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Comment: Re:Class projects vs. professional projects (Score 1) 176

by Cragen (#48448213) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?
Well, it's even "worse" than that. The group often has to define the goal and the requirements for the customer. If you have no experience leading a team or being a team member of a project that needs to be defined, the process detailed and agreed upon, etc., you are just a "coder", which is just the last and easiest part of the project.

Comment: Re:Economic Impacts (Score 2) 82

by Cragen (#47871109) Attached to: UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

this will stratify the have and hane-nots further.

All of your premises assume that the ideas of "Haves" and "Have nots" are even valid. I would, ultimately, say those ideas are incorrect. No one "gets out alive" so to concentrate on that which cannot be kept is ultimately unwise. The idea that "those that die (or live) with the most toys win!" is quite ignorant. The idea that having or not having something is improving or worsening your life is a waste of good time. It's all relative and therefore mental gymnastics at its worst. Time to Wake up.

Comment: Re:Cool Tech (Score 1) 67

by Cragen (#47823931) Attached to: Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home
Indeed. In 1984, I bought a complete Pioneer stereo system (FM Receiver, 200W Amp [0.02% THD - woot!], Cassette Tape (i repeat, Tape) Deck, 2 Speakers (a yard-high each), all total for about $2000) and was bummed that I didn't have enough money for a Reel-to-Reel unit. The whole thing (along with my record and tape collection) took up most of one wall in our living room. In 1985, the whole thing could be had for about $500 in something the size of a car radio, with BETTER SOUND. Egads. But I still remember that wall of stereo stuff quite fondly.

Comment: Re:Stop the madness!!! (Score 1) 48

by Cragen (#47774267) Attached to: Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act
Better yet. Some guy calling himself a "scientist", in the WaPo Comments here to a similar article with this conclusion: " the perfect alignment of variables that must all fall into place for this explanation to work is virtually impossible on the regular basis required to satisfy the frequency of the event. There is a different reason; they don not know what it is."

When I was young, many years ago, I thought ignorance could be overcome by education. Now, some 60+ years later, I begin to think that is not the case. /sigh

Comment: Re:This is what happens (Score 1) 247

by Cragen (#47765473) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

This is what happens when physicists come up with ideas when they're high....

A guy named Richard Alpert (a Harvard Psychologist) teamed up with a guy named Timothy Leary (another Harvard Psychologist) to do experiments with LSD to do just that. He later changed his name to Ram Dass. In his book, "Be Here Now", he wrote that (short version) he couldn't figure out how to STAY high so he went to India hoping to find that answer.

Comment: Your life is SO AWFUL. (Score 3, Interesting) 158

by Cragen (#47759073) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Takes some seriously Orwellian doublethink to pretend copyright enforcement isn't censorship.

If copyright issues are your biggest complaint, you have a pretty good life. I am betting you have electricity, running water, and toilets, things much of the "free world" doesn't have, much less relative freedom of speech. You simply have no idea what life is like outside your environment. Please do travel outside your local country. Hopefully, it will be an eye-opener (and heart-opener) for you.

Comment: Re:INL working on these issues. (Score 1) 117

by Cragen (#47750067) Attached to: Securing the US Electrical Grid
Wish you were correct. I live in the western part of Fairfax County, Virginia. We lose power for 1-4 hours about every 6 months and for over 24 hours about once every 2 - 3 years. (During one outage, very early in the morning, I decided to go to the local donut shop for coffee and donuts. As I was leaving my neighborhood, I realized that the outage was only about 3 blocks square with my house near the "epicenter". It could be ME that's causing all these power problems. :P)

Comment: Meditation (Score 1) 552

by Cragen (#47077335) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?
Assume she can hear. Have a qualified teacher* teach about listening to the breath, then to the mind. Good for all, espcially for those in "captive" situations, which, if one really investigates, is every single one of us. Good luck.

(*Or just do this: (Tell her this>:)

1. Just count breaths from 1 to 10. Repeat.

2. When a thought or emotion takes one away (as it will, even for practiced meditators), gently bring one's attention back to the breath.

3. When that gets boring, watch the mind. Try to watch the thoughts and emotions arise. When #2 happens, gently bring your attention/awareness back to the mind.

4. Eventually, one will wonder who is having the thought. That is a good time to try to find out who the "I" is. Focus the attention on the "I" feeling. If more curious, or more info wanted, google meditation and find the type of practice or teacher that appeals to you. )

Or show her the movie (on a tablet maybe) the movie "Spirtual Revolution". Pretty cool.

Comment: Re:And the question of the day is... (Score 1) 327

People don't get paid to leave stuff alone. It seems that 90% - 95% of the changes belong in "changes get me paid" category. After 30 years of doing this, I am nearly completed underwhelmed by all the stuff changing. Doesn't really seem like much in the way of real benefit either to the customer or the business. Rather like the movies, tv, & books, where original and good are very rare.

Disks travel in packs.