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Comment: Re:Public service announcement (Score 1) 357

by barc0001 (#46623597) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

I couldn't agree more. Things fail, you cannot rely on electrical/power assist functions in all cases so as a responsible motor vehicle operator you should be required to know what to do in the event that one or more of these systems fails. In fact, it should be mandatory to receive a driver's license. A pilot has to demonstrate the ability to handle an engine failure before receiving their license, and a motorcyclist has to demonstrate the ability to handle the bike with the front tire locked up in a panic stop before getting theirs, so why not car drivers having the same requirements?

In addition, it saddens me to see manual gearboxes being nearly nonexistent in North America, as that also gives you far better control over your vehicle in a situation like this. Something weird going on with your engine? Step 1, put in the clutch. Step 2, put it in neutral (which many automatics won't let you do at highway speeds any more), step 3, sort it out on the shoulder. Works for both an engine that dies unexpectedly, as well as those alleged reports of stuck throttles.

Comment: Re:Good for them (Score 3, Insightful) 84

by barc0001 (#46496155) Attached to: Steam Controller Drops Touchscreen

"No gaming control pad should have a touchscreen. It was absolutely ridiculous on the Wii U"

I strongly disagree. Used properly, the touchpad and second display can be a great addition. Just look at some of the DS or 3DS games for how it should be done. In fact, if Nintendo would release a WiiU addon that would allow me to use my 3DS cartridges on it, I'd buy it in a heartbeat and airmail them a thank you cake.

+ - Good engineering managers aren't just hard to find — they don't exist->

Submitted by hype7
hype7 (239530) writes "Here's a provocative article; the VP of engineering of a Sequoia-backed startup in Silicon Valley makes the case that good engineering managers aren't just hard to find — that they basically don't exist. The crux of his argument? The best engineers get all the benefits of being leaders, but without needing to take on the rather painful duties of management. So they choose not to move up. Compare this to the engineers who aren't as strong, and use the opportunity to move up as a way to get their voice heard."
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Comment: "Devices" != PCs (Score 1) 511

by barc0001 (#45973603) Attached to: Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

Really? We're equating phones, ipods and tablets to PCs now? Walk into an office with an iPad and tell your boss you don't need a computer any more. See how far that gets you. By the same token, there are more bikes than cars, I guess Detroit better hang it up and call the liquidators, bikes won.

"devices" aren't even in the same area code as PCs and laptops, capability and *usability* wise. Trying to equate one to the other is ludicrous. One observation that stuck with me about tablets vs computers is that someone remarked "Tablets are information and media consumption devices, while computers are information and media creation devices". And it's true. I have a tablet. I love my tablet. It's great for looking shit up or watching a video in bed or or reading email on the train on the way to work. But if I have to type a paragraph on the thing I want to hurl it down the hallway by the time I finish. And if someone told me I HAD to do my job on it, I'd put it on the desk, walk out and become a farmer, garbageman, mechanic, or anything else that wouldn't force me to use a tablet to do tech work.

Comment: Re:If Valve had a big marketing budget (Score 1) 348

They don't need it like Microsoft did. Microsoft as a gaming company was an unknown quantity and their debut was back when games were "kids" activities so they had to market heavily. Valve on the other hand is a well known game company with a proven track record, even in the console space. Try and find a console gamer who hasn't at least played Left for Dead, Portal, Team Fortress 2 or Half Life 2 on a console at least once.

Also, the age demographic has shifted since the introduction of the Xbox more than a decade ago and many of the people who are going to be getting the next gen consoles are are adults who have been playing games for years and again are well familiar with Valve and probably Steam as well. The big push isn't going to be to market to the soccer moms, it's going to be to appeal to the discerning gamer.

Comment: "We believed we knew better what customers needed (Score 4, Insightful) 278

by hype7 (#44996211) Attached to: How BlackBerry Blew It

"We believed we knew better what customers needed long term than they did."

Yeah, except Steve Jobs thought this too, and look where Apple is.

This piece is interesting as a historical account but, like all these journalistic articles on why something happened, it's all hindsight 20/20 bullshit. If you want to understand why you can't trust the press to really explain the cause and effect of events, I encourage you to check out this book: The Halo Effect. Tears it all apart.

Comment: Re:"Nestle was on board 'within an hour' of hearin (Score 1) 247

by barc0001 (#44749289) Attached to: Android 4.4 Named 'KitKat'

Actually, reading the article, I rather think they have. Otherwise they wouldn't be doing stuff like this:

"To promote the alliance, Nestle now plans to deliver more than 50 million chocolate bars featuring the Android mascot to shops in 19 markets, including the UK, US, Brazil, India, Japan and Russia.

The packaging had to be produced in advance over the past two months. But despite the scale of the operation, the two firms managed to keep the story a secret,"

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