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Comment Re:I can tell you what will happen ... (Score 1) 265

"The wall of water would be as high as the fifth floor of Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield or the third floor of the downtown Eugene Public Library, according to the maps."

That's enough to dampen my spirits.
There has got to be an easier way to get rid of Springfield and Creswell!

Comment Re:Socialize the costs, privatize the profits (Score 1) 161

According to, Washington State education budget for 2015 is $8.3 billion. MS is offering $28 million. As percentage, their offer is 0.34% of the state's education spend. Nice to have for sure, but hardly enough to call the shots on on state-wide programs and curriculum.

Comment Wait. How long has there been vice? (Score 1) 107

This article got me thinking about the history of vice. From Old Testament harlots to Summarian smugglers, has there ever been a time when our institutions like religion and government were not at odds with some kind of vice? How does an anonymous distributed market for illicit goods change things? It feels to me more like a footnote in history and not a game changer.

Comment Author has BA in Journalism (Score 1) 597

According to CE Pro Website, author of article is Jason Knott. According to LinkedIn, Jason Knott, Editor at CE Pro/EH Publishing, has a BA in Journalism from USC (1984). Also, from CE Pro's "About the Author" section: "Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry." If The Onion wrote this article, the title might be:

          "Area man parlays journalism degree into low-voltage DC career, then hypes low-voltage DC".

On the plus side, marine systems will likely stay DC for the foreseeable future. Perhaps Tesla batteries will be a boon to yacht owners? At the very least, it would make for a better article.

Comment IBM VisualAge (Score 1) 443

IBM VisualAge. Its heir, Eclipse, is a worthy IDE. I got to watch the whole evolution. Eric Gamma and others in Zurich morphed the VisualAge Smalltalk IDE into VisualAge Java. Then Eric and Kent Beck morphed that into Eclipse. IDEs derived from Eclipse are still the shin dizzle, AFAIAC.

Comment taxes, civil servants, (Score 2) 328

My knowledge of Greek economics doesn't go much beyond NPR, but the changes needed seem pretty straightforward:

1. Reform civil service
2. Aggressively prosecute tax fraud
3. Tax church assessts (i.e. church either make is assets poductive or sells them to someone who will)

An angry coalition leftists and iconoclasts might be pretty good at 2 of these things. Maybe all 3?

Comment SOTU (Score 1) 200

I read that state of the union speeches were a big thing under President Franklin Roosevelt. I don't feel the content of speeches has been important in my life time. Maybe the pageantry is important?

The only thing I remember from a SOTU is the hydrogen economy and a man on Mars. It feels like I could make money betting against SOTU pronouncements. So why all the fuss?

Comment Re:Yeesh (Score 1) 584

I am the father of two girls. They are only 3 and 7. The older one wants to be an artist and the younger one wants to be a a fairy princess (when she wants to be anything at all).
Would I be remiss if I didn't introduce them to science and software? Yes.
Would I be flattered if they chose to follow in my footsteps career-wise? Yes, I would be flattered.
Will I use guilt, or gifts, or some other form of subtle coercion to force them down the STEM road? Absolutely not. It be would be selfish and egotistical of me to do that. As a father I want to encourage their curiosity and support them in the pursuit of their dreams. To expect that their interests and my interests must align is silly; I'm not out to make female Mini-Mes.

Comment Re: Given how most spend their time in college... (Score 2) 226

I'm with you for two reasons. First, a lot of enterprise IT is adding new fields, changing a web page or link, or changing a db connection. There is usually a legacy application that provides a framework into which changes can be retrofitted.

Second (and maybe a little of topic) was my experience working in Switzerland. Developers, business people, and such typically attended two year technical institutes. Those institutes graduated competent employees who formed the bulk of my co-workers. The system was very successful. A degree from an ETH was not a prerequisite for being a useful Dev.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall