It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process
Sure, people at all levels should be encouraged to say "no" if other things are wrong too; for example choice of architecture, data model, choice of development environment, language or database...
Unfortunately, I've seen too many projects where people - including me - said "no" very loudly on these and similar issues and...were ignored.
US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive
"I can't wait until some foreign court rules that all of some American official's stuff should be siezed because he's been tried in absentia for war crimes."
Well, to this and other points above about trying Bush et al., there's a reason why the USA - together with other shining examples of democracy such as China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Israel etc. - have NOT signed up to the ICC
Do as I say, not how I do
Big Talk About Small Samples
Instead of getting some advice from someone who understand stats, he just vomits out a crappy "justification" as to why his bullshit....erm...is not bullshit.
C'mon Haselton - start here, it's all free.
Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google
Let me see, who's going to go an explain to the boss that we should (a) allow users access to FB on work boxen, then (b) encourage them to share business documents on it?
Not me, thanks.
Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court
"Yes, I'm sure that when they sat down to formulate legislative regulations on corporate finance records, they thoroughly intended that it be used for punishing fishermen who caught undersized fish."
No - for catching undersized fish, the fishermen would have got away with a fine.
But they were dumb / dishonest enough to tamper with evidence, which is another offense entirely.
(Although asking for 2 years in jail seems excessive...)
Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached
Agree about CC protection, but I've also been impressed by PapPal when used with eBay.
I know it's fashionable to hate 'em here, but my experiences - including refunds when goods were not received etc. - have been uniformly positive.
What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company
Make a rocket at least 10 times cheaper than is possible today.
Hardly "prosaic"; Sounds pretty damn ambitious to me.
OK, they had access to some of the body of knowledge so expensively won by the Germans, USA, Russians et al, but they're still privately funded, developed in-house a working product that's much, much cheaper than the competition and employ nearly 4000 people.
Like Musk or not, he made it work so far.
Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own
I've heard that Microsoft phones are pretty popular in [sic] europe.
Nope - non-techs and style-conscious get iPhones, nerds and people who don't care but want big screens get Androids, typically from brands they know from other contexts, like Samsung.
How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation
Yup, that old /. chestnut; correlation != causation.
Maybe they just "proved" that some firms invest less when they realise they don't know how to do innovation / R&D.
In any serious organisation these days, spending serious money on R&D, there's a multi-layered approach to all this, ranging from building portfolio of defense/attack/trade patents (Google buying Motorola phone division), (or joining a group who does), through researching prior art to finally building a attacking others (think Apple vs. Samsung).
You could say that that's the real "tax on innovation", since it's far more costly than the impact of a few "trolls" (defined as someone who holds a patent for the sole purpose of using it to attack others)
Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted
Indeed. While you're at it, you can produce some for us (the "West").
I'm no leftie nutjob, but you've got to admin that the a lot of such problems are historically down to us...Africa, Middle East...)
We brought technology without knowledge - if we had spent as much time educating these people over the centuries as we had killing and exploiting them, well, maybe things would be better.
As it stands, this thing spreading out of control is just a short flight away...
Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?
Other posts have covered most of why this (interesting) idea won't work. Here's another - grids and grid management systems around the world are already struggling to cope with the current setup, mainly due to years of under-investment.
Feed-in problems are not trivial; (causing more grid management issues), "green" sources of energy are expensive and tend to be in the wrong places...
I'm all for "alternative" energy, but is everyone prepared to invest the bazillions required to do it properly, and live with the massive price increases that would require?
Correcting Killer Architecture
Inwards-facing ramps turned the 100M-square arch into a massive venturi, sweeping people off their feet, off the top of the plaza and then flinging therm down a conveniently-placed steep flight of hard stone stairs.
Cue hastly rethink with a nasty plastic "roof" inside the arch to slow the wind...a little.
How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier
Madness...as if Ebola was not enough.
Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak
But does it blend?
Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors
Well, most workable "solutions" tend to have started with a crazy but creative idea, that gradually gets refined and other good ideas added to it until you get something that's acceptable.
So, for example, you could imagine making the fluid magnetic, so you could then maybe guide it into position and then hold it there. But this brings another issue - you can hardly hold the patient in a strong magnetic field forever.
So, then you could imagine adding some kind of slow-setting glue into the liquid that sets hard after it's had time to be guided into the target and clogged it up.
Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time
It depends - there's a difference between saying 70% "in general" and "this one will be part of the 70%".
Of course, since the percentages seem very close the practical implications would seem to be the same.
MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated
Good reply - shame you did not get modded up
MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated
It sounds superficially appealing, letting people choose what interests them or what they think they need to learn. But there's a couple of problems.
Firstly, if we stick with the music analogy, how many artists or tracks have you discovered by random, and in doing so expanded your listening choices?
Also, if you follow a well-structured course, you're getting what a subject-matter expert knows from experience you need to learn. Case in point, I would not have studied stats by choice, but now I'm damn glad it was hammered into me.
The poor courses I've seen were not so much hampered by the format, more either by sub-par lecturers and/or poor, outdated materials.
Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus
"I can take my Office Lens App, use the camera on the phone, take a picture of anything, and have it automatically OCR recognized and into OneNote in searchable fashion"
OneNote is/was actually a reasonable product - but does anybody use it?
I think that Microsoft's problem is that it has always been a (fragmented) product company, not able to look at things from a user point of view.
What I would like (and pay for) would be seamless integration of all my information, securely, between my devices and optionally backed up to "the cloud" (ugh). So far, (from personal experience), Apple have nice hardware with reasonable integration, Android is catching up (if you give Google access to all your data) and Microsoft is behind.
For the future, I would not give a damn if the 'phone was an Apple, a Nokia or a generic, and same for the OS on the phone and the PC. Here's a scenario; in one hit let me take a picture of someone, somewhere, add it to contacts, and the next time I want navigate to their house/office it one click. Show me all the mails and docs for the person, one click please.
World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China
And are not yet very good at building aircraft carriers and everything that goes with them (suitable aircraft and command and control).
It's not the "next best thing" or even close - there is a good reason why large 'planes such as this were rapidly abandoned (except by the Soviet Union) after WW2. They take up much more of their usable capacity with fuel and equipment , and are extremely vulnerable on both land and sea, (one submerged log or - more likely these days - a lost shipping container) and your transport and its cargo is scrap.
Of course, I'd still want one :)
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