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Comment: Re:Dilbert words: Can anything be as demoralizing? (Score 1) 382

by zieroh (#47476187) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

You are no more equipped to understand their job than they are to understand yours. Dilbert does a great job lampooning the aspects that are visible to you, but a poor job of explaining the aspects that are not. You won't get this until you become a manager, I'm afraid.

Speaking as a manager, you're completely full of shit.

Comment: Re:Et tu, Lenovo? (Score 1) 126

The fact that IBM chose not to partner with Lenovo for developing all these apps and services for Lenovo's Windows and Android tablets and smartphones is downright bizarre.

Indeed. It's utterly bizarre that IBM would choose to partner with a US company that has a successful product with good market penetration, rather than a Chinese company with products that have yet to gain any traction.

Oh, wait...

Comment: Re: Will we ever stop celebrating Jesus? (Score 1) 157

That's right. God planned for Jesus (god) to be crucified. So in effect, god sacrificed himself to himself to atone for the things he finds offensive according to his divine rules, so that he can judge you when he checks whether you complied with his rules.

So what you're saying is that god was a narcissist.

Comment: Re:Beats? BEATS? (Score 1) 188

by zieroh (#47115987) Attached to: Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

Beats takes analog audio hardware that hasn't changed since the 70s, sprinkles fairy design dust on it, and sells it for big money. What better model for Apple's transistor & software business?

I was going to object to your outright dismissal of design and how important it is to good (or sometimes just popular) products. But then I remembered that this is slashdot.

Hint: The failure of Linux to make inroads on the desktop is due to the exact same reason: the elevation of engineering above everything else.

(And yes, I too am an engineer).

Comment: Re:I propose a test ... (Score 1) 167

by zieroh (#47070471) Attached to: California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

Screw passive cloaking, lets see how well that self driving sensor package works when getting hit full in the face with some broad spectrum jamming.

Oh, it's a lot easier than that. I anticipate that we'll see exploits right off the bat that are based solely on specific behaviors next to / in front of / around an autonomous vehicle. It probably won't be hard to force one off the road just by aggressively encroaching into their lane and matching their rate of deceleration.

Dangerous, sure. Irresponsible, absolutely. But inevitable just the same.

Comment: Re:Why not? (Score 2, Insightful) 167

by zieroh (#47070449) Attached to: California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

Understandable reaction, but you're wrong.

The AC was presenting his personal opinion -- that if he has to pay attention, he's not interested. Technically speaking, one cannot be "wrong" about whether he is interested in it or not. He's either interested, or he's not, and there's only one person on the entire planet that actually has a say in that.

Comment: Re:how is it hoarding or scalping? (Score 1) 427

by zieroh (#46950023) Attached to: In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot

it's public parking, so you have no right to keep someone from parking in it.

Conversely, nobody has a right to take it from you, either. You have as much right to sit there -- within any relevant time limits -- as anyone else. Delaying your exit for a winning bidder may not be the most civic-minded action you can take, but it's certainly not illegal.

Comment: Re:Stocks? (Score 1) 404

by zieroh (#46899431) Attached to: Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

Nothing has "intrinsic value".

It is my personal observation that the phrase "intrinsic value" is essentially meaningless. Ask three people what "intrinsic value" means and you'll get five answers. This makes it a phrase worth avoiding. If your argument rests upon the claim that something has "intrinsic value", you've lost.

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