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Comment About $2M -- But not really a mistake... (Score 4, Interesting) 377 377

Our group at FedEx released code that I wrote on a Saturday night. This was two days before the Apple iPhone 4 shipped. The code worked perfectly, however, despite our repeated warnings about nearly doubling downstream traffic, the downstream systems (like billing and tracking) weren't ready for it.

So, on the day everyone wanted to track their new iPhone, my code shut down all tracking on FedEx for about 12 hours before we could switch the config setting (10 minutes) and the downstream systems could catch up (11+ hours).

Estimate of cost was around $2 million in lost time and revenue and extra calls to customer service. Luckily, since I wasn't actually at fault, and we had multiple email chains backing up the volume estimates and warnings, we didn't get the axe.

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...

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