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Comment Define what actually matters to you (Score 1) 229

Make sure the measurements accurately reflect what you care about. What is code quality for you? Do you care about customers not encountering bugs? (All bugs? Just critical?) Do you care about development speed not being reduced gradually? Do you care about estimates matching actual time spent, so you can plan ahead? If you don't actually care about how many lines of code are committed to the git repository, then obviously don't measure it!

And if you can't measure something for each team member individually, make the whole team equally accountable for the end result. They will figure it out themselves and tell you who's bringing the team down. Not just that, once they know what you really want, they'll also be able to suggest how to measure it better, or tell you what you can do to let them achieve greater results. (E.g., faster PC, bigger monitor, fewer distractions, no scope changes, better test environment, specific training, etc.)

Comment Re:Released in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka (Score 1) 79

It probably is the encryption. I've had a lot of performance problems with my HTC One M6 - the whole would just freeze for seemingly no reason every now and then, and it would even crash on MTP file transfer regularly. In fact, it was getting worse and worse every day. All of it was fixed by resetting back to the unencrypted storage. Encryption comes with a huge price.

Comment Re:No company should pay more taxes than required. (Score 1) 240

Or, instead, there could be negative exceptions only. Government shouldn't be in the business of encouraging development of Solar Cells, it should be in the business of discouraging use of, for example, coal and oil, basically imposing additional taxes on everything that threatens our environment in some way. Let the private sector figure out the best solution, government should just be saying what is a no-go. And that way the worst case scenario is that environment-threatening companies find loopholes to pay the same tax as everyone else.

Comment Re:Not For Me (Score 1) 194

No one said it's easy for Tesla, but they have clearly demonstrated that they can make it easy for you - in fact easier than filling a tank of gas! I don't have any insight into their strategic plans, but I can imagine they would want to first install the easier (for them) alternative before rolling out nation-wide something as complicated as battery swap. I can imagine such solution has huge fixed costs that will not be covered until they become considerably more popular. They have not pushed away from the concept, however - it's still there on their web site:

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 1) 283

You keep repeating the same thing, but you don't provide any explanation. I don't think you know what inflation does, but, unlike you, I'm actually going to explain why I think so.

Considering all other factors equal (we both know they aren't, but the argument is about inflation, nothing else), consider two scenarios:
1) have $10k now, don't spend them, don't invest them, in 10 years you still have the same $10k
2) have $10k now, buy something worth $10k now, in 10 years you still have this thing that cost $10k originally, but because of inflation (=increase in prices) it now costs $11k.

In scenario 1 you have less value than in scenario 2. Like I said, this disregards all other economic factors that affect value, but the idea is to show how inflation influences it.

Comment Re:Yes yes yes (Score 1) 405

Those numbers don't have the meaning you give them.
When one person is producing enough food to feed all 100 people, yet he only eats for one, does it mean that the other 99 people are fed and don't need to work? No. Until he actually shares the food he produces, the 99 people still need to work to get their own food.
So how do they get food?
1) They ask and receive it for free, because the producer is generous. If producer is OK with that, there's no problem to solve. This is the "kid" example you started with.
2) They make something that the producer needs, and trade with producer. This is where we are now pretty much. Basic economy, no new problem to solve.
3) The producer doesn't want anything they are willing to give, so they make their own food. The producer is now overproducing and is forced to decrease his prices, or to reallocate his efforts to something else (could be something completely new that was not done before - like actual space exploration). Again, basic economy, no problem to solve.

So where's the problem again? It's not related to "labor participation rate", but rather in the ability of everyone to take their life in their hands (see point 3). This ability can be severely damaged if a small portion of population is hogging up all the limited resources (such as land or intellectual property) necessary to do so. And the result is that option 3 is no longer available, forcing people to take option 2 no matter the price. Instead of solving this problem you're just implying that option 1 should be forced somehow.

Comment Re:CPU cycle != 1 second (Score 1) 189

While there are AIs that are proven to be better at playing chess than the best of humans, they cannot achieve the same performance with just 1 clock cycle per move that a human can achieve with 1 second per move (see the so called bullet games). 1 CPU clock cycle is clearly not comparable to 1 human second - even at a task that AIs are already better at!

Comment Re:Brazil aims low, film at 11 (Score 1) 130

I think the cost of damage is what matters, not profit taken. In fact, if the cost of damage is negligible compared to the profit, something is wrong. With the law or with the perception of the damage. In that case it should probably simply be legal, but expensive. Like cutting down trees can be "paid for" by planting 2 or 3 times as many trees as were cut down.

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