Obligatory West Wing map discussion: (it's worth it if you haven't seen it) http://youtu.be/vVX-PrBRtTY
Don't forget Africa.
One spin-off can handle A-M searches and the other can handle N-Z.
Goddard shows how, in recent years, NOAA’s US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) has been “adjusting” its record by replacing real temperatures with data “fabricated” by computer models. The effect of this has been to downgrade earlier temperatures and to exaggerate those from recent decades, to give the impression that the Earth has been warming up much more than is justified by the actual data. In several posts headed “Data tampering at USHCN/GISS”, Goddard compares the currently published temperature graphs with those based only on temperatures measured at the time. These show that the US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record; whereas the latest graph, nearly half of it based on “fabricated” data, shows it to have been warming at a rate equivalent to more than 3 degrees centigrade per century.
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Object-Oriented Software Construction by Bertrand Meyer
The PostgreSQL manual
People were afraid of being treated like numbers rather than human beings. It was a very different era.
This clip from The West Wing sums up map projection issues nicely: http://youtu.be/n8zBC2dvERM
"People are very open-minded about new things - as long as they're exactly like the old ones." - Charles Kettering
Drones can be hacked. Their signals jammed or spoofed. Their satellites destroyed. Their home bases attacked or infiltrated. They work very well against low tech enemies like Iraq and Afghanistan. Against the Russians or Chinese it would be a different matter, especially when the chips in a drone originate in China. War is an ever-changing game where every move has a countermove. The nice thing about human pilots is that they understand their orders and the underlying reasons for those orders. They can change their minds quickly and use situational information that drones would lack.
I'm not sure that g-force matters all that much in an era of smarter, faster missiles. When was the last real movie-style dogfight?
On the other hand, there is no question that drones are useful and will continue to improve at a rapid pace. Eventually they will replace most of our planes. With longer flight times we might be able to replace half of our aircraft carriers with land-based drones, but the inevitable cost overruns won't magically disappear.
Date-driven development is almost always a disaster. The only way it works is to completely finish a reduced feature version of the application, add and test one feature at a time to it, and ship what you have when the date is hit.
He is probably confusing lines of code with value.
I couldn't agree more about Apple abandoning perfectly fine, expensive hardware. My 8-core, 3GHz MacPro2,1 can still run circles around most of Apple's current lineup and yet it won't run Mountain Lion. I specifically waited for "64-bit" hardware so it would last longer. If new MacPros weren't so damn expensive or offered something more than compatibility in return it wouldn't be quite as annoying.
Google and Apple should respond with "We will if you will."
Programmer productivity will suffer.