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Comment: Hey Google..... (Score 4, Interesting) 88 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) 379 379

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) 133 133

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.

Comment: And Northrop is right to do it. (Score 3) 133 133

Fuck auditors. I have yet to meet a single auditor *ever* who is qualified enough to be asking questions of the experts - the engineers - who are working on the project. Almost universally the auditors work from a pre-made playbook that looks for the same thing. They have neither the time nor the intelligence to actually understand why decisions were made the way they were made.

We recently had an quality audit at the manufacturing firm I work for. The auditor noted that several of our part-feeders had parts laying underneath, and broke into a full fledged 'teach moment' about how we could save money and lower scrap by correcting the feeding issues. I bit my tongue.

At the wrap-up meeting with directors present, the auditor pressed the point. I was quiet as long as I could, then I carefully explained that we had a $2,000,000 capacity problem that our engineers were working on, and politely asked my director if he'd like me to pull those engineers off that to work on saving a couple dozen parts a day that cost a fraction of a penny a piece.

Auditting rarely adds anything of value anywhere. If it were that easy to the correct the problems, the competent engineers would have already done it.

Comment: Re:What are you planning to do? (Score 5, Insightful) 165 165

Are you an American? I ask because I cringe when I see this type of comment from a people who should understand what freedom and limited government is supposed to mean.

We don't use a metric of what I 'need' to do to determine what freedoms I should have. I don't need to purchase a 64 ounce mountain dew. That hardly means that I should be protected from doing so if I choose to. It's not exactly analogous to the drone situation, but it's a good representation of why the metric you propose is NOT one than anyone worried about personal freedom would ever support.

I don't need to make an argument of why I should be able to do something. You're trying to put the onus on the users, when it fact the onus is ALWAYS on the person trying to take away. Do we have systems in our cars that prevent us from crashing the gates at the White House? Do we have systems in our phones that prevent us from abusing the 911 emergency line?

I could continue, but frankly if you don't understand or agree with the argument it's pointless to go on. You comment regarding the United States being 'not so different' that China is fairly telling. It's not based in any semblence of reality. Censorship? Political arrests?

You argument is completely nonsensical on both counts.

Comment: Re:kinda illegal already, by a rule referring to a (Score 2) 165 165

I didn't know that. It actually bothers me that they would intentionally make their product un-flyable in areas to 'prevent' me from breaking the law. Is it a law that they have to do it? I'm looking at car manufacturers: how would people feel if they governed their cars to the posted speed limits on the roads? A lot more analogies can be drawn. I'm not surprised that a Chinese company took this route: it's par for the course in China to be under the governmental thumb.

Comment: This has nothing to do with their population. (Score 4, Interesting) 44 44

China is preparing for a cyber war. They've watched what happened to North Korea. Having more direct connections to the net both prevents you from being DDOS'd as easily and allows you to counterattack. It's a simple numbers game. The person with the biggest pipe is going to end up winning the fight.

Comment: So.... the key back to profit is... (Score 1) 94 94

1. Don't actually develop technology
2. Hire another company to build smart phones with no particularly compelling features
3. ????????
4. Profit!

Exactly HOW does that bring a company back from irrelevancy?

Unless they are planning to acquire some whiz-bang startup with new tech or a new social paradigm that is going to make them stand out, this will just continue their slide into obscurity.

Comment: Re:Clickbaiting Bullshit Works (Score 1) 224 224

I've said it before and I'll say it again. People act like this sort of thing is new. But every single industry has the same problem with the same kind of thing. Telling your kids not to go into your field is pretty much a 'grass is greener' viewpoint. Take it from someone who works in automotive, you don't WANT the solutions that people propose. You're going to end up going to sensitivity training, diversity training, business relationship training and sexual harassment training. When it's all said and done the only thing you'll have learned that you didn't already know is a new repertoire of jokes about the topic. Note: When you're in sexual harassment class and they ask you what you would do if a girl with nice donuts walks by, the correct response is not "eat them".

Comment: Re:If Google happens to be an EU corporation ... (Score 1) 334 334

Actually, that's where you're wrong. Americans hate each other. We treat each other like crap. Here's the thing though: anytime ANYONE not from another country tries to fuck with us we immediately band together. We may not get a long, but we have a nationalistic streak a mile wide.

Comment: How much more screw up can our government get? (Score 3, Interesting) 119 119

So, rather than just selling them on the exchanges, they're pricing them in huge blocks that only the wealthy can afford. I mean seriously, how many folks here have $150k burning a hole in their pocket that they want to plunk down for some bitcoin? I truly hate our government. These bitcoins are going to be sold a huge (unrealized) loss to the wealthy, who are going to turn a giant profit. Fantastic. No wonder it's 'closed' bidding.

Comment: Re:I guess they missed the first step of engineeri (Score 3, Interesting) 173 173

I don't normally reply to my one post, but here's the key take away from that article:

Codecademy is also hoping to convince employers that completing one of those programs is a meaningful qualification for a job

I.e. - create a new certification that companies can require. Then profit from it.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau