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Comment: Re:Methodologies are like religion (Score 5, Insightful) 70

by Jane Q. Public (#47957925) Attached to: 'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

Methodologies are like religion

But this isn't a "methodology" at all. It's a statement of goals.

This isn't an "alternative to Agile", because it isn't a methodology. You can use Agile to achieve this "reactive system".

Frankly, it looks like a bunch of BS buzzwords to me. I write software to meet my customer's needs. "Reactive" attempts to define those needs... but NO, that's what the customer does.

This might be something good to show a client who wants a web site built, which you then proceed to build using Agile or some other methodology. But it isn't a methodology itself, and calling that thing a "Manifesto" is a joke.

"We want a machine that makes things cold. We don't care how it's built. We'll call this... The Refrigerator Manifesto".

Give me a frigging break. In fact I have to think this is actually somebody's idea of a joke.

Comment: Re:Jane/Lonny Eachus goes Sky Dragon Slayer (Score 1) 166

by Jane Q. Public (#47957775) Attached to: 3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting
If you are sincere (you certainly haven't been acting like you are), then you must be postulating some kind of "tractor beam" effect that allows the chamber wall to "suck" power out of the heat source from a distance.

I assure you that at least at out current level of technology, we have not managed to build such a sucking device. The heat source radiates out what it radiates out, and nothing around it is "sucking" any power from it.

Although you seem to be doing your very best at "sucking" my time away over stupid bullshit.

Comment: Re:Jane/Lonny Eachus goes Sky Dragon Slayer (Score 1) 166

by Jane Q. Public (#47957743) Attached to: 3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

Jane's equation claims "none at all":

electrical power per square meter = (s)*(e)*Ta^4

NOW what kind of bullshit are you trying to pull?

Do you understand what NET means, or do you not? I assure you that a lot of people do. You claimed before that you did.

Why are you doing this? Are you really trying to make yourself look more ridiculous than before?

Since Jane's equation for required electrical power doesn't even include a term for radiation from the chamber walls, Jane's equation wrongly says that no radiation at all is absorbed by the source. None. Zero.

Repeat: this ASSUMPTION of yours that the chamber walls must be accounted for in the power requirement of the heat source is a direct violation of the Stefan-Boltzmann law. There are no 2 ways around it. Established physics (the Stefan-Boltzmann law) says that the radiative power out (and therefore power in) of a gray body is dependent ONLY on emissivity and thermodynamic temperature. It is completely unrelated to any nearby cooler bodies.

I'm going to ask you again: WHY do you continue to spout this violation-of-physics bullshit? What do you think you're accomplishing other than wasting my time?

I have concluded that is all you are trying to do.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 126

by Jane Q. Public (#47957649) Attached to: Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google
It's only part of the problem. The REAL big part of the problem, is that Android (so far) has insisted that your encryption password and unlock code be the same.

So if you encrypt your phone with a secure password, like upper-and-lower-case, numbers, non-alphanumeric, and 10 characters long, then every time your phone is locked and it rings, you have to enter the entire damned thing before you can answer.

Understandably, not many people want to do that. It's a huge pain in the ass.

I don't have a problem so much with encryption being irreversible, but it should be separate from your unlock code.

Comment: Re:What a question? (Score 2) 92

by Jane Q. Public (#47957635) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

Referring to state crony capitalism as "socialism" does not make it that.

I wasn't referring to crony capitalism, although I admit I could have worded it better. Mea culpa; it is reasonable to think that's what I meant from what I wrote. But it isn't actually what I meant.

To be clearer: EPA for example is "crony capitalism" by way of "market capture". Obamacare is a rather huge attempt at socialism.

The current setup in China is more accurately described as "Fascism-Lite".

I wouldn't quite say that either. It is totalitarianism wearing padded gloves. When China's leaders really got it through their heads that their economy was genuinely starting to fail, big time, they introduced "incentives": allowing businesses to be just a little bit capitalist. When that worked, they allowed a little more.

But make no mistake: the central leadership still rules things with an iron fist, and controls the economy. That's socialism (which, truth be told, isn't that different from fascism, after all). They just know which side of their bread the butter is on, and allow "capitalist" activity where it suits them.

Comment: Re:Oregon... (Score 1) 195

by Jane Q. Public (#47957609) Attached to: Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise
Such systems are being built today and I helped build one myself in a small way, when I was working for an engineering firm.

Pumped storage is an excellent way to store that energy, because infrastructure is relatively cheap, and losses are minimized. (Compare to trying to store the same energy with chemical batteries.) But you are mistaken about one thing. You don't build just one super-huge tank; you soon run into diminishing returns. Instead you build a lot of smaller tanks. That's more reliable anyway.

Comment: Re:COBOL: Why the hate? (Score 1) 270

by Jane Q. Public (#47957581) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class
I've done both.

VB6 was well-organized and coherent (but not entirely object-oriented).

But .NET, when it came around, was an attempt to do 2 things at the same time: [1] create a common underpinning (bytecode runtime) for all their IDE languages, and [2] insert object-orientation at the same time.

.NET was a mess. I liked VB6, as incomplete as it was, but .NET felt like a random conglomeration of just "stuff" thrown together to make it web-compatible. And I really hated that even when you created a pre-defined web object in .NET, you still had to manually define actions that should have been defaults for any such object. It is just plain weird.

In my personal opinion, having used both: VB6 was a great product for its time. .NET was made to be a successor to it, but never quite made the grade.

Comment: Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 1) 270

by Jane Q. Public (#47957531) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Yes and no. The whole work from home thing is becoming less common. Agile development is doing a good job killing it.

Utter nonsense. It was Agile Development that STARTED my work-at-home. Where did you get the idea that they are incompatible? In fact, it is Agile that made the whole thing possible.

Comment: Re:Lifetime at 16nm? (Score 1) 66

by Jane Q. Public (#47957509) Attached to: Micron Releases 16nm-Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming
I meant to add:

When a hard drive fails, it is almost always the electronics or the bearings. The interface boards can be replaced, leaving the data on the drive intact. When bearings sieze, it is usually possible to free them up long enough to recover the data. As I mentioned before: I know because I've done it.

The only truly permanent, unrecoverable error on a hard drive is a catastrophic head crash, and those are extremely rare. But they do happen. I opened one up once to try to recover a guy's data and the surface of one platter was literally grooved by one head, which prevented the whole head assembly from moving properly. But because it tried, it was actually a series of concentric grooves.

It was completely toast. But as I say: this is extremely rare. In almost all cases it is possible to recover the vast majority of information from a hard disk that has failed.

Comment: Re:Lifetime at 16nm? (Score 1) 66

by Jane Q. Public (#47957491) Attached to: Micron Releases 16nm-Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming

Anandtech disagrees. Techreport. So, in fact, do huge numbers of user reports which suggest that SSDs really do last a long time.

This is not "disagreement". I didn't claim they don't last a long time. What I stated was that the claims of average lifetime have tended to be exaggerated. They can still last a long time.

I have seen this happen, but its not due to endurance of the flash cells but on the quality of the firmware / controller.

Absolute nonsense, and the manufacturers themselves will tell you. The issue *IS* endurance of the flash cells, and the tremendous improvement in firmware is a direct result of this limitation. The manufacturers have expended enormous effort to produce management schemes that mitigate the short lives of the cells, which in fact shortened even more from SLC to MLC.

what does it look like for an SSD or HDD or CPU or RAM to fail "not totally"? You get most of your bits back? All tech generally tends to fail catastrophically.

As someone who has been in the industry for decades, I can tell you this is COMPLETE bullshit. When a hard drive fails, it is almost always possible to recover most of the data. And almost all of that, for that matter. I have done it myself, more than once. Recovered everything on the drive but one or a few files.

But when an SSD really goes, it goes. Even sophisticated forensics are usually incapable of retrieving anything.

Comment: Re:Jane/Lonny Eachus goes Sky Dragon Slayer (Score 1) 166

by Jane Q. Public (#47957469) Attached to: 3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting
We've been over this before. I've already proved you wrong, mathematically, logically, and thermodynamically.

The fact that your "global warming" religion will not let you accept the reality of the Stefan-Boltzmann radiation law is not my problem. But you have sure as hell tried hard to make it everyone else's problem.

Ironically, Jane's still insisting that no radiation at all is absorbed by the warmer body.

No NET radiative energy. I did not claim "none at all", and I have repeatedly pointed this out to you. Just no NET transfer from cooler to warmer. This is a fundamental requirement of thermodynamics. It amazes me that you continue to deny this, no matter how you try to couch it in different terms.

You're either incompetent or a liar. As I said before: I don't know for sure which, but I strongly suspect the latter.

It's a done deal. You have been proved wrong. You have been owned. Your ranting means nothing.

I only replied on the off-chance that you really were ignorant and could be educated. But it seems that you are determined to promote your ignorance (or more likely: ignorant act and propaganda) to everyone else. So be it.

No more replies. You haven't earned any; you don't deserve any.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.

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