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Comment Run away! Run away! (Score 2) 90

I don't know what Atlassian will do with Trello, but their existing products are horrid.
We use JIRA (a bug tracker) and Confluence (a wiki). These suffer from
- poor use of screen space
- useless search
- crude and inconsistent text editing
- verbose, non-standard, and broken markdown

Atlassian products are built for shelf-appeal: they are designed to look good in sales demos, and to appeal the people who sign POs and checks: CEOs, VPs, and directors. But they don't actually work for the people who have to use them: programmers and first-line managers.

Atlassian puts their own bug database online. When you find a problem with Atlassian software you can search for it there. You will likely find that other people have found this problem before you, and opened tickets on it, which Atlassian has since closed, explaining either
- yes, it is broken, but fixing it would be hard, so we're not going to
- no, that's the way it is supposed to work, and we're not going to change it

Comment It's a primate thing (Score 1) 259

Pretty generally, among the social primates, individuals pay attention to higher status individuals.
High status individuals are the ones who might have something to offer you.
Alternately, they are the ones with the resources to attack you.
You need to keep track of where they are; what they are doing; what they are interested in; who *they* are looking at.

Just walking down the street, a rich person sees fewer richer people around him than a poor person, and thus, fewer people that he needs to pay attention to. Transport some of those rich people to, say, North by North West, or a political party convention, and you will probably see them paying close attention to those around them.

Comment Newsreels (Score 5, Informative) 348

It is happening as we speak.

Mid-20th century newsreels--an important history of the time--are sitting on shelves in film canisters, quietly disintegrating.

There are people who would like to copy them forward onto durable media, but they can't because the newsreels are copyrighted, but the copyright holders either can't be located or aren't interested in preserving them.

They will be dust long before they enter the public domain.

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