed cut throat competitive tactics that the company has taken against its primary competitor Lyft.

Then, a few weeks ago, I wrote a story about the outrageous sexism woven deeply into the culture of the company. We’ve seen it in the company’s PR team discrediting female passengers who accuse drivers of attacking them by whispering that they were “drunk” or “dressed provocatively.”

We’ve seen it in CEO Travis Kalanick’s comments that he calls the company “boober” because of all the tail he gets since running it.

about two weeks ago
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Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

NatasRevol Re:Google's Paypal (105 comments)

Well, except for the fact that I was relying on it, and those services weren't fully developed when they did drop them, yeah it was an easy replacement.

Business changes are never 'easy'.

about two weeks ago
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Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

NatasRevol Re:Won't be missed (105 comments)

Which would be 'a terminal, but on a computer'.

about two weeks ago
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Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

NatasRevol Re:Google's Paypal (105 comments)

Ditto for my wife's business.

Square & FreshBooks saved her bacon. Happy to pay ~$50 + $30 per month for reliable products.

about two weeks ago
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US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque Attack" Threat

NatasRevol Re:I don't get it... (98 comments)

They have to be smart enough to jailbreak, point to an alternative app store, and install a corrupted app.

Or be dumb enough to hand it to a smart friend who can do this.

about two weeks ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

NatasRevol Re:No shit, (204 comments)

Not just the knowing, but how important it is for productivity.

Send this to your HR person.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

NatasRevol Re:Jealous? (138 comments)

The complaint is literally "they got cheaper gas" probably because they were big customers & looking for a place to live long term.

It's exactly like typical business negotiations.

Oh, and the cheaper gas was roughly 1% of this deal.

In other words, Consumer Watchdog is a whiny fucking bitch.

about two weeks ago

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The last three months were the hottest quarter on record

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  about 4 months ago

NatasRevol (731260) writes "The last three months were collectively the warmest ever experienced since record-keeping began in the late 1800s. http://www.slate.com/blogs/fut...

Taken as a whole, the just-finished three-month period was about 0.68 degrees Celsius (1.22 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th-century average. That may not sound like much, but the added warmth has been enough to provide a nudge to a litany of weather and climate events worldwide. Arctic sea ice is trending near record lows for this time of year, abnormally warm ocean water helped spawn the earliest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in North Carolina, and a rash of heat waves have plagued cities from India to California to the Middle East.

Also, it puts to bed the supposed 'fact' that there's been a pause in temperature increase the last 17 years. Raw data here shows it's still increasing. http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gist..."

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Google Play privacy slip-up sends app buyers' personal details to developers

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  about 2 years ago

NatasRevol (731260) writes "Holy crap, this is bad.

"Without asking permission, Google sends developers the personal details of everyone who buys their app from Google Play.
According to Australian developer Dan Nolan, Google sends him the name, suburb and email address of consumers that his app — enough to "track down and harass users who left negative reviews".
Nolan discovered the trove of customer data on his "merchant account" recently while updating his seller payment details.""

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332 Months of Above Average Temperature in a Row

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  about 2 years ago

NatasRevol (731260) writes "If you're less than 28 years old, you've never experienced a colder than average month for the earth. When does correlation become causation? From grist.com

If you were born in or after April 1985, if you are right now 27 years old or younger, you have never lived through a month that was colder than average.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review: An Embarrassing, Lazy, Arrogant Money Grab

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NatasRevol (731260) writes "Ron Amadeo puts the Galaxy Note 10.1 through its paces. And hates it.
"I'm sad to report that Samsung failed at execution on all fronts. Samsung has been pushing the skinning envelope further and further, and, with this revision of TouchWiz, they've slammed into a brick wall. Couple this failure with astonishingly bad hardware and a $500 price tag, and you've got yourself a real disappointment. Samsung promised us the moon, and then cut corners everywhere possible, and it's hard to walk away not feeling a little insulted.""

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The building and dismantling the Windows advantage

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NatasRevol (731260) writes "When the Macintosh was launched in 1984, computers running the MS-DOS operating system were nearing a dominant position in the market. Although PC volumes continued to grow, they did so more slowly and the Mac grew faster. What coincided with this was the emergence of portable computing. The MacBook became easily differentiable as a “better” laptop. It was not faster, did not have more storage or any key metrics being used to sell PCs. Considering the near future, it’s safe to expect a “parity” of iOS+OS X vs. Windows within one or two years. It will, most importantly, have a psychological effect. Realizing that Windows is not a hegemony will unleash market forces that nobody can predict."
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Why WikiLeaks matters, and why politicians hate it

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NatasRevol (731260) writes "Why WikiLeaks matters,from Robert Schneer: "Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Feinstein, who strongly supported the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, has the audacity to call for the imprisonment of the man who, more than any other individual, has allowed the public to learn the truth about those disastrous imperial adventures-"facts long known to Feinstein as head of the Intelligence Committee but never shared with the public she claims to represent....She knew in real time that Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack, yet she voted to send young Americans to kill and be killed based on what she knew to be lies. It is her duplicity, along with the leaders of both political parties, that now stands exposed by the WikiLeaks documents. ""
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What the NSA actually is

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  about a year ago

Man I love this comment from IamTheRealMike, http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4261215&cid=44947097

"You know, I've read this excuse a million times since Snowden did his thing, and I'm sick of it.

The problem is it's an abuse of language. Saying "Every country spies. It's one of those things governments are supposed to do" is nothing but rhetorical sleight of hand. The word spy conjures up cartoons of men in pork-pie hats and long raincoats following some traitor in a car. The word is loaded with cold war imagery. It reminds people of a time when there was an "us" vs a "them" and spying was a very small scale and targeted activity done against "them" or, at very least, those of "us" working for "them".

We need a new word to describe what's going on in todays world. Spying doesn't even come close to being the right word. How about totalitarian surveillance? But even that isn't strong enough to communicate the reality we are living in.

In today's reality there's no us vs them. There's no good vs evil, capitalism vs communism. There's just bureaucrats and their power, exercised over their own people as readily as over foreigners.

This is not only not "one of those things governments are supposed to do", it's often one of those things governments are expressly prohibited from doing by their own laws. And that's for good reasons!

Please, don't flatter the NSA by calling them spies. They aren't spies at this point. They are real life equivalents of O'Brien, the dedicated agent of totalitarian control in 1984. O'Brien is a far darker and scarier character than anyone who could be described as a spy."

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Black Ops

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  more than 3 years ago

The Manhattan Project employed two hundred thousand people. It had eighty offices and dozens of production plants spread out all over the country, including a sixty-thousand-acre facility in rural Tennessee that pulled more power off the nation's electrical grid than New York City did on any given night. And no one knew the Manhattan Project was there. That is how powerful a black operation can be.

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