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

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

Vague specs are bad. But.. there is little I hate more than when they go the other route and try to fill in all the techical details. I've received a lot of specs that already included things like database schema complete with really bad table implementations and duplicated data all over the place.

The worst is no specs but a halfway implementation that self contradictory. "Here, implement this." There's no way to fill in the blanks and make it work, but if you change anything, it's "But I gave you the implementation!".

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

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

Weird as it sounds, you might be able to count yourself lucky. At least this company described here is re-setting expectations in a drastic and somewhat realistic manner halfway through the quarterly debacle. Instead, the management could hold steady 75% of the way through, then squeeze the developers for 90 hour weeks for three months "because you all are behind, and we have to make good on commitments, even if late".

You people are so terribly healthy. They actually reset expectations *before* the deadline? Don't you know that all failures are *caused* by those who point them out?

In my experience the usual way is for everyone to pretend everything is on time, fire anyone who hints otherwise, then blame the contractors. Another possibility is the big wig Potemkin Demo, followed by a reorg where the frauds leave the group, and the peasants left behind are executed for "breaking the code".

5 days ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

buybuydandavis Re: I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stre (186 comments)

Presidential pension is only $400k/year.

He has two daughters he will be paying for college.

Boo hoo. What is that, two speaking engagements for The One?

5 days ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

buybuydandavis Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

I would say that he's been about as successful at this as he has been in keeping his campaign promises

He measures success by the number of promises broken, the number of chumps fooled. The Hope a Dope gets em every time!

5 days ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

buybuydandavis Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

And, given his dislike for America, he'll have two years to turn her into a 3rd-world country.

I've been calling us a banana republic for a few years now.

Spying on and harassing the press. Check.
Enemies lists. Check.
Spying on the mass of citizens. Check.
Payola to political cronies. Check.
Threatening opposition groups with legal action. Check.
Massive debt. Check.
Paying bills by firing up the printing presses. Check.
Indifference to the rule of law. Check.

5 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

buybuydandavis Barbie's still saying.... (555 comments)

"Math class is tough!"

I love Barbie.

about a week ago
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Google Developing a Pill To Detect Cancer

buybuydandavis Re:Looks cloud-enabled. (58 comments)

Works for me, and I'd pay for it. I'd pay for it a lot more if Google and I were *free* to do whatever we thought made medical sense. Google over medicare/medicaid/Obamacare any time.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

buybuydandavis get her a wifi repeater for the senior center (170 comments)

One time cost for you, with the senior center paying for the wifi service.

I've got the tmobile plan "unlimited" plan. It's not bad for unlimited data and browsing, but I don't think any wireless service with speed enough for quality video really gives unlimited bandwidth, at least in the US. Wireless and netflix really isn't economical for providers.

about a month ago
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Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

buybuydandavis Re:Our PC society will be our demise! (193 comments)

Er, it happened in America too and you couldn't exactly describe them as socialist.

Yeah, our socialists prefer to be called Progressive. Used to be Liberal. They change their name every decade or so once people figure out what they really want.

about a month and a half ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

buybuydandavis Re:Corporate Malfeasance (293 comments)

That's good if you want open borders.

If you want a finite number of guest workers, let companies bid on that finite number.

about a month and a half ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

buybuydandavis It can't be! (423 comments)

"Previous estimates of global ocean warming have been significantly underestimated..."

Lies! Denier!

The Science is, was, and shall ever be Settled! Forever and Ever! Amen!

about 1 month ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

buybuydandavis Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

There's been a lot of supreme and federal court action on the right to take photographs in public.

It's just another federal bureaucracy that doesn't give a shit about the law and shakes down citizens at gun point.

about 2 months ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

buybuydandavis Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

Yeah. Duh. They *added a left turn lane*, which means that they *added another lane*.

News Flash - when you add a lane, traffics moves faster.

about 3 months ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

buybuydandavis Re:CARson City (157 comments)

How DARE you inject relevant facts into this conversation!?!

about 3 months ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

buybuydandavis Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

the hiatus? that scientists now think is being caused by heat being sent to the deep oceans? where we're now seeing significantly increased methane seeps?

The hiatus? What hiatus?

You mean the Inconvenient Truth that falsified all the major climate models of the "settled science" of global warming? Oooopsie. The dog ate all extra heat. I mean he buried it in the yard. I mean the ocean. Yeah, that's the ticket. The ocean. Yeah.

You see, that's the way science is supposed to work. You make a model. And claim the science is settled, and only "denialists" don't believe it. And then when reality proves it's wrong, you rationalize why it was wrong. Even though it was settled. And is settled. Forever and ever. Amen.

It's like the Pope, you see. Pope's are infallible. But sometimes they were wrong in the past. But they're always infallible now.

about 3 months ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

buybuydandavis Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

The Science is Settled! The Science is Settled! The Science is Settled!

Nyah nyah nyah nyah. I can't hear you. Nyah nyah nyah nyah.

The Science is Settled! The Science is Settled! The Science is Settled!

about 3 months ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

buybuydandavis Re:Experience with Kynect (212 comments)

Manual overrides are key to most designs, particularly in new systems.

It's not going to all work perfectly. Not gonna happen. Make sure a person can brute force a solution. You can automate more when the requirements are better understood, and have stabilized.

The goal should be a *process* that works, whatever the tech, and that includes *people*.

about 3 months ago

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