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Comment Re:Just look at GNOME 3, Firefox 4+, Windows 8. (Score 1) 207

I think when it comes to design (with any product), the fewer people that are involved in it the better the outcome will be. So while you can get away with blaming fru-fru useless artists in a lot of cases, maybe what you should really look at is how many people were involved overall, and how they are managed. Instead of having a large number of UX professionals, maybe all you need are a few, or just one. Perhaps they should just be a single consultant offering "take it or leave it" advice. Then your team of programmers can make it happen and make sure it works, hiring artist contractors as needed.

Personally I think the best outcome happens when the programmers have some art knowledge.

Your Gedit example though... wow. Yes that's pretty, but I'm with you on that one. Running a program and constantly thinking "Ok, how do I find " when it's in a standard place in every other program is one of the things that irritate me the most. But you'll have to admit that anyone - artist or programmer - could make that mistake... just maybe not the people actually using Gedit...

Comment A gremlin did it... (Score 1) 232

...because we're too lazy to find the real problem. "Techies" are supposed to understand the technology. If they don't understand it, they work to understand it. That's what makes them techies. Software is logic in its purest form, short of actual math-on-paper, meaning all bugs have their source here in the real world, and can be solved with real solutions and enough work. Imagine the frustration a developer might have if spirits were real and actually interested in causing these sorts of problems. If things were truly like that, we'd fail at everything technological, because you never know when something might break for no particular reason other than spirits. We'd still be in the stone age.

Comment Re:Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. (Score 1) 244

Other people are more threatening to our survival than any animal on the planet.

If you think about it, it doesn't take a lot of brain power to hunt a woolly mammoth. Perhaps there was a minimum requirement to hunt the way we did. But maybe our current situation is the result of a runaway chain reaction of bigger and bigger brains so that we may better compete with ourselves rather than other animals.

The "whole dumb people reproducing more" meme may be true in some places, but in others, I bet that dumb people don't live very long. And by dumb I don't mean uneducated, I mean unintelligent. Someone with a lot of street smarts is intelligent, they just learned different things, and those things were needed for their survival. Someone unintelligent in an unstable or failing society is probably going to end up dead at a young age. While the smart ones live to become village elders or guerrilla leaders or whatever, but most importantly - mothers and fathers.

That said, both of our comments are off-topic.

Comment Re:Again (Score 1) 166

The industry is playing an progressively larger roll already. Perhaps it's too early to say for sure, but I think what we may see next are other industries: construction, healthcare, agriculture, entertainment, etc, competing with each other in the educational dominance of American children from the cradle on up.

If you are taught from preschool to 12th grade be a nurse, and your exposure to alternatives are reduced, you'll probably become a nurse. What we're seeing now is just one industry seeking to dominate education in that way. The result - if held consistent over a generation - may well be a glut of computer programmers. The outcome of that is obvious, but what may also occur is a call to attention from the other industries, who suddenly feel left behind and forced to pay more for their dwindling supply of talent.

Comment Re:If a software dev make $250-500k a year... (Score 1) 166

Assuming you're talking about an average industry-wide income - I think you can get to that by having a shortage of talented applicants thereby forcing the industry to compete for them.

If there's a glut of talent, the scramble for the best of that is less intense, and the talent overall is made cheaper.

Comment Re:Gates and Zuckerbergs Vision for America (Score 1) 249

I might be okay with this if not for the constant propaganda used to snare kids into this vicious cycle for their benefit. I mean, I guess eventually word will get around that these jobs won't pay well... after hundreds of thousands of people find out the hard way. The AC poster here has a good point I think. Computers aren't the end-all-be-all of everything. There's jobs people don't talk about or know about, that pay well and have decent hours and are sorely under-serviced.

Comment Re: Do not (Score 1) 133

In modern history, we're known to do things with uranium and lead that we shouldn't have. Today we continue to muck about with chemicals in things with unpredictable results on our fertility and fetal development. So I say that sort of thing should not only be possible, but remains a contributing factor to our potential decline.

Comment Re: Do not (Score 1) 133

They don't just do that for ancient peoples. I've heard theories about modern technology coming from aliens. The great minds from 70 years ago to today that developed the computer technology that almost everyone on Slashdot benefits from? Ada Lovelace? Alan Turing? The geniuses at Bell Labs? Fairchild?

Nope. Aliens.

If one of us make something amazing, you can count on some group saying aliens did it, and it'll only take a generation or two.

Anything cut to length will be too short.