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Comment Re:Worse than the space station? No. (Score 1) 684

In the case of the space station, Earth is right outside the window, and accessible in a few hours time in the case of an emergency. That's not going to be true on a trip to Mars. There's no escape. There's also not just the trip there, but the time on the planet and the trip back. Those on the Space Station are in a much, much different psychological bucket than on a trip to Mars.

Comment Re:Nope... Nailed It (Score 3, Insightful) 186

There is also the management of the manager: If the manager has too many products/projects on their plate they can't dedicate the time and focus to being that detail-oriented manager that gets things done. A good manager can turn into a bad one if they can't focus. That's where even higher-level management needs to set expectations and manage proper headcount.

Comment oh common (Score 0) 139

Sierra Nevada's design was a riff on the Space Shuttle, which is just a terrible way to get to space and back. Yes, you have a reusable orbiter, but you add a crapload of launch weight. That means you can carry less. The goal of these current projects is to act as a space-taxi for passengers, not multi-week flights like the Shuttle. No one wants your design, people.

Comment Ugh (Score 1) 545

I've JUST started using 8.1 for a project at work, and I'm constantly blown away at how much of a compromise the Metro Interface is. The defaults make it hard to find the things I'm used to, like the control panel, while the new interfaces are lacking in the features I need. Getting to basic features now takes more time than in WIn7. There are no advantages to the interface, and big detractions.

Just as companies held onto WinXP for a LONG time, I think they will do the same with Win7- there's just no huge incentive to upgrade. Home users are already turning towards iOS. MS has a hard road ahead of themselves if they want to regain what they once had.

Comment Chromecast Vs. Roku (Score 2) 289

I have a 1st gen Roku, and a Chromecast. When I stream Netflix with the Roku, I seem to top out at 2, maybe three quality bars. While there's no on-screen metric for the same stream in Chromecast, the picture is noticeably better. Perhaps the Chromecast is getting a higher-quality, lower-bandwidth stream, or there's some sort of throttling based on the streaming device going on?

Comment Re:Attrition (Score 1) 204

Managers are going to think like managers. The "upside" of stack ranking is

A) It fosters competition, which should also foster a better product (I don't actually agree this is the case, though)
B) It helps weed out the worst employees
C) It's easy to understand from a high level

It's an example of something that sounds good from the outside, but in actuality it has a ton of problems. Once you've had an organization the size of MS try it for as long as they did and see the results, no other company should need to go down that route... I would think Yahoo would be smarter than this.

Comment Re:As someone who runs an IT company (Score 2) 655

I have a liberal arts degree, but have always worked in IT/Project Management. You know what is more important than an IT degree? Critical thinking skills and general creativity. This is what you learn in liberal arts. The technical ins and outs? Thanks to Google, any unknown information is a couple searches away.

Comment Re:It CAN be done (but not always is a good idea). (Score 0) 438

I loved the movie "Sunshine", but I thought they missed a golden opportunity with physics and gravity. In the film, they ship is transporting a bomb roughly the size of Manhattan. The bomb is at the front of the ship, with a long crew compartment behind it, kind of like a bus. The bomb itself was large enough to have it's own gravity. In the film, the crew compartment's gravity is what you would think of on a bus- you can walk the length of it with the gravity being on the "floor".

With just some changes to set design, they should have had the center of gravity been the bomb, so that the crew compartment needed to be climbed up and down, like a bus on it's side.

Comment Re:Not really (Score 4, Interesting) 159

Way, way past time to acquire. I had friends that just sold their 3 bedroom, mid-century home for well over a million dollars.... The house will likely be torn down and replaced with something larger. Had the house been newer or bigger, the property would have got for more. The 1+ million was essentially for the lot.

Comment Re:really? (Score 4, Interesting) 159

This reminds me of the book Oryx and Crake. This is essentially the first private, corporate community. There will be many more like them in the future.

These people will not be part of the community in which the buildings exist. They will not give back to the community. Hell, I bet some tax loopholes will ensure their money doesn't even make it into the local economy.

And the work is rewarding because Facebook has a mentality that they are changing the world. They are, of course, but not in the ways that they tout. They say they are making the world more connected. However, I feel way less connected to my friends and Family now that I see their updates on Facebook. All they have done is created a super awesome database of private information and given the keys to the Government, all while creating a new sort of loneliness among people.

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