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The Physics of Hot Pockets

ferret4 Re: Ovens. Get rid of them. (222 comments)

When you've finished tearing your meat to shreds, why not add it to a chemical bath to leech out the nutrients while turning the remainder into shit? Smart people can just suck the juice of life up a straw from around the turds, while the morons out there can pretend they're enjoying their 'meals'.

about 7 months ago
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The Shrinking Giant Red Spot of Jupiter

ferret4 incorrect - 40 astronauts required to date. (160 comments)

5 crews of 7 astronauts have gone into space on repair missions, including the first mission to repair Hubble's faulty lenses that would have rendered it useless. Add to that the 5 astronauts that took Hubble into space in the first place and you have a total of 40 people in space. Some of those 40 may possibly be the same across 6 missions, I'll let you research that yourself.

about 7 months ago
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SCOTUS Ends Novell's Anti-Trust Cast Against Microsoft

ferret4 Re: way to over simplify the issue win the summery (174 comments)

Yeah imagine that: they'd have to actually ask the people who voted for them what they should do rather than just read a memo from Big Business Inc.

about 8 months ago
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Silicon Valley Could Be Heading For a New Stock Collapse.

ferret4 Re: Yahooblr (200 comments)

Indeed - Yahoo will put ads on Tumblr and make a fortune from the page impressions. Other than mindless Yahoo-bashing I can't imagine why this 'example' made the summary.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

ferret4 please explain (206 comments)

how Adobe charging more money for their software to Australian customers helps prop up Australia's "socialist wonderland" "welfare state". The price difference is not in government tax or import duties, it just goes into the pocket of Adobe.

about a year ago
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Why Your Users Hate Agile

ferret4 Re:Agile means you always hit final release date (597 comments)

I pitched my comment towards differences for the users, as that's what this Slashdot article is querying. The difference to actual development is, as you've quite rightly pointed out, zero - which is at it should be. Your developers have created a launchable product, it's only up to the business to decide if it's an appropriate time to launch the product or not - it's none of the developers concern.

When talking about "the non-agile alternative" I'm afraid I should have specified "the classic waterfall method".

about a year and a half ago
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Why Your Users Hate Agile

ferret4 Agile means you always hit final release date (597 comments)

The way I've used agile is not to have multiple iterative launches of a product, but to have multiple iterative points where you *have* a launchable product. The advantage of Agile isn't constantly churning out crumb-like updates to freaked-out users, it's being able to say on any given week "we could launch with X feature set now if we had to, and have Y feature set still to build" rather than the non-agile alternative which is "it doesn't work but we are 30% towards completing it".

This enables you to be able to set a firm launch date and be able to meet it with a working product. You can either chose to launch iterative updates afterwards, or just stick with what you launched and move onto a different project - whatever the business decides.

In reference to the summary: if there is no process, you are doing Agile wrong. If your developers are overwriting each others work, you are using SVN wrong. Neither of these are inherent problems with Agile, you're just being incompetent - and there is no methodology to overcome incompetence.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Yahoo Actually Stage a Comeback?

ferret4 Re:Of course (260 comments)

mod this up

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Yahoo Actually Stage a Comeback?

ferret4 Re:There are many more differences between them (260 comments)

People actually use Yahoo!s products too, otherwise they wouldn't have made $5 billion profit last year, the year before, and the year before that. It's vocal tech communities and business columnists that have their heads in the sand, not Yahoo! or it's users.

about a year and a half ago
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Latvian Police Raid Teacher's Home for Uploading $4.00 Textbook

ferret4 No man pirates from Doctor Doom! (289 comments)

Latvarians should realise by now Doom decides what History is allowed to be taught to his citizens.

about a year and a half ago
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Yahoo Pinkie-Swears It Won't Ruin Tumblr

ferret4 Re:Flickr have announced 1 Terabyte of storage, fr (162 comments)

I don't think you understand that I wasn't talking about "the market", I'm talking about a useful, productive profit-making business. Share prices are irrelevant to anyone except shareholders and business newspaper columnists.

about a year and a half ago
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Yahoo Pinkie-Swears It Won't Ruin Tumblr

ferret4 Flickr have announced 1 Terabyte of storage, free (162 comments)

Giving 1 Terabyte (not gigabyte, terabyte) of storage to users (not paid users, all users) is NOT the action of a dying product. The Yahoo! bashing is getting pretty tiresome around here - according to the Wall Street Journal they've made $5 billion profit annually for the last few years - I fail to see how that is unsuccessful. In regards to Tumblr, Flickr is an excellent example of Yahoo! buying a brand and service and not ruining it in the proces.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Government Backdoor Internet Filter Shuts Down 1,000 Websites

ferret4 not lies at all (90 comments)

Healthcare is free if your taxable income is low enough (otherwise you pay the Medicare Levy each tax year unless you have bought Health Insurance).

Education is free for everyone up until University (but you can choose to pay to send your kids to private school).

about a year and a half ago
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A Tardis Art Piece at the Austin Mini Maker Faire (Video)

ferret4 Re:My one major question: (25 comments)

This is absolutely true, and when it was cancelled in 1989 we had no Sci-Fi again. Which explains why Star Trek TNG's pretty poor first two seasons were so successful in the UK when they went to air 9 months later. It's all there was.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

ferret4 Re:Change for sake of change (614 comments)

That's fine, but in this case there's a lot to be learned from a new adage: "if your unsupported software does break, you're totally fucked"

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

ferret4 Re:Virtual Machine (572 comments)

and if the VM is running Windows XP with IE6, it'll be just like using their own computer at home.

about a year and a half ago
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If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

ferret4 Re:Zoom (456 comments)

I thought you missed it off as it's not a 'real' optical effect, but a nod to the software the BBC used to create basic computer generated effects.

Always wondered why they put it in the gag, probably only BBC staff and some hardcore Doctor Who fans (like myself) would even have been aware of what Quantel was!

about a year and a half ago
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Testers Say IE 11 Can Impersonate Firefox Via User Agent String

ferret4 Re:uhm.. (252 comments)

you don't have to check any such thing if you code with graceful degradation. For example, a browser either supports CSS3 rounded corners or it ignores what it doesn't understand - nothing breaks, the user just gets square corners instead. If you design and code with that in mind, there is no need to perform checks on the browser vendor and version.

about a year and a half ago
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If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

ferret4 Re:Zoom (456 comments)

you (intentionally?) missed off Quantel :-)

about 2 years ago

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