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Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 709

Human technologies have evolved orders of magnitude faster than the human brain has.

I think you're conflating genetic evolution with cultural evolution. I believe some human cultures have evolved at (or close to) pace with technology and some haven't. Cultural evolution involves increasing awareness of the (let's call it) limitations of genetically derived behavior and attempts to accommodate for it. Some human cultures may not be enough to ensure survival. It remains to be seen...

Comment Re:hire competent government employees (Score 2) 252

rather than the State Representative's cousin Bubba Gump or this guy from the Sunday school class

Hiring could be a revolving door with industry or whatever buzzword and acronym (see summary) generating criteria the industry uses - their management often isn't much better. Managers who poorly manage large projects still have that mystical experience. Same goes for the company.

Comment Depends on libraries (Score 1) 331

For anything outside hardware control it depends on which language has the most relevant libraries in the problem domain, where the code you write is simply the glue. You don't want to spend time reinventing the wheel unless it's a hobby or an educational project. No need to switch unless you're changing problem domains.

Comment Re:So what you're saying is (Score 2) 256

Good high schools have high concentrations of over-achievers trying to get into the best colleges. That means several AP courses each with heavy homework assignments and students staying up well past midnight - on a regular basis. High school can be stressful if entrance into top university is a priority (and you don't have connections). YMMV

Comment Re: That's a lot of money (Score 1) 181

Work your way up to VP of Search at Google

Yeah, no. That's kind of the next step before Profit! I've never been fully clear what unique contributions these types make on their "way up" that in any way justifies their compensation. Especially the higher you go; was there really no other person who couldn't have accomplished the same thing for less - a lot less?

Comment Re:There are reasons bureaucracies exist (Score 1) 153

Consistency, or reducing variation, is one of the first steps in quality improvement. The next step involves process improvement. For the consistent car company this might mean reducing tolerances to allow for changing the design to increase HP - without sacrificing consistency. The HP car company would improve their processes to achieve more consistency. It's not an either/or, and consistency should be one of the early steps.

Comment Re:That's nice. (Score 1) 152

Indeed, what takes 30-40 hours/frame to render has changed significantly since I was peripherally involved in the field almost thirty years ago. Rendering is one of the few areas that really need all the computing resources you can provide and fortunately it's able to leverage parallelism.

I don't know how much cleverness is used -- things don't change that much in 1/24th of a second -- but I'm guessing there's still a lot of brute force computation. Directing becomes more critical in these efforts as the actors are essentially digital automatons -- hence the "human innovators".

Comment Too late (Score 1) 565

Linux came too late to overthrow the Microsoft incumbency which had been around for something like ten years, dominating the business market that defined desktops which in those days were relatively expensive for casual home use. (The desktop business market was essentially handed to Microsoft by IBM.) The chance for *nix was lost early in the fighting between System V and BSD (which spawned Linux) and the shortsightedness of AT&T (which was far from alone in ignoring desktops).

There was no equivalent incumbency for smart phones which is why Apple and Android were able to compete more successfully. It's always been and always going to be too late for Linux since the desktop market has matured and even shrunk somewhat with the increasing functionality of smart phones.

Comment Re:Restaurants (Score 1) 940

I want human chefs/cooks/servers

We all can't live in Downton Abbey. I vaguely recall as a kid reading that in India it was cheaper to hire a person to wash your dishes than to buy a dishwasher. Automation isn't the issue, overpopulation is.

robotic kitchen preparing food without any human oversight/intervention

We've had vending machines on the low end for quite some time. To be sure I still prefer talking to a server rather than the touch pads replacing/reducing them at some restaurants but I'm sure I'll get used to it. And I'm pretty sure there will always be an option to obtain the human, um, interface. Hopefully it'll be less common you'll have to pay more for it.

Comment Rewrite? (Score 1, Insightful) 367

How is changing the maximum number of logins considered "rewriting" an operating system? If a parameter's hard wired it shouldn't magically become different in relation to the operating system's functionality than parameters that aren't. In other words, if I change the Windows account lockout threshold I don't consider it as rewriting Windows.

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