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Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 131

I got a better idea of what a good manager was from reading the book "The Soul of a New Machine".
The problem with good managers is they look like they are doing nothing.
A good manager fixes problems before they happen. You are going to need a logic analyzer next week and it shows up on your desk on Friday of this week.
It is just transparent.

Comment Re:Call it a sport if you want to... Few others wi (Score 1) 75

They may not have moved forward with making them a full Olympic sport, but I don't think they've rescinded the designation.

In fact, it looks like there's still legal wrangling on the topic, and it sounds as if it's not entirely out of the Olympics:

Before Tuesday's hearing, a spokesman for law firm Irwin Mitchell, which is representing the EBU, said: :Chess has already been recognised as a sport by the International Olympic Committee and was demonstrated at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. It was also included in the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games and is being considered for the Pan-American Games.

"Organisers of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo have invited both chess and bridge to apply for inclusion in the games, which, if accepted, will be the first time players have competed in the Olympics."

I read this more as, yes, it's still a sport, no, it isn't yet an Olympic event.

Suddenly I'm picturing Olympic teams of a bunch of grannies in track suits and walkers. And it's freakin' hilarious.

Comment Re:Call it a sport if you want to... Few others wi (Score 1) 75

LOL, did they really?

I've honestly lost track, and have no stake in what is the definition of "sport". The link I provided says chess and bridge still are.

I just remember at the time having discussions about how a table full of old people with walkers could end up being an Olympic sport, and how that completely defined what most people understood "sport" to mean.

I'm just pointing out that train has already sailed.

Comment Good! (Score 1) 207

A step in the right direction. The solution is always going to be a mix of technologies. One size does not fit all

A couple of weeks ago I flew over Altamont Pass just east of San Francisco and the wind farms weren't doing much...but it was sunny, so solar facilities would be cranking out the watts. As it should be. Earlier in the summer I was in northern Alberta (Edmonton -> Peace River -> High Level) and the perpetual wind had me watching for wind turbines. Saw a few.

Here in B.C. we have lots of hydroelectric capacity (and some fossil fuel generation, alas...) and are playing with wind and tidal power. Our climate isn't particularly sunny (except for the Okanagan), so solar is a non-starter.


Comment Re:Call it a sport if you want to... Few others wi (Score 1) 75

Look, let's be clear hear ... I'm not championing the cause of "e-Sports", or saying I necessarily give a damn ... because I don't.

What I am saying is there are already precedents in which bridge and chess, for example, have been defined as sports ... at the Olympic level no less.

It's too damned late for us to quibble over the definition of sport, as far more authoritative bodies than a bunch of nerds on Slashdot have already weighed in.

When I first heard this particular definition of sport I was saying "What the fsck is this crap?" But then eventually you have to realize that it's too late for us to get a vote.

So, I'll just reiterate: if the damned IOC recognizes bridge and chess as sports, why the hell not video games? And if you don't like it, you can take it up with the IOC, because I'm not the one who made those definitions.

And apparently it has nothing at all to do with athletic ability.

Comment Re:eSports again...I give up.. (Score 4, Funny) 75

Honestly, if bridge and chess are considered sports, why not video games?

It defies what most of us think of as 'sport', but apparently it's a more nuanced thing, and there are already precedents for this.

Essentially once you have a league and rules, you have a sport ... now, don't expect the nerd-force to be treated with the same respect as the football players .. the cheerleaders will still not care. ;-)

Comment Re:Games are not Sports (Score 1) 75

Sports require athletic abilities, games do not

Not quite.

Apparently "sport" means everybody is doing the same thing, under the same set of rules.

This is why bridge could be a "demonstration sport" at the Olympics, because everybody is playing according to a known set of rules.

So, apparently there are athletic sports, and non-athletic sports ... and athletic games and non-athletic games. When I play golf it's a game, when Tiger Woods does it it's a sport -- because I ignore most of the rules.

But, apparently, it is NOT TRUE that sports require athletic abilities ... which confuses the heck out of me. But nonetheless, bridge and chess are technically "sports".

Comment Re:Not the total cost! (Score 1) 208

"You can make up for that lack by looking at a weather map and trying to identify a day when there is no wind at all over a region large enough to be covered by a national grid - or pretty close to continental in the case of the USA"

So every site must have enough capacity to power the entire US to make up for the sites that get no wind?
It is also not a case of no wind but of not enough wind and or too much wind. Too much wind the they feather the turbines to keep them from over speeding BTW.
Also you will find very little wind in the US between the hours around 4am pst or 7am est.
No oversimplification of the problem just does not work not to mention that having on giant nation wide grid like you describe would be very complex and hard to eliminate the potential for a total collapse.
Wind is not reliable because to be reliable it must be always blowing at the right speed at enough sites to provide the needed power.
Wind is much better than solar as far as availability but just like solar you must think of it as an opportunistic source that must be backed by peaking plants.

Comment Re:Bad design? (Score 2, Informative) 54

Why is that kind of information on the bar code at all?

Your subject says it all ... bad design.

This stuff isn't designed to be secure, or protect your privacy, it's designed to make the process easier for airlines and the idiots who run the security theater.

There's a lot of products which are absolutely terribly designed like this ... apparently with a bar code reader and a hotel key card, you can extract a tremendous amount of information which has no business being encoded on that.

As long as there are no data privacy laws, and companies have no penalties for incompetently making use of it, this will continue.

You should pretty much assume that all companies who want your data are either incompetent, or have other motives to misuse your data -- you'll be less surprised when it proves to be true. It won't help you, but you'll be less surprised.

Comment Re:Why do they need ANY info? (Score 1) 376

Actually gas is gas. All gas comes through a pipeline. ARCO and Shell are the same gas. After it leaves the pipeline the different companies add different additives but the gas it's self is the same.
Now a rundown station may have more crude in it's tank than a new or well maintained station so that is an issue.

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