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Battling Patent Trolls: Some High Court Judges Understand
Thank God, someone in the legal system gets it. Maybe now some patent trolls will look to product development as the way to make money and validate their claims. Patents should be a use-or-lose-it proposition. -Tom Walker

Yahoo's New Home Page: Nice, But Not Enough
Yahoo is driving me nuts. Most of the time the discussion boards don't work and there's no way to communicate with that company. I'm glad to know that someone else offers the service. I'm outta there. -chalitsu

Google vs.Ya Who? -MICKEY G

Nothing can beat Google's customizable options. Its incorporation of RSS feeds and many other features at the user's convenience on the home page is all that you'll ever need. Yahoo stinks, and so does its mail. Too commercialized and mainstream. -j4kk

How To Prevent IT Fiascoes
A quality tool that goes a long way to avoid failure by considering all possible causes of failure at every step of the project goes by the unhelpful name of Process Decision Program Chart. If you Google that, you'll get a good collection of hits. Here's the first one: book/PDPC/pdpc.htm. -Howard

Certainly, good project management will enumerate the project risks, establish contingency and mitigation strategies, and cost the project accordingly. I come across very few projects that would ever need to determine a failure case after the fact. The real problem probably has more to do with two business management failures:
1. Not establishing a correct business case by failing to estimate the costs (including the risks) correctly or by not weighing them against a true benefit.
2. Using the wrong approach to run the project (trying to capture all requirements and design before coding, not prioritizing the requirements where the greatest benefit can be shown, etc.). Problems are usually worsened when No. 1 is particularly bad. -Russ

Unfortunately, just as failure isn't always an option, planning for failure isn't always an option in many environments. When you tell a senior manager that a project might fail before it even starts, you might appear to be making excuses for your own inability to get the job done. And if your manager is a "know-nothing except CYA" like mine, you're also making yourself the scapegoat. -Marc

Where Are The Tech Jobs Really Going?
I see we're still propagating that propaganda about new jobs replacing old ones. It seems that the old jobs leave to be replaced by ... nothing. The only way the corporate world can say the tech field is growing is by adding new jobs, such as the folks who create movies (like Pixar?), who probably don't consider themselves in IT. The other growing group is managers! Imagine that-you have to hire more managers to handle the offshore talent. And that, basically, is the growth in IT. -DW

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