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Comment Re:SJW Linux v1.0 (Score 2) 528

I keep seeing people mention SJW reasons for this, but it may go beyond that. Even the systemd people were fed up with the attitude:

"i stopped working on the upstream kernel "long ago" for reasons i cannot stand the attitude of these guys, i decided to work with grown up or funny, or grown up and funny people instead and i enjoy it a lot more. not sure what this childish blackmail attempt relates to."

What I find ironic is that Linus hammer banned Kay Sievers for having the same type of attitude that Sarah Sharp and Matthew Garrett are accusing Linus of having.

Comment Re:Details (Score 1) 181

The article has this to say:

"under current rules cars sold globally, such as the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf, must still be re-engineered multiple times - at considerable expense to manufacturers - to satisfy crash-test standards around the world."

I don't think current model of the Focus sold in Europe is fundamentally different than the one sold in the U.S. (?)

Comment Re:American vs. European 'safety' (Score 3, Informative) 181

"but a motocyclist doesn't have to wear a helmet."

This is somewhat misleading. Almost every state in the U.S. has some type of motorcycle helmet law:

For the states with "partial" laws, this is usually the requirement that the rider maintain a $10,000 insurance policy, as well as an age requirement.

Comment Details (Score 1) 181

I read the article and I'm a little confused. The article sounds like the US cars met the US based-standards, but not the EU ones. In an effort to bring the US standards in line with the EU ones, a test was done to see if the current US models would pass the EU test, but they weren't able. Not only that, but that the US-produced models that are supposed to meet EU regulations weren't able as well, with US based models 33% more likely to be harmful to the passengers in a front-end collision. However, I assume that these vehicles still passed both EU and US regulations, right? Otherwise they wouldn't be allowed on EU roads?

And there's no link for the report itself to find out what was actually said.

Comment Re:In all fairness (Score 1) 203

I hear you brother.

I should also mention that I've had to intentionally program bugs into the replacement system in order mimic flaws that were in the old mainframe system, because the companies had built some of their processes and business rules around those bugs. An example is an extract file being sent from a mainframe to a third-party system through an interface of some sort. Since the mainframe is being replaced, but not the third-party system (which had to be changed to accept bad data from the mainframe), the replacement system had to be fudged to send bogus data through the interface. Good times.

Comment Re:In all fairness (Score 3, Informative) 203

"At 50 million bucks, why didn't they emulate the old machinery or port the code to an interpreter running on a modern system?"

The hardware isn't an issue with IBM mainframes, even their newest Z-Series implementations are mostly backwards compatible with the 1960's era System/360. I'm pretty sure the cost of new hardware would have been cheaper than porting their software over to a completely new hardware platform and language.

" But (reluctantly...) in all fairness, getting off the mainframe is very VERY difficult,"

Having worked on well over a dozen projects to do just that, this post is 100% on-point, although my success rate has been much better, on projects that span half-a-decade :-) I'm working on one right now to port a COBOL/IMS system over to .NET and SQL Server that has been in the works for over 2 years.

The hardware platform isn't the biggest hurdle (although expensive, it's bullet-proof reliable). The biggest challenges boil down to three things:

1) Business rules coded in languages long considered obsolete (COBOL, JCL, IMS databases) by people who either retired or died decades ago.
2) Data that has been severely polluted over the years, such has having fax numbers in an address field, lookup codes that have been deleted, (although the data remains in place, causing broken referential integrity), etc etc.
3) Business rules that are done more for tradition. A user may have been instructed to do a process a certain way, but no one is sure what the reasoning is for doing it. It may be a valid reason; but that reason was discovered years ago by someone (either retired or dead), forgotten, and has just been done for traditions sake. In cases like this, it's hard to make a case to carry a process like that over to the new system, but it can't just be ignored either.

I'm simplifying #3, but you'll probably get the idea. I think that these three problems could crop up in ANY software system that has been in use for 40 years, regardless of the hardware platform or the programming language. As much as we try to mitigate planning for the future use a system, very few people in our industry really expect the software we write to be in use 40+ years from now. I think Y2K is a pretty good example of that too :-)

Comment Re:Lawsuits like hers are very difficult to win (Score 2) 234

"10% of lawsuits against employers were won by the employee"

As one of the AC's replied, this could very well be because 90% of those cases are completely frivolous. Also, does that 10% include cases that were settled? The EEOC reported that 9% were settled in 2012. That would leave just 1% that were won in favor of the plantiff:

"These are the kinds of people who decide cases - morons"

I've been on quite a few juries. My anecdotal experience has been the complete opposite.

"but it's idiotic to just assume the jury got it right"

It's also idiotic to assume that the jury consisted of idiots.

Comment Re:Good but could use improvement (Score 1) 367

AC brings up a good question. If I'm selling for Mary Kay, Avon, or god forbid AmWay, I'm not employed by those companies (?)....but they do set the guidelines on the price of their products and the guidelines. How does Uber differ in this situation according to California law?

Comment Re:Keep chasing ghosts, Americans, wake up! (Score 1) 216

"-American workers are simply too expensive compared with the rest of the world."
I think you mean "too expensive for my expensive taste/budget" *

"-American education is simply too expensive compared with the rest of the world"
Maybe there is a reason for that? Take a look at the top 20: **

"-America used to lead in science in technology, but the rest of the world catches up quickly" ***
Or, if you like, the locations of the big revenue technology companies:

* The U.S. is third, and some of the countries you mentioned in other parts of your post do in fact make it into the top 10.
** I admit that some of these schools are private and have very high admission standards, but you should take notice that quite a few of them are State-funded universities. Besides, the State I lived in provided a free college-education. Most people I know that have student loans got them because they didn't want to work part-time while in college.
*** This one is hard to quantify, but if you're going to make a blanket statement like you did, at least try to back it up in some fashion.

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