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Comment Re: Back in the old days (Score 1) 393

Which is why you look at choice of major, transcripts, and the reputation and quality of the university. You get to do that when you're on the hiring side of the desk.

Example: Hiring for a software job? Hint: don't pick the guy who majored in anthropology at some liberal arts school without an engineering program and got a C average for his time.

Hiring for a sales position? Don't go for the guy who barely slinked through an economics degree at middle-of-nowhere State where it's well known that the econ degree is rocks for jocks the Div I athletics program.

Comment Re:fighting carbon pollution? (Score 4, Insightful) 369

Which means...you run longer trains and more of them. And let's see, if each tank car has a 10^-whatever chance of derailing per mile traveled, what happens when there's more cars, more trains, and more wear on the tracks. Does the chance of derailment get bigger or smaller. This is not a trick question.

Comment Re:Ground truth (Score 2) 119

What? You mean you can't just say "satellites" and magically your data becomes the gold standard? You mean you actually need to calibrate your satellite data to ground stations? Impossible.

Next you're going to tell me that the buoys need to be taken out and calibrated to a NIST-traceable reference once or twice a year. That's crazy talk. Science=magic, and you must believe!

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 5, Interesting) 167

I am. I have a job as an engineer in the military industrial complex. I've also been told to drop what I'm doing because of $BULLSHIT_ADMINISTRATIVE_REASON only to have to pick it up again a year or more later and waste time getting myself and the right people back on track. I've also seen my colleagues do the same, and I've seen all of get screwed by the fact that after $WAITING_PERIOD, the resources we had marshalled the first time around aren't quite so easy to marshal the second time around, especially when you pull the rug out from under people enough times, they don't want to work for/with you the next time when for real, I swear, we have the funding to finish it, promise. If it's true for the 10M programs I've worked on, it's true times a hundred for a billion-dollar power plant.

Comment Yet another example (Score 1) 90

of having to bend over backwards around regs that were written with the best of intentions and end up doing at least as much harm as good. In this case, the good is making it trickier to piss away money on bad software; the bad is disincentivizing looking for a good $10k solution in favor of piecing together three or so half-assed $3499.99 solutions.

I don't have the magic answer for how to prevent government waste, but having fixed caps like that across the board doesn't seem to be doing much good, because the waste is in making wrong priorities and going through the process to spend on them, not in overspending on the right priorities.

Comment Re:Because it was written in Seastar or C++ (Score 2) 341

Lean code is always an issue. If your code incurs a x2 to x10 overhead associated with the virtual machine, that's either 2-10x the hardware you need to spend money on to achieve the same throughput as before, and 2-10x the electric bill for compute-intensive applications. If you're nowhere near the limit of your box, you don't notice. If you've got rooms upon rooms of computers doing the same thing, and you're writing your code in not C/C++, then you're wasting money.

All power corrupts, but we need electricity.