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Comment: Re:Downside? (Score 1) 309

by Trojan35 (#28655119) Attached to: What Open Source Can Learn From Apple

That's the point. Successful commercial aircraft also have input from Marketing (hopefully telling you what Southwest and Passengers actually want), Finance (telling you if that feature is actually worth the cost/effort), and QA (telling you if that feature will actually be reliable).

So yes, a commercial aircraft only being designed by aeronautical engineers would be a failure, IMO. And that is the problem that faces Open Source projects today.

Comment: Re:Dynamic world (Score 1) 167

by Trojan35 (#28623697) Attached to: Experimental Video Game Evolves Its Own Content

I think that unless you continually change the rules, playerbases are smart enough to figure out the formulas behind things and turn it into a grind. My recommendation? A MMO where the rules change monthly. It wouldn't appeal to the hardcore raiders, but I'd sure like it.

I guess that's kinda pulling from the Roguelikes, but I did enjoy those too.

Comment: Re:Not QUITE the stupidest metric I can think of.. (Score 1) 321

by Trojan35 (#28357735) Attached to: Ideal, and Actual, IT Performance Metrics?

Well, that's why you don't have just one KPI. If the second KPI is customer satisfaction, one of two things happen:

1) You get 100's of complaints to your boss, getting you fired. Congrats, you win!
2) If the whole IT org does this, the CEO at ops staff gets complaints from every GM, resulting in a 20% budget cut of IT, specifically tech support. When IT looks at the worst offenders by complaints, you are one of the 20%. Congrats, you win!

Comment: Re:OLPC? (Score 1) 468

by Trojan35 (#28265609) Attached to: California To Move To Online Textbooks

Hmm... if I recall, a $200 used laptop and a local library card that gives you wifi access is a whole lot cheaper than what I used to pay in text books... text books that would be an "old" revision next year and completely unsellable. And by "old" i mean they changed the order of the questions at the end of the chapter to force everyone to buy the new textbook.

Comment: Have we really accepted that? (Score 1) 160

by Trojan35 (#28224517) Attached to: Motion Control To Lengthen Console Hardware Cycles

Maybe I'm alone, but I own a Wii and a 360. The Wii is fun for 5 minutes and then gets very very boring. The Xbox has games that are fun for hours at a time.

So why does everyone just assume the Wii is more fun? Because it moved more consoles? That's no better a metric than # of games sold, which the Wii loses at pretty badly.

Comment: Re:Really! You have to admire their optimism! (Score 1) 124

by Trojan35 (#28143251) Attached to: Xbox To Get Live TV and Massive VOD Update

Because most Xbox's still have the craptastic 20GB HD. Rolling out saving support is additional legal/engineering work and would be a nightmare on a system that probably has less than 3gb free anyways. They'd rather have their customers downloading demos and buying games than watching streaming TV.

Comment: Re:Yeah, Sorry Guys. (Score 1) 280

by Trojan35 (#28126041) Attached to: Mozilla Jetpack and the Battle For the Web

The paid-for news/media is already stupid enough. I can't wait until all the semi-talented writers start charging, and 99% of america gets their news and election info from a right-wing or left-wing blog site... or worse.

Seriously, I think the easy availability of respected newspapers such as the NYTimes has helped improved American's awareness of political issues. Whatever my problems with the NYTimes biases are, they're 100x better than the local news.

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_