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Comment GMail to the rescue, only if Google would behave.. (Score 1) 59

"Over the years we've realized that there are more capable email platforms out there," Verizon concedes.

I love GMail and I am sure Google wouldn't be hurt acquiring all those accounts.

My beef with GMail is in its "ugliness" by default, which makes one employ extensions to make it useful.

I love the way Outlook is laid out. In order to have this layout in Gmail, I need to use some experimental add-on!

Following an email thread is just too confusing. I am still learning how to use it myself...

I find Gmail colors too "bland" for my liking and options provided are a gimmick in my opinion.

Why can't I choose what labels are displayed on the left? I sometimes want to hide everything else apart from what has to do with email and to an extent, chat.

For Verizon, the demise of its email service is good riddance.

Comment Tesla will flourish if complexity is reduced... (Score 4, Interesting) 271

I say to Tesla: Reduce the complexity and(or) the gimmickry and see cash flow into your coffers. Folks, how about creating a near "normal" car with better range and more competitive pricing?

I for one know I'd be a sure customer. I also know that I am not alone. Who needs a car whose handles will pop out? These get "stuck" sometimes...and in a dusty environment, it gets worse!!

Comment The question to ask... (Score 1) 311

The average drug approved under the Orphan Drug Act of 1983 (ODA), which governs rare disease approval, costs $118,820 per year. Assuming a similar cost, if a single drug were approved under the ODA for 10% of rare diseases, the total would exceed $350 billion annually

In this chain of healthcare, who is making the money?

To be more precise, who is making a killing?

It's a fact that some entity (cabal) is making big cash, but find it hard to come to terms that this cabal or cabals are profiteering over the misery of others in these United States.

Comment Burnout is accelerated by incompetency... (Score 3, Insightful) 262

...You may wonder who exactly *is* incompetent in my post. I am referring to company leadership that has got no clue about how things run.

Sometimes, they do have a clue, but pretend not to know; or provide "non answers" or "non solutions" to real issues.

In many cases, these managers have risen up the ranks of the company solely because of *nepotism* and not capability.

Sometimes, they have risen because of "who you know" for lack of better terminology...

Sometimes they have risen because they [have] provided a "service" or "favor" to the founders or influential parties. I will leave the nature of this service or favor to your imagination...

And BTW, this is very common in today's USA as well. I am speaking as one who lives right here in this blessed "land of the free."

Comment Typical of America. It always belittles... (Score 4, Insightful) 165

As mentioned in the story, quality is this or that...(I am paraphrasing...)

You know what, I had a young software engineer from Africa (a new graduate from one of their schools), who shrank a 301 line of code into 83!

It also ran faster if I could mention that. Before he took on the task, folks in my office (myself included), [quietly] belittled him, questioning his abilities.

He did the job. Before quitting for GM, this man had re-written manuals in English, a language he had to learn. Needless to say, he returned to our company as a consultant on some project that had incurred budgetary overruns and incompetency.

All at the hands of our so-called American trained "engineers."

So where are the best engineers?

Comment Do not blame the tool(s), blame the workman... (Score 0) 150

"It's very clear to me, technologically, that it's not the technology base the world will be built on going forward"... [T]hanks to better mousetraps like S3 (for storage) and Spark (for processing), Hadoop will be relegated to niche and legacy statuses going forward, Muglia says.

My 4th grade English teacher used to say, "A bad workman blames his tools."

Sounds relevant to me here.

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