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Comment Re: Programming (Score 2) 616

Hate to say this, but NO, NO and a big NO.

Designers yes - web designers NO.

A good web designer needs some fundamental architecture skills that are derived from math or science classes which teach you how to break down a problem into smaller bits, which bits to solve first and some fundamental boolean logic.

A good web designer is not someone who throws in bootstrap, jquery and some pretty shit on a website. He/She understand how to break down the HTML/JS/CSS into smaller meaningful bits, how to include these bits depending on where and when they're needed. They understand how benchmarking goes (how long does it take a web server to respond, if the stack is sending a 1MB response from Alaska to Brisbane ..).

I could go on and on about how much I've started to HATE people who copy paste shit, buy a theme, tweak a few colors, find some jquery snippets and animate a headline and go on to call themselves web designers.

Comment Re:What tech challenges? (Score 1) 54

I am sure there is a very significant technical challenge getting those awesome aircraft back in the air and more importantly getting them back on the ground safely. However, the link is pure and simple link bait and an extremely low quality rehash of the official website.

I assumed coming from a publication like Network World, there would be some geekery in the article... but was left sadly disappointed.

Comment Re:I agree .. BUT .... (Score 1) 232

I very seriously agree ... but as a small "community" business, we do need an app or two to allow our users to connect with our websites. Simple things like push messaging to send them notifications, lean data delivery (no need to deliver entire html pages for every pageview) etc etc.

So, the choice is - do we choose a single hybrid framework and learn that, or do we develop for IOS / Android / Windows phones natively and learn three things?

In terms of frameworks etc.. .as long as we can communicate to a PHP / MySQL driven back end, which spits out JSON / XML - the front end can be redone over some time. I think...

Comment I agree .. BUT .... (Score 5, Interesting) 232

I think it is important enough to have atleast one 'skunk-works' type project that every developer needs to work on, just to keep up with what will be boring a year or two down the road.

I avoided "not boring" for a couple of years and for the last month, while I look at hybrid mobile apps, I am stunned by my lack of knowledge and the abundance of terms, concepts and technologies that mean nothing to me ... angular, ionic, grunt, promises, JSX, reactjs, compass, gulp, firebase... the list could go on and on and on, these are just things I've started researching over the last few weeks, to make sure I make the right choice.

Every organisation needs a "not boring" slot of time for their developers. Not for product that needs to ship NOW.. but for stuff that may need to ship next year.

Comment Re:Online news (Score 1) 167

May I suggest that you go back in time (or go into the future) and look for a video called "EPIC" or "Googlezon".

A lot of this is possible with crowdsourcing, but use machine driven processes for the basics - far too many agendas out there once your site / service becomes popular. Look at text / sentiment analysis engines and mashups with larger public databases to drive facts.

Comment Re:(Mg,Fe)SiO3 (Score 3, Informative) 128

Not just "sounds like"... they've got nothing other than speculation which confirms earlier speculation.

Tschauner’s description of bridgmanite gives us no such insights about the inside of the Earth, other than to confirm what scientists believed to have been true for quite some time: The mineral exists, and it can occur naturally under highly pressurized conditions.

Comment Re:Keep It Ready (Score 1) 208

I seriously recommend this blog from Rackspace to those who are so caught up in cloudy-cluster-off-premises-corporate talk.

This rising complexity and cost on the multi-tenant cloud is hitting customers in four main ways:
- They spend more on engineering time and talent to architect for failure on the multi-tenant cloud, which is complex and hard.
- They also spend more on engineering to deal with inconsistent performance, which is even harder.
- They spend more on infrastructure, because over-provisioning is one of the major ways to compensate for inconsistent performance.
- They spend more through the virtualization tax, which can diminish disk and network performance by 5 percent to 20 percent.

KEEP your existing hardware as a live back up for when it starts raining in the cloud. Better yet, build in cost for new hardware on your rack over the next year to lower costs / maintenance and get some experience in building and operating your own in-house cloudy thing.

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau