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Comment: Re:It wasn't better. (Score 1) 322

by Jack Griffin (#49558767) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

For a product or service to unseat a market leader, it's got to be MUCH better than the status quo. .

I disagree. If everyone hates the incumbent then all you need to do is provide a similar alternative so people have a choice. When G+ was released there was a lot of FB hate going around, and Google was still everybody's darling. Had Google created an exact clone of FB then I think it would've had a chance at burying FB, simply because GoogleBook would've had the backing of IT folk, and Business. Instead now everyone hates both FB and Google.

Comment: Re:It wasn't better. (Score 1) 322

by Jack Griffin (#49558733) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

The big problem with G+ is that it was basically Facebook by Google.

I thought the problem was it wasn't Facebooky enough. The original Facebook UI was very intuitive to learn. You sign up, link friends and your friends see your posts and you see theres. Simple. The news feed was linear and simple to understand and with just text or pics was pretty much all most people need to keep up relationships with all levels of friends and acquaintances.
G+ and its circles was fucked by comparison. People you didn't know included you in their circles and got in on your shit, so it was less about friends sharing, and more about groupies or stalkers. If Google had've simply copied Facebook, and made it Facebook without Mark Z, it would've been much more successful.

Comment: Re:Google: Select jurors who understand stats. (Score 1) 343

by Jack Griffin (#49554669) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit
Not sure if you seen the rich list in the last 20 years. Plenty of tech workers, not many lawyers. The Engineers who complain about their place in life are usually the worker bees who understand the tech but fail to get why the tech is there in the first place. Those the jump that gap generally do make more money than lawyers.

Comment: Re:Google: Select jurors who understand stats. (Score 1) 343

by Jack Griffin (#49554655) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

if two people are equal on the resume but one has more experience who is older, and you pick the younger for "social fit" , thats open and shut lawsuit.

It's more complicated than that, but "social fit" is a valid requirement. ie Communication is an important trait, so getting on with the candidate, no matter their age, is equally as important as skills or experience. If you've got a brain and the right attitude I can teach you the rest. If you're a crotchety old (or young) bastard who knows everything then I'm not interested.

Comment: Re:Google: Select jurors who understand stats. (Score 1) 343

by Jack Griffin (#49554647) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit
A good friend of mine in his 40's went through the Google interview mill. Days of interviews until finally offered a role for half his current salary. He told them where to go and got a job with a no-name company that was paying 3x as much as the Google offer.

Comment: Re:My prediction for the Apple Watch's success (Score 1) 170

by Jack Griffin (#49554617) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches
Like the PC, the smartphone went through a boom of rapidly increasing speed, power, resolution, screen size and all the good stuff which kept customers buying. But now as those things all reach "good enough", then people will give up on paying extra for stuff they don't need, and a standard smart phone will become "good enough".

Comment: Re:Solar rarely enough for the whole house (Score 1) 286

by Jack Griffin (#49554503) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Few big fat inefficient Americans have the space for so many panels to run their house

FTFY. I looked into solar recently, my house uses about 16-18kwh/day for 4 people. My solar profile will give me an average 6hours/per day of generation over the course of the year, so a 3kw system will satisfy my requirements (3kw x 6 hours/day = 18kwh).
Of course the sun never shines consistently year round so that's where the battery and off-peak replenishment comes in. This will be a revolution for a lot of people who are energy efficient.

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