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Ask Slashdot: Development Requirements Change But Deadlines Do Not?

eples Document the requests (221 comments)

Keep a written record each time something unreasonable is requested.

After a few months (6?) show the documentation to the manager of whomever is making the requests.

Then crack open a beer and wait for your new middle manager to arrive.

Political or not, software project or not, someone in the management chain isn't doing their fucking job and you should not simply accept that.

about a year and a half ago

USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

eples Re:Abide by the law? (955 comments)

Actually, both programs abide by the 4th amendment.

Also, here's the 1979 supreme court case ruling that your phone records are not private: Smith v. Maryland ... (post-watergate era even!)

about a year and a half ago

How To Add 5.5 Petabytes and Get Banned From Costco

eples Risk Plan? (273 comments)

Yeah, it's a cute story but I wouldn't trust them with my backup data.

These people didn't have a risk plan for their business that included hard drive shortages?

Their product isn't worth $10/mo ? (raising price)

Can you imagine an airline that doesn't factor in changes in fuel prices? Or a farm that doesn't have a plan for drought?

Bone for tuna!

more than 2 years ago

The Truth About Hiring "Rock Star" Developers

eples Re:Unmanageable (487 comments)

"Rock stars" - we called them divas in my company - are notoriously unmanageable

Smart people don't want to be managed by C-minus business majors.

Even worse would be managed by even an A-plus History/English/Psychology major.

Of which, corporate america is currently rife with.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

eples Re:It's from Microsoft and this is Slashdot... (1027 comments)

Agreed. The designer in me goes nuts every time I see text artificially clipped on the right hand edge of the screen. It's just terrible;

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.
I was starting to think I was the only person who thought that was an extremely poor design decision.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

eples DON'T work from home (480 comments)

Head over to your local coworking establishment.

100% worth it.

more than 2 years ago

East Coast vs. West Coast In the Quest For Young Programming Talent

eples NYC treats engineers like crap (235 comments)

Maybe it's because you've got a bunch of C+ business majors running the show, continually fucking up simple projects.

And then on top of that, treating your software engineers like 2nd class citizens.

Fuck that noise. I left after 6 years and don't plan to ever go back.

more than 3 years ago

Hands-On Account of Amazon's Upcoming Color Kindle

eples Re:Very disappointed (156 comments)

Probably the only thing going for it is the price. Other than that, this seems... pointless.

If I can read in direct sunlight, in color, you can expect to see this device appearing on beaches everywhere.

I love my iPad but it never goes outside.

more than 3 years ago

Debt Deal Reached

eples Re:great (844 comments)

I want what I want when I want it

Ironically enough, this is the quote under Eric Cantor's yearbook photo.
(he is the House Republican Majority Leader)

more than 3 years ago

The Internet Is Killing Local News, Says the FCC

eples Because they haven't ADAPTED (271 comments)

How many times have you heard the 11 o'clock news "teaser" for an interesting story they wait until 11:28pm to put on the air?

Usually if you have your laptop, you can go to a news website and, boom, there is the story without waiting 28 minutes through commercials and a dozen local crime reports.

Local news needs to adapt. The "string you along so you keep watching commercials" passive-watching business model is gone for good.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps

eples Re:No more apples (601 comments)

I'll play along with your enumeration of Constitutional rights:

The 4th amendment states you cannot be searched without a warrant or probable cause.

The 5th amendment states that you cannot be forced to provide evidence to incriminate yourself.

Stopping people at random and forcing them to take a breathalyzer - without having observed them commit a crime or being informed from someone that they may have committed a crime - violates those two rights above. Clearly.

And then on top of that, at what point do you get to invoke your miranda rights? After you were forced to incriminate yourself or before? After you were forcibly searched or before? After you are taken into custody or before?

more than 3 years ago

Steve Ballmer's Head On the Block?

eples Re:Finally... (410 comments)

Dude. Every tablet I have seen from Microsoft, although a valiant effort, HAS A MOUSE CURSOR where you put your finger.

That demonstrates a complete, total, utter lack of understanding about how people want that form factor to operate.

Truly, if they just hide the fucking cursor and put 30-45 minutes into thinking about an operable main-GUI they could pull it off without much effort.

more than 2 years ago

Paul Allen Rips Bill Gates In Autobiography

eples Re:What about DONKEY.BAS? (249 comments)

Yeah, that, and the BASIC interpreter itself. Not a small thing.

more than 3 years ago

Newspaper Plagiarizes Blog, Taunts Real Author

eples newspaper reporters are jerks (301 comments)

Guess what, newspaper reporters can be jerks! They often dash off at warp speed with poor information, and see conspiracies and evils where they do not exist.

That's why they work at ... small local papers.

more than 3 years ago

Pepsi Moving To Bottles Made of Plant Material

eples Re:How about glass (321 comments)

Glass is heavier, which means that when you SHIP the product you will use more fuel. When you sale that up to billions and billions of bottles it is significant.

more than 3 years ago

Glen Beck Warns Viewers Not To Use Google

eples ... he just described what Fox News does (1276 comments)

"[...] Are you comfortable with the government partnering covertly with media organizations, search engines, social networking, so they can bring change that the Washington elites have designed?

Didn't he just describe Fox News? That is what they do over at Fox News, is it not?

more than 3 years ago

Why Eric Schmidt Left As CEO of Google?

eples I don';t think so.... (378 comments)

the place vital engineers wanted to work

Leave Google to go work on PHP spaghetti code? Puhleese.

Maybe people have left Google, but show us the numbers. I highly doubt they went to FACEBOOK.

about 4 years ago

Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

eples Re:Obama achieved something (828 comments)

better off globally with smaller countries and more power given to local authorities

Yes, we call these "states". They each can have their own laws, too.

more than 4 years ago

Bank of America Cuts Off Wikileaks Transactions

eples Re:Free speech? (467 comments)

Where is your evidence that the US Government pressured Bank of America to do anything?!

Are you kidding me? Seriously? The USG isn't even going to bring charges against Assange unless there is evidence of coercion and not simply an anonymous leak which is 100% protected free speech in this country.

more than 4 years ago

Which Language To Learn?

eples um. why? (897 comments)

I've deliberately omitted .NET -- I have no desire to do the Microsoft languages

To each his own, but may I ask what drove that decision? Love or hate Microsoft, but C# is pretty much the pinnacle of C-style programming languages.

more than 4 years ago



Apple Sued Over Touch-Screen Rights

eples eples writes  |  more than 5 years ago

eples (239989) writes "Taiwanese firm Elan Microelectronics has sued Apple Computer alleging infringement of two of its touch-screen patents. In 2005, Apple purchased its multi-touch technology from FingerWorks, a Delaware based startup which produced unique user interface prototypes a decade ago. What does this mean for current industry leaders offering multi-touch products?"
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