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Comment Oh well... (Score 2) 90

I bet the layer of product managers at Atlassian became top-heavy, with number of managers outpacing the number of sub-par software products they release (like JIRA.) So, the natural next step in the evolution of the company is to buy a non-sub-par software product company, and let the product managers have their way with turning the purchased software products into sub-par products. That way, every product manager gets a fair share of practice at screwing up perfectly fine software that probably doesn't really need to be modified in the ways they are intending.

Comment Re:Plot twist... (Score 1) 37

Plot twist: Blackberry renames itself to "Research in Motion", becomes a leading seller of autonomous cars to business executives everywhere.

Furthermore, business executives absolutely rave over the hardware-based steering wheel and pedals included in RIM's autonomous cars. "Real business executives need hardware steering on their cars," claims RIM CEO of the week. "Virtual steering interfaces, like those offered by Apple, just don't cut it in the business world."

Comment Queue Apple Video in 3... 2... (Score 5, Funny) 114

Jony Ive appears on screen, against a stark white background. "The design of our new MacBook Pro fuses form and function into a new degree of usability and intuitiveness. Once you pick it up and start using it, all of the cares of the world simply fade away behind the brilliant illumination of our Super Retina display. It's a design that is at once both futuristic, and timeless. But not TOOOOO timeless - our world class engineering teams will only support this miraculous marvel of engineering for the next five years, so get yours while you can."

Comment Re:Freedom of the code, not the coder (Score 1) 238

To put it simply, suppose I wrote a story, and left the ending blank. I published it saying, "you can write your own ending, and freely redistribute the entire work, my writing AND yours, but ONLY if you ALSO allow people the same freedom I allowed you." That is, you can't take MY work, write your own ending, publish the WHOLE THING, and tell people, "No portion of this work may be reproduced or distributed by any means..."

You are obviously forgetting that "No portion of this work may be reproduced" can only possibly apply to the scope of work which is not already freely available as part of another free work. In your example, only the ending could possibly be under the scope of restriction, since everything prior to the ending is already made freely available under the original free story. I see nothing wrong with that philosophy whatsoever. There is nothing that anyone can do to prevent the original free story from being freely available, no matter what modifications or licenses you choose to apply to your own derivation.

Wouldn't it be great if people knew what the fuck they were talking about or weren't allowed to talk?

Wouldn't it though?

Comment Re:Sickening (Score 1) 159

I believe something related is already being done on the Oculus and probably the Vive as well - in that each frame, after being rendered, is geometrically manipulated to approximate the changes that should be seen due to head motion since rendering began.

You're referring to Oculus Asynchronous Timewarp, which maps the viewport into a tessellated grid whose polygons get deformed in accordance with motion data.

Comment Re:Next time it will be hidden better (Score 4, Insightful) 421

I suppose MS will learn from this and hide it better in the future.

Or, they'll just update their operating system to dynamically inject telemetry into every executable that runs.

Ooops, I hope I didn't just give Microsoft a new idea. Wait, they're probably already thought of it, and more.

Comment Re:Sorry, Not Sorry (Score 1) 767

I'd be more than happy to accommodate extra traffic through my neighborhood, if the NYC commuters would stop blasting through my streets at 50 mph in a 25 mph residential zone. There are plenty of kids, pets, and elderly residents to worry about, and our streets don't have great visibility.

Every morning, commuters hop off the turnpike, take a "shortcut" through my neighborhood at ridiculous speeds, and hop back on the turnpike, just to save 4 minutes. It's not worth the risk to our residents, and that's NOT what our streets were designed for.

Comment Re:Software (Score 1) 72

I don't get why accuracy is such an afterthought in these devices.

Accuracy is an afterthought because the company is selling a lifestyle product, not a scientific measurement instrument.

After all, their advertisements don't feature people intelligently tracking health metrics as a small component of an overall health strategy. Instead, the ads show people engaging in athletic activities as a lifestyle choice. These are people who Just Do It.

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