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Comment: Re:No thought required (Score 4, Insightful) 135

by Irate Engineer (#47588707) Attached to: If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well
Exactly this. The culture that I have often seen (particularly in publicly traded companies) is that to actively think about and research a problem and kill it for once and for all is always perceived as too expensive and is frowned upon.

It's apparently far cheaper to just muddle along with a problem for years and years and years. Or at least until the company tanks.

In turn, this culture is a motivation killer, as initially ambitious employees will have their proposals shot down again and again, and so they either leave or just shrug their shoulders resignedly and Facebook all day, just keeping the illusion of productivity alive.

Comment: But the Car Will Drive Itself! (Score 1) 119

Right Google? Right?

In Google's future, I should be able to buy a self-driving car.

In the post-peak oil future, my car will be electric, powered by summer breezes and sunbeams. a logical extension, I should be able to sit in the back of my Google shaggin' wagon with a case of beer and a bed, and happily stress test the shocks with my missus on a 800 mile road trip in my Electric Love Wagon without giving a thought about anything else.

Right Google? Well, hell with you Google, get your engineers on this pronto! I'll be a beta tester.

Comment: Mushin no shin / The Mind without Mind (Score 1) 160

by Irate Engineer (#47538701) Attached to: Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Japanese martial art traditions describe a similar concept of mushin ("no mind") where actions are achieved intuitively without active thought.

At some level, most* achieve this for basic tasks. You don't need to actively think about each muscle contraction and joint movement when you walk, or type on a keyboard, etc.. A lifetime of repeating these activities has trained the brain to minimize expenditure during these tasks.

The same goes for sports, martial arts, anything requiring extensive training to master.

* but some people do, those with sensory or physical impairments.

Comment: Locking them into the Walled Garden early! (Score 1) 285

by Irate Engineer (#47504415) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Yeah, iPads are something like $300-$400 new (I don't know exactly, but hectobucks for sure). Handing thousands of them out seems generous and all, even if they are sold at a discount.

Apple (and other companies) are smart to try to be the first one to have their technology put in front of young people. Once the kids get hooked on the brand, many will stick with the brand for life.

Take the OP summary and replace the word "iPad" with "pack of Marlboro cigarettes" and see how this all hits you. It really is they same type of "hook 'em young" advertising that Big Tobacco got slammed for doing.

Hopefully these future technology consumers are learning something through the process.

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.