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Comment: Way to spread the FUD (Score 1) 150

by EmagGeek (#48148535) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Especially with this article on the SAME PAGE.

http://tech.slashdot.org/story...

Whenever a company says it is losing money on something, you have to take that information with a grain of salt. AWS is probably just paying another Amazon division for services at an astronomical rate. Corporations shift money internally all the time, and the result is that it can appear that one part of the business is hemorrhaging money.

Comment: Re:Overstated or misrepresented? (Score 1) 402

by EmagGeek (#48091451) Attached to: Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

It's not that trivial, actually. Fuel expands and contracts with temperature, and measuring fluid flow accurately is actually pretty damn hard, especially for very small flows. It's easy to estimate within about 5% based on injector duty cycle, fuel rail pressure, and temperature, but even then any kind of nonideality in the injector could radically change the accuracy of the "measurement."

Comment: What would be wrong with more requirements? (Score 2) 115

by EmagGeek (#48026811) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

The constitution is there to limit government. There is nothing wrong with limiting government more than the bare minimum limits defined by the constitution. In fact, I would say there is a good case today for rewriting the constitution using far more strict, unambiguous modern language with far more limitations than it currently has.

Earth

Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food 385

Posted by samzenpus
from the food-police dept.
schwit1 writes The new rules would allow garbage collectors to inspect trash cans and ticket offending parties if food and compostable material makes up 10 percent or more of the trash. The fines will begin at $1 for residents and $50 for businesses and apartment buildings. "SPU doesn’t expect to collect many fines, says Tim Croll, the agency’s solid-waste director. The city outlawed recyclable items from the trash nine years ago, but SPU has collected less than $2,000 in fines since then, Croll says. 'The point isn’t to raise revenue,' he said. 'We care more about reminding people to separate their materials.'"
Programming

Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D? 479

Posted by timothy
from the I'm-a-people-person-dammit dept.
An anonymous reader writes I recently completed my PhD in computer science and hit the job market. I did not think I would have difficulty finding a job esp. with a PhD in computer science but I have had no luck so far in the four months I have been looking. Online resume submittals get no response and there is no way to contact anybody. When I do manage to get a technical interview, it is either 'not a good match' after I do the interviews or get rejected after an overly technical question like listing all the container classes in STL from the top of my head. I had worked as a C++ software developer before my PhD but in the past 6 years, software development landscape has changed quite a bit. What am I doing wrong? Has software development changed so much in the last 6 years I was in school or is my job hunting strategy completely wrong? (The PhD was on a very technical topic that has very little practical application and so working on it does not seem to count as experience.)

Comment: It's an easy rule of thumb (Score 1) 182

by EmagGeek (#47966331) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Whomever wants you to go to the conference pays.

If you want to go to the conference, but haven't been asked to by your employer, you pay

If your employer asks you to go to the conference, they have made the determination that your presence there is critical to the company's mission, so they should pay.

Comment: Re:Farmers != Farm Workers (Score 1) 122

by EmagGeek (#47925319) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

What you are suggesting is only possible after a second, much larger federal grant is secured.

"Omg, we've identified this potentially huge problem that we're going to spread FUD about. We need the taxpayer to give us MOAR MONEEZ to study it further, or WES ALLSA GONNA DIESA!"

Businesses

WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS 200

Posted by timothy
from the competition-continues dept.
PvtVoid writes The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled) that NASA is poised to award a key contract for manned transport to the International Space Station to Boeing over rival SpaceX: "Recent signals from the Obama administration, according to the officials, indicate that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's leadership has concluded on a preliminary basis that Boeing's proposed capsule offers the least risky option, as well as the one most likely to be ready to transport U.S. crews to the international space station within three years. The officials cautioned that a last-minute shift by NASA chief Charles Bolden, who must vet the decision, could change the result of the closely watched competition." Here is a non-paywalled link to an article at CNET.

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