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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

Tony Isaac Author doesn't understand agile (153 comments)

Nor do many people who profess to use it.

In 25 years, I have yet to see a type of project that couldn't benefit from an agile approach...done correctly, of course. At its core, Agile is about breaking down a big project into manageable pieces. This process can be done logically, and it can be done nonsensically.

2 days ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Tony Isaac Not impressed (157 comments)

Below are the results I got. Really? So I'm the only person who speaks English, running Chrome on Windows 7, in the Central time zone? If that's enough to identify me, then I'm feeling pretty exposed.

Google, on the other hand, can probably tell me my life history, with all the data they have on me.

Yes! (You can be tracked!)
34.59 % of observed browsers are Chrome, as yours.
22.54 % of observed browsers are Chrome 39.0, as yours.
58.71 % of observed browsers run Windows, as yours.
40.04 % of observed browsers run Windows 7, as yours.
26.96 % of observed browsers have set "en"as their primary language, as yours.
1.09 % of observed browsers have UTC-6 as their timezone, as yours.
You have the only browser out of 11099 with this fingerprint.

3 days ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

Tony Isaac Whack a mole (186 comments)

The nature of the Internet will make it impossible for this approach to succeed. Sony may shut down one site, but the files will simply appear somewhere else.

about a week ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

Tony Isaac Which "myriad" challenges? (129 comments)

It would have been nice for the article to elaborate.

about a week ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

Tony Isaac Technology leadership stifled by regulation (129 comments)

The United States is (or has been) the world leader in many areas of technology, such as computers, Internet, space exploration, and medicine. This happened in part because the government stayed out of the way, at least in the early phases of development. When it starts to clamp down too quickly, that innovation can be stifled, and move to other countries. We are seeing this happen particularly in medicine. Apparently, we aren't all that interested in being the leaders in drone development...at least, other than for purposes of war.

about a week ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

Tony Isaac I'm feeling really old (171 comments)

I like video games, I have a drawer full of them, for various devices. I've played a lot of them. But none of them beats sitting down with friends with a good old-fashioned card or board game. My kids, on the other hand, are obsessed with video games. I guess this says something about where I fit into the slashdot population!

about two weeks ago
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South Korea Bans Selfie-Stick Sales

Tony Isaac It's a good thing... (111 comments)

the government is out there looking out for us.

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Tony Isaac Re:Texas and Montana (525 comments)

I-10 in Texas, west of San Antonio, also has a speed limit of 85, and there is no toll. That part of Texas is extremely remote, few distractions, so the speed limit seems quite appropriate.

about two weeks ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

Tony Isaac Depends how you define intelligence (455 comments)

What exactly is intelligence?

At one level, it is the ability to process input, digest it, and generate useful output. In that sense, we have created intelligent machines long ago.

Bug at another level, the level of "awareness" or "consciousness" we aren't even close.

On one point I agree with the author: machines aren't about to take over the world. People might do awful things with the machines they create, but it is still people who tell the machines what to do.

about three weeks ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

Tony Isaac Unbiased? (252 comments)

I Googled Jeff Volek, the author of the study, and immediately noticed that he is all over the Nutrition Express site, which sells nutritional supplements. He also features prominently at True Health Unlimited, a commercial personal trining company.

Good nutrition and personal fitness are good things...but all this commercial involvement makes me wonder just how unbiased Mr. Volek really is.

about three weeks ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

Tony Isaac Re:Better support than they have for Web? (192 comments)

But Qt has NO Web support. And you either have to use an old version, or go full GPL, or pay.

about a month ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

Tony Isaac Better support than they have for Web? (192 comments)

Microsoft is better at creating IDEs than just about anybody else for desktop applications. But when it comes to Web development. It was only the last version or two when they finally stopped creating mismatched HTML tags, and the Web page designer is still so unusable that you have to hand-code HTML / JavaScript for anything non-trivial. Maybe these problems have to do with Microsoft not owning the Web platform.

I hope they do a better job with Android. I really want them to do better, because I really hate Eclipse and Java!

about a month ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

Tony Isaac Windows (268 comments)

Maybe Microsoft should sue Anderson for infringement of the term "windows" to refer to glass panels for your house!

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Tony Isaac Just the trilogy, I hope (242 comments)

The original trilogy was awesome, but later books were not the same caliber. But knowing how the entertainment industry works, they'll milk it for all its worth.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

Tony Isaac Re:The Ads Can Be Disabled (327 comments)

Kind of like Slashdot.

I used to not disable ads on Slashdot, you know, a site's got to make money somehow. But lately the ads have gotten SO annoying that I have to disable them, just to make the site usable!

about a month ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Tony Isaac Computers will never replace understanding (212 comments)

Remember Crystal Reports? This was a tool that came out in 1991, that was supposed to make it possible for ANYONE to create their own business reports. No programming know-how needed. Remember?

For the past three years, I ran a team that created customized Crystal Reports for customers...because they couldn't figure out how to create them for themselves. It wasn't so much that the tool was hard to use, but more that the customers had only a foggy idea of what they wanted their reports to show.

For example, a doctor's office would call saying "I want a report that shows a list of patients who haven't had a mammogram in the last two years." Sounds easy enough. Then we would start asking questions: Do you want only active patients, or all? Do you want only those within a given date or age range? What patient information do you want in the report? Do you need totals or counts? Then, after we delivered the first draft, there would always be changes: "Yes, I like this, but can you change this filter or that column?" They needed to have experts guide them to a report that made sense for them.

Yes, software is getting better, but it will never replace the need for understanding.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

Tony Isaac Contradiction (327 comments)

They added two new features:
1. A "Forget" button for your privacy, and
2. Ads, that remember everything forever.

Sounds like a case of giving with one hand, and taking with the other!

about a month ago
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Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

Tony Isaac What was that new feature again? (327 comments)

(I don't need a button to help me forget things!)

about a month ago
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Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

Tony Isaac Re:This just proves... (173 comments)

I am both a programmer and a plumber, and I can tell you that plumbing isn't as bug-free as you make it out to be. For example, if you stuff too many potato peels down your garbage disposal too quickly, your sink will back up, requiring you to take apart the drain plumbing to get all the peels out. I know, I've had to do this in multiple houses. That's the equivalent of a page crashing when you put in bad data. If you put food down the disposal at a rate it can handle, it will work fine, and if you put reasonably good data into a given Web page, it usually works.

There is an entire industry devoted to fixing "bugs" in plumbing, from drain cleaners to root-removal services. How many bathroom sinks have drain stoppers that don't quite hold the water in the sink? How many shower drains get clogged? How many old pipes leak due to corrosion?

Yes, programming is a trade, like plumbing and electrical work. And like the other trades, programmers have to often fix issues due to problems that either weren't anticipated during construction. In my view, programmers in general don't create code that is particularly more shoddy than craftsmen of any other trade. With each trade, there is a trade-off between quality and cost.

about a month ago
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Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

Tony Isaac Re:This just proves... (173 comments)

Because H-1Bs are cheaper.

about a month ago

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Newsweek will go all-digital in 2013

Tony Isaac Tony Isaac writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tony Isaac writes "Newsweek has announced that it will cease print publication at the end of the year, going all-digital. The new digital edition will still be based on a subscription model. Who will be next?"
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