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Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 132

No more of this bullshit "we build it, but if it crashes, burns your operations etc... it's none of my problem" mantra.

What's wrong with that? No one's willing to actually pay for code that's developed to, for instance, avionics standards, nor are they willing to wait that long. Why should software developers accept any legal liability for it if they're not being compensated appropriately? If the code they buy sucks, maybe they should find a better vendor. You get what you pay for, and caveat emptor.

Comment Re:configure; MAKE; make install (Score 1) 132

What's more, you make it sound like complex products are assembled from off-the-shelf parts. That simply isn't true for most things. With aircraft even, there's only certain engines which will fit in a certain chassis. With cars, it's much worse; car chasses are designed specifically for certain engines (usually made by the same company). All the components in the engine bay have to be fitted around the engine itself; you can't just take some other engine and slap it in there without serious modifications and reliability concerns. All the other parts are usually made specifically for that car too, esp. anything in the interior. They don't just grab some dashboard off the shelf, they design it specifically for that model, to fit in aesthetically and functionally, the seats are designed for that model, etc. There'll be a degree of commonality across one manufacturer's line to save costs (they might use some of the same switchgear between two adjacent models, they might even use the same engine, like in my Mazda3 where the optional 2.5L engine is the exact same engine used in the higher-end Mazda6, and also in the CX-5 SUV (though probably with some tuning changes, so it's likely not exactly the same)), but you're not going to swap a power window switch assembly from a Ford to a Chevy without making a lot of modifications.

Comment Re:configure; MAKE; make install (Score 1) 132

How is that any different from current software? The people who make your OS are not the same people who make the database, the web server, the office software etc. In the open-source world, these are all entirely separate projects and teams, and even in the commercial world they're either separate companies (Oracle DB on Windows, for instance) or are separate teams (MS Office on Windows). The Microsoft stuff is really a special case anyway; for the most part, you usually get software from different organizations.

Comment Re:The Power of the State. (Score 1) 232

I beg to differ. Rights as I see them are outlined in gross form here:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted ...

Rights exist apart from governance. Governance is supposed to "secure" (protect) these rights. The fact that you don't understand how any of this works makes me sad for our society in the future.

But I understand, you remove "creator" from this, and there is nothing to base "rights" upon, and that leads us to tyranny. If there is no higher power than government, and mobs (power by force) then we are doomed to tyranny and mob rule.

Comment I wonder... (Score 1) 29

... if this was due to the kind of employees who would work at a government lab in Utah. If you're a really smart bio grad, why would you want to go to work for the government, and especially in Utah of all places? Here again, it seems like the government is screwing up because they hire the leftovers that commercial industry doesn't want (plus wierdos who actually like Utah or the other crappy locations the government usually chooses to locate their facilities).

Comment Re:Regeneration (Score 1) 241

Those studies sound like BS. For one thing, there isn't that much arable land out there, esp. with the freshwater shortages going on. You're talking about an entire continent full of arable land (Africa is a really, really big continent, despite what your crappy Mercator projection maps would have you believe; it's much much bigger than Greenland in case you didn't know). Africa doesn't have that much arable land; 1/3 of it is a big desert (which is growing), and the rest isn't all that great for growing either, or else Africa would be the "1st world" now, not Europe. Most of the world's landmass is simply not very suitable for growing crops.

Finally, it sounds like these studies never accounted for all the other stuff populated/developed land is used for: commercial space, industrial space, etc. Filling half the US with Dallas-style subdivisions isn't going to be very helpful if people don't have places to work, shop, go to parks, etc.

Comment Re:Regeneration (Score 1) 241

The population of the developed world is not increasing, and in most developed countries it is decreasing.

Wrong. The population of the developed world IS increasing. It's all from immigration, but it's still increasing. The US population has increased every single year. Are you trying to claim that immigrants aren't people?
And the population is growing in the 3rd-world countries too; so much that the excess is moving to the developed nations. Overall, it's increasing everywhere.

Also, the US is by no means overpopulated. I just drove across the country, and most of it is empty.

Yeah, because a lot of it is used for agriculture. Where do you think the food's going to come from when you pave over all the fields and replace them with subdivisions full of McMansions? There's also a serious lack of water in the Western states. Population growth is constrained by freshwater supply. You can't build a bunch of subdivisions in southern Utah when there's zero water there. I guess you're one of those people who won't be happy until every natural place has been eliminated and all land is filled with development, right?

Comment Re:hmm... (Score 1) 132

I honestly have no idea how this company got funding, but if they make a lot of noise, it will be fun to watch them crash and burn.

I take that back. If you're the type of company that contracts from Accenture or Oracle or HP, then you're likely to do better with the system these guys are suggesting.

Comment Re:hmm... (Score 1) 132

It's worse than you expect. One of the first things the paper deals with is intellectual property. Apparently if people didn't worry about losing their IP, all our software problems would be solved.

That + concatenation. If we only use concatenation, and don't let the customers dictate requirements to us (seriously), then all our problems are solved. I honestly have no idea how this company got funding, but if they make a lot of noise, it will be fun to watch them crash and burn.

Comment Re:Toyota engine, Subaru body. Subaru in airplanes (Score 2) 132

Just focusing on two parts: You think you can just thoughtlessly bolt any engine to any propeller?

Not unless you want to die. The FAA certifies them as sets. The certification process is long and involved.

And idiots still take saws-alls to propeller tips. Thinking they need 20 cm more clearance and never thinking a prop has a resonance frequency.

"Don't think; let the machine do it for you!" -- E. C. Berkeley