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Comment: Re:*Grabs a bowl of popcorn* (Score 1) 385

by J-1000 (#49503263) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

I really like your observations, and I agree with the main part of it: It's better to follow your interests and commit yourself to excellence than it is to follow the money. That said, don't assume that you'd be any happier. More fulfilled in that one particular area, certainly. One thing I don't like about Hollywood is the constant preaching that "following your dreams" is the ultimate point in life. It's not. Don't let yourself be suckered into what ifs and regrets.

I also wonder why we allow society to limit us so much. You have probably retained most of what you knew back then. You have money to pay the bills. Why not pick up where you left off? What's stopping you? Get into academics.

Comment: Re:This could be very useful (Score 1) 71

by J-1000 (#49085041) Attached to: Watch Videos in Synch with Fellow iOS Users (Video)

Lots of great internet stuff requires "being there". Live chats. Live events. Game streaming. It's nothing new and in the right circumstance it works.

The weakest part of YouTube has got to be the comments. They are silent, and they are usually stupid or old or both. Now imagine joining a voice chat (or even text) channel with others sharing a common interest, watching something simulcasted and talking about it in real time, with a person or a mechanism designated to queue up videos. That has possibilities. These don't have to be people you know.

There are already ways to do this, of course. The trick is creating an interface that makes it easy enough for the idea to gain traction.

Comment: This could be very useful (Score 1) 71

by J-1000 (#49083207) Attached to: Watch Videos in Synch with Fellow iOS Users (Video)

I won't be quick to dismiss this. One of the downsides of watching internet videos is that you lose out on some of the shared viewing experience. Meanwhile the shared communication experience (voice, Twitter, whatever) is nearing full strength. It would make sense to take advantage of that. There's value in seeing things at once, as a group.

Another example is with online-only shows like House of Cards. It's an excellent show and binge watching is great. But I think Netflix may be missing out on a lot of word of mouth that might come with a shared viewing experience. It might have benefited them if, for example, they had a countdown for each individual episode to become available (with unlimited streaming after), perhaps on a more traditional broadcast schedule. It might improve water cooler discussions.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 4, Interesting) 552

by J-1000 (#48677363) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Secondly, the companies pushing for more visas are NOT doing it because they're looking for the best and the brightest from around the world. They're doing it to drive the price of programming down.

Thank you, I agree.

OK now to muddy the waters with my ignorant thought. Seems to me this isn't the whole story. Since their goal is to spend less money on programmers, the increased tax money from immigrants would be offset by less money moving from the company to the economy. Score one for hiring domestic workers. On the other hand, educated immigrants (also bearing educated children) might improve the economy as a whole, since their presence lowers the cost of doing business while adding new entrepreneurs. This increases the likelihood of companies headquartering in the U.S. rather than somewhere else which, in turn, creates more tax revenue. Score one for immigration.

I really have no clue where this all leads, but at the very least I do agree that we should get companies' intentions straight: They want cheaper workers and they do not value their excellence as much as they say they do.

Comment: Re:This is offensive (Score 1) 89

by J-1000 (#47522539) Attached to: Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

In summary: I don't necessarily think it is offensive to say that bugs are coded by developers, because they are. However, it is offensive to say that they are responsible for the bugs without taking into account the broader context in which they are working (and indeed, saying they are responsible for the bugs still doesn't necessarily mean that they are in some way wrong or deficient for entering a bug. People - even brilliant people - can and do make mistakes, and that is why review processes do (or should) exist.

Yes, that's a good way to put it. I wonder if they considered attaching biometric probes to managers to find out when they are most likely to come up with stupid ideas? :)

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