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Comment BitTorrent is the answer (Score 1) 285

I don't want to sound like the devil's advocate, but why aren't they using BitTorrent technology to distribute the bandwidth problem a little. Something in the likes of Popcorn time. Each user will allocate a certain amount of hard drive space as a local cache and then use that to cache to distribute to others. Of course, it's not easy, you would need to have a very smart algorithm taking care of all this and distribute it along, but it should work much better than the standard Server => Client paradigm. Or am I missing something obvious? Piracy concerns? Copyright?

Comment Re:Agile/Scrum == hot potato (Score 2) 397

Look at what happened (and is still happening) with furniture: the value is moved on the creative side, because robots can build all the parts required, assemble it, and ship it to IKEA. If you really need custom furniture, it's the same. A designer can design it in a CAD software, split it up into separate parts, send the file to a factory that will build the parts and ship it to the people who will assemble it. Done. He can reuse designs and just change the sizes, the colors, the software adjusts what needs to, and bam, it's shipped.

I don't see why this can't be scaled to entire buildings? Yes, once you have the complete CAD of the entire building, and I do mean everything, humans assisted by robots that have the schematics uploaded can do the work of hundreds of men.

I don't think it's about destroying all jobs, it's just about from a team of 100 people, you keep 10 people that operate/supervise a few robots. I don't think anybody will risk having AI building entire buildings, but saving 90% in salary costs? That's achievable, and there are new and more advances assist-type machines used every day in constructions.

It's like a guy with 1 jackhammer can do the work of 20 people working with manual hammers. (I don't know the numbers exactly, but it's an example).

Comment Re:Not Even Pretending (Score 1) 607

That's the whole point. Capitalism is nobody's friend. It's just a system in which everybody competes freely.

As a european working for an american company all I see is little whiners whining that other people are better and cheaper and it's not fair.

Sure, when they go to Wallmart and they expect the products to be better and cheaper, they never care about the wages of the chinese who make them.

It's a free global market, accept it and get ready, it's gonna be much worse soon.

Comment How hypocritical we are... (Score 2) 607

It's funny how after 20 years of us "IT guys" obliterating entire industries, destroying millions of jobs (and no, no new job is created when the a software replaces a department) now that we are the victim of the same thing (efficiency) we cry out loud like crazy. This is what happens, unfortunately. At some point everything will be a commodity, and the only real value will be the people with real business instincts to make the right decision for the company. Even software development that right now is considered highly creative and safe, yes, it may be, but can also be done from anywhere in the world you have a connection. The only value in the future of software development will be the people who will be able to come up with software that sells. Once they have the idea, there are thousands of technologies, frameworks, pre-made libraries that can help with that. Even now, I am working with a framework and libraries for functionalities that 2 years ago I would have needed to write myself. Now it's all done I just have to execute them. What I could bill 60 hours in the past, I now finish in 10. Yes, it's more efficient, it's also cheaper. Today all I have to do is to come up with an idea, I can probably execute it incredibly fast and cheap with no employees. Is that good, is that bad?

Comment Americans find out globalism sucks! (Score 1) 614

When US corporations were invading the world and destroying local economies, they all said: It's globalization, competition, capitalism, deal with it! Now that the global workforce is starting to compete with US workforce by offering better quality and lower cost (not always, I understand there will always be shitty techies that think Java = Javascript but that's not my point, I am talking about skilled people) now it's discrimination, communism, bla bla. How quickly we forget...

Comment It will only take one thing (Score 1) 239

It will only take one thing: Lack of the possibility. As long as they technologically can, it will happen. They are and always have been above and beyond the law due to their nature of being "secret" services. The very concept of secret service is to get intelligence by any means necessary, as long as you don't blow your cover. Because if you don't blow your cover, nobody will ever know what laws you have broken, so you are essentially above the law.

Be a little realistic, a secret service has and uses back-doors to virtually every known dataset in their own country, and sometimes even from other countries. Google database, Facebook database, passports database, AT&T phone records database, I mean they show this even in the movies, where they kind of tone it down, I image in reality they are not as moral as they want to seem in the movies (as in we can't tap that guy's phone/email/facebook account without a warrant, it's not legal/ethic, yea right). The only true hindrance is that they can't use it in court unless they prove it was obtained under a warrant. But with all the secret courts existence, it's absolutely a breeze to get a back dated warrant.

The technology is here, the power is here, all it takes is the right political context (some big ass fear inducer in the population) and the right leader for the US to become an Orwellian state.

Comment Re:Very sad (Score 2) 277

There are literally hundreds of phones on the market right now, with ANY imaginable size (i should know, I am an android developer). Just go with the 5s, there is nothing in the 6 you will notice except screen size.

Yet I agree, they are stupid for offering phablets only. They are in the other extreme now.
In my opinion, the optimum number would be 3:
Small (existing size), medium (iphone 6 size) and phablet (iphone 6 plus).

But they probably had tons of iphones 5c/5s in stock and wanted to get rid of those :)

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