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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 (350 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.

2 days ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

gander666 Re:Biggest saving is... (193 comments)

And, if you are an Oracle house, you sadly need IE, and some lame down rev, unsafe version of Java (lesson learnt - Never update Java on my work machine until they push if via config manager...)

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

gander666 Re:I write spaghetti code (373 comments)

Truer words have never been said.

about a month ago

Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

gander666 Re:Looser immigration (303 comments)

Damn. Wish I had mod points to give you for this.

Immigration policy has been seriously broken since the 60's and all the "Do it the legal way" folks have no idea how hard, or long of a process that is.

Here is a green card roadmap that describes how convoluted the legal route is.

about a month and a half ago

WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies

gander666 Re:Unneccesary (240 comments)

The problem, how I see it, is that once enough people get burned (like the 6% of all extant BTC being stolen) they will demand quite vocally that the government prevent that from happening.

All the statements of buyer beware, this is an investment, not guaranteed etc will be tossed out the window.

about 2 months ago

California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

gander666 Re:They just need to.... (362 comments)

What state is that? I live in a suburb of Phoenix, and water is ridiculously cheap here. Last year we had to drain, acid wash and fill out pool. Cost to refill? About $20.00. Roughly 2 acre feet of water in one throw.

Of course, 20 years ago, this was all agriculture, and I suspect that our water rates are still tied to that scale.

about 2 months ago

Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

gander666 Re:Seriously - GTFO (401 comments)

My mother died of COPD related effects. The last week of her life, she was in the hospital on a breathing machine. The thing that really got me was that every single one of the nurses/technicians who worked in the pulmonary ward would go out every hour for a smoke. They see the endgame every single day, and they still choose to light up.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

gander666 Die, die die (2219 comments)

I hope /. dies an ignoble death, and in the post mortem, all you sit around in a circle jerk and wonder what the fuck you did wrong. Perhaps you can find some ex-RIM people to commiserate with

about 3 months ago

How Farming Reshaped Our Genomes

gander666 Re:At the time .... (144 comments)

I used to think that weight problems were endemic to the US, and that Europe pretty much skated by it. Sure, I used to see "fat" people in Europe, but far far fewer than in the US.

But I just got back from 2 weeks in Europe (Austria, Germany, and UK) and the number of muffintops, sagging beer bellies, and plumber's crack, that the gap to the US is much less than it was.

about 3 months ago

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

gander666 Re:Nice subjectivity (628 comments)

I'm pretty sure they figured out the answer to that a LONG time ago...

about 3 months ago

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

gander666 Re:my SO's in sales there (409 comments)

Piling on here. In sales, and particularly in enterprise SW sales, the base salary is irrelevant. Sure, $10K seem like a big deal, but good sales people, who will eat their young to close an order, who blow away quota, can easily clear $300K or more in commissions and bonuses. Oracle will be no different.

about 3 months ago



The inside of Apple and Innovation

gander666 gander666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gander666 writes "In this article at Pragmatic Marketing:


"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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