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Comment Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 568

Look, 'software developers' are, to a large part, engineering software. They're making a machine, an engine designed for a specific purpose.

Someone at Subway engineered all those sandwhiches. Someone at the bar engineered all those drinks. A software engineer's engine, code execution, running on processors and memory is a loose metaphor for a literal engine. I argue that programmers are certainly engineers, metaphorically speaking. A parent, however, is an engineer in the literal sense, if you accept that a human body is a literal engine in that it converts power to motion, does W ork as in W = F * d . Some code, I have no doubt, can do W=fd. Those programmers are literal engineers, but others are metaphorical.

Some type Bash commands, but never call it programming, and believe most who script would only describe it as such to one who never heard the term "scripting," because it is literally programming, but simpler and perhaps rudimentary compared to the big programming projects... there are other language examples. Many scripters are programming at the level of software engineering projects. But we all agree without ever raising a vote that scripters are not quite programmers, even though they absolutely are. Graphic Designers were once artists, and then there was WWW and suddenly page/site designers are developers.

At the end of the day, it is protected speech.

Comment Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 1165

The United States doesn't lock up its crazy people and doesn't provide a reasonable option for their mental health treatment.

Ah, it didn't take long to blame mental illness over lack of rational gun control laws. Turns out, however, that while 1% of the mentally ill are homicidally violent (just like in the general population), 100% of shootings are actually fully caused by gun owners. Why can't the NRA police its own instead of pointing fingers? Because gun owners are nuts? Not likely. Most are closer to being children than being nuts. Put down the deadly toys, children. Time to grow up.

Comment the bigger picture (Score 1) 569

What every bloodthirsty news consumer fails to see is that car emissions hardly matter, globally speaking, compared to other air pollution sources. One supertanker produces more emissions than 50 million cars. Shipping and energy production produces the vast majority of air pollution. VW was perhaps dishonest, but shrewd when you realize that US emissions regulations and checking on cars is bullshit, putting too much emphasis on a pollution source that is insignificant next to shipping, enegy, and the BIG POLLUTORS. This is a distraction. This is only going to serve to make people rich by devaluing VW stock temporarily, while at the same time allow the real polluters to go unniticed and unreported. And if the air seems stale, idiots will blame car manufacturers and traffic. Whatever this story is, it simply doesn't matter to our air and lungs, but we will exaggerate its importance anyway.

Comment Re: Looking more and more likely all the time... (Score 1) 518

Science is not about great schisms where meanings and understandings are suddenly reversed from one generation to the next.

False. Science paradigms, for better or worse, remain in place for as long as it takes (Plato to Copernicus/Kepler, anyone?) for a paradigm shift to come along and pull the rug out from under the previous paradigm. This is how its always been. BTW, "modern physics" is always wrong... because its only a model, and NOT REALITY, and merely the best model we have to explain observations as close as we can. What science observes is reality, but the description and explaination is a model, a fictionional likeness of reality, but not reality itself. You're probably thinking of mathematics.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 480

Clothing is among the fundamental elements of civilization. Clothes make the man -- always hated this, but seems true enough: dress affects behavior, behavior determines performance. It certainly doesn't seem fair that those among us with poor taste should be punished for it, but nearly everyone I've ever encountered is very quick to judge based on incredibly short and shallow impressions. If one desires success in corporate career, one will make themselves more attractive, less offensive, and embrace a level of vane pageantry. Yet most prefer to dress how they feel, or as an adjustment to their attractiveness to increase or decrease the level of their social engagement.

Comment Re:Worst? Heh (Score 2) 574

The reason guns kill people is because of a spring mechanism in guns, causing the hammer to fall, causing the primer to ignite, causing the projectile to ....

The reason most music sounds like shit is because the sound engineers...

must obey the artist they are recording


Though there are sound engineer unions, there has never been any movement within these groups to ruin music with dynamic nor bit compression. The trend of national music, known as the Loudness Wars, made possible by audio technology (not necessarily new or cutting edge, either) and those that competantly operate it and engineer audio, but only at the command of producers and artists.

IOW please stop blaming audio engineers, because its the same thing as blaming gun violence on springs

Once upon a time for a few decades, engineers perfected tracked and reproduced audio, perfected in the sense that, with intention and understanding of the underlying processes, the national product always had certain aural qualities such as separation and dynamism that worked with the artistic piece itself effectively making the audio reproduction science into a subtle or not so subtle artistic instrument that could be reasonably reproduced even on really crummy components.

Then artists got rich and decided they knew more about audio engineering than audio engineers.

There are some artists, of course, that took the time to actually learn engineering audio, just like there are writer-director-producer-actors in the film industry. But most recording artists have their one strong suit, and its in performance, composition, poetry and music, and not in visualizing the shape of the sound of how one instrument's single note at that particular time index pokes through the layered and spectrum overwhelming frequencies the other instrument happens to be filling. The artist with their technically untrained ear just says "yeah, but I can't hear the bass" or "you gotta turn my guitar up and my vocals down."

So please don't thank President Obama sarcastically and don't blame photographers for gimpy runway fashion models and what they're wearing... it was some artists with control-issues and a distinct lack of critical ear , and a commercial trend, that ruined recorded music; it certainly was not professional audio engineers.

Comment Re:Why don't they have a sat link? (Score 2) 102

A sat link isn't a viable alternative for providing data access to a government, much less an entire country.

TFA mentions the microwave backup being down, because commercial microwave links actually can provide significant levels of bandwidth.
The only real limit is line of sight and how much you want to spend.

And as always: Two is one and one is none.
There's a reason why NASA uses triple redundancy when they want something to never fail.

Comment Re:FOIA isn't meant to support a business model. (Score 1) 139

And waste more taxpayer money forcing a public employee to go through all the work again?

I can't recall the name, but there's an organization that spends its free time re-requesting FOIA'ed documents just to see what is or isn't redacted in subsequent releases.

It's basically a social engineering approach to un-redacting documents.

Comment Re:Cry More (Score 1) 139

but I found these two quotes to be interesting:

Heh. The problem is not the fees.
The problem is that journalists and activists overwhelmingly end up having to sue Federal (and State) Agencies in order to get a response or responsive documents to their FOIA requests.

This is despite the fact that Federal Agencies are required by law to respond to FOIA requests within 30(?) days.

"Even when a journalist acts with the utmost diligence in filing a FOIA request and pursuing his or her rights in court, agency feet-dragging can frustrate a journalist's attempt to obtain records at the time when they are needed most," [Jason "FOIA Terrorist" Leopold] wrote [in his written testimony before Congress].

"Investigative journalists should be spending their time and resources investigating, not litigating," he added. "Unfortunately, some agencies refuse to conduct adequate searches and fail to properly apply FOIA's exemption provisions until a lawsuit has been filed."

It can take years of litigation to get documents out of Federal Agencies.
Years. Of paying lawyers.
And then their scoop is gone.

I see the merits of arguments in favor of "upload immediately" (which IMO should be the default position) and "give the journalists a chance."
I think this trial run will expose the lie in any unsupported assertions being made by journalists arguing their position.

Comment Re:I believe it... (Score 1) 327

Students were again instructed to mimic surfing to a designated basket of URLs (Table I) as they might perform research for a paper, casual surfing (news). They were required to spend at least 5 - 15 minutes on each site.

Table 1: Basket of URLs Visited

Phase II of the testing was conducted from March 15, 2015 to May 1, 2015 with 103 students participating. Phase II revealed some interesting results. For the purposes of analysis, we selected two computers with the most web traffic, one with Adblock Plus (Computer Y) and one without any ad-blocking technology (Computer S).

That's an interesting test methodology and a highly questionable way to cherry pick analyze 2 weeks worth of data.

Comment Re:Links to the actual study (Score 2) 181

What I don't understand is why people assume congestion is intentional throttling by ISPs for them to profit later with imagined fast lanes.

Assume? The ISPs have been fighting (a losing battle) for a legal structure that will allow them to do it.
Hell, they're even telling us that is exactly their plan.


In Atlanta, for example, Comcast provided hourly median download speeds over a CDN called GTT of 21.4 megabits per second at 7pm throughout the month of May. AT&T provided speeds over the same network of â... of a megabit per second. When a network sends more than twice the traffic it receives, that network is required by AT&T to pay for the privilege. When quizzed about slow speeds on GTT, AT&T told Ars Technica earlier this year that it wouldnâ(TM)t upgrade capacity to a CDN that saw that much outgoing traffic until it saw some money from that network (as distinct from the money it sees from consumers).

Comment Connected? (Score 1) 281

build and connected with the [Microsoft account] you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated.

Is this like Windows 8 where it nags you to sign in with a @msn or @hotmail account?
Because I'm very much uninterested in having Microsoft follow along with my daily activities.

Comment Re:Trade authority (Score 1) 413

It is important to realize here that this does not mean that the bills would be automatically passed, rather that congress either has to say "yes" or "no," they can't add pork to the bill (like they tried on this one).

They also can't amend it to remove super shitty clauses that were negotiated in secret over a period of years.

Comment Re:So, how did ... (Score 3, Interesting) 253

A jet engine that fails by disintegration has a high chance of slicing other airplane parts with ripped off fan blades.

It's actually exceedingly rare for there to be an uncontained failure.

That engine shroud is intended to handle catastrophic failures at full throttle.
This video is a test of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine that went into the Airbus A380. The test starts ~3:25 in.

Then again, this is the same engine after an oil leak led to an internal engine fire

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) found that a number of oil feed stub pipes within the High Pressure / Intermediate pressure (HP/IP) hub assembly were manufactured with thin wall sections that did not conform to the design specifications. These non-conforming pipes were fitted to Trent 900 engines, including the No. 2 engine on VH-OQA. The thin wall section significantly reduced the life of the oil feed stub pipe on the No. 2 engine so that a fatigue crack developed, ultimately releasing oil during the flight that resulted in an internal oil fire. That fire led to the separation of the intermediate pressure turbine disc from the drive shaft. The disc accelerated and burst with sufficient force that the engine structure could not contain it, releasing high-energy debris.

Most of the shroud's strength is focused around the main fan blades instead of the turbine blades that are much deeper in the engine.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.