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Comment Re:1 hour ? (Score 1) 132

That's how BASIC programs started out. You'd get a magazine in the mail and copy word for word what they printed and tada, you had a "program". It was nothing more than straight copy and paste. Then you went and changed all the print statements to PENIS. Or changed the color of the output. Eventually parts of the copy paste started to click and people went on to writing their own code.

Comment Journey o miles starts with (Score 1) 132

"An hour of Math is definitely going to be effective in teaching math. Why in the world have I spent my entire life perfecting my PhD level math?"

"An hour of English is definitely going to be effective in teaching how to write a novel. Why in the world have I spent my entire life perfecting my art"?

"An hour of Shop class is definitely going to be effective in teaching how to build a house. Why in the world have I spent my entire life perfecting house building"?

The point is to expose you to what is out there. Most slashdotters seem to have been lucky enough to have been exposed through other means. I learned to code because I just happened to find HyperCard and a HyperCard book at the library then learned to code TI-BASIC because I was bored in Math class and read my TI-89 manual. It was constant exposure that started

Without those two bits of happenstance I wouldn't make my living writing code as a Mechanical Engineer. The point of adding this is to expose kids to it so that if it piques their interest they can take a second hour. Or a 3rd hour. Or make a career out of it.

Comment Scale? (Score 3, Interesting) 181

I'd like to see this tried at scale. 40 people barely scrapes my division.

That said, collective intelligence has been used by companies and the intelligence community. I'd be interested if a few thousand employees collective thoughts on a direction of a company would work better than the boneheaded moves by a few C-level execs.

Comment Why I Only Work Remotely (Score 4, Interesting) 158

This article sums up a lot of the problems I had with the office:

This issue in particular:

ROWE (results only work environment) is a fantastic framework that needs to be adopted in places employing knowledge workers. You should be measuring the output of your workers, not the amount of time you can see them sitting in your office. I refuse to work in a place with such a cynical view of their employees. If you really think your employees will not be working if you cannot look over their shoulder to check, you have the wrong way of looking at the relationship with your employees (especially at a startup). You should be hiring people who are engaged by their work and believe in the company’s mission. If people slack off when you aren’t watching them, your company has a disease, and you have discovered a symptom. You cannot treat this symptom and expect the disease to be cured. More on this later (Remove the safety nets and let the bad actors fail).

If you are looking at your employees through the lens of “I can’t give these people freedom and autonomy to do work in the best way they see fit:” You should consider finding different people for your organization instead of pursuing an authoritarian regime.

Comment WebRTC turns 5 (Score 5, Informative) 88 "WebRTC is a free, open project that provides browsers and mobile applications with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple APIs. The WebRTC components have been optimized to best serve this purpose."

You can host it yourself, internal, inside of your firewall if you're that security paranoid.

There are also solutions hosted by other people if you don't want to deal with that:

Comment Re:Better late than never! (Score 0) 113

despite automatics doing it better than humans these days.

That depends on the technology used in the automatic.

Slushbox fluid coupling automatics still take a hit in MPG because of the physics.

Dual clutch automatics are more or less manual transmissions with the clutching and gear movement automated.

They're different beasts.

Comment I concur (Score 2) 82

The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect to their elders.... They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and are tyrants over their teachers.

The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they alone knew everything and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for girls, they are forward, immodest and unwomanly in speech, behaviour and dress.

Comment Welcome to the Digital Divide. (Score 5, Insightful) 325

The digital divide in the US became most evident (to me) in this last election cycle.

If you look at the page weights of 'conservative' vs 'liberal' news sites the former are much smaller and tailored to people on even a dial up, in large part because they know their demographic. Rural internet in the US flat out sucks. We have counties in my state, not more than 3 hours outside of Chicago that still have dialup as a viable option.

Drudge Report loads amazingly fast. Huffington Post does not. Drudge was 1.13 MB in size with 44% of that images. (The site I used to analyze them was done with Drudge's 14 assets long before Huffington Post stalled at 220/222 assets.)

The art of optimization seems to have disappeared, it made a small resurgence when web developers tried to optimize for the mobile web, but it doesn't look like most developers ever tried that hard.

It's a closed feedback loop. Developers live in places with fast Internet, test in places with fast Internet and then don't understand what it's like anywhere else. Students on college campuses live with gigabit internet and Internet2 connections to peer universities. They move to cities that Comcast pays attention to.

The best suggestion I have: Turn off images, configure the browser not to thread connections, and get involved in local government to get faster internet to your area.

Comment Re:Second best is good enough? (Score 1) 105

Now Sprint is doing a campaign, We are in second place. That is good enough.

Most of the ads I've seen point out the price differences associated with being in the different places.

If you had the option of 3 phone services:

  • #1 - $500/mo
  • #2 - $100/mo
  • #3 - $25/mo

Which one do you pick? If the #3 provider covered the area where you'll use it would you really splurge another $450/mo on #1 just because it was #1?

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