top Ask Slashdot: How To Gently Keep Management From Wrecking a Project?
Convince the manager that bringing in too many external people before significant progress has been achieved will result in ideas/credit being stolen. Therefore it is important to keep it under the radar till success is clearly attributable to the PM and his team. In a highly hierarchical and political environment this should generally work. Worked for me in the past.
about a year and a half ago
top Happy Birthday To Ada Lovelace, the First Computer Programmer
The program she wrote but could not test. Did it work in 2002?
about a year and a half ago
top It's Hard For Techies Over 40 To Stay Relevant, Says SAP Lab Director
In most cases by the time a person has completed 15 years in IT, they have moved on to a managerial or quasi-technical role which needs a good grounding in technology but not hands on technical knowledge necessarily. There are a small number of people in their forties who are still coding, but they run the risk of age discrimination if they need to change their job. Everyone, including US/Europe employers looks for high energy geeks who can spend additional time on the job without encumbrances like wife/kids/home far away/relocation issues. Some of these issues get sorted out naturally simply by way of what employees are willing to pay for "programmer", where the job is and what benefits are available. If you are 40 plus you will be at a salary level which will make many of the programmer jobs unattractive. Of course, there will be a small percentage (10%) who will continue to do this till they retire, but they will be in the small minority.
top Study Claims Human Intelligence Peaked Two To Six Millennia Ago
The meek or dumb know the only way to rule the world is by using brute force of numbers to outnumber the smart ones. The smart ones will argue for democracy and the meek ones will inherit the earth. A two millennia old wisdom.
top Is Microsoft's Price Model For the Surface Justifiable?
For a drop in the prices from MS to $50 below comparable Apple products. Just like Playbook.
top Microsoft Co-founder Dings Windows 8 As 'Puzzling, Confusing'
If a geek like Paul Allen finds it confusing, I can imagine the plight of the layman user who upgrades from Windows 7 to 8.
top Calif. Man Arrested For ESPN Post On Killing Kids
He admits to having committed a thought crime when he was a kid. He also used the "k" word in his post along with the "b" word which is irrefutable proof that he is a bad person with bad intentions.
top Quantum Random Numbers
Why not use a recaptcha type of random number generator with hundreds of individuals writing their favorite three digit number and this being used to make a random number
top Neil deGrasse Tyson Outlines a Plan For Saving Earth From Asteroids
He mentions the date as Friday the 13th, April 2029. When the date is about 18 years from now, what was the need for mentioning that 13th is a Friday. Now instead of focusing on science, there will be a bunch of people who focus on Friday the 13th.
|On Friday the 13th, April 2029, it will dip below the altitude of our communication satellites
top Ask Slashdot: Getting Feedback On Programming?
The Personal Software Process (PSP) is a structured software development process that is intended to help software engineers understand and improve their performance, by using a "disciplined, data-driven procedure".
It sounds a little esoteric for programmers who like to code and not collect any data, but in my experience, it works.
top Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?
I have worked in outsourcing companies and product companies in India
14$ an hour in India means you are using a low end outsourcer and their quality is questionable.
Good companies charge anything between 20$-25$ an hour and provide better programmers. Much better. It is safer to pay $25 an hour and ask to interview each programmer before they get on your team Run a small pilot to check out their programming, communication and collaboration skills Many good programmers have studied their masters in the US/Europe/Australia and understand cultural context better. Look for such programmers.
top China Hires 1 Million People To Fight Fake Products
Seems like PRspeak. China has a working population of about 500-600 million of which probably 300 million are in the manufacturing sector (remove agriculture and services). A 1 million strong workforce means one person for every 300 workers just to check counterfeiting. Something wrong here. I guess these are just buzzword to show how much the Chinese govt is doing against piracy. It signals intent rather than actual implementation.
top Scientists Create New Type of Superconductor Wires
Imagine a wires made out of sapphire. I am not sure they will be financially viable for long distance usage. Copper is getting stolen, imagine safeguarding sapphire wires!!
top Santa Cruz Tests Predictive Policing Program
The program presents a paradox. If the program analyses rightly and crime has been prevented by the presence of police officers, how do they know that it was prevented because of the prediction? Is the absence of crime proof of rightness or proof of wrongness?
top Average Gamer Is 37 Years Old
Many youngsters play games online and simply use 1970 as their year of birth to avoid issues with being underaged. If this survey has been done online, they have to adjust for these data errors in which case they might arrive at a lower age.
top Genghis Khan, History's Greenest Conqueror
So did killing 20 million people in 6 years help in mid 20 th century more? Given than the average emission per person would have increased in the 1000 (or whatever) odd years!
top 'Reading Level' Filter Added To Google Search
Slashdot is only 1% advanced and 1/3rd simple. Not that hard to understand for the average joe!!
Either I have too great an opinion of myself or I am grossly underestimating the average joe!!????
top Stallman Worried About Chrome OS
RMS has not only talked about various issues over the years but the general public (not the geeks) seems to have a knack of totally ignoring him. By that count Chrome should be a commercial success adopted by millions of people. Just like RMS warned us about Windows, Iphone, Kindle, etc. Look each of them is a commercial success.
top Why Video Game Movie Adaptations Need New Respect
If so, it had a good budget, effects and commercial success.
top Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'
I hear people say that Sarah Palin does not fit in, is weird, does not do the 'right' thing, does not have the 'right' (or in this case, left) opinion. And alarmingly, there is a large number of people across the US who seem to identify with her, like her and will vote for her.
Does this sound like a familiar pattern to the people in the open source community??
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