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Comment: Re:Portland (Score 1) 125

by frank_adrian314159 (#48919139) Attached to: New Google Fiber Cities Announced

It didn't seem to worry them much when they sited one of their US data centers in The Dalles. So your brilliant prediction of corporate fear of some awful legal tax threat that a minor US state might attempt to bring against Google which would be swatted down by a dozen courts before the legislature wet its pants to repeal that law appears to be just a wee bit... wrong, shall we say?

Comment: Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (Score 1) 320

Why is double taxation unfair? It's just an alternate manner of distributing a higher tax rate. You just view it as unfair because our tax laws are normally written in terms of single level tax rules from any given taxing authority. In reality, they usually are not formulated as multiple levels of taxation because (a) it complicates things and (b) conservatives like to use the argument that somehow, multiple taxes on the same money is somehow unfair. I'm already taxed multiple times on the same income by different taxing authority (at least my state seems to think so) and no one seems to see that as unfair - you may consider the tax too high, but there's nothing in any of this process that's particularly unfair. What is unfair is different people having different laws for taxation for irrelevant reasons.

Comment: Re:Coding vs. literacy (Score 1) 192

by frank_adrian314159 (#48915207) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

I wish you would have restricted your post to this:

That's happening more and more. I find myself going to web sites looking for manuals and specs, and all they have these days are videos. I don't want videos, I want text, with orders of magnitudes higher information density, searchable and editable.

and not added the rest of your rant which basically said nothing useful and turned your post into a festival of butthurt comments.

I would have liked to have comment on the video stuff, which is a pet peeve of mine. But no, you had to have your little tantrum and turn your comment into stupid. You fucking moron. Not everyone needs to know fucking computer systems all the way from the cloud down to solid state physics (though it is helpful, to which I can attest) to program. Applications programmers will be with us always and, in many cases, as long as there is a good system backstopping it and catching errors, good enough often is good enough, as long as they stick to coloring within their lines and don't try to get too fancy.

Comment: Re:But ... (Score 1) 154

Probably not. Your toast, besides having changes in its protein structures, has other physical changes that still can't be undone - we can't convert caramelized sugar back into it's regular form because a portion of that sugar has burned to carbon (part of what forms the color of the toasted bread), the fats burns, as do, actually, some of the proteins.

But this research does show what could be achieved with judicious use of nanotechnology - perhaps burnt areas could be classified, their carbon atoms mapped, their most likely molecules derived and those molecules reconstructed by a goo that, when heated, turns into raspberry jam. All-in-all, great progress towards the worldwide burnt toast scourge has been forged.

More seriously, wouldn't you just love to have your work (which you've probably spent years in creating) become the butt of a bunch of stupid food jokes because your stupid press office came up with this stupid examples of untangling proteins? Poor, poor researchers... What a world.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 0) 304

by frank_adrian314159 (#48892727) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

The fact is, most people are safe enough drivers most of the time. Except for when they're not.FTFY. Very few drivers are "safe" in any particularly strict sense of the term. Myself included. We're sort of like Windows code in that respect. Safe enough? Yes, as long as they're properly monitored and regulated. Other than that? I wouldn't share a road with them, if I had a choice.

Comment: Re:I've been trying to hire a Senior EE for a YEAR (Score 1) 512

Not to mention the area he's wanting to hire the EE for (RF design for 801.x drivers are a lot different than power systems guys, which is different than digital design for chips).

If he's really interviewed over 100 people either (a) he's not paying enough, (b) he's in some place no one wants to live, (c) he wants someone who's both an expert RF and power system guy (or someone who's a mixture of two similarly incompatible subspecialties), or (d) an asshole no one wants to work with.

Given the original post, I got a feeling that the real reason is (d), but since I'm feeling charitable, I'll assume the real reason is a mix of all four.

Comment: Re:2-yr code, no devel edu == hacks, healthcare.go (Score 1) 200

My objection to things like this are the false belief it instills that all you need to do to learn to be good at this is go to community college for a while, where you'll be taught by other people who aren't good at coding. If they were good, they'd be doing it, not making peanuts teaching community college.

That's not necessarily true. There are many folks who are quite good teaching at the CC level. Many are PhDs and want to make a bit more money while working on their post docs. Others want a bit more income, because normal programmer jobs in many places don't pay six figures. Many want to share the knowledge that they've acquired over twenty or thirty years of software engineering practice that's sadly discounted by most employers. And they're usually a damn sight better at design and teaching than the latest moron standing up an RR instance on a web server while building the latest social media bullshit app.

The real problem with the whole "Let's teach everyone to code" idea? Not enough coding jobs, even if you did train this many people. How about we train everyone how to fix cars? Then we can all make money fixing everyone else's car! Oh, wait...

Comment: Read this for what it is... (Score 1) 200

The end game comes shortly.

Either the US figures out that wealth and income need to be spread more widely so that more demand is created and business grows because of that, rather than via ever more convoluted and harsh predatory financial and business behavior targeted upon their customers and the rest of the world, or it is toast.

That is all.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 4, Insightful) 417

by frank_adrian314159 (#48812729) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Why yes. That ishow our local communities decide. Why do you hate democratically-elected officials making decisions so much? Would you rather have no elections? Or no government? Since the last two seem to not lead to anything but suffering, perhaps you have some novel idea as to how to structure government so as not to have these problems. I'd love to hear your ideas, unless you're just a complaining asshat.

Comment: Won't work... (Score 1) 273

by frank_adrian314159 (#48802961) Attached to: Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

.. at least not soon. The fact is that the human body was not designed - it evolved. And it evolved with all of these random chemical cross-linkages (in fact, this bizarre randomness is a main point of evidence that it was not designed). So when you find a therapy, it often interacts with several body systems. And quite often those actions have negative impacts on the system, as well as positive (it's why so many of the newer drugs have so many bad side effects). So it's a messy problem.

Silicon Valley has thrived using the technique cutting through problems by simplifying and disintermediating them. As such, they believe that any problem can be solved by doing this. Do I really need to say that this will not solve this particular problem? OK, I'll say it... It won't.

Removal from the biological matrix is a prerequisite for significant life extension (if by "life", we really mean "lifespan of our instance of sentience"), just as removal from the physical matrix is a prerequisite to eternal existence.

I think there's a world market for about five computers. -- attr. Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board, IBM), 1943