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Comment Re:Need to prevent small companies from H1B (Score 1) 399

Also, the programmers were awful: they program to the letter of the spec, and my specs assumed too much a-priori knowledge about coding. I guess that was my fault.

How much is "too much" apriori knowledge?

As more detail is added to specifications, it eventually becomes code itself, reducing the programmer's job to translating that code to whatever language the compiler expects. When you get that far, the spec writer might just as well directly write the compilable code.

Some apriori knowledge is needed to be an effective programmer - even in these days where "generating" code from diagrams is becoming the norm for programmers.

Comment Re:Ignorance abounds (Score 1) 497

Low-skilled investors who reward incompetent technology from dominant, monopolistic companies.

Investors "reward" any business that gives them a return on investment - the bigger and faster, the better. this pushes managers to seek out the cheapest, faster way to get a product into the hands of paying customers. This also pushes them to focus more on adding features than on fixing problems. As long as the product works well enough that customers are buying it. Whether sales slow, increase or stay the same, there is always more pressure to add features to boost sales. When sales cease to increase for too long, ongoing development will be stopped and the money reallocated to other products that are still seeing increasing sales.

Some investors are more patient than others. But, in return for their patience, they expect a higher return on investment. Usually this means more features, not fewer bugs.

Comment Re:Smart move (Score 3, Insightful) 168

I have a phrase, it is quite useful: "Can I get that in Email?" If the answer is "no", then I assume I am free to ignore that request.

... And if they ever try to "Get" you, you play dumb, "I don't recall".

Doesn't matter. The boss can still fire you - or lay you off.

The other thing I find useful is sending an email with a "brief summary" of whatever meeting it was. If they don't respond, then that is tacit acknowledgement the summary is accurate, and it becomes official record. Any non-written "clarification" would be followed up with same.

Still doesn't matter. The boss can still say he followed up in-person or by phone. The lack of a further email summary won't matter to his boss.

The problem is, far too many people find sleazy as an acceptable practice in organizations, and actively participate in the sleaze.


Don't participate and you have nothing to worry about.

Unfortunately, no. Too many people will believe the sleeze-balls.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 647

He's not complaining about choice, but that we're apparently telling women they are making the WRONG CHOICE. And, oddly, blaming the men for making them choose wrong too.

Well, both women and men told my girlfriend (when she was a kid) that STEM subjects were not good career options for girls - unless they planned to become teachers. And a few years ago, our daughter was being the same by most of her teachers - both women and men.

(Both of them replied "BS - I'm going to be an engineer.")

Comment Re:Only Logical (Score 1) 404

My USA counterparts are much more at the office, and producing less work than the continental ones.

I work for a multinational company that has an engineering office in Europe, as well as in the US. although the company HQ and primary engineering office are in the US, i's the European office that defines the "engineering processes" that all of us in product engineering are supposed to follow.

Here's where things get interesting. We (in the US) don't have those. The European engineering office has a larger staff, including "process engineers" who are dedicated to coordinating other engineering activities according to the processes. For a given project, the European office might estimate "1 team year" of effort. Our VP of Engineering sees nothing wrong with this. Yet, the same VP of Engineering has told our (us, in the US) project managers that our same estimate for the same project, is "Too long. I can only budget 6 months." So, we "negotiate" with the project managers, who will ultimately settle for "8 months".

So, we do it. On time, per the negotiated schedule. And with smaller teams. But, we short cut the processes. So the VP of E, when doing reviews of randomly selected projects, will tell us (in the US) "Fantastic results, but you need to do better at following process. And improve your productivity." The people in the European are told "Awesome work!"

Same company. Same VP of Engineering. Different expectations.

Comment Re:Process (Score 1) 146

Another bit - if you're suing someone in court you need a process server to provide papers that the person you are suing was properly served before any legal proceedings can continue. Were these papers forged? If the defendants were fictional, most likely. That goes beyond perjury and veers into fraud.

Presumably, the defendants would have been paid shills, not actually fictitious people.

Of course, it's still fraudulent - even if the content in question really was infringing.

Comment Re:how long does the battery last? (Score 2) 314

You know, like backup generators, contracted fuel deliveries, etc.

For their "switching" offices. Not for the neighborhood "hubs". Once it's battery runs down, my secondary, non-POTS, phone service is off line no matter how much back-up power I still have. The only time my primary, POTS, phone service went off line was when a tree branch fell and took down the line from the pole to my house. Otherwise, it has always worked - even during the "Big Blackout" of 2003.

Comment Re:Oversaturation (Score 1) 250

Without a doubt, there's too many options and not enough variety in the content.

The companies behind the various "channels" have been making content more and more "mainstream". Also "reality TV" shows are easier to produce. They create the illusion of variety while making it easier to sell to advertisers by bundling similar shows together. But there used to be some actual variety in programming.

I hope we can get rid of all the bloat and wasted programming out there and concentrate it down to less channels with better programming.

I'm sure there will be fewer channels, but I seriously doubt the quality of the programming will improve.

Comment Re:Hell of a money maker (Score 2) 50

I am aware of xfinitywifi, but I don't use it. As best I can determine, there's no way to confirm any given xfinitywifi hotspot is truly xfinitywifi, so I'm not going to enter my Comcast credentials into one to use it.

What will change with this new service? (Other than users' phones logging into random hotpsots claiming to be xfinitywifi (or whatever name will be used).)

Comment Re: First they have to find the cause (Score 1) 64

*looks at space shuttle history*

Actually, they did. That's why the shuttle's external tank was coated with foam insulation (the orange stuff you could see).

Unfortunately for the crew of the Columbia, not enough was done about the problem. (True, it was ice. So really it was "air solidization" (water vapor being a component of air).)

Comment Re:News reporting creates cognitive biases (Score 1) 243

so few? there's over 100,000 total Teslas out there

That is few. For a comparison, for example, GM makes more than 100,000 Sierra/Silverado pickup trucks per year. Then add in the SUVs (Tahoe/etc) based on the same platform and that's at least 200,000 per year. Tesla's 100,000+ vehicles are its total production over several years.

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