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Comment: so did they or did they not have a running prototy (Score 2) 204

so did they or did they not have a running prototype? it seems they did but then they wanted to develop another more expensive product.

the story reads like they started r&d after getting the money. _all_ r&d including case manufacturing options(yes there are other options than injection molding and 3d printing, which are all pretty much cheaper in their unit range) and all code for the micro and choosing another micro..

I mean, how the fuck can you spend so much more on your r&d that you were supposed to already have been done?

furthermore, they didn't design the product to the means they had available - for example, if you're a low run and injection molding tooling is too expensive(and you know that because you've done a cursory google search beforehand, right, right???) you can get of the shelf aluminium cases and such quite cheaply. sure it's 5-10 times more expensive per unit than injection moulding but still would be under 10% of the 99 bucks. lasercutting etc would all be options - they would just have had to compromise on the overall shape of the frigging device. like, fuck, http://www.alibaba.com/product... here's a box 3 dollars + cheap ass shipping. or a bunch of other similar boxes, extrusion they could have cut etc. then the cheap ass method of pcb for the ends( cheap cheap in low run too) to hold the display, buttons etc.

fuck you could even source them as 3d printed pieces nowadays cheaper than the quoted 25$ per case due to the tooling.

really, the whole story reads like they didn't do the development beforehand and promised stuff out of their asses. they wanted to change the product to a more expensive one and do the r&d again after the kickstarter while the kickstarter should only have had to pay for the production of what they already demonstrated.

whats even worse? they're using this as a publiciy stunt for their smartphone apps! that is they have a revenue source, they're an existing company, they just blew a lot of customers money on paychecks to themselves and didn't deliver.

Comment: Re:Whiteboards and whiteboarding are a bad idea. (Score 1) 162

by gl4ss (#49157577) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?

yeah it's always bad when vocal participants like the client(product owner whatever) wants to add complexity to actually make the product do what it is supposed to do..

and if you actually make an uml diagram that results in hundreds of thousands of lines of java code that does the same thing as 100 lines then you have fucked up quite badly in both making the uml diagram and writing the code.

I think the OP was asking for a solution to do just high level design anyhow, to slash up the work into smaller logical segments - so that they don't end up writing hundreds of thousands of lines of unnecessary code.

a whiteboard is useful that you can draw anything on it.
like drawing the flow of the program from ui side for example to communicate to the team what the end product needs to do so the team can figure out what the backend has to be capable of and so forth. if that part is skipped the server guys can for example write some shit that they claim fills the role of the server but is fucking horrible at doing what it needs to do and ends up needing a total rewrite before the product can ship.

Comment: Re:Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More R (Score 1) 186

by gl4ss (#49157561) Attached to: Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots

they're living in poverty while working for foxconn too so whats the difference?

at least now they'll be hiring more decent engineers. the only reason they were using human labor in the first place in such amounts and in such boring easily automated tasks was that they lacked decent manufacturing engineers. in other words it was cheaper(or easier in their work culture) to hire 40 guys to put in screws instead of hiring 1 decent guy to first make a jig for the work and 1 guy pressing the button to do the work.

Comment: Re:Were you there? (Score 1) 340

by gl4ss (#49152899) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

because on average it causes bigger areas to live for larger amounts of species - ice age doing the opposite.

besides than that.. the mass extinction events don't seem to have occurred on high temperature averages?

doom and gloom, doom and gloom. and not going to affect anything unless you can stop china from using coal as far as emissions go.

it's just a feelie piece of writing, indicated by the "two atomic bombs" shit line. exploding of bombs happend for a long time after that, even bombs far, far bigger than the initial few. joke continues by that there was a nuke explosion before those two he was referring to as well..

Comment: Re:nothing new (Score 2) 132

by gl4ss (#49152549) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Allows Customers To Legally Download Windows 7 ISOs

if you just ask the regional MS offices will give new companies bizspark etc access for free for few years with everything.

hell, with windows 8 launch they were practically giving phones and licenses in a bid to get devs on board. and money if you made your app exclusive(so they funded only bad exclusive apps, since apps with a real market had to go on ios and android too)

Comment: easiest vs hardest. (Score 1) 463

by gl4ss (#49144541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

yeah by far the easiest is just take the harddisk and put it in a ide usb dongle(10$-30$ bucks).

second easiest is to get INTERNET on the machine. it's not that hard or impossible, then just ftp the files over. you need to find a isa network card though. ebay should have plenty of them. also this is the best way if you intend to play some old games or what have you with it.

third easiest, to get a null modem is also doable, the newer machine can use a usb serial dongle. if you don't find a null modem cable it's easy enough to make one from a serial cable. then use some program to transfer the files over that. it's just 20 megs so speed isn't a real problem.

then there's possibilities of using some crap like ooold zipdrives etc. possibly a cdr drive as well but eh good luck with burning on that machine..

Comment: Re:teachers ? (Score 1) 31

by gl4ss (#49137313) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Senior Director Matt Keller About the Global Learning XPRIZE

they're CHEAP in many ways though.

in thailand it's not that uncommon that teacher drinks beer during schoolday - in class.

in semi-developed countries teachers are cheap but sometimes, if not often, not good at all. these are the same places where your grade depends on gifts.

Comment: Re:Breaking news! (Score 1) 148

by gl4ss (#49136901) Attached to: Artificial Intelligence Bests Humans At Classic Arcade Games

a looong while ago.

what do you think the military used the computers first for? I thought that was the joke of the comment.

the thing is though giving it an arbitrary video game. making a robot to play just breakout is very easy, but that it plays breakout after it sees it is not that easy (though breakout is very easy on that scale, paddle follows ball and you get points, not much trial and error involved before you have winning combination(also wasn'tthat done a year or three ago already??)

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