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Comment Re:Non-career benefits (Score 1) 182

(hyper competitive, low paid)

Don't know what your definition of low paid is... Tech jobs tend to be significantly above average, what do you think pays better, a low level customer support job - or a fry cook at mcDonalds? (Low end of the wage scale there). I can tell you among things that require a 4 year degree, Computer Science pays better than Liberal Arts majors, many science majors, and quite a few engineering majors. Yes, it is competitive, yes there are problems... otherwise everyone would do it.

Comment Dumbest idea ever (Score 1) 182

Along the lines of "Everyone" in the USA drives a car so we should all be required to take an auto shop class in High School. The auto shop class at least helps everyone deal with the cars that they have - only a small percentage of people truly need to be able to code, the rest may need to be able to use a computer, and a few people need to be able to hire computer programmers to take the money that they raised from Angel Investors.

Comment Re:Say what? (Score 4, Interesting) 392

The problem is in how the requirements that they were to implement were written. Lets say for example you get a requirement that says - when the hood is up, flip this switch in software, and someone else gets a requirement that says when this switch is flipped, turn on ultra eco mode. Now the software developer that sees the first requirement will never know - when the car is under test - the hood is up and so goes and sets a flag that he has no idea what it does ( Do you know everything that happens in a million line piece of embedded code - I don't think so). The second guy knows the engine performs well, may or may not know that the engine only passes emissions when it is in super eco mode... In fact probably knows very little about the engine (Do you know how the microprocessor works on the computers you work on? I don't think so). Now should both of these people be fired for implementing a circumvention device by responding to completely different requirements.

That said - if the requirements were written so that it was blatantly obvious they were writing a circumvention device, that is different.

Comment Re: Science! (Score 1) 737

The scientists have voted

So when did science become a vote. I don't know of anybody that voted on gravity, evolution, or relativity. These are ideas that are put forth and when there is enough evidence people move from denier to believer. The problem with climate science is that there is a LOT of contradictory evidence. Could you imagine having to prove evolution with only about 20 years of good data records? I don't think you could do it, especially if the experiments you are proposing don't come out with the results that you expect. There may have been a pause in the rise of global warming (hence changing the name to climate change) or there might not... No one can seem to tell. Frankly there is a famous Time cover in the 70s talking about Iceball earth where the fear was we were going to enter into a new ice age. Guess that one didn't pan out... So yes, the scientists have voted and it isn't as clear as you think because many of them either vote in decent (and are called deniers) or don't vote out of fear for reactions like this

Comment Re:Except that... (Score 1) 1291

It is easier than this. Give everyone 20K dollars, then you tax them 30K for this 20K subsidy and the deficit will start going away immediately if the cost of managing this program is less than 10K per person enrolled (How much do you think setting up the obamacare servers cost the average enrollee. In Oregon, it is infinite because they couldn't enroll anyone with their 400M investment in a website.

So I just say - why not reduce everyone's tax burden by 10K or so and call it even instead of trying to redistribute wealth around the country.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 698

The simple answer is yes. Think about what the second amendment is protecting you from... It is protecting you from a tyrannical government, it is not to protect you from starvation by taking away your ability to shoot at rats, gophers, and other small rodents - it isn't even about protecting yourself from burglars, and other assorted riff raff. The purpose of the second amendment is to protect you from a tyrannical government that is bent on taking your rights away. Do you think the NSA would be doing what it is doing if at some point a group of organized citizens would show up a couple miles from their large data centers and start dropping 105 shells onto the data centers?

I don't think so

Comment Re:DONALD TRUMP NOW!! - no understanding of gov. (Score 1) 495

So - my favorite Trumpism so far is that the 14th amendment to the constitution is unconstitutional.

Guess actually being in the constitution isn't enough for these people to make it so, this is the scariest thing since BO started presidential decrees to "Make it so" regardless of what the law/constitution actually says (And yes, saying that you are acting because Congress refuses to act in the way you want them to isn't an excuse here)

Comment -- I dare you. Double Dare (Score 4, Interesting) 268

So worked at a large company, diversity plan in place... New employee comes in working for the biggest jerk of a manager. Couldn't get the problem solved through HR - decided to quit. Sent a So long and thanks for the fish e-mail to the CEO saying his diversity words were crap - and gave an example why. At just after 5PM, friend got a call from Uncle Paul to ask for 48 hours before they quit. Two morning later (36 hours) goes into work and there was a reorg - everyone was on the org chart but the one manager...

Word to the wise... Yes, CEOs can listen, and do listen.

Comment I am all for this (Score 1) 392

As soon as they agree that every elected politician/bureaucrat/police man/etc. has one of these phones that the public can ask for a Non-denyable FOIA request to get all of the data off of it.

Now we simply FOIA the entire thing - wrap it up on a fully searchable wiki site and have access to what our politicians are really doing

I don't think too many of them would want their phones accessible this way, so why should I?

Comment Let me get this straight (Score 1) 458

So you create a government, that by its mere whim can decide to grant/take away billions of dollars from individual companies (See Tesla vs. Coal) and then you expect companies not to want to have a say in the outcome. The easy solution to the outside influence problem is a less intrusive government that doesn't make it worth the money to spend on politicians. If the government had less influence on the economic outcomes of people and companies - people and companies would spend less money on getting the outcomes that they want.

Lets start with a mandate that ALL congress critters must go into a sealed room with a pencil, calculator and a land line that only dials the IRS help line (where they can wait in the queue). They get to do their annual taxes, turn them in and have a super audit with published results (ok, lets say %accurate). Hopefully this will lead very quickly to a new tax code that is significantly simpler without all of the carve outs, and fancy working that can be misinterpreted.

Next lets start with regulations - make congress responsible for following all of the laws that they pass, lets start with minimum wage - Yes interns should be paid at least the minimum wage.

Comment Re:30 Times Faster? (Score 1) 223

You apparently don't know what HPC stands for... Half Price Computing - everyone drives their margins to 0 to win one of these multi million dollar contracts. The only companies that win are the suppliers to the bidders. So lets see in 4 years CPU/GPUs will have 5-6x more compute power, we can throw 5-6x more CPUs at the problem and connect them up with nice 200-400Gbs (5-8x) interconnect. This isn't a research problem - just an interesting engineering problem.
What is probably a research problem is adapting the algorithms to keep all of those 100's of thousand CPU cores busy solving the same problem and keeping them filled with useful work. I am not sure how well MPI will scale to this level

Comment Re:Helping a full third of all citizens? (Score 2) 80

a third of the 3,800 residents have Twitter accounts

That isn't even the most objectionable thing in the summary. I found that the mayor of the town of 3,800 has 350K followers, I can imagine the signal to noise ratio involved there. Does the mayor have to filter through 1000 twits to find one that actually came from a constituent. Even worse if he uses twitter to do simple polling... What does his followers say vs. the people that actually live there.

Comment Re:Go Solar, it can make good financial sense. (Score 1) 259

Ok - so these "Subsides" are simply tax deductions that every business in the country gets. I spend money on R&D/Salary/manufacturing - I don't pay taxes on my expenses. If the claim is I pay taxes on revenues - the analysis is wrong and back to my original complaint.

A subsidy is like the electric car business where the government pays me 15,000 dollars to purchase a tesla - causing the cost of the Tesla to go down. The cost of manufacturing being deducted from Tesla's taxes as an expense is not a subsidy at all.

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