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Comment: Depends on your other skillsets (Score 2) 158

I moved from IT into business development and now product management. My ability to use a computer and know the underpinnings of systems allows me to translate how it should work for everyone else has proven to be exceedingly valuable. It is nice to be able to talk to the IT department, speak their language and understand how/why they have concerns, and translate those into something the bosses on the business end can understand. It puts you in a really neat role, bridging the gaps between fields. It can also provide huge value to a company as it stops them from developing stupid crap, or taking approaches to development that minimize errors or redundancy. This of course assumes that you can speak to people and can understand the more business-side of things.

Comment: Just those 3? (Score 1) 130

by Kingkaid (#46696951) Attached to: Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile
Why oh why is it just Apple, Google and Amazon battling it out? Honestly Sony and Microsoft have a huge leg up on these guys already. And then there are the other 'small' companies out there that tried and failed, like Samsung. Sorry but why is this crap being posted? It's barely an article.

Comment: Re:Gates foundation: not good for education (Score 1) 273

by Kingkaid (#46474371) Attached to: Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?
Because the current education system is working -so- well right now. Evidence based is good, but only if you have good evidence. The current teaching methods in the US are falling further and further behind other countries. Many teachers are teaching to the test, which is what the evidence has decided is "the best way to see how they are learning". So while a "my way or the highway" approach isn't ideal, tell me when the last time you heard a group of educators get together and make a decision that was positive, controvertial and complex... all in a timely manner. Hell the current system is allowing for creationism and is still debating evolution.

Comment: Why now? (Score 3, Interesting) 105

by Kingkaid (#46323493) Attached to: Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone
It isn't a secret that Nokia was working on this phone for a while and their exclusive deal with Microsoft prevented them from releasing it until now. Part of the reason why MS likely acquired Nokia now was because the contract was set to expire and they could lose their largest handset manufacturer. From Nokia's POV, they've been making this for a while and why not show off the hard work? I am sure it is a bit of an ego thing on their part. And with the timing, in the event the regulatory stuff prevented the purchase from Microsoft, it is a good idea for Nokia to keep proceeding as usual and go ahead with the release. Remember that Nokia is only selling their handset side of the business to Microsoft, with a 5 year use of the name. After that time Nokia may consider getting back into the mobile space and what a nice way to come back by having a product that may wet a few appetites (it worked with their N9 and Meego, look at the diehards for those on /.).

Comment: Re:Be Afraid, be very very afraid. (Score 2) 453

by Kingkaid (#45490767) Attached to: Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future
I don't personally think economic analysis is an effective way to do look at this. But if you insist... The supply side - it is a bit more complicated than making a widget. In the 1980s scientists came up with a brand new antibiotic class that the world had never seen before. It turned out to be a matter of months before the bacteria figured out how to become resistant to it. That is how life goes, and why diversity in populations is awesome for survivability. ROI isn't the complete factor, but spending money into this is not exactly effective. Most antibiotics fall into a few specific classes, each class was found in nature and modified to have different effects. Making new drugs is not as easy as you think it is (I majored in it). Our understanding of the internal workings of a bacteria are still... I think infantile best describes it. The best analogy I can think of for /.ers would be imagine the internet as one giant organism, and each computer on it as a piece of that organism. Now have a team understand how each program on each computer works and how they all interact in such detail you can actually predict roughly how things will work. Then, try to boot the NSA off the net completely. :) Good luck.

Comment: Re:terrorism! ha! (Score 2) 453

by Kingkaid (#45490633) Attached to: Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future
It is a bit more complex than having a scrape and then you die, but how things are now it is virtually impossible to die from a scrape now. If you look at Survivor, a few contestants have been taken off the show due to infections from broken skin. The probably is fairly low, but the consequences are high (death). It is fear mongering to a degree, but most people do not appreciate how good we have it now. And most cuts and scrapes are treated with antibiotics. You know the polysporin cream and those ointments your parents used on you? Antibiotic creams.

Comment: Re:Take it from an MBA expert (Score 1) 343

by Kingkaid (#45476041) Attached to: Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA
Maybe it is a country thing (I am a Canadian and did my degree here), or a program thing, but my program did not emphasize cost cutting in the slightest. We actually spent most of the time dealing with resolving problems, and other human-like interactions as well as learning enough in a subject so we could actually converse and analyse data with regards to it.

Comment: Re:There is not much to an MBA (Score 2) 343

by Kingkaid (#45475995) Attached to: Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

Years ago I read a book called The 12 Hour MBA Program. I have never met an MBA who knew something important about business that wasn't in that book.

I read a book once about the alphabet. I too have yet to meet someone that speaks English that knew something important that didn't use the pieces found in that book.

Comment: Re:couldnt agree more (Score 4, Interesting) 343

by Kingkaid (#45475971) Attached to: Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA
I am an MBA and I agree with him comments to a degree. A lot of my classmates did not think. As a graduate myself I question how anyone thinks they can run a company entirely with numbers and figures - it just doesn't work. There is a personal aspect to things since humans are not machines (at least not yet ;). I am of the belief that it is my job to manage people, and by that I mean shield them from the crap above so that they can do their job. Then again I am humble enough to know when I am over my head and ask the people that actually know their shit or have to deal with it on the daily basis. Then again, this could be said for ANY degree or practice. I knew many pharmacists who were huge on always giving a drug to treat when sometimes removing drugs was a better solution. I also know many self proclaimed IT gurus who think they know best but have never actually sat down with an end user to figure out how to enable them to work better.

Comment: Re:Symbian, really? (Score 1) 292

by Kingkaid (#45371497) Attached to: Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft
The question is would it have dropped rapidly had they continued on the same path (e.g. with no active decision to drop Symbian). My gut says yes, since everyone and they dog wanted an iPhone and later a Galaxy. If you look at typical models of what companies consider "cash cows", Symbian phones were that. They were a product at the end of their lifecycle raking in a ton of money. However this always happens at the end of a lifecycle.

Comment: Re:Shocked That Elop is the Front Runner (Score 2) 183

by Kingkaid (#45347079) Attached to: Microsoft Narrows Down CEO Shortlist: Elop, Mulally, Bates, Nadella In Mix

Microsoft has made keyboards, mice, and other products for years, in addition to printing and distributing their software since the beginning. Physical products aren't new to MS.

You're right! That is why they were so successful with the Kin. No wait... Oh there is the Zune... crap. Surface RT? .... Ah the Xbox! Yes that made it, although the first one was run entirely in the red and cost billions to gain the market share it has. So yes, they do have experience in marketing some types of physical products, but the integrated hardware/software ones appear to be not their strong suit. Also note the examples you gave, they were physical products that supported the software they sold. That does make for a large difference.

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