To Congress, make haste!
That's one problem. The other problem is the inevitably compromised "internet of things" that allows regular old criminals to pull up a list of "hot targets". They'll have a nice little map that shows them the optimal route to drive by houses where people aren't at home, and where their consumption of items from certain stores makes it a juicy target. Regular criminals won't have access to this technology of course. Just like any other business, the 1%er organized criminals will squeeze out Mom n Pop.
Arguably this goes for anything on TV; but I found myself keeping it particularly in mind while watching the NSA segment. You have to watch it thinking, "How much of this will later be revealed as a lie?".
I bet a lot of people took that approach. It's called "credibility" and the NSA has lost it. They can't get it back with one dog and pony show. At least... you shouldn't let them get it back that easily.
I *did* take a look at the Angry Birds example. I skipped over the parts that I got right away, skimming the whole thing in about five minutes. Here's my take on it.
It's a lot like working with a GUI builder. When they started coming out with tools that let us position buttons and other elements on dialog boxes, it was a godsend. If you looked at the code that MSVC++ spat out, you'd see things like, INPUT(59,545,20) or some such, which would have been tedious to do with compile, view, edit... cycles. Tools like that save programmer hours of tedium.
The Angry Birds example does that with logic, which is less tedious than positioning elements on a dialog box, so that seems less useful to an experienced programmer.
I would tend to agree that using a GUI builder is not programming; but this leads us to something. If you can do programming with something as easy to use as a GUI builder, then why program at all? I don't know anybody who gets upset with people who prefer to use a GUI builder as opposed to typing in pixel coordinates by hand. There may come a day when more programming, even logic programming is dominated by tools that resemble GUI builders.
We should always retain the ability to go under the hood; but honestly, I've never had a buggy GUI builder where I had to edit the coordinates by hand. I haven't done assembly from C. Ever. Other people do though, at least the latter. I don't feel like not doing assembly from C disqualifies me as a "real programmer". As the tools become more advanced, the bar for "real programmer" gets lower.
It's just that right now, no serious developers are using GUI builder style interfaces for logic. Twenty years from now, it might be the norm.
People who think you can learn CS in a few days should be punished by giving the same kids two days of music, and then having their playback devices loaded with nothing but the resulting tunes.
You've gotta be kidding. With the ID of "Required Snark" at least I hope so.
All we need now is for the mayor of Toronto to give a speech about health care with sign language translation. The perfect storm.
Economic theory be damned. I'm going all-in on ignoring their product.
It'll never sell to me. There are sunk costs involved. I have too much engineering invested in non-linear coffee consumption as cheap mugs and paper cups lose heat. Slowly at first, with much intake of the aroma. Then cautious sips, then normal sips, then fairly heavy consumption somewhere between 1/2 and 2/3rd of the way down. It ain't broke. I'm not fixing it. It works anywhere. No need to buy an expensive mug, take it with me everywhere, wash it, and worry about losing it.
Fond memory from when I was in support:
Customer: my keys are stuck, sorry.
Me: Have you tried turning your keyboard upside down and shaking it?
(sound of customer doing such).
Customer: Ewww, there's oh, gross...
I don't remember if the call continued or she hung up. I bet her keyboard worked better after that though, or got replaced.
I love arguments that use the term "Meritocracy", as though there is some fair and universal standard for that all-encompassing term? There isn't, and that is where the ruthless manager and big money gets to talk. "Meritocracy" is a Libertarian fiction invented to give the boss the last say, and he may not even be evaluating performance on the merits of the work being done.
This is a false dichotomy. I never meant to imply a choice between pure meritocracy or pure royalty. Even countries that still have royalty operate with quite a bit of meritocracy, and the USA definitely has its aristocrats. Meritocracy is certainly *not* a fiction; but that doesn't mean that luck, trickery, inheritance and connections aren't a big part of what gets people into high financial status. I hope that clears things up for you.
And yes, in order for meritocracy to work the boss has to be able to pay people more based on what they're worth or... gasp! fire people who are no good on the job. I've seen meritocracy in action.
For cryin' out loud. Just turn on your tube and watch sports or something. There isn't a thousand page "standard" for deciding who gets cut from a team. The "boss" decides who gets cut. Sometimes his decisions are arbitrary and unfair. Other bosses get the player in trade if that's the case, and they can turn around and beat the other team.
So sorry. There just isn't any better system than letting management make hiring, firing, and pay decisions based on judgement. Any attempt to codify it as process would just lead to some kind of absurd situation.
for now figure out how to cure cancer before worrying about the big picture.
Boy will you have egg on your face when their research leads to the development of a machine that allows us to isolate and neutralize all the cancer cells in a body in one quick pass. Yes, as a side effect it will actually cause an egg to materialize, go to your house, knock on your door, and hit you. Right in the face. That's the wonder of quantum mechanics.
Really? REALLY??? Do you have any idea what was happening in Russia after the USSR fell apart? They were in some serious economic trouble. Securing nuclear assets was of vital importance not just to us, but to them and the entire world. If anything we didn't do enough. I heard there were RTGs left to rust in Siberia. Some of their naval nukes were also mothballed under questionable circumstances.
I'm the first to admit that the USA's actions aren't always for the best; but not in this case.
Your ex is a bitch, but Karma is a bigger bitch. Multiply that by all the users on the web site. He's lucky the law got to him first.
Your customers are lucky, they get to know that something changed. If you were making 'cloud' software, they wouldn't know anything changed until they logged in one morning and things are broken.
Worse yet, they could get a screen full of MyCleanPC spams mixed in with their data.