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Comment: Kentucky (Score 4, Funny) 119

by Greyfox (#48899393) Attached to: Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky
If you live outside of Kentucky you might only know them for their derby. What many people don't know is that Kentucky also makes some of the finest jelly around, and that many stores outside the state carry it. So if you've never had the experience, you should pop 'round to your local grocer and ask about Kentucky jelly today!

Comment: "Fewer crossbar resources"? (Score 1) 145

by Greyfox (#48896277) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug
What kind of talk is that? We need to come up with some decent excuses for why Nvidia can't access the last 500M of RAM! I'm going to suggest that it's global warming! The video card was designed for a room temperature of less than 80 degrees Fahrenheit but ever since global warming, room temperatures have been warmer than that!

Comment: Yup (Score 2) 109

by Greyfox (#48896261) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport
If they think the threat is designed to secure passenger/crew compliance for another 9/11 style attack, yeah, I think they would shoot down a civilian aircraft if it didn't respond to their orders. Of course, passengers and crew these days expect any such threat to result in another 9/11 style attack and have proven repeatedly that they will beat the shit out of and quite possibly kill anyone trying to pull shit on their airplane. So the fighter jet is still just multi-million-dollar dick waving. It's probably more to let terrorist organizations know that we will shoot a plane down if we have to, rather than because we expect that we'd actually have to.

Comment: Re: Time for Wine (Score 1) 156

by pz (#48869781) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Really? Fired? Funny, 'cause I'm the boss. If we had an application running under Windows 95, _and it worked_, there would be absolutely zero reason to do anything with that machine when there are other, more important, ways to spend our time. Granted, that hypothetical machine would not be on the net, 'cause we aren't stupid.

The real machines we have running XP, run our experiments (and they have never been on the net for other reasons); until such time as the boxes die, they will continue to run our software, and continue to run it under XP. And then, they will be replaced with the identical backup hardware we have, giving us enough time to get a grant funded to have someone port the code to a more modern system. Until then, we have science to do. Computers, in my lab, are like any other tool that is to be used to collect data and advance knowledge -- pens, screwdrivers, oscilloscopes, whiteboards -- and are not an end unto themselves.

Comment: Re:Time for Wine (Score 2) 156

by pz (#48864327) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Didn't work for us. We have an application that has been developed over about 10 years in VB6. No one has the budget -- either in finance or time -- to port. We looked at Wine as a plug-and-play replacement for XP and the application did not work correctly, 100%. The application is mission-critical, making anything less than 100% compatibility a non-starter. So we're stuck with XP until the next big grant comes in and we can afford to pay someone to port it to a more modern system.

Don't get me wrong, Wine is an impressive amount of work, and my hat is off to the brave folks who have put so much time and effort into it. It just isn't good enough for our needs, unfortunately.

Comment: Re:Saudi copes with low prices for at least 8 yrs (Score 2) 141

by Greyfox (#48853083) Attached to: Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program
I remember when those fuckers (OPEC) were terrified to let it go over $25 a barrel. It's not "low" now. It's just low enough to fuck over the competition from fracking wells in North America. Maybe if they keep it where it is for two or three years, the current round of investors in North American fracking companies will lose a fuck-ton of money and be a little more shy about investing in the technology next time OPEC lets it spike up.

They let it run a little too long this time, though. Hybrids and electrics have had a chance to get a foothold in the market, and some people are already starting to think about how pure electric vehicles and ones with fuel cells could potentially change how electric grids work. It wouldn't take a very big push for countries to start adopting electric vehicles powered with Clean Atomic Energy. And that'll plunge us into the next ice age lickety split, once global warming starts to reverse. Hah, didn't see THAT coming, did you?

Comment: Re:I have grown skeptical of these experiments. (Score 1) 219

by Greyfox (#48849475) Attached to: Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others
I thought about that as well, having done a similar exercise in a similar training. It's pretty rare that a team encounters a problem that only one member of that team can solve. I stayed on a project from 2000-2005 and got so familiar with the code base and the capabilities of my team that I could estimate the times pretty accurately based on the team member doing it. The manager could ask me how long something would take and I'd say "About 3 days for me, or about 2 weeks for John." Those numbers could easily be reversed if it was a piece of the code I hadn't looked at very much and John had. Sometimes they'd still elect to have John make that change, if I had several tasks that needed to get done, but it was pretty easy optimize the team's performance by mostly keeping them in the parts of the code that they knew.

Were there any tasks that only one person could have achieved? Very few, really. There was some work around making the code more stable that I ended up doing. That involved changing how the code was launched, building the code base with electric fence and using a a debugger to find the locations of core dumps. I feel like that's stuff any programmer can do, but the rest of the team didn't seem to have any experience with that process. But agile is also willing to accept a half-assed job if a half-assed job meets the needs of the business. It really doesn't matter to agile if someone on the team gets pulled in every weekend because the program can't run without constant hand-holding, as long as the business' needs are being met.

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