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Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 275

If the data isn't critical then why are they bothering to collect it in the first place? Why pay for license plate scanners, OCR systems, wireless network connections/bandwidth bills, etc if the data doesn't have value? If it does have value then placing it on a desktop system probably isn't the right answer.

Comment Applies to most fields, actually. (Score 1) 236

I have a Ph.D. in New Testament studies, and from time to time I teach basic Biblical Greek to seminary students. Every time, I rattle off the following spiel:

"Why study Biblical Greek? It's a lot of work, and if you spend your entire life studying you might, just maybe be as proficient as a dock-side worker in Athens around 100AD. Some of you may think "it's a requirement", but that just leaves us wondering why it's required. Some of you are enthusiasts, and have heard pastors say "but the Greek really says" too many times. You probably think that learning Greek will solve all your exegetical and theological problems. But ... well, I hate to break it to you, but it won't.

The best reason to study Biblical Greek is very different. The best reason is that it teaches you to open your Bible with fear and trembling. This is precisely because, much of the time, the Greek doesn't really say. Greek, like English, is sometimes vague and often contradictory. Sometimes, we know exactly what is meant by a word or phrase or sentence or passage. More often, there are still significant questions.

Take "faith in Jesus." Many of you regard that as the center of our faith. But even that might be questioned to someone who really knows Biblical Greek. Does "pistevou tou Christou" mean "faith in Christ" or the "faithfulness of Christ"? The reality is that we don't really know, and it might even mean BOTH.

So, why study Biblical Greek? To learn that you are ignorant on a great many things, and will remain so. It is, as Paul often says, a mystery."

(From memory and past my bedtime, so pardon that I didn't dig up my notes.) We then fall into class discussion. I usually lose about 1/4th of the class the first day.

Comment Not a "Design Flaw"/a Testing Flaw (Score 2) 157

I can see that most of the comments are referring to this as a design flaw and overly complicating the product but I imagine this was put into the Product Requirements Document as a feature that provided some benefit to the customer.

The issue really is, what was the testing protocol put in place, I would think that with something like this, the Samsung engineers would have to check for:
- The S-Pen being put in backwards and twisted to the preferred orientation
- The S-Pen being damaged and put in the right way and backwards and turned away from its preferred orientation
- Something other than the S-Pen being put in.
- The S-Pen being inserted with the force of a jackhammer
- The Galaxy being dropped (on all of its axis) with the S-Pen inserted correctly and incorrectly
- etc.

These tests should have been part of the product test and qualification plan.

Comment "Start me up" - What was Gates thinking? (Score 4, Interesting) 284

IIRC, Gates paid the Rolling Stones $12M for the rights to use their song "Start me up" which to this day I don't understand why he'd pick a song with the lyrics "You make a grown man cry!" in the chorus.

Trying to install Win95 on a Win 3.11 machine of the day certainly lent itself to tears. I don't think I was ever able to successfully do it (I reverted the 3.11 system back and then just went with Win NT and then then Win 2k) - I never used a Win95 or Win98 PC at work or at home.

A step in the right direction but definitely not an OS that was ready for prime time (sorry for the mixed metaphors).

Comment Re:Can't we just stop printing? (Score 1) 378

However, keep in mind that kids still need to learn how to write with pencil, pen, and paper, or they'll be dysfunctional in the real world.

Huh? I haven't written anything long hand in my entire career, and asking around both my department and other departments in my company only those older than ~50 have and it was decades ago before computers were dominant.

Comment Re:Can't we just stop printing? (Score 2) 378

Legal documents / Contracts - Because digital signatures aren't *quite* there yet, and most courts still only accept paper in official proceedings
B.S. digital signatures have been legally enforceable since the freaking Clinton administration, and almost all courts will accept legal filings (all federal courts do) and those that won't will generally accept a fax which obviously can be generated on the senders end without paper.

Schools - For obvious reasons
That reason eludes me, I know momentum keeps many schools using paper but if you do it right digital should be cheaper and better and do a better job or preparing the kids for the real world

Assembly instructions on shop floors (this is actually huge - even ruggedized tablets don't last very long in job shops)
Then they're not properly ruggidized, most shops have no problem with the computer built into their CNC machines.

Comment Re:Probably By Design (Score 1) 732

The Harrier can't really do VTO either, the max VTOL weight is 18,950lbs, the jet with full fuel (no weapons) weighs 20,259 lbs. Add to that the damage caused by full vertical thrust to the runway/pad/deck and in actual operations they were basically never used as VTO craft but rather STO/VL.

Comment Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 54

Yeah, we've known AT&T was in bed with the NSA since the existence of room 641A was revealed. Anything after that is just trying to get people to pay attention to something that they obviously don't want to care about. The only way to get the average person to care was pointed out by John Oliver in his typical funny but very poignant style.

Comment Re:I dern't believe it! (Score 1) 732

Here's a crazy scenario: suppose you decide to invade Iran. You can't just sail your carrier up to the northern end of the Persian Gulf to support your drive to Tehran, the way we did on the way to Baghdad. You'd have to sail that carrier past 300 miles of Iraqi shoreline dotted with advanced anti-ship defenses in waters crawling with mini-subs. And it's a long, long way over rough terrain to get from the Gulf of Oman to Tehran in the extreme north of the country. Imagine fighting your way from New York City to Chicago, only the terrain in between was all mountains. So you land a Marine expeditionary force at the Gulf of Oman that fights its way northwest along the Persian Gulf. After they capture the shore batteries, you bring in your destroyers to clear out the mini-subs and then bring in your carriers.

Now that expeditionary force needs close air support and ground attack capabilities, and it needs to have them in an environment where the enemy has extensive, state of the art anti-aircraft missile installations. The logic for a Marine stealth jump jet in this scenario is compelling; what's questionable is trying to make that aircraft work for everyone else.

Prince Sultan Air Base is as close to the Iranian shoreline as the Gulf of Oman (significantly closer from the midpoint north), why play the Saudi's game for decades if you're not going to use their facilities when you need to fight in their back yard?

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