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Comment: Re:If you insist on keeping physical hardware (Score 2) 445

how about a pot sitting on a gas stove (whose flames can also be "over a thousand degrees F")?

I'm not an engineer, but this does not appear to me to accurately model a house fire. I think that there is going to be a difference between being engulfed in 1000+ degree heat vs being over a 1000+ degree heat source.

By way of example, let's say that you have a 22 quart canning pot filled with water and you were to suspend it over a Bunsen burner. That burner can reach a temperature of 2000+ degrees F at the tip of its inner cone, but how long do you think it will take that 2000+ degree burner to boil 10 quarts of water? Perhaps it will never boil?

I think that a house fire would transfer significantly more heat to the bucket of water than a gas stove would. I frankly have no idea how long it would take for water in a bucket to boil off in a house fire, but I am confident that it would be faster than sticking a pot of boiling water on a gas range.

Another issue with the "disk in a bucket" plan is that in dry climates, much care must be taken to maintain the water level of the bucket, because significant water loss would be expected via evaporation.

As always, the best way to keep data safe during a fire is for the data not to be in the fire.

Comment: Re:Managers need an algorithm for that? (Score 1) 210

Will they go out of business if you leave?

Absolutely not. But it will be very expensive to replace me.

Will they suddenly be unable to see a doctor, or pay the mortgage, or be unable to find work due to the fact that they were fired or are currently unemployed?

If I were to separate from my client, it would not affect doctors, mortgages, or finding work. I am not an employee, so I don't not obtain my health insurance through my client. My mortgage payment is will within my means, and I have never had difficulty finding work. I'm not the worlds foremost expert in my field or anything like that, but I'm good enough at what I do that I'm not concerned.

As a consultant, I've been let go many times before and really, I'm telling you, it's not a big deal. It's not a catastrophe--it's just how the business goes. I'm not supposed to be a permanent fixture, although it's kind of become that lately.

Your employer has a much greater ability to trash your entire lifestyle than you do to take the business down

My client could not trash my lifestyle if they tried, and I have precisely zero interest in behaving unprofessionally. I certainly have zero interest in trying to "take the business down"! I'm here to be helpful, and if I'm no longer adding value, then it only makes sense for me to move on to some other organization.

I understand that many people don't have the luxury of not worrying about their job. But with proper expense management and a bit of good fortune, it's definitely possible to position yourself so that a job loss is a "no big deal" type of event.

Comment: Re:Managers need an algorithm for that? (Score 1) 210

Employee finds a new job. Employee gives two weeks notice (or more, sometimes). Employer escorts employee off the premises immediately and pays them for two weeks of "vacation".

For what it's worth, I've never had that happen to me. I've always worked my last 2 weeks doing knowledge transfer.

Comment: Re:Managers need an algorithm for that? (Score 1) 210

However, it's tilted in the employer's favor because most of the time losing a job is much worse for the employee than it is for the employer.

This really depends on the situation. A key employee with a lot of domain knowledge about the employer's business, process, and systems is worth a lot. He or she can demand to be compensated well for that, and build up enough of a cushion to weather any storm.

I'm in a situation like that with my current client. I've been with them so long that I am very valuable to them and I charge accordingly. And this isn't through any nefarious action on my part--everything I do and know, I document in the client's wiki--but it would take a new person a long ramp-up time to digest all of that documentation. My client can let me go with no notice, and I assume that they will someday, but that will be a weighty decision on their part due to what it will cost to replace me. On the other hand, from my point of view, I keep 6 months worth of expenses just sitting in cash, plus I have a HELOC, plus a wife who is also highly-compensated, plus a decent net worth should the previously-mentioned sources of sustenance prove insufficient to weather the storm.

In other words, if/when my client lets me go, I will just shrug my shoulders and go find my next gig, but my client will have to invest heavily in my replacement.

Comment: Re:"Highly Qualified" (Score 1) 216

To my knowledge most states requirements for "highly qualified" teachers is that for "core subjects" they hold at least a bachelor's degree in that field.

That's not a federal requirement. At the federal level, the teacher needs a bachelor's degree, state licensure, and to demonstrate competency in the subject matter that they teach.

Comment: Re:Let's check the logic (Score 1) 216

Who will teach the students?

Teachers will. You don't need brilliant computer programmers to teach kids programming. In fact, they might be the least qualified to teach kids since their specialty is programming, not teaching.

We see this in other fields. Your high school chemistry teacher was a teacher, not a chemist. Perhaps he/she could have made more money in chemical engineering, but that is a different field.

Teachers learn enough math to teach kids basic algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. They can learn enough programming to teach kids basic coding.

Comment: Re:Overrated (Score 1) 200

by Slashdot Parent (#49424137) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

In the second place, distilling issues down to "dick pics" is part of the problem with the modern media.

It also diminishes the issue. I don't give a shit if the government gets a look at my dick. That is the absolute least of my concerns with the NSA spying.

What I do care about is the government building a profile on me of everyone that I communicate with and storing all of those communications. If one of my facebook friends teams up with one of my cellphone contacts and goes all rogue crockpot bombing Islamic terrorist, I don't want to get roped into that by association.

Comment: Re:But But But It's the Handouts That Are Bankrupt (Score 1) 370

by Slashdot Parent (#49423527) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects

Conservative friend here. (Well, I'm someone's conservative friend. Maybe not OP's conservative friend.)

If memory serves, the story in this case was that the couple had both suffered job loss at roughly the same time and were long-term unemployed. The Mercedes was already paid for from back when the happy couple had jobs. In order to "look the part" of being poor, they would have had to have replaced the Mercedes for a beater that almost certainly would have been more expensive to maintain than the 'Benz. That would not have been a sound financial decision.

I understand the perceived inconsistency of someone pulling up to the welfare office in a Mercedes, but it also seems that some people are a little eager to rush to judgment.

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. -- Publius Syrus