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Comment: Re:It is doable. (Score 1) 397

by pubwvj (#47961273) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

1) Documentation.
2) We cross train. Not as in sports.
3) We're all family and our family is very engineering and math inclined. It seems to be a genetic trait. Some people have it. It makes machines, and even electronics and code, fairly obvious while to those without this trait things look too complex. Some people are born engineers. Training enhances it, yes. But there is an inclination. Just like starting out with good genetics in livestock or farm working dogs.

Comment: New OS should always be faster, less glimmer (Score 1) 496

by pubwvj (#47961105) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Problem is Apple is putting too much emphasis on glimmer and glitz. They need to focus on functionality, speed and legacy compatibility. A new OS should always be faster, less buggy, more stable, etc. It should also run smoothly and easily on the older hardware, gracefully falling back on functions the hardware won't support. Doing old things should always be the same or better, never worse.


Comment: It is doable. (Score 5, Interesting) 397

by pubwvj (#47955493) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

We are a small family farm.
We're building our own USDA/State inspected meat processing facility - almost done.
I designed the facility myself from scratch.
We have done all the construction of our building.
We will do all the work in the facility ourselves.
We built much of the equipment for our butcher shop, mostly out of stainless steel.
We built many of the tools to build the above equipment.
We invented techniques, tools and processes to do what we need to do.
More people need to innovate.
It is quite doable.

Comment: Coming Incompatibility Singularity... (Score 1) 350

by pubwvj (#47950517) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

And in MacOSX 11 and iOS 9 Apple will officially abandon all previous file formats so you have to rebuy all your music in their new wonderful format.

8Track Tape...
Cassette Tapes...
BlueRay... ...and all those other formats that never really made it but they suckered people into buying. The industry likes you to rebuy your entire data collection every few years. It's a cheaper way for them to make profits than actually producing great new products.

Et U2?

Comment: Zombies and Brain Drain (Score 1) 274

by pubwvj (#47950221) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

"I have noticed that many of the older software developers are burnt out. They would rather do their 9-5, get paid, and go home. They have little, if any, passion left, and I constantly wonder how they became this way."

The reason you are seeing this is that the good creative developers left to start their own companies leaving behind the people like you describe. Fairly classic.

Comment: Good or Bad News? (Score 1) 327

by pubwvj (#47935717) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

So does this mean that I'll get faster, better service?


Does this mean that I'll lose the service I now have?


Will the price skyrocket?

One of those three. I live in a rural area, as does much of the country. We have a big country. This is not some piddling small urbanesque country like they have in Europe with short distances. The USA has vast distances between homes and businesses in the rural areas.

Basically what I hear him saying is he only wants to subsidize the urbanites and to hell with the rural folks. Typical bureaucrat. They are from the cities and don't understand the real world outside their borders.

The reality is I already pay $130/month for what costs about $20/month in the city but I only get 1.5Mbps rather than the 25Mbps they get in the urban areas. I suspect that rather than getting better service I'll simply lose what I have. When a piece of hardware goes down the phone company, the only ISP around, will just not replace it leaving a black hole in the telecommunications landscape. No cell. No landline. No internet.

Comment: He doesn't have very good hearing... (Score 1) 90

by pubwvj (#47920531) Attached to: MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

"Our robot can be silent and as efficient as animals. The only things you hear are the feet hitting the ground."

He doesn't have very good hearing. Real animals can be a lot quieter than his motors. His robots are making sounds - he just isn't hearing them.

Furthermore his future goal of 30 mph is pretty slow. I have dogs that run twice that. Real cheetahs run almost three times that.

Not to diss his achievements with his robots but he should stop spinning the PR so hard. Exaggeration isn't necessary.

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James