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Comment Re:more for taxi drivers (Score 3, Insightful) 354

I'd say there are at least some times when a certain amount of human "knowledge" beats the magic app box.

> No Service

I agree that drivers who use real time traffic data are likely to do a better job, but having a basic understanding of the entire city's street layout without being beholden to a GPS device is a really valuable skill for a driver. The tech can certainly augment human knowledge by providing dynamically changing information they couldn't otherwise know, but it's an inferior substitute for a driver who instantly knows several viable routes to get where they're going.

Comment Re:as long as they just part timers and not 1099's (Score 1) 147

There's no shortage of W-2 abuse in the US. You need N hours to qualify for benefits? Oh look, N-1 hours on your "full time" schedule AGAIN! Sucks to be you. But remember, we need full time availability & you don't get your schedule until two days before so good luck getting another "full time" job to fill in!

Gig economy isn't that different than the reality many people face working W-2. If anything it's more honest about the fact that there's no safety net and you need to keep working until you're dead. The idea of "having a retirement" is romanticized, but it's not going to happen for probably a majority of workers in the US.

Comment Re:Since they determined autopilot wasn't to blame (Score 2) 187

I’m not going to feel too bad for the family of that guy when the families of the (number of accidents * 40%) who didn’t die are still happily running around. There are fewer accidents on the whole with Autopilot than without it. That’s a clear win.

Also, if this is the case I think it is, the driver was a douche and completely at fault. He made a habit of posting videos of himself using Autopilot improperly. IE completely not paying attention to the road like he should have been. Stupidity caught up with him. Send a Darwin Award to the family of “Florida Man” (yup, him again. . .) and move on.

And yeah, my level of human compassion for stupid people is borderline sociopath most days.

Comment Re:You know what doesn't need "software updates"? (Score 1) 101

A good abacus lasts generations too, but for some reason we moved up to programmable calculators. My grandmother still has her rotary telephone, but for some reason lots of people have smart phones that don't even need to be plugged into the wall to make a call.

Just because there isn't a use case that appeals to you doesn't mean the entire class of technology is worthless to the entire world.

It's ok. We're not on your lawn.

Comment Re:Read the article (Score 1) 90

If you have multiple release versions open in one sprint, you're kind of doing it wrong. Ship one version this sprint then move on to the next version in the next sprint. If you have tickets that span versions, you've really got epics and need to break things up more.

Comment Re:$425 million!!!!???!!!! (Score 2) 90

I agree that most of Atlassian's stuff is overpriced bloated crap, but comparing JIRA and Bugzilla is like comparing dial-up and FIOS and claiming they're both internet access from your phone company, so they're the same.

We looked at and rejected Confluence because MediaWiki is free, less resource intensive, and works. We rejected Bamboo because we find Quickbuild (another commercial product) is cheaper, less resource intensive, and much easier to use than Bamboo or Jenkins. Commercial packagings of OpenSource VCS systems like SVN or Git give me hives, and I won't touch them.

But... Especially when you need your ticketing system used by non-programmers, JIRA beats out Bugzilla in user friendliness, workflow tracking, and a bunch of other important features. It's not even a contest. We tried both Bugzilla and TRAC, but JIRA won hands down in terms of user acceptance. That's probably the most important metric there is for a ticketing system.

Comment Re:MS Surface has been on my mind lately... (Score 3, Interesting) 293

If you want a laptop as opposed to a tablet you can stick a keyboard onto, I've found the Surface (both 2 Pro & 4 Pro) to be disappointing. The folding keyboard and touch pad are miserable to use. The feeling of the keyboard is really .. I dunno.. sloppy.. Tough to describe in words, but no fun to do any amount of typing on. The touch pad has both a right/left mouse button, but there's no visual or tactile delineation where the mouse "button" stops and the normal pad starts nor where the border between left & right buttons are. I'm constantly getting right when I want left, or tapping too high for right & getting the default left on the main body of the touch pad. The pen input is nice-ish to take hand written notes, but the Apple Pencil on an iPad is much more accurate. Looking at MS OneNote where I've taken notes on both devices, the Surface looks like I'm writing in crayon compared to the sharpness of the Apple Pencil notes.

I still get more use out of my five+ year old MacBook Pro than I do the Surface. The Surface does a lot of the functionality of both a laptop & a tablet, but it doesn't do any of it nearly as well as the separate devices do. If you're looking to travel light & small and don't mind dealing with daily annoyance on a lot of the functionality, maybe the Surface is good enough. I just find it annoying to use. I'll grab it when I'm going out for an evening and *might* need to answer a call for work, but if I'm actually planning to get any real work done, the Surface collects dust & I grab a real laptop.

Comment Re:Welcome (Score 4, Insightful) 161

Show me where in the terms is said, "While this television is an Android-based computer and reasonably accepted industry standards include a way of reloading fresh operating software from scratch on such computers, this computer has no such function."

The "everything's a computer" IoT industry has a LONG way to go in terms of disclosing limitations of the devices they're producing. Both sides of the techy and non-techy world have expectations for these devices that are generally agreed upon for other devices of their type in either the consumer electronics or computing device camps. Non-techies have a reasonable expectation that a TV is a box that shows pictures and can't be infected by malware. Techies understand that smart TV's are actually computer that might have malware vulnerabilities and further presume that like all other computers they should have some way to reset them and completely erase any infection.

Manufacturers are falling short of both camp's expectations, and they're also failing to disclose the true nature of the devices to consumers. They're producing devices that are simultaneously unprecedentedly vulnerable by TV standards and unrepairable by computer standards. The only way for a consumer to find these things out is to buy it and find out the hard way. That's not acceptable.

Comment Re:Understandable, but foolish (Score 3, Insightful) 386

Honestly, it sounds like a pretty amazing adventure. Time travel, basically. Albeit low chance of actually arriving & zero chance of a return trip. If I'm dying anyways and have the disposable income, why not? I can always choose to kill myself again (permanently) if I find myself unable to adapt to the future. Other than having a wide variety of things I'd rather do with the money while I'm alive, I don't see a down side.

I was born into a world I knew nothing about once & learned all I could to get where I am now. Granted, I'd lack the neuroplasticity of a child's brain for the second attempt, but I'd be willing to give it a try. Beats the alternative anyways.

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