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Comment Re:Do you want me to code, or deal with the suits? (Score 1) 303

In fact, once that sort of issue comes up and there is that much conflict, the worker just needs to get fired (or transferred, re-educated, etc, depending on your societal norms) and that can be done by a vote

Also known as a popularity contest, which has serious problems of its own.

Comment Re:Saw it last night in 3D (Score 1) 240

The situation that stranded Watney on Mars was contrived and unrealistic, but a movie can get a pass on one big suspension of disbelief.

What I found jarring was the fact that with the habitat damaged there was nothing else to do but write off the mission and just head back to Earth. Despite the set back there should have been some science worth doing, and if anything they should have been stuck in orbit until their scheduled launch window.

Comment The Sixteenth Century called... (Score 2) 81

This is not a feature of the technology industry. This is exactly the behaviour of every industry that becomes arrogant, such as the automotive industry in the twentieth century, the railroad industry before then, monopoly trading companies like the East India Company, and banking as far back as the Middle Ages if not earlier.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov