“A lot of times, a 17 or 18 year old will leave skateboarding because they perceive that it’s only for younger kids. That’s society forcing their norms on people. I hate this…it’s truly a disappointment to lose a skater.”—OldManArmy.com - Established before you were born
“To say that companies or CIOs are reluctant to embrace agile is like saying they wouldn’t take aspirin for a headache….And they’re not only not taking the aspirin, they’re banging their heads against the wall and wondering why it hurts.” - Jim Johnson, Standish Group Chairman”—InfoQ: If Agile is So Good, Why Isn’t Everyone Doing It?
“If we can’t educate enough of our own kids to compete at this level, we’d better make sure we can import someone else’s, otherwise we will not maintain our standard of living.”—Laughing and Crying « donkey o.d.
“We even know our colleagues from the other teams on the same floor better than our own teammates on the other floor: the 4-meter vertical separation between storeys is psychologically much larger than the horizontal distance (often more than 50 meters) on the same level.”— absidea » Helix — a 1D skyscraper with a single corridor
“In fact, products with sharply divided reviews (equal parts red and green) are often the most interesting products — they are anything but vanilla. The so-called “wisdom of crowds” is as much about disagreement as it is about agreement. A world of two-and-a-half stars would be a pretty boring place.”—About Summize
“Young people have an advantage that older people don’t have and can’t fake, and it isn’t about vigor or hunger — it’s a mental advantage. The principal asset a young tech entrepreneur has is that they don’t know a lot of things.”—The (Bayesian) Advantage of Youth. Many-to-Many:
“Product Owners have no business knowing how many hours each developer is working. It breaks encapsulation and it breaks self-organization. Actually, it breaks pretty much everything. Customers are not buying developer hours, they are buying software.”—Agile Thoughts » Blog Archive » Estimation: Time or Size?
“At Tandem, we did this in the late 1980s to allow addition and subtraction to have special behavior to improve our TPC-B benchmark numbers. What we did was detect when a SQL operation was an addition or subtraction to a field of a record. We would log a “+30” or “-50” as the operation in the transaction’s log. We would also keep a worst-case lower-bound and a worst-case upper-bound for the field’s value based on it’s committed value combined with the pending (not yet committed nor aborted) transactions. We would manage that the field would remain within the accepted bounds. If you performed a “+30” and then later on aborted the transaction, the act of aborting the operation would subtract 30. In this way, all the transactions would correctly perform their operations but we could run MANY transactions concurrently against a very hot-spot value. Of course, an attempt to read the value would shut everything down, wait for the pending transactions to settle, show the underlying result, and then let the chaos resume. This was a very successful technique for coping with highly-concurrent commutative operations (in this case addition and subtraction) against a hot-spot value.”—PatHelland’s WebLog : SOA and Newton’s Universe
“And there, to be a bit repetitive, is the problem: I don’t think the “the free world” (those who Microsoft would say are infringing on their patents) want to work out “a deal” with Microsoft to avoid being sued about Microsoft’s allegations of patent use.”—People Over Process » Blog Archive » Microsoft’s Patent Impasse
“All the people who should be business experts know the business, but know it so well that they understand the implementation to some level of detail. Since their understanding of what the system should do is in terms of how the system currently does things, writing a new system becomes a port.”—Pack rats are running the asylum
“Even Twitter, the simplest of all services, asks “What are you doing right now?” which I never know how to answer because whenever I think to post something to Twitter I’m not doing anything interesting. When I am doing something interesting the last thing on my mind is posting to Twitter. So I don’t post to Twitter.”— Pete Ashton’s Blog » Two New “Blogs”
“ACTING: bleh … you could tell the actors knew the plot was redicultous & you could see it in their face that no viewer is going to buy this crap - but they performed it anyways… oh.. Oh the humanity.. it sucked..”—Forums - Why this movie sucks
“And finally, the spectacle of ten white male Republican presidential candidates all vying to become the leader of the western world by competing to see which one most disbelieves in evolution, has itself become the Dinosaur Follies.”—Boing Boing: Paul Krassner on Secret Bullshit