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Comment: Re:But they help also (Score 1) 366

by microTodd (#49290541) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

What city are you in that literally "every" UberX car (I'm assuming UberX because there are some strict requirements for the Black Car and up service) is messy and unwashed? I've had both, nice clean cars and awful cars. And you give the awful cars and drivers 1-star ratings. And if the ratings go too low Uber fires that driver (that's what one driver told me anyways).

But that's my experience, in Atlanta. I love Uber in ATL. And all the drivers I've talked to (maybe 8-10) like working for Uber. And a ride from Hartsfield to Buckhead? $50-60 with taxi, $25 with UberX.

I'm no Uber shill, but I guess I'm a fanboy.

Comment: Re:You know... (Score 3, Insightful) 698

That's....a very sad story. How old is your niece? If she's only 15-20 then this makes sense. I bet when she's 30-40 it might suddenly matter to her to see the audio tapes of her father.

Or maybe not. Some people grow into things like this. Others don't.

Comment: Re:Here are the FACTS (Score 1) 129

by microTodd (#49089497) Attached to: Delivery Drones: More Feasible If They Come By Truck

I'm of two minds on this.

One the one hand, being a pragmatic engineer and business strategist, I agree with you. Amazon's drone project would never really work.

On the other hand, I really WANT it to work. And, historically speaking, whenever radical disruptive change happened there were people who always said "that will never work", backed up by plenty of sound reasoning and scientific fact.

Yeah, sure, say what you will about how smart you are. I'm just saying.....disruptive technologies tend to either a) catch everyone by surprise or b) had lots of naysayers or c) both.

Comment: Re:Missing option: undetermined (Score 1) 164

by microTodd (#49079055) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?

Interestingly, it could be both.

Parts of it are almost certainly historical, especially the New Testament. Historians are fairly confident that they really are letters written around 100AD from one person to another.

Now, is everything that is said in those letters "truth"? That's the tricky part.

But its just like reading, say, one of Thomas Jefferson's letters. Its certainly non-fiction. Thomas Jefferson definitely wrote it. Was he wrong with what he said? Maybe, maybe not. But its not fiction.

The Old Testament is more interesting. Various oral histories, stories, myths, etc, that were passed down from generations and finally codified. Sprinkle in some poetry, some songwriting, some genealogy...whether or not its "truth" its still of interesting cultural significance.

Comment: Re:This is not the problem (Score 0) 688

by microTodd (#48616349) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

The richest company in the world (Apple) makes products that are only intended for a very small percentage of even a wealthy nation's population

I'm not sure that's accurate. You're thinking MacBook and iPad, but let's think iPhone and iPod.

I only have a few minutes, but I found this:

Most iPhone users only have an income of >25k, Since the US median is 60k, that means that the iPhone is sold to basically everyone.

I'm not trying to be a pedantic jerk, but I think this article and comment thread touches on a VERY important issue and I want to make sure we have all the facts right so we can analyze it.

Comment: Re:Divisions (Score 2) 48

by microTodd (#48517509) Attached to: Interviews: Malcolm Gladwell Answers Your Questions

Who are these people that lay awake at night worrying about whether someone will have an abortion?

The same people who lay awake at night worried about people dying of starvation and/or violence. Whether or not you agree with whether an unborn child is alive or not, in their worldview the unborn child is alive, thus it is murder.

Whether or not you are pro-life or pro-choice, I think understanding the pro-life worldview is not difficult. Its the same as whether or not you believe the earth is flat, or only 6,000 years old. Even if you don't believe it, you can at least intellectually comprehend that there are people that do.

Comment: Don't listen to's my experience (Score 1) 176

by microTodd (#48471559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?
  • Set up a VM server...Oracle Virtualbox is free. Run integration/platform testing and maybe even development on shared VMs. Don't be scared to spin up new VMs a lot for any reason
  • Have a bug/task/defect tracking system. Either run bugzilla or JIRA or buy a cloud service like Atlassian's.
  • Decide on source code control and use it. Either Mercurial or Git is probably your best choice nowadays. Host your own or pay the relatively cheap rate for a cloud service
  • If your team is small, run your sprints in short spurts. When I have 2-4 person teams we do 1-week sprints. Daily standups are in a shared chatroom.
  • Continuous integration. Automated nightly builds/unit/system tests with emailed reports to the team. Always be ready to ship.
  • Don't skimp on your QC/test'll hate yourself later when you have to pay down the technical debt. But in my experience new features/bulletpoints on the marketing slides sells more than the occasional bug takes away.

Play to your strengths. Be agile. React quickly to marketing changes. Some customer wants to buy but you don't do something? Promise it withing 6 weeks and then frickin' do it.

Good luck, dude. Its a fun and fulfilling endeavor.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.