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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

sunderland56 WTF? (132 comments)

Agile and waterfall are *management* methods. Code quality is a function of *developers*.

If you want quality code, stop pissing off your developers, and choose the least intrusive management method, so people can do their work.

3 days ago

Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

sunderland56 Wait, what? (337 comments)

Do you mean to imply that chip manufacturers have started to lie on their spec sheets? Really? That's a new one; in the past they've been 100% accurate.

about two weeks ago

End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

sunderland56 Re:Notes next? (156 comments)

please please please kill Notes.

Lotus 1-2-3: universally loved, ground breaking program: killed off.

Lotus Notes: universally hated me-too program: still survives.

about three weeks ago

Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

sunderland56 Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

You should be able to install 1000 programs, uninstall them all, and your system should be identical to what it was before. Anything else is a failure.

The very existence of the registry is wrong. Operating systems like Unix, Linux, MacOS, Solaris, etc. don't have a registry, and don't have any significant "OS Decay".

about three weeks ago

Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

sunderland56 Re:Transformative Platforms! (182 comments)

List of transformative, disruptive, game-changing, paradigm-shifting technologies that have changed education forever:

9) Eight-Track Tape Recorders

I hesitate to ask what sort of an education you got that involved eight track tapes..... did it also involve the back seat of a 1970 Camaro?

about a month ago

Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

sunderland56 Re:why? (182 comments)

Why does the classroom of the future need to be VR?

So that your teacher can be a smokin' hot babe? In every single class?

about a month ago

L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

sunderland56 Sharing channel == worse picture quality (80 comments)

So two stations that were previously using 6 MHz bandwidth each, will now share one channel, presumably using 3 MHz each.... and so each will have a 50% drop in picture quality. How is this a good thing for the consumer?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

sunderland56 Re:None? (471 comments)

I don't want yet another device to carry around.

Isn't the whole idea of a watch-like product the fact that you don't need to carry it? It's attached to your wrist, no need to carry it, or put it in a pocket.

about a month ago

Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

sunderland56 Malicious (230 comments)

Even if Comcast doesn't have any malicious intent

Of course they have malicious intent; they are inserting ads where previously there were none. Isn't that malicious enough for you?

about a month and a half ago

Extracting Audio From Visual Information

sunderland56 Re:Requires a very high speed camera (142 comments)

reconstruct from standard 30 fps video

Dear sir: what you are asking is impossible.

Sincerely yours,

Harry Nyquist

about 3 months ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

sunderland56 Re:I'd much rather have the option ... (205 comments)

Buy a limousine. Loads of room for the kids in the back, and this cool screen that can totally isolate the driver from the passengers.

Just make sure the minibar is empty before heading off to school.

about 2 months ago

Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

sunderland56 Going Public (51 comments)

Isn't the aim of going public to get investors? Is there anyone on the planet who is going to invest in the failure that is Nook?

about 4 months ago

Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

sunderland56 Re:Damaged reputation? (191 comments)

Several reviews of Ford and Cadillac models I've read, particularly models with older versions of SYNC/QUE, have been overwhelmingly positive with the exception of the infotainment system.

Every review of BMW models is overwhelmingly positive.... except for the *bleep* infotainment system.

All car owners want entertainment along the journey. Some get their entertainment from music, maps, and the like. The others get their entertainment by hitting the cloverleaf at 90 MPH. Intel can help the first group; Intel can do nothing but frustrate the second group.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

sunderland56 Re:Scotland? (259 comments)

They have cell phone shops too. She should buy herself a cell phone in Scotland.

On her first day in a strange country, she's supposed to negotiate a complicated, expensive purchase in a foreign language?

about 5 months ago

Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

sunderland56 Re:Cinema-like (261 comments)

makes your floor sticky from years of dumped soda.

At least, you hope that's soda.....

about 5 months ago

Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

sunderland56 Re:Cinema-like (261 comments)

Samsung and LG claim that the curve provides a cinema-like experience

Then why are the screens in a real-life cinema flat?

The answer, of course is that the camera (either film or digital) uses a flat sensor. Taking a picture with a flat sensor, and then displaying it on a curved screen, is just distorting the image. So the consumer thinks they're cool - but in reality they are watching an inferior picture.

about 5 months ago

Swiss Space Systems Announces Plan To Offer World's Cheapest Zero-G Flights

sunderland56 Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (64 comments)

I have seen bathrooms like that in Japan

In Japan you wash yourself - soap down and rinse - *outside* the tub. You only get into the tub after you're clean. So yes, the entire room *is* a shower stall.

That's why the toilet is in a completely different room from the tub.

about 5 months ago

30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

sunderland56 Re:"OpenSSL C dialect" (164 comments)

OpenSSL has basically wrote their own version of libc

The language you use and the libraries you use are different concepts.

C - especially in the (most excellent) Whitesmiths compilers done by completely separated the compiler itself from the libraries; the ones they supplied were completely and totally different from what is now called libc, but everything worked.

This model has been (sadly) broken by things like c99 and c++.

about 5 months ago

30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

sunderland56 "OpenSSL C dialect" (164 comments)

What is this "C dialect" of which you speak? Last I checked, they are using standard compilers for the various platforms.

Writing cross-platform code is tricky, and you need to avoid using some things that appear fine, but work differently on different platforms. That will make your code look a tad peculiar to the regular single-platform programmer; but I'd hardly call it a "dialect".

about 5 months ago

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

sunderland56 Re:Lease? (482 comments)

The lease on my summer car is at 0.003% (yes, really). So the numbers are fairly close to reality.

Also, there is a tax advantage to leasing. You pay tax on each month's payment; for a purchase you pay tax on the entire value of the car. So, if you turn in the car at the end of the lease, you've saved paying sales tax on $25K.

about 6 months ago


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