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Comment: Re:Sweet, sweet karma (Score 1) 257

by Gordo_1 (#49062833) Attached to: Tesla Factory Racing To Retool For New Models

Is $7500 the difference between affordable and unaffordable to you? In your universe, are government incentives that might help us soon get off of polluting, non-renewable resources akin to acts of the devil or are you just one of those who has inexplicable contempt for anyone or anything successful?

Comment: Re:Why Evolve? (Score 1) 138

by Gordo_1 (#48982859) Attached to: Deep-Sea Microorganism Hasn't Evolved For Over 2 Billion Years

You appear to have a very pedantic understanding of the English language. I don't fault you for it, as it can probably be attributed to a genetic anomaly. In any case, let me spell it out for you:

Using the terms 'selection' or 'useful' as it relates to evolution does not imply that one believes there is any conscious, intelligent/scheming/maniacal actor involved. It simply means that randomly generated traits are more likely to be passed down to future populations if they happen to interact with the environment in such a way that the organism containing those traits has a greater likelihood of surviving to reproduce or can otherwise reproduce faster or with more partners.

Comment: Re:Why Evolve? (Score 1) 138

by Gordo_1 (#48975093) Attached to: Deep-Sea Microorganism Hasn't Evolved For Over 2 Billion Years

> Yes, except that is exactly how evolution doesn't work.

Not sure I understand why all the snark and ad hominems other than you feel emboldened by hiding behind AC (as if Slashdot karma is some kind of valuable resource?) Anyway, I don't think the parent's comments are all that out of line. A gene pool is going to change from generation to generation due to random chance occurrences like DNA transcription errors and such, and the changes that sustain are more often than not going to be ones that enable that organism to survive and reproduce better in that environment, yes? If selection pressures in the environment they live in stabilize over time, one would expect that the magnitude of evolutionary changes for that organism will gradually diminish because as time progresses, there are fewer useful adaptations that haven't been incorporated, so-to-speak. All bets are off if the environment destabilizes, but eventually, if stable over a long period of time you might get to a stable organism as described in TFA.

So... Does that make me religious?

Comment: Re:More productive on the bus to/from work (Score 2) 420

by Gordo_1 (#48702353) Attached to: The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

Oh come on. What's the harm in putting say inside sales reps next to Engineers? The proximity of sales reps will motivate the developers to code harder because they can hear all the lies they tell first-hand! It's practically a direct feed to customer feedback, and cuts out the need for a Product Manager!

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 71

by Gordo_1 (#48579437) Attached to: Lenovo Recalls LS-15 Power Cords

I know it's a feel good story and all to bash Capitalist car manufacturers and all, and there are probably some examples where what you're saying is true, but GM seatbelts are pretty standard across all models and get small updates about once a decade. Defects are very rare in this area. Notice that when stuff gets recalled, it's usually recalled against many models over a number of years... That's not the hallmark of things getting updated just for the sake of it. It's also inevitably expensive for the manufacturer to create new parts where none is needed and existing parts are already in the parts bin.

Important stuff generally gets updated when new functionality is needed (like ignition disabling circuitry to make cars harder to steal). It's not like there's a group of Engineers sitting around thinking of ways to redesign basic things that work. They won't win new customers by redesigning seat-belts and ignition switches.

Comment: Re:Big woop (Score 3, Insightful) 170

by Gordo_1 (#48366525) Attached to: What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

On a slight tangent, I've been wondering about this "things are getting worse" meme as it relates to just about anything related to humanity that can be tracked over time. You read so much today about worldwide atrocities, NSA snooping, domestic crime, political skullduggery, and one starts to develop the impression that things truly are getting worse. I think it would be interesting to see if that's actually the case or whether it's a mirage perpetuated by the changing nature of how we're interconnected via the Internet, or perhaps because world events went through a sort of unusually calm period in the 80s and 90s, or perhaps it's as simple as the notion that we were mostly sheltered by our parents as children to some extent and didn't truly open our eyes to the reality of the world until we got older...

Comment: I'm all for skewering Amazon, but... (Score 2) 123

by Gordo_1 (#48300269) Attached to: Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

I'm just not sure how much I hold them responsible for lack of diversity in their ranks. Show me the diversity in the set of resumes they receive and interviews they conduct and I'll get on your bandwagon, but until then my experience says that the reasons for lack of diversity begin much earlier in the funnel.

Comment: Also, nothing against SJ State, but... (Score 2) 130

isn't it on this list largely due to its proximity to Silicon Valley? You'd think that the number of applications to work at tech companies in the valley coming from SJ State would be off the charts to begin with due to it being in the middle of the valley... I'm sure Georgia State has a reasonable CS program too, but few if any applications from there would be going to companies in Silicon Valley. Does that make SJ State a meaningful CS job target or just a beneficiary of location?

Though not a perfect measure by any means, I think it would be more interesting to see the CS job acceptance rates coming out these schools and the average starting salary for each.

Comment: Re:Why Cold Fusion (or something like it) Is Real (Score 4, Insightful) 350

by Gordo_1 (#48173177) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

> Dr. Ramsey's condition has been fulfilled hundreds of times over the last quarter century and there has been absolutely no acknowledgement by the APS of its crime.

Where's the proof that it happened even once? Similar assertions have been made by proponents of perpetual motion machines.

Single tasking: Just Say No.