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Comment: Push notifications need to be stricter (Score 1) 199

by GWBasic (#49477555) Attached to: Chrome 42 Launches With Push Notifications

I think asking a user permission for push notifications isn't strict enough. IMO, I'd require approval by a 3rd party, much like how mobile apps need to go through an app store. As an alternative, I'd implement a rating system.

If we allow any web site to ask to allow push notifications, every time we visit a new web site, it's going to ask us if it can do push notifications. Without some kind of rating system or centralized approval system, push notifications will just be another venue for spam.

Comment: Re:You have to be careful (Score 1) 173

From what I understand, most of CA's water use is agricultural. Most of the US's produce comes from CA.

The cities themselves don't use nearly as much water.

Most likely, a lot of the farms need to move, but the cultural centers in LA and San Francisco can remain.

Comment: Re:Hits Home (Score 1) 210

Are you sure they just didn't have some kind of resume harvesting service?

Specifically, are you sure they didn't have a resume harvesting service that pings them whenever someone with desirable skills floats through?

Most likely, you have the skills that your employer is looking for.

Comment: Minimize distractions (Score 4, Insightful) 261

Try to minimize distractions. Make sure you don't interrupt your employees constantly for trivial matters.

You might not have a lot of control over your layout, but also try to avoid placing people in situations where other people will distract them. For example, keep the coffee pot in a physically separate room, so chit-chat doesn't interfere with people trying to concentrate.

Sometimes you might need to enforce quiet hours.

Comment: Re:I'm pretty sure it's irrelevant (Score 1) 213

by GWBasic (#49094371) Attached to: Sony Offers a "Premium Sound" SD Card For a Premium Price

I just bought a Sony Xperia Z3 phone. The sound amp chips on that phone are very high quality.

Honestly, the concept of a "Sony" audiophile SD card is tempting, for two reasons:

  • There's a lot of finicky SD cards out there, and buying the phone with a "Sony" SD card lowers perceived risk of getting a finicky SD card.
  • The high-frequency interference issues that many other posters discuss.

I did get a 128GB card for my phone. If there was a Sony Audiophile card available, and it was only 20-30% more expensive than a normal card, I'd probably get it more for the peace of mind aspect than trying to make my phone's music please my dog's ears.

Comment: Know how to run a business (Score 1) 101

by GWBasic (#48965065) Attached to: Building a Good Engineering Team In a Competitive Market

The key to building a good engineering team is knowing how to run a business. Decent pay is important, but that's a function of knowing what you need to build, what kind of capital you need to build it, and how to run the team that's going to build it.

There's a lot of interesting people with interesting ideas out there; but they are such horrible businesspeople that it doesn't matter how much I love what they want me to work on. If they can't figure out how run a f**king business; it's all going to fall apart, no matter how hard I work.

I love my job; but the main reason why my job still exists is that my company's founder knew a thing or two about running a business, and made sure that I ended up with a reasonable wage.

Comment: Re:Solution: Fail the students their senior year (Score 1) 331

by GWBasic (#48283353) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

It works better if most fail out at the end of Freshman or Sophomore year. Keep a good reputation among people who don't know better, and set a low bar for acceptance. People will react, "you got into !!!"

I went to a 2nd-tier tech school that did that. So many people from my freshman class dropped out, it wasn't even funny.

Comment: I don't "gotta have it." (Score 1) 415

by GWBasic (#48272719) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

I remember that the first iPhone was a real "gotta have it." I'd been waiting for a web browser and email in my pocket for years.

Smart Watch? I'm not really sure. I like my self-winding watch. It's not very accurate, but when I need time to the minute I just look at my phone.

I think the only appeal of the smart watch is that it'll vibrate, so it's easier to feel.

Logic is a pretty flower that smells bad.