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Comment The "Darknet" may vomit them out. (Score 2) 184

There are a lot of talented programmers out there using TOR who just might not appreciate a disruption in business by a bunch of religious nuts. Anonymous has already voiced their disapproval.

I foresee highly amusing consequences of ISIS attempts to make use of "darknet" resources. They may find that all of their orders for rations have been modified to include bacon and all of their ammunition is rerouted to Sweden.

Comment Because what could possibly go wrong? (Score 4, Insightful) 100

Aside from making the USA completely dependent on Chinese hardware, and giving away every single military secret or giving the Chinese the power to put in electronic backdoors in everything so as to neutralize any digital device depending on radio...

But corporations, and those who run them have no "country" other than money, and that country keeps them comfortable anywhere. They don't even care who wins the wars, as long at the profits keep rolling in.

Comment Wouldn't using solar cells be very limiting? (Score 1) 85

If you used mirrors, heat and some sort of fluid medium to run pumps and a generator, the size of the installations would be unlimited. Of course, this would require moving parts and therefore, more maintenance. The solution to that might be to make thousands of small fluid medium solar units and assume that they will eventually fail and be replaced.

Comment I'm 58. In the last year, I've... (Score 4, Interesting) 229

1) Implemented a new automated web testing framework. Next year, I'll do the same thing for Android and Apple phones.

2) Migrated some of my control system apps to C#. Three months ago, I didn't know C#.

3) Migrated more system control software than I care to think about from VBScript (awful) to Powershell (slightly less awful).

Four years ago, I didn't know what virtualization was. Today, I'm in charge of the VMWare servers and couldn't do without it.

I have no idea why I can still do this. Like the other commenters here, however, I do regularly cringe at the latest business/software/process fad. They're inevitably retreads of something older and few add any actual improvement. Powershell, for example, although it packs more functionality into fewer characters than VBScript, made the skill set of thousands of system administrators obsolete. No thought was given to the human side of the system. A more useful solution would have been a rewrite of VBScript and the addition of useful function libraries and easier access to the net framework. It was yet another typically wrong Microsoft decision, but it says something about an industry that doesn't have enough of a balanced view to consider the cold, hard neurological facts of their user base.

Comment So, indentured servitude for two years... (Score 1) 602

If the Supreme Court was still interested in upholding the constitution, I'd be pretty sure that this would never make the first court challenge, but these are the guys that made sure civil forfeiture was legal ( ) and that money is speech ( ) so all bets on anything resembling valid legal judgments are off.

Comment I'm shocked! (Score 1) 375


The ability to create self consistent mathematical models is not science. Science requires rigorous comparison of such models (a.k.a. "theories") against REALITY for verification. Most textbook economics would fail this test miserably. While certainly difficult, this is not impossible, particularly as computer systems dealing with complex systems have been available for decades. What's required is the will to do so - something that isn't present in our overpriced, overbribed, higher "education" system.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.