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Comment: Re:So ... (Score 1) 68

by AuMatar (#46789799) Attached to: Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

The trick to wearables is not to have a UI. Everyone has a powerful computer with a great UI in their pocket. Wearables should leverage that by providing absolute minimal controls (no more than 1 or 2 buttons/knobs, no more than a small digital watch like display) and should transmit their data to the users phone via BLE. Then an app on the phone should provide more advanced control and display of results. The value of wearables is in providing additional sensors for apps, not in UI.

Comment: Re:Shut up and take my money (Score 3, Interesting) 85

by AuMatar (#46734859) Attached to: <em>Civilization: Beyond Earth</em> Announced

Because Civ is a single player game. It isn't meant for multiplayer, and multiplayer has always been a terrible experience. I'd prefer if they dropped it entirely and spent more time on polishing the AI or released it earlier. Because they shove in a half baked multiplayer we get a worse game.

Comment: Re:Something which I do not understand (Score 1) 639

Cosmologists say that when we look in the sky and all the stars and planets, we can see them escaping us. This explains that the universe is expanding. But if we can observe the same thing from every side of Earth, wouldn't it mean that we are in the center?

It's a good question. Try this video

Comment: Re:Bullshit. (Score 1) 127

by AuMatar (#46630301) Attached to: State Colleges May Offer Best ROI On Comp Sci Degrees

Yeah, your post is pretty much bullshit. A CS degree from Harvard isn't worth anything more than any other college. They aren't known for their science or engineering program. One from MIT is worth more due to their reputation in the field, but no more so than a couple of other top schools like UC-Berkley or UIUC which are public (or Stanford which isn't)..

Basically there's 3 tiers of degrees. The elite CS schools (about the top 5-6) earn bonus points, but more is expected from you. Then there's a middle tier of about a dozen schools with a good reputation but not up to the elite. It may help you get to an interview, but gives you no bonus points once there. Everything else just lumps together in the yes he has a degree box.

Please note that online degrees, MOOC certs, University of Phoenix type schools, fall under no degree at all.

Comment: Re:Obligatory Fight Club (Score 4, Insightful) 357

by AuMatar (#46618391) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

The problem is that there's no way to do that with the current short term management techniques and high CxO salaries. If they get away with it for 1 year and make 10-20 million, which the lawsuits can't touch, they don't care. We need to change the corporate veil so it protects small investors but not those who run the company day to day.


Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates 314

Posted by Soulskill
from the responding-to-a-challenge dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Tesla Motors made headlines several times last year for a few Model S car fires. Elon Musk criticized all the attention at the time, pointing out that it was disproportionate to the 200,000 fires in gas-powered cars over the same period. Musk didn't stop there, though. He's announced that the Model S will now have a titanium underbody shield along with an aluminum bar and extrusion. He says this will prevent debris struck on the road from breaching the battery area. Musk offered this amusing example: 'We believe these changes will also help prevent a fire resulting from an extremely high speed impact that tears the wheels off the car, like the other Model S impact fire, which occurred last year in Mexico. This happened after the vehicle impacted a roundabout at 110 mph, shearing off 15 feet of concrete curbwall and tearing off the left front wheel, then smashing through an eight foot tall buttressed concrete wall on the other side of the road and tearing off the right front wheel, before crashing into a tree. The driver stepped out and walked away with no permanent injuries and a fire, again limited to the front section of the vehicle, started several minutes later. The underbody shields will help prevent a fire even in such a scenario.' Included with the article are several animated pictures of testing done with the new underbody, which survives running over a trailer hitch, a concrete block, and an alternator."

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 824

by AuMatar (#46598181) Attached to: Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Depends on if you care. Most likely these employees are talented programmers, and the hiring environment is good right now. For those who have a bit of money set aside losing their job is an inconvenience at worst, a nice vacation at best. Especially if they were smart enough to start shipping resumes as they took their stand.

Comment: Re: Maybe it's not you (Score 0) 218

by AuMatar (#46561377) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

Like I said- there's exceptions. Maybe you're one of them, I can't tell as I don't know you. But you'd need to prove you were an exception in the interview, because most of the people who stay that long have stagnated.

I stick by 3 months though. That's plenty of time to learn the system, if it takes longer than that you aren't really trying. If it takes you a year (as a senior, not as an intermediate or junior), you've been let go by that time. Of course your experience could be biased in some ways- the best engineers I know would avoid the kind of place where you work on 1 system for 5 years, so you may be looking at a lower overall talent pool.

May I pass up on some good talent because of this? Maybe. But I'm not particularly worried about it- passing up on a good hire is a less harmful mistake than making a bad hire. Besides which, the few exceptions that I'd miss aren't looking for new jobs anyway. And they probably wouldn't be happy at the type of company I prefer.

Comment: Re:Maybe it's not you (Score 0) 218

by AuMatar (#46555921) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

One other comment, I forgot in my original reply. Each year of experience doing the same thing brings diminishing returns. By branching out and doing other things, you learn additional skills and tricks that are used in other fields. I've done firmware, web services, mobile software, porting, etc in my career. I can bring knowledge from one field to bear on another. Someone who's moved has seen a variety of business practices, protocols, and development practices while someone who's stayed in place likely hasn't. So 10 years of mixed experience will very likely just be a better programmer than 10 years of staying in place.

Comment: Re:Um, right. (Score 1) 278

by AuMatar (#46555639) Attached to: Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

I use that method of subtraction today, and have since grade school. I just typically do it in reverse- figure out what numbers I need to add to the smaller number to make the bigger number, and typically with larger numbers. Its a solid way of doing the math, there's no reason it shouldn't be taught to them.

I agree that the term shouldn't be taught to them. Its something educators should know so they can discuss techniques. Although you will find that term in a lot of math textbooks these days.

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