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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

znrt Re:Agile is the answer to everything (132 comments)

right except the part where you call someone a lameass just for working on a different use case.

you wouldn't use the same approach and investment for a social website and a satellite control system, would you?

2 days ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

znrt Re:Agile is the answer to everything (132 comments)

I agree that it can work - IF you have good people. That's rarely the case, so it usually fails

this. agile was the experience of a group of highly skilled and motivated professionals in a very specific setting. they had intuitively adopted some practices that were already known, and then called their whole experience "agile" and produced a recipe for it.

what few understand is that this recipe is simply not universally transferable. talent and motivation are the real drive. given those, everything else can be figured out in many ways: probably any combination will work in such a team, they just chose what suited them best.

but none of them will work in a zoo. no matter how many evangelists and bananas you throw at the monkeys.

2 days ago
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Windows Flaw Allowed Hackers To Spy On NATO, Ukraine, Others

znrt Re:Hilarious (97 comments)

OTOH, they should open such emails in a sandbox suchas a VM, preferably in a non-Windows environment. They are professionals - they should be able to handle this sort of thing.

opening that email in a plain text editor would have been enough, and more informative too. even outlook, i vaguely remember, had a "view source" or equivalent option.

allowing html or media to be embedded in email seemed a cool idea but we have never been prepared for it.

otoh, allowing private software to be used in public affairs is just idiotic.

5 days ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

znrt don't get it (220 comments)

layman here, but it surprises me that something is considered cryptographically secure when a mere 10x bruteforce cost factor makes a difference. even 300x sounds small. how difficult is it then to bruteforce with 1000 iterations? it should be unfeasible with foreseeable technology. the need to make anything unfeasible 10 times more unfeasible is counterintuitive to me.

about a week ago
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How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

znrt Re:Research (165 comments)

The quick way to fame and fortune as a journalist is sensationalism and bias

ok, but this is just our cultural karma. say, any musician that seeks fame and fortune must go for canned commercial tunes and videoclips in the fashion of the moment. there's still a lot of musicians that won't get fame or fortune, but produce honest, original and good quality music.

the issue here was cost as in "time is money and if you have to produce 5-6 stories a day, it's just impossible to do them professionaly". a reporter might be sensationalist and even a bit biased and still take the time to do some investigation or fact checking, if he just isn't asked to do so for 5-6 stories a day.

in the end what happens is that there is not enough demand for professional journalism in the market. that's us. we have been trained into to gossip and bias, we want it, it sells, it pacifies ... so why should it change? i guess the last thing that media corporations want is informed and critical reading, so much for informed, critical writing.

at some point it will be even machine generated!

about a week ago
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How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

znrt Re:Research (165 comments)

i'd say newspapers are struggling to maintain an outdated business model, as customers are not wlling to pay to support the overweight accumulated on it for decades, just for gossip which can be found for free elsewhere. if newspapers actually did invest in delivering investigation journalism instead of printing gossip this could change. maybe! there's a risk. i would gladly pay for it, but i don't know if there really exists a big enough market for that. but for sure it also would require strong work ethics and real passion for the subject, and those are not characteristics you'll find in nowadays direction boards. to these it's irrelevant if they are selling news, footballs, napkins or burgers. they rather just keep publishing the gossip that works and go for advertising, or grab funding from interest groups. if they are not already owned by such groups. for that you don't need first class professionals. underpaid copywriters are just fine.

of course it's not black or white, but i do not think there is a direct and relevant relationship between what customers pay and the quality of work / remuneration of professionals doing actual work. that isn't true in any big business nowadays.

about a week ago
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How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

znrt Re:Research (165 comments)

I know the popular narrative: It's somebody else's fault: greedy executives! greedy politicians! greedy everybody else but me!

you are not listening.
http://www.businessinsider.com...

the reporters' salary is but an anecdotical tiny fraction of any news suscription you pay. this renders your entire argument pointless because your measures are meaningless.

about a week ago
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How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

znrt Re:Research (165 comments)

Also inaccurate, (snip) The less people are willing to pay for news, the more news a reporter has to produce each day to cover their salary.

There is no free lunch.

also inaccurate. how many stories has a reporter to produce to cover the salary of an executive in the media industry?

fire the executive, hire 50-70 reporters. voilà: professional journalism in every story.

about a week ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

znrt Re: And some say Obama isn't a Republican (424 comments)

so you can read. great!

keep practicing and someday this will become a very useful skill. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

znrt Re: And some say Obama isn't a Republican (424 comments)

stances on things like abortion and gay marriage are just attitudes to herd popular support into opposing factions. works pretty well given there's enough uneducated population to create the illusion of a tension, an actual clash of ideologies where there is none, really.

politics is about power, and has always been extreme right wing. abortion? gays? death penalty? environment? religion? wellfare? education? power doesn't give a flying fuck about these issues.

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

znrt Re:Systemd (993 comments)

now you just wait for my hitman, smartass!

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

znrt Re:You Forgot One (424 comments)

is there any difference? this is iS, formerly known as syrian freedom fighters, remember? the pattern is old, already.

TFA is bullshit, it is only sort of correct about the 30-year war ... which has been already going on for 15. it's all the same war, the war US needs to keep its declining influence. 15 more til it rots, she prophesies? could be. anyway that's a lot of mayhem still to unleash ...

but it just could be another instance of the "magical three months syndrome". remember, when every month some random moron from defense projected that the current kill and destroy operation would be resolved in the next three months? well, three months have passed many many times and we're still on the same spot. it's probably because there is no intention whatsoever to move away from that spot.

about two weeks ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach: Shades of a Cyber Cold War?

znrt Re:FUD. They don't even know. (96 comments)

which "rebel side"? you mean the fascist western backed coup d'état that overthrew a legitimate elected government and threw the country into civil war?

and you guys still speak of "cold" wars? lol.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

znrt Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

How is the government not concerned about corporate espionage, terrorism, and other criminal activity

why should it? all serious espionage and terrorism going on does so on behalf of some government, usually as a proxy for some elite.

the rest are petty criminals in comparision, more a nuisance than a serious problem for governments or elites.

about three weeks ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

znrt Re:The luxury of money (155 comments)

suffered eternally

today's eternities aren't what they used to be, built to last forever ...

about a month ago
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'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

znrt Re:Methodologies are like religion (101 comments)

a two-way databinging model like angular's is a specific mvc use case where the good old observer pattern makes a lot of sense. it indeed allows for much cleaner code given that you know the context.

"reactive" is basically the same thing, with a cooler name and applied indiscriminately to everything else. go figure, but it's all the rage.

about a month ago
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'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

znrt póngame mil (101 comments)

just had a look at the manifesto: it's about software architecture and design. i can't see how it should compare to agile, which is about software development metodologies. anyway i'm okay with those 4 principles but don't quite understand what's new here (apart from reading "responsive" in its correct meaning for once!)

but one thing i can say for sure: this one aint gonna fix what's broken in software developement industry either, which is: industry! industry! industry!

about a month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

znrt Re:Free Willy! (474 comments)

The UK is a very fascist country, not free at all. It is ruled by evil Lords and a corrupt politican caste and voters have a choice between evil and evil.

in a sense almost any country in the world is. 20th century fascisms as such are passé (reviving, though), but the same elites that fostered those control and practically own today's democracies. through the media (just substitute the blunt and lurid state propaganda with overwhelming disinformation by private media owned by those same elites), through coercion of representatives and financial control of states. besides ideology, in the end fascism was all about the big money and today it's no different, it's just a more stable and efficient system. it's also more tolerable for the populace, and people do have more or less free speech, but speech doesn't matter that much and they rarely get to decide on really relevant issues, if at all. so yes, the same sort of people that ruled fascist regimes rules more or less today's democracies, unilaterally making decisions that affect millions.

about a month ago

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