I guess IF you were standing next to this fellow during his investigation, you'd probably have a far better appreciation for the engineering/programming dilemma. But, reading about it from the vantage point of several decades later, it seems that one would do just as well reading Homer or Cicero in their native text.
In general, I think most of these blogs are so "lingo-specific" that they lose much of their impact to readers NOT familiar with industry-specific terminology.
This is a good Sherlock Ohms story about using ingenuity to double the production on the conveyor. A lot of this type of optimization is done with intelligent tools these days. Not long ago, it all had to be done with brain tissue.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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