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Comment Rogue IT happens when company IT fails (Score 1) 2

In every company I've ever seen, IT is underfunded and under resourced. Networks fail. Security becomes heavy handed and unreasonable (i.e. My job's not done until you can't do yours). IT is forced to centralize and standardize everything in a world where a cookie cutter approach is doomed to failure from the beginning.

What happens? Employees, who are bonused on getting actual work done, take matters into their own hands, figure out different ways of accessing company networks when the official VPN fails, figure out ways of connecting phones and pads to the network without official sanction, start sharing logins and passwords... All just to keep working day to day.

Unfortunately, this is all easy to hide from clueless CFOs/CEOs and upper management, who really don't care anyway until there's a major data breach, at which point they can only dance around in circles and yell, "Fix it!"

The problems are fixable. Plan IT from scratch. Spend realistic amounts of money on the system. Solicit user feedback continuously to pinpoint trouble spots. Force IT management to communicate relevant issues with users and system administrators.

Comment Re:Yes, let's run before we can walk... (Score 1) 130

Really? Please explain how the absence of a year long trip, close proximity to air and water shipments, a single gravity well, a large planet to shield one from those pesky solar radiation bursts, and close proximity to Earth in case of emergency count as impediments.

All Mars has is gravity, which an orbiting environment has if it's large enough and you spin it.

I ask again, what advantages does Mars have for extraterrestrial colonization? Specifically.

Comment Yes, let's run before we can walk... (Score 1) 130

To be frank, Mars is pointless right now. When we get to the point where we have a few orbiting colonies with sustainable closed ecologies (which we can't even do on Earth now), we can push two off to Mars to arrive at leisure. One can go down as living quarters and the other can stay in orbit to provide space based power plant maintenance and emergency transportation.

Instead, of course, we'll just throw some bodies at Mars so we can grab our collective genitalia while grunting "First!"

Comment And sending people to Mars is just plain dumb... (Score 1) 684

Seriously, you want to run before you learn to walk?

What we need are near Earth space stations - closed ecologies that are sustainable. Once we've gotten those down, we can push one or two off to Mars at our leisure, send one down as a living environment and keep the other up for emergencies.

I might point out that we can't even get an artificial closed ecology capable of supporting humans on Earth working yet. Boisphere I and II were informative, but not successful.

We've got some time. No hurry. Mars isn't going anywhere for a while yet. Let's start with achievable, useful goals, like creating a satellite based internet service with manned maintenance and repair stations, or a manned orbiting power stations, or some asteroid capture and mining facilities. Something that pays for itself first.

Comment Re:Manufacturing requiring humans isn't coming bac (Score 2) 102

...We have enough to feed, clothe, house, etc. the population, even as it increases.

Yes, for a little while, until the cheap (emphasis on cheap) hydrocarbons run out (They will always exist).
Until the mined phosphates run out.
Until enough major aquifers in major agricultural areas run dry.
Until some whackjob with a nuke or two decides that the problem of resource scarcity can be solved by nuking their neighbors.

2100 is going to be the start of an interesting era. I'm grateful that I won't be here for the show. Starvation doesn't suit me.

Comment Manufacturing requiring humans isn't coming back. (Score 1) 102

End of story. In the next decade or two, we'll be printing self driving cars, houses, appliances and possibly replacement organs. AI will increasingly replace nurses, security guards, clerks, and others. As time goes by, you're either the person doing the automating, managing the automation or you're unemployed.

It's not a great message for people with no skills, but it's true, nonetheless. There are still service jobs, but there's a limit to these as well.

A guaranteed basic income in exchange for sterilization is an unpopular idea. I know. Got a better one?

Comment Sure, all that's required is perfect organization. (Score 1) 289

And a design that makes sense without real world testing from the get go. Good luck with that.

This idea sounds like it was formed by a newly minted MBA with no experience in real world sofware development. It's looks like it's designed to churn out cheap untested and untestable crap that might just be good enough to sell. Once. Which is workable (financially) from the the MBA scum's point of view.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton