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Comment Re:Fair warning (Score 4, Funny) 488

Hey look buddy, I'm an Engineer. That means I solve problems.
Not problems like 'what is beauty?' Because that would fall
within the purview of your conundrums of philosophy. I solve
practical problems. For instance, how am I gonna stop some
big mean motherhubbard from tearin' me a structurally
superfluous new behind? The answer? Use a gun. And if that
don' work, use MORE gun. Like this heavy caliber tripod-
mounted little ol' number designed by me... Built by me...
And you best hope...not pointed at YOU.

Comment Re:In line with current US thinking (Score 0, Flamebait) 190

"Constitutional rights? Bah! Who needs 'em!" seems to be the watchword of the new millenium.

//unless they're gun rights, of course. The gun nuts get everything they want.

The SJW crowd are doing their level best to destroy the FIRST amendment (with the enthusiastic support of the "liberal" types who should be the ones on the front lines OPPOSING this bullshit) and you big beef is with people trying to defend the SECOND? In a thread about a systemic breach of attorney client privilege by government contractors (which, no sir, has never, ever, not possibly could ever lead to parallel construction, no sir)?

Comment Re:Advantages (Score 1) 84

I'm suggesting that if what you're saying is correct (and I have no reason to disbelieve you, I know it's been done once already) then beefing up the ASW effort with autonomous drones would likely be an effective countermeasure. The bit about the towed array sonars was in response to your suggestion that subs could just go deep to avoid detection by a surface vessel.

Drones + towed arrays = improved fleet survival. Enough to matter? Unknown at this point.

Comment Re:Still reacting too slowly (Score 1) 242

Wait, so you're gonna react to a problem a year from now?!

"Late next year" is probably defined as "the start of next TV season" (i.e. September-October) most likely because if there are less commercials, then run times need to be increased, and it's a bit of a pain in the ass to do that to a scripted show in mid season. The real question is reruns: how are you going to take 22 minutes of content and stretch it to 24-25 minutes because you only have 5-6 minutes of ads anymore.

Comment Re:Advantages (Score 1) 84

A well designed modern sub would never allow itself to be seen by any standalone fancy floating network device. Anything on the surface will not get depth at any power setting or just by been passive and super sensitive.

If only there were some way to pull your hydrophones on multi-kilometer long cables and allow them to sink below the thermocline then maybe such a vessel would be useful...

Think back to all the war games where underfunded, old subs sneak around with gifted crews from 2nd and 3rd rate nations to get into the middle of complex layers of the best surface ships the US can design and win every time :)

If only there were a way to track submarines using autonomous drones to supplement the destroyers in the carrier's screen you might be able to change that...

Comment Re:Must be more jobs 'murcans wont do I guess... (Score 1) 284

FWIW, OP is on the whole correct in what he has "heard" but is a bit unclear on the specifics. Migrant farm workers typically work on a "piece rate" where they get paid a fee per unit of production (bushel, or what have you) rather than a fixed hourly amount. They end up doing fairly well for themselves (often significantly more than minimum wage) but work their asses off to achieve it. Most people raised with a modern urban lifestyle who are hunting for a minimum wage job aren't looking to work that hard, which is why farmers don't want to hire them.

This work is also seasonal in nature--they can work for most of the year, but they're also travelling from region to region to stay employed (i.e. first they're picking cherries in michigan, then apples in pennsylvania, then oranges in florida, or whatever). This is NOT a stable life, and most people have no desire to live this way regardless of what the pay is.

A few weeks ago, NPR's Morning Edition did a pretty good story on some of the challenges farm workers (and their kids) face. It's pretty good reading/listening for the "they took our jobs" crowd (to be honest, I'm normally on their side of the debate, but on farm work in particular, they have it wrong).

Comment Re:The 80s is when the projects went to hell (Score 1) 109

it's also when all the social programs got defunded

Bullshit. No housing project ever succeeded. Now days they try to mix Section 8 housing into otherwise good communities, which results in nothing but increased crime. I've seen it first hand.

Which is a huge shame, since Section 8 (the way it was originally intended) should be one of the most successful welfare programs in US history, and one any conservative could get behind.

The original section 8 families were carefully screened and selected to find people who didn't want a hand out, but a hand up, with the intent of getting them out of bad neighborhoods and into an environment they could thrive. It was wildly successful in achieving its aims, and was actually a fairly inexpensive program. It was expanded drastically because of its success, and the criteria for entry into the program were lowered, with its original aims lost in the bureaucratic mess. Today, as you point out, it's just a way of exporting poverty and crime into previously stable neighborhoods (see Memphis for an example). It has also gone from being something that was a short term boost into a long term lifestyle.

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and Section 8 is proof of that.

Comment Re:The fate of Indian IT outsourcing (Score 1) 607

Have you ever been to India? The people you're talking about, the ones that work on the well manicured corporate campuses, are less than 1/10 of 1 percent of the Indian population.

That's the problem with large numbers... when talking about the Indian population, 0.1% is 12.5 million people. You might be one in a million, but that only means that there are 1200 of you in India, and 1300 more in China.

There's a quote attributed to both Lenin and Stalin along the lines of "when we hang the capitalists, they will sell us the rope to do it with," Honestly, that is why the east will eventually take over from the west. The amount of time, effort, and resources that the west has spent offshoring jobs has built some serious economic muscle in nations with staggeringly large populations. Eventually, they will eat our lunch.

Comment Re:This is fantastic. (Score 5, Insightful) 247

You're welcome? It's not like we (citizens) have any say in what our government does. That's the greatest illusion in history. Federal elections are decided by who has the most money from "Special interests".

The older I get, the more I reject that notion. Sure, the media is manipulating you and election season is a three ring circus, and yes, there is undoubtedly election fraud that nudges things a bit, but in the end, the people still vote, and the people elect the government they deserve. Everyone pretty much agrees with YOUR statement, "special interests blah blah blah" but upwards of 90% of you (at least the ones that vote) KEEP VOTING FOR THE SAME PEOPLE! What the fuck do you expect is going to happen?

Douglas Adams summed the situation up really well in So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish:

“On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”

“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”

“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”

“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”

“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”

“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”

“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”

“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”

“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in.”

Comment Re:OpenOffice was MS-only for 12 years (Score 1) 130

For the first 12 years, OpenOffice/Staroffice ran only on Microsoft operating systems. It's a DOS/Windows program designed with a Microsoft style mindset, ported to Linux more than a decade after it was released. It's not The Unix Way. It's good and useful, and it's 100% a Windows program ported to Linux.

The above certainly does not apply to Gnumeric, which implements similar features in similar ways and was developed by people who are strong believers in the unix philosophy. Sometimes you need a screwdriver and not a hammer.

Comment Re:I said that's not a bad thing (Score 1) 130

You've got my apologies, I assumed the grandparent post of what I replied to ("do everything poorly") was yours as well, as opposed to an AC. For what it's worth, I, too, love the UNIX philosophy in general (lots of unitaskers piped together) though this does tend to break down as those unitaskers become more complicated. I also have to say that this also fails when comparing MS Office against standard unix utils, when the real comparison is OpenOffice, LibreOffice, etc. which implement similar features in similar ways (it's not like you sort a Calc spreadsheet by doing a cat ~/spreadsheet.ods | sort -k2,2 > ~/newsheet.ods or anything similar... you do it the same way Microsoft does).

Comment Re:MS approach IS Swiss Army knife, not scalpel (Score 3, Insightful) 130

Microsoft software DOES tend to be Swiss Army Knife. MS Word has THOUSANDS of menu and option items. I just right-clicked a random place on my screen and saw that Excel sorts on FONT COLOR.

You've obviously never dealt with people who mail out 50,000 line spreadsheets and say, "the items in question are the highlighted rows." I had users dancing in the aisles when we gave them office 2007 which introduced the "sort by color" feature. That's pretty much the fundamental problem of bitching about MS Office: pretty much everyone agrees that only 5-10% of the feature set is ever used without ever acknowledging that everyone is using a different 5-10%.

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