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Comment: Re: Nosedive (Score 1) 598

by JimMcc (#48739895) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

Sadly, I agree. I moved to the Mac world 10 years ago because I was tired of the constant struggle to keep Windows boxes working, both hardware and software. At that time, Mac was a breath of fresh air. It did just work. Now I'm with macalli, I dread each new update wondering if things will net out as better or worse.

Comment: Re:Call Comcast? (Score 2) 405

by JimMcc (#48381181) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Also, talk to Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail about being blocked.

For the first time every I'm going to use this expression....


Unless you have some kind of super squirrel secret agent phone number, or your company is worth billions, please explain how to call any of these companies and actually talk to somebody that can _accurately_ answer your questions and just as importantly has the power to make a change.

Comment: Re:Progress comes at a cost (Score 2) 112

by JimMcc (#48289653) Attached to: SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

And how is this different than most other endeavors throughout time which need significant funding? How many men were lost at sea exploring the world in search of trade goods for the ships owners? The list is virtually endless. I'm sure that Oog sent Uma to a probable death in trying to kill a sabertooth tiger in order to have the teeth to trade with the neighboring clan. Nothing has changed, and nothing will.

Comment: Re:Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together' (Score 2) 112

by JimMcc (#48289615) Attached to: SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

Oh no, can't sit on the living room couch. An engine might fall off a passing jetliner, crash through your roof, and kill you. Better get in your bomb shelter in the basement. Or, since you will need to remove all joy and sensation from life in order to be "safe", just skip to the end game instead.

Comment: These articles frustrate me. (Score 1) 88

by JimMcc (#48169175) Attached to: Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

I get so frustrated reading these kind of articles. We get 3mb for $70/month. That's 3mb with horrible latency and dropped packets. That's 3mb that frequently requires pages to be reloaded in order to complete properly.

Of course 3mb is a lot better than my first connection which was, and I kid you not, 110kb via an acoustic coupler on a good old fashion TTY. So I guess that makes my complaint a first world problem.

Oh well, never mind. Century Link just carry on with your fine upstanding service.

Comment: Some Stuff is Just Hard to Act Correctly on (Score 1) 265

by JimMcc (#48132487) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

I use a spam filter which quarantines suspected spam. I then review the quarantine and white list or black list as appropriate. Not an ideal solution for large scale users, but for us it works.

Last week I black listed an email. The subject was "You've got to see this!" and the body was only a link. It turned out that it was a legitimate email so I turned around and white listed the sender. But that email would set off the spam flags on just about any filter, including human based filters. Sadly, there is no certain means of determining spam vs non spam.


Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue 143

Posted by Soulskill
from the Look-Dave,-I-can-see-you're-really-upset-about-this. dept.
astroengine writes: Last night (Thursday), two more of Planet Lab's shoebox-sized Earth imaging satellites launched themselves from aboard the International Space Station, the latest in a series of technical mysteries involving a commercially owned CubeSat deployer located outside Japan's Kibo laboratory module. Station commander Steve Swanson was storing some blood samples in one of the station's freezers Friday morning when he noticed that the doors on NanoRack's cubesat deployer were open, said NASA mission commentator Pat Ryan. Flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston determined that two CubeSats had been inadvertently released. "No crew members or ground controllers saw the deployment. They reviewed all the camera footage and there was no views of it there either," Ryan said.

Comment: Re:Price per kilojoule [Re:ok if your car is new] (Score 1) 432

by JimMcc (#47089775) Attached to: Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

The tax issue is with diesel fuel. All gas sold has the road taxes included, even if so.d at marinas. You can, if you are fueling your boat, collect the receipts and submit for a refund of the road taxes.

Marina fuel is usually more expensive because of the significantly higher costs of moving the fuel from the tank up on shore to the tank in the boat.

Comment: Re:Sometimes Extra Jobs are Intentional (Score 1) 343

by JimMcc (#46969363) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

Later in life I started a consulting company. One of our clients was a governmental agency. At peak I had 4 full time employees there. As near as any of us could tell, the agency provided good paying jobs to a bunch of people, but hired consultants to actually get the work done because none of the employees had the knowledge or desire to be productive. This went on for years and my employees and I profitted handsomely from it; but as a tax payer it ticked me off.

Comment: Sometimes Extra Jobs are Intentional (Score 4, Informative) 343

by JimMcc (#46968763) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

In the early nineties I was Director oif Development for a company that wrote and sold software to small telephone companies. We created a lot of automation into the process which allowed small companies to do much more than their staffing would otherwise allow. One prospective customer was a county owned telephone company. Their first response when we showed them all the features of our softwar ewas to ask if those capabilities could be turned off. Huh? Turns out that they viewed their primary role to be a provider of jobs within the county. Providing telephone service was considered secondary.

So there's nothing really new about these finds. Just that he's getting noticed for writing about them.

Comment: What's the difference (Score 2) 397

by JimMcc (#46563859) Attached to: Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

What's the difference between a hunter with a drone and a factory fishing vessel with spotter planes? Is it scale? money? Both models are using airborne technology to assist in the gathering of food. If we are going to ban aerial observation, than it should be for all applications and uses of it regardless of how monied the operator is.


Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist" 312

Posted by timothy
from the oh-you-wanted-good-too dept.
hype7 writes "Here's a provocative article; the VP of engineering of a Sequoia-backed startup in Silicon Valley makes the case that good engineering managers aren't just hard to find — that they basically don't exist. The crux of his argument? The best engineers get all the benefits of being leaders, but without needing to take on the rather painful duties of management. So they choose not to move up. Compare this to the engineers who aren't as strong, and use the opportunity to move up as a way to get their voice heard."

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie