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Comment I believe it (Score 2) 567

That's why you can make a LOT of money by selling computers that are very simply and easy to use. That market is much bigger than the one that wants complicated computers with a ton of features. Most people just don't like computers, and they don't care to make computers a central part of their daily existence.

Comment Another device-maker (Score 1) 235

thinks that they can be successful in the market place by appealing to nerds. Hint: nerds are few, they are cheap, and they are high maintenance. You don't make a profit by appealing to this demographic.

Instead of trumpeting flash, usb ports, and processors, you talk about something that adds value to the consumer experience?

Comment Be someone who people want to work with (Score 1) 842

- Don't be a know it all!

Biggest one socially dysfunctional nerds have a problem with. Just because you have perfect memory of an API doesn't mean you should start correcting people. Memorizing some shit correctly is not the same as being able to architect a system or delivery a project. The little bit of knowledge you have has very little value. An older guy may not know python but he certainly knows how to get something done.

- Don't complain

- Take initiative but learn when to ask for help. You gotta figure out the balance between giving something a good faith try and aborting wasteful activity in order to find out the proper way to do something.

- Have a sense of humor. Know one will work with you, talk well about you, give you good reviews, push your for promotion if they don't like you and can't stand to work with you.

Being pleasant to work with is more important than technical skill. Being pleasant to work with is more important than technical skill. Being pleasant to work with is more important than technical skill.

That has to be repeated.

- Hygiene. Just don't smell bad. Shave and dress up if meeting with a customer or higher up


Japanese Astronaut Gets Designer "Space Suit" 110

Naoko Yamazaki knows you have to look good at work even if your work is in outer space. Japanese fashion designer Tae Ashida has created a designer suit for the female astronaut to wear during her stay on the International Space Station. "As a female designer, I chose a design and colour with a sense of grace ... so that she can feel at ease as she carries out a tough mission in a male-dominated, bleak atmosphere. It's like a dream come true to see my clothes worn in space," said Ashida. "I'm looking forward to seeing her wear my design."
XBox (Games)

An Early Look At Halo: Reach 107

KatanAlpha writes "Based on all the information coming out about Halo: Reach, it seems that Bungie's basic philosophy has been: 'The sequels to the first Halo sucked. Let's fix that.' We've already seen a little bit of this with Halo: ODST, wherein Bungie returned to some of the core elements of Halo gameplay and ditched many of the changes introduced in Halo 2 and 3. Reach seems to continue this idea while trying to invigorate the franchise by introducing greatly improved graphics and additional gameplay mechanics."

Comment How do you find a young sys admin?? (Score 1) 141

Are there people out of college who want to be sys admins? We are tying to hire a sys admin, but we either get people who are overqualified -- they would not want to do the job for a long time -- or we get people who are under-qualified -- front desk support types you cannot design and manage a whole network.

On top of that, new grads don't usually have a lot of real world knowledge for sys admin work, though we would definitely relax this requirement for someone who is a problem solver and eager to do the job. (We haven't found this person yet, though)

Data Storage

Submission + - Researchers Store Optical Data in Five Dimensions (technologyreview.com)

Al writes: "Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology in Victoria, Australia, have developed an optical material capable of storing information in five dimensions. Using three wavelengths and two polarizations of light, the Australian researchers were able to write six different patterns within the same area. The material is made up of layers of gold nanorods suspended in clear plastic that has been spun flat onto a glass substrate and multiple data patterns can be written and read within the same area in the material without interference. The team achieved a storage density of 1.1 terabytes per cubic centimeter by writing data to stacks of 10 nanorod layers."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - How can I get internet anywhere in the world?

reeeh2000 writes: I'm thinking about joining the peace corps to volunteer, but I worry about being able to keep up on current technology as well as being able to work with open source projects. Does anyone know a good solution as to a mobile device that could be used for this purpose?

Submission + - Hershey going after chocolate maker over "kiss (nymag.com)

innocent_white_lamb writes: Hershey's lawyers are going after a chocolate maker for calling his candies (which don't look anything like a Hershey's Kiss) a "Champagne Kiss". Jacques Torres' candies have champagne inside and an imprint of lips on the chocolate. More details here: http://nymag.com/daily/food/2009/04/hersheys_tells_jacques_torres.html and detailed photos of the Champagne Kiss are here: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/04/jacques-torres-vs-hersheys-kisses-scandal.html

Comment Re:What a way to flush 3% of GDP ... (Score 1) 753

Ok, you have half of the story. Now, how does this compare to industry? In the defense field when comparing private contractors to public employees, the cost structures and jobs are very similar. IOW, private industry isn't doing appreciably better.

Furthermore, the waste rate isn't the measure you should be using. Think about the common venture capital statistic that people use: VCs expect 9/10 companies they fund to fail, but the one that succeeds makes funding the other 9 worth it. The same concept applies to research. It would be interesting to compare private vs. public success rates, if such data existed.

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