* Posts by Franchesca

5 posts • joined 30 Aug 2013

Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!


Re: What lack of app?

I have one (the first Surface Pro) with a type cover, and I love it. I previously had an iPad but it really was just a toy, and I had to go to my PC to do useful stuff. My PC is now mouldering in the garage and I don't miss it one bit (though we do have other network storage available for storing big files such as movies, and my old iphone converted to a media centre for the TV).

Bill Gates again world's richest, tops in US for 20th straight year


Re: Poor Getting Less Poor

In America there isn't a good enough social safety net to stop the poor from getting poorer.

However, in most Northern European countries health and welfare systems provide enough support so that those at the bottom are not consumed by the struggle to simply put food on the table. This struggle has been shown to severely impare cognative function in other areas of life. Once your basic needs are covered, it is possible for those with aptitude to escape the poverty trap (while those without aptitude are more humanely treated).

The sad thing is that the cost of putting a proper social safety net in place in America is tiny compared to one war in Iraq, or one year of infiltrating encryption standards and spying on the rest of the planet.

Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap

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I see a market...

It would be great marketed for kids. Any "bulkyness" would then become a feature, and incremental upgrades more easily financeed by pocket money.

BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode


But Brian is so CUTE!

Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’


Re: Shows a lack of logic

In my (10 years) experience working with male programmers, I find that the ones that consider themselves more "inventive" seem to use this as an excuse for being sloppy, constantly making mistakes that generate way more work for the rest of us. They seem to think that their overly complex code is somehow more creative.

A truly inventive / creative programmer (of either sex) will, like your hypothetical female, come up with solutions that are simple, elegant, and require minimal maintenance.


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