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Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

mcwop Business Needs More People That Understand Tech... (167 comments)

and how it is applied. I am in business and got my programming certs in Java and VB. It has helped me immensely, becuase too many business people don't understand the complexities of tech and see it as a panacea for everything.

about 9 months ago

Can Nokia Save Itself?

mcwop Re:yes it can (317 comments)

Too late IMO. In fact, this is also what RIMM should have done, and they still cling to their OS fantasy. People are tied into the mobile iOS and Android ecosystems. Windows Mobile may have a chance, but it will be tough - especially with the iPad mini in the mix.

about 2 years ago

iPad Mini Could Retail For $250, Delete iPad 2

mcwop Re:It's been a cyclic fad. (211 comments)

Ad to that, the fact that speech recognition is built in and works reasonably well - getting better by the day.

about 2 years ago

Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

mcwop Re:Yawn (357 comments)

Not from what I have seen, they made minor modifications.

about 2 years ago

Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

mcwop Re:Yawn (357 comments)

On the surface, you will need it for a mouse to run office, cause that will be a bear to operate with your fingers.

about 2 years ago

The Perils of Developers Hooking Up

mcwop Re:Imagine the bedroom banter.... (278 comments)

That is the funny part, when they start correcting each other. Spewing unintelligible error codes.

about 2 years ago

Windows Phone 8 SDK — By Appointment Only

mcwop In Soviet Russia (153 comments)

Windows SDK makes appointment with you!

about 2 years ago

Anonymous Leaks 1M Apple Device UDIDs

mcwop Re:So is apple... (282 comments)

Probably the emoticons app.

about 2 years ago

Is Innovation the Most Abused Word In Business?

mcwop It is abused (287 comments)

I am not going to argue what is innovative or not. But, many companies have no clue how to simply keep their products fresh. Design by giant committees keeps a lot of companies stale, and many get killed by change. RIMM comes to mind, and there are many others. Sure RIMM made an "innovative" new phone OS, but so did Apple and Google. RIMM's corporate structure certainly stifled their ability to innovate within a competitive time frame. Even Google recognized they were missing important new product innovations, which they specifically allocate time for their employees to work on (e.g. Twitter).

Sometimes innovation has an important back-end to make that innovation sustainable/workable. Depositing checks via mobile camera, needs a lot of back-end support. Legacy back ends can be very difficult to innovate around, and that is "invisible" to the user.

about 2 years ago

White House Finalizes 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standard

mcwop CAFE Standard Loopholes are numerous.... (1184 comments)

I wonder what new ones will be introduced. This is a political game. O makes nice sounding announcement for meaningless rules. You want better mileage, crank up the gas tax and make drivers pay for their environmental externalities.

I got rid of my car about 1 year ago, and have never looked back.

about 2 years ago

The Pirate Bay Launches Free VPN

mcwop In Soviet Russia... (359 comments)

In America your business is pirate - you did pirate that, RIAA happens you!

about 2 years ago

Android Piracy Sites Seized By US Government

mcwop Re:Apple (184 comments)

In Soviet Russia iTunes plays you!

about 2 years ago

A Call For Science Policy Debate Among Presidential Candidates

mcwop Re:What about Ron Paul? (375 comments)

Because they might expose the Democrats and Republicans for what they are: stupid, and corrupt. It is a two horse race, and the horses parties are very good at keeping it that way.

about 2 years ago

The Luddite Fallacy - "The Only Important Invention"

mcwop A few that might meet the test (1 comments)

1) GENETIC SEQUENCING 2) AbioCor Artificial Heart 3) Miniaturized medical devices 3) AIDS drugs 4) Search Algorithms

about 2 years ago

When Flying Was a Thrill

mcwop Re:The past sucked - time to admit it (382 comments)

You do not have a right to do it on someone else's plane, at someone else's airport. And your findlaw statement clearly states the Sec of Transit can regulate it. You have the right to flap your arms and fly, yes. You do not have teh right to demand United airlines take you somewhere on your terms.

about 2 years ago



The Luddite Fallacy - "The Only Important Invention"

mcwop mcwop writes  |  about 2 years ago

mcwop writes "The following statement from the linked blog post is the perfect ask Slashdot question:

"pretty much every important invention of the modern world — trains, planes, automobiles, air conditioning, antibiotics, painkillers, telephones, radio/television, computers — had already been invented and was in at-least-fairly widespread use when I was growing up in the sixties. The only thing since then has been the internet."

So, is the Internet the only important invention in recent times?"

Link to Original Source

Maryland Set To Tax Custom Computer Programming

mcwop mcwop writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mcwop (31034) writes "Maryland passed legislation to apply a new six percent sales tax (more) to "custom computer programming" and other computer and hardware related services. As a purchaser of these services, it will be interesting to see what the impact is. In-house IT and buying out of state may have become attractive options, as well as the extra money cutting into other projects."


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