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Comment: Re:Engineering. Solve Problems (Score 1) 420

by gatzke (#49657175) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?

This. Some people are problem solvers, and some people can be taught problem solving skill / strategies but never are really good at dealing with complex problems.

As a parent, I worry for my children. If they are not problem solvers, what else can they do that will not be totally automated? Nursing? Physical therapy? Fire/ Police? Stuff where you should need a physical presence and it will be difficult to robustly automate to deal with uncertain situations...

Comment: Re:But why? (Score 1) 634

by gatzke (#49569271) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

"more societally meaningful" ?! And I don't get it either. My job does not get more societally meaningful; if I don't do my job (Software Engineer, Industrial Automation), you don't get any power to your home, don't drive a car, don't get air condition in the mall and many more things. Sure I am only a small cog in that bigger scheme of things, but without engineers modern society would not exist.

Exactly. Maybe they don't see the bigger picture? Maybe we don't properly motivate with these examples?

If engineers fail at their job, people die. Chemical plants explode, medical devices fail, airplanes crash and burn. How much more impact on society can you have?

I think the problem is the job is too far removed from the feels. You don't have personal direct impact.

And sometimes the conditions are not conducive to family life. I have students starting with a four year degree making over $100k. But they spend lots of time in the gulf on oil rigs. Sometimes people make different life choices.

Comment: Diaspora? Open standards! (Score 1) 359

by gatzke (#49559127) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

I know it will never work, but open-standards for stuff is what we really should shoot for.

Email and web were successful because anyone could run servers on the protocol.

Chat was starting to move that way, but nobody seems to use chat anymore. Text or FB message or instagram or twitter.

Social media is all privately controlled and that is bad for us all.

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

by gatzke (#49483803) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

A huge all-glass cathedral, $ multi-million salaries for the charismatic preacher begging for more donations, and toys like private jets and limos: False

I would assume the "church" is still doing good charity works of some sort, even if the optics are bad.

And the "toys" can somewhat be justified. Everyone needs to get around, so a preacher needs a car. A preacher in a giant church has more resources (and obligations) to get around, so maybe a big car (and a driver?) could be justified if they are actually going around ministering.

And a jet seems crazy, but these groups become large national (multinational?) organizations that have members and locations and ministries all over the country. Again, if they have resources, why not let them have a jet if they are doing good works? Now if they only use it to jet to the Bahamas every weekend...

As in many things, the real answer is "it depends."

Comment: Re:What guarantees of longevity? (Score 1) 48

by gatzke (#49343093) Attached to: Facebook Makes Messenger a Platform

BTW, what would you guys suggest to wean non-technical friends off FB chat, given that IRC might be a little too much hassle with all the servers and keeping their computer on all the time?

Google Hangouts does chat and video chat and snapchat image type stuff.

It is multiplatform, unlike Factime or SMS messaging. Not sure if Whatsapp has a PC/Mac client.

I have had messaged delayed for some unknown reason on occasion. But overall, it is very solid.

Comment: Re:Define "read" (Score 1) 164

by gatzke (#49099933) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?

Yeah, I know. They are a much better experience.

Sometimes they offer audio files for just a few dollars more. They are way better, but I am usually too cheap for it. And I don't want any hassle from questionable downloads. So I will stick with my robot voice reading to me for now.

Comment: Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (Score 1) 458

by gatzke (#48945873) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

"Don't have that much cost..."

People don't want to give up affordable cars for battery cars that cost $10k+ more, have less range, take longer to refill, and have battery packs that need to be replaced well before 200,000 miles.

Electric companies realize that transient alternative energy still requires full tradition infrastructure for weeks when the wind don't blow and the sun don't shine. This costs a lot for underutilized plants and peoples rates will skyrocket.

Mandating more auto inspections will lead to increased costs for consumers. Who drives old cars that are probably out of spec? Poor people. Why do you hate poor people so?

These things cost billions an billions, cause hardships that you have not considered, and are not extremely effective.

It seems intuitively obvious to me, which means that it might be wrong. -- Chris Torek