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12 Reasons why developing software is like raising kids (and life in general)

  1. Spend some time in the alpha version before rushing (or skipping) to beta. Early childhood development is important but often overlooked.
  2. It’s easier to modify feature sets before they reach release. Habits, like badly designed features, takes a long time to phase out and remove completely without user frustration.
  3. You can release updates, but it’s up to the user to get them. You can bring the cow to the water but not make it drink. Sometimes it takes a major data corruption, service failure, or some other crisis to make the user install the updates you have been pestering them to install months ago. Similarly, kids often need to experience it themselves before they learn the lessons.
  4. Good looking software can trend, solid features will stay. Users may be attracted by sleek interfaces, but they stay for its features and reliability, and history has shown that appearances can go out of date way faster than features. Barring a successful career on the runway, solid skills and a good personality generally matters more in life.
  5. Even a single line of bad code can affect the overall quality of the entire app. Foster a healthy environment by surrounding yourself with role models and generally people with good influences. mysql_query($_GET[‘query’]) anyone?
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How to unseat Google through bribery

A famous loose-cannon/American billionaire has a plan for unseating Google from its search-engine throne – and at a mere $1bn, his idea is significantly less expensive than the billions Microsoft is sinking into that Bing thing. co-founder and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s idea is simplicity itself: Just pay the top 1,000 websites a million bucks per to de-list themselves from Google.

Read the full article at The Register.

Why do surgeons wear green or blue?

No it was not a random color. According to Susannah Locke at Scienceline, surgeons in particular benefit from the colors green or blue as opposed to white for two reasons:

First, looking at blue or green can refresh a doctor’s vision of red things, including the bloody innards of a patient during surgery. The brain interprets colors relative to each other. If a surgeon stares at something that’s red and pink for too long, he becomes desensitized to it.

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Brad Bird on Innovation

Brad Bird’s talk on innovation:

The first step in achieving the impossible is believing that the impossible can be achieved. … “You don’t play it safe—you do something that scares you, that’s at the edge of your capabilities, where you might fail. That’s what gets you up in the morning.”