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Comment: Re:Phones are all the same... (Score 1) 83 83

They are all basically a piece of glass. The iPhone 6 came out with aluminum case like the HTC One and in the same size as the One but months later. Those were the distinguishing features in phones at the time.

http://prabhatrayal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/10629590_295762643944009_5922352925095007730_n.jpg

They all copy each other. Nobody really innovates. They follow the leader. Samsung had iPhone type designs before the iPhone came out.

http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/samsung-pre-iphone-designs.png

Comment: Phones are all the same... (Score 4, Informative) 83 83

Most phones these days are all the same. Widescreen display, touch interface. This makes sense.

I hope we get to a point where you could have a keyboard, a giant battery, different aspect ratio. Every phone now looks like a iPhone (which copied my HTC One m7).

And BTW, this may be my last comment on /. since they got rid of the comments text under the summary, cut polls from the sidebar, and forced Video Bytes into the feed. These changes should never have been forced onto the community. Some could have been made user options. Very sad day for me thinking about saying goodbye for reals after almost 20 years. :-(

Comment: Re:Hilarious! (Score 2) 220 220

You can game university classes too. Pay someone to write your papers or even sit in for you in tests.

We try to have individual accountability, but people that don't want to work in class often expend limitless effort to get around our defenses.

I would like to think that these efforts eventually catch up with the perpetrators in life.

Comment: Re:Engineering. Solve Problems (Score 1) 420 420

This. Some people are problem solvers, and some people can be taught problem solving skill / strategies but never are really good at dealing with complex problems.

As a parent, I worry for my children. If they are not problem solvers, what else can they do that will not be totally automated? Nursing? Physical therapy? Fire/ Police? Stuff where you should need a physical presence and it will be difficult to robustly automate to deal with uncertain situations...

Comment: Re:sampling bias (Score 2) 405 405

but the younger crowd not only sees them as office furniture but doesn't think twice about setting up a webex on the spot and summoning the mages, without a day of advanced warning and a calendar invite.

Ugh.. yes. Not just the younger crowd, but seems more likely from them. One of my largest pet peeves is people that simply think that if you don't have time on the calendar blocked out, that it means you're not busy. Even with a calendar invite, it drives me crazy when people will send one shortly before a meeting they want to hold, then get all pissy when you don't go. Sometimes I'm just too busy, sometimes it's because I don't sit there all day watching for stuff to pop up in email or on the calendar.

I have a basic rule of common courtesy where meetings are involved: invites should be sent at least a full business day before a meeting. I know that myself, and several coworkers plan our day around the meetings we have (and that we're actually going to attend). Not to mention, page/txt/whatever invitees if the meeting plans change close to the meeting time, and I'd defined "close" to be anytime within an hour. Just this week I had another case where I travelled to another building, went to re-check the room as I walked in the lobby, and found that in the last 15 minutes, they'd lost the room and converted to online only. Man that pisses me off. If I'd gotten a page/txt I could've saved most of the trip and avoided wasting nearly as much of my time.

Now for a "Holy crap! We've got a fire to put out!" Yeah, setting up a shared session/chat-room/conf-call whatever on short to no notice.. that makes sense. For your little "boy I'm having a hard time working through this..." no.

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