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

by MpVpRb (#49910739) Attached to: The Danger of Picking a Major Based On Where the Jobs Are 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) 186 186

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) 597 597

by MpVpRb (#49791251) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

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 76

by MpVpRb (#49787221) Attached to: GM To Offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto API In Most 2016 Vehicles

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) 175 175

..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

Comment: It depends on what you are doing (Score 2) 276 276

by MpVpRb (#49664947) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?

Simple programs used by the general public could conceivably be served from the cloud to a browser

Even for those simple things, many people will still prefer local data and local control

I find it hard to imagine that serious stuff like CAD, video editing, digital audio workstations, etc could ever be forced into this model

I, for one, require local data, local software and local control..and I will NEVER rent software

Comment: The government wants you to think.. (Score 1) 212 212

..that they are totally honest and competent, and that weakening security will only hurt the bad guys

In the real world, government security is done by people who actually want to work for the government..if you're at the bottom of the technological barrel..hey, a job is a job..and government jobs have job security. Yeah, I have to take a drug test..but that's OK..I don't use illegal drugs (within the testing window)

If you are on the other side of the fence..all that matters is technical competence

You might be a criminal, or a terrorist, or someone who is just pissed off..but IF you have the ability to exploit the weaknesses that are intentionally introduced, under the pretext of national will win

Comment: I remember the beginning.. (Score 1) 105 105

by MpVpRb (#49459551) Attached to: Microsoft and Miele Team Collaborate To Cook Up an IoT Revolution

..of the personal computer era

Most of the speculations about how personal computers would be used were wrong..comically wrong

Most of the articles I see today about the Internet of Things seem silly, comically silly (NO, I don't want my refrigerator to order anything)

I suspect that there may actually be some useful ways to put "things" on the internet..we just haven't invented them yet

Comment: Going off the grid completeletly is stupid (Score 2, Insightful) 281 281

by MpVpRb (#49450245) Attached to: The Myth of Going Off the Power Grid

Why not use the grid as a a battery or capacitor?

When your local production exceeds your demand..push the rest into the reservoir

When you have a deficit..draw from it

Many people who advocate being off the grid are extreme isolationists..who value isolation over practicality

Sometimes, being a bit dependent, and interconnected, is good

Comment: Sony should return to its roots (Score 5, Insightful) 188 188

by MpVpRb (#49097795) Attached to: Why Sony Should Ditch Everything But the PlayStation

They should dump the "content" divisions..the movie studio and record company

The "content" divisions crippled innovation by insisting that the first priority must be content restrictions

They should shift their focus from style to substance

The "style" advocates crippled innovation by insisting that the first priority must be fashion

They should do whatever it takes to return to being the world's best electronics company

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers