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Comment I would welcome ads if.. (Score 1) 307

They actually informed me about the existence or features of products I am in the market for

The vast majority of ads are wasted on me

For example..

I love craft beer

If I saw an ad for an interesting IPA that I had never tasted, I would look for it next time I went beer shopping

Ads for BudMillerCoors are ignored, completely and totally. I am not their customer. No amount of advertising, of any form, would ever make me their customer

Comment This is the wrong direction (Score 1) 289

Currently, the limiting factor in software development is managing complexity

Simple programs become complex as features are added and design decisions evolve

The current direction of layers and layers of frameworks on top of managed runtimes is wrong. It simply adds more incomprehensible complexity

We need modeling and visualization tools to help us manage and control the complexity

Almost everything the author said in the article is the wrong direction. We don't need non-interchangeable parts, designed to facilitate intellectual property ownership

Mechanical engineers can buy a screw, ball bearing, gearbox and use them freely, wherever they fit. They don't need to adopt a design "religion" or include a large, restrictive set of base classes and frameworks

Comment We don't need a law (Score 1) 446

Any person who pays attention knows that ALL processed food contains GMOs

Unless you know the farmer personally, or REALLY trust the advertising of the "organic" producers, it's safe to assume that ALL corn and soybeans, and ALL products made from corn and soybeans contain GMOs

Kinda reminds me of Cal prop 65, requiring sellers to disclose if their products caused cancer in lab animals. Now EVERY product has the warning, and everybody ignores it

Comment Consider the listening environment (Score 1) 574

Lots of people listen in the car, on crappy earbuds, in a crappy room..etc

VERY FEW people listen in a treated room with excellent, calibrated monitors

Yes, trained, critical listeners, in a great room, with great equipment and great ears can tell the difference

No..it doesn't matter for most people

Comment The correct way to pick your major.. (Score 3, Insightful) 306

..is to look at your passion and talent. Of course, you can't ignore the job market, but it should be a secondary consideration

For example..when programming is the HOT market..

The talented, passionate people do very well because of their talent and passion..and are rewarded handsomely (like me)

The not-so-talented or passionate may get a job during the boom, it may even pay well, but when the bust comes, they are the first ones "staff reduced"

NEVER pick a career based on the job market unless you have (at least a little) talent and passion for it

Comment I object to the name "modern" (Score 1) 186

Some designer who cares more about fashion than functionality comes up with a "new" idea

Management decides to vote for fashion over usability, and decides to force it on users who hate it and don't want it

At first, they called it "metro", a perfectly fine name

Then, they decided that they needed to strong-arm the users a bit more, so they renamed it "modern"

This is a classic use of a name as propaganda to make users believe that "modern" is better, and the alternative is "obsolete"

On the desktop, the metro interface sucks and blows at the same time

Comment Silly article (Score 2) 597

Lots of devices, like AC motors require AC to run. This includes air conditioning systems and refrigerators, which are the biggest power users in a typical home

Modern AC-DC power supplies are much more efficient than the article claims

But, the biggest reason this is silly is the ENORMOUSLY HUGE number of existing devices that run on AC

Maybe, maybe it might make sense for a VERY small number of VERY specialized devices in new construction

Comment This does NOT belong in cars (Score 4, Insightful) 76

Looks to me like marketoids chasing buzzwords

Car companies should concentrate on making cars and leave the fashionable electronics to the fashionable electronic manufacturers

I wonder how many cars still have built-in analog cellphones? or built-in cassette players?

The ONLY thing that should be built-in is a speaker system, tuned to the acoustics of the car, with an amplifier and aux jack

ALL other "infotainment" devices should be separate

Comment The art of doing more with less (Score 4, Insightful) 175

..seems to be forgotten

Old time programmers remember squeezing every bit of performance out of a system

I remember doing image processing on a 4MHz 8088, in 1986, in assembly

Modern processors are INSANELY powerful..yet, most of the power is wasted on layers and layers of crap that incompetent programmers don't even realize is there

We need to re-discover efficiency in programming

"Of course power tools and alcohol don't mix. Everyone knows power tools aren't soluble in alcohol..." -- Crazy Nigel