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Comment Re:Poppycock! (Score 1) 76 76

Sunzi's idea of war was about coordination of multiple entities each doing their own thing to win a war.

Exactly, that text was fixated in bridging the gap from second to third generation warfare and was still focused on massed maneuvers of infantry against well defined targets. The world saw first hand the pinnacle of that during the German Blitzkrieg and by the time the Cold War between the US and the USSR set in the it was done with it. Traditional war between super power states had set the barrier to entry too high for new players to enter in and so the Maoist model of warfare has become predominant. Everyone from the Viet Cong to Iran and ISIL have been following the doctrine of fourth generation warfare since then and "cyber-warfare" fits that strategy better than any other. This article is stupid because TAOW, although interesting enough to read, is no longer applicable in today's world.

Comment Re:Uncontrollable? (Score 4, Insightful) 65 65

There is some practicality to be realised here. What if instead of carrying around ten prefab copies of every component that might get damaged during operation you just carried around a block of material and printed out what you needed for repair on an as needed basis? This would also reduce the amount of loss due to components being damaged, warped or what ever the hell else in transit. As a civilian I have not the slightest idea what cost savings this might provide, but as a taxpayer the the thought of the US Navy of all organizations saving money brings a smile to my face. I don't even care if every penny of that savings gets dumped back into the F-35, it's still a step in the right direction.

Comment Way To Do It Wrong Chicago (Score 4, Insightful) 298 298

Allow his hologram to appear at the event and give his little performance then garnish his wages from the venue. If he wants to complain he can drive his happy ass to Chicago, walk into any courthouse and fill out the required forms. That way you make the issue clear, it's not about free speech or censorship; it's about the suspension of his right to generate revenue in a city where he is a wanted criminal. That way the people get the concert they paid for, the venue keeps its reputation and none of their equipment gets smashed and the only person who loses is the degenerate that is constantly causing trouble for the city. But instead we have this crap where they drag everyone involved into the situation and create a ton of extra work for themselves. What the heck? It's like they're not lazy enough to run a city properly.

Comment I wonder if Google knows what's bound to happen... (Score 1) 84 84

So what we are going to see in the next year or so is a dramatic increase in call center jobs in Austin and other Google fiber markets. Companies who specialize in collections, over the phone "tech support", sales etc. are going to be creaming their pants over the fact that they no longer have to pay for office space, heating, cooling or electricity and all they have to do is up-sell the idea of working from home to their happy little drones. No more worries about people coming into the office late, dressing inappropriately, fraternization between employees, liability for injury on the job site, anyone with the flu will no longer get the entire office sick. Gee, I wish I owned a business where Google paid for a chunk of my operating costs while alleviating most personal problems. Why they wouldn't even have to pay much more than say $12 an hour; after all it's not like the employees have to pay for the high-speed internet connection that the company is directly capitalizing on or gas to get to work. Good god, I respect Google;s intentions here, but this is going to hurt just as many people by sticking them with dead-end jobs as it will help.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 84 84

Why limit it to those in public housing? Why not offer it to all low income families?

My guess would be that they don't want to commit to potentially running new cable into every privately owned house in every market they cover. With public housing they only have to deal with a single management entity per geographic area. Where as if they offered this to every low income household in range of their service then they would have to contact every slum-lord and each of their superintendents to set up appointments, get permission and possibly even permits depending on the amount of work that has to be done for each and every site. You can't help everybody but that shouldn't reflect negatively on their intentions here.

tl;dr: Charity has it's limits, even if you're Google.

Comment Honestly, who gives a damn? (Score 1) 233 233

I'm being completely serious here, normally when it comes to "gender issues" I try to listen even though the outcome is almost invariably that I'm not a women so I can't possibly understand. But in this particular instance who the hell is the victim here? No one who is qualified for a $200K+ per year job finds it by clicking on banner advertisements, the only impact they have ever had on anyone who doesn't fall into the category of functionally retarded is possibly to remind them to update their LinkedIn profile. The only conclusions from this 'study' that I can draw in order of likelihood are A.) The option for Male is default for Google profiles and click-fraud bots rarely bother to change it. B.) More men surf the internet while intoxicated or depressed; because no one without an impaired sense of judgement would ever think that anything productive could come from clicking on those ads. C.) Possibly that men are more impulsive than women and simply follow the advertisement "just to see where it goes".

Let's for a moment play along with the people who are crying bloody murder over this and say that there is some vast conspiracy to hide these kinds of ads from women; it still isn't going to impact the number of females who get six figure jobs. Finding work, takes work; anyone who is actually looking for a job will tell you that regardless of gender a well paying job will never just fall into your lap. Do you want to know how the women who is making $200K a year got that kind of salary? The answer is simple: She didn't stop looking until she found it.

Comment Re:C++ is never the right tool (Score 1) 296 296

C is not C++. Since the release of C99 you haven't been able to treat C++ as a superset of it's predecessor. Now with the push to rapidly update C++ every other year or so, the differences between them are going to become drastically noticeable even to the most novice user pretty soon.

Comment Re:Yeah, make fun of them, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 529 529

Isn't this an acceptable solution? Give them space where they can have their way. Radiosensitivity is a harmless crazy. It's not like the United States of America lack space. Every year many thousands of tech freaks gather in a desert to live out their dream of a high tech tribal life. Isn't there room for other loonies too?

You're missing the story between the lines here aren't you? Most of the people here are as well. The real reason that the residence are complaining is that this is a tiny rural town in West Virginia and most of the existing population will not be able to weather any amount of gentrification. After all it was chosen for the site of these radio telescopes because there was never any pre-existing infrastructure to reconfigure or rip-down. The types of people that can just uproot their lives and move to a backwoods town in the middle of nowhere are either retired or independently wealthy. Either way that family home that some-ones great great grand-pappy built with his own two hands is getting knocked into the dirt where it belongs and a shiny new McMansion is going up. They're pissed because there ain't nothin' that brother-cousin Cletus can do about any of it.

Comment Re: Over the moon? (Score 4, Interesting) 66 66

Did you even read that article you posted? In the third paragraph the author complains that pictures of black holes don't exist. Honestly think about that for a minute. Let's ignore the stupidity of imaging a black object against a black backdrop for a second (although it does remind me of a historic work of art done by one Bullwinkle Moose). You have a phenomenon that is so dense light cannot escape it's gravity well. How in the fuck, pray tell, is light supposed to reflect off of it for a picture? The "unidentified objects" that this quack so readily dismisses are examples of hawking radiation by the way. He then goes on into a rambling tirade about how establishing theory using an ideal model isn't 100% accurate, as if no one in the scientific community is aware of this fact. By the time I get to his division by zero argument, I just want to hit him. I want to find this guy and kick him in the shin. "Duh, you can't divide by zero", yeah and -1 doesn't have a square root either; that doesn't stop the equations from being right.

You post about how a decent physicist and mathematician would understand this stuff better then the guys who devote their lives to studying it and then you post an article by someone who's math ability is somewhere short of pre-algebra. Way to make an argument.

Comment Re: This should be a major embarrassment (Score 1) 72 72

Likely their teams experience with a real-time platform and I strongly suspect additional cost of compatible equipment. I would bet an arm that the dev community for drivers in Linux is exponentially larger then that of any RTOS on the market.

Comment Re: No Sympathy (Score 1) 117 117

For some people 6 figures ain't enough ... With 6 figures you will still have to work 20 years for your mortgage ?

Yes, this is why we call it a 20 year loan... Loans are not like credit card debt, there is no actual reason to pay them off before they are due. This idea of "living debt free" is just some idiot idea that gets spread around from people who A.) Don't understand the concept of liquid assets (which your credit most certainly is) or how to manage them or B.) are pathological fuck-ups and even though they appear to have things in hand at the moment, they know that eventually they are going to default on everything. Do you know why the debt in the average American household is $10K+? Because for normally functioning individuals this is not a problem to handle.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 4, Interesting) 225 225

As a Sys Admin, and therefore your consumer, I couldn't care less if you fail hard or try to recover. But LOG THE GOD DAMN ERROR FOR WHAT IT IS FIRST! There is nothing more mind bogglingly useless then some dip-shit programmer who things "Duh, the user should just keep trying until it works. I don't need to prompt them with anything more then 'ERROR: An Error Has Occurred'". Or even worse is the crowd of useless knuckle draggers who think that catching an exception and doing absolutely nothing in the interest of 'keeping things running' is the right course of action everytime. I don't need to see your code, I already know it sucks. Otherwise it would have been too expensive for my employers to want to purchase. But at least tell us where it is failing.

Comment Re:Plant? (Score 1) 382 382

Java is dead

Um, wut? https://developer.android.com/... Java as a language isn't dead. I'm positive that if Google thought their move of disabling Java plug-ins would have killed off interest in the language, they would be moving their SDK away from it. And before you say it, no, NaCl is NOT an adequate replacement.

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