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Comment Few practical inventions/innovations (Score 0) 417

No consumer robotics. Roomba has been around for how long?? Why do I have to wash my windows, wash my laundry, and mow my grass?
  • No advances in space travel in 50 years
  • No major aviation advances
  • Medicine has seen new inventions and innovations, but no cure for cancer.
  • No flying cars
  • Self-driving cars? Maybe, but I wonder when we will really see them. Commute to work is still a pain, probably worse than 20 years ago.
  • Construction? Buildings and infrastructure. Incremental improvement, but I don't have an integrated home control system, and few do.

    • BTW, does anyone realize it is 2013?

Comment The most valuable lesson (Score 1) 507

If a co-worker can't present criticism in a constructive way, his road to success in a company is going to be long and steep.

Anyone who's written any serious code knows that compromises are made too often because of schedule or resource limitations. If you haven't done that you work for an imaginary company or you are lying. Code/software architecture can almost always be improved, but if there is not a business case (and often, even if there is), it will still not be improved.

The most valuable lesson this intern needs to learn is that you work with people and they are human. If you call my children ugly, then anything else you say is not going to be greeted warmly.

Submission + - How valuable is software?

pudknocker writes: I usually work for companies that develop both hardware and software. I have always seen a clear difference between the value that is placed on the quality of the hardware design as opposed to the quality on software. Software is done as quickly as possible because we can "Fix it later". So crap gets shipped (or goes into production) and an endless cycle of short term changes ensues as the design devolves into a dripping pile of sludge. Surely I'm not alone in this.

Comment US: Waste and managment incompetence raise costs (Score 1) 491

Everyone knows that large corporations (all that I have worked for anyway, including IBM) have so much bureaucracy and obstacles that it raises costs. Probably true in India, too, but at least the wasted time doesn't cost as much. Sometimes, Dilbert is too true to be funny. Make that most times.

Girl Claims Price Scanner Gave Her Tourette's Syndrome 558

Attorneys for Dominica Juliano claim that she was burned and developed psychological problems after a store clerk aimed a hand-held price scanner at her face. Store attorneys say their scanners uses a harmless LED light and that the girl had serious health problems before she was scanned. From the article: "Dominica Juliano was 12 when she and her grandmother entered the Country Fair store in Erie in June 2004. A clerk allegedly called the girl 'grumpy' before flashing his hand-held bar code scanner over her face and telling her to smile. Attorneys for Ms. Juliano and her guardian say the girl was sensitive to light and burned, and later developed post-traumatic stress and Tourette's syndrome."

Jordanian Mayor Angry Over "Alien Invasion" Prank 217

krou writes "Jordanian mayor Mohammed Mleihan has taken a dim view of local newspaper Al-Ghad's April Fools prank, which saw a front page story claiming that 'flying saucers flown by 3m (10ft) creatures had landed in the desert town of Jafr.' The paper claimed that communication networks had gone down, and people were fleeing the area. The mayor called the local security authorities, who combed the area, but they were unable to find any evidence of the aliens. Mr Mleihan is now considering suing because of the distress it caused to residents: 'Students didn't go to school, their parents were frightened and I almost evacuated the town's 13,000 residents. People were scared that aliens would attack them.'" I guess they've never heard of Orson Welles in Jordan.

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