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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/29/2017 8:15:39 PM
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Re: What caught my attention.....
Michelle,

Oh, there are lots of ways to do it. Picking a set of ways and then carrying out that program .... now THAT is complicated. 

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Michelle
Michelle
5/29/2017 8:08:44 PM
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Re: What caught my attention.....
@John I wasn't thinking of all that CenturyLink handles. I can see now how they could easily reach the thousands. I can't imagine working to simplify that many interfaces...

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
5/29/2017 8:03:52 PM
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Re: What caught my attention.....
So, then, should we then stop to make things seamless?    What I think you're implying is also the fact that somehow we will outlive our usefulness especially as we see arlready AlphaGO being smarter becuase it can think more strategically....

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/29/2017 7:55:51 PM
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Re: What caught my attention.....
Mike,

And yet simplicity obstinately remains relative to purpose; this is part of why I spent several years keeping my design classes from being taken over by CAD programs that the IT department wanted to buy (because although they made it easy to do initial setups and title blocks and dimension lines, after that every actual design idea was all but impossible to execute whereas it was simple with a pencil) and then about an equal amount of time trying to get a CAD system that wasn't built around cutting and pasting from a library (because it changed the gradient of simplicity to favor a few basic ideas, rather than allowing all executions to be equally simple).

I was going to use the quote "Our ideas should be as simple as possible, but no simpler" that is often attributed to Einstein, but then I looked it up and discovered that neither the quote nor the attribution is simple at all. Convenience is one kind of simplicity; always giving you an answer that looks like an answer is another; but there are some kinds of information to which the simplest route is devilishly complicated, where a simple result, and not a simple process, is what's wanted.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
5/29/2017 7:45:31 PM
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Re: What caught my attention.....
I get it--but I reitrate my thought that it is critical for us all to empower the end user so that the end user can drive it which opens up opportunities like never before.   Our role should be to be open and embrace it--and as consumers, if someone makes it easy on  me, that's a win. 

 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/29/2017 7:31:27 PM
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Re: What caught my attention.....
And yet some kinds of simple are antithetical to other kinds. A violin is much simpler than a piano mechanically, and a piano in turn is far more simple than a CD player, if we're talking engineering. But it's much much simpler for a human to get music out of the CD player, and considerably simpler to learn to produce a recognizable tune on a piano than on a violin.

Simplicity isn't even a simple tradeoff.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
5/29/2017 7:26:48 PM
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Re: What caught my attention.....
"Nirvana" is us having the ability to have access to all three!! :) :) 

 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/29/2017 7:25:07 PM
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Re: What caught my attention.....
Mike Pouraryan,

That's one kind of simplicity -- "I just talk and the machine gives me what I want."

Another kind is the light switch -- two positions, one for each thing the light can do.

Yet another is the College Common Application -- nearly every college wants a subset of the same info, so why not just collect it all once and let the colleges query for what they need?

Yet another is the simple SELECT statement in SQL -- go get what's in these columns -- which is simple to write (and a nightmare if someone asks for a billion rows of data by mistake!)

We all want it simple, but which simple do we want?

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/29/2017 7:21:06 PM
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Re: What caught my attention.....
Michelle,

Well, look at how many different kinds of communication Century Link handles, each of which has to have at least one interface at each end .... but in fact will have many more ... (counting, for example, one screen or one automated dialogue as one interface) ... and it doesn't take long to get to thousands!

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Michelle
Michelle
5/29/2017 6:48:04 PM
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Re: What caught my attention.....
Thousands? It sounds like they've got a bit of work to do yet...

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