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Comment: States Rights issue (Score 1) 410

I like how the majority justices considered this an issue already decided by Michigan's citizens. I don't agree with their voters' choice, but deciding this as a states' rights issue seems appropriate.

Now, what Michigan's Universities should do is refuse a private path for deciding legacy admissions and other priority considerations. After all, what's to prevent those private paths from being discriminatory as well!

Comment: Throttling mechanism is all wrong (Score 1) 273

by KJSwartz (#46662421) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

The best method would be to establish the gate at the exit point, and to have a radio checkpoint further up the road. Do not allow vehicles out until the way is clear enough to meet additional cars' speed-to-AC ratio. If you can't establish at least an aggregate 20 mph (just pulling the figure out of thick smelly air), no additional cars are allowed to exit, excepting buses and emergency vehicles. The backlog of people wanting to enter their cars would be able to view the progress of cars at the exit and then make an informed decision. As long as there's free water and something interesting to watch, I'm certain folks won't be too bent outta shape.

Comment: Re: What a silly analogy! (Score 1) 716

by KJSwartz (#46225141) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

I have a modicum of knowledge about bricklayers. The analogy is stupid.
Who helps write the proposal for building the wall?
Who helps write the statement of work?
Who then writes the requirements document, top level design document, interface control documents, and module development plans?
Who breaks down the project into a WBS itemized list, along with timelines and milestones?
Who submits requests for tools, computing resources, vendor supplied OSes and libraries, licenses!
Who develops and executes the test plan that proves the "wall" performs to specifications as laid out in the SoW and Requirements Documents?

We aren't bricklayers mixing cement and placing already preformed rhombuses into a preplanned structure. We build glorious monuments of achievement!

Comment: What a silly analogy! (Score 1) 716

by KJSwartz (#46225001) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

First and foremost, your boss grossly underestimated the scope of software and firmware engineering to an insulting level. Bricklayers. Pssshaw!

A small project requires the efforts of a entire contracting firm, from architects to planners to buyers to assemblers, excavators, bricklayers, carpenters, roofers, etc etc etc. Any small flaw that exists in the initial design has to be resolved in situ: it takes experience and teamwork to successfully bring in projects. So many times we are called upon to perform as many functions with fewer people.

It also takes a crack sales team to sell it off, as well as finance people to watch that the money flows smoothly.

I would look look deep into those soulless eyes and understand how little significance I hold when I'm in its sights.

Comment: Text-based code best represents multi dimensional (Score 1) 876

by KJSwartz (#46195399) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

As a software engineer, you've taken the effort to generate requirements document, various module development plans, a high level design document, multiple interface control documents, and finally begin to codify the design. Now, graphically embed the essence of all those documents into intermediate object files, link them together and swear on a rack of Sun Solaris Manuals that you can support the product for the next ten years.

The answer: you can't. Tools evolve and die off, while text-based intermediate files are infinitely easier to support in the long run. Imagine what happens when your current version of LabView falls out of support and you have new requirements or a critical problem to resolve and your only machine with LabView has died a horrible death taking your hard drives with it.

Or better yet, developed test programs using VB 6.0, and woke up in a new millennium where your application no longer works on a Windows 2016 machine. What to do, Bunkie?


Do you REALLY want to have a George Jetson job making sprockets with your one red button? Steve Jobs said YES and created the iPod.

Comment: Re: Reliable ratings for me (Score 1) 381

by KJSwartz (#45210825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

Exactly. Do your own research on quality issues through reviewers you can trust, and don't burden Slashdot with such unquantifiable services as "product reviewers". But to pose a question back at you - what OS VERSION and DISTRIBUTION do expect to use in your office computers? Purchase the multifunction printer that either had, has, or will have the best reputation.

Comment: Re:Laid off - try to stay at Adobe (Score 2) 485

by KJSwartz (#38002006) Attached to: Adobe Ends Development of Flash On Mobile Browsers

Sadly, whenever a profitable platform is shut down, a lot of good developers are RIF'ed. Its a horrible market right now, so PLEASE look for a way to stay with Adobe.

1) Use your knowledge of internal procedures and development practices WORK for you (saves the company serious $$$s training somebody new!)
2) Submit your resume back to your own HR department and let them know you wish to stay
3) Work off-hours on active projects that YOU think have potential - ask questions, involve yourself in debugging, development and design reviews
4) Get yourself invited to development meetings while still putting 40 hrs/wk on your current tasks
5) Don't Slouch - its bad for your posture

The last two items really get the line managers' attention.

Comment: Preemptive suits (Score 1) 436

by KJSwartz (#37597752) Attached to: Patent Troll Says Anyone Using Wi-Fi Infringes

If I were in the business where my attornies were just sitting idly by, like a McDonalds, Starbucks, or another business that can see this thing snowball, I would sic them on these slimetards and tangle up this operation from thousands of different POVs. What this patent troll is collecting is just to bank their attack on the big boys. Don't need a crystal ball for this!

Comment: Politicizing is the first step toward defunding (Score 1) 426

by KJSwartz (#37251716) Attached to: When Did Irene Stop Being a Hurricane?

Guanxi, your links are appreciated. Don't forget the US Geological Survey ( ), they will make the raw data available in a few more days. It looks like the baby-faced politicians are making mockery of the serious science of weather forecasting in a very apparent attempt to defund and dismantle another of our "Crown Jewels". If an agency doesn't drop bombs, wreck havoc or kill people ("Let God Sort Them Out", to use the vernacular), these numbskull pols consider it a waste of tax revenue. President Bush defunded the USGS to such an extent that he refused to issue a Tsunami warning to Indonesia; I guess Hurricane and severe weather forecasting is next on the chopping block.

Comment: Use the following NHC Links to see Cat 3, 2, 1 (Score 1) 426

by KJSwartz (#37251606) Attached to: When Did Irene Stop Being a Hurricane?

The National Hurricane Center found that Irene was CATEGORY 3 off the Florida Coast, and running up the coast over the Gulf Stream. If you do your calculus properly, you have to plan for the fact that Irene could not help but remain a hurricane if (or when) it hits New York City. That would have been a disaster the likes of New Orleans (times ten, then times ten again). President Bush looked the fool by not taking precautionary measures; who could seriously blame President Obama for being Presidential?

CAT 3 (Florida):
CAT 2 (NC)
CAT 1 (New York)

Check out the US Geological Survey in a couple more days to view the raw meterological data (

Comment: USGS will have data ready in 3-5 days (Score 2) 426

by KJSwartz (#37248728) Attached to: When Did Irene Stop Being a Hurricane?

It is a thought-provoking idea - "When" did Irene become a hurricane - and well worth my time to consider it. The US Geological Survey is an E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T source of information, and, in my humble opinion, criminally underfunded by our tax dollars (especially those companies that won't pay U.S. Taxes).

Use the following link inacoupladays

Some people claim that the UNIX learning curve is steep, but at least you only have to climb it once.