Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer
It's the rules, the bureaucracy and the paperwork
Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?
In the 90s, I worked on a project in San Francisco
As I walked around the city, I saw angry rants pasted on various surfaces around town
The ranters were denouncing the "yuppie invasion" and claiming that it was ruining the neighborhood
It seemed to me, that if you replaced every occurrence of the word "yuppie" with the word "nigger", it would have fit perfectly into a KKK rant from the 50s
NADA Is Terrified of Tesla
..in the traditional sales system is not a thing that most people enjoy
Some people falsely believe they are "players" but they still get screwed
Most people are "sheep" and they get screwed faster and harder
I am not a master negotiator..I just want a car at a fair price
I always feel like a lamb in a roomful of tigers when I deal with a traditional car dealer
I'm a really good engineer, and I have many other talents..but cutthroat negotiation is not one of them
I really, really want a better system
Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?
The real solution is pure electric
The energy source may be batteries, supercapacitors or hydrogen..or something new??
Hybrids are at best an intermediate solution
The good news is that they advanced the manufacturing experience of electric motors and control electronics for vehicle use ,,and started consumers thinking that gasoline is not the only path
Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion
I despise apple. I refer to them as "the distilled essence of evil"
Nice to see them wasting money on a stupid purchase
How Virtual Reality Became Reality
..of VR that makes writers ignore reality and talk about fantasy as if it really exists
This is an important step toward the answer..but NOT the answer..yet
VR is harder than anybody realizes
Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox
Valiantly fighting the good fight against the evil weasels who view our freedom as a threat
He is still a hero to many of us
You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene
..any place I worked since 1980
Engineering offices are very close to 100% male
Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?
Nevada County..Grass Valley, Nevada City..
Reasonable housing prices
GREAT quality of life!
60 miles from Sacramento
The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?
It's fast and secure
Anonymous if you want, although I think most people really don't care
Totally free of any and all censorship..of any kind..absolutely..no exceptions
I don't care how compelling your argument is..no censorship..ever..for anything..ever
Reality may be ugly..but truth is good, no exceptions
Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?
Teach them something they don't know
Solve a problem they can't solve
Become the go-to guy when stuff goes wrong
Do this, and the rest won't matter
An MIT Dean's Defense of the Humanities
..as part of an engineering degree
No, a degree in English literature will not help you find a job
Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
Although my main profession is software, I also do circuit design, construction, metalworking, carpentry and most of the other building trades
I find that even though the specifics are different, the fundamental skill is the same..problem solving
Software, circuit design, carpentry or any of the other disciplines seem more similar than different
The steps are the same..clearly identify the problem, look at the tools and materials that are available, then find a solution using what you have to work with
Intel Releases $99 'MinnowBoard Max,' an Open-Source Single-Board Computer
than a $39 Raspberry Pi?
Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?
Today, the digital world is young and new
The managers are young, the employees are young, the customers are young
Once upon a time, the railroad was the hot new tech, then radio was, then tv..etc
Someday, software will be as mature, professional and boring as ball-bearing engineering
I suspect that ball-bearing engineers suffer no age discrimination
BTW..I am a 60 year old programmer who is turning away work. I work in the totally non-sexy world of embedded systems and industrial equipment
Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds
..Alan Kay's educationally oriented programming language
Most kids who take math don't learn math
Most kids who take French don't learn French
But, kids who grow up in France, have no problem learning French
We want to create "Mathland" where learning math is natural
A New Car UI
Whenever I hear the term "muscle memory" it reminds me of learning to play a musical instrument
That thing looks as baffling and intimidating as a saxophone to a new user
Sure..once you learn it, it might be cool, but how many people have the physical talent and time to learn it
I tried for years to learn piano, practiced a lot, and just never could get it
Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?
Tell him his idea is stupid and find another customer
The Road To VR
The articles were filled with very optimistic visions of a VR future that was "coming soon"
I worked for Disney Imagineering R&D at the time, so money was available to buy some stuff and play with it
We bought the "state of the art" system, and hooked it up..it was not super impressive
When we showed it to the President of WDI, he said "don't show this to anybody else, it makes us look bad"
Years, and many millions of dollars later, we managed to create our own VR headmount display and opened "Imagineering VR Lab" at Epcot
It was better, but still nowhere near lived up to the hype
Star Trek Economics
..but, the way things are going, the future will be a very small number of ultra-rich with the rest of the population living like rats in the sewers of Calcutta
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