Walmart Unveils Turbine-Powered WAVE Concept Truck
By the time this concept is rolling off a production line, what makes you think a human will be operating the forklift?
Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"
The best engineers get all the benefits of being leaders
*All* the benefits?
I don't think so, I think it's just inertia. Our industry pays middle management comparatively poorly. In software engineering / web development which is my line of work, manager get paid barely more than senior engineers. Now I'm not one of those people who feels it's wrong to have an engineer making more than his boss (I've managed people earning more than me before, they were all awesome) but if you want the best people to step up and take a lot more pain you need to pay them a lot more.
In most other industries managers earn significantly more than their reports. Take a look at retail, at sales and many other professions. Someone in retail in the UK earning £16k/annum on a checkout line will have a manager who earns around double that - 30k or so. Same for customer services.
So, take a software engineer earning 55k/annum in London - his manager probably earns around 65k-70k, and has a MUCH more stressful and less enjoyable job, and almost certainly longer hours. His pro-rata take home is probably only around 5% better.
So how about we pay our Development Managers 100k? I bet you'd have a few more of the stronger candidates stepping up to the plate.
Yours sincerely, a (fairly, IMHO) good Development Manager in London - considering taking a step down or sideways because the money just doesn't justify the extra hassle...
Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?
Selective enforcement of the law is one of the most harmful possible aspects of policing - the sooner we are rid of it, the better.
Instead, for small crimes which are rarely prosecuted (because the punishment is crazy high, like littering) we will instead prosecute all instances, and by popular demand reduce the fine to something more palatable....
How Do You Move a City?
Have a word with Jefferson, I believe he's got it covered.
UK Govt's Censorware Blocks Tech, Civil Liberties Websites
He states, based on a single "URL checker" from O2, that every website he tried to check including slashdot, other tech news/resources sites and his own blog are "blocked by a parental controls regime - according to the URL checker".
But a little testing would have shown him that disney.com is blocked on this. As is www.gov.uk - the UK governments own official site. The parental controls he's ranting about are bunkum. He should have researched his subject, and posted from an informed viewpoint, instead this article is a waste of time.
AI Reality Check In Online Dating
That's what is missing from these algorithms. What about those who are attracted by some other factor than physical appearance?
They are a small outlier that it makes commercial sense to ignore them.
Bitcoin Protocol Vulnerability Could Lead To a Collapse
How is this modded interesting?
It a currency is not scarce, it is not valuable.
NSA Chief Keith Alexander Takes His PRISM Pitch To YouTube
All the lies and deceit that has come along from them so far means that WE. DO. NOT. TRUST. WHAT. YOU. SAY.
Your words are pointless, because you are almost certainly lying. "How do you know when an NSA spokesman is lying?" "His lips are moving"
Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers
Attackers Tweet As They Assault UN Development Program Compound
That is absolutely absurd.
For example when you talk about "they" who do you mean? All of them?
Take, for example, drug-dealing in the West... now drug dealers have to conduct business in public and with the public, Al-Shabab do not and can remain relatively hidden during their planning and operations. What percentage of the population of Western Towns and cities do you think could accurately identify or name over 50% of their local drug dealers? I'm guessing it's in the region of a few percent - the other ninety-odd percent of people know little or nothing about it.
Your comments are actually harmful to this discourse, you haven't thought them through, and are labelling an entire population when it is, in fact, a minority.
Fixing Over a Decade of Missing Computer Programming Education In the UK
So a decade ago they stopped teaching computer programming in UK schools.
And in the last decade, what... has London stopped being a major Tech Hub? Is there a shortage of good young programmers looking for jobs in London?
The answers to both of those questions is NO. So *my* question is this - if teaching computer programming in schools or not teaching it has no discernable effect, why bother wasting time on lessons on it when they could be devoted to something else?
Apple's War Against Jailbreaking Now Makes Perfect Sense
Probably the fact that the IMEI number can be changed?
New Best Way To Nuke a Short-Notice Asteroid
To be fair, regardless of simulations, proofs etc. having 50 asteroids of mass 1 tonne each impacting the earth at the same time is *way* less risky than having a single asteroid of 50 tonnes impact - at the very least more of the mass will be burned off in the atmosphere, also the distributed nature, and lower individual impact energies, of the fragments will almost certainly result in less loss of life and less climate change...
Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?
Then it sounds like you will need to give some equity in your business away.
Or, consider this - why are you allowing the same guys writing the software to be responsible for testing it? If you genuinely write good specs you should be able to find someone who will write automated testing (and/or engage in manual testing) to meet your spec and apply it against the software provided by the contractor. This should eliminate a very large number of potential bugs. If your specs are good enough you could even offshore this fairly easily - it's very simple work.
Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?
Why has your organisation allowed a senior developer to stagnate? Why has he not been given continuous mentoring, training, qualifications etc?
Sounds like your company has failed to educate and train its' workforce and is now suffering. The answer to this question is not "train him" but "examine your training and career progression policies" as it sounds like they need a massive improvement. If they event exist at all.
Microsoft Developer Explains Why Windows Kernel Development Falls Behind
When this happens, the manager who is in charge of all those people steps in and says "You will co-operate and get things done, or else you will no longer work here".
Actually, to do this would demonstrate very poor management skills - a good manager doesn't just tell people to do things while leaving a broken system in place.
A good manager would modify the work environment in order to incentivise the staff to act in a way which is more in line with the business goals (advancing the kernel) - then they would explain these changes and why they were making them to all involved.
Shouting "DO YOUR JOB" at people has a curiously poor track record for making people, y'know, actually do their job.
Transfusions Reverse Aging Effects On Hearts In Mice
Is that Vampirism works?
Watch a Lockheed Martin Laser Destroy a Missile In Flight
Debris from 2km away seems preferable to a detonating warhead 5 metres away.
Ask Slashdot: What If We Don't Run Out of Oil?
And if we have to switch to renewables anyway, why not do it as soon as possible.
For exactly the same reason that people borrow money. "Why pay 10,000 today when I can pay 11,000 next year". Works for millions of people and businesses.
And it's likely to be *cheaper* to convert to renewables in the future, not more expensive. Of course, you have to factor in the cost (mostly environmental) of the delay in switching... but it's not an equation with an obvious outcome...
Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.
I agree with your sentiment, however a guy who was in multiple shootouts with the police? A guy who hijacked a car along with someone else who had explosives and triggers/dets? I think it's safe to say this guy is guilty of some pretty serious shit, and we should be celebrating catching a perp. Whether or not he bombed the marathon - that remains to be seen, but I think it's unlikely that the guy they fished out of the boat after gun battles is a store clerk from downtown Cambridge married with 2 kids who likes to play D&D on a Friday night.
Afty0r hasn't submitted any stories.
Afty0r has no journal entries.