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Comment: Re:What classes do you take? (Score 1) 391

by CaptainLard (#47919197) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

But how many people with LA degrees have mastered these?

How many people with B.S. degrees have mastered any of their core competencies*? The vast majority of skills I use day to day as an EE I learned or mastered on the job. Pretty much everyone I knew in college started their careers with lots of training or menial tasks.

*of which there are apparently far fewer of than in LA

Comment: Re:A Billion Dollars? (Score 1) 149

Its not like Nevada is paying Tesla a billion dollars. From the summary it only looks like the state is building a road at their own expense. If all the tax rates stayed in place with the factory, then sure they'd have a ton of extra money. But without the tax breaks, Tesla would have likely chosen some place else so nevada wouldn't get that money anyway.

You're right about the big picture though. I'd really like to see a detailed analysis of tax havens to find out if it really helps out anyone in the country besides a few shady politicians at the top. Last I heard, Ireland, etc, weren't doing so hot economically.

Comment: Re:Decisions, Decisions... (Score 1) 123

by CaptainLard (#47874663) Attached to: SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

As an astronaut, I wonder which would appeal to me more? The "Exciting Choice" or the "Safe Choice?"

More importantly, which one is which? Why would Boeing's design be inherently safer than SpaceX? Or by "safe" are they saying that boeing has almost 100 years experience funneling government money into executive bonuses so they are a safe bet to win the contract?

Comment: Re:See?! (Score 0) 91

by CaptainLard (#47838241) Attached to: California Blue Whales Rebound From Whaling
Ha! You trolls are hilarious...and fascinating. So many unrelated individuals all acting pretty much exactly the same. Whats your thought process in posting? "Oh Oh! Let me just type nuh-uh and say names. That will show him good and I will have made my day that much better. I have achieved something today!"

And because I just can't resist you charming little could argue that going from over-whaling to NOT over-whaling does indeed constitute a change regardless of the impetus. Would it pick right back up? Doubtful because the market no longer exists, which funny enough, is also a change.

In closing I wish you well in your upcoming sophomore year of high school. Feel free to tell all your classmates about the victory you achieved today.

Comment: Re:Put it this way (Score 1) 789

Lose what? Our attention? Putin will control russia till he dies. Officially, he doesn't control any other countries so if he "backs down" (From what? He's denying russian involvement right??) the only thing that will happen is his cronies will get their foreign assets unfrozen.

Comment: Re:Cash? (Score 1) 61

by CaptainLard (#47756859) Attached to: Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million
And if they did have a dump truck with $970 million, wouldn't that be enough to "give it technology to compete with video-streaming rivals Netflix and YouTube"?

Some observations: 1) Does it really take $970million to write a bunch of web apps? 2) How come developers and engineers aren't getting it? 3) I thought tech companies could only spend their money in units of $Billions 4) Hopefully someone at Twitch got fired for losing out on that last $30million. Losers...

Comment: Re:Or don't be... (Score 1) 561

by CaptainLard (#47662969) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

What's the percentage of white male computer-science and technical graduates?

To do anything but hire according to that percentage would be an act of sexism or racism.

Using that criteria is all well and good if your sole market is computer-science and technical graduates or your only products are algorithms. But if you're making general consumer products and are trying to sell to a more diverse market (i.e. the world) its probably not the worst idea to have more cultures represented. In other words, the top tech grads are not necessarily the most qualified applicants to design and sell products to a marketplace as diverse as earth.

Comment: Re:Math (Score 1) 141

by CaptainLard (#47632439) Attached to: Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

They have not shown it is a problem.

Perhaps not but its certainly worth following up on a previously unknown phenomenon that may or may not affect the global food supply. Your math showing an apparently small concentration doesn't take into account the biology of any creature living in the ocean. You haven't shown there isn't a problem.

Comment: Re:Every single day (Score 1) 234

by CaptainLard (#47566193) Attached to: Comcast Confessions

We live in an era where people in charge have very little accountability to the masses. "The Mob" no longer puts fear into politicians or business community. As such "maybe I shouldn't do this nefarious yet legal deed because it could end up with guillotine" check is no longer there.

All things considered, that's probably for the best. "The Mob" has a spotty record when it comes to serving justice.

Comment: Re:That's great, but ... (Score 1) 120

The gas powered cars that can break the records set by these gimmicks

Gas powered cars that don't use their engine and are propelled by batteries and electricity alone can break electric propulsion records set by pure EV's? That's amazing! I bet if they took out the heavy gas engines since they're not using them, they'd go even farther.....and by farther I mean nowhere. Apple and Orange, meet troll.

Comment: Re:That's great, but ... (Score 2, Informative) 120

Right, because gas powered cars built specifically to break speed/efficiency records are so much more practical...oh wait, they're also worthless for everything but breaking records and look just like this one. Good thing some of that engineering knowledge transfers over to consumer vehicles.

And in case you missed it, several Tesla's have already made cross country road trips. It might take 30 min to charge but 3 years ago it took 12 hours. Why would you want to go to sleep now and miss all the exciting rapid development? Do you sleep through movies to watch the credits?

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.