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Comment: What about the other applicants? (Score 3, Interesting) 117

by Mr. Freeman (#47792875) Attached to: Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title
Are the other applicants less qualified? Do any of them have degrees in mechanical engineering? We don't know, because the only person mentioned is Megan Smith. We can't fairly judge whether or not she'd be a good fit because we have no idea what the alternatives are.

Comment: Re:Illegal (Score 5, Insightful) 182

by Mr. Freeman (#47761871) Attached to: Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report
Yeah. I really don't get the nutjobs around here who run around bitching about how Taxis need less and less regulation. It's like they have no idea what it was like before the regulations were put in place. It's not like some politicians got together and conspired over the course of several decades to regulate an industry for the sole purpose of being dicks. Those regulations were instituted because taxi drivers and taxi companies were doing incredibly unethical things that were causing damage to both people and to the economy.

Comment: Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (Score 5, Insightful) 239

by Mr. Freeman (#47726305) Attached to: Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'
People like to joke about how false information added to Wikipedia gets quoted in articles where are then used to justify the information in Wikipedia, but it's actually quite real. It happens amazingly often and no one seems to be taking any real steps to fix the problem. If you go to any article and start looking through the sources you'll find that most of the sources either provide nothing to back up their information, obviously quoted it from Wikipedia in the first place, or actually have the information in such a context that it contradicts what the Wikipedia article is saying.

Comment: Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (Score 1) 166

by Mr. Freeman (#47571477) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing
>If I was homeless and had a crack at suing a big pharma company for millions

If you had a crack at suing a big pharma company then you'd have money and therefore probably wouldn't be homeless. Your premise is flawed.

Unless, of course, you think that there are lawyers willing to take on a case against big pharma for no money up front? In which case, your premise is also flawed.

Comment: Re:All I can say to that is... (Score 1) 409

by Mr. Freeman (#47014665) Attached to: Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)
Who? Why, he's the person selling the product that he says everyone needs, of course! After all, he's a salesman, there's no way he would intentionally mislead anyone, right?

Seriously though, this guy is just trying to sell a product by insulting everyone who doesn't buy it. He's coined a derogatory term in order to try and label everyone who doesn't buy his product as being a "server hugger." How about we make our own stupid name and call people like him "airheads"? An airhead is someone who thinks that the cloud is the end-all be-all of IT infrastructure. Airheads ignore the problems inherent with the cloud, dodge the hard questions, and insist that running your own machines is always, without question, a bad thing to do.

Curtis Peterson, you're an airhead.

Comment: Re:true, but partially because govt pays 10X too m (Score 1) 143

Not to mention that the $5 bolt will be made in America whereas the $0.30 bolt will be made in China. Buying the American bolt will prevent sending even more money overseas. And the $5 bolt is guaranteed not to have hidden microphones or intelligence-gathering equipment in it whereas the $0.30 bolt might be designed to fail when someone, who isn't the US government, wants it to.

People say "OMG! I can't believe that the government has 400 pages of regulations for something as simple as a bolt!" but if you actually read those regulations then they make a lot of sense. They cover the specifications to which the bolt will be designed, how the bolts will be delivered, how many will be delivered in what time frame, how many must be on hand, how quickly a rush order must be fulfilled, how they will be tested for quality, how they will be secured to prevent unauthorized personnel from accessing them (this doesn't really apply to bolts, but it does to a lot of sensitive computing and communications equipment), etc. This is stuff that couldn't matter less if you just need a box of bolts to build a tool shed in your back yard, but can make all the difference in the world when you're building a couple thousand fighter jets.

Comment: Re:Security through Antiquity? (Score 1) 481

by Mr. Freeman (#46873655) Attached to: US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks
It's not just a matter of secrecy, it's a matter of absolute reliability. Student projects are unacceptable because there is no way in hell a student project can be tested and reviewed to the extent necessary for use in such an application. These things absolutely, positively, have to work every single time with zero problems. There's no time for troubleshooting when you have to launch a retaliatory attack after detecting the enemy (whoever it might be) launching their missiles at you.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.