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Comment: Re:Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More R (Score 1) 187

by Pulzar (#49158447) Attached to: Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots

So we need to restructure out of wasteful mass consumption and shift to more sustainable with a focus on quality, durability and fit for life (products that last your lifetime, rather than fad or disposable products).

That only works for things like furniture and other simple solid objects. For everything else, the technology advances too fast to make this practical. Why make a car that works for 100 years when in 10-15 years the cars will be much more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, and we'll be better off having everybody switch to them? If the Nokias from 10 years ago were made to last a 100 years, would that make any difference in how quickly they disappeared?

Comment: Re:The answer is always no (Score 1) 332

by Pulzar (#48893915) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

No, no they won't. 1080p is already really good.

When it comes to TVs, yes... but projectors would see a huge benefit. When you project 1080p onto a 120+" screen, things definitely start getting a bit fuzzy.

Of course, that's a niche market, but it could be enough to drive the prices down into somewhat reasonable category. Projectors themselves have gotten cheap enough that way..

Comment: Re:I probably would upgrade if I could, but... (Score 1) 437

by Pulzar (#48766917) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

I did, too.. Then I read somewhere that if you wipe your phone and reinstall it could eliminate a lot of the problems. So, I backed up my data, wiped it, installed the new OS and it's been running perfectly ever since.

There's something in the upgrade of Nexus 5 that goes wrong with some units, it seems like.

Comment: Re:America, land of the free... (Score 1) 720

by Pulzar (#48543547) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Aside from the fact that it's fundamentally incompatible with democracy, wasn't a huge part of the American revolution the idea that there should be no taxation without representation? Those felons are taxpayers, aren't they?

All of non-citizens that work in US and pay taxes are also getting taxed without representation... and there are likely way more of them than felons.

Comment: Re:10x Productivity (Score 1) 215

by Pulzar (#48408387) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

The ones who actually make the team better dont consider themselves to be rockstars. There is a correlation between humility and talent (otherwise known as the Dunning-Kruger effect). ... This is how they like to imagine they are, but not what they're like in reality. In reality they are childish and petulant. If their authority and awesomeness is not recognised they will make everyone else's life hell until it is.

Like I said, I don't think you've worked with them before. What you describe is most definitely not what people consider a "rock star developer". And, they don't go around calling themselves that, either. Other people do.

The two I've had a pleasure to work with were both very humble, and incredibly good at what they did. Everybody who worked with them got better for it... I know I did.

Largest organisation I worked for in that capacity was 80 staff with 20 developers (most in a consulting capacity). In fact that's why I ended up managing the dev teams, we didn't have enough of them to justify their own manager so it fell under my jurisdiction as IT manager.... I had a pair of senior devs who could keep the team together and moving and were great at it, I considered it my job to keep things out of their way so they could do their jobs.

Ok, not a big company, but still very bottom-heavy. One senior dev per 10 developers, and one manager for a group of 20... it explains why you do have values of a manager in a big company -- since your team works like one.

If you had 4 senior devs that could "bang out" high quality code, each could do that and still lead 2 more junior developers, and your team would be almost half the size and finish in the same amount of time. And, with that smaller team, you might actually be able to dedicate some real time to individuals you manage.

Comment: Re:10x Productivity (Score 3, Insightful) 215

by Pulzar (#48408187) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

I hate managing with "rockstar" developers because they're always too arrogant and full of themselves. They detract from the team, argue and refuse to listen to others.

Those aren't rock-star developers. As another poster said, you likely have never worked with a rock-star developer. They are great at what they do, *and* they make the team better. They are rare, but it's awesome when you see somebody that inspires others around them by what they can do.

They help the junior devs and often their time is better spent doing this than banging out code even though their code is a lot better than the juniors. Someone who can manage a team is valued for more than just their coding skills, if they've got people skills they are definitely a force multiplier.

You sound like you work in a big company, on big teams. This is certainly true there, and in order to have a large team productive, you need a lot of good people keeping those juniors productive.

Several times, though, I've seen those similar good people bang out their much superior code and finish the project in the same amount of time, while have a team that's 6 or 7 times smaller, with no juniors.

Comment: Re:10x Productivity (Score 1) 215

by Pulzar (#48408163) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

If you can fix everything wrong process-wise with your 100-dev organization so that everyone can work twice as fast, well, you're 10x as productive as the guy who sits in a corner and bangs out 10x the code, aren't you? If you can invent a product that solves a problem that everyone has, but no one else thought there was a solution to, well, the guy banging out code isn't even on the same scale.

Those don't come even close to being described as "programmer" jobs. We're talking about "rock star programmers", and whether they can be 10x productive compared to a normal programmer. We're not talking about rock-star senior managers driving a 100-dev organization.

Comment: Re:Automation and jobs (Score 1) 720

by Pulzar (#48221137) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

And why, exactly, do you think any of those rich individuals and corporations would remain in America, when you're forcing them to work just so you can steal their money and give it to the people who don't?

Oh, you're planning to build a wall along the border to keep your slaves in the Gulag, right? And require exit visas to leave on a plane?

Canada taxes rich individuals at much higher rates than US, and I don't see any walls and exit visas needed to keep them from leaving.

Comment: Re:the app that increases battery life (Score 1) 471

by Pulzar (#47875035) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

until smart watches battery life are measured in years, I wont buy one.

Ok. Can you elaborate? Why is that a requirement for a watch? You plan on being away from electrical outlets for years at a time?

I'm sure there are some out there than go on wilderness expeditions or whatnot, but for most of us posting on slashdot regularly, we sleep somewhere where you already plug your phone into a charger every night anyway... so why is it a problem to put your phone onto something like this on your night stand?

Comment: Re:They always told me I was so smart... (Score 4, Insightful) 243

by Pulzar (#47738001) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

I've figured I was smart when I was sent to a special school that only accepted people with high IQ. It was arguably the worse year of my life.

I had the opposite experience. For the first time in my schooling years, I felt like I fit in, and I developed my social skills and found new confidence in myself. I was very happy to be there.

Like they say, every kid is different, there's no universal formula to explain what will work and what won't.

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