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Comment: What To Expect During First Contact (Score 1) 129

by jdgoulden (#33712176) Attached to: Hawking Radiation Claimed Created In a Lab

The other day I was clearing debris from a fenceline. I turned over a rotten log to reveal a termite nest. I watched for a moment as the panicked insects scurried about with their larvae and such, then kicked their home aside and went about my business.

This is what First Contact will be like for us. If we're lucky. Note that I didn't bother to exterminate the critters.

Comment: How many microprocessors was that again? (Score 2, Insightful) 459

by jdgoulden (#31250718) Attached to: NHTSA Has No Software Engineers To Analyze Toyota
70 to 100 microprocessors? I imagine that this is true only if you employ a fairly broad definition of "microprocessor" and note that the vast majority are single-purpose devices in self-contained systems. I doubt that the "microprocessors" and "lines of code" that run the stereo or the climate-control system - or even the airbags - have any connection with the driveline.

"More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all other causes combined." -- Fred Brooks, Jr., _The Mythical Man Month_