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Comment: Re:Can we get a summary of that excerpt, please? (Score 1) 138

The performance would be better than that of a human regardless.

Until it's not. Perhaps the best solution is to use both. That is, automate but have a human operator as backup. That way when the automation goes off the rails (either figuratively or literally), there's a human there saying "that's not quite right" and can resume the reins. Automation should allow for a higher system-to-human ratio, so it's not a complete loss.

Comment: Re:Can we get a summary of that excerpt, please? (Score 4, Informative) 138

In this case, the "gels" were employing a heuristic to know when to do something (in this case, turn on the air ventilation system). It was assumed that it was something meaningful to the action (i.e. something to do with the recipients of the ventilation), but it was something arbitrary (i.e. the way the clock looked). So, unless you have insight into what the heuristic is, you won't know when it's going to have the expected behavior and when it isn't. Even if it seemingly has the expected behavior for a long time.

Comment: Incompetence (Score 1) 311

by themightythor (#44907693) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Your Work Schedule Make You Unproductive?

When you earnestly believe that you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your effort, there's no end to what you can't do.

http://www.despair.com/incompetence.html

Which is not to say that you're not skilled. But management trying to solve the problem of falling behind by saying "work more hours" is futile.

Comment: OS Accessibility Features (Score 2) 147

by themightythor (#41094603) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Single-Handed Keyboard Options For Coding?
Take a look at turning on sticky keys for the duration of your recovery. I'm assuming that you're on Windows, but Linux for sure and Mac probably has the same feature (just maybe called something different). Also, take the opportunity to think more and type less. Maybe you'll achieve code enlightenment, which is nice. Good luck on the recovery and do whatever your orthopedist says.

Comment: Re:What *Edition* of SQL Server? (Score 1) 284

by themightythor (#40458799) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Low Cost Way To Maximize SQL Server Uptime?
My point is that in this case, the software vendor in question is marketing to clients who would have a hard time justifying the licensing cost of even SQL Server Standard Edition. So, stepping into the vendor's shoes, I ask what are my clients likely to pay for and "Express" is the answer. Plus, it's likely able to keep up with the demands of any restaurant out there given even moderately decent hardware.

Comment: Re:The Department of Redundancy Department (Score 1) 628

by themightythor (#39770885) Attached to: University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department
I think the point that s/he was trying to make is that most people assume that college athletics makes their money (or at least the lion's share) from ticket sales when the reality is that they make their money by and large from donations with ticket sales comprising a small portion of revenue. That said, I think colleges should stop viewing their athletic programs as an end unto themselves and as a means to an end, namely to generate revenue for the college at large. After all colleges are still ostensibly academic institutions.

Comment: Re:Hold it!!! (Score 2) 304

I've been in this situation before. When it happens and there's one PM in charge of all the projects I'm working on, I sit down with them and say "There are n things on my list. Rank them 1 to n." If they say everything is a 1, I tell them that they had their chance and the order is now up to me and arbitrary. If it's multiple PMs, I set up a meeting with them to expose the problem. It usually resolves itself there, but if it doesn't, see the one PM strategy.

"Engineering without management is art." -- Jeff Johnson

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