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Are Code Reviews Worth It?

imasu Re:Are they worth it? (345 comments)

The first case is canonical and often pointed to, but I find it problematic in many cases. Mentoring is always a good goal but I think that for real development work, if there is a large disparity between the skillsets it can lead to the more experienced engineer becoming frustrated and essentially feeling less productive (as the mentoree is not contributing much in the way of actual implementation). Similarly, it can be like drinking from a fire hose or the less experienced person. So while it is an effective technique in some cases, it is (in my experience) quite domain and problem specific, and if the gap in skills is too large, it simply does not work well. The second example you give is where it really can stand out though, in the spirit of the first example as well; bringing a second experienced dev up to speed in the first dev's domain.

more than 5 years ago

iPhone App Causes Google To Shut Down SMS Service

imasu Re:Well, (420 comments)

How is this abuse, exactly?

more than 5 years ago

Russia Aims Towards Mars

imasu Re:Russia Saves US Manned Spaceflight? (161 comments)

Why not let (extraorbital) US Manned Spaceflight die for now?

Before you reply, consider for a moment the relative gains we have gotten from things like Hubble, Cassini, the mars rovers, Japan's Hinode solar satellite, etc, to what we have achieved with the ISS and the projected goals of Orion, versus the costs of the programs.

I have a strong knee-jerk reaction against letting manned spaceflight die too; dammit, I *want* people to walk on Mars. But the fact is, we are learning a hell of a lot from unmanned missions at a tiny fraction of the cost.

We can resurrect the idea of extraorbital manned missions at any time; would it make sense to shelve them for now though?

Also, I wouldn't frame the argument for manned spaceflight as "will of the people" if I were you; what you and I want in this respect is likely quite different than the (general) "will of the people".

more than 5 years ago

Russia Aims Towards Mars

imasu Re:Russia Saves US Manned Spaceflight? (161 comments)

Actually the budget deficits were not manageable; they were simply pushed back.

This is not a partisan issue at all; increases in the national debt are public record and there for anyone to see, be it on wikipedia or .gov websites.

The Reagan administration borrowed more money than all the presidents before him, combined. Basically, it was the same idea as living "well" by maxing out credit cards and getting new ones when you fill up the old ones. Fun while it lasts, but someone has to pay for it eventually.

So, we get to where we are today, with the interest on the national debt being more than 20 times NASA's annual budget. Granted, a lot of that came from both presidents Bush too, especially the latter. GHWB kind of inherited a problem there from Reagan.

Anyway, remember that when you look back to the Reagan years as some kind of boon for the space industry. Short term, definitely; long term, not so much.

more than 5 years ago

Russia Aims Towards Mars

imasu Re:Moving ISS not a crazy idea at all (161 comments)

Might not be so bad. The thrust required to get it into a transfer orbit might not be so large, and it is not too difficult to think of ways to mitigate the modular asymmetry. For example, put the thruster on one side of the station CG, and on the other side, build out a boom that then supports all the individual modules via guy wires or cables. Not trivial, but probably easier than building a second station in the location you would want to move the ISS to.

more than 5 years ago

Russia Aims Towards Mars

imasu Re:Moving ISS not a crazy idea at all (161 comments)

I was just about to post this. Putting the ISS into a transfer orbit to move it to the moon has been discussed before and actually seems like an excellent idea to explore if we are planning for prolonged lunar missions in the future.

more than 5 years ago

Fire Your IT Boss

imasu Re:How it is (509 comments)

As usual, Cringely is right.

You realize everyone stopped reading your post at that line, right? Which is too bad, because other than this one colossal epic fail of a statement, the rest is pretty good.

about 6 years ago



More Than 1 Percent of Americans are Incarcerated

imasu imasu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

imasu (1008081) writes "The Globe And Mail reports on a Pew Study indicating that more than 1% of Americans, for the first time in history, are behind bars.

FTA: "For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking the surge in inmate population and urging states to rein in corrections costs with alternative sentencing programs.""


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