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Comment This is ignorance at it peak!!! (Score 1) 281

Just one simple issue reverses the ignorant "reversal" touted above: A team of 5 five people who have to maintain bilateral, substantive communications with 4 others, has a total of 20 paths of dialog to maintain, so the project can be completed in five months..

For a team of 25, there are 25*24 paths: A total of 600. And, only one month.

So, FIRST, you have 5 programmers with 20 total dialogs going on, and it endures for five months. The alternative offered is 25 programmers with 600 paths of communication, and it all has to be done one month. When do you do YOUR thinking?

If you can't see the fallacy in that comparison, you are a typical, incompetent "business manager" who's can't write the BASIC program to print "Hello, World".

Fred's empirical observation still stands, to this day.

Comment Re:stupid summary (Score 1) 60

Unfortunately, you can't actually use much of the Internet without higher speeds. The FCC itself defines "Broadband" as 25 Mb/s and above. That's virtually a minimum threshold to do anything like generating revenue with a business that relies on the Internet.

Try it out yourself: Throttle your own bandwidth back to, say, 3 Mb/s (great ghost of DSL!) for a week and notice how little you can actually get done. Google Maps are a drag, Amazon seems like you're trying to communicate with Venus (or the Pioneer), even social media is nearly impossible. eMail is acceptable at that speed, but don't bother trying to attach anything, or your Internet service is saturated for minutes-to-hours. Now, add to that, Microsoft's demand you download Windows 10, and you've wiped out your bandwidth for a month.

Comment Re:stupid summary (Score 1) 60

It's not about being "more efficient." It's about getting the investment capital.

All Utilities are like that. When San Francisco wanted electricity at the turn of the 20th century, they first had to build the huge Hetch Hetchy dam in rural California. Next they had to install electrical generators. Then they had to string all the towers and cable to bring that electricity back to the Peninsula. Then they had to wire the streets (with industry getting first service). AFTER all that capital expenditure, they could bill for their first dollar of revenue. We don't have an economy that allows that anymore.

Comment Re:stupid summary (Score 1) 60

Respectfully: You're wrong. Even when the economics DO make sense, there is no Investor interested because they don't fund utilities.

The great deal with utilities is that they spin off big returns over decades; The downside is that it takes about 10 years to hit breakeven...and thinkers limited to a single quarter of future vision aren't interested at all, not when they can invest the same $35 Million with a doubling of their capital in just afew years through Wall Street.shenanigans. Another way the 1% screw the rest of us.

I know; I led a team here in rural California. We hired as CEO the former CFO of one of the largest financial companies in the U.S. After three months, he threw in the towel, saying, "There's no capital interested in ANY new utility business." Even he was surprised. And, local investors are keeping what they have, with no interest in seeing new competitors emerge when Internet is widely available.

Comment Elon Musk: Please Start In your Own Backyard (Score 1) 60

Out here in rural California, virtually all the counties on the Eastern edge of the state have limited (6 Mbps) or non-existant (70% of El Dorado County, where I live) Internet service. While I laud your plan to provide service in parts of the world not served at all, wouldn't it make sense to make sure that all United States citizens have service first?

Our schools have little or no broadband. Our farmers and merchants have little or no broadband. Our local businesses can't expand markets. We have a situation where many rural residents travel 5-30 miles to cities (e.g., Folsom, or the County Seat, Placerville) to sit in coffee shops by the hour to share access to a slow WiFi connection (sure, the Airport is fast, but all customers are using the single 6 Mbps connection that Awful Terrible & Treacherous deems adequate for those "stupid farmers" (a quote from an AT&T executive I once tried to engaged on the subject; his solution: "Move the big Cities!").

Comment Take the Job... (Score 1) 198

...for the title, wait six months, then start circulating your resume to more enlightened companies.

I've done major consulting contracts with companies like the one you describe. They're fundamentally flawed and broken and will eventually implode. Try to find a new position in another company before the do.

Good luck!

Comment Nuclear Solutions... (Score -1, Troll) 419

...even off-world, present terrible consequences for those of us on Earth (in this case, during development, test and launch). This world was better before the "Day of Trinity," would have been better without Three-Mile Island, Fukushima, et. al., and will be better after we follow the German lead to stop using nuclear fission for energy production. Harnessing nuclear energy was a bad idea at the start, and remains a bad idea today, for any purpose whatsoever. It's just too dangerous, especially with austerians limiting the budgets for development of safer approaches and methodologies.

Comment Re:Undergrad doesn't matter (Score 3, Interesting) 306

"Like High School???" I never got OUT of high school (1957), ended up doing long-term, high-level (CxO) consulting to more than a dozen Fortune 500 firms. You can easily confuse education with learning. The school only matters to those who are so insecure they need to affiliate with some "tribe." I met a lot of them in my day; they decided they'd had the "Best education money can buy" and then they ended up having to take orders from the consultant who never went to college for their strategic direction. I've TAUGHT at a substantial number of universities, but never had the benefit/limitation of attending one.

Go read Fareed Zakarias' book ("In Defense of a Liberal Education") and learn how to THINK, to see behind appearances, to adapt and survive. Coding, Systems Analysis, SysAdmin are skills you can acquire. Unless you remain curious (Remember Grace Murray Hopper's slogan, "Born with Curiosity." If you don't know who GMH was, you're grossly undereducated.) you're stuck doing it the way you learned in a text book...which was obsolete by the time you got it.

The other most valuable thing you can do is select your mentors well. Mine are all gone, but Eli Hellerman (at C-E-I-R) was a godsend to me; he not only helped me learn about my chosen profession (at the time of the IBM 1401 and IBM 709), but he gave me a great kickstart on becoming a thinker, and an adult.

Comment Accept that you're a cog in the "Free Trade" model (Score 1) 479

That first-tier, untrained, script-reading, non-English-speaking person on the other end of the line got up at 5:00 pm to be ready to go to work at 8:00 pm (their time), so they can be available on the front lines all night long...and for a wage that is comparable, in their economy, to that of your local McDonald's counter clerk. Have some compassion, and they'll get you through that hellish first tier. Then, when that's exhausted, you've earned the right to ask for escalation to the "next level"...if they even HAVE one (it's usually a transfer back to the U.S. for those higher tiers of erstwhile "Technical Support").

When you're done, find ways to terminate your relationship--if possible (here in rural America, my sole ISP is AT need I say more?). When enough customers start leaving (as I did in leaving AT&T's phone service recently), you'll starting getting solicitous letters begging you to let them help you. Ignore them. These are corrupt corporations, more interested in executive compensation than customer satisfaction. Get used to that, too, because that's why corrupt politicians keep getting paid to write laws that favor those very corporations.

In other words, it's a crappy world out there and revolution appears to be the only way these retarded executives will ever get the message. Hard, but true.

"I never let my schooling get in the way of my education." -- Mark Twain