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Comment: Re:Ya Think? (Score 3, Informative) 59

by digsbo (#49181443) Attached to: US Air Traffic Control System Is Riddled With Vulnerabilities
The FAA is one of a very few government agencies that takes its job seriously and focuses on quality. Honestly I hate government, but the FAA has been effective in promoting safety from the mechanical/traffic perspective. I'd trust them to take IT systems security seriously and delegate the work to competent engineers. Almost can't believe I'm saying this, but it would seem they have good workers.

Comment: Re:Quality of the solution. (Score 1) 158

by digsbo (#49149641) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome
Right. Because people who write complex business applications should also write the compiler, OS, network drivers, and so on, in monolithic one-off projects. That's probably a better way than to break things up and have people focus on smaller-scoped, reusable components. I'm pretty sure Mao tried something like that with the whole economy.

Comment: Quality of the solution. (Score 4, Insightful) 158

by digsbo (#49147649) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

It comes down to the quality of the solution, versus the added headaches of managing dependencies. It's not a religious issue, but one of experience and engineering. It's also a good idea to make sure that if you're inventing something that someone else might eventually provide, you at least loosely couple it, so it can be swapped out later.

With those thoughts in mind, don't get stuck in analysis paralysis. Use judgment and move on.

Comment: Re:Not well informed (Score 1) 676

by digsbo (#49114745) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

To sum up: He's not saying that developers are science illiterates, but that they're not necessarily any better outside their fields than other non-experts are.

The one thing I'd respond to with regards to this assertion is that a lot of software engineers get exposed to complex systems. Any of your better troubleshooter types has had enough experience with a system of sufficient complexity to humble them against thinking they understand it all, and by extension they have a pretty good detector for when someone's making such a claim without backing it up. I think that's where you see a lot of the software people being critical of AGW extremism - there's a place for the attitude, "I recognize man's impact in this area, and I concede CO2 is likely a factor that's impacting the environment, but I'm not convinced you understand the system well enough to make meaningfully accurate predictions that should be allowed to drive policy".

It's perfectly reasonable to disagree with that kind of statement, but extremist predictions that haven't panned out have undercut the legitimacy of more respectable voices, and feed rational skepticism of predictions.

Comment: Re:Ha! (Score 1) 127

by digsbo (#49098823) Attached to: Fedcoin Rising?

Therefore, somebody wanting me to invest money has to make a considerably better case during deflation than inflation.

Not really. You just don't need to chase risky crap to get 7% returns. You can be quite comfortable taking low-risk investments running 3%, and netting greater real gains.

Comment: Re:Ha! (Score 1) 127

by digsbo (#49095071) Attached to: Fedcoin Rising?
Get over your own extraordinary ignorance. The US experienced unprecedented economic growth in the 1800s when the long-term value of the dollar was tied to gold reserves, and we had mild deflation for about 100 years (yes there were short-term deviations from the gold standard, but every inflationary period was followed by a deflationary period that returned the linkage to its prior value).

Eureka! -- Archimedes