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Comment: Keeping in touch plenty! (Score 3, Interesting) 175 175

Try to have a quick team meeting meeting every day on Skype/VOIP, if possible. People can start to stray "off message" if left to themselves too long (not through laziness, or anything). If they are in the same office, that can is normally regulated.

Lots of small targets as well as an overall project target.

Do try to have face to face meetings occasionally.

Comment: Re:GUI? Seriously? (Score 1) 720 720

No, it doesn't need it. But My car's embedded sytems are the same, but when I go to the garage they plug in a laptop and can check for problems. The garage mechanic is not going to use command line. Graphical interfaces are far superior to command line by a country mile. Just because you hate programming them doesn't mean we should stop. It also prevents a lot of user error.

Comment: Re:GUI? Seriously? (Score 1) 720 720

It all relies on there being GUIs. If there weren't GUIs very few people would use computers. Even if you work on the most obscure command-line controlled databases, they are of no use if people can't access the info. The only way people will access the info is if it's easy to use. Command line manipulation requires a lot of knowledge, mental gymnastics and decent eyesight. It's a really bad way to interact with a machine.

Comment: Command line? Seriously? (Score 1) 720 720

Goddamn, you can tell this is a site for geeks. People who use command line are about 1% of people who use computers. The reason we all have jobs is because so many people use web sites and software these days. The only reason so many people DO use websites is because they DON'T have to use command line!

Comment: Re:Wow, just wow. The uncanny valley extends .... (Score 1) 152 152

" ... My expectation is that if there were any really good ways of gathering and storing energy, then lower life-forms would be able to exploit these without having to go through the trouble of evolving into higher lifeforms and then figuring it out ... " The lower life forms are some of the most successful lifeforms on earth. They have little problem with energy.

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.

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