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Comment: Re:Brilliant idea (Score 1) 193

Watches have been at least in large parts fashion accessory for a while now, their convenience factor not necessarily being what sells them. Especially their upscale incarnations. From what I know of Apple's watch, the convenience takes even more of a backseat with its short battery life and very high price.

That really leaves this to be something primarily used by rich people to show off their wealth, like for example Rolex watches. Maybe unluckily for Apple, Rolex watches probably do last multiple generations, while, as you said, Apple's watch will be outdated much quicker than that.

Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 447

by neumayr (#49369439) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

While I agree that this character assassination, especially with the guy's last name included and therefore the whole family involved, is not a good sign for the general journalistic integrity.

However, you are forgetting another crucial piece of evidence, the descent rate, which we have from radar data. It seems to be consensus on every source I read, that the very smooth descend rate must be autopilot controlled, and setting the autopilot's target altitude is pretty involved, and must be done intentionally.

That said, yes, they were very fast with laying the blame on the co-pilot. Disturbingly so. Let's hope the investigation will actually continue, though the plane was disintegrated, and the they're even publicly saying that the second recorder might never be found.

Comment: Re:UX? Meh. I have enough experiences in life (Score 1) 199

by neumayr (#47673367) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

The user's experience of the many interfaces of a system. E.g., as software nowadays comes, there is an (remote) backend, multiple frontends (apps, API, administrative tools). UX usually focuses on the end-user facing frontends, but those also come along with different interfaces as they have to integrate into different platforms.

Strictly speaking, yes, "user interface" could mean the sum of all those interfaces. But that's not the traditional meaning of the term.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say it... (Score 2) 396

Let me guess, you're writing these lines from the comfort of your air conditioned home office?

Give the man a break, he's had more impact than close to everyone on this site will ever have. And now he's in Russian hands, who have can easily blackmail him into anything.

Comment: Re:Proven Correctness (Score 1) 664

by neumayr (#46310909) Attached to: Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration


What you're arguing against is might not be what the parent stated. Yes, proving your software is working correctly is hard, very hard. Not possible for an individual developer in a real life situation (limited time, resources, formal education in mathematics - what are you doing writing commercial code when you're a mathematician?). That's one of the issue what I believe the parent wanted to mitigate with improved development tools, which also need to be bug free of course. At some level, the building blocks need to be proven to work correctly, you're right there. But that's should not be for the feature developer to do, he should be able to rely on the tools he's given.

Yes, I agree with the parent, software development is way to hard at the moment, the analogy "It's as if engineers decided to only use modeling clay for buildings, because nobody sells steel, and it's too cumbersome to smelt their own." holds true and seems to fit with what you're saying.

Comment: Re:Live in a cave (Score 1) 664

by neumayr (#46310789) Attached to: Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

It is pretty common to blame users for system malfunctions. And often, that turns out to be correct. However, you being here, chances are you somehow involved in software development and its processes, and have experienced many of its failures. Here, we're talking about software people bet their life on. I do think it's warranted to look very closely and actually rule out that the failure was a technical one, and I find it difficult to imagine an argument against that.

Comment: Re:Offline composition of Slashdot comments (Score 1) 506

by neumayr (#44677671) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever
At what step in your mulit-tiered review system does it usually occur to that you're not writing for publishing, but partaking in a online discussion? How often did you decide your phrasing does not fit the purpose and started over? How often did the discussion move along to other sub-threads and your carefully worded post ignored?

Comment: Re:No really, it's jQuery that's broken (Score 1) 213

by neumayr (#42938879) Attached to: WebKit As Broken As Older IE Versions?

You make some good point. Howevr, imagine the following not uncommon scenario:

1. A small number of experienced developers starts a project
2. The devs choose to build their own framework for the reasons you describe
3. PM wants ever more features, the project grows, more developers join
4. All new code is build on the framework made in step 2
5. Framework is extended
6. Original devs leave

So now everyone can use the framework, but it's original devs stopped maintaining it. Everyone know how to use the framework, but nobody knows its inner workings well enough - we have a custom, still lightweight framework tailored for the job, but nobody's maintaining it. The worst of both worlds, a framework maintained by people you can't rely on to understand it and fix its bugs, and the initial investment to build it in the first place.

In the end, you're right, there is no clearly defined criteria for which approach is better than the other, both ways has a very good chance to bite you in the ass. My perspective however, not as a developers of production systems but a software testing engineer (writing code to break other people's code ;)), what I see is bugs, bugs everywhere. Hardly any new feature, however straight forward it appears in its original specs, that's not can of worms of new and exciting issues. That's why I'm very skeptical of using new code when existing, already tested code exists.

Comment: Re:No really, it's jQuery that's broken (Score 1) 213

by neumayr (#42918211) Attached to: WebKit As Broken As Older IE Versions?

This is hard to prove or disprove. Sure, throwing some huge framework on a small problem is not a sensible approach. Seems like a no-brainer. But where to draw the line? A real life application constantly grows, and has a good chance to eventually use a growing percentage of the features exposed by a given framework. If you know your application will not outgrow its initial specs (in an unexpected way), it might make sense to opt for an own framework.

My personal experience, however, is that developers too often opt for their own solutions, maybe due some kind of not invented here syndrome, and duplicate a lot of work. That is bad in a lot of ways, as a well maintained framework with multiple developers and documented bugs is always preferable to completely new code.

Whenever people agree with me, I always think I must be wrong. - Oscar Wilde