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Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

jdbuz Re:No. (241 comments)

I just want it to keep updating my FB status with predetermined posts such as, "Wow! Who knew they had free Wi-Fi up here?"

about 8 months ago

Germany: We Think NSA May Have Tapped Chancellor Merkel's Cell Phone

jdbuz The sad thing is... (267 comments)

that Obama probably doesn't know either way.

about a year ago

Scientists Describe Internal Clocks That Don't Follow Day and Night Cycles

jdbuz Re:Lunar clocks? (91 comments)

Nope. Well, not unless you're really into surfing. But all that nonsense about hospital rooms visits and the like syncing with lunar cycles has been debunked time and time again. For example: Bad Astronomy Science Daily

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Development Requirements Change But Deadlines Do Not?

jdbuz Institutionalize Change... (221 comments)

Product Manager here. And I'm the guy who just can't help himself to add in that one more feature that seems so obvious now but was somehow hiding in my blind spot previously. Oh, and we're gonna make a TON of money if you can just implement this.

Step one: accept that life means constant change and these requests are always going to happen, like it or not. Nature of the beast but you can moderate this.
Step two: find a way to get your arms around it. A formula of: one feature = X days slip on delivery date is not sustainable since all X's aren't created equal. This will ultimately backfire when features take a long time to implement because expectations have been incorrectly established. You need to have a code freeze date for each build and stick to it. Managing code branches and merging will be key.
Step three: Make sure your product manager has solid use cases. Features wrapped in a story tend to stick together. If the feature doesn't play well into an already defined use case (story) then it is likely superfluous to the main goal of the product and can wait. If the PM needs to change the use case to accommodate the new feature then the PM needs to get his or her act together (while understanding that PMs are human and can sometimes make mistakes, but this should not be a standard operating procedure, changing fundamental use case scenarios). Sales organizations are typically coin operated so they'll always ask for just this one feature to make the big sale. It's a lie. If they didn't need it last month then they can wait another month.

In my opinion, this in not something a developer should have to be concerned with, this is a product management issue. What is probable in these situations is that the PM is not including all stake holders in the requirements doc. All stake holders need to understand to some degree the end user's mental model (assumptions, motivations, goals, etc.) and if so a lot of these things will get vetted during the review process. But Sales, that darn Sales team... can't ever keep them happy; can't run a business without the revenue the bring in. They will always try but only the lesser ones will need said feature NOW to make the sale.

about a year ago

Book Review: The Plateau Effect: Getting From Stuck To Success

jdbuz Plateaus are bad, mmkay (121 comments)

I bet some folks in Tibet would question the premise that plateaus are essentially bad, that they result in the inability to move forward or grow, that the final inevitable result is that your mind and senses are dulled by sameness and that life and soul are sucked out of you. The book's value could end up not be in theories of up or down but in that it helps you become more mindful of what's already going on around you.

about a year ago

Elon Musk Hates 405 Freeway Traffic, Pays Money To Speed Construction

jdbuz Make drivers drive smarter, not on more lanes (431 comments)

I drive this stretch of road. And I've driven in Germany. We should take a page from Germany's playbook and "drive right" (rechts fahren) and pass on the left. The Autobahn is mostly only 2 lanes after all. Take you're 50K and get the state of California to stop calling the far left (non HOV/carpool) lane the subjective "fast" lane, as they do in the driver hand books, and teach people to call it the "passing" lane.

about a year ago

Turkey's Science Research Council Stops Publication of Evolution Books

jdbuz Re:Wow, I thought we (the US) was the only standou (444 comments)

That last sentence, I meant to say, "If we can't make it work there I'm afraid we won't make it together anywhere."

about a year and a half ago

Turkey's Science Research Council Stops Publication of Evolution Books

jdbuz Re:Wow, I thought we (the US) was the only standou (444 comments)

Turkey is the perfect reflection of the US, only switch Muslim for Christian.

As a green-eyed American Caucasian, when I started my 6 month consulting gig in Istanbul in 2007-2008 I was kinda scared at first. I saw all these minarets poking up from mosques everywhere, heard the call to prayer a few times each day, and folks back home were pushing a law that would officially say Turkey committed genocide. But then I started working with my technical counter parts and guess what? There was the quiet guy, there was the hilarious guy (we're still friends), there was the unbelievably smart guy (still the best Oracle consultant I've ever worked with), there was the hot girl, there was the guy who talked my ear off about how backwards he thought Muslims were, and there was the kindhearted Muslim guy who made sure I never ate lunch alone. Every archetype that I knew from the US was represented. I found them brilliant and extremely motivated. And I even saw a lot of women in high level jobs wearing fashionable clothes.

Then I got to know the city, saw some of the music scene, a little of the club scene, and soaked up some of the history. They have their own George Washington named Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who in 1923 established the Republic of Turkey, switched them from Arabic script to Western European (making my job of typing on their keyboards much easier!), and separated Mosque from State.

But exactly like in the US the religious groups find ways to work their agenda into the secular government. For example, you can't buy pork. Why? Because from political pressure it was found "unhealthy" and one by one the farms were shutdown until there were none. There's lots of these examples, including the article to which we're responding. Once my eyes got adjusted I almost felt as if I were in the US, even the mosques I realized were no more numerous than our churches.

Their economy is far stronger than Romania, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, and Portugal, all members of the European Union, and the EU would do well to admit them. Turkey is the litmus test for Muslims and Christians. They are us and we are them. If we can make it work there I'm afraid we won't make it together anywhere.

about a year and a half ago

Programming a Wearable Android Device

jdbuz Re:Humble name suggestion (53 comments)

Branded for Oakley: Oakley Omni-vision (Omnies for short); Apple? Apple Eyes (may end up patenting vision). Ray-Ban? Ray-Scans. Serengeti? CanzaSeeyas. Ok, your game is is harder than I thought...

about 2 years ago

Estonia To Teach Programming In Schools From Age 6

jdbuz Programming is the new manufacturing... (307 comments)

To want to "bring the manufacturing jobs back" is a lost cause. Programming is the new manufacturing and what Estonia is doing is brilliant. More and more everything in our daily lives is governed by software. Estonia is a small country and choosing this as their national specialty is going to prove monumental to their long-term success.

about 2 years ago

Magician Suing For Copyright Over Magic Trick

jdbuz Probably an interesting phone call... (296 comments)

Bakardy: Hello? Teller: . Bakardy: Heelloo? Teller: . Bakardy: Goodbye. Teller: !

more than 2 years ago

New Tech Makes Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Verifiable

jdbuz I worked IT on the verification system... (93 comments)

As an IT professional, I worked on the verification system for the Prototype International Data Centre during 1999 when the Senate Republicans (and Clinton) rejected the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty on the grounds that it wasn't verifiable. I was also working there in 1998 when within 15 minutes of it happening my pager went off when Pakistan and then India did their tests (thank goodness it wasn't data corruption!). While I'm no PhD and pretty much everyone else was (international group represented by all nations involved with the treaty - and a heck of a Wednesday night soccer practice) they know. Squiggly line slowly getting big: earthquake; flat line suddenly turning squiggly: bomb. Really smart people double check by hand before raising flags just as if you subscribe to USGS earthquake warnings (was that really a 4.2 at 2012-Apr-09 21:37:09 in Gulf of California?). They know pretty well what, how much, when and where. It's "just" physics and it's based on the sensitively of the monitoring instruments. And it turns out that the instruments are really sensitive and it takes incredibly advanced technology to make an under 1 kiloton bomb. It won't be a country's first test. Point is we should lead the way in signing this. Cold war mentality is to monitor Russia. If that's not our goal, if our real goal is the "non proliferation" of nuclear bombs then those seeking to acquire the technology must test (sound familiar?) and testing below current detectable levels means they already have the technology and have already tested it on a larger scale. Ban everyone from testing the big stuff and you'll make the small stuff much harder to come by. Politics - not science - is why unfortunately the US has not yet signed this treaty.

more than 2 years ago

CES Recap: Gadgets and Blisters

jdbuz google-mounted? (53 comments)

Google-mounted or goggle-mounted? Or google-goggle-goggle-mounted?

more than 2 years ago

America's Cubicles Are Shrinking

jdbuz As technology shrinks so does our space (484 comments)

Once technology catches up they'll be able to sit us single file. Think about it, the computer is almost gone from the desktop and and the monitor is a fraction of it's former volume. Once we all have digital glasses on our eyes and no noise from the out side earphones on our ears it could very *feel* that we are working alone on top of Mount Everest, the beach, Mars, wherever. But then do we really even need to be in the office? Some managers will still think so and we'll all be sitting in a stripped down warehouse in orderly rows and columns.

more than 3 years ago

Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall

jdbuz Re:First Post (664 comments)

Sure, individuals need to practice self control but there was an interesting feature article in the May-June 2006 issue of American Scientist, "The Allure of Fast-Paced Pictures", which was really more about interesting pictures and the brains natural tendency to focus on them. Blame your opioid receptors. A conclusion from this study would be that the people behind you are simply hard-wired to look at - at least for some period of time - your interesting, colorful, perhaps moving pictures instead of paying attention to the professor. It's hard to look away from the thing darting across the field, a TV or your neighbor's facebook page.

more than 4 years ago

Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall

jdbuz Ban teaching by powerpoint before you ban laptops (664 comments)

I've been out of academia since '95 but back then professors wrote on the board (with the occasional overhead graph) and students wrote on paper. My girlfriend recently went back to school and almost every class is taught by powerpoint presentation which nearly begs the students to bring in their laptops. If you want to ban the laptop then ban the lazy practice of teaching by powerpoint.

more than 4 years ago

Computer Failure Causes Gridlock In MD County

jdbuz Re:When the system fails, shut the lights off. (483 comments)

At least DC has been doing this since the 70's. It's the 21st century and Southern California is JUST NOW starting to sync up their traffic lights!

more than 4 years ago

Companies To Invade Your Retinas As Soon As Next Year?

jdbuz Google Goggles (245 comments)

> as yet unnamed goggles Google Goggles, of course! Oakley Omnis? Apple Eye's?

more than 4 years ago


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