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Comment: Hearding cats (Score 1) 50 50

by TapeCutter (#50016981) Attached to: The Programmer's Path To Management
Managing engineers has been unfavorably compared to herding cats, both tasks are all about effective communication and (benevolent) manipulation. Engineers generally don't have these skills unless they have had some other life experiences such as (say) bartending at a busy pub. Having said that, most programmers can recognise a good manager if they are lucky enough to encounter one.

Disclaimer: 56, turned down the boss's job a couple of years ago - been there, done that in my late 30's, learnt a lot but ultimately not worth the aggravation at my age. If you don't have a niche, you won''t get good money at any age, in any industry. People who have a marketable niche know what it is, if you are caught in a dying niche...well...maybe you should have been paying more attention earlier?

Comment: Re:Does Uber need executives in France? (Score 0) 206 206

by TapeCutter (#50016103) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company
Fucking hypocrite, you don't want to pay "grunts" $60k/yr but I'd bet my left testical that you wouldn't trade jobs with a mexican farm hand for the same amount. Insufferable snobs like you are the first to burst into self-centered tears when life hands you the choice of food vs grunt work.

Comment: Re:welcome to the sharing economy (Score 1) 206 206

by TapeCutter (#50016037) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company
The regulations existed long before uber did, "computer dispatch" is so 1970. You can't change those regulations by pretending they don't apply to computers, so ultimately it is uber who will have to change to comply with those regulations, just like every other "get rich quick" scheme that ignores business realities such as compulsory insurance. There's nothing inherently wrong with the uber concept, but flouting the current laws in order to implement it is basically the definition of organised crime.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 206 206

by TapeCutter (#50015865) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company
Melbourne Australia, I worked as a driver for 3 years, cabs are cleaned inside and out twice a day. It is the cab driver, not the owner, who is held responsible. Dirty cabs will receive an on the spot fine and will be forced to spend the rest of their shift getting it cleaned and re-inspected by the transport cops. Random inspections at taxi ranks are common. The number of taxi drivers who "stink" is no higher than that found in the general population who ride in the cab. For example, there were several houses in my area that most drivers (legally) refused to service because of the customers odour. Get someone like that in your cab and the stench lingers for hours after they have gone.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 206 206

by TapeCutter (#50015789) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company
WTF have your shares got to do with your desire to deliberately trash the life savings of millions of taxi drivers in the western world?. They entered into a contract with the government, if the government breaks that contract by changing the law then drivers should definitely be fairly compensated. Business confidence is important, if the government started breaking contracts as you suggest the economy would go down the toilet faster than a new york rat.

Comment: Re:Whatever means necessary? (Score 2) 812 812

There's strong evidence that the people who built the pyramids were not slaves, it was a religious pilgrimage where the worker received accommodation and food for their entire family. In other words, the whips and shackles are an artifact of hollywood, not ancient egypt.

Comment: Re:Just doing their job. (Score 4, Insightful) 136 136

by Nyder (#49974877) Attached to: WikiLeaks: NSA Eavesdropped On the Last Three French Presidents

The job of the NSA is to spy and if they don't spy on everything spyable they aren't doing their job. Can't even figure out why this would worthy of a ./ headline.

Maybe it is. But I'm pretty sure if the USA found out that the French had our Presidents office/phone bugged, we'd (the USA) would have a shit about it.

Comment: Re:When it's quite inconvenient... (Score 1) 297 297

by Nyder (#49974739) Attached to: When Will Your Hard Drive Fail?

Sounds about right. I've had two crashes, one was back in 2006 and it was a raid night in WoW, the drive head of my main drive crashed. The other was a SSD failure, when I was writing a term paper. Luckily in both cases I used a triple redundancy solution for my backups and was up and running again in a few hours. I learned way, way back in '91 that if you don't have a backup you're up shits creek.

You are lucky, since 2006 I've lost 8 harddrives. Funny thing is, I got 40 meg SCSI drives that are still working.

And in the course of my computing over the last 25+ years, I've lost a bunch about as many harddrives up to 2006 as I've lost since 2006. The TB drives aren't as solid, but then not that much of a surprise.

Comment: Re:Don't let him fool you.... (Score 1) 308 308

Gas was promoted as a bridge between coal and renewables, it has served it purpose to some degree but the efficiency gap between renewables and coal has ceased to exit in the last year or two. There is simply no technological or economic reason to build new coal plants, reducing gas consumption would be the next logical step to get emissions under control. Emissions do not need to be zero, the biosphere is said to be capable of absorbing about 3Gt of CO2/yr, roughly 1/10th of what we emmit right now

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers