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Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 1) 320

by Waffle Iron (#49500163) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Your use of microbes in your argument is ironic since farmers are also a huge part of the problem of driving bacterial evolution for resistance through misuse of antibiotics.

Antivirals, antibiotics and pesticides should be used in the minimal amounts exactly where most needed. They should not be routinely used everywhere indiscriminately. That's the mode that these GMO crops are encouraging.

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 5, Insightful) 320

by Waffle Iron (#49498273) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Making a plant manufacture its own insecticide is one thing. Modifying it so that it can withstand being soaked with ever-increasing quantities and varieties of synthetic pesticides is another.

Weeds are gradually evolving to resist this chemical onslaught. Most people would rather not have themselves subjected to such evolutionary pressure within their lifetimes.

The weeds are destined to eventually win this arms race anyway, so this huge experiment in chemical exposure to the US population is eventually going to be for naught.

Comment: Re: Andrew "bunnie" Huang argues that Moore's Law (Score 1) 101

by Waffle Iron (#49477929) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law

All the plastic helps with the incremental increments in fuel economy: approximately 2X better over the past 57 years. I also neglected to mention safety, which has improved a good deal more than fuel economy. That's all OK, but it's nothing like the dramatic changes that happened previous to the 707. After nearly six decades, today's planes still look very similar to a 707, are about the same size, and go the same speed.

Comment: Re: Andrew "bunnie" Huang argues that Moore's Law (Score 4, Insightful) 101

by Waffle Iron (#49474573) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law

I think we've been hearing about the end of Moore's law for the last 15 years... inevitably, some process improvement comes along and it all keeps on going.

I don't think that it's necessarily "inevitable". Take aviation, for example. There was arguably exponential increases in the capability of aircraft for 55 years from 1903 to 1958, when the Boeing 707 was introduced. Ever since, further progress on economically viable aircraft has been pretty much limited to incremental increases in fuel economy and marketing strategies to keep costs down by keeping planes full.

Comment: Re:Would you like next door kid reprogram his car? (Score 1) 292

by Waffle Iron (#49401237) Attached to: EFF Fighting Automakers Over Whether You Own Your Car

If there's a public safety concern about people hacking code in cars, then copyright is not the way to address it. The purpose of copyrights is purportedly to encourage the production of more works. It is certainly not intended to be a tool for ensuring public safety.

Ideally, hacking safety-related code (and then driving it on a public highway) should be legal only if the hacker got the appropriate certifications to work on that area, along with insurance riders to go with it. This would be completely unrelated to the copyright status of the original code.

Comment: Filter the work area (Score 4, Insightful) 261

I'm in a similar situation as you, OP.

Managing distractions is the key thing I am working on.

I manage a team consisting of a systems engineer, one help desk person and a bank operations clerk that depends heavily on the technology group.

We are unfortunately not back office, we are very accessible to the general bank staff. This has its blessings but far more detractors in my opinion. There's an expectation by the rest of the bank staff that my people are accessible at any time for walk up questions. This is far from the case, we all have our projects and work queues.

So what I have been doing to deflecting these walk ups and ad-hoc requests as much as possible. I find these distractions to be the biggest hindrance to productivity and employee happiness for my group. My people just want to keep things running and solve business problems. They do not want to help people download photos of Mr. Sniffles to their "hard drive".

Long story short, consider the distractions whether it be operational, logistical or even political. If you can insulate and protect your people from the minutia that is the modern workplace, I think you will find them productive and happy. Your people should feel like they completed something each day they leave. Also leave at good hours and be able to leave the office behind on the weekends.

Comment: Re:Hayden Christensen's career... (Score 1) 360

by geekoid (#49386001) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

You're right about his acting ability, but the killer for the movie was direction. Portman is a much better actor, but lame script and mediocre director was what really did it in. I suspect if she was more mature at the time she could have pushed back on some of the script and direction choices.

All the hot grits in the world can't save her from that script.

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