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Comment Re:Best way to stop these criminals (Score 1) 133

I remember a time when /. was mostly filled with mentally stable people.

That's funny, I don't.

There have always been a nice minority of saner folks, but madness has been par for the course as long as I've been around. Don't let them get to you, just gesture with your shotgun at the "off my lawn" notice.

Comment Re:Traveling at 100 km/hr 1 m apart is fine until (Score 1) 211

Off the top of my head:

Since the cars are already communicating with each other, they can space themselves at a distance appropriate to the capabilities of each car, or less optimally at the distance appropriate for the worst car. Each car should already be tracking its current capabilities, else it's not safe to begin with.

We're not expecting immediate perfection, just vast improvement. Perfection can be approached asymptotically.

It's going to be interesting watching the changes in my next 50 years, having been astounded by the changes in my first (almost) 50.

Comment Re:Austin? (Score 1) 464

By all means, everyone avoid moving to Austin. And all of you who moved here in the last 15 years can go away, too.

Kidding, actually.

Life in the less trendy but very comfortable Austin suburbs is generally quite affordable, and if you find a job that isn't located downtown the commute can avoid the worst of the traffic.

Personally, my commute is 15-20 minutes for 11 miles, or an hour each way by bicycle over a slightly longer route. And I love it here. (Austin AND my particular suburb.)

Comment Re:Who is to say that this "list" is legit at all? (Score 1) 546

You are aware that political parties change over time, right?

Civil rights act, "Southern Strategy", etc.

While not particularly a fan of either party, I can recognize that the current Republican party has struggled to appeal to any kind of racial or social minority due to its stated and implied "conservative" goals of maintaining the unfair privileges enjoyed by those already unfairly privileged, while the Democratic party has enjoyed strong minority support possibly due to making unlikely promises of righting past wrongs.

Then politicians of both parties proceed to pander almost entirely to wealthy and corporate campaign donors in their actual activities in office.

I tend to blame this mostly on a fundamentally flawed system of elections.

In any case, your statements, while largely true, are correctly cast in the past tense.

Comment Re:Crap. (Score 1) 152

Some of us have been using Slashdot since the days of 28.8 dial-up, yet have never registered a username. Things like that might be important to you, but not to everyone. Grow up and recognize that because you felt the need to make a name for yourself makes you no more credible than the next person.

All these years and I'm still incredible. Incredible.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 327

What I observe as a politically independent Texan is that ideologues on multiple sides of any topic (there are always more than two, thank you very much) make vociferous arguments that ignore any considerations orthogonal to their particular ax grinding, and almost invariably present opposition to their viewpoint as coming from a broad brush painted group of "others" who can be castigated as un-whatever-they-value-in-human-beings. So you get loaded but essentially meaningless terms like "environmentalists" or "neo-cons" or the dreaded "libruls". Go ahead and apply Godwin's law, I'll wait...

Meanwhile, eventually reality demonstrates itself and the creativity of humanity comes up with thousands of possible solutions to problems, some of which work and some of which get adopted, though those are not always overlapping groups. It's messy and sub-optimal, but probably the best we can manage. So far it's getting better over the long view, despite setbacks.

Personally, I'm in favor of doing whatever actually works balanced against doing the least amount of damage, and upgrading as time goes by to improve on both counts. Sometimes we need to cooperate (that's called "gubmint") to get over a hump, and sometimes competition will do the trick.

Comment Re:The New Napster (Score 1) 144

I think the basic issue is that we are still treating individual electronic copies of a work as if they had inherent measurable value. The data on some medium never had any measurable value. The measurable value was inherent in the following: the production of the work, the physical medium itself, the imprinting of the medium with the data, the distribution of the medium, and marketing effort. The value of many of these have now been reduced or effectively eliminated for the type of works under discussion.

What we need is a way of rewarding those activities that produce value, without propping up defunct systems with artificial scarcity.

I think we are getting closer to that future than when I last commented on this topic. It's been an interesting ride, and it's still evolving.

Comment Re:It has advantages and disadvantages (Score 1) 318

I would think the best deal would be to be able to work from home a couple of days a week.

This is my current situation. I average one day a week where I work from home the entire day, and two or three other days where I work from home part of the day.

This works well for me, because I have things arranged well at home (separate office space with few distractions, the family is trained to mostly leave me alone) and because I have proven over time that it is effective for me. I am glad my manager was receptive to experimenting with it at first, and as it has proven to work well it has become easy to justify.

A few points:

  • My job is part time coding or other individual efforts, and part time project/team leadership, so it's a mix of time spent at home or quietly in my office space and time spent in meetings or hallway discussions.
  • All of our developers are expected to be able to work from home when required for support or emergencies, so the processes and tools were in place already.
  • My commute is 15 minutes, so if something comes up, I can be onsite quickly.
  • This situation evolved rather than being a fixed agreement, and it could well evolve into something else.
  • Most importantly, before this could evolve, I proved my abilities and trustworthiness. Nobody ever doubted I'd get my work done, wherever I was.
  • No free days off if the office is closed for bad weather.

Comment Re:Science (Score 1) 416

NASA, EPA, NOAA, Air Force, name your federal agency, there's only one pocket - mine. I don't much care how they juggle the books, but I want them using my money to do useful stuff like studying the climate, not killing people and blowing stuff up so somebody else can make more money.

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