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Comment: Re:Germany gets 2.3% (Score 1) 296

by Areyoukiddingme (#47421505) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

So yeah, solar is a great way to REDUCE the demand on your base sources during lunch time. Kind of like regenerative braking REDUCES the demand on the engine. Neither is, or ever can be, a primary energy source.

Only if you can't do math. The earth intercepts 173,000 terawatts of solar power, permanently. The US currently runs plants producing 16 terawatts. So if we can manage to hog 0.009% of the Sun's output, we can replace every power plant of every type.

Not 1%. Not 1 tenth of 1%. Just a little less than 1 one hundredth of 1% of the solar power hitting the Earth.

14% of the Earth's surface area is desert. It isn't impossible to be 100% solar. Just expensive.

Comment: Re:adopt a 1950's standard of living. (Score 1) 296

by Areyoukiddingme (#47421357) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

In 1969 my dad worked for McDonnell Douglas, ,he made 20, 000 a year. That's 123,000 in Todays dollars.
His home cost 21,000 dollars. Slightly more the 1 years wages.
In today's money. you would need to make 500K a year for that same house to only be slightly less then the cost of the house.
And I mean the same damn house.

Thank you for that. It's nice to see hard numbers make the damn "you spend too much" people shut the hell up.

I'll even chime in with my own numbers. For 3 years, I spent $55 more per month that you couldn't spend in 1970, on Internet service. I had no phone service and drove an average of 10 miles per month. No, not a typo. Per month. No car payment, same as you. Driving what is now a 13 year old car. I had you beat by several thousand dollars per year. So how come I ain't rich?

Oh right. Because I labor.

Comment: Re:Climate Change on Slashdot? Bring on the fun! (Score 1) 296

by Areyoukiddingme (#47421293) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

And neither side seems to have any conception of the problems entailed in delivering an adequate supply of essentials and luxuries to 10 billion human beings later in this century. Much less any willingness to work at developing realistic solutions to the numerous problems that will be encountered.

I dunno about that. Last I checked you can't throw a chair around here without hitting somebody willing to tell you about liquid flouride thorium reactors. That same thrown chair is likely to ricochet into someone who can quote the 173,000 terawatts of solar radiation hitting the earth.

There's at least some thought being put into the energy requirements of 10 billion humans.

For the rest, that sounds about right, if a little hyperbolic. What astonishes me is you're modded above 2. The defenders of GCMs usually have mod points.

Comment: Re:No exhaustive.. (Score 1) 274

by Areyoukiddingme (#47410661) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

Who's popularity is often due to their personality that makes their program popular.

Have you ever heard John Carmack talk? He's an übernerd, with some verbal tics that are just maddening. He talks about nerdy things to nerdy people. He's the polar opposite of "popular". Only 10% of the population can understand what he's talking about, let alone care what he's talking about.

And he's one of the world's greatest living programmers. It has nothing to do with personality, and everything to do with ability.

Comment: Re:Living in Colorado, and yes, there is a shortag (Score 1) 397

by Areyoukiddingme (#47403639) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Ladies and Gentlemen, office/IT/tech work does not mean you don't have to WORK! and no, you are not harder workers than the rest of the world or more innovative or more irreplacable. Get off your asses!, > 2 hrs of real work a day is NOT asking too much. Crist, walk around and all you see is facebook or amazon accounts on people's machines.

Your cries for harder work are falling on deaf ears because your company has fouled up too many times.

"Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part."

In other words, your management has made stupid choices, repeatedly, then insisted their workers "work hard" to clean up the mess, then failed to exhibit any gratitude whatsoever for excess hours put in (illegally uncompensated, in some states). What you're seeing around you now is the end result of years of poor management. The people who like to work have long since moved on. What you have left are the people who can't be bothered to find a better managed position.

I see this in my current position. I actually have the best manager on the floor, as far as paying attention to what is happening now, paying attention to what's coming, and modifying plans in advance to aim for a different project when the customer for the first project experiences a delay. A coworker who was hired the same day I was works for a different manager. He can go two or three weeks at a time with literally nothing to do. His manager made no contingency plans. His manager paid no attention to possible delays outside of his control. So there he sits, on Facebook (or the moral equivalent). Nor can I blame him. There are too many people and too many moving parts for him to just randomly strike out on his own. He would end up working at cross-purposes with the other poorly managed people around him, and nobody likes throwing away work. So why work, let alone work hard?

Me, I'm on Slashdot tonight because I'm at the end of a project cycle. I've done releases of two products to QA, determined that a release of a third product doesn't need to happen (which was somehow missed by everybody else involved) and now I'm waiting on the last of the test results, poised to take care of any trailing problems. I'll be working on the next thing in a matter of days.

I really liked Colorado the three years I lived there, but I can tell I don't want to work for your company. You suffer from dysfunctional tech management. I could generalize that a bit. You, like so many other American companies, suffer from dysfunctional management.

Ladies and Gentlemen, management work does not mean you don't have to WORK! and no, you are not harder workers than the rest of the world or more innovative or more irreplacable. Get off your asses!, > 2 hrs of real work a day is NOT asking too much.

Comment: Re:19,000 (Score 1) 397

by Areyoukiddingme (#47403317) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

If they determine that the company they are employed in has reached maturity and will start sliding towards dissolution, then they adjust their priorities to 1) Maximize profits, 2) cut costs, 3) Extend profitability. This turns their business into a cash cow that gets milked, taken over, disassembled, and outsourced.

That sounds like a self-fulfilling prophecy. The company wouldn't be "sliding towards dissolution" if these management-out-of-a-book idiots hadn't gutted the company's core skills.

People like to talk about sustainability a lot in ecological terms. Why do we never hear about it in business terms? Oh right. Because balance is hard to achieve and maintain. If you're an idiot chasing the latest fad in your glossy management magazine, you haven't got a prayer of finding and maintaining a profitable balance for any length of time, so you firmly believe that businesses have only two states: on the way up or on the way down. There is a third choice. Too bad American management is too incompetent to take that path.

Comment: Re:Obviously a mistake (Score 1) 151

by Areyoukiddingme (#47402519) Attached to: New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

It will be changed real soon now and some low level guy will be let go.

Hollywood is not in NZ and NZ doesn't get paid royalties on all those movies filmed in NZ, so they could give a rat's ass about forcing their own ISPs to jump through Hollywood hoops. Quite the opposite, in fact. Region locked downloads are illegal in NZ, so this change isn't just intentional, it's mandatory. (For some interpretation of mandatory compliance with the law.)

Comment: Re: The rocket to nowhere (Score 1) 146

by Areyoukiddingme (#47391323) Attached to: NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

SpaceX built a new rocket engine and two new rockets, and actually launched them into space, for about the same amount of money as NASA spent putting a dummy upper stage on top of a shuttle SRB and launching it into the ocean.

NASA's activities look more and more like Best Korea...

Comment: Re:How foes this compare (Score 1) 146

by Areyoukiddingme (#47391307) Attached to: NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

...nor are liquid fueled stages normally test-fired either before launch.

SpaceX liquid fueled first stages are 100% test-fired before launch. It's called a hold-down system. The engines are throttled up to full thrust and all systems must check out, while firing, before the clamps are released. If something is off, the engines shut down.

That actually took NASA's commentator by surprise during one of the early Falcon 9 launches. Engines reached full thrust, commentator says "Lift off!" and the rocket didn't move. Shut down instead. There was a problem with one of the engines. They fixed it and launched it later.

Comment: Re:I dont see a problem here (Score 1) 146

by Areyoukiddingme (#47389535) Attached to: NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

In other words, the opportunity cost of SLS/Orion, ie, what they prevent, is enormous.

Obviously that has nothing whatsoever to do with the priorities here.

Senate Launch System Hyperforce Go! has been approved! Welfare for mediocre engineers must continue! After all, Boeing can't be expected to keep paying all those STEM graduates with purely military pork. Haven't you heard? The military pork is taking a cut. But the pork must flow, so this project that has been carefully nursed along in the Powerpoint Engineering stage for over a decade for just this eventuality can now be turned on so that Boeing corporate profits don't take a hit when the military pork gusher is throttled back by... $21 billion. If Boeing profits took that big a hit, they'd have to lay off all those STEM graduates, which would make the supposed STEM shortage in the US an even more transparent lie. And that might affect votes. Can't have that.

Comment: Re:The Earth is big. Really big. (Score 0) 565

... any more than watching Fox News will help you understand politics.

Watching Fox News is absolutely essential for understanding American politics. Or did you think ignoring the number one influencer (by viewer count) in news when trying to understand the thing being influenced is a good idea?

...denialists like you need a hole in the head.

Yay for anonymous violence.

Go die of thirst already.

The National Weather Service has had a flood warning in effect in my region literally every day for the past two months. What thirst?

Congratulations, by your rhetoric, you have successfully demonstrated that you belong to the "correct" team. What, you want a cookie?

Comment: Re:Can't wait for self generation... (Score 1) 365

by Areyoukiddingme (#47341295) Attached to: Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

These markets are being screwed up by politics... both international and domestic.

If we self generate then the powers that be can sit on it and spin... I really can't wait.

Self-generation is already perfectly feasible. What's missing is self-storage. When that is solved, we can have REAL energy independence. Independence from all these manipulative selfish bastards.

If I were an electrical engineer, I'd be trying to solve the problem myself, using nickel iron batteries. If I were a chemist, I'd be trying to make a gel-pack nickel iron battery.

Comment: Re:What choice do we have? (Score 1) 710

by Areyoukiddingme (#47322509) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

I don't really see anyone blaming the workers. I do see people suggesting that workers take appropriate steps to protect their interests. Maybe workers should learn skills that indentured serfs don't have. Maybe workers should take advantage of a world with cheap unskilled labor rather than being a part of the unskilled labor force and therefore causing a higher supply to demand ratio of unskilled labor (as I implied earlier).

America has one of the most highly skilled work forces in the world, both in terms of the number of skilled workers per capita and the extent of their skills.

And so what. Get a master's degree in your field, your resumé gets discarded by HR: overqualified. Have 20 years of experience in the field, your resumé gets discarded by HR: overqualified. Fail to have 10 years of experience in 5 year old technology, your resumé gets discarded by HR: underqualified. Fail to have the right school on your resume, your resumé gets discarded by HR: underqualified: Fail to claim you can walk on water and fly solely by grabbing your bootstraps and yanking, your resumé gets discarded by HR: underqualified. Goldilocks was never so picky. Why? Because they're desperate for any criteria they can use to dig themselves out from under the absolutely monstrous deluge of resumés they received for the job posting they only posted because the law required it and they've already got the H1B lined up they're going to put in that slot.

Well if the job market is so terrible (for employees) and never getting better, then the obvious thing to do is to exploit that and become an employer.

Right. Obviously. Because it's not like all of the existing markets haven't already been divvied up among the giant entrenched players who have not only rigged the laws and regulations against startups but have piled up tens of thousands of bogus patents that guarantee they can exort a ruinous sum from literally any venture if they so choose, and the only choice is over whether they kill your venture aborning or wait until it's slightly valuable, then extort payment that will only kill your venture a little bit later. Nevermind the fact that if you haven't already Gotten Yours, you can't even afford to hire a dog walker, let alone one of those literally millions of unemployed skilled potential workers, let alone the 20 it would take to get something really useful accomplished.

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Now that I've gotten the scathing sarcasm off my chest...

If we couple your assertion with the guy several hundred posts up who says he's up to his ass in one-off contract offers he can't fulfill after booking $170k in a year doing evenings-and-weekends work, we can come to a conclusion: this Brave New Tech Economy scares people and that fright is disastrously self-destructive.

Let me lay out the pieces.

Once upon a time, not too very long ago, small business was the majority type of employer in the United States. Despite gargantuan headcounts at a few multinationals, they were still outnumbered by literally millions of small businesses. But small business headcounts have been steadily shrinking, because they've been increasing automation. They had to, because there were millions of them, and they had to increase efficiency, because everybody else was and if they didn't, they couldn't compete and they'd go out of business, so they did, so everybody else had to too, so they did and here we are twenty years later and they find they've backed themselves into a corner.

They don't understand what they have. They bought a complicated tool, that they absolutely must have to stay competitive, but they don't understand it.

It's called a computer.

They don't know how it works, they don't know what makes it go, they actively dislike the damn thing if they don't outright hate it, but by and large it allows them to do things that simply aren't possible with their current headcount unless they have it so they keep using it, hoping it will keep working, and cousin Larry's sister's kid is good with computers (he gets by with cargo cult practices and duct tape) and anyway rebooting seems to work.

After twenty years of this, the cracks are showing. The duct tape is peeling off. It's getting harder and harder to keep that ancient creaky old database running because somehow the computers just stop working and every time that database (which exists on only that one hard drive sitting in that tiny office off the production floor) somehow gets copied to the new system if they're really lucky and they don't know why that sometimes works and why it sometimes doesn't and oh my god the last time it didn't work the secretary (sorry, admin assistant, she was very insistent on that point) had to spend a month reentering all the paper she could find into the system and she never did find it all and boy was that big customer pissed when his order was late and we really don't want to go through that again but cousin Larry's sister's kid says he can't just keep copying it anymore because something something something argle bargle and what do we DO?!?!

Do you know somebody?

Here we have the whopping disconnect that is causing quite a lot of grief. American small business has automated a bunch of stuff, but that automation falls out of date far faster than anything else, it seems to require constant attention, and every time the nice grey-haired gentleman in the corner office has to deal with it, all he hears is argle bargle and he really wishes he could just get it fixed, but he tried that a couple of times and really since that last time cousin Larry's sister's kid worked on it, it's never been quite right, I mean he's a nice kid and all, but still the secretary (sorry, admin assistant, she was very insistent on that point) says she has to do this when she used to do that and it's not right and it won't stop doing it and argle bargle.

So, do you know somebody?

I mean I heard on the news about these contracting website things and I know what contracting means, it's what we do, but I tried that website and nothing came up but then something came up and it didn't make any sense, and I heard if you type stuff in to one of those things somebody in Outer Mongolia will steal your credit card and run up charges and my wife will yell at me when her card gets declined at the salon so that sounds like a bad idea but there's no phone number and there wasn't anything on that site about what we have anyway, it had a bunch of stuff about Agile and NOSQUIRRELS and rubies and what? I can't afford rubies. I just have this... thing... I've got the disk around here somewhere... and it needs to keep working, but the news said something about Microsoft discontinuing support and cousin Larry's sister's kid said we have to Do Something and the guy from Giant Megacorp that's buying our biggest shipment of widgets this year said it's true, we really have to or Bad Things will happen.

So, really, do you know somebody?

It would really help if you knew somebody who was also a nice grey-haired gentleman with a reassuring handshake and a good pair of sturdy workboots who drives a good ol' American pickup truck. You know. Somebody you can trust. Somebody like me. Except he's kept up with this stuff, you know I always meant to but I was always so busy, 'cause every time you turn around Giant Megacorp would come back with a different demand and say the part had to be made differently and we had to figure out how to do that without breaking the bank, and oh yeah there was that ISO 9000 crap, we had to do that, gawd what a racket, but that's done, and anyway I just haven't had the time, and now I've got two grand kids with another one on the way (have I showed you the pictures of my grand kids? Hold on, I've got 'em right here) and time just gets away from me.

Seriously, do you know somebody? ...

American small business needs Stuff Done, but American small business owners are notoriously conservative, in the classical sense, and each and every one of them has already been bitten once by a snake oil salesman (or knows somebody who has), so they're severely gunshy and have fallen back on the old reliable talent search mechanism, the personal reference.

And it's not working. It doesn't scale, it isn't communicating the need correctly (or at all), and there truly is a severe shortage of workers who meet all of their criteria. They really want somebody who displays all the correct badges of trustworthiness (a small and ever-shrinking pool), who has extensive domain knowledge in their field (small manufacturing), who actually does know what the hell he's doing (not a large pool to begin with), and who isn't a hipster (total failure in the badges of trustworthiness department) or a smooth operator who will effectively rob them and could literally destroy the company because the automation is now unavoidable and it has to work or we lose the Giant Megacorp account and we're done for.

And Joe Random Slashdot reader can't just hang up a shingle and say Open For Business! and get anywhere. Mr. Small Business won't even hear of it if he did, and if he did accidentally hear of it, it would fail all of his trustworthiness gates, especially the only one that is absolutely non-negotiable, the personal reference.

So there's a talent shortage. There's just nobody out there who understands My Problem and who can help me.

Really, there's a communication problem. Perhaps TsuruchiBrian and Tuidjy could bridge the gap.

I wish you luck.

Do you know somebody?

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