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Comment Re:Life imitating art? (Score 5, Informative) 480


Halfway through the novel, the protagonist meets a hobo who used to be a worker at the Twentieth Century Motor Company, whose bankruptcy years before was a key event in the novel for several reasons. He tells what had actually happened there:

After the founder's death, the heirs decided to manage the company under the motto: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs." The consequence was obvious: all workers pretty much turned into beggars, inventing more needs, while anyone who demonstrated competence was required to work harder. While the press praised the "enlightened" management, productivity collapsed, quality went to shit, and clients ran away.

Comment Re:Shit wins awards (Score 1) 249

There's more. It is arranged so the d-pad has the "sweet spot", not the left analog stick. This made sense when most games were 2D and used mainly the d-pad, but now it's the other way around. Also, the analogs' placement makes it so using them strains the thumbs.

Also, those buttons with symbols instead of letters... that's just idiotic.

Comment Re:The one from 2000 was really terrible. (Score 3, Interesting) 210

Read this interview. Courtney Solomon didn't want to direct that D&D movie, just produce it. He brought James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Renny Harlin - and the idiot boss at TSR rejected them all. Eventually, Wizards of the Coast bought TSR, and the next idiot in charge promptly sued Solomon. They settle, but part of the settlement is that the movie has to begin production real quick - ruining their shot at finding investors for a bigger budget - and use the same script TSR had approved years before - even though they had a much better one ready.

To sum it up, the idiots who owned the D&D brand forced the movie to fail.

Comment Re:Problem with Samsung being Android's "Tentpole" (Score 3, Interesting) 80

I have a Galaxy Note II, and I must agree. The hardware is solid (although the design is rather dull), but this thing would be nearly unusable if I couldn't install a different launcher. TouchWiz is a huge step backwards if you're used to "stock" Android.

Comment Re:simple ideas aren't obvious? (Score 4, Insightful) 270

Now the modern form over function UX crowd with their hipster indecipherable logos (3 dots for action, 3 lines for menu?) may be heading the wrong direction

To be fair... the largest smartphones are still tiny compared to the screen of any desktop computer. Also, your input is far less precise than keyboard and mouse. You have to make some sacrifices to design an interface suitable for that hardware.

But then came Windows 8, trying to put a mobile interface on the desktop. Now that was just idiotic.

"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas." - Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"