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Comment I wonder.... (Score 2, Informative) 607

How many of them drive cars with foreign name plates? I have a friend who lost his job to someone from India a couple years ago. While we sat at his kitchen table I looked out his front windows at the two Toyota Prii that sat there. I was too polite to say anything.

I don't want to downplay the issue. But... market forces and cheap labor. There are a WHOLE lot of Americans in Vietnam, Korea, China, and South Africa tooling up their auto plants and teaching them to be competitive. Welcome to the real world. H1-B Visas are a red herring, and the sooner IT folks realize it, the better. The bigger problem is all the jobs that are going overseas - but there isn't a fix to that.

Comment From whose point of view? (Score 5, Insightful) 124

A operator running a drone that can hover near motionless may not consider things a 'near miss'. On the other hand, an airline pilot flying a jumbo jet that can not be maneuvered travelling at several hundred miles an hour is something completely different. At the speeds Jumbo jets travel, by the time they see something as small as a drone it's already passed by them. That's a near miss. They saw it. There's no time for them to avoid an object like that. So while the drone operators are bitching that - hey I was near a half mile or a mile away. Or even two miles away. The airline pilots are saying - get the hell out of my way. I can't turn and by the time I see your little hobby I'm either running it over or passed it putting my entire crew and my passengers at risk. It's not even an argument.

Comment Re:automatically install firmware updates (Score 2) 278


One of the biggest issues with today's technology is the difficulty non-technical users have in getting it running. I just purchased a new truck, and learning how to run all the different systems is anything but trivial.

Turning routers into automated appliances is precisely what needs to happen. Google isn't the first to understand it. But they are the biggest, so perhaps they can be successful at it.

Give me something I can plug into my network and will auto-configure everything. An app to manage it, as long as it is straightforward, is a great idea. Auto updates for firmware are absolutely needed, as it a robust fallback.

Comment Why is this even a story? (Score 2, Insightful) 365

I'm struggling to find the point in this story. Are you really asking if anyone who wants to shouldn't be able to learn to code?

And it took you half a page of text to ask the question? A huge number of the 'advances' in technology have been made by people working out of their garage. People who would never have been allowed to program given this ridiculous elitist attitude.

Oh. Right. I forgot to check who posted the story.

Comment It's a Good Idea.... somewhat (Score 4, Insightful) 628

I love Android's auto-update functionality. Except when I don't. For instance, if I'm doing something like recording an hd video of my son wrestling, the last thing I want on planet earth is for the phone to start updating and slow to a crawl.

That same issue is shared at my work, where we already have this system of forced updates. I'll be working and notice the computer progressively getting slower, and slower..... to the point where I can't open documents, pull something from the network drive, or read email. Why? Because it's updating in the background while I'm trying to work.

Then, of course, there are the forced emergency security updates. The ones where I leave my desk for a meeting with a bunch of stuff open, and return to my desk with a rebooted computer because IT pushed an emergency patch.

These are all problems that can be solved, but the tech industry has chosen NOT to solve them. Limit background transfers to a 100kB a second. Don't update while users are working. Don't reboot while things are open. Yet they ignore all that. THAT's where they're really out of touch.

Comment Re:Please Stop. Enough. (Score 1) 173

Sex sells. The majority of people who buy gadgets (especially 'tech' ones) are guys. So they get marketed to.

Go to a cooking expo. Guess what you're going to see?

You're a prime example of political correctness gone to far. I like sexy woman. I find them attractive. By the very definition I'm sure that I'm sexist.

Recently, a cosmetics company stepped in as a big sponsor for a worldwide robotics competition. Some of the competitors complained because "makeup objectifies women - the very thing we're trying to avoid in this program". Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Comment It's the circle of life..... (Score 1) 204

Because... mainstream media.

Why would you run a story that says "Treatment of cancer type "A" has been marginally improved and an additional .3% of patients will survive", when you could instead report that "Scientists at have taken another important step toward the curing of cancer. Cancer cells injected into mice have shown a significant reduction after... etc etc".

Why did I call this the circle of life? Because the media jumped on the initial sickness for great sensational headlines. Then they sensationalize the research. Then they write a story about how we have a 'cure culture'. Next they'll write a story about lack of coverage of another disease in the news and start all over.

Comment Hey Google..... (Score 4, Interesting) 88

We run a robotics team. This team is extremely well known, and the students pride themselves on writing a web page every year full of useful information. It was well-visited, and when you searched for the team name and number it was the top result.

Now? Searching for the team brings up youtube. And vine. And twitter. And facebook. And other social media sites that the team uses. The team web page has been pushed to the SECOND PAGE of the search results, because the kids didn't build a mobile web page.

You're breaking your own search engine for your business plan. What happened to 'do no evil'?

Comment Not getting the whole story..... (Score 1) 379

If the parents of the students participating in the game haven't signed a release to have their pictures taken, and someone is taking them, then the school could have major legal issues. At our school, staff and volunteers are banned from taking anything home that has children's names on it like seating charts, absent logs, or even track schedules. It has something to do with the kids being minors.

That said, the principal should have handled this way, way differently.

Comment Re:And Northrop is right to do it. (Score 1) 133

Really? Show Northrop Grumman the law that says they have to comply.
Auditing is a self-perpetuating (see how smart we are?) parasite that has come about mainly because someone wanted to make some money and was good at blowing smoke up other people's asses.
Punish companies that break the law equal with how badly they broke it. After they break it. ANY company that wants to hide thing from auditors knows just how much of a cakewalk it is. After all, the only way a company can incriminate itself to auditors is if it is stupid enough to actually GIVE them the incriminating data. Motherfucker.

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