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Comment Re:Companies don't get it.... (Score 1) 406

I mean this in the nicest way - You count as your own worst enemy.

You feel some sort of sense of duty to your job, you feel that you need to cover for your coworkers' shortcomings, you (want to) feel that your job "matters" so much that the company can't keep going without you. Reality check - If the company doesn't value a project enough to give you adequate resources to get it done, you should value it exactly as much as the company does - Not at all. It will get done when it gets done. Bonuses, you say? Yeah, they don't exist in the first place. I theoretically get an annual bonus - That depends 0% on my performance, and 100% on the performance of people entirely outside my department. The salesmen rule the world, simple as that. Hell, even my annual "performance" evaluation depends less than 25% on my actual performance. I could literally score a perfect "C" without getting a single one of my formal duties done.

Put bluntly, as long as upper management can get their email, your success or failure means nothing to the company on the short term. Yes, your project may well make the company more in the long run than even its core business - For which you will get zero thanks, because the C-levels have no clue what you do.

Make no mistake, I give my employer a fair day's work. But from what you've written, you would hate working with me, because I care about my job exactly as much as my boss, and his boss, and his boss' boss, all the way to the top of the food chain, do. If they make success possible, I will succeed. If they expect "Scotty the Miracle Worker" on a shoestring, you've already failed, don't waste your time fighting it..

Comment Re:I don't see anything different. (Score 1) 128

They changed it because serif fonts are hard to read at different resolutions and don't scale well on small devices...like phones and watches.

At 60pt, they could write it in frickin' Viner Hand for all it matters and people would still have no trouble recognizing it even on the tiniest of screens.

On an iPhone 5, for example, it literally spans a good inch and a half, and roughly a third that height. "Hard to read" just doesn't apply.

Comment Re:Same issues (Score 4, Insightful) 148

Isn't this the same as having economists doing the work, just faster? You are still using past data to predict the future

Yes and no. In a sense, letting AI learn the salient traits of the available data just saves a human from needing to do it; but, you can do something with an algorithm that you can't reliably do with a human - You can model the existing system, then test billions of hypothetical situations to see how they respond.

Humans work amazingly well at pattern matching, even in the absence of understanding of "why". We can even get good at predicting what will likely happen if we change a few inputs to a system. But we don't do so well at figuring out what will happen if we tweak a large number of inputs simultaneously.

Think of this as nothing more than finally making batch hypothesis testing possible in an objective way, in a field where a persuasive argument matters more than facts and where a real experiment can take a few generations to fully show its outcome.

Comment Re:300 GB a month is nothing in the era of HD (Score 1) 227

My point is that you're arguing about capacity amounts that are a very small fraction of what we can deliver. All at prices that are 20 to 100 times what other first world nations pay for them.

Probably because they have competition. You know, capitalism. Oh darn those socialist countries with their capitalist wiles!

Comment I can already see the Slashdot headlines (Score 4, Insightful) 227

A year from now, I look forward to hearing Comcast whine about how "No legitimate user could seriously expect to pay $30 for 1.5 petabytes per month. Obviously, unlimited didn't mean unlimited - We intended it to give only another 300GB. We need to limit these greedy users out of fairness to our other customers."

Fuck 'em. I don't know who to consider dumber - Comcast, or any of their customers who fall for this again.

Comment Key word, "home" (Score 1) 177

You need to quantify what you consider "good enough" in order to answer that.

First, in strict terms of bandwidth, no, today's best wireless just can't compete with today's best fiber. But how about tomorrow? No, tomorrow's best wireless still won't beat tomorrow's best fiber; but, with wireless, when 7G hits the scene everyone goes out and buys a new $50 modem and trucks don't need to physically roll to every end point on the network to upgrade their tubes.

Second, in more relaxed terms of bandwidth, when do we reach "enough" so that even revolutionary improvements don't really matter any more? Do I really need the ability to download a full 4k movie in under six seconds? I don't mean that as a "640k should be enough for anyone" argument, but at a point in time, yes, 640k did count as "enough" for most purposes, even though at that same point in time we had supercomputers with a whopping 16MB of main RAM.

Finally, and most importantly (I touched this in my first point), you asked specifically about "to the home". The biggest challenge in getting bits to the vast majority of homes has nothing to do with the throughput of the medium, but whether we can get it to the home in the first place. In the nearest city to me, I could get 1GB connections for a few hundred a month; living half an hour away, I don't even have the slowest of DSL available at any price. Whether or not fiber counts as "better" in that context doesn't mean a damned thing to me, because I won't ever see it.

When you ask about "good enough", keep in mind that the connection that meets all you needs, the connection that you can get, beats the much, much better one that you can't get.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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