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Comment: Re: No hardware or software fault? (Score 1) 79 79

I came to grips with the idea of never being an astronaut when I was about 7. I'd read that there was a height limit of 6 feet for astronauts, which even in the early 70s might have been out of date information. but since my father was taller than that, I figured I would be also.

Comment: Re:Deliberately shipping unfinished software (Score 1) 173 173

> like the "perpetual beta" junk that even some of the biggest companies in the business have inflicted on us in recent years.

Funny, some of us have been complaining about that for more than 20 years.

Given that MS is trying to move towards the pattern of releasing early and often, which most other companies are doing is not a reason to assume Windows 10 will have a lot of problems. Now, Microsoft's 30+ year history of disastrous dot-oh releases on the other hand...

I'm probably going to upgrade though. I have Windows 8 and I hate-hate-hate it. I got it with an otherwise nice Samsung laptop. The worst thing that I hate about it isn't the half-baked, half-assed UI changes, because you can mostly work around them, but the performance. It is slow as crap on my laptop. I think a lot of it has to do with the built-in malware software that Windows comes with, but regardless of the cause, it's the disk access that's a boat anchor. S.M.A.R.T doesn't report any problems with the harddrive, but the disk access speed is atrocious, including flash drives. Yes, I intend to upgrade to an SSD, but I could put Windows XP on a VM on that same machine and it would scream. I know because I run a Windows 2003 server VM on another machine, and it's so much faster than the Windows 7 host OS.

Comment: F-16 panel flew off in flight (Score 4, Interesting) 375 375

Some other fool did not install the panel properly, and left one of the three nuts off. Distinctive nuts, used in only one place.
Someone found it overnight, and held it up at the morning meeting. "Anyone know where this goes?" Unfortunately, I did not recognize it as a part one of my systems.

Aircraft flew, panel breaks off, punching several other holes in the side as it departs.
Training mission aborted. much sheet metal work needed.

Actual repair cost? Unknown, but easily 5 figures if not more.

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 5, Insightful) 268 268

Why do arrest records have to be public?

Would you like them to be not public?
"No, we have no idea where your hubby Joe Smith is. We haven't arrested him"
'But he was seen in the back of your patrol car!'
"Nope, sorry lady"

Comment: i left reddit in protest of bad treatment by mods (Score 4, Insightful) 384 384

awhile ago

and i feel vindicated

reddit needs to pay its mods (say, a cut of ad revenue from their sub)

if they work for free, they have no real power over them. which is unstable as current developments indicate

also, if they pay them, they can fire them

you can say paying mods will change the tenor of reddit but this is bullshit: what motivates someone to mod for free is a sort of pathetic need for power, which is actually worse than any nefariousness due to filthy lucre as their motivation

bye bye reddit, you were fun. but you have a fatal flaw in your power structure:

uncaring admins and abusive mods

so what's the next site to rise?

any tips?

Comment: Re:Now that was cool! (Score 1) 64 64

your alternative method is inferior as the specific request is tech *skills*, which you find on resumes, people speaking to their merits to get hired

not "tech appearing together on message boards," which indicated a whole host of relationships, relationship by skillset being far down the list

the simple fact is there is no perfect methodology so criticizing the methodology for being imperfect is without merit. and in articulating a yet even more inferior methodology in your latest comment i have to assume you're just arguing for the sake of arguing, you're barely trying, you're not serious, and so this useless thread is over


Comment: Re:Delete? (Score 1) 121 121

I'm glad to see someone besides me on /, isn't terrified of Facebook.

I use it and I think it's relatively harmless as long as you understand, as Rasperin says, it's a loud speaker. I expect everything I post on FB will be available to everyone, everywhere, forever. I long ago, many years before Facebook was a thing, figured out that if I never posted anything online I wouldn't want my sainted mother to see, I'd never have anything to worry about*. I speak my mind freely, but I would have no problem if my mother, my wife, my boss, my kids or my pastor were to see anything I've posted.

* Now, of course, that doesn't mean some day in the near future agents of the Ministry of Love won't show up at my door to conduct me to a re-education camp for my political views, but at least I know my mother won't be ashamed of me.

Comment: Re:Now that was cool! (Score 1) 64 64

are you saying there exists some implementation that analyzes every resume in existence perfectly? it's "incomplete" in the sense that any such effort is incomplete and imperfect by nature of the problem. your criticism is invalid, you don't understand the task if you expect completeness is possible

There must be more to life than having everything. -- Maurice Sendak