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Comment Just like losing a contactlens, everyone help look (Score 4, Funny) 227

I helped find a lost contact lens once, so I know what this is like. As long everyone stops what they are doing and helps to look for it, someone will eventually find it. The key is to not step anywhere without first scanning the area very carefully.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Comment Re:infrastructure (Score 1) 57

I'm sure it will make sense to plenty of non-google engineers.

Unless those non-Google engineers have already heard of ftp, scp, rsync, etc.

The only real problem with sharing on home connections involves NAT, ISP ToS, etc: being findable and connectable. Rent a VPS and install OpenVPN on it, have your home fileserver connect to it, and it's solved.

Comment Re:Can Uber really make money at this? (Score 1) 119

Does it really make sense economically for Uber to get 100% of the cost of a ride this way but having to spend money to buy main, maintain and insure cars?

If you hypothesize that robot drivers can really do the job sufficiently well, the conclusion is an extremely strong and obvious yes. Taxis, limo services, etc are already viable business models even when you have all those same expenses plus a driver to pay. Remove the driver expense and it only gets more viable.

Or is this another sign of a company that doesn't know what it is doing, perhaps most recently suggested by the recent charges of sexism and sexual harassment?

It's possible they don't know what they're doing, but this certainly isn't a sign. It all comes down to whether or not you think robots perform as well as humans, and this story merely works from the conclusion that they can; it doesn't show any strengths or weaknesses of the premise itself.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 388

It's called citing your sources and peer review.

That doesn't matter any more. Look at Trump's claims about vaccines and autism. How many times has it been shown the study he cites is completely fake? How many discussions on here have gone over this same subject?

Witness Trump's comments about vote fraud. He says it took place but cites no evidence. In fact, when he filed to stop the vote recounts he explicitly cited no evidence of vote fraud taking place so there was no reason for the recounts.

I could go on but it's quite clear citing evidence, showing the facts and everything which is normally done to show how one side is lying, is no longer effective. Instead, the more evidence one shows the more they are shouted down. Why? Because showing evidence and facts hurts people's feelings. It forces them to admit they're wrong and in so doing makes them feel bad. Evolution anyone?

Comment Nope (Score 1, Insightful) 163

Unless you're in a position where you absolutely need a certain expert (such as a research project) or a few other special circumstances (if its quit or go remote situation, say someone moving for non-job related reasons).

First off, that whole 15 minutes thing is absolute bullshit. Maybe its a worst case if you were in truly deep thought over one of the hardest problems of the year. But most of the time you aren't, and it will be a few minutes Like around 1.

Secondly- your productivity doesn't matter. The team's does. Those interruptions- it means a team member needs help. They're blocked. Their productivity is at or near 0 until unblocked. If interrupting you costs 15 minutes from you but saves an hour for him, that interruption is worth it for the team. There are almost 0 of those interruptions that aren't a net gain. Now if you have a problem with particular people being too disruptive, that's a management/personnel issue you should bring up to your manager.

Thirdly- not everyone works well in remote situations. Especially not long term (working remote for a day while you wait for a package/your maid/etc is a different matter). Very few people actually end up working as well as they do in an office- there are MORE distractions at home. And communications do not work as well- video conferences do not work as well as talking to someone in person. Even if you're one of those who do work well from home, you won't be as efficient as you would sitting near the rest of the team.

Comment Re:Insurance? (Score 2) 170

They do- up to a certain dollar amount. If you need more than that, you buy the insurance. At which point you have to declare what's in the package, and how much insurance you want. They then charge for that, because otherwise it would be ripe for abuse to claim every letter you send if worth 10K.

And a surgeon does have insurance against cutting the wrong bits out. Its called malpractice insurance.

Comment Re:Higher profit margins? (Score 1) 40

Profit margins like this are usually calculated by comparing sales price to marginal costs of production. With R&D designing the phones they're likely in the red. Some loss may be ok to prevent competition/provide a brand, but if they're losing enough this makes sense. And I suspect that they are- just way too many players there.

Comment Re:Yeah, no thanks. (Score 1) 85

When I need a job I start looking at companies in areas I want to live that may be a match. Why would I reach out to random people and hope they have a job I'd like? Seems extremely inefficient and unlikely to bring on the job happiness, unless you goal is just to grab a job as quickly as possible. I'm rather picky with where I work these days.

Comment Re:Can VR really "fail"? (Score 1) 88

Its a little of each- if companies pour in major money now and it doesn't get enough upkeep then it will die for at least another 20 years. Look at 3D TV- failed miserably, isn't a feature on the newest gen of TVs.

As for not just being a fancy screen- no, that's exactly what it is. A fancy screen with a gyro gimmick that detracts from games. No thank you, not now not ever.

Comment Re:Can VR really "fail"? (Score 1) 88

Sure it can. I'd even say its likely to- it reminds me a lot of 3d TV. It provides little value, it doesn't actually make games more fun, its not good for your eyes to have a screen that close in constant focus, and it gives me a headache. I wouldn't use it if you gave me a free headset.

The question is do more people think like me or like you?

Comment Re:Yeah, no thanks. (Score 2) 85

I've found the exact opposite. In 17 years, I've gotten one job via my network- and that wasn't because I was a good guy, it was because they knew my skill level and needed my expertise. Every other job I've ever gotten is by pure skill.

I'm not saying don't make friends at work, do that. It makes life more fun. But don't expect you'll ever get a job out of it, the odds of ever working with someone again are pretty vanishingly small.

Comment Re:Tools and movements (Score 1) 216

There is a pretty easy middle ground: multiple signatures per identity. You could then have authority(s) vouching for your identity, plus other people too. This makes it much easier to catch a defector. "Hey, how come the Turkish intelligence service (a CA that almost everyone trusts on the web) just signed this guy's brand new key, but Verisign hasn't?" (or better: "how come the federal CA and this guy's state CA disagree?")

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