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Comment: Wrong tool. (Score 1) 263

by DriveDog (#49580199) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights
They were issued a Swiss Army Knife when they really needed just a simple knife. A no-frills ereader such as a Nook Simple Touch would have been more appropriate, more reliable, and longer-lasting battery-wise. Need to do something else? Provide another device. You didn't replace all the cockpit instruments with one menu-based screen, because it would be stupid to do so. Likewise with the handheld device.

Comment: Well... (Score 5, Interesting) 208

by DriveDog (#49579723) Attached to: IBM CIO Thinks Agile Development Might Save Company

I haven't paid much attention lately to IBM.

That out of the way, this: historically IBM produced low-defect software. The UIs were often clunky or even bizarre, but the stuff was stable and did as advertised. Meanwhile most newcomers (MS, for example) produced horribly buggy stuff. Not saying revising how they do things wouldn't help, but adopting what everyone else is doing is going to result in... what everyone else is producing. Not a worthwhile goal.

Comment: good news (Score 1) 125

by DriveDog (#49573115) Attached to: Smart Headlights Adjust To Aid Drivers In Difficult Conditions
Apparently most people have no idea about the appropriate use of high beams and auxiliary lights, manufacturers just keep making headlights brighter and more dazzling, and governments require them to be mounted higher rather than lower, resulting in oncoming drivers being blinded. In light of all this, automating the lighting systems could help, given that oncoming lighting is just getting worse every year.

Comment: Re:Allow me to be the first to call bullshit. (Score 1) 285

No doubt they don't pay much, but even migrant labor needs some jobs to migrate to. Seasonal employment just doesn't work when there isn't work within a thousand miles during some seasons. Arranging long distance transportation and lodging for families every couple of months is a serious challenge, particularly when migrant labor is used as cover for smuggling of people and contraband.

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