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Google Readying To Pull Out of China

Wiseazz Re:Trade secrets (343 comments)

Google should have realized they were entering into a potentially hostile environment. As such, I would have expected them to limit their exposure as much as possible. We'll see.

more than 4 years ago
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Dot-Com Craze Peaked 10 Years Ago This Week

Wiseazz Good times, good times... (192 comments)

*sniff* Makes me want to pull out my stack of worthless stock options and wipe my ass with them, as I always said I would do.

more than 4 years ago
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Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus

Wiseazz Re:i call shenanigans (205 comments)

Irrelevant - Squidward is a squid.

Worse. Spongebob Reference. Ever.

(someone shoot me for that)

more than 4 years ago
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Becoming Agile

Wiseazz Re:From one end to the other (193 comments)

The problem with right-designing (and I do like the designation, btw) is that having multiple methodologies can create confusion. Consider the corporate IT shop. Hundreds of IT folk of various skill sets working in an organization with strict auditing and quality controls. Repeatable, predicatable processes work best in this environment... pick one and stick with it as best as you can so everyone's on the same page. It's a trade-off to be sure, but in some environments you have to learn to work within such limitations for the greater good.

We are currently using Agile (Scrum) and Waterfall because we're in transition (to mostly Agile.) Agile is new to me still, but I cannot deny how the added transparency and shorter dev cycles have begun to streamline our development. Life will be better still when Agile is in full swing here and all involved have been properly introduced to the concept.

about 5 years ago
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Fear Detector To Sniff Out Terrorists

Wiseazz Re:Just one problem. (342 comments)

As much as I'd like to agree with you, I'm getting older now and the reality and logistics involved in getting laid by 72 virgins invokes a certain amount of, well, fear.

Just keepin' it real, man. Perhaps if they were on a quarterly rotation... Then again, maybe I think too much.

about 5 years ago
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NASA's Cashflow Problem Puts Moon Trip In Doubt

Wiseazz 90%? (357 comments)

"the government's target of identifying, by 2020, at least 90% of the giant space rocks that pose a threat to Earth"

If they don't know how many there are, then how do they know when they've identified 90% of them? Did I miss something there?

more than 5 years ago
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Diebold Election Audit Logs Defective

Wiseazz But why is this so hard? (256 comments)

I understand there are complexities to any software project - I've been doing this stuff professionally for over 10 years now, and I still fail to see what's so hard about capturing votes. My only real guess is that Diebold and others are re-inventing the wheel - coding a complete system from the ground up and making a lot of mistakes along the way.

But seriously, if your entire business model was based on a machine that exists to simply tabulate votes, don't you think you'd have the bandwidth to do it very well?

more than 5 years ago
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New York Wants To Tax Internet Downloads

Wiseazz Re:Obvious Answer (485 comments)

IMO, not troll at all. Probably not popular with The Man, but not troll.

more than 5 years ago
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"Smash Your Hard Drive" To Fight Identity Theft

Wiseazz Re:Disassemble it (527 comments)

I harvest the magnets as well. We use them for 'fridge magnets. Some people just put pictures and take-out menus on their 'fridge doors - we hang the yellow pages.

more than 5 years ago
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Facebook Nudity Policy Draws Nursing Moms' Ire

Wiseazz Re:But WHY? (904 comments)

Just don't look. Mothers have a right to feed their babies. My wife used to be very sensitive to people who may not want to see that kind of thing, but where are these private places of which you speak? They do not exist, for the most part. Some malls, workplaces, and other businesses have places set aside, but most do not. And no, my kid is not going to be fed in a bathroom.

And there's no reason at all to compare urination to breast feeding. That's the weakest argument I've ever heard, but unfortunately I hear it a lot (and multiple times in this thread.)

As for FB, well... I can't say I would want pictures of my wife breastfeeding posted on facebook anyway, so I guess I don't understand the big deal. It's their site... if they don't want pictures of a certain category there, then that's their business. The attitude behind their policy is wrong, I think, but they are within their rights to exercise it.

more than 5 years ago
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At local midnight on the last day of the 2008 ...

Wiseazz Re:Timezones? (301 comments)

at last a reason to drink before noon!

You need a reason?

more than 5 years ago
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Your Favorite Tech / Eng. / CS Books?

Wiseazz Re:For UI Design (517 comments)

I should clarify - I meant that *MY* artsy side of the brain is stupid. Not that it's stupid in general. Sorry.

more than 5 years ago
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Your Favorite Tech / Eng. / CS Books?

Wiseazz For UI Design (517 comments)

I have a couple I'm working through to help with the other side of my brain (the stupid side).

Designing Interfaces, Jenifer Tidwell
Information Dashboard Design, Stephen Few

Both have been very helpful... mostly, I'm able to much better explain several design principles that I've known somewhat intuitively for a long time - I just couldn't talk the talk. Comes in handy when I'm justifying a UI design to the business folks, or trying to communicate what I need to an actual designer.

more than 5 years ago
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UK Cops Want "Breathalyzers" For PCs

Wiseazz Re:Let me offer a solution! (545 comments)

Along the same lines, I shared an elevator with a cop the other day. I just looked at him and said "I didn't do it". Without skipping a beat, he said "Yes you did - you just haven't been caught yet". I'm pretty sure at least one of us was joking.

more than 5 years ago
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Suggestions For Cheap Metrics Eye Candy Software?

Wiseazz Re:Not quite, but just as funny: (201 comments)

How about that software that plays music, and is attuned to the load of each server?

You could tie it in with the lighting and environmental controls - if someone walks in on you and the lights are dim, it's hot as hell, and there's dramatic music in the background they know to leave you alone. Perhaps some torture-chamber sound effects could be included.

more than 5 years ago
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Should We Clone a Neanderthal?

Wiseazz Re:I think it's certainly worth the effort (990 comments)

And just imagine our surprise if they do fall within the range of average human intelligence.

If so, then I'm sure they'll be wondering why we stuck them in an enclosure with a bunch of damn dirty apes.

more than 5 years ago
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Should You Get Paid While Your Computer Boots?

Wiseazz Not here. (794 comments)

I work for a very large company... we recently had to take our annual HR training. It specifically mentions the case where Joe Non-Exempt walks in and turns on his computer and that, yes, he is on the clock while the machine boots.

I don't see how anyone could think they could get away with *not* paying someone for that. I've always thought that was a given.

about 6 years ago

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