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Comment: Re:Why are people posting this nonsense? (Score 1) 431

by Nethemas the Great (#49598087) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive
I don't care about hearing anything. I want to throw the damn thing up into space and see if we get delta-v. Then we can hypothesize whether we heard anything and if so what the hell animal it was. Given the apparent reproducibility of something so profoundly game changing surely we're at a point to merit putting this thing on orbit to finally decide if we have something here.

Comment: Re:Conservation of momentum (Score 1) 431

by Nethemas the Great (#49598003) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive
Yes, but unlike reaction drives you are not carrying around a tank of photons that you impart energy upon to sling them out the a** end of your rocket. Both photon drives and the experiment are not carrying anything but energy yet managed to produce (or seem to produce) thrust. The part that's annoying people is that the experiment seems to be doing so at orders of magnitude greater than the photon drive. It's kind of like challenging the existence of a religious person's god. It tends to ruffle their feathers a bit.

Comment: Re:I want this to be true, but... (Score 1) 431

by Nethemas the Great (#49597877) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

It has been reproduced by others. That's why everyone's scratching their heads. It's also why some people are starting to get bent out of shape. Their precious model of the universe is being challenged. From my armchair I see four possibilities: the microwaves are finding something to push against; the microwaves are creating something with mass and a net velocity pointed in a certain direction; the microwaves are distorting the shape of space-time; different groups of really bright people around the world are designing spectacularly fracked up experiments and coming away with agreeing yet completely fracked up results.

The last one is easiest to prove/disprove. Throw the device into space and see if it produces delta-v. If its one of the first three, regardless of which one, the world as we know it is no more.

Comment: Re:How you drive: (Score 2) 247

by Nethemas the Great (#49565599) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues
By my reckoning if they're going to drive at .10 BAC then I'd prefer they shoot for 1.0 BAC. One way or another their body will malfunction before they managed to get into their car and the roads will safer for it. I figure it's similar to the trash that go bar hopping in their snowmobiles where I used to live. It's amazing how effective a farmer's fence is for culling the herd.

Comment: Re:Why bother with young programmers? (Score 1) 349

by Nethemas the Great (#49542289) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit
There's a sweat spot between college grad noob and crusty old "get off my lawn" programmers whom have lost their passion. I'd say Google's median age of 29 sounds about right. Obviously exceptions exist, but given that wages tend to be rather logarithmic relative to experience they're not that huge of a driver for hiring younger.

Comment: Old programmers vs. new tech (Score 1, Troll) 349

by Nethemas the Great (#49541633) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Last I knew it was common for old programmers to not bother learning new tech. Given Google's preference for next generation technologies, what use would they have for obsolete programmers?

If you're too obsolete for Google and refuse to do something about it, go work in the defense, automotive, or some other industry known to have a new technology adoption lag.

Comment: Re: finger pointing (Score 1) 407

by Nethemas the Great (#49355271) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
It's a value proposition. On one side you have a mostly adequate talent willing to work for cheap, but is encumbered by being a contract employee residing in a foreign country, with possibly a language gap. On the other side you have a mostly adequate to adequate talent only willing to work for a locally competitive wage, residing locally and no language gap. Not all managers look at all facets of this proposition, at least initially, but more than ever they are. The question simply becomes one of which proposition is more effective/economical. If what you have to offer makes the other proposition ambiguous, even more attractive, do something about it.

Comment: Re:College is too Expensive (Score 4, Insightful) 407

by Nethemas the Great (#49351623) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
College might not guarantee a job, but how much harder is it for those applying for jobs where a college degree is a prerequisite? Yes, college is expensive. For certain career paths, even more so. However, the investment in a college degree or vocational training appropriate to the career path of choice almost always has ROI. High-school graduates relying upon on-the-job training are at a severe disadvantage both in terms of their career options but also in hiring competition with their peers for whom have post-secondary education.

Comment: Re:No one is forcing anyone to do anything (Score 1) 536

RTFA. Requirements with his job rule out satellite. Having personally had a stint in sh*thole rural Wisconsin I can tell you, satellite is a pretty absurd option and really just an act of desperation. He presently uses a Verizon powered hotspot but keeps hitting the 30GB cap even though he borrows a local Starbucks wi-fi for downloading. He did attempt to explore building out the 2500' but Comcast wouldn't consider it. Microwave line of site providers are not in range. Washington law bars municipal providers from retail.

Comment: Re:NASA missing a date is not news (Score 1) 59

by Nethemas the Great (#49305257) Attached to: Report: NASA May Miss SLS Launch Deadline
Given the present environment on Capitol Hill, I think it would be news if they launched at all. At the end of the day, I think that of the successes NASA will have had, it will be best known for their incubation of commercial launch and infrastructure services. Not the Moon, not Mars, not earth sciences, ..., but rather their work wresting control of the rockets upon which crew and cargo are sent heavenward as well as their habitation from Congress and the MIC.

Make it myself? But I'm a physical organic chemist!