“Actually, in the spectrum of CAD tools, it’s quite reasonably priced; the really expensive tools are used for chip design, with licenses for a complete design kit costing upwards of $1 million/year (and trust me, for the price you’re paying, the software quality is utter crap).”—
“Brooks’s law is a principle in software development which says that “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”. It was coined by Fred Brooks in his 1975 book The Mythical Man-Month. Brooks adds that “Nine women can’t make a baby in one month”.”
“Contractors and especially JSOC personnel working under a classified mandate are not [overseen by Congress], so they just don’t care. If there’s one person they’re going after and there’s thirty-four people in the building, thirty-five people are going to die. That’s the mentality." He added, "They’re not accountable to anybody and they know that. It’s an open secret, but what are you going to do, shut down JSOC?”—Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan
“I am a child of the computer age, and my generation is possibly the first to expect to speak to computers to do everyday things, not humans. I am a child of automation, of Chip and PIN, of press 1 to pay your bill and of click here to continue. I am a child of Insert Clubcard Or Payment Method, of Oyster cards and of expecting the companies I patronise to listen when I complain about them on Twitter. But I’m gradually rediscovering humanity, and you know what? It’s pretty cool.”—
Embracing the human | trendpreneur
Jennie’s article reminded my of my own similar epiphany regarding the importance of humanity over the last year or so, which mostly came about thanks to twitter. For some reason, seeing that various famous, successful or even just randomly entertaining people had social lives and interests outside of what they were known from drove home just how similar, in certain respects, we all are. Instead of just seeing the perfect polished end product, you get to see how their sausage gets made and it somehow makes it all seem so much more real.
I guess one of the problems I had was a weird sense of disconnect with the rest of the world, apart from with my close friends and family and my own little ghetto of the internet. Everybody else was other. Now I think I empathise quite well with english speaking, educated, technically literate, middle class types in general. I guess it’s just the other 95% of the world I need to work on understanding now.
“Secretary of State Peter Mandelson is planning to introduce changes to the Digital Economy Bill now under debate in Parliament. These changes will give the Secretary of State (Mandelson — or his successor in the next government) the power to make “secondary legislation” (legislation that is passed without debate) to amend the provisions of Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988).”—
This game is a bit of a perfect storm. All you do is guess which of two fonts a given character belongs to. The better you are at picking, the more points you get, and as you play more fonts and characters get unlocked. It’s casual game playing that is easy to pick up and put down, you get a steady stream of positive reinforcement and it’s about fonts. Here are my stats.
“There’s only so much time in the day, and only so many days in our lives. There’s enough great work out there that you don’t need to waste any time with anything that isn’t great. Do you really need to subscribe to that collection of RSS feeds that cumulatively publish hundreds of items per day? If you currently do (I’ve been there), do you really need to read every headline? Exercise: Don’t open your feed reader for a week. Did you miss anything? Do you watch TV because it’s there, or because you really want to be watching that show? Exercise: Cancel your cable service and just get the really great shows from Netflix or iTunes. When you’re out of shows for a few days and you have some free time, do anything else. You’ll save a bundle of money that you can spend on anything else. Sign up for cable again when you really think it’s worth the time and money. (For most people who try this, that day never comes.)”—