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Comment Re:Perspective (Score 1) 438

I know how everyone loves to dump on the carriers but the "dumb pipe" idea is not feasible for a couple of different reasons. The wireless network doesn't have practically "unlimited" bandwith like the internet. Because of this the carries are extremely interested in making sure that the devices running on their network do not consume excess bandwith. Everyone phone that is made available for sale by the carriers is extensively tested to make sure it won't tank the wireless network. The other issue is support. If you have everyone and their grandma using all variety of devices on your "dumb network" then how exactly do you train a customer service organization to support every phone known to man including one made in 1992? The biggest reason carriers carry phones, is so they can limit the amount of trash on their network.

Submission + - ASUS Transformer Prime and GPS issues (xda-developers.com)

tdp252 writes: "Geeks after having unwrapped their Quad-Core Transformer Prime are finding that the tablet is not reliably acquiring a GPS lock. There are uncertainties on the XDA forums about whether this is merely due to a software issue or if a more serious design fault may be at play. The Prime uses an aluminum metal-backing that while desirable as a styling element could potentially block signal reception."

Comment buyer beware - Transformer Prime (Score 2) 356

If you are a person who values GPS, or simply having all of the features you paid for function in your new $500 purchase then you should head over to the XDA forums. Forum users are reporting that GPS locking is impossible to unreliable at best and it could have something to do with Asus' choice of using an aluminum back-plate.

Comment Apple is not interested in the Enterprise (Score 1) 340

Apple's focus is on the consumer market. Period. I've met with Apple Sales representatives multiple times in technology purchasing roles at various companies I've worked for and they aren't shy about stating that you either play by their rules or leave the discussion.

One of the biggest problems is that large companies want to see things like Product Road Maps. Apple makes it very clear they won't let you know whats going to happen 6 months ahead with any of their products. This really puts the enterprise off in many large companies because they like to know where technology is going in order to plan for it's impact on their infrastructure accordingly.

Comment Re:Crappy programmers (Score 1) 359

I don't care if an Indian developer is a genius and the reincarnation of Einstein. If the person can't speak fluent enough English to exercise basic communication skills then you are worthless to me in a business setting ! This isn't limited specifically to Indians but the growing trend of companies to hire extremely intelligent people from foreign counties for pennies that cannot speak but a few words of broken English infuriates me. They may have done well on some written acceptance test but then they throw these poor people into group situations where communication is key to getting any work accomplished and it freezes the entire process.

My job is to gather application requirements and pair new projects up to an appropriate data storage solution. Getting any sort of requirements out of some of these people is frustrating beyond all belief and driving a lot of very good people out of technology. I know it cannot be much better for the poor developers being taught to swim by being thrown into the deep end.

Comment Re:What (Score 1) 1747

I believe this is a problem beginning to evolve out of the information age when people are now subject to being deluded with so much information that the easiest coping mechanism is to just become numb and tune everything out.

How often are we told that Red Wine is good for longevity only to have another expert state that alcohol consumption is responsible for disease XYZ. Multiple this by a hundred fold and all of a sudden our very state of existence is put into doubt. What do we do? What do we avoid? Maybe we should just not change anything - it's worked so far and is by far the easiest route.

When it was difficult to disseminate information (think print media) only the most important and worthy items were published and thus noticed with more impact creating more permanent neural imprints. Now we are bombarded with so many "facts" that trying to analyze the validity of them all is near impossible even for people you would ordinarily think of as intelligent people.

Is this the price that society has paid for the internet, for near-borg like collectivity? For subjecting ourselves to endless streams of mass media pumping data into our minds 24/7 at speeds computers were designed to handle but the average person is not?

Is brain shutdown and inaction for anything that isn't about to physically rip your leg off quickly becoming the new norm for a majority of people?

Perhaps global warming is just the next expert report on Wine consumption.. so I'll just do whatever I enjoy.

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