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Comment: just like EE, ME, CE, finance...... (Score 5, Insightful) 583

by Lawrence_Bird (#47414529) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

just about every field above burger flipping requires specialization. Are you going to ask Joe Blow about your corporate tax accounting needs? Or are you just going to drop by Intel and see if you can lend a hand with some microcode? Work is becoming increasingly specialized across all fronts, time to get used to it.

Comment: Re:Disclaimer? (Score 1) 346

by Lawrence_Bird (#47383199) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Here is a standard one:

This electronic communication originates from Lawyer A&B, LLP. This
communication and any file transmitted with it contain confidential and
protected information, which may be subject to the attorney-client
privilege, or otherwise be protected against unauthorized use. This
communication is also subject to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act,
18 U.S.C. Sec. 2510-2521. The information herein and any file transmitted
with it is transmitted in this form based on a reasonable expectation of
privacy. See ABA Formal Opinion No. 99-413. If you are not the intended
recipient of this communication, you are hereby notified that any
retention, dissemination, distribution or copying is strictly prohibited.

If you have received this message in error, please advise the sender by
immediate reply and delete the original message.

Emphasis added. There is nothing there about reading the message - that is assumed as there would not be a reasonable way to determine you are not the intended recipient.

And here you can read about what happens when you keep credit card statements sent to you when you are not the intended recipient.

Comment: Boondoogle (Score 0) 225

by Lawrence_Bird (#47375461) Attached to: Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

ITER is a giant money pit and has been from the start. I do hope that the congress critters redirect at least some of the funds towards US based non-tokamak alternatives which have struggled to get funding in light of the giant sucking sound that is ITER.

And to those going OMG! Fossil fuels!

Assume that the remaining members of ITER are successful before they are bled dry. Do you honestly think that any commercial venture will exclude customers in non-ITER countries? That would be pretty stupid. Better that the US pay a premium on each reactor built (assuming that someday ever happens) than to continue to pour money down a hole today.

Comment: Back to square one please (Score 1) 578

by Lawrence_Bird (#47367611) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Rather than accept that the latest fad has not helped and has other negative consequences, just like educatoin the powers that be instead wish to modify "tweak" "enahnce" the existing failure instead of reverting back to the original state and starting over.

Go back to the original walk/do not walk and add "run". No timers so nobody knows quite how long it lasts. ...

"More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all other causes combined." -- Fred Brooks, Jr., _The Mythical Man Month_