Had been through Function Point (S/W Extimation) training today (oops yesterday). And the nice trainer said something that caught my attention. Now read the following question real quick, the answer you give must be out of reflex. Don't cheat, for you'll be missing the fun aspect then.
Which is heavier - one kilo of iron and one kilo of cotton?
It was quite interesting how the mind works. Probably people who are "Visual Mathematician" as I am have a greated tendency towards such thinking.
The training as such was dubious requisite for the nature of work I am involved in. Nevertheless enough points to be noted @ least towards personal development ;). Quite often I wonder why is that these processes don't ensure anything. They talk of continuous improvement, based on heuristics and such. But nothing seems decicive, and the most cliched excuse is that - "it is just a guideline after all".
Philosophy and software don't seem to be all that different in some aspects. No Absolutes!!!
Another interesting stuff that came up during some discussion - that Man Month / Man Hours are highly deprecated terms in the software industry off late. And usage of these esp. in the west is likely to be suceptibly to scorn. Why? - because of the word 'Man' I suppose, and this seems to be bothering the womenfolk. How many more such silly ways would people pull in the the name of exalting women? So the term to use is Person Months / Person Hours. I am not against the later, but the reason just seemed hideously silly. These argument only assert/re-iterate the fact that womenfolk do not enjoy the stature as men in society. Now how long are they going to go on with this??
Wouldn't be surprised if a person is sued for addressing a group as 'guys' in the near future, ha ha ;)). Lucky Mr. Armstring who said "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind", for if he were still around he'd probably get sued soon =)), and may asked to apologize n rephrase it as 'humankind'.