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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Brannon Excellent point. Android users are the snobs. (175 comments)

iPhone users, by and large, couldn't care less what kind of phone you use. The world needs more options and fewer snobs.


Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Brannon Way to connect those dots... (231 comments)

Apple removed a sentence from their quarterly filings and obviously this is a sign of imminent fascist genocide.

Smart people are some of the stupidest people I've ever met.

3 days ago

NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Brannon Math. (187 comments)


about a week ago

Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Brannon Why stop there? (609 comments)

Apple will start killing puppies and then charge you a fee to stop.

about a week ago

Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

Brannon Testing is not verification. (157 comments)

This is probably something that is well understood by the engineers who are building robot surgeons (and maybe even by those building driverless cars), but it certainly isn't well understood by the overwhelming majority of software engineers and it's just a matter of time until the unwashed hordes of C++ monkeys are unleashed unto critical systems.

Bridges aren't designed and tested by "trial & error"--if they were then half of them would fall down within a few weeks. Neither are buildings or pacemakers or computer chips.

There are some scary problems with how [many if not most] software engineers see the world which don't bode well for a world where software can kill:
(a) by and large they've had essentially no exposure to any method of verification other than "trial & error"
(b) they have insufficient reverence for cause and effect because most of their bugs have really low cost (as in, nobody dies)--therefore they aren't mentally trained to make disciplined decisions.
(c) arrogance: unlike every other kind of engineer, software engineers rarely encounter the boundaries of their knowledge. A civil engineer knows when to call a materials engineer, a mechanical engineer knows when to talk to an industrial or chemical engineer, but a software engineer spends their entire lives inside a carefully constructed virtual world where they can't really do that much damage.

about three weeks ago

Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

Brannon "Programmers" shouldn't write critical software (157 comments)

There's almost no overlap between the skills & techniques necessary to write & verify critical software (e.g. when lives or huge amounts of money are on the line) vs. what is considered to be "programming". Modern software engineering's approach to reliable system design is about where hardware engineering was fifty years ago, and about where civil engineering was 100 years ago.

SQA is a joke. Reliable systems are made using way more robust techniques, including: (a) a severely restricted state space, (b) redundancy, (c) formal proofs, (d) fully (and formally) specified interfaces, (e) random simulation, (f) several different types of coverage, (g) physics-based analysis, etc.

The failure of the software community to understand this distinction is why I'm scared to death about the coming world of driver-less cars and robots performing surgery. How many people are going to be killed by C++ in the next decade?

about three weeks ago

Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

Brannon People are different, that's why. (276 comments)

You can't imagine why anyone would want to live in a big city, but apparently you think small cities are okay. Somebody else in this thread can't imagine why anyone would want to live anywhere other than suburbs. I'm sure somebody else is going to pipe up saying we should all live on farms, or on boats. Do you see the trend?

Part of me would love to counter your smug condescending critique of big cities by telling you all the ways that NYC is superior to whatever strip mall shit hole you live in; but the problem is I don't really believe that NYC is superior. Instead, I think that different people value things differently.

It's a big world, there are lots of different ways to live.

about a month ago

Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

Brannon That's an absurdly close-minded view (276 comments)

You think people only choose to live in cities because they haven't noticed the internet or television?

People attach different values to different things. People who love living in cities (I'm one of them) place a lot of value on "walking culture", "proximity to varied attractions", "interacting with a potpourri of people", "having a smaller environmental footprint", etc.--and less value on having a large home or a big car. I can totally understand someone else valuing those things differently and reaching a different conclusion. It's a big world and there are a lot of different ways to live.

> "cannot adjust to living any other way than like cattle"

What is it with suburbanites that they feel personally attacked (to the point of lashing out with childish hyperbole) by anybody anywhere choosing a different lifestyle than themselves?

Seriously dude, hop in your car and drive 35 minutes to your 'neighborhood' Applebee's, order some jalapeno poppers and relax.

about a month ago

Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Brannon I don't understand your concern (249 comments)

1. There's nothing stopping someone from creating their own curated portal which links directly to the per-app download page within Apple's App store. These portals could have reviews & social media or whatever. Why haven't these sorts of portals emerged?

2. Android doesn't have the walled garden--are the Android app stores wildly easier to use or better at promoting good vs. bad content?

about a month ago

What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

Brannon Good joke. (148 comments)

Well played.

about 3 months ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

Brannon Companies can't create a diversified talent pool (265 comments)

out of thin air. The internal demographics of these large companies reflect the demographics of graduates in the relevant fields. The right answer is to get a more diversified college population in computer engineering and computer science, which requires getting more K-12 interest in those fields amongst underrepresented groups. And that's exactly what the big companies are doing--investing in programs that will build a more diversified pipeline of future employees.

The comparison against MLB is outrageously stupid. African-Americans were already playing baseball in high numbers in separate leagues; MLB just started poaching players from those leagues. Are you claiming that there are some all-female or all-black companies full of millions of computer engineers that Facebook could start hiring from tomorrow?

about 3 months ago

Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

Brannon Re:You are critically wrong about two things: (659 comments)

> Other electric cars are catching up and there are emerging standards for DC quick charging.

You're an idiot.

about 4 months ago

Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

Brannon You are critically wrong about two things: (659 comments)

1. The Tesla recharges 180 miles in about 30 minutes, and getting better all the time. Other electric cars are catching up and there are emerging standards for DC quick charging.

2. Your driving pattern is not typical so it isn't at all predictive about the future of electric driving.

about 4 months ago


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