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Comment: Re:Step #1 Find a Geek (Score 1) 179

by Dr. Evil (#47727987) Attached to: Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

I'm okay with Ballmer being friends with Gates and getting a company.

I'm kinda okay with Ballmer being inept and driving it in circles for a decade. He's practically a founder and he was personally chosen by the founder. He should feel guilty that a lot of people's careers were screwed up by his poor leadership, but without Gates in Microsoft, Apple and Google flourished.

Sometimes the personal relationships and unfairness at the top is the stuff which leads to a company's wild success. Apple and Facebook are good examples.

But to teach two courses?

It's a discredit to the schools.

He should be pulled out in a cage as a specimin of "real business leaders" and studied from a distance.

Microsoft's janitor's certainly have more qualifications. They've had to at least interview and apply for a job in their life.

Comment: Re:These are not the droids you're looking for (Score 1) 180

by Dr. Evil (#47700287) Attached to: Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

I know the phone well.

Battery life, camera, sound quality, gps resolution aren't as good. You have to root the phone to be able to control your privacy, and if you're talking about privacy, forget Google apps. Best go go Cyanogenmod.

Wasn't your last update was 10 months ago?,

Leaving three unpatched vulerabilities?

Comment: These are not the droids you're looking for (Score 0) 180

by Dr. Evil (#47696073) Attached to: Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

I'm using an iPhone 4s, it's still pretty awesome and still being actively sold and supported. Release date late 2011.

OTOH, Nexus 3 users, release date late 2011, no longer supported.

I just want a working phone. My Android sits in my desk for development and hacking.

Comment: Re:Technical People (Score 3, Interesting) 194

by Dr. Evil (#47678753) Attached to: The Billion-Dollar Website

Last place I work was run by millenial developers.

They told me "the code is the documentation".

I asked them "ok, what are the requirements?"

They gave me a blank stare.

"How can we write code until we know what we're trying to accomplish?"

"You want to write a 300 page Word doc that nobody's going to read?"

I was at a loss... "no, but a doodle on a napkin might be enough. I need *something*"

Possibly the most educational 6 months of my life. Didn't accomplish much, everything got thrown out for not fulfilling the non-existent requirements. Despite the maddness, the people were nice. It took a long time for me to really understand what was going on. In the end, I was glad to leave the gig. The company was made of three one-man developer shows who didn't understand that the stuff in the heads of three developers were separate and unrelated requirements documents for separate projects. It was impossible to contribute to any project without reading the mind of the developer.

They measured their own success in achiving goals after they were accomplished. Which meant that the stars shone, but contributors rarely had successes.

Comment: Re:Oversight and regulation (Score 2) 341

by Dr. Evil (#47676645) Attached to: Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

The hard part about Thai taxis is finding them. As a tourist, you'll be swarmed by conmen with tuktuks, fake cabs and motos. Meanwhile, the legit taxis won't be in a hurry to find you because they won't speak English. I'd forgive anyone for thinking that Thai cabs are corrupt. They didn't seem to be to me, but they were not easy to find.

OTOH, in Malaysia, the taxis are so severely corrupt that I had to consider them to not exist. Ask at a taxi stand for a metered fare? "The meter is broken" from every single driver. Prices? You would think you were in London.

In Athens, pre-GPS days, I spent 10 minutes touring the downtown to get around the block. The driver insisted that he had to work around the one-way streets. Who'd have thunk it would have cost an extra Eur 20 to take a cab from the wrong side of the street?

I have mixed feelings about Berlin banning uber. The Berlin transit system is incredible, the Berlin taxis are affordable and safe, and there's German language ride-share tools which are great if you need to get to a neighbouring city and can't afford the train, or can't find a bus. Uber seems unnecessary.

Comment: Less paper and more collaboration (Score 1) 184

People don't need paper, so programs designed to format stuff for A4 or Letter are disappearing.

People need collaboration and sharing, so online tools are greatly helpful, and generally don't require the recipient to have $300 worth of software, and non guarantee that it will render correctly.

The office suite is changing. MS Office has some improvements in electronic documents through OneNote, and Outlook/Exchange are doing some good jobs in Mobile Device Management. Sharepoint is improving collaboration. But these combinations of corporate infrastructure and office suites are very business-oriented, and mostly helpful for data self-determination, not for the general public.

LibreOffice seems to be doing none of this, and Thunderbird seems to be in maintainence mode, as though local email and calendaring has been solved and won't be addressed anymore. That said, I appreciate that the LibreOffice is continually improving in its specific areas, and Thunderbird is mostly feature-complete.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown