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Comment: ultimately the misperception is by businesses (Score 2) 240

by a4r6 (#47583831) Attached to: Getting Back To Coding
...on how to best create software. It seems really, really tough to get anyone finance-minded in the *business* of making software to understand that it's worthwhile to do exploratory development of tools and techniques to be much more productive later on. There is simply not enough money being invested into making better programming tools. The fact that free, open source software is so pervasive in for-profit companies is proof of that. Everyone would rather take what they can get, squeeze as much money as they can out of it in the near term, and wait around to benefit from everyone elses investments back into the technology.

Comment: Re: 4/$2.50 (Score 3, Interesting) 196

by a4r6 (#47367909) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...
That is a widely held opinion, but when you factor in the lifespan of the bulb, they are cheaper to operate than either cfls or incandescents. The only good reason not to make the investment, being that it has a 0 risk return, is that they get cheaper and better in quality as time goes on. Ive personally had all LED lighting for a while and the only frustrating thing is i have no need for the new models since not one has failed in 2 years, and they wont for a while.

Comment: Re: If only there were a system (Score 1) 259

by a4r6 (#46306885) Attached to: Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?
I think our capitalist system has a worse problem. What do we do when there's not enough labor that needs doing? Cutting hours in the average work-week would work, but that's not how we do things. Instead we just brainwash our people into filling their homes and lives with the latest BULLSHIT reason to spend more and work harder. Never mind raising quality of life - thats just an occasional positive side effect.

Comment: Do NOT demonize high bandwidth rollouts. demonize (Score 1) 259

by a4r6 (#46306725) Attached to: Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?
America is way behind where they should be for bandwidth in the residential sector, everywhere. ISPs gobble up money and don't produce value. I think this is mostly a side effect of the fact that, as a society, empowerment isn't high on the to-do list, compared to, say, surveillance, so the already-empowered-by-huge-swaths-of-cash can maintain "order" (Me, first! Me, absolutely! Me, above all else!) Google is doing what's right in this case as they are giving us what we have long since paid for as taxpayers and exploited value-producers in terms of last mile internet performance. If that's because they believe in their own mission of "don't be evil" or because they see a way to "monetize" (amorally exploit for money) the flood of data remains to be seen, but raising the bar in any way here is generally positive.

Comment: Thats a dodo's opinion (Score 1) 876

by a4r6 (#46195915) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
The reason you havent met anyone who prefers editing code graphically is because there isn't a good graphical code editor. The reason there isn't a good graphical code editor is that programming is an immature profession, as are most that deal with high technology, and that minds change slowly. I guarantee you we can get more, better code into the computer with less chance of error by representing the code in more elegant ways. That is to say, representing it in ways that are more easily processed visually, that convey more infomation with less noise -- with more easily identifiable patterns. IDEs already do this. They bring the code to life with interactive menus and highlighting. There is no reason that the info represented there always has to have an ASCII, syntactically complex equivalent.

Comment: I think that cord cutters number is artificially l (Score 1) 578

by a4r6 (#46190665) Attached to: US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online
Every time I try to cancel my cable tv they tell me that it is cheaper to keep it. Thats right, its less expensive to get 50mb internet WITH tv than without, thanks to the deals they offer. This is via comcast in eastern mass. They must be doing it to inflate tv subscriber numbers or hide the rate of cord cutting.

Comment: I've made gradual changes to lessen crude oil use (Score 3, Interesting) 635

by a4r6 (#46005815) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why
The whole shift in thinking about burning fuel and the problems that it leads to, however small my contribution, has certainly impacted my lifestyle.

My decision to live in a place where I can depend on public transportation was influenced by that knowledge.

The lack of attachment to a physical place, knowing that I can continue to nurture my friendships from a distance, through the internet, also played a big part.

Comment: Re: Flashblock is my middle ground (Score 1) 731

by a4r6 (#46002025) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
just throwing this out there... javascipt that has been uglified/minified with r.js actually excludes code that isnt ever called. I can use 3MB worth of javascript libraries and if I only use one tiny function from each, the resulting r.js optimized file is like 10k. this is something that mostly clueless web devs can do successfully, (and do, at their high paying jobs they arent qualified for)

Comment: The same reason they removed transit overlay (Score 4, Interesting) 255

by a4r6 (#45978207) Attached to: Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps
Product managers. Agile development. *Lean methodology*

The business world is full of stupid yes-men who constantly jump on the newest trends regardless of merit.

One of those trends, in product management, is "lean methodology", which as some people implement it, means leaving out any sensible features that haven't been explicitly asked for. This is in the name of giving users what they want. The rigid way which product managers interpret it means they resist implementing sensible, intuitive functionality that hasn't been planned for specifically, and the whole product refinement process becomes less efficient as a result, with the minor benefit that you don't build anything that wasn't needed.

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