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Bas Bas It finds lightbulbs.
  • Something punched hole in Russia

    It's the mother of all sarlacc pits!

  • Do you use Linux?

    Apart from random consumer hardware that runs it, I currently only use linux professionally via the Raspberry Pi. We need the cheapest possible hardware to display soms web pages, and the pi seemed a logical choice. Currently running Raspbian.

    Off-topic: the internet hugely oversold the pi's performance. Even if you set it up to only run Chromium and display a pretty simple website, it's slow to the point of being unusable.

  • Improving the development process at a small startup

    , vesuvius wrote

    @Bas: We offshore some work to India, and I am now very cautious as I never feel I get a full days work from them as they are juggling other clients all the time.

    Most of your problems will boil down to how good your developers are. I always tend to go for experienced developers that don't need their hand holding, guys that come in and get the job done. Most .NET code has a shelf life of 5 years, unlike COBOL systems where your have the same code running for 30 years, so resist the urge to over-engineer, or being too fastidious about quality which 9 times out of 10 you get from using design patterns and best practices

    I don't think there is an elegant solution to your problem, as most of the issues are requirements that are ill spec'ed out, and because you are agile, it allows the customer to change their mind every few iterations. Most of your problems will go away if you get comprehensive requirements from the outset, with good coders you can just about get on with it as they take most of the pressure away.

    I am customer facing and to be honest, as nice as most customers are, they take a lot of time and effort to placate, keep happy and extract requirements. Getting someone good and dedicated to dealing with customers will free you all up to concentrate on engineering.

    Thanks for the suggestions. With the sort of stuff we do though (which, without going into details, is in the creative/cultural/experimental zone) I don't think it's really feasible to get a good set of comprehensive requirements beforehand.

    Getting someone who is good at dealing with customers to deal with customers is great advice though. I guess that this will be my second hiring suggestion, after a dedicated tester.

  • Microsoft Layoffs

    , TexasToast wrote



    Oof. Hard to tell sometimes though.

  • Improving the development process at a small startup

    That chicken and pigs line might as well be Greek to me. Can anyone explain?

  • Microsoft Layoffs

    , TexasToast wrote

    They are dropping the group making the Android Nokia phone.   I bet they had some spy walking around the campus taking notes on who was using a Android or iPhone or iPad and they were put on the layoff list.  They want loyalty at Microsoft.

    Can't tell if serious...

  • Lumia Branding

    , wkempf wrote

    @Bas: Surface ads have been running nearly non-stop since the first release, and product placements are everywhere. While Surface sales aren't high, I doubt there's many that aren't aware of the brand, and I'd be shocked if Lumia was more well known.


    Maybe that's a US thing then, because I've seen virtually zero ads for Surface and I'd be shocked if it wasn't the other way around over here.

  • Lumia Branding

    I'd argue that Lumia is a far stronger brand than Surface. Sure, tech-folk know about the Surface brand, but I doubt the average guy in the street will have any idea what you're talking about when you ask them if they have a Surface, yet there's at least a slight chance that they've heard of Lumia phones.

  • Satya speaking...

    I'm going to have to watch that announcement I guess, because I couldn't make heads or tails of that memo.

  • Modern Apps on XBOX One - XAML, C#/C++, Javascript!

    Wait, where is he saying that? He's only tweeting a bunch of stuff about world cup predictions.