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Comment Engineers are worth it (Score 2) 587

As having worked in tech in another country, and moved to the US to work in tech, it's 100% to do with the US understanding the value of the engineers. Among my other expat acquaintances, it's not just my old country, either.

A couple of good engineers can pull off the next google, instagram, Facebook etc. Folks in the US know this and harness that power. Other countries see an computer engineering degree like an accounting degree. Until other countries clue in, the US will continue to be a power house.

Comment Interesting definition of better. (Score 1) 269

I love the the post talks Siri, which macOS has, which is a competitor to Windows' Cortana. It opens with talking about how his friend/sister/whatever uses Siri on their phone. But Linux is unequivocally better, despite missing this feature.

Yes, not everyone loves it, it's easy to see as a gimmick but it's really hard to claim Linux is 100% better when it's missing this feature discussed in the article itself. Someone out there thinks it's important, too -- over a year ago it was answering a billion questions a week, just for iPhone users (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-06-08/siri-how-many-questions-do-you-answer-per-minute-). Surely Android + Windows + iPhone + Mac is way more than that now.

Comment Re:This was stupid. (Score 1) 74

Not only that, but even if customers did want it, computer electronics says it can't work. Power supplies and busses are boring things, but they make advancements every generation. You upgrade your camera to more megapixels and you have to switch out your power supply and bus to something not compatible with the old modules. Or you stagnate these things and you miss out on future throughput and efficiency gains. Now you're lowering frame rates and burning a bunch of power just for compatibilities sake. Integration matters. Ara was always a garbage project.

Comment Outdated phone software drive sales... away (Score 2) 190

The summary says "If your phone isn't updated, it will start to feel old, so you're more likely to buy a new phone sooner". If you don't make your users happy by keeping them updated, Android isn't tied to one vendor, they can just as easily be driven to another handset vendor the next time. Better to have all your customers update 50% less often than to lose half of them to the company that cares about its customers.

Comment Re:Follow the money (Score 3, Insightful) 211

So much this. If you think it's a great product, wait until it's all built and buy it on the store shelves. if you think it won't land on store shelves, and you really want it, and it's worth losing your money over it, then chip in on the kickstarter. All kinds of businesses fail, surely the ones that are started by a couple of guys with no experience and only a webcam are going to fail more. I'm not sure why people think these are risk free.

Comment Re:Why so complicated? (Score 1) 111

What this guy said.

"Why is a high speed data bus so complex?". They evolve to be faster and more efficient each year. What's high speed today isn't in two years from now. So do you want to fast in two years, built on today's tech, so it's underutilised battery life is terrible? Or do you want to limit the efficacy of the new plug-in modules in future by having the bus under spec in two years? Or do you want to build it on something that doesn't exist yet, sooner than two years from now, so it costs a fortune to design and manufacture?

Something as simple as a "high bandwidth data bus" has capacities and costs associated with it. I don't know why it took so long for the Ara team to find this out.

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