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B.J. May
If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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Samsung, stahp!

For every +Google service, there's a crappy Samsung one begging for you to use it instead.

From a great read by +Ron Amadeo

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The marketing campaign for "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" confuses me. One set of TV spots highlights the artists on the soundtrack (Demi Lovato, AFI, etc), telling us nothing about the plot of the film. The other set of ads show mostly the cast at press events, surrounded by a sea of screaming teenage female fans (again, nothing about the film). It seems as though they're publicly admitting that the primary draw is a youthful and attractive cast, with the secondary draw being the allegedly great music playing the background. Plot? Acting? Social significance? We don't need these things, or even the illusion thereof.

There was a similarly odd set of commercials for "Oblivion" with Tom Cruise. The only advertised redeeming qualities of the film were the visual effects. They had quotes from various movie critics talking about how spectacular the movie LOOKED, but nary a word about whether it offered anything besides an insane actor and a sizable CGI budget.

Is this the new normal? Have we happily consumed so much worthless media that the studios don't even have the common decency to lie to us and pretend that a movie has some merit? Have their focus groups determined that simply showing teenage girls screaming is enough to make other teenage girls hand over their parents' disposable income? Is it okay for a movie to have no discernible story and admit it, so long as there are cool explosions in 3D?


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It's admittedly anecdotal, but I've heard of MS product managers intentionally sabotaging "competing" products within the company. It’s an internal war for recognition, and by extension, budget.
Allow me to demonstrate how most product managers are dumbfucks. As you know, Skype is owned by Microsoft. When you select text in Skype and right click on it, do you see a menu option to search Bing? Do you see an option to search the web at all? Of course not. #ProductManagement       #Skype

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"Oh, never mind those tests over there. They always fail. Just ignore those."

I wish I hadn't heard that so often.
I'd fire engineers who write unit tests and ignore them months later when they fail. They're already acting as if they no longer work on the project. Purge dead weight for the benefit of all. #SoftwareDevelopment

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Gardening has turned out to be a decidedly rewarding endeavor.
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