Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

nerdyalien writes: A few years back, I worked for a large-scale web development project in southeast Asia. Despite formally adopting Agile/Scrum, development was driven based on fear imposed by managers. Scott Hanselman defines Fear-Driven-Development as having three parts. 1) Organizational fear has "worried about making mistakes, breaking the build, or causing bugs that the organization increases focus on making paper, creating excessive process, and effectively standing in the way of writing code." 2) There’s also fear of changing code, which comes from a complex, poorly-understood, or unmaintainable codebase. 3) The most common one is fear of losing your job, which can lead to developers checking in barely-functioning code and managers committing to a death march rather than admit failure. My project ran four times its initial estimation, and included horrendous 18-hour/day, 6 day/week crunches with pizza dinners. Is FDD here to stay?

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Goat Simulator, the bizarre and hilarious indie video game, is now on Android and iOS

Goat Simulator is a bizarre, unrealistic and consistently hilarious video game. After winning the hearts of players on PC, Mac and Linux, developer Coffee Stain Studios is bringing the insanity to mobile. The app is available for both Android and iOS devices, retaining much of the charm and absurdity of the original version. You move the goat around with a virtual stick, tapping on screen buttons to jump, headbutt, or grab an object with its tongue. There are tons of quests and achievements to unlock, but much of the fun spawns from simply running around and causing mayhem. When the…

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Beartooth Radio Turns Your Smartphone Into a Walkie-Talkie

Beartooth Radio Turns Your Smartphone Into a Walkie-Talkie

Smartphones are becoming increasingly popular amongst backcountry types, as a decent option for communication when the shit hits the fan. However, if you just want to chat to your partner a mile away, you still need a two-way radio – or, you did.

That’s the problem Beartooth Radio is trying to solve with their snazzy smartphone case, which will use short-range radio frequencies to allow you to talk to another Beartooth user within about a two-mile range. In addition, you can also send encrypted texts (perfect for the log-cabin-dwelling NSA-hating survivalist type in your life), share your location, and send out a distress signal. It operates on the same FRS frequency as standard Walmart two-way radios, so you don’t need an operating license like you would for more powerful radio sets, either.

Surprisingly at this stage for a tech startup, there’s no Kickstarter, but you can pre-order (no price yet) now for delivery sometime in 2015. Just don’t get lost on a mountain quite yet. [GearJunkie]

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Sony forecasts $2.1 billion loss as hardware vendor fails to capitalize in mid-tier segment

After revising its annual forecast earlier this year, Sony is at it again, with the latest revision taking into account a 180 billion yen (around $1.7 billion) "goodwill impairment charge", which quadruples the company’s losses for the financial year. Sony’s mobile division was tasked with "achieving significant sales growth" this year, and with the company’s Xperia line failing to meet that target, the manufacturer is now looking to "reduce risk and volatility, and to deliver more stable profits."



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‘Goat Simulator’ is now ruining picnics and butting heads on iOS

Can’t wait for the Xbox One version of Goat Simulator‘s absolute madness and have an iOS device? Well, then Coffee Stain Studios has you covered. The team’s not-at-all serious (or realistic) depiction of goat life is now available for your Apple-branded mobile gizmos, as spotted by the ever vigilant Wario64. A majority of the game’s charm comes from how intentionally glitchy and broken it is, so don’t be alarmed if, say, your hoofed avatar’s head gets stuck inside a wall. Or worse. Depending on where you live, though, it might be cheaper to keep an actual goat that to download this $5 game to your iPad.

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Virgin Media’s TiVo design makeover begins with an updated iOS app

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For the first time in four years, Virgin Media is going to give its TiVo user interface a much-needed facelift. Gone is the rich red that previously adorned menus, replaced with a new "plum" colour (purple to the untrained eye), that’s expected to reach set-top boxes in October. As we noted last week, Virgin is bringing its TV Anywhere apps in line with the new UI, and luckily for iOS users, that rollout begins today. While you’ll first notice the colour change when you update, Virgin Media has also made a couple of tweaks to the interface to fall in line with the iOS 7/iOS 8 aesthetic. Those aging rounded buttons have have swapped gradients for a flat white design and the updated menus help give the app a more modern feel. Unfortunately for Android users, Virgin says the revamped app is still a few months from completion, but the company has released a small update to include support for more Android 4.4 (KitKat) devices.

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The iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) Go To Disneyland

IMG_8660 Last week I decided to test the most secretive, hotly anticipated smartphones on earth in a place where there was no danger of them being recognized or damaged or both: Disneyland. Both my wife and I are Disneyphiles of sorts, and visit a dozen times a year or more. I have an appreciation for it because my daughter loves to go, but also because of how carefully the place is planned,… Read More

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If Phone Batteries Were Like Black Holes

If Phone Batteries Were Like Black Holes

…then we really would be screwed.

As Randall Munroe points out in today’s xkcd, sometimes we get a little over-dramatic about our phones ‘dying’ — although yes, it would be neat if, when your phone died, it turned into a worn-out Palm Pilot. [xkcd]

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Sony forecasts $2.1B loss this year

The Japanese company has written-down its mobile business by 180 billion yen ($1.67 billion), citing the "competitive environment of the mobile business".



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Samsung’s curved soundbar goes on sale in South Korea

The matching curved soundbar for Samsung’s curved UHD TV goes on sale for around $860.



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