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New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models

pcraven Re:Dr. Roy Spencer... (954 comments)

The "alarmist" wording of this article blows a "gaping hole" in the credibility of this paper. It is "extremely important" when trying to teach people something new that your article not be so "dramatically" worded. Glad it linked to the actual publication, but I didn't see anything here to make me think that the Earth isn't warming.

more than 3 years ago

Learning Programming In a Post-BASIC World

pcraven Python and Pygame (510 comments)

I like to teach students with Python and Pygame. By the end of the first semester programming class they can create some fairly complex games. I have videos of these games on-line, along with a free draft version of the textbook we use:


more than 3 years ago

Evaluating Or Testing Utility SCADA Security?

pcraven Check out the University of Idaho (227 comments)

The University of Idaho has a research lab dedicated to this. They have SCADA systems set in a lab. There's a grad class in the subject you can take via video. And there are quite a few papers they have helped published. Search the IEEE document library for some good info.

more than 4 years ago

A Decade of Agile Programming — Has It Delivered?

pcraven Agile as a manifesto is a mistake. (395 comments)

I like agile when people use it to learn the how and why of managing software projects. It can provide a great platform to debate, discuss, and learn.

I hate agile when people use it as a manifesto or religion, assuming it works best in all aspects of all projects at all stages and with all people. And like religion, they use it as a means to gain power over those who would use reason and logic instead.

And dude, this is wrong on so many levels:

"One of my guys keeps telling me that he would like to have more specified requirements. I keep telling him we're going faster because we don't have specified requirements," Weston says. A hardcore requirements document is a "waste of time," he adds.

more than 4 years ago

Hooked On Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price

pcraven I agree (180 comments)

I used to be a good programmer until I got into management. The flood of information, calls, and e-mails that came in seriously did a number on my brain. It felt like it was being remapped.

I've gotten out of that field, but I still feel the effects from it. Now I've taken to learning Russian. I think I enjoy it because of the concentration required.

more than 4 years ago

How I Saved the Gaming Industry

pcraven It's not just games (252 comments)

It's not just games. In the finance industry I've witnessed many failures of projects to re-write systems from scratch. Some of the best teams just keep updating their old lumbering system, occasionally slapping a web interface or window dressing on it. But it works! And they ship on time! And they make money! And that money goes to fund these colossal re-write failures.

more than 4 years ago

What Advice For a Single Parent As Server Admin?

pcraven Re:Ask the intelligence community (618 comments)

Electronic bullying can result in teen suicide. Young kids seeing terrorists cut the heads people can be disturbing. I can think of lots of things on the internet that can be as dangerous as a table saw.

more than 4 years ago

Groklaw Putting Comes v. Microsoft Docs Online

pcraven Talking to one of those who worked on the case... (159 comments)

I had one of the people working on the case come talk to my college class. The documents provided to the law office were on paper. The office had an impressive cluster of computers used to do optical code recognition on all the documents so that they could be indexed and searched. There were tons of documents. It was not easy technically, and they worked a lot of hours.

The person I talked to always hoped someone would take this on. They couldn't give up their work for public domain, but there was a ton of computer history contained in those files.

about 5 years ago

AT&T Loses First Legal Battle Against Verizon

pcraven What do people actually believe? (214 comments)

I figured most people would understand, but I wasn't sure. So I polled a college class of mine, and 17 out of 17 students misunderstood the add. All students thought the maps indicated total coverage, not 2G vs 3G. And to top it off, no one really knew what 3G was anyway.

more than 5 years ago

Becoming Agile

pcraven Methodology is like cooking (193 comments)

Methodology books are like recipe book. Good chefs own many of them, and draw on the knowledge and ideas inside.

But buying and following a cookbook does not make you an expert chef.

more than 5 years ago

Vermont City Almost Encased In a 1-Mile Dome

pcraven Re:Rain? Insects? Birds? (456 comments)

First big hail storm will take care of the yellow glass.

more than 5 years ago

The Best First Language For a Young Programmer

pcraven Python and Pygame (634 comments)

For a 15 year old? Python with the Pygame toolkit. There are other toolkits besides Pygame, but that one works well.

more than 5 years ago

Software Glitch Leads To $23,148,855,308,184,500 Visa Charges

pcraven Re:meh (544 comments)

Plus, you could always eat the seed corn.

more than 5 years ago

MS Money Poll

pcraven Re:What's the question? (291 comments)

I've used MS Money since 1994 because:
A.) Back then they had a really long free trial period.
B.) I had no way to get my data out of MS Money once it was entered. (QIF exports don't count.)

I hope Quicken is able to make a decent conversion tool, I'd hate to lose 15 years of data.

more than 5 years ago

RIAA Case, Capitol vs. Thomas #2, Starts Monday

pcraven Re:Um, he is phony! (166 comments)

I don't care about your "bias." What I'm more worried about is this "perceived" overuse of your so called "quotes." What "evidence" do you have that people like having quotes to spruce up your "reporting?"

By the way, punctuation goes inside the quote.

more than 5 years ago

Git Adoption Soaring; Are There Good Migration Strategies?

pcraven Re:Meanwhile... (346 comments)

We were required to use it at a bank I worked at. We had a CVS repository and wrote a script to occasionally move stuff over to clearcase.

CVS required almost no administration, and the clearcase repository had a whole team dedicated to its maintenance.

I've started the migration from SVN to Git. Once I learned not to 'git push' to a repository with working files, I've found it works well for me.

about 6 years ago

Getting an Independent Project Started?

pcraven Try to find 1 person interested enough to help (229 comments)

Before going through the effort of developing your own project, I'd recommend finding a partner.

If you can't manage to find 1 other person out there in the world that will be interested in your project, it might say one of the following two things:

* It wasn't worth doing
* You don't have the skills to market your project so it will be popular.

If you need to perfect what the project is, or learn how to 'sell' it, better to learn that now rather than after you go through the development effort.

Good luck. Creating your own project can be well work the effort!

more than 6 years ago


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