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Comment Re:Built in vs portable GPS (Score 1) 350

I believe that Pioneer offers a head unit for $600 that has both integrated GPS, as well as CarPlay and Android Auto support for those times when you want to use Google Maps. I've been wanting to buy it, as I hate my head unit, but I don't really want to spend that much on a new head unit right now. One thing that my built in NAV does that is nice is that it automatically adjusts the speaker balance when the nav voice speaks. It only puts the audio over the speakers covering the driver. The rest of the car continues to hear music as normal.

Comment Re:Hope that includes dumped dog poo bags (Score 1) 159

I have a long grass verge by the side of the road and several dog owners have taken to dumping their dog poo bags on it, which is bewildering. Why make the effort to collect the dog poo in a small black plastic bag, only to illegally litter it right afterwards? It's an on-the-spot 80 pounds = $120 fine where I live, but unless I install CCTV and review the footage (and even then identifying them might be impossible), they're never going to get caught by the local council.

Some scoundrel even *saved* 10 of their poo bags and then dumped them at various intervals along my verge. And, no, I'm not enemies with anyone local before anyone asks...

They leave it there indefinitely? I walk my dog on a route that only has trash bins at the beginning of the route. Since I walk back the same way I came, sometimes I'll pick up the poo and leave it out of the way so I don't have to carry it for another 3 miles. I put in a GPS reminder on my phone to grab it on the way back. Depending on how fast we walk, it may sit there for a solid 30 minutes before I pick it up. But like I said, I try to put it in an inconspicuous and out of the way location.

Comment Re:Wrong approach (Score 1) 86

The OP asked about "technical resources" to get knowledgeable "in the relevant technologies", and continued to make it clear that this was about learning to actually use the technologies. That is the wrong approach.

The poster said no such thing. Instead he said:

He asked me if I could advise on how he could get knowledgeable in the relevant technologies, HTML and JavaScript, in order to better interact with their developers. While there are numerous resources available to learn to program both of these, I didn't feel that would be the best approach... Instead I looked for any primers that focus on technical subjects for non-technical disciplines.

So the OP was specifically saying he didn't think the right approach was for his friend to learn how to actually implement anything in these technologies. He then later asked whether he was correct in saying his friend should NOT learn how to implement the technology itself:

Do you even agree that this is an appropriate approach or should he look to develop a working knowledge of these languages instead? Any other suggestions on how to approach this?

So all in all, the OP was trying to find the best solution overall, and did not think that his friend should actually learn the ins and outs but was open to any advice whatsoever. Everyone just assumed that this guy is like all their old PHBs that tried to pretend like he knew what he was doing.

Comment Re:Wrong approach (Score 1) 86

Look at this like brain-surgery: You as the customer (patient) do not tell the surgeon what to do, you tell him the desired outcome and he tells you the chances for that. If you do not trust that brain surgeon, you get another one or if you have to use him, you get a consultant to do fact-checking for you and explain things to you. But you do not start to learn how to do brain surgery.

I certainly read up as much as I can on my condition and the treatment modalities before I go in there and talk to my brain surgeon. I don't want to dictate or drive the discussion, but I want to be able to have an intelligent conversation with my brain surgeon. Management should be the same way. You have to trust your team, but you need to be able to understand what they tell you.

Comment Re:Wrong approach (Score 1) 86

If your friend were to develop semi- (or worse) skills, the only thing he could do is give bad technological input and make bad technological decisions. Either get somebody that has the required insights, skills, and, most importantly, experience (and experience can only be replaced by more experience) or refrain from giving technological input and making technological decisions. A good option is to get a consulting firm with respective expertise to fill that role, especially, when no full-time person is required.

Why does everyone assume that he wants to use this new found knowledge to make technical decisions instead of trying to understand and moderate discussions within his team? A good manager will always want to learn new things - not to force things down his staff's throat, but so that he can follow discussions to the point where he at least has a good idea of what is going on. There are two important tasks for a manager: 1) Shield his staff from the bullshit that is raining down from on high and 2) Help his staff resolve their challenges in the most appropriate way possible. Sometimes that means a disagreement in imeplementation details, sometimes it means just helping them talk over a problem to help that team member figure out the best way to solve a problem. I can't tell you how many times I've figured out a solution to a difficult problem when trying to distill the problem down to a less involved person. Let the man learn and grow. Don't just assume he is going to use that knowledge to become a poor manager.

Comment Re:Account should not try to "get knowledgeable" (Score 1) 86

Account should not try to "get knowledgeable" in HTML and JavaScript. He will only seem more of an idiot. 1. Be a great accountant, and dominate your existing field. Teach developers how to make the products more profitable 2. Be a human and a user, and gain user and interface expertise, so you can say what you think about the product with authority and clarity. Tell the developers how to make a more usable product. 3. Can your expertise be used to improve the product? Accounting skills may be important for the platform to make money, and the financial analysis tools needed to understand the web platforms performance.

I've seen so many developers blow smoke up non-technical people's asses that I am not sure whether to agree or disagree with your statement. It is especially common when the developer has no idea what they are doing and are trying to buy time to stumble their way through a problem. While I agree that there is value in having the accountant teach the developers things outside of their discipline, I think that it makes sense for him to learn some things outside of his. But perhaps not be overconfident in his ability to understand the exact nature or complexity of the problems his staff brings to him. It's important to know your weaknesses, but it's always appropriate to learn and grow, too.

Comment Re:Google fiber fears? (Score 2) 251

I live in Charlotte, and Google Fiber is on its way here as well as in nearby Raleigh. Lo and behold, I get a notice in the mail last month that TWC is increasing all our plans by 5x capacity, so I went from 20/1 to 100/5 at the same price.

Well, that's great,'ll only increase capacity once there's a threat? And its so cheap to do that you'll not increase prices and finish the roll-out less than 6 months from Google's announcement? Really inspires tons of customer loyalty there, Time Warner. Jackasses.

Which brings me to my point: If this rollout by Comcast is true, is someone finally getting out IN FRONT of Google Fiber, not just being a reactionary twit? Maybe, just maybe, someone is learning that customers are switching not only because of your product but because you treat your customers like crap?

I think I'm too idealistic. That would make way too much sense for the telcos to think of it.

There is no threat of Google Fiber or any other fiber service. Comcast and ATT are the only games in town. Comcast has doubled my speed twice in the last year without increasing my cost. I think I am getting 100/20 now, but I can't remember exactly. While I have no doubt that this is due to Google Fiber threats in other markets, it appears that Comcast has decided to up its game a little bit. We will see if they really start offering gigabit service outside of Google Fiber markets. I'll be surprised. But i am not complaining at the moment.

Comment Re:They should allow drugs that mellow them out (Score 1) 114

Now that said, we should consider alternative programs. Work programs for example. We use prisoners as axillary fire fighters sometimes for example. Big blaze hits California burning down the forest... and we deploy thousands of immates to fire camps and they cut fire breaks and basically do the worst most back breaking jobs that the professional fire fighters don't want to do. I believe we pay the prisoners 2 dollars a day for their efforts.

What would I have prisoners do? Anything anyone would want them to do and the prisoners will consent to do. That's another thing... the work I'm talking about is consensual. No one is forced to do it. You can go back to the prison at any time. So what would I have them do... anything they could do... they could answer phones... do paper work... harvest crops (I'm aware of the optics of having fellows in orange harvesting cotton), possibly doing some factory work... anything at all. Just get them jobs... RIGHT NOW... we could have whole industries pop up around these prisons.

We already have a prison industry. There are plenty of private prisons and we've already seen judges who are more than willing to throw the book at people to earn those prisons extra profit. Can you imagine the motivation to imprison people if you could get employees at $2 a day? You could just move all those factory jobs from China to the US with those labor rates. We probably have almost as many convicts as China has factory workers already. No, if you want prisoners to clean up after a nature disaster, or help to save lives during one, then fine. If you want them to pick up trash off the freeway, go back to school, learn trade skills, I'm all for it. But anything that encourages judges and other politicians (yes judges are politicians!) to sell other people off to a private prison industry is a no go in my book. It would be worse than selling your soul to the company store at a coal mine.

Comment Re:Metabolic rate doesn't vary that much (Score 1) 380

I'm sure there were also a ton of other factors in there that moved around the various components of the equation too. But it's still energy in vs energy out.

Fine, you're right in a sense, but the point is that the GP was claiming that the BMR does not really change from person to person (other than just due do factors such as age and size) and that it is a far more simple equation than it actually is. That's the point I am trying to make, that it's not a simple equation because there are far more variables than the GP claims. That there are variables that have absolutely nothing to do with exercise or food intake that affect your ability to lose weight. Variables that can cause your body to store energy when it normally would not. The only way to make it as simple as the GP claims is if you are starving yourself to the point where your body has no choice but to feed on itself.

Comment Re:Metabolic rate doesn't vary that much (Score 1) 380

My reply to this would be that your eating habits changed without you realize it. This is very, very common, especially if you're spending several more hours a day asleep.

Except that there is evidence that sleep loss affects your metabolic rate. And while this Mayo Clinic article suggests that sleep deprivation can cause cravings, I can tell you right now that I was on the exact same diet before and after the treatment. But if you bother to Google you can find article after article that quote different studies that suggest that sleep deprivation leads to a slower metabolic rate. So you can go ahead and put your head in the sand and think whatever you want, but doctors and scientists pretty much all disagree with you.

Comment Re:I'm gonna miss the 747 (Score 1) 345

In fact, the flight, believe it or not, had a total of 20 passengers, with a cabin crew of 10... One thing is for sure, NO airline today would operate ANY aircraft with THAT small a load, let alone a "gas-hog" like a 747... Today, they'd simply cancel the flight, courtesy of deregulation.. Back then, prior to deregulation, they were prohibited from cancelling flights except under strict rules, as I recall.. I made it to LA by about 5am, and caught a connecting flight to San Diego.. My one and only 747 flight...

Just in the last few years I flew on a 737 with ONE other passenger. The flight attendant told us to sit wherever we wanted and to not expect her to whip out the service cart. Instead she told us to hit the call button and that we could have anything we wanted, including free alcohol. The amusing thing is that the airline ran an hourly flight on that route. The plane that was supposed to leave before mine was delayed due to mechanical issues and no one asked to go to my flight, so a completely full 737 left after mine.

Comment Re:Upstart? Scarebus? Comparison to Concorde? (Score 5, Insightful) 345

The SR-71 was a flying, leaking fuel tank that couldn't even take off on a full tank, requiring a mid-air refuel shortly after before getting very quickly to its operating altitude. Concorde really was a long, long, long, long, long, long way ahead in what was achieved.

First of all, you are wrong. The SR-71 would start on a low tank of fuel because of weight considerations for the brakes and in the event of an emergency during or immediately after takeoff. Secondly it is not fair to compare the SR-71 and the Concorde at all. The SR-71 didn't leak because the designers were too stupid to build an airplane that didn't leak. If you flew the Concorde at the speeds that you flew an SR-71 it would melt into a pile of scrap or the fuel would explode. The SR-71 leaked fuel because the airframe got so hot at mach 3+ that the airframe expanded drastically. The SR-71 did not leak fuel once it warmed up. It also traveled at over 3 times the speed of the Concorde.

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?