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Comment: Sheesh (Score 1, Interesting) 86

by Ol Olsoc (#49364783) Attached to: SpaceX's New Combustion Technologies
This reads like an old Saturday Night Live "Whiners" script.

It's kind of the nature of research that you have to do research. Plus, if you think its hard to design rockets and "rolling your own" CFD models, just imagine how it was when you didn't have the computing power to go beyond the rudiments.

Those troglodytes designing say, the F1 might have had a bit harder of a time designing with limited knowledge and experience than now when can try rolling out likely designs based on good CFD models. Channeled explosions are not terribly forgiving of bad design in that way.

Rather, Spacex is able to make better rockets, less expensively, by using extensive CFD, modeling using models they developed. This will allow for optimization of designs, and reduce reliance on the old process dreaming up a design, building and test firing it, and if it didn't explode, analyze the parts for incremental improvements.

And rather than whine about how hard it is, maybe we should marvel at just how damn cool it is to have modern computing power and new flow and design models to work with to make better rockets. Too freaking cool!

Comment: Re: Because you call it Spartan instead of IE (Score 1) 62

by Ol Olsoc (#49360873) Attached to: New Screenshots Detail Spartan Web Browser For Windows 10 Smartphones

MSIE is still preinstalled. It's not considered their competitive browser by Microsoft. It's there more as a utility. Microsoft will 'compete' with third party browsers on a more level playing field with this new browser.

In fact Microsoft has done nearly everything possible now to level the plaing field browser-wise. You have to hate Microsoft in a pathological way to not let up on some of the old bullshit hate-billyware thing.

Did you ever consider that perhaps some of that hatred was well earned? That perhas a person who takes issue with Microsoft is not necessarily a hate ridden person with a burnt husk of a soul living only to bash Microsoft?

Sorry, had to reply in kind to get your attention.

Microsoft has indeed put out a lot of shit over the years. And they managed to get away with it. They were kings Some folks darn near worshipped them.

Now there are a lot of us who won't use a Microsoft product except when forced to.

Get the connection? If all you do is shower a company with undying love, they know you'll eat whatever crap they put out. So you'll get crap.

If you give them criticism, and it gets to the point that their product loses sales, then perhaps they'll respond in a positive way. This is some pretty basic stuff, working at improving a product based on customer criticism.

You figure if Vista and W8 and 8.1 didn't gut the PC market that they would have produced W7, or be working on W10 so hard?

In continuing to sputter and fury the more infected and irrational cranks will identify themselves to us.

The general fury will die down eventually until it's like it already is with BSOD references, which are only made now by angry trolls who haven't touched a Microsoft product in over a decade.

Speaking of anger issues, calm down, enjoy your phone, and realize that there are good reasons for some to dislike Windows products. Realize that a positive response to criticism can improve a product, and a negative response definitely won't. Windows haters are more responsible for making the products better than people who declare that anyone who doesn't like them are angry and stupid trolls..

Comment: Re:God I wish we'd stop hearing this myth. (Score 1) 398

by Ol Olsoc (#49359553) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

I've already hear rumblings about 35 year childhoods, including a TED talk where some Blackhawk was trying to say that women are not physically ready to have children until they are around 35 years old.

Which is rubbish at face value. While I won't win any popularity contests with this, let me provide a break down.

Everything you wrote is physically and psychologically correct.

Nature, and reality doesn't care what people try to impose upon it. We are supposed to be fairly young and strong during childbearing years. That's why we dpn't go through puberty when we are thirty years old. Despite social constructs and advertising, by the time we hit thirty, we are already starting to decline.

Speaking of losing popularity contests, try telling some folks that children need a father figure. They will go fucking nuts.

Comment: Re:God I wish we'd stop hearing this myth. (Score 1) 398

by Ol Olsoc (#49356941) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Exactly. And I see the same happening over here with teaching "critical thinking". It's important, but it got turned into the idea that questioning everything makes one a critical thinker. A college professor in history once told me he gave a guest lecture at a high school. The kids kept challenging him on points during his lecture, and at the end of class, the regular teacher proudly noted how critical the children were and didn't take everything from an authority figure at face value. To which the professor replied: "Yes, but it's a shame they know bugger all about history".

As usual, they get it wrong. Critical thinking is not contradicting everything someone tells you. Critical thinking is to not take everything you are told as gospel, but to do a little research if need be. And if you can make an informed rebuttal, have at it. If you cannot, you sit there politely and take notes.

Constantly interrupting a learned professor is not critical thinking, it is being rude little cynical fucks. The key word is thinking. And they are not.

Comment: Re:God I wish we'd stop hearing this myth. (Score 1) 398

by Ol Olsoc (#49355227) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Giving positive reinforcement when it is not deserved ("everyone gets a trophy") reinforces negative behavior that did not achieve the desired outcome. This works in childhood where adults can create closed environments but falls apart when faced with cold, hard reality.

Which all ties in with the movement to keep children as children for longer and longer time. That 25 year childhood thing we've heard about.

Do not allow them to experience adulthood iuntil the last possible moment.


I've already hear rumblings about 35 year childhoods, including a TED talk where some Blackhawk was trying to say that women are not physically ready to have children until they are around 35 years old.

Which sounds like denial of millions of years of evolution, when women are capable of having children , but for some weird reason they are not really ready until almost 15 years after puberty, at a time when their ancestors were grandparents, and could expect only a few more years of life.

There are very good reasons to hold off for a few years. We live much longer, and some social improvements can be had, plus there is more education to be gained. but trying to enforce endless childhood is so anathemic to allowing our children to experience life, the good and the bad, that I consider it abuse. We do not live forever, despite what some think.

My adult life versus my childhood, is more enjoyable by orders of magnitude, Why would I be so protective as to deny my children that? In the end, thebad stuff will be out their when we cut th eumbilicall cord at 25, 35, or if we make this some sort of last generation of permanent parents and permanent children.

Comment: Re:But! (Score 1) 398

by Ol Olsoc (#49354229) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Incompetence and only be fully developed and utilized to its maximum potential if it is paired with arrogance, as otherwise people could utilize undesirable insights into their own skills (or rather lack thereof) as motivator to increase their competence level. One of the tried-and-true ways of establishing arrogance is fostering high self-esteem that is not founded in accomplishments, but in the believe that everybody can and should regard themselves as highly valuable, regardless of whether they have actually accomplished something.

Whew! That's quotable. Well done, sir, well done.

Comment: Re:But! (Score 1) 398

by Ol Olsoc (#49354189) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

That was a year ago. I haven't even made an attempt to contact other recruiters, because I'm terrified of it happening again. Terrified of making myself look like an idiot and wasting everyone's time (recruiters talk, they say). My life is slipping by. The hole in my work history is growing. Sometimes I feel angry. If only they would give me a chance to get my foot in the door. Let me work for pennies, hell, I'd even work for free at this point.

Okay, there is also something else going on here than self esteem. I won't offer the usual and stupid "grow a set" advice. Have you talked to someone about this? It sounds like you have developed such a fear of failure that theat is the first thing you do. My Mother in law had a fear of getting lost, and she always got lost immediately.

Back to you, your fear of failure needs to be harnessed in a positive fashion. And you have got ot figure out how to make that happen. On a personal level, I really really hate "catching hell", so I've compensated for it by trying to do a job much better than needed when possible.

We all fail, I wen't through a number of jobs early on, was laid off from all of them. It sucks, but the day after , we're still here. But you might want to talk to someone about his, fear of failure is very painful, and ends up in a positive feedback loop.

Comment: Re:God I wish we'd stop hearing this myth. (Score 1) 398

by Ol Olsoc (#49353797) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Dumping on people does not make them better. Study after study has shown how fragile children's psychs are and how important positive reinforcement is. But hey, it's a lot more fun to be a dick and crush everyone you see.

You apparently have self esteem and self worth all wrong. Every person on earth has high self worth.

And the present day choice you give of high self esteem or crushing all children's egos is a false dilemma. The "self esteem" movement teach that the individual child that they are great, and that they are special, without the need for anything afterward. So they go though their education, believing they are the center of the universe, then find themselves in the real world with that fragile psyche just as vulnerable as when they were little.

I've seen it in the workplace too often.

And so many of them crash and burn when they find out that the real world is not about having their egos stroked, and that Facebook is not a job duty, and that you don't get a promotion after you've been there for 2 months and came in on time. Or that the other older folks are there to serve them. Then they quit and move back with mommy and daddy. The helicoptering parent's ultimate achievement. A lifelong child.

Self-esteem is an earned commodity, earned through effort and accomplishment. Forcing high self esteem on children, who usually haven't accomplished much yet, gives them a completely messed up view of the world. I have really high self esteem because I've accomplished some things in life. But I don't think I'm the center of the universe, nor do I think I need daily congratulations for getting my shoes tied.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?