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Comment Re:Don't buy in. (Score 1) 95

That only works if the instructor specifically makes a point of ridiculing the use of the specific buzzwords.

Part of the trouble that I've observed in groups is that at least a slight majority of the group will go with the slickest, most optimistic presentation or performer and will be taken-in to agree even when they either have no understanding of what's going on. These same people will often accept buzzwords despite there already being generic terms for what's described. Worse, after drinking the kool-aid these people get upset if one attempts to correct the misconception.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 586

Sounds like they're allergic to going in to work.

I would like to see real studies on the effects of the EM spectrum, but such studies would be extremely hard to perform given both the lack of controls with everything else being equal, and given that the ramp-up of the use of radio in general has been slow and steady as opposed to instantly punctuated.

Comment Re:Account should not try to "get knowledgeable" (Score 1) 87

Honestly, the odds are so stacked against the idea-man that doesn't have the technical resources to be heavily involved that I don't know if it's worthwhile to do the development in the first place. First off, the standard boiler-plate contract with the developer will grant that developer full rights to the project if the idea-man can't or doesn't pay him, so the developer could end up profiting off of a finished product even if the idea-man contributes a significant amount of professional knowledge to the project. Second, the idea-man will effectively have to write pseudo-code to explain functions of the profession to the developer, so if he doesn't come into the project without at least a modicum of programming knowledge he'll poorly convey what the developer needs to do, even if he is an expert in the profession. Third, he won't be able to himself maintain the project as accounting rules and other laws change that dramatically affect the product, so maintenance will continue to be a problem.

Without already having some development experience I don't see this really working.

Comment Re:Let's wait until al Quadia discovers it (Score 4, Insightful) 189

Just because they're the only ones that have done it, doesn't mean that interested parties wouldn't want themselves to do it.

Which is more terrifying, the enemy that personally attacks you, that you can boast and brag about fighting him before he kills you, or the enemy that kills you that you never had a chance of defending against?

Now, imagine that the Toyota unintended vehicle acceleration problem manifested on all of the vulnerable cars at the same time . There are a LOT of Toyotas out there, and as a global car make it would not be hard for an organization, anywhere in the world that wanted to try this, to get vehicles to use to test discovered exploits on.

Comment Re:Tip # 1 (Score 1) 149

Very true. I met my wife after I learned how to dance. A decade ago there were so few men relative to the number of women that men had pretty good odds.

It's mildly ironic, after dating women off and on for years that I knew through geeky/nerdy circles, like ladies that were BBSers or were into Linux, I met and ultimately married a woman with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, arguably alpha-class geekdom, through dance.

Comment Re:Buying == providing money TO someone (Score 1) 249

around here, the taxi model works where the company leases the car to the driver for the day, and the driver can pick up hailed fares or can take dispatched fares. After the car and fuel is paid for the rest goes to the driver. The company pays for the maintenance with the revenue it collects from leasing-out the car.

Comment Re:Surge Pricing - Why The Hate? (Score 1) 249

Lead-times do not generally allow for a lot of material-shift in emergencies when those materials are necessary. Regulation can be used for prepositioning when there's otherwise no financial incentive to preposition.

On top of that, most people in this fancy new economy may not have immediate access to pay for resources. If the power is out they probably don't have the cash to pay for a market solution, or even the pricing before the disaster.

Comment Re:A Few Basics (Score 1) 149

There was a scale for model railroading that was very close to the scale for Battletech. I think one was 1:64 and the other 1:65. If one is in to Battletech or other similar tabletop games it might make sense to select a scale that's compatible with more than one hobby, given the physical space that the hobby takes up.

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. -- John Kenneth Galbraith