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Comment Scale? (Score 3, Interesting) 179

I'd like to see this tried at scale. 40 people barely scrapes my division.

That said, collective intelligence has been used by companies and the intelligence community. I'd be interested if a few thousand employees collective thoughts on a direction of a company would work better than the boneheaded moves by a few C-level execs.

Comment Why I Only Work Remotely (Score 4, Interesting) 158

This article sums up a lot of the problems I had with the office: https://shift.newco.co/why-i-o...

This issue in particular:

ROWE (results only work environment) is a fantastic framework that needs to be adopted in places employing knowledge workers. You should be measuring the output of your workers, not the amount of time you can see them sitting in your office. I refuse to work in a place with such a cynical view of their employees. If you really think your employees will not be working if you cannot look over their shoulder to check, you have the wrong way of looking at the relationship with your employees (especially at a startup). You should be hiring people who are engaged by their work and believe in the company’s mission. If people slack off when you aren’t watching them, your company has a disease, and you have discovered a symptom. You cannot treat this symptom and expect the disease to be cured. More on this later (Remove the safety nets and let the bad actors fail).

If you are looking at your employees through the lens of “I can’t give these people freedom and autonomy to do work in the best way they see fit:” You should consider finding different people for your organization instead of pursuing an authoritarian regime.

Comment WebRTC turns 5 (Score 5, Informative) 87

https://webrtc.org/ "WebRTC is a free, open project that provides browsers and mobile applications with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple APIs. The WebRTC components have been optimized to best serve this purpose."

You can host it yourself, internal, inside of your firewall if you're that security paranoid.

There are also solutions hosted by other people if you don't want to deal with that:

https://appear.in/

https://opentokrtc.com/

https://talky.io/

Comment Re:Better late than never! (Score 0) 113

despite automatics doing it better than humans these days.

That depends on the technology used in the automatic.

Slushbox fluid coupling automatics still take a hit in MPG because of the physics.

Dual clutch automatics are more or less manual transmissions with the clutching and gear movement automated.

They're different beasts.

Comment I concur (Score 2) 82

The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect to their elders.... They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and are tyrants over their teachers.

The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they alone knew everything and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for girls, they are forward, immodest and unwomanly in speech, behaviour and dress.

Comment Welcome to the Digital Divide. (Score 5, Insightful) 325

The digital divide in the US became most evident (to me) in this last election cycle.

If you look at the page weights of 'conservative' vs 'liberal' news sites the former are much smaller and tailored to people on even a dial up, in large part because they know their demographic. Rural internet in the US flat out sucks. We have counties in my state, not more than 3 hours outside of Chicago that still have dialup as a viable option.

Drudge Report loads amazingly fast. Huffington Post does not. Drudge was 1.13 MB in size with 44% of that images. (The site I used to analyze them was done with Drudge's 14 assets long before Huffington Post stalled at 220/222 assets.)

The art of optimization seems to have disappeared, it made a small resurgence when web developers tried to optimize for the mobile web, but it doesn't look like most developers ever tried that hard.

It's a closed feedback loop. Developers live in places with fast Internet, test in places with fast Internet and then don't understand what it's like anywhere else. Students on college campuses live with gigabit internet and Internet2 connections to peer universities. They move to cities that Comcast pays attention to.

The best suggestion I have: Turn off images, configure the browser not to thread connections, and get involved in local government to get faster internet to your area.

Comment Re:Second best is good enough? (Score 1) 105

Now Sprint is doing a campaign, We are in second place. That is good enough.

Most of the ads I've seen point out the price differences associated with being in the different places.

If you had the option of 3 phone services:

  • #1 - $500/mo
  • #2 - $100/mo
  • #3 - $25/mo

Which one do you pick? If the #3 provider covered the area where you'll use it would you really splurge another $450/mo on #1 just because it was #1?

Comment Re:seriously? (Score 5, Insightful) 318

Your point being? You can hire 5000 dudes in China to dig a ditch. Doesn't mean that you aren't better off with an excavator or other heavy equipment.

"Robots" have been taking jobs for hundreds of years. Water wheels and wind mills have taken jobs of men manually grinding flour. The steam engine took the jobs of horses and people in the field. Hydraulics took the job of people manually manipulating plows. Bigger tractors took the place of more people driving more steam engines.

What used to take a few hundred men with shovels can be done with an operator in a heavy equipment cab. What used to take a few hundred men underground hauling coal and other minerals can be done by a handful of men and heavy equipment. What used to take hundreds of teachers across the US can be done by online courses.

We need robots to take over the boring repetitive stuff of now so we can work on the jobs of the future. Just like has been done to now.

Does anyone really pine for the days that it took 50+% of our workforce just to make food for the other minority? If so the Amish are 'hiring'. We leave them well enough alone and they make great meats and cheeses for us to buy.

Comment Re: No (Score 1) 328

Good. That's how most countries with trades still do it. We need to get away from this EVERYONE NEEDS ALL THESE CLASSES that we have in the US.

Somewhere along the line "Trades" became a dirty word and everyone was shoved into college and it's been a failure. That said, the trades of 2050 aren't going to look like the trades of 1950. I expect IT and most Coding to be a trade route. If you have interest and aptitude in an IT career you start working half days at 14-15 doing hands on learning and the other half in the class room learning what you need to know. Then IT can get what they've been complaining about with a strong trade union.

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