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Comment Nevada City, CA (Score 3, Informative) 464

Absolutely beautiful! I love living here!

We are 90 miles from Sacramento, and have a great community!

Our local ISP is in the final stages of approval for a gigabit fiber network. Once we have internet, we will have it all

Yes, new tech business are welcomed here. Our economic development council is active in encouraging tech businesses to come here

We have a strong tech history. The Grass Valley Group has been producing top of the line video equipment for decades

I just hope that we don't get overwhelmed. Part of the magic of this place is its smallness and lack of density

It's a difficult balance..more businesses will provide jobs and help the area.. or OH SHIT!, here comes the avalanche

So yeah, I strongly encourage a VERY FEW tech companies to locate here

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

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus