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Comment: You Kids Get Off My Lawn (Score 5, Interesting) 161

by Greyfox (#47935719) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance
I remember the original Saccharin scare in the '70's, and several of the hippy chicks in my extended family warning me and my parents off artificially sweetened "poison." Yeah, they actually said "poison." Hippy chicks are like that. Fast forward to the late '90's and the food companies start pushing the idea that "No, they're fine! Really!" As annoying as the hippy chicks are, I'm more inclined to trust them over some corporation whose entire profit-driven reason for existing is to turn me into a fat fuck. The guys who own them probably also own the pharmaceutical companies that make the drugs that try to fix all the side effects of being a fat fuck, too. That's a win-win for them, right there.

Ultimately if you want to solve this problem, don't eat sugar OR artificial sweeteners. Don't put anything that could be found in a vending machine in your body. Good dietary tip right there. If everyone in the world just stopped drinking soft drinks, that'd be an enormous win for humanity's overall health. Sure, it would destroy a few of the most powerful companies on the planet in the process, but you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

Comment: Re:Wait... (Score 1) 205

by Greyfox (#47935587) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps
If I recall correctly, most of that is coming from the universal service fund. It's designed so that some farmer who's the only guy for 40-50 miles can get phone service at all. The last mile problem gets MUCH worse when that last mile is 50 miles.

It this country, we have an expectation that phone service will just work everywhere, that you can turn on your tap and get drinkable water, that you can turn on the lights and they'll always work and that you can get on the road and drive anywhere. Out west, none of those things has ever been guaranteed. I can see a future where "We the People" make it increasingly difficult to pay for the infrastructure that makes these things possible. There have been several instances in the news recently where some city or other can't (or won't) provide drinkable water to its people. In other "Advanced, industrialized" countries (like India,) daily blackouts are a thing in a lot of places. We only avoid that because we had the foresight to build our infrastructure. Once all that falls to shit (Which it's doing rapidly) it's going to be a LOT more expensive to get back to this state than it would have been if we'd just maintained it in the first place. I'm getting older and will probably die before the country REALLY starts to collapse, but you kids might want to start getting used to farm living now. It looks like that's all the previous couple of generations is going to leave you.

Comment: Merger from Heck (Score 1) 157

by Tablizer (#47931855) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

These new batches of "Capitalist Commie" countries sometimes have the worst of both capitalism and communism, such as 1) wage slavery, and 2) no ability to do anything about it politically.

One could argue the US was such a country during the late 1800's. The "big 3" mega-oligopolies bribed the system up the wazoo such that democracy was a zombie at the time. (Some argue we are headed back that way now.)

Comment: Re:Does not depend on country. Stupid is all over. (Score 1) 223

by plopez (#47930943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Wow, your original post fits my experience in my Blue days to a "t". I was going to swap serial numbers with you. I am now working at a Huge Plant and while Agile is badly done, partly due to the huge geographic nature of the projects, the environment and culture is very different.

Comment: Shops Like That Get A Reputation (Score 1) 223

by Greyfox (#47926059) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?
Shops like that end up with a reputation. They work by burning through suckers who haven't heard about them yet. Turnover rate's usually fast and pretty close to 100%, The recruiters for one of the local grind-houses are getting desperate and don't tell you who they're recruiting for until you get to the end of their pitch about the "great opportunity" they have. In the past year I've heard two separate co-workers listen through the whole thing, get to that part and say "Oh, them? No thanks, I'm not interested."

Funnily enough, contractors are usually get a better work/life balance at the grind-houses I've seen lately. The companies will abuse their salaried work base for as many free hours as they can get, but contractors put in their 40 a week and are done. You can tell when they're actually desperate to get something out the door because that's when they ask the contractors to work paid overtime.

Comment: Where liberal arts can come into play (Score 1) 389

by plopez (#47919329) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

1) UI design and usability - programmers are truly horrible at this.
2) Internationalization - It's hard to find people in the US with foreign language skills. Canadian doesn't count.
3) Project coordination with overseas clients or teams - see above and add in foreign cultures.
4) Requirements gathering and/or review - Which requires talking to people and, gasp, reading documents.
5) Business analysis - overlaps Requirements gathering and review
6) UI testing - much of which CANNOT be automated.
7) Project management - which requires communications and people-people skills. Most BAs/MBAs I have met are also truly terrible at this.

Example, a friend of mine has an MA in English. He is currently working for a tech company as QA lead which requires test planning, staff training, requirements review, user documentation development, and business analysis. All of which his degree is helping with.

Comment: Re:SCI-FI used to be inspiring (Score 1) 190

by plopez (#47917231) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

I think the 90% crap rule is always in the effect. 90% of Sci-fi in the 90's was crap, 90% in the 80's was crap, 90% in the 70's (Space 1999 anyone?), 90% in the 60's (Lost in Space for instance), the 50's with a plethora of bugged eyed monster which were no more than veiled stand ins for commies etc. The difference these days is that the special effects and marketing budgets are larger meaning better looking and better advertised crap. E.g. Star Trek rebooted.

But that's just my opinion.

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.