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Comment Operational inertia (Score 1) 303

Companies that inspire turnover but are otherwise stable collect cruft from employees who are competent enough to not be fired, through whatever means, but not talented or crafty enough to have options.

Short term this bloats the organization, as more people are required to accomplish the same tasks, but long term, limits the ability of the company to do anything or change tactics - gaining more and more inertial mass.

This is just a perturbation that moves IBM along that chain.

I accepted a job offer from IBM in the 90's after going through their lengthy and involved interview process.I didn't make it to my first day as the reams of paperwork I had to fill out before ever setting foot in the door were terrifying.

You can fight change or embrace it. IBM's competitors will be more agile. It's pretty clear that the future will be dominated by distributed teams with the absolute best people for the problem set working on it, almost certainly in a remote fashion. I'm writing on a computer's who's operating system was done in just sort of a fashion...

Comment Re:The commentary has a major flaw (Score 1) 188

The law lets you control entry and manage standards.

Law is a profession.. but the MBAs are trying.

Medicine is a profession. They know how to protect a gig.

Engineering (used to be) a profession. MBAs destroyed it.

Programming has no control over entry, standards, or base education requirements. It is not a profession.

Comment Re:The commentary has a major flaw (Score 1) 188

Why don't all you old guys open a consultancy, bid aggressively given the huge advantage you have by virtue of the increased productivity?

Seriously.. why not?

My guess is the advantage doesn't exist, and much of what's needed to make most applications works is indeed young people willing to gut out horrible code for systems that won't be around in two years, let alone ten.

I'm a EE, I have written hundreds of thousands of lines of code that are still in production - some of it decades ago - but I left programming, and I'm unlikely to ever be back. The problem with making novice programmers more professional is that software development is not a profession. It should be, but it isn't, and it never will be, until there is a force of law behind it.


Comment Devices are a red herring. (Score 3, Insightful) 144

Border guards can ask for your account passwords.

You don't have to provide them, of course.

But if you're not a citizen, you don't have to be admitted, either.

There are little or no practical appeals.

Not responding truthfully to a border guard is a very serious crime; it's not an option, although refusing can be, with consequences.

It will be interesting to watch the economic impact of this over time - I suspect there will be none, as people have adapted in the past, and this will just become the norm.

Comment VR is where it's at. AR is going to flop. (Score 1) 151

First off, anyone who has tried a Vive gets blown away. Even the stupid demo applications are hella impressive. When you play something like Project CARS or DCS, it's very difficult to communicate how real the depth is, and how immersive the full room simulation and tracking makes the experience.

Second, it's not just gamers and technical people. My wife, who never has expressed any interest in any video game ever, is bugging me to get the wireless adapter so she can play Holopoint more. Which she routinely plays until she can't move, and Holopoint is a pretty basic game. I pay attention when there are technologies she looks to use; I imagine others do as well.

Third, the average price of most Vive games on the Steam store is under $5. This is impressive, given that there are probably only 500k Vive units out there.

AR requires you to wear stupid headsets in public. Outside of specialty professional engagements, until you get AR on a contact lens, this is never, ever, ever going to go into the mass market. AR and 3D TV are much closer in terms of the market problems. The gateway to AR is going to be your smartphone.

VR requires a stupid headset but literally puts you in your own world.

VR, and the Vive specifically, is one of the few technologies that has left me awestuck. The first time that happened was when I figured out how to use my 300 baud modem. The second time was when I got my hands on an internet connected VMS VAX. This was the third.

Interesting times. If you're a doubter try a Vive on a well equipped PC.

Comment I might jump to the next Surface (Score 1) 313

It's gotten good; the pencil on the iPad Pro is something I've waited a very long time for, if Microsoft can get it's performance close I'll probably go. I need a real computer and iOS is horribly handicapped (no xcode). The surface has a real keyboard, the iPad pro is a silicone joke.

OS wise,it matters less than it used to; I don't care, and I always have to have a windows machine for any type of 3D work,modelling, or VR.

This is how the system is supposed to work.. competition.

Here's hoping Apple gets it together. I love my phone, but it seems Apple is now a phone company and not a computer company. They don't have a single computer that can even pretend to run a virtual reality setup.

Dumb. Apple the Phone Company. That's what has happened. Sad.

Comment Voice apps are stupid (Score 2) 210

Voice to text is handy in a bunch of situations now. Mostly when I want to send someone a message when I'm walking or typing. It's sort of neat for appointments, and I use it all the time for setting a timer. ..on my phone.

Screens and keyboards, or touch devices, are remarkably effective at conveying large amounts of information almost instantly. Voice is not an efficient medium. Do you know why people hate voicemail? Because it's slow and ineffective.

Voice apps will be the next 3DTV, which should have been clear to everyone wasn't going anywhere. If you have to put on goggles, it might as well be a VR headset..

In the meantime, I can order from Amazon from my tablet in a few seconds, deal with issues and confirmations, while I'm watching Netflix on my 65" regular 2D TV.

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