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Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers

deoxyribonucleose Re:I fear... (641 comments)

Yep. That would be adopting it as-is, believing in its self-described universality, instead of making some reasonable delimitations, exceptions and shortcuts. Any project methodology that recommends exactly the same approach for a low-risk low-effort two person task and a multi-year bet-the-company programme is obviously in need of significant adaptation. Not being a PM myself, I have a hard time believing any of the mature ones actually make this recommendation. Even RUP backed down and clarified these things pretty well, eventually.

about a year ago
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Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers

deoxyribonucleose Re:I fear... (641 comments)

Agreed: adopting any methodology as-is is a recipe for disaster. We've seen that in software development with e.g. RUP, which has any number of good ideas, but all to often was interpreted as an all-or-nothing deal. However, spinning your own isn't exactly trivial or fast, either. Add multiple sourcing partners to the mix, and at least starting off with a recognized common framework isn't exactly an idea in the kill-it-with-fire category. Those come later on, when we fail to consider why certain practices are recommended, and abandon common sense!

I've sighed many a times over ITIL's shortcomings, not least in the interface to software development, but am still not tempted to start over from scratch.

However you work, when ad-hoc just won't cut it any more, what is vital is partly what you describe — there's no substitute for skilled and motivated people — but also keeping track of the purpose and vision of why you try to regulate methods in a certain way. Sometimes you need to pare back the methodology to the bare bones, but at other times, you need to pull out all the stops and impose every single control. I believe the word for that is 'leadership'... which is a commodity in critical short supply in most organizations, alas.

about a year ago
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Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers

deoxyribonucleose Re:I fear... (641 comments)

Is that still around? I thought when the recession hit most companies realised that one of the first things you should cut is pointless money and time wasting bureaucratic process and just hire people who know what they're on about and have real actual common sense whilst firing those that don't.

Nope. In organizations with more hundreds or thousands of IT people and thousands of systems (not to mention dozens of countries and a handful of sourcing agreements on top), you're gonna need some process to control change and coordinate responsibilities. I'm not saying ITIL is pretty, or should be fully implemented everywhere (perhaps not even anywhere), but doing everything ad hoc, when you can't simply shout at each other across the office, is much, much worse.

about a year ago
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Thoughts From Readers on Replacing Google Reader

deoxyribonucleose Re:iGoogle (50 comments)

I've been looking at ighome.com, but haven't switched yet. Not sure how well it'll hold up or for how long.

about a year ago
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Pro Bono Lawyer Fights C&D With Humor

deoxyribonucleose Re:County Lawyer (144 comments)

You're quite right. My English grammar filter was led down the garden path quite decisively.

about a year ago
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Pro Bono Lawyer Fights C&D With Humor

deoxyribonucleose Re:County Lawyer (144 comments)

However, using 'conclusion' as a verb is a shooting offense.

about a year ago
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Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates

deoxyribonucleose Re:How does this stop me from sharing from a USB? (467 comments)

One word: PRISM.

Perhaps I'm scaremongering, but are you willing to bet against mission creep from using such intelligence assets against so-called terrorism via kiddie porn to copyright infringement? Given how US election campaigns are being financed?

about a year ago
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Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates

deoxyribonucleose Violating copyright in order to enforce it (467 comments)

Any publishers using this technique had better have iron-clad contracts with their authors permitting arbitrary alterations to their works. Otherwise, they are in clear violation of the authors' moral rights to protection against distortion and mutilation of their original work.

It's eerily reiminscent of the 'We had to incinerate the village in order to protect it' military communique.

Anybody know if standard boilerplate agrements from the major publishers actually sign away the authors' moral rights against deliberate mutilations (as opposed to inadvertent proofing errors)?

about a year ago
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Greek Government Abruptly Shuts Down State Broadcaster

deoxyribonucleose Re:Is Greece even a proper country? (230 comments)

I'd considered asking you what constitutes a 'real' as opposed to 'pseudo-' nation, but then I realized you might answer. Pray tell, are you sure it isn't the lizard people using chemtrails to convince the Greek population of the existence of global warming? I'm having trouble distinguishing between all the nutty conspiracy theories these days.

about a year ago
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Japan's Radiation Disaster Toll: None Dead, None Sick

deoxyribonucleose Re:Oil and nuclear are separate markets (319 comments)

"Irrelevant" implies being unnecessary. Last time I looked, taxis and shared cars were still, y'know, actually, cars. If you mean that privately owned cars are unnecessary, you still haven't provided any real arguments for your thesis, only that something else might possibly substitute.

By the way, grammar is good for you!

about a year ago
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PayPal Denies Teen Reward For Finding Bug

deoxyribonucleose Re:Why don't businesses get it? (318 comments)

Err... *yes it it*. It's *communication*. Ie it's a passing of information from one person to another, so both people need to understand and agree on the meaning of the words used! (ok, so this particular case the words who and whom are similar enough to be guessed, but if they were very different and the other person didn't understand the obscure & pointless word you used, it's your fault for using it)

What a sad world it would be if language were solely about communicating clear, distinct meanings.

about a year ago
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PayPal Denies Teen Reward For Finding Bug

deoxyribonucleose Re:Why don't businesses get it? (318 comments)

Nonsense. Just because your contemporaries tend to avoid a word is no reason to abstain from it: that's the kind of narrow minded in-crowd attitude no true nerd should ever fall prey to. After all, the communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

deoxyribonucleose Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

Congratulations, troll, you got me to post. Now creep back into your bog.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

deoxyribonucleose Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

Whereas MEN can skip TOWN after IMPREGNATING a WOMAN and start writing RANTS on SLASHDOT with completely arbitrary CAPITALIZATIONS on how unfair life is. My bad: I mistook the Stone Age for the 19th century.

Again: both sexes can choose not to procreate. Nothing to see here, move on.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

deoxyribonucleose Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

Since the concern should be for the child and its welfare, the only reasonable rule should be that the leave belongs to the child, for its parents to allocate as they see fit. Who else should decide for them how best to care for their own?

And does it really matter against whom this is discrimination?

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

deoxyribonucleose Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

Don't bother to try to reason with someone wealthy with choices. Men only get one while women get many. And yet it's always the MEN who get saddled with all the responsibility while WOMEN can CHOOSE to have none.

Sorry, is that the 19th century on the phone? I can't quite hear you: you seem to have misplaced your genders.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

deoxyribonucleose Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

A man chooses with whom to have intercourse. There are cases where the intent was not to procreate; but that is still a risk a man or a woman takes deliberately. Claiming that a man does not get a choice of whether to be a parent is a considerable overstatement.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

deoxyribonucleose Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

You have a choice to have a child or not. Men do not get a choice of they get to be a mom or a dad.

Seriously? I thought contraceptives and vasectomies weren't outlawed in the US yet. Nor gender reassignment, for that matter, for those who would be moms (in the non-biological sense, at the current state of technology, naturally).

about a year ago

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