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Comment: Biofuels? Hmm (Score 2, Insightful) 331 331

The problem with biofuels is you need to grow them somewhere and if they're normal plants (as opposed to algae) then this is going to be either on farmland so reducing the amount of food that can be grown in whatever area it is, or by clearing some sort of virgin enviroment which will probably be rainforest.

Comment: Re:Shoeboxes (Score 1) 120 120

Joking aside - its always good practice to have electronic AND hard copies (optical disc, microfiche paper) of all critical data including copies off site. That way even if some hackers from somewherestan manege to totally trash the companies electronic systems the data can still be recovered.

Comment: Re:Nokia is not dead, their handset business is (Score 1) 31 31

"It's sad that popular image makes Nokia only a failed handset company, and paints companies like Apple as great inventors of the market."

Actually Motorola built the first cellular phone but lets not let facts get in the way. And lets not pretend that Nokia made the decision to quit the handset business out of choice. They fucked up. Badly.

And for all the cries of "Well, Nokias doing nicely now thanks", which company out of Nokia and Apple currently has $178 BILLION of cash reserves in the bank? If Nokia management had been a bit bolder in the mid 2000s it could have been them.

I'm not a fan of Apple, but lets be realistic, they could buy Nokia outright and not really even notice the different in their bank balance.

Comment: Re:Um.. we don't see it as advancing our career (Score 1) 125 125

Unfortunately there are plenty of managers around who think that the person who knocks off at 5.30 is not a "team player", regardless of whether they get their work done. And they'll reflect this moronic point of view in their review of the employee. Now you probably won't get fired for not working the hours, but you certainly won't be getting much of a bonus or promotion either in most large AND small companies if you don't.

Sadly this sort of long hours office culture is so well ingrained in the USA and UK (not so much in europe) that its going to be very difficult to change it anytime soon especially when as you say , some idiots think they're being heros by staying as late is possible.

Comment: Re:No National Center for Men & Tech...? (Score 3, Informative) 473 473

I don't know what university you went to , but I had quite a number of girls in my CS classes and none of them had a problem interacting with the guys or the other girls and they all passed fine. Seems to me you've dreamt up some anti geek, anti male BS to suit your agenda.

Comment: Re:No National Center for Men & Tech...? (Score 1) 473 473

Horseshit. Coding by its nature can be solitary activity, you don't need a "nurturing setting". You either like it and can do it or you don't and can't. Your post just sounds like a list of whining excuses for someone who wasn't up to it. Perhaps it you?

Comment: No National Center for Men & Tech...? (Score 3, Insightful) 473 473

How come sexual discrimination seems to be a one way thing with the political classes? Can you imagine the fuss and uproar if someone dared suggest a National Center for Men & [insert vocation with not many men here]? I'm sick & tired of this hypocritical social engineering.

In practice, failures in system development, like unemployment in Russia, happens a lot despite official propaganda to the contrary. -- Paul Licker