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Comment Re:Yes, inherently unpredictable, needs percentage (Score 1) 201

That's a good method; unlike simply overestimating the task, it allows you to build in some contingency while still start out with a planning that follows the most optimistic path. Hope for the best and plan for the best. Because another truism of software development is that any overestimated task will stretch to fill the allotted time.

Comment Re:Mayer's failure actually WASN'T a failure... (Score 1) 156

Replying to undo an incorrect (-1) moderation. I'm surprised this got modded down by the way, at the very least this is "interesting".

I do think that a good CEO is worth millions, and it is also good if part of that reward comes in the form of shares or options so that they are personally vested in the fate of the company. What I do object to is execs raking in substantial sums when they are fired, even for doing a shit job. And I don't see why they should sometimes receive staggering sums for successfully completing a merger or takeover (after all that's all in their day's work). But that is just my personal view.

Comment Re:The problem is depth perception (Score 1) 57

Not just that, the data from radar or lidar is rather different from visual information. But if they are going to train cars just on what they can see with a single cam, I have a way more fertile training ground for self driving cars: Russian dash cam vids on Youtube. Endless dangerous situations and vehicular asshattery to hone AI driver skills on.

Comment Re:Potential to be quite the powerful lawsuit! (Score 1) 84

Only if he actually wrote down the purchase history. At a glance there is no difference between remembering such data and storing it on paper or electronically, but in practice there's a reasonable limit on what a clerk can remember... and shoppers would be suitably freaked out by a clerk who has perfect recall of each customer's history; it's probably not going to be a big selling point for the store. Another difference is that the clerk's memory cannot be mined or stolen.

But I am sure some legal eagle can come up with a much better demarcation. No need to quibble over semantics.

Comment Re:Potential to be quite the powerful lawsuit! (Score 4, Insightful) 84

Time for a complete ban on collecting information about minors and targeting them with marketing, a complete across the board ban.

How about it's time for a complete ban on collecting information about anyone without consent. Make it opt-in. If targeted ads are better and really lead to "an enriched and engaging experience that customers will enjoy interacting with", as all privacy-averse marketing drones claim, then people will opt-in en masse in order not to be stuck with the boring old untargeted ads.

Comment Re:That's going to be tought to prosecute (Score 1) 369

I don't know the particulars of applicable US law, but it doesn't seem unreasonable to be punished for knowingly spreading classified materials. If you don't have a security clearance, didn't sign an NDA, and wasn't sworn to secrecy, there's probably still some articles that apply. A quick google turns up 18 U.S. Code 798

Comment Re:Of all the problems that needed $9 million... (Score 2) 169

That's one of the nice things about Kickstarter: you can pitch your idea and gauge the market before spending or raising a dime, but those who say they'll buy it if you build it will have to put their money where their mouth is. And apparently thousands of backers did think having a lot of cards was a problem worth solving. Ages ago I too had a thought that it would be nice if I could clone all my cards onto a single one, but over here things have been moved to chip & pin for years now.

Comment Re:It happens (Score 2) 169

It's not always the unknowns and setbacks in turning new hardware into a product that trip up these projects, often it simply comes down to inexperience with the process. Time, effort and cost to go to manufacturing are underestimated, and sometimes entire steps are missed. "It costs how much to have an injection mould made?". "Oh right, we need FCC, EC and GOST certification to sell in these markets... how do we get these?" Even making a simple product like the Plinth turned out to be a struggle (the guy posted every single bit of progress (or setback) back when this was a kickstarter project).

Comment Re:Sour Grapes (Score 1) 81

it's a bit difficult to move this data off to another service because you loose all data integration with other processes

And this is why, in general, tight integration across processes and functions can be a horrible,horrible liability as well as an asset (hello SAP). One where the downsides of lock-in and migration issues far outweigh the benefits of being integrated (hello Sharepoint). When there is a huge data migration effort involved in moving to the new environment, that's a hint that moving off the platform may well be even more painful.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 359

The good ones from brands like Jura or Krups easily beat Keurig or Nespresso, especially if you use quality beans (which still comes out cheaper than the prepackaged cups), but they are not as good as manual espresso machines. I can taste the difference but a manual setup is too much trouble; I can barely manage a croissant and egg in the morning, so I'm not going to try being a barista, and I'll stick with the "good enough" automatic.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 359

Automatic espresso machines are as easy to use and less wasteful: you only need to keep the water and bean reservoir topped up, and empty the coffee grounds bin every now and then. In terms of convenience, when you stumble down the stairs half asleep for a cuppa, all you need to do is push a button twice (once to wake up the machine and start the heater, once to have it brew a cup of coffee), same as the Keurig. Decent machines are not that expensive anymore, and the price per cup is hard to beat. (Currently on Nespresso until I get around to fixing my espresso machine...)

Comment Re:Question? (Score -1) 102

Not all last names derive from a profession or a location, some of them might have been nicknames. Over here there are some surnames that describe physical appearance or character: de Lange (the long one), Braafheid (goodness), den Dikkeboer (the fat farmer), de Kwaadsteniet ("a decent fellow"). Sometimes it's the name of a father, or lack thereof: Vaderloos (fatherless). Some are just weird, like Naaktgeboren (born naked) or Riool (sewer). In English I've come across Dangerman and Stranger. So why not Goodenough?

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