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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

phaggood Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

So, what you're saying in effect is that you might put in a large investment on the tool (nailgun=$, framework=$time) from which you're hoping to get a long useful life, and perhaps buying those tools from a reputable company (nailgun=Dewalt,Craftsman, framework=Google,Adobe) with the expectation that the tool won't be discontinued/EOL'd and parts/repo's will remain available. The reality is that the nailgun/shiny IDE might not last as long as the older simpler stuff (hammers are older than neaderthals/VI is >30yrs old, Eclipse is 10, Webstorm is 2? 3?). And company reputation is no guarantor of longevity.

However, if the Dewalt Model XJ-9 nailgun lasts 5yrs you can finish a helluva lot more roofs in that time than you could with a hammer. Perhaps then we should look at Angular, PhoneGap, nodeJS as specific models of nailguns from which we should extract as much 'juice' as we can in the 2-5yrs they might be useful and presume that we'll be using something else after that.

Unfortunately, the roof/nailgun analogy completely falls apart when you realize that if some of the shingles fall off after the XJ-9 has been discontinued you can still use a regular hammer to fix it; whereas if Angular 3 is EOL'd in 2017 then your PhoneGap app built on it might be left with some vulnerability (all geolocation requests are hacked to only report your current location as the nearest strip club) that Google is not going to fix (having sold off their money-losing software biz in 2016 to focus on crowd pacification robots).

And perhaps, instead of waking up every day wondering if today is the day the Yosemite super volcano or a planet killer comet wipes us all out, we should just dance (and code) while the sun shines and not worry so much about the future.

about two weeks ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

phaggood Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

> Any game developer will currently be using basically the same toolset as they used in 2000.

Well, 2005 maybe

about two weeks ago

Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

phaggood Re:Exactly! (671 comments)

*Can't say that we've seen a tech boom here in Massachusetts*

Mass-a-freakin'chusetts? What, did MIT move to Alabama?

Seriously, are you even conscious?

about 10 months ago

Sprint May Have Unlimited Data Plans, But Not Unlimited Customers

phaggood Re:Why I left (207 comments)

How do you get unlimited for $115? I can't find anything but $40/pp on their site; for my four household users that's $160/mo.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Will You Update Your Technical Skills Inventory This Summer?

phaggood Re:HTML5, XCODE, and AJAX (208 comments)

I'm learning Angular this summer to keep my jQuery at bay.

1 year,23 days

Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

phaggood Re:Florida (1078 comments)

TODAY it can be very [not nearly as easy]. Not impossible, but [not nearly as easy as it used to be]


about a year ago

Noodle Robots Replacing Workers In Chinese Restaurants

phaggood Re:And it begins (531 comments)

> since China was the last big pool of cheap human labor

Guessing there's a lot of Sub-Saharan Africa that would both disagree with you and welcome even the dirtiest of factories

about a year ago

HTC Unveils Revamped HTC One

phaggood Re:Customers Satisfied (152 comments)

> Droid Razr Maxx HD
I am waiting for this phone to come to Sprint; I replaced my Zio with an EVO with an extended battery but my wife doesn't want to trade her Zio for a phone as thick as mine even with the long battery life I get.

about a year and a half ago

HTC Unveils Revamped HTC One

phaggood Re:Non removable battery, no memory card slot. (152 comments)

>Removable batteries mean a battery door. This makes the phone thicker.

Bollox. The Sanyo Zio had a batter door that was at best the width of three sheets of paper; and the battery lastest much less than the lifetime of the phone (my wife still uses her somewhat-less-than 3yr old Zio)

about a year and a half ago

DIY Web-Controlled Robot That Takes 1 Hour To Build

phaggood Re:Build? (56 comments)

> frozen meal

That example is like taking a Roomba out of the box and putting batteries in it (i.e 'not building')
Taking frozen peas, a jar of curry sauce, a can of potatoes and a can of garbanzo beans, heating all w/o burning then pouring over a pile of minute rice *is* cooking.

about a year and a half ago

DIY Web-Controlled Robot That Takes 1 Hour To Build

phaggood Re:Build? (56 comments)

> No, never ever claim that around EE graduates. We despise things like this being called "building"

Never, ever claim it's 'cooking' unless you graduated a French cooking school!

Never, ever claim you taught something unless you have an education degree.

Never, ever claim you improved cleaned a room unless you've gotten the dust levels down to some ridiculous clean-room PPM.

Never, ever claim its 'programming' unless you're doing it in binary.

Geez, anal much?

about a year and a half ago

DIY Web-Controlled Robot That Takes 1 Hour To Build

phaggood Re:actually interesting project (56 comments)

I'm thinking of a more educational use; Curiosity landed on Mars a few months ago and I think it would have been the awesome-est STEM-related outcome had hundreds of thousands of middle-school kids been able to take a break from their standardized test reprogramming, er, studying and instead they got a $200 kit to remotely 'explore' the alien landscape that is the dirt patch behind the school.

about a year and a half ago

A US Apple Factory May Be Robot City

phaggood Re:Automation and unemployment (602 comments)

And stock brokers often end their rosy historical returns with the statement "past performance is no guarantee of future results".

about a year and a half ago

Honda's "Micro Commuter" Features Swappable Bodies

phaggood Re:How unsafe could that be? (96 comments)

I live in a small college town (> 100k) with a daily commute that takes me nowhere near a freeway, thus 50mph is way more than I need going to/from work. Keeping my 5yr old Saturn to run and down the freeway would satisfy all my travel needs. Unfortunately, the sticker-shock on these exotic powerplant cars means it'd probably cost a multiple of what I paid for the Saturn which begs the question - what kind of crazy math do I have to do to get a decent ROI on the car's purchase?

about a year and a half ago

Are Teachers Headed For Obsolescence?

phaggood Re:Ha, you threaten teacher jobs and see what happ (570 comments)

I see the classroom of the future becoming something very much like the average grocery store over the last few years; a bunch of automated service 'stations' overseen by a central observer who comes over when there's a problem. Or like that 'spacebowl' that Spock was in during the Trek reboot, tho a little less bowl-y I think.

about a year and a half ago



phaggood phaggood writes  |  more than 7 years ago

phaggood writes "The missus would like a cell phone upgrade; I lucked up on a used Razr that, with a swap of the chip, replaced a crappy LG with keys that were wearing out (from dis-use, apparently). I'd prefer to get a new one for her Christmas gift w/o another multi-year service enslavement, but checking out Cingular's store I find the prices for these glorified packet radios are unreal! Recently, I upgraded my laptop and got a lot more machine for quite a bit less money, yet these phones, which AREN'T really increasing in capabilities (the real upgrades are in the network anyway) are still as expensive as they've always been. Why? How is a $300 Sony Ericsson W300i, with it's whopping 20MB (yes, that's an M) which can "hold up to 4 songs", that much more complicated than a Nano, at 2X the price?

Why do these damned SIMPLE devices cost so much?"


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