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Comment: Re:The Death of Punishment (Score 1) 648

by Sardaukar86 (#49703635) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing

you are a stupid punkass fool. I'd like to see you dropped into a maximum security prison out in the open and watch what happened to you when you told the inmates that they were not being punished. Your life would be very short and involve a lot of pain from that moment until you were finished, which would be a few minutes at most.

Looks like you've rehabilitated nicely.

Comment: Re:USA in good company... (Score 1) 648

by Sardaukar86 (#49703623) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing

Far better to lock this guy up for the rest of his natural life so that you can retain the "moral high ground" -- whilst also ensuring that he does suffer for his crime, for a lot longer than a few minutes on a table or in a chair.

This is the nub of the issue for me. Why do we seek to execute Islamic terrorists when that is exactly what they want?

Far better to sentence them to an entire lifetime of suffering behind the walls of a US prison. Myself, I can't imagine a worse fate; it's nasty, it's cold but somehow it's more HUMANE.

Love it. If death is what they crave, if death is what they expect - give 'em life!

Comment: Re:I understood some of those words (Score 3, Insightful) 67

by Sardaukar86 (#49685255) Attached to: New Device Could Greatly Improve Speech and Image Recognition

If you don't care about it, you can look at other stories that talk about tesla and bill gates and whatever else. Posting is not mandatory.

I'm not sure his point was that he didn't care about it.

I also found the summary fairly opaque, although that is likely a reflection of my minimal understanding of math and physics. The editors usually provide summaries of complex topics that are a little more approachable for the layman but I suppose I could always flout the law and RTFA.

Comment: Re:A conspiracy of academics? (Score 1) 525

- white people are to blame for most of the bad things, ever

Most people would just call you a blatant racist at this point and move on.

Serious question here: I see this word being thrown around a lot of late and I'm curious to know what exactly about this comment you thought was racist.

Comment: Re:This move is rational for a public company (Score 1) 636

by Sardaukar86 (#49585705) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

[snip] ..if they didn't honor your agreement by paying for your proscribed hours, take them to court for breach of contract.

That response is pretty combative and runs the risk of earning a black mark against oneself, easily done in the small-ish community that is IT. Not necessarily the best strategy when starting out. May not necessarily be the best strategy even when established.

When contracting, both the end user and the placement company are one's customers. I know nothing of matters legal in the States but my general sense of caution suggests taking a deep breath and maybe a short walk before giving serious thought to taking one's customers into litigation.

Comment: Re:Used to work at an immigration firm (Score 1) 636

by Sardaukar86 (#49585375) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

I'm sorry you've copped a bit of flak over your past role. I can only guess at how many people are hurting because of this practice and I feel for them. Personally I'm grateful for you having shared your experience.

I'm not in the US but like many western nations, NZ is only a decade or so behind North America on a lot of matters social, commercial and otherwise. It seems wise to keep an eye on the US mood, naturally for myself but also because of my general nerdly concern for geeks in need. Nobody who appreciates skills can easily witness good knowledge workers lose much or all of what they've achieved financially for no good reason. I feel quite sad when I think of those forced to sit on their hands while third parties do a poor job of the work they used to take pride in performing themselves.

The first way to combat this 'corporate capture' of the H1B programme is a general understanding of its premise and mechanisms amongst the IT community. We're more than capable of understanding the legislation, although it is admittedly rather tedious reading. Anecdotes such as yours help us appreciate a little of the legal process, the administrative dodge and the half-truths that keep this race-to-the-bottom operation running.

Comment: Re:Arguments arguments (Score 1) 486

Battery storage?

Of course, but unless I'm mistaken I don't think we yet have a working example of a gigawatt-class solar power plant with battery storage yet. Even for home use it's not just a simple matter of slapping up some panels, it's a significant investment that needs to be costed carefully.

TL;DR: solar isn't baseload and it's silly to oversimplify the situation as nuke vs solar. We need 'em both and more besides.

Comment: Re:You're not willing to pay (Score 1) 285

Now the goal is to have robots pick so many strawberries, that you need to hire more people for your strawberry processing plant where you make jams, pies, ice creams...
That's how you pay those pickers more - by creating better paying jobs.

..jobs that are themselves increasingly under threat from automation. :)

Great post though and I don't disagree with you. We certainly are living in interesting times.

Comment: Re:Arguments arguments (Score 1) 486

Good post. I'm not sure I understand the engineering challenges sufficiently to critique your proposal but we do need to be thinking along these lines.

Personally, I love nuclear power. I'm very, very fond of hydro, pleased as punch with wind generation and have a special place in my heart for geothermal power production.

Where we are right now we haven't the luxury of time to overlook any sustainable power generation technology. Each has its place and we need them all if we're going to successfully transition from fossil fuels.

Comment: Re:Arguments arguments (Score 1) 486

Life is so hard, isn't it, just one insurmountable problem after another.

Life is what we make it of course, your snark notwithstanding.

It is however made no easier when fools like the AC above insist that complex situations be childishly boiled down to simple black-and-white 'Mr. Nuke vs Mrs. Family Solar' false dichotomies.

The only 'insurmountable problem' I feel we have is the continuing riches we're taking from the bottomless mine of our own collective stupidity.

Comment: Re:Arguments arguments (Score 2, Interesting) 486

"....they do not work well as a baseload". Mr.Nuke, please enlighten us with arguments iso fud. Thank you, Family Solar

I think a little phenomenon called the 24-hour day/night cycle of our little planet is all the argument he might need to counter your kindergarten-level rebuttal. Perhaps instead there's something magical about your 'Family Solar' that I've missed that you might like to share with the rest of us?

Comment: Re:Don't forget legacy BROWSERS. (Score 1) 218

by Sardaukar86 (#49566985) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

Only idiots on Winblows are affected, and you don't want their business anyway. They have no awareness.

Thanks for that segue. Now, back in the real world, one doesn't usually have the luxury of choosing one's customers. Furthermore, one very seldom has the opportunity to choose the customer's home PC environment for them either.

People in the real world make decisions based upon their personal and business needs; the black-and-white views of basement-dwelling trolls tend to factor less into their calculations than you might expect. No, really.

Comment: Re:Not a theory! (Score 1) 129

by Sardaukar86 (#49566903) Attached to: Holographic Principle Could Apply To Our Universe

Looking at the comment following yours it appears you have some sort of anonymous fool throwing mud at your proposition. Unsurprisingly they offer nothing by way of improvement on your position. I guess it's more fun for a shallow mind to follow mud with mud than attempt a reasoned argument.

I'm sure you're hardly bothered by such idiocy but I wanted to take a moment to point out that in my humble opinion your post provides a beautifully elegant and balanced summary of the scientific method at work. Perhaps it's original; perhaps instead it's ancient and I'm showing myself to be embarrassingly poorly read by failing to recognise its origin. Either way I find it inspirational, thank you.

I chose to reply rather than mod you up because I found your post remarkable and.. well, I guess I needed to remark upon it. Apologies if the points would have been of greater value to you!

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