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Comment Great marketing (Score 2) 310

I like how the web site insists that the format is a work in progress, and future versions may not actually load images created with the current implementation.

Unlike document formats, media formats rarely evolve over time. For a media format not to be production ready means it's currently worthless. Be prepared to wait a few years to use a format that will never be widely adopted. Nice.

Comment Re:Physical labor & metrics (Score 1) 165

This was my job when I was employed at a medical warehouse a few months ago.

When we moved into a new building in April of last year, a metric system was put into place in the form of a voice picking headset. The headset told us where to go to pick the product, and we responded when the order was completed. Nobody in the company actually told us what the metric was, but we were graded as a daily percentage of how much product we picked an hour. When they told us that 100% is the engineered standard, but any score below 88% was grounds for termination, I knew right away it was time to think about quitting. There's no way I'm working in an environment where a "B" is a failing grade.

I did hang on for several more months of 12-14 hour shifts, I did finally receive a warning that my score was below 88% and I had two weeks to improve before they sacked me. I quit the same day, then went to the GM and explained exactly why.

It's also worth pointing out that the metric system was totally broken and they knew it, and they didn't care. Our headset voice recognition didn't work with certain voice types, the volume alternated between silence and screaming for no reason making it difficult to hear the directions, sometimes the headset would hear things and pick product on its own or otherwise screw up orders, and sometimes the system went down for hours at a time, leaving us unable to get any work done at all. Management had a team of IT people who's sole purpose was to collect the numbers at the end of the day and "adjust" them for the printed reports they posted on the corkboard the next day. The numbers were essentially fake.

The metric basically said almost every employee was failing. Everybody got warnings. I was apparently one of the few who actually took the metric as an insult, and quit to the surprise of my supervisors.

Comment Re:Black Box Software (Score 1) 166

The issue is whether doing this on a dyno is sufficient. It's not impossible, but difficult to haul emissions monitoring hardware on the road and reproduce a variety of standard conditions. Cheating could still be performed by measuring accelerometers, differential readings, driver input and reaction times, etc.

Comment Re:Windows 10 "IS" the cruft (Score 1) 205

Losing nothing is the key. I'd have no problem updating every year to keep up to date and supported, even for coin, so long as I didn't lose features that have been commonplace for 20 years.

Interestingly, it was Windows 7, not Windows 8, that convinced me to stick with XP for so long. The various, minute details of the Aero desktop, control panels, and context menus drove me nuts (and still do after updating this year). Windows 8 was obviously a mistake, but Windows 10 is more or less Windows 7 in extreme overdrive with mandatory spyware attached. No thanks.

I remember when I used to mock OSX for staying pretty much the same over the last 10 years. OSX isn't my thing, but I am jealous over Apple's ability to completely revolutionize everything... again... without actually changing much.

Comment Re:I have seen that happen. (Score 1) 410

Forget "this post." The best part is when your last tab is "about:memory" and you do a garbage purge, and the memory consumption doesn't budge... or the last tab is "about:blank" and memory doesn't budge.

Actually, the best part is all those Firefox fans that have been insisting for 10 years that this isn't actually happening, Mozilla has "made a lot of progress" even though it's never actually been a problem, and that somehow it's probably all your fault (plugins) that the browser is crashing on 32-bit systems because it uses so many gigs of memory.

Comment Re:Well, Apple knows a thing or two about innovati (Score 1) 535

That's what people want. Modern cars have about twice the power (with substantially less emissions), and people are willing to accept 23-27 MPG for the performance they get.

Once a recession hits, people are whining about MPG and there's suddenly a glut of SUVs on the used car lots. When the economy recovers, people run to the dealers to buy the latest gas guzzlers again. Ask a typical American if they'd like to drive one of those 55 MPG town buggies like they have in Europe. The reaction will be, "That's cute, but it's not for me."

Sad as it is, it's all just supply and demand in the end. Such rationale explains the phenominally poor quality of domestic cars in the 70's, as well.

Comment Re:That's what Nokia, Moto, and Microsoft said (Score 1) 535

I don't think anybody can seriously say Apple's software is well-tested. Just on the phone side of things, they've been granted way too many mulligans depite massive, show-stopping bugs in iOS, largely due to rushing it to market to suit the latest hardware release. This has been going on long before the reigns passed to Cook, too.

Also, that's just the stuff that runs on their own hardware.

Comment Re:Source control? (Score 1) 88

When iOS 8 was released, people noticed straight away that images couldn't be uploaded to web sites. As in, multipart-encoded image data included in a web form was just stripped away.

My reaction was, "How could such a show-stopping lack of QA be allowed to happen at all, let alone WHY it happened?"

The reaction from many of my peers on DeviantArt and other art-related web sites, upon realizing the couldn't upload their art, was, "Oh, I'm sure it'll be fixed soon. No big deal."

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (7) Well, it's an excellent idea, but it would make the compilers too hard to write.