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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

tatman crying over spilled milk (355 comments)

Society is changing. Technology is changing. Therefore, it seems a logic conclusion that how we learn and what we learn, from the onset, changes. I feel the people complaining (educators and teachers association) that kids aren't learning how to play with blocks are more concerned about preserving their existing jobs rather than adjusting to a changing world.

That doesn't mean I think learning to play with blocks, lincoln logs, or lego is wrong or outdated. I think the complaining by the teachers association is just that...complaining.

about 3 months ago

Book Review: Mobile HTML5

tatman why not actionscript? (37 comments)

Completely overlooked in this book was Adobe's product: actionscript. It is a java-like language with java-like capabilities: real classes, interfaces, events, web services, XML, name it..... Compiled, actionscript becomes native applications for both Android, Windows, all browsers (and iOS, but I guess iOS support is still beta) with single code base. I cannot say where I have this functioning as described, however, if you live in the USA you have probably already experienced such implementations as described above.

about 4 months ago
top Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

tatman meanwhile... (325 comments)

Americans looking for work remain unemployed.

about 4 months ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

tatman I question how well it work (364 comments)

In the city where I live, the lights are timed in such a way that once you get one red light, without aggressive acceleration and speeding, you will be stopped at the next light. Unless the system and help you time when you leave, it seems like it wouldn't work without either driving well above the speed limit or well below it.

{begin soapbox}
And of course, this is just fodder for police departments. As we all know, red light running and speeding is the gateway crime into bigger badder behaviors. And, the we all know the police are not motivated by revenue or promotions for catching the most. {end soapbox}

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

tatman Re:It will depend on who is in the management chai (379 comments)

this should get modded up. Spreadsheets say "if it takes 1 person 3 months, then with 3 people it will take 1 month". But spreadsheets cannot account for change (loss) in velocity because of the time needed to coordinate 3 people. Spreadsheets says "if it takes 1 person at $2000 3 months, then with 3 people at $500 each a month, it will cost less and be done in 1 month". But spreadsheets cannot account for experience that may change design decisions which affect total cost. I think this mentality is more prevalent in larger companies. In startups (or with startup new product), bottom line is quick out the door and as low cost as possible. Unfortunately, the spreadsheets cannot account for the higher maintenance costs long term because of decisions made in a rush to get it done. The spreadsheets says it costs $X 5 yrs ago so why is it now costing $10X.... I am dealing with this every day. True story: I was asked to estimate some work by a big MBA executive type. I put my team together and we provided and estimate. He said it was too high we needed to review it. We did. We pared it down a little ( 10%). He said that was too high. He already told the customer X. We are factoring in fixing problem areas, and missed or misunderstood requirements, and time for unit testing and time for integration testing. In otherwords we are trying to factor in those intangibles. Experience has little value (above a certain amount) unless you can make it measurable in spreadsheet. I think the person that can solve for these intangibles and make them tangible and measurable will become very rich.

about 4 months ago

Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

tatman obama lied, people denied (152 comments)

Sorry I couldn't resist. Let the flame wars begin

about 4 months ago

Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

tatman left apple, happy (465 comments)

this article justifies my reasoning to give up on apple products. they make great products but when its comes to solving problems, you're pretty much screwed. I've had similar situations. Other than hardware reset of the devices (and losing content), I've received no help from apple.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

tatman Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

Welcome to corporate America. Through hot topic social issues, legal issues like work place harassment laws, DMCA and copyright liabilities, even corporate liability for criminal actions of employees on company property (primarily drug law enforcement), corporate America has assumed every employee is a potential liability. Congress has exempted corporations from liability if the company can prove they did "their due diligence". Oh the wonderful land of the free, unless you have a have job, rent or own anything, or have a bank account.

about 5 months ago

Website Simulates Amiga OS

tatman That's cool (45 comments)

I started on a similar project using silverlight as the technology. I got bored with it. Nice to see someone make it working :)

about 5 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

tatman Re:Boo to my Beloved Keurig (769 comments)

its all about money. For Green Mountain, they don't like other competitors using their technology without getting a piece of the pie. And for the consumer, it will be about money too. If Keurig 2.0 with its "DRM" is more expensive, then I doubt it will fly.

about 5 months ago

Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

tatman Definition of voluntary (562 comments)

Voluntary is having a sign "$50 for a cheek swab, next right". Involuntary is police directing you to testing area. Period.

about 7 months ago

Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

tatman Re:drones are good, drones are bad (397 comments)

Your signature pretty much explains it :D

about 8 months ago

Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

tatman drones are good, drones are bad (397 comments)

I hope that Amazon idea takes off. Its green, economically sound idea. I think we need to get over the idea that drones are bad. They can be used in bad ways, and we should create a framework that defines good uses for drones. For lack of better words, a bill of rights about drone uses.

about 8 months ago

Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

tatman Re:This has to be a joke. (397 comments)

you need to do some searching on the internet. and maybe wake up. :) I mean that in all light warmheartedness. It's happening.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

tatman Re:Same here! (629 comments)

see my post below....chaching chaching. its about $ and nothing else.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

tatman Re:Not age (629 comments)

Sadly, you're right. Its that stupid management mantra that if they can't see you, you must not be working. I call it lazy manager syndrome.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

tatman its all about $ (629 comments)

Experience doesn't count for much in this industry. To the bean counters (aka the types that fund and managing projects), you will get more done with 2 programmers paid $25/hr than with 1 programmer paid $50/hr. It's the proverbial problem: you can't make a baby in 1 month with 9 women. But the bean counters don't see it that way. Their spreadsheets equates man hours to productivity and nothing else factors in.

Part of the problem is its practically impossible to adequately measure cause and effect: aka "this decision lead to +/- quality, +/- hours to implement the next feature."

about 8 months ago

Boston Cops Outraged Over Plans to Watch Their Movements Using GPS

tatman taste of their own meds (409 comments)

Its ok for the police to monitor (and I don't just mean warranted use of gps tracking) the every day activities of normal citizens but its not ok for the police to monitor themselves. mmmmm.

Let's not forget that other parts of this same legal system (specifically our court system) has said it is ok for private employers to violate the rights of their employees by doing all kinds of monitoring.

Sorry, I can't help but to be cynical.

about 8 months ago

Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

tatman I'm using mine to collect dust (246 comments)

Sadly. I bought two of them. I intended to make one a minecraft server for my son. I still havent purchased a network cable. yes I sadly have been that lazy. (maybe I should post this as anon)

about 8 months ago


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