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Comment: Re:Then don't sign the contract (Score 2) 155

by Tablizer (#48476633) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

I once contracted for a medium-small company that was under contract with Disney to supply services. Disney was a royal pain in the ass to this company in that they were super picky, but the company used them for bragging rights when attempting to sign on other companies. Eventually they dropped Disney when it was realized the bragging rights were not worth the abuse.

Comment: Middle East [Re:Um, what?] (Score 1) 417

by Tablizer (#48469905) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

I bet he's going to make the Middle East stable...

The best way to deal with the M.E. is to bud out. Our tinkering has made it worse far more often than better. I wish the Office of the President was split into a domestic prez and a foreign policy prez.

I'd vote Ron Paul for foreign policy prez in the heartbeat. I just don't like his domestic plans.

Comment: Re:Whats the alternative then? (Score 1) 278

by Tablizer (#48469015) Attached to: Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

If you master its "different" framework, perhaps you are right. But the problem is that the learning curve is too high. A master swordsman can probably beat a generic cop with a gun in a urban environment. However, it takes a heck of a lot of training to reach that point. Cops with guns are cheaper and easier to find and train.

Comment: Re:If it's losing steam it's because (Score 1) 278

by Tablizer (#48468893) Attached to: Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

Ruby will probably fail to go mainstream for the same reason Lisp has. It's wonderfully flexible in that it's almost a meta language that allows you to shape your "language" into just about any construct you want.

The downside is that everybody thinks different, and shaping a language to fit your head de-fits it for other heads. Standards are often preferred because they provide consistency between individuals and teams even when they don't perfectly fit a specific situation in terms of parsimony and compactness of expression.

The lesson of the market is that inter- and and intra-team communication trumps parsimony economically, in most cases.

Comment: Re:Waiting... (Score 1) 144

by Animats (#48455329) Attached to: Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030

OK, here's a site with an interview with IDEO's designer. It has the key pictures without the UI from hell.

This is the Eric Schmidt vision of the future. People will still go to offices and have meetings. They'll just have better cars and presentation tools, and better delivery services for physical stuff.

Will we really need that many office workers? That's the huge question. Given the head counts at newer companies, probably not.

Things equal to nothing else are equal to each other.