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Comment Problem vs Processor (Score 1) 181

Back in the day (when I was actually PAID for buying supercomputers) I devised Jim's First Law of Supercomputing: For every computer architecture there is a problem that will solve on that particular architecture "better" than on any other architecture. And conversely, for every problem there is an architecture that will solve this problem "better" than any other architecture. (You get to define "better".) You didn't have to talk to too many computer sales-people to accept this as fact. I believe the point of the OP is exactly this.

Comment Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 553

Regrettably, "critical thinking" in many parts of the world means "just turn on the TV/telly/tube/media-dispenser and let hours of commercials burrow into your subconscious mind, and don't worry because you really never pay attention to ads". Got news for you: ads work. If they didn't, nobody would be spending bazillions of dollars/euros paying for them to be aired and cleverly inserted into all that nice "content" you eat up so uncritically. Ads work in the US. Political ads cause people to be elected, and that's why corporate America pours billions into our bought-and-paid-for congress and White House.

Comment Google Serving Ads thru Thermostat? (Score 1) 90

I thought I'd seen that somewhere. Here's a source: http://marketingland.com/googl... I won't be installing one of those nifty little gadgets anytime soon. It isn't enough that the cost of a Nest Protect is exorbitant, they need to make still more money by selling ads to display on it? Evil, or just a corporation doing what it does?

Comment Office Drones? (Score 2) 453

No comments about the countless clerical, finance, and other sorts of people who enter, proofread/correct, analyze, update, and/or look up data stored somewhere: the desktop historically, or the cloud (if one, or one's management, is willing to take a chance that everyone between you and your data will vote unanimously to allow you to get at the data on any given day). These people doubtless outnumber all the AutoCAD and software development people by a huge margin. It seems inconceivable that they could do their jobs with tablets or, even worse, a phone or something like Glass. For them, I imagine a good-sized screen and a keyboard will always be needed. Whether these essential I/O devices are driven by a phone (with still more third-parties getting between you and your work) or something else isn't important. It needn't have the same form factor as a desktop, but it will need much of the same I/O and connectivity as a desktop.

Comment As a Manager... (Score 2) 453

I became annoyed with an employee who received a LOT of cell phone calls during my infrequent, but necessary meetings with operations managers. Finally I placed a bucket of water by the door and as people entered the room and informed them that, as a security precaution, any cell phone brought into the room had to be placed in the bucket during the meeting. Thereafter, cell phones were left outside and out meetings became shorter and were not interrupted. Yes, I'm over 40, and I still think using a device for talking, texting, surfing or anything else when engaged with one or more live people is inexcusably rude.

Comment Re:Bring on the wearable interfaces. (Score 1, Insightful) 453

Ok, I am a 30 something year old so I don't fit into either demographics...

However most of the time meetings are an out of date idea's. They historically worked because we didn't have a communication infrastructure that we do today. Conference phones where limited in the number of people on the line, issues with the person not being close enough to the phone to be heard and a slew of other communication problems, and before that it was very hard to get a bunch of people work on an idea, in a timely manner.

But really for most meetings, the individual doesn't need to be fully mentally involved unless there is something important to them. It would be much easier to chat via a message system, you can see the stuff go across your screen, while you work on something else, until something important comes up you can can then review what went on and come up with an appropriate answer.

the 20 somethings who grew up with this technology knows this and get very board during these meetings, as there is a lot of stuff that isn't important to them at the time that is going on. Now that said, It is still rude to disrupt the meeting with your activities, and if you are stuck at the meeting you should show some tact, but hopefully experience will clear that up.

So, apparently are spelling and grammar (oudated idea's - SIC).

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.