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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

gander666 Re:Better question... (228 comments)

Shit, my world for mod points. Amen brother

about a month ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

gander666 This will accelerate my transition (214 comments)

I was already making the switch to Lightroom from Aperture. Apple's last update of Aperture really started messing it up, so I saw the writing on the wall, and will fully move my library to Lightroom.

It is a shame, because when I first started using Aperture, it was awesome, about 1/2 the price of Lightroom at the time, and it was lightyears ahead of iPhoto.

With my MacBook Air, I thought I would just use iPhoto, but gah, after not using it for 6 years or so, it still sucks tool.

about 1 month ago
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1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale

gander666 Re:Kilby & Noyce (76 comments)

Crap, and I without mod points. Huge +5 sir...

about a month and a half ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

gander666 Re:You make it... (519 comments)

Crap, what a day to not have mod points. +1000 on this.

about a month and a half ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

gander666 Re:and front-running? (382 comments)

It is not gambling when the top HFT companies can boast to never having a down day in 5 years. They are parasites, steeling pennies, billions of times.

about 2 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

gander666 Re:Downsides (190 comments)

I live there too, and it isn't that bad.

about 2 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

gander666 Re:Downsides (190 comments)

Exactly. If you were going to locate there, why not go to Phoenix where your dollar goes a LOT further, and income taxes are a fraction of the California rate.

about 2 months ago
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US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

gander666 Re:Not terribly surprising (306 comments)

Agreed. In my experience, physics majors tend to be excellent programmers, better than many CS majors. Perhaps it's because they're mostly just smart a heck, and that matters more than having taken a bunch of CS courses.

As a physics degree holder, I would counter that. Yes, we are really good at algorithms, and the like, but without a lot of re-education we make terrible developers (I am not one, but I work with a dev group that has 3 PhD Physicists). They write cool code, but are fuck-all at doing error checking, bounds checking, and other mundane things that are important in production environments. Physicists would rather spend hours grooming their input data than have their code do some reality checks.

about 2 months ago
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AOL Finally Admits They Were Hacked

gander666 Re:When will Yahoo admit it? (54 comments)

Yeah, great. It is just that the people I know who are Yahoo mail users aren't smart enough to do 2 factor authentication.

about 3 months ago
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AOL Finally Admits They Were Hacked

gander666 Re:When will Yahoo admit it? (54 comments)

I was being facetious, I do know the difference. But it has to be more than poor password discipline that causes Yahoo mail accounts to be so susceptible.

about 3 months ago
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AOL Finally Admits They Were Hacked

gander666 When will Yahoo admit it? (54 comments)

Seems like 2 or 3 contacts a week with Yahoo mail accounts gets hacked every week. I really wish Yahoo would get their shit together too.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

gander666 Re:Management 101 (125 comments)

This. I am in the hell of being the replacement, and my boss won't do more than dribble the responsibilities out. 2+ years, and I still am grasping for more, yet he is drowning, and won't give up any control.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

gander666 Re:As a big comixology user, this *sucks* (244 comments)

I am not a heavy comic reader, but I always went to the Comixology site to buy rather than the in app purchase. I figured that Comixology deserved the full price, and not the 30% skim that Apple took.

about 3 months ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

gander666 Re:What passes for rigorous thinking apparently (358 comments)

I know what you are trying to do, but I would like to shout out for economics. I have a degree in Physics, a minor in Maths (two classes more and I would have had a double major). While I was working on my undergrad degree, I tutored someone who was working on their advanced degree in economics. They were doing nasty, non-linear partial differential equations in their models, without the formal mathematics background. I was impressed with their methods, and how they solved these equations without 4 years of preparatory mathematics courses.

The truth is a lot of degree disciplines that seem like a waste to you turn out to have their own character building assets. One of the best AFM applications scientists I have ever worked with got his degree in History. He did an internship at a small company, and not only loved playing with Atomic Force Microscopes, he actually had a talent with it. In a field dominated by physicists and chemists, he is right up there.

about 3 months ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

gander666 Re:The value of a Stradivarius (469 comments)

Amen brother. They are mighty sweet playing guitars though...

about 4 months ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

gander666 Re:The value of a Stradivarius (469 comments)

That is fine for a collector. For someone who plays for a living, not so much. Most of the artists who play the Stradivarius' don't own the instrument. They are loaned to them from their benefactors.

I play guitar. I have a few nice guitars, and I thought I had an expensive habit. A friend who is a concert viola player has a "mid range" viola from a good maker, and it cost $45K about 15 years ago. Probably worth $60K or so today. And that isn't from one of the better modern makers.

And my wife gives me grief for my $2k used Tom Anderson guitar.

about 4 months ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

gander666 Re:This is kinda gross. (564 comments)

Uh, Werner von Braun.

John von Neumann was a hungarian mathemetician who came to the US in the 30's I think.

about 4 months ago
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Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

gander666 Re:Does everything need to be smart? (128 comments)

YMMV, but my house is wired for a burglar alarm. It is monitored. All the smoke detectors are wired to the main alarm. If one of them goes off, the alarm system notifies the monitoring company, and they call me to see if there is a fire (actually looking for false alarm). If I don't respond, they send the fire department. It is the ONLY reason there is a land line at my house these days.

My understanding is that Nest does this via Wifi. In the event of an emergency, I trust the POTS far more than the cable internet and wifi to call the cavalry. Perhaps one day Nest will make this all fool proof. But until that day, I will stick with the land line/alarm monitor.

Oh, the monthly cost to monitor is like $6.00.

about 4 months ago

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The inside of Apple and Innovation

gander666 gander666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gander666 writes "In this article at Pragmatic Marketing:

http://www.pragmaticmarketing.com/publications/magazine/6/4/you_cant_innovate_like_apple

"Without question, nearly everyone believes the equation Apple = Innovation is a fundamental truth--akin to the second law of thermodynamics, Boyle's Law, or Moore's Law.

But ask these same people if they understand exactly how Apple comes up with their ideas and what approach the company uses to develop blockbuster products--whether it is a fluky phenomenon or based on a repeatable set of governing principles--and you mostly get a dumbfounded stare. This response is what frustrates me most, because people worship what they don't understand."

As a product manager their process seems eclectic, and impractical, particularly about their insistence that they DO NOT DO MARKET SURVEYS. Still, they hit the mark more frequently than anyone else I can think of."

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