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Comment Re:Bullshit! (Score 1) 83

According to this argument, nothing that is used in the design cycle works because it does not work individually. Brainstorming is one tool that you can use in design or engineering work. Like any tool, it is not intended to be used on it's own. So you brainstorm, design, brainstorm, design, build, etc.

One big benefit of brainstorming, when it is done right, it that it gets the bullshit ideas out of the way so the group can dig deeply for good ideas. If there is one person, working on one thing, an entire year might be spent building the dumbest thing imaginable. And while that sometimes leads to a profitable product, I don't think it is the most reliable method

Comment Re:Sure, if they had the willpower... (Score 1) 538

Most Trump supporters are probably not worried that immigrants are coming from India and taking the jobs from IT workers. most of these workers are in the 'liberal' coastal cities that did not vote for Trump, and as such, are of no consequence. Trump campaigned on closing the border to immigrants that are taking low wage hard jobs that Americans do not want.

On the other hand Trump has asked for visa for over a 1000 foriegn workers over the past decade of so. These are for the type of jobs that should be easy to fill with US workers. Cooks, golf caddies, picking grapes, etc. These are not high skilled jobs, and the only reason to import workers is because of the potentially lower pay or ability to deport workers if they refuse to work, or complain about the condition, of violate confidentiality agreements.

Comment Re:Wonder why (Score 1) 207

In the cities talked about in the article, i.e. Austin and San Antonio, one is not spending $4,000 a month for a shoebox apartment. That much money would rent a very nice apartment, or buy a modest house in a desirable part of the city.

But many people are looking for a house that is about a maybe two or three square foot for every dollar of their monthly mortgage. That can be hard to find in the city. While one can find a very desirable house at very reasonable costs in the city, it is often in locations where there are diverse people.

The other item is similar to when people moved into the city. More young adults are used to living in the suburbs, and while may move to the city when they are young, are inevitably going to move back to their childhood norm, which increasingly is the exurbs.

Comment Separate Data from interface (Score 1) 234

I would think that the first thing a modern software develop should know is to decouple interface and logic and data. This is nothing new.

Composite/Structured Design was published way back in the late 1970' and detailed how rules should be in one place only as well as touching on the interfaces to access data and rules. Apple used the MVC structure to separate data from the viewer and methods. OO programming made this much easier to do. Computers are so fast any penalty, in most cases, is irrelevant.

My suspicion is that most software people now simply are connecting widgets to interfaces, and there is no actual knowledge of development or process. this is fine because the frameworks we have are so sophisticated that we can pay people to solve problems rather than figure out arcane error messages on why the code won't compile.

Comment Re:Relax... (Score 4, Insightful) 188

It is much simpler. Trump uses an unsecured easily hacked phone, so every spy agency on the planet is monitoring it. Which is a stupid waste of money as all they need is a twitter feed, a tv, and a membership at his golf course because he tweet everything he thinks, he releases classified information on tv, and public ally classified information during dinner on his every weekend vacation.

Comment Re:On our way... (Score 1) 295

What makes America great is immigration. No one wants America to fail, no more than conservative actives wanted America to fail when they born the birthed movement or blocked Obama at every turn. Conservatives really believed that Obama was key an and progressives really believe that Trump is going to turn the US over to Putin.

We want democracy and an African dicta actor like Trump who is going to block all immigrants is not going to help democracy. By your argument if we elected a lemur who just wanted to party, we would hate democracy if we opposed his plan to use taxpayer money to build free water parks in every town.

Frankly the guilt driving the US is that somehow we are not doing enough to placate the radical religious minority, not real fiscal conservative values. Honestly I y]think most policy is fear that we are going to see a resurgence in Christian terrorism like Eric Roudolph and the sovietiegn nationalists that went around killing cops.

Comment free software (Score 1) 71

I remember the first time I had to deal with satellite telemetry. While I had to write code to process the data, I used GNUPlot for visualization. Saved a ton of time. Of course there is no free software. Someone pays for it, to someone donates the time. In government we pay for it, just like we pay for everything. This is why the freedom of information act makes so much sense, and should not be ignored arbitrarily. We pay for the work, and we have a right to know if and how that work is being done.

Comment Re:Remember when Apple went full USB? (Score 2) 332

Or when Apple supported SCSI instead of parallel port. For me that was a good thing as SCSI was easier to set up for somethings rather than parallel. Even further back support of RS-422 made life easier. Firewire was faster for a long time than USB.

The key with the headphone jack is the same as with legacy ports on MS Windows machines. Some ports cost more than others, so one fills up the computer with cheap ports to make people feel like they get a good deal. Ports cost money, so use cheap ports to allow cheap expansion. The only Android phone, as far as I know, that generates profit, are those from Samsung. Everything else is sold a very low margins to a cash strapped population, a population that has $5 to spend on legacy headphones, but often not $50 for wireless or USB headsets.

Comment Re:There might be light but it is not the big pict (Score 1) 166

Weight is a factor, and highly processed carbohydrates are very efficient at delivering excess calories. One has more trouble eating a pound of butter than a pound of sugar. The first thing a type two diabetic does is lose 7% of weight.

The simpler more processed a carbohydrate is, the more Gloucester it will deliver. Eating minimally processed carbohydrates with lots of fiber and good fat is key. The problem with our diet is that we eat fat with no fiber, like meat, or sugar with no fiber, like potato and no skin.

And a lot of this is genetics. I suspect this would be helpful to someone who is at risk of diabetes.

Comment Re:Never heard of it... (Score 1) 67

UF is certainly one of the oldest web comics and one of the few to support the artist. If it had not been for plagerized it still would be running.

I would also point out that the old web comic I know about is I PhD, running since 1997 with almost 2000 strips.

I guess in this post factual world, no one will care.

My opinion is that since around 2000, it has been a renesance in newspaper style cartoons as the barriers to entry are non existent and for those who got in early, quality was all that mattered. Even late comers, like XKCD do much better by some metrics than early entries and popular sites like SMBC.

Comment outside the US (Score 1, Interesting) 63

Are people actually going to risk being detained at the airport for hours or being put in jail just to attend an Apple Conference. This is not snark. I am really interested if these kind of things held in the US are still viable. I expect to see more North American international conferences held in Canada. I know that most people attending the conference will be light skinned, but still...

Comment Re: Black Mirror (Score 2) 130

And read the story reported here of the university that was attacked by its own IoT.

Also, these things take energy and our ability to control is limited. We fantasizes 50 years ago that we could have a grid of sensors to predict the weather. We fantasizes we could replace tree with machines to clean our atmosphere. There is some stuff we are just going to have to accept that nature does better and if we don't comply we will lose.

Comment Google translate plagerized? (Score 1) 136

Is the Tech Times article click bait or plagerized? It reads like it was copied, translated by machine, and pasted into somebody else's byline. Broken English quotes are fine, but at least have the pride to edit the copy by hand before publishing. Anne Baker sounds like someone who can write native English, if I can be so presumptive

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