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Comment: Re:Can't wait... (Score 1) 634

by jasenj1 (#49346097) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

As terrible as this is, it has all the ingredients of a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie set up.

Who or what was on board that some nefarious power wanted eliminated? What leverage did that nefarious power have on the co-pilot to make him do this?

The simple explanation of "the guy wanted to commit suicide & take everyone with him" seems rather unconvincing. If that were so, why not crash into a populated area to maximize the damage? If it were an act of jihad, where is the call of glory to Allah & death to the infidels? (He knows the voice recorder is going, surely he would send a message of victory.)

I would expect/hope that people who fly airplanes go through some sort of psyche profile & background check. Hopefully something as common as losing a wife/girlfriend or being outed as homosexual or experiencing financial hardship would not be enough to push someone cleared to fly to mass murder-suicide.

We may never know.

Comment: Re:This ex-Swatch guy doesn't have a clue (Score 1) 389

I think the Apple watch is interesting but it is ten times more expensive than it should be

You think the Apple watch should cost $34.95? Or do you mean the limited Edition $10,000+ one? The high end one is irrelevant when discussing pricing. It is purely a fantasy model for the 0.1% to buy. Like race cars by BMW or couture by fashion brands.

Comment: I don't see a problem here. (Score 1) 367

by jasenj1 (#49215939) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses

"The app's privacy policy prevents schools from identifying users without a subpoena, court order or search warrant, or an emergency request from a law-enforcement official with a compelling claim of imminent harm."

So if someone issues a death threat, etc. you call the police, they get a subpoena, and track down the idiot who posted it.

Once this happens a few times (in every locality where Yik Yak is used) word gets out not to do that. Or, Yik Yak and law enforcement are overwhelmed with subpoena processing for trolls. If Yik Yak can't process requests fast enough is there some sort of penalty they face? If Yik Yak corporate headquarters are out of state or out of the US, how would such penalties be imposed?

Or, signal to noise ratio gets way too low and the app collapses under the weight of trolls. Or the trolls enjoy trolling each other on it (4chan).

Comment: Re:I miss Mac OS (Score 1) 564

by jasenj1 (#49175223) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

I didn't mean to imply that Mac OS's implementation was the best choice, only that it is/was a better choice than three letter extensions on the file name. MIME types are a more modern approach.

A post above suggested prepending MIME information on ALL files. That doesn't seem like a bad choice other than it breaks backward compatibility.

But I think we can agree that the current approach is seriously antiquated and problematic.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 411

by jasenj1 (#49034911) Attached to: Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds

You might like Groovy.

Foo foo; - which creates a private variable and Groovy auto-generates getters & setters (which you can write yourself if you wish)

accessing the member variable actually calls the getter.

Groovy also has an implicit null check


And many other syntactical niceties and enhancements over Java.

Comment: GPs vs Specialists (Score 1) 79

by jasenj1 (#48746397) Attached to: The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

I remember a scene from "The Love Boat" of all places. The ship's doctor, a GP, and another doctor, a specialist, were arguing.

Specialist: "GPs know less and less about more and more until they know nothing about everything."

GP retort: "Specialists know more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing."

This was a great example of the explosion of knowledge we've had in modern times. GPs can't keep up with everything we are learning, specialists focus their knowledge. As patients we are required to navigate this landscape.

Comment: Re:Yes another developer lead down the path .... (Score 1) 323

by jasenj1 (#48499195) Attached to: DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

I was told that there was a version in existance with new levels, weapons and features and it only needed "polishing" and optimization to hit the market. After numerous requests for this version, I found out that there was no such thing and that Art Data Interactive was under the false impression that all anyone needed to do to port a game from one platform to another was just to compile the code and adding weapons was as simple as dropping in the art.

I would have quit or renegotiated, not death marched to finish on time. It sounds like the client clearly misrepresented the amount of work to be done - either through ignorance, incompetence, or malice. None of which is my problem as the contracted programmer. Maybe I don't understand how these sorts of gigs work being I'm salaried at a large company. If someone hires me to do X amount of work in Y time for Z money, and it turns out I have to do 2X work because of their misrepresentation of the situation, why would I death march to do that? If I were getting a percentage of revenue and expected a big payout if I made a deadline (in time for Christmas), I probably would. But as a flat-fee gig, no? Perhaps there's a "passion" and "pride" factor involved. Anyone care to enlighten me?

Comment: Re:Is it COBOL or the people? (Score 1) 270

by jasenj1 (#47925593) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

I would consider COBOL to be computer science history. It may not be too useful in itself, but it shows where we came from and how things used to be. Someone willing to take that kind of class seems more dedicated to the realm of CS than someone just trying to get their MSCE or certificate in the latest fad.

Comment: Re:Old news (Score 2, Interesting) 66

by jasenj1 (#47599559) Attached to: Animal Behaviour Specialists Map Out the Social Networks of Cows

I visited a milking ranch once and the rancher told me the cows tend to line up to be milked in a regular order. There is a hierarchy in the herd and the lower status cows get the back of the line. A change in the order indicates something is up

It's amazing to me how "scientists" often know very little about the things they are studying. Ask someone who actually WORKS in the field and they can tell the scientists all sorts of information. The scientists may still be useful to measure and quantify the common knowledge, but it is hardly a new discovery.

Comment: Facebook shaming (Score 1) 928

Southwest's Facebook page is filled with people bickering about the incident - one side calling SW bad names and the other defending the agent's actions.

I'm sure that is not the sort of traffic SW wants filling their page. I expect this guy will get some kind of free lifetime perk, the agent will be sent for niceness training, and SW corporate will apologize profusely.

I also wouldn't be surprised if some sleazy lawyers reach out to the guy to go after SW.

Comment: Fukushima (Score 3, Interesting) 162

by jasenj1 (#45828775) Attached to: The Biggest Tech Mishap of 2013?

The disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant continues to be mismanaged. Incompetence and corruption abound and give a giant black eye to nuclear power in general. is a great example of corruption in government contracts and the cost of rolling out something that isn't done. Maybe nerds around the world will now have another line for over-eager managers: "Do you want another"

- Jasen.

Comment: Re: People are bad (Score 1) 487

by jasenj1 (#45464653) Attached to: Musk Lashes Back Over Tesla Fire Controversy

That's an interesting statistic.

If you get in an accident in a gas powered car the likelihood of it catching fire (and presumably doing extensive damage to the vehicle) is low. But in the Tesla the chances of your car burning up are much higher?

But that assumes the amount of damage caused by a fire is catastrophic. Now we need stats on how much damage is done by fires to know how bad catching fire really is.

- Jasen.

You can be replaced by this computer.