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Comment Re:You can't fix stupid (Score 1) 668

An education beyond intelligence most likely results in rejection of the information due to a lack of understanding.

Or parroting information without understanding, like so many students do on their exams that ultimately lead to their graduation and completion of education.

On the heirarchy of knowledge, data becomes information, information becomes knowledge, and knowledge becomes wisdom. In education, we present previously understood information in hopes of developing knowledge. In reality, it's nothing more than data to the student, some of whom will internalize it as desired, but many will not.

You can test this with people. All you have to do is listen to someone describe something a little technical, such as selecting a sorting algorithm, a specific PRNG algorithm, or a statistical model, and then ask them "why?"

Comment Re:What about new talent? (Score 1) 1501

I'm very familiar with the disagreement between Linus and Mauro. Mauro messed up. When Linus called him out on it, Mauro claimed that it was the userspace application's fault (!!!). A livid Linus told him to shut up and follow the rules (don't break userspace!). Then this exchange continued a little more. Mauro is an example of a developer who pushes back against the rules even though he's been in the game long enough to know not to. Swearing at Mauro is one thing, I think Linus should have considered ignoring Mauro's contributions as he has demonstrated a clear lack of judgment.

If Linus wouldn't have been very clear with his frustration, how much longer would that exchange have been?

Here's the exchange: https://lkml.org/lkml/2012/12/23/48

Comment Re:Professional != Tantrums (Score 1) 1501

Linus has been doing this for a very long time during which Linux has grown from his pet project to a major OS, so you seem to be off base about the long-term cost. This same management strategy made Bill Gates the richest man in the world and MS the leader in the business and desktop. Apple is the most valuable company in the world because Jobs employed this approach as well.

Comment Re:What about new talent? (Score 1) 1501

This is the nature of OSS because you cannot fire your employees. You see, as an employee if I don't like your work, I'll let you go. But as a OSS leader, if you constantly pester me with the way you think things should be, I will develop a lack of empathy and tell you to go eat it. Hopefully, you'll either behave as I need you, or you'll stop pestering me.

Take a look through the mailing list and see how many times someone tells Linus he's wrong because it should be in C++ or Python or some other language. See how many times someone wants to pollute the source with some hack or feature that belongs in user space. Linus cannot fire these people, and his attempts to reason with them only have them continually post to the mailing list. The only response is to ban them, or tell them harshly to go away unless they have something of substance to contribute.

Comment Re:Yeah. (Score 1) 289

You cannot decode 720p30 and 1080p30 on the CPU on these devices. The performance wasn't there. You need to take advantage of the bundled HW codecs like PowerVR and Nvidia Tegra, which were available but without a consistent API. Google said that fragmentation wasn't an issue, but you'd have to write the app for each handset you wanted to work with, while Apple had several applications capable of doing this.

Comment Re:Sometimes the bare bones API is insufficient (Score 1) 289

You misunderstand, there needs to be HW support in order to decode 720p30 and 1080p30 on these embedded platforms. Your CPU cannot perform the task. Luckily, most of these devices ship with the associated hardware. Unfortunately, Android chooses (or chose in 2010) not to make this available to developers.

Comment Re:Yeah. (Score 2) 289

We developed during Android 2.2, when there wasn't all the support there currently is. Furthermore, the support we had access to involved playing URLs, well the transport stream we used does not have a URL. Furthermore, at times we may have to directly insert I-Frames into the stream, manually step the decoder, and insert discontinuities into the stream. The codecs did not support any of that.

Comment Re:Yeah. (Score 3, Insightful) 289

Thats the extent of fragmentation technical issues.

No, that's not correct; the problem goes further. On some devices things display differently, even though they have the same version of Android. On some devices you have access to audio/video codecs that aren't available on others.

In the end, this lack of cohesion meant my company stopped developing their A/V application because there was too much variability, even when versions of the Android OS were the same. When this happens we lose out on a market, but the customers never get a chance to use and enjoy our applications.

Comment Re:No. They just dress more conservatively. (Score 1) 334

You're being rather sexist. You assume that the women you spoke to are hired booth workers, but my experience (having worked the booths, myself has been that the attractive, professionally dressed woman is actually the technically competent person is sales and marketing for the company. Times have changed, women can have real jobs, too!

BTW, IT folks don't work the booths. Booths and shows are for establishing contact with potential businesses. They're where the meeting and greeting, and the wheeling and dealing of business takes place. The people the booths want are the C-levels and the VPs who can bring in contracts; not Joe User who is wasting their time asking whether or not this widget is backwards compatible with their DB9 system from 1983.

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