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Comment Re:Good move, difficult marketing (Score 1) 71

"if you had enough time to do it a second time, you had enough time to do it right the first time."

Though in Samsungs case, "Third times the charm"?

I still think its funny there's this talk about e-waste from disposal of the phones. Somehow it was left out that they need to get rid of 2.5 million 3500 mAh batteries. Don't those count as environmental waste? Are they going to be properly disposed of? ....Don't tell me Samsung just took a sander/file/saw to the existing batteries and slapped them back in...

Comment My own dumb experience (Score 3, Interesting) 117

Sitting in front of a computer for hours each day makes my eyes tired, so I routinely turn the brightness down to nothing. I put blue-blocker on my latest pair of glasses and Bam!, my sleep cycle is screwed up. Turns out blue light is really useful for stuff like your circadian rhythm. Now I only really use those glasses sparingly, and will make sure to take them off or look over them every few minutes.

Comment Re:Aren't all islands... (Score 2) 140

Close, Hawaii isn't quite a chain of volcanoes. It's a series of islands that happen to catalog movement over a hotspot in the middle of the Pacific ocean. You can read more about it here. It's actually quite interesting how an island forms as the plate moves, then after moving it's no longer on the hot spot and erodes away. There's many more 'islands' underneath the ocean surface in the Hawaii chain.

Comment Re:Still playing catch-up (Score 1) 114

It is funny how with Jobs at the helm Apple was the visionary. Windows '95 was basically MacOS '85. Then the iPod hit, with Creative's Nomad and MS's Zune being also-ran's some months/years later. Today we have iPod features years behind competitors.

Apple went from 10 years ahead to 4-5 years behind. First screen sizes, then the "thin wars", now removing physical buttons in favor of tactile screens. What's next? Slightly larger screen with a Wacom digitizer a-la Samsung Note series?

Comment Re:He does have a point... (Score 1) 251

I'll be cynical:

Most of the comments so far have been personal attacks on Musk. I guess this is par for the low level of discourse here. However, I'd like to see some discussion of his statement. Would a better connection between humans and machines be beneficial?

I'd lean toward "no", with the thinking that a majority of what people end up using technology for today is posting pictures of themselves or their cats on Facebook.

It's true our brains are able to process an incredible amount of information very quickly to make sense of things. Best I can tell that's limited to sensory input, not direction.

What would be the benefits/ problems?

Benefits? We *may* get some robotics technicians able to quickly tell that arm on the assembly line to stop before it hits Dave again. Then again, that operator may not like Dave, and could tell the arm to hit harder.

When it comes to our brains processing, I see something moving and I can recognize that as my dog chasing a ball. When it comes to directing? I'm having a hard time just coming up with what words I can type here to keep my message clear and concise. I'd wager people are incredibly limited when it comes to proper expression with other people, much less with machines with a limited vocabulary.

I just don't think that humans have the output bandwidth to keep up with the necessary input bandwidth for machines. The only exception I can think of would be motor control applications, but anyone that has seen any sci-fi movies in the past 20 years can tell you what happens when you put a crazy person in control of fast-moving metal.

How could this be achieved?

Just like today, we will have technophiles and technophobes. We *could* get to a point where games like Sword Art Online are a reality, then its a simple step to get those same signals going to hardware. Where would we draw that line on safety/security/health?

Humans are indecisive, impulsive, emotional creatures. There would need to be some serious thought about how this sort of technology should be used. SAO is a good example, "win or die".

Come on, folks, I have seen much better from you in the past.

Comment Re:leaving Oracle's Java business in tatters (Score 1) 155

Oracle as a database is still floating on that mindshare of "it's expensive... and therefore worth it" but other databases have since done things in a much smarter, cleaner, more user-friendly way. Two examples:

There are no "users" in Oracle, it's a sign-in to a schema. That's right, every 'user' is their own database. To connect to something else requires explicit permissions from the owner. Multiple users working on a project will probably just use a shared username/password instead of the headache to open things up (at least, that's what we end up doing).

The SQL optimizer, which normally does a good job, has it's own stupid quirk. It ingests the "WHERE" clause first, potentially breaking stuff in the "SELECT" statement. Example:

SELECT ORACLE_FUNCTION(par1, par2) as funcResult, col2, col3
FROM table
WHERE funcResult = 'TRUE'

will fail miserably with an "undefined identifier" error. There are two options to fix, call the function twice, or wrap it in a "SELECT *". What kind of hair-brained idea is that?

Comment Re:Management Is Hard (Score 1) 228

My coworker and I were just talking about this yesterday as our group is doing their annual reviews. We came up with the following:
  • DON'T try to find some one-size-fits-all measurement to judge folks by. It's impossible to find a way to compare back-end and front-end developers that is fair to everyone. If the problem space is different, recognize that.
  • DON'T attempt to find some numeric rating scale. Yes, there are a lot of companies out there that do it, but the numbers are completely arbitrary and mostly meaningless
  • DO talk to your employees about what their aspirations are, help them get there, and evaluate their progress. As a manager your job is to enable them to succeed. You should know what they want out of next year, next 2 years, and so on. This gives you a gauge for that person, even if they don't want to climb to the top.
  • DO evaluate them against their nearest peers. It's unfair to compare the college grad to the graybeard, through with the right graybeard you may get a feel for how well the college grad is doing. Use metrics lazarus suggested. Are they fitting in with the team? Are they pushing themselves to get better? Are they fixing their code and making it easy for others to read?
  • DO talk to those that work closely with them. Project Leads, co-workers, managers. These are the folks that know first-hand how involved and productive your guys are

Of course, all of this is just input to some grander scheme. Many places I've worked have some allocated bonus/leave/raise pool, so the manager creates an average. With all this feedback, you should be able to tell who's above average from who's below.

Comment Re:Unions (Score 1) 594

Unions certainly had their time and place in history, but these days it seems to be less about standing up for the little guy and more about how much money can we bring in via Union Dues. ( My opinion of course, I work within a Union Company )

I agree with this sentiment. One of my mom's friends is a unionized electrician that, last I heard, hadn't actually worked in near 3 years and is still having to pay union dues to be "in the club" and he signed a contract that he can't back out of. I also have a buddy, in the same city, that is a non-unionized electrician and he works 4-10's every week. Granted this isn't the story with all unions, but a good example nonetheless.

Given the choice between earning a living and slowly bleeding out, I'd pick the former any day.

Comment Re:I don't buy it (Score 1) 156

That's ~5GB a day over one year. So he managed to dig up and exfiltrate a DVD's worth of information, on top of his normal duties, every day?

Nope... he was doing it for 20 years, which brings that average down to 250 MB/day. That's still A LOT of information for 20 years ago, when hard drives were still measured in MB. The fact that he was able to keep going for so long is dumbfounding to me. Most places have random inspections, you'd think over the course of 20 years, he'd have been busted a few times.

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