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Comment: Re:$200M for 224 homes? (Score 5, Insightful) 540 540

by KeithJM (#49512265) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires
There is a decent chance the cost of the land is included, since he's providing it to this project as well. If you're putting together a press release proclaiming your good work (and I don't mean that as a criticism -- he definitely deserves the right to take credit for his work) you might as well make the numbers as complete as you can.

Comment: Re:what? (Score 2) 227 227

by KeithJM (#49393749) Attached to: Google 'Makes People Think They Are Smarter Than They Are'
But at least the reference manual was a reliable source. You may or may not internalize the information, but the information was probably correct. The "experts" you are relying on from the internet might not be anything more than someone who is passing on information that someone else posted on the internet, or just making things up themselves. When you take information from someone who is an authority and has actually applied that information and verified it for themselves, you're better off than just assuming you must know everything because you read something that some guy posted on the internet.

Comment: Re:Delete stuff. (Score 3, Insightful) 279 279

by KeithJM (#49381227) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?
I'm assuming he put that line about company time together because it rhymed nicely. But if you're using a work computer for personal stuff, even off-hours, expect your company to know about it. Most of the time that's probably fine. But if there is ever a need for your company to examine your laptop and they find cached images from objectionable late night searches, downloaded movies or music or anything of that nature, you might have to talk to HR to explain it. If those images are of children in compromising positions or something like that, your company will turn "your" laptop over to the police and fire you. Don't kid yourself that using company hardware outside of work hours means your company doesn't feel responsible for what you do.

Likewise, if you resign, it's not your IT department's job to make sure your former teammates don't find out about your "My Little Pony" fan club. If you want to keep that secret from your work, don't use work hardware to do it.

Comment: Re:Good for consumers? (Score 3, Informative) 191 191

by KeithJM (#48611579) Attached to: Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case
When DRM is a prerequisite to get the rights to offer the item to consumers at all. I'm not saying it necessarily WAS worth it, but the people who owned the rights to the music wouldn't allow downloads without DRM. So the options to bring it to market were download music with DRM, or don't download music legally. The consumer gets to decide whether they want that deal or not.

Comment: Re:any salary at or under 100k/yr should get OT (Score 1) 545 545

by KeithJM (#48534985) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
Live for a while on $100K in a rural Alabama, and then try it in the San Francisco Bay area. Then come back and tell us that there is a specific number that should be used to determine if you make enough money, regardless of your cost of living.

Comment: Re:Abuse of overtime is resulting in unemployment (Score 3, Insightful) 545 545

by KeithJM (#48534963) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
The thing is that this is really short-sighted (I say this as a development manager). You can force people to work long hours in a horrible job market -- but 100% of your good developers are going to jump ship the moment the market turns around. The only time this strategy makes sense is when two things are both true: 1. The job market is so bad even great developers are scared to quit 2. Your company is so close to going out of business that you don't have the option to think even medium term. You only care about the next month or two of results.

Comment: Can Google Glass record for 2 hours on one charge? (Score 1) 357 357

by KeithJM (#48279985) Attached to: MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters
Quite apart from how horrible it would be to try to watch a movie recorded by a camera the width of a matchstick that's strapped to a person's head while they watch the movie, does Google Glass even have the battery life to record a full movie? It seems like this is a symbolic gesture by the MPAA. I get that long-term battery life will probably improve, but why not wait until something is actually a problem before sending out press releases that might annoy your customers?

Comment: $80K cars are fringe models. (Score 1) 267 267

by KeithJM (#48022563) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"
From GM's point of view, Tesla IS a fringe brand. How many sales does GM lose to Tesla? Granted, some people may be in the market for a $60K Corvette and decide to buy a $80K Tesla Model S instead. But if you look at directly competing models, how many people decide to buy a Tesla instead of a $35K Chevy Volt? Basically, none. If you create a bell curve of all car models by selling price, Tesla will be in the fringe with the other cars that are close to 6 figures. Being a fringe brand doesn't mean you don't make a good car. Lamborghini is a fringe brand too. If you don't think it's a fringe brand, ask all of your friends who have ever purchased a car how many of them have seriously considered buying one.

Comment: Re:Are You Kidding? (Score 2) 541 541

by KeithJM (#47649907) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Scientific discussion of racial differences is not the same as racism. It's amazing how afraid some people are of frank discussion about race. They want to shut it down as soon as it begins, typically by denying the question ("there's no such thing as race!!") or personal attacks like you're doing ("you're racist for even suggesting that!!!").

And writing a book to be published to the masses on your "scientific" theory rather than submitting it for peer review and publishing it via the normal process isn't a scientific discussion. To me, that raises a red flag as big as all of the "cold fusion" and other physics discoveries that call press conferences rather than publishing papers and letting other scientists analyze their results before the press sees it.

Comment: Re:Rather broad leap.. (Score 4, Insightful) 139 139

by KeithJM (#47533915) Attached to: Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered
It's a broad leap, but they didn't just find some random feathered fossils. They found fossils of various species that shared an ancestor very early in the dinosaur line. So it would be like discovering that Humans, Orangutans and Gorillas all had something in common (like a particular lobe of the brain) that we had previously thought only humans had. It would imply the there is a good chance Chimpanzees have it too, because it seems likely to be inherited from that early shared ancestor. They could be wrong, and each of those lines of dinosaurs could have evolved feathers separately. But it's not just a random conclusion.

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