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Comment: Meh, New-Maps. (Score 5, Insightful) 209

by FooAtWFU (#49485395) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps

The vectors are shiny but the user interface looks like it was designed by a team of managers more concerned about slickness than usability. Moreover it's only fractionally as powerful as the old system. (Among other things, I bet several people in places like San Francisco are really going to miss the combination bicycle/terrain maps.)

Comment: Re:Better (Score 1) 234

by FooAtWFU (#49485311) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

For those, there's the real police department. They can do things the campus police department can't do -- like "send someone to jail", or "be responsible for applying the due process guarantees that our constitution insists we provide to everyone (including accused and/or actual rapists)".

Comment: Re:Why does anyone do STEMS (Score 1) 517

I would flip the problem around and ask why proportionally more males seem to be sticklers for punishment and waste their talents going to work in a difficult field with little job security and low pay (relatively) when they could go do almost anything else and be much more successful?

Meh. I'm 30, I have half a million in the bank and I'm making over $10,000 in a month. As for security, my LinkedIn profile explicitly says not to email me with opportunities, but I still get at least one a week. A little of that is good timing, but still: software or the win.

The chemical engineers and geologists are going to work for oil fields, which are high-pay but have elevated sector-specific risk. You've got me on the rest of them, I guess.

Comment: Re:Well, great (Score 1) 249

by FooAtWFU (#49470381) Attached to: Turkish Hackers Target Vatican Website After Pope's Genocide Comment
Since you ask, I recommend @pontifex_ln.

(Seems @pontifex_tr doesn't exist. Makes some sense: that's not exactly Latin-rite territory, more Byzantines and Orthodox and Syriac churches that don't go for the filoque or the Immaculate Conception. Do any of the eastern patriarchs have Twitter accounts?)

Comment: Re:And it's not even an election year (Score 0) 407

Oh, look -- another post full of the economic-policy voodoo "logic" that suggests we can prosper better as a nation by isolating ourselves from trade, contrary not only to theory but to every single example in recorded history. You'd think that this would be frowned upon as much as climate-change denial these days, but apparently not.

As long as we have millions more people in the US who consume computer-powered services than earn their living producing them, the population as a whole will prosper better by having those services done at a lower cost. The same goes for importing manufactured goods at reduced prices. Sure, owners of the corporation (including many rich assholes, not just individuals or retirement funds) will earn more money for themselves, but it's a fraction of the total economic benefit, most of which goes straight back into consumers' pockets in anything resembling a competitive marketplace.

But since the benefits of are spread among millions and the costs are concentrated, it's a textbook case where it's profitable to go rent-seeking and mandate that people are forced to consume American programmers' programming, or American laborers' manufacturing. This is an insidious form of wealth transfer that is very regressive in nature (it hits the poor a lot harder than it hits the CEOs).

Finally: of all people, computer programmers in this country are hardly the tragically underpaid class which can't AFFORD to buy toys.

Comment: don't need to look it up (Score 1) 53

by FooAtWFU (#49422407) Attached to: Back To the Future: Autonomous Driving In 1995

I had a 486DX2 for a while. The 486 ran at 33Mhz and came in SX and DX versions (the DX's had floating-point coprocessors). The DX2 ran at double the speed (66Mhz) and so did a mean job of running Fractint. You could expect to see them running something like MS-DOS 5 or 6, and maybe Windows 3.1.

I think they were about a generation after the Turbo Button fad (the ones I saw usually toggled 8/33Mhz or so).

Comment: Re:Muhahahaha (Score 1) 66

Actually, in the past 10 years America's oil production has ramped up substantially. If it came down to it we could be self-sufficient pretty quickly. The main barriers to that right now are regulatory (our current administration being of the opinion that fossil fuels are bad for the Earth). But the oil's there, we can drill it if we feel like it, but stored oil capacity is at an all time high... the biggest short-term question would be refinery capacity, whether it's prepared to deal with shale oil instead of imports. Oh, and also available: Canadian tar sands.

All the recent geopolitical analysis I've seen has suggested that the United States doesn't care about oil over there and is quite willing to let the Middle East go to pot: ISIS and Iranian nukes and what-have-you.

Comment: Pass around a real mic. (Score 1) 95

by FooAtWFU (#49175789) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wireless Microphone For Stand-up Meetings?
Get one, mmaybe two real wireless microphones from Shure or someone like that -- think "audio equipment catalog", not "computer equipment catalog". Get the cables to hook the base station up to standard microphone input. Pass the mic around to whoever is talking; it doubles as the "currently speaking" token (and you only have one person at a time talking at standup, right?). Make sure you have lots of spare batteries (presumably rechargeable) in a convenient location.

Comment: Re:Interesing... (Score 4, Interesting) 394

by FooAtWFU (#49137417) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

Meanwhile in Europe where one party's politicians don't spend as much effort trying to use global warming as a bludgeon against their political enemies (and an excuse to funnel public money to their friends) popular acceptance of "climate change is a real thing to worry about" seems to be higher. How about that, hmm?

Comment: Re:Why hasn't it happened already? (Score 1) 241

by FooAtWFU (#49111231) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

Two problems: we need the oil the ME provides (since we're not developing EVs fast enough and we won't build SkyTran),

Things have changed in the past 5 years. Western Europe might need the oil the Middle East provides (or alternatively, Russia, if you want to pick alternate geopolitical foes)... but if I recall correctly, the US was the world's #1 oil producer in 2014. There has some retrenchment since November, due to lower prices and oversupply, but it's nothing that couldn't be reversed in a real crisis.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb