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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

Tridus Re:its all about how the project is made (142 comments)

Speaking as a developer who works for a government, option 2 is rarely possible.

Keep in mind that the "government" is a collection of departments, branches, sections, or whatever you call them. Those are run by managers, which are run by more managers, which all have their own agendas, budgets, and powers to protect. Now add in politicians at the top, who change pretty regularly and have very different goals from everyone else.

So, in the best case scenario, at the start of a project everyone agrees on what it needs to do, what needs to be replaced, and everything else. You have specs, and you know what the goals are. Great! Then an election happens. New party in power, and priorites change. Now it has to do something else.

Oh, then a manager retires and a new one comes in. Now it has to do something else.

A new law is passed, now it has to do something else.

Someone changed their mind, and now it has to do something else. ... on, and on, and on it goes. This happens *all the time*. And that's if the people actually know what they want, which in my experience often isn't true in itself (like the Air Force ERP that didn't know how many systems it was replacing).

In a case where there is clear goals and strong management, #2 works great. Often times things just change too much and the only sensible way to accomplish anything is to go with #1 and do the project in smaller, more manageable pieces.

about a week ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

Tridus Re:Cue blaming the contractor ... (142 comments)

And a lot of the time, the contractor is utterly incompetent and more interested in billing hours than completing the job.

Let's not pretend that companies taking government contracts are good guys, here.

about a week ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

Tridus Re:simple fix (221 comments)

Is it? Go to a busy street corner and ask 100 people if they think Chess is a sport. The overwhelming majority will say no.

Chess is a sport in the same way that spelling bees are a sport - they're not. They are competitions with rules and winners though (like sports).

about a month ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

Tridus Re:simple fix (221 comments)

"real sport": Competitions I like watching on TV.
"fake sport": Competitions other people like watching on TV.

about a month ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

Tridus Re:Pay attention, people.... (221 comments)

They did, and they also got a negative response from Blizzard (who own the relevant game). Faced with that, they wised up.

I think you can attribute this one to stupidity more than anything else.

about a month ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

Tridus Already changed (221 comments)

This has already been changed: http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/...

There was a huge backlash on social media, which drew Blizzard's attention. Blizzard kindly made it clear that they didn't want their game being used in a male-only tournament, and the problem was fixed.

Slashdot is pretty far behind on this one.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

Tridus Re: IPE (132 comments)

That's great. Let me know when it's on a phone that people are actually buying.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

Tridus Re:Bloat !!!!! (132 comments)

There's a petition from a few thousand old developers that want Microsoft to restart VB6 development, despite how godawful that is.

Developers sucking has no restriction on new vs old.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

Tridus Re:Mozilla II (132 comments)

Because the people that run Mozilla seem to have no idea what Firefox users actually want. That's the only explanation I can come up with for what they've been doing.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

Tridus Genius! (132 comments)

"Developers tell us that they are not sure how to start app development on the Web, with so many different tools and templates that they need to download from a variety of different sources."

So the plan of having too many tools to do development is to create another tool? Man, that's some awesome thinking right there. Reminds me of this: http://xkcd.com/927/

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

Tridus Re:I've got a great idea! (89 comments)

It'll be coming real soon now. Chrome just came out with a 64 bit version, and the Mozilla policy is pretty much "copy anything Chrome does."

So, no worries!

about a month and a half ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

Tridus Want to code? (548 comments)

Are you a girl? Great! Here's all kinds of grant money to help people make that happen.

Are you a boy? Get out of my classroom, if we have too many of you it will threaten our grant money.

That's "progress" for you.

about a month and a half ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

Tridus Re:Will it support moderation? (142 comments)

Shockingly, most major websites don't want to have Goatse links showing up to their users, and thus want moderation tools.

I know, that's just crazy talk.

about a month and a half ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

Tridus Re:Core competency (142 comments)

Great, the Linux users are covered! That's going to guarantee Firefox 1% worldwide market share.

about a month and a half ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

Tridus Re:Core competency (142 comments)

It's really something how they can't find time to make a 64 bit browser that isn't half-assed, but can find time for this instead.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect

Tridus Re:Considering the video camera and mic... (227 comments)

As opposed to the Democrats, which also don't respect our privacy.

You seem to be ill-informed about what's actually going on in the realm of privacy and who the bad guys are. It's not a party issue. The leadership in both parties are pretty suspect, and both parties have people in favor of better privacy.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect

Tridus Re:Get rid of gold acct for Netflix (227 comments)

They did that just recently as well.

Also, developers weren't focusing on Kinect anyway. Kinect sucks for AAA and core games. It doesn't work for the genres that are the most popular on the system (aka: shooters). Most of the time a game was made for Kinect, it was some other type of game, or something like the attempted Fable game that was a total on-rails disaster.

about 3 months ago
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EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games

Tridus Comments are hilarious (329 comments)

There's some really hilarious comments on this article, mostly about how awful EA is because of this.

Oddly when 2k did the same thing for the same reason, it wasn't such a big deal.

I guess the Internet just needs something to hate.

about 3 months ago

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Gamestop buys Impulse

Tridus Tridus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tridus (79566) writes "Gamestop has agreed to buy Impulse from current ower/creator Stardock for an undisclosed sum. Impulse is well behind Steam in the digital distribution market, but gives Gamestop a jump start in their effort to start competing with Steam."
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Spore, Mass Effect to phone home

Tridus Tridus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tridus (79566) writes "The PC version of Mass Effect is going to require Internet access to play (despite being a single player game), as its DRM system requires that it phone home every 10 days. Sadly, Spore will use the same system. This will do nothing to stop piracy of course, but it will do a heck of a good job of stopping EA's new arch-enemy: people playing their single player games offline."
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