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21 Rules of Thumb — How Microsoft develops its Software

Jim McCarthy writes about 21 Rules of Thumb that guide the development of software products inside Microsoft. There are very few surprises, but I've been involved in quite a few software products before turning in my leaf and becoming a TD, and I bet most product managers would find more of them surprising than I did. McCarthy has a very pragmatic and practical view of software engineering, and serves as a good counter-agent to the marketing hype of most software companies.


Spoofing Biometric Scanners

Marie Sandström has a short thesis on spoofing biometric fingerprint scanners. It involves collecting latent prints, and then casting a replica finger in gelatin. I have read about such techniques here by Tsutomo Matsumoto, and here it is two years later and the latest hardware appears no more effective.