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Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 121

by judoguy (#49719529) Attached to: Learning About Constitutional Law With Star Wars

The Nazis, on the other hand, are held as the embodiment of evil, almost unanimously.

Because the Communists won the PR war. Literally. When Stalin decided to denounce someone he called them Fascist.

It boggles the mind that any former Communist, an ideology that killed over 60 million people can be accepted just fine today and any former Nazi is forever considered the worst creature to have walked the Earth.

This is not to cry over some perceived unfairness to the Nazi, but rather to stand astounded that all Communists aren't being rounded up today with the same fervor. You claim to want justice for totalitarian perpetrators of genocide? Great, just don't pick and choose.

Comment: Re:You're dying off (Score 3, Insightful) 284

by judoguy (#49717407) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry
You're an idiot. People over 50 are too old to buy cars!? Look at who has the money, in the U.S. at least. "Old people" who have far more money as a demographic than younger people.

I'm in my 60's, no college debt, no house payment, making money hand over fist as an IT consultant. Who the fuck do you think the car companies drool over? Some young demographic with a bleak future or me?


Comment: Re:ADA? (Score 1) 267

by judoguy (#49623649) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?
I have a friend who retired in his sixties and was then lured back into the work force by contractor rates he simply couldn't walk away from. Some companies had to have an experienced COBOL programmer no matter what it cost.

Still cheaper for a few years than "Let's quickly re-write the mission critical application in xyz++" Yeah, it was going to be re-written at some point, but keeping the beast running until then was not optional.

Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 2) 686

by judoguy (#49537729) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
Since we are listing age here... I'm 61 and I'm FAR more afraid of my own government than terrorists or other nations. I do believe we need intelligence services, a strong military, etc., but not at the cost of establishing a totalitarian police state in the U.S.

Oops! Too late, I suppose that boat has already sailed. A secure country doesn't need to be a police state. That's a fact.

Comment: Re:This happens about... (Score 1) 131

by judoguy (#49478811) Attached to: How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio
I've also been writing software for 30+ years. Before that I was in construction. Many, many similarities between the two professions.

Short story: I took a construction management class many years ago. Knew most of it, but the real take away for me was change control. The presenter made the case that EVERY change must be charged for. Even changes that reduced the scope of the project. Sure, calculate the savings based on the estimate, but don't just stop there. Every change requires at least some time and effort. You must charge for that. If not, even tiny changes will eat away the profit.

Comment: Re:No (Score 2) 365

by judoguy (#49469685) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?
A social/environmental collapse would still leave a MASSIVE amount of usable stuff just laying around. A single skyscraper would be a fantastic resource mine. Even a fairly large war doesn't make the insulated copper wiring suddenly vanish from buildings. You'd have to dig it out, but that's a very low tech activity.

Comment: Re:We have already figured most of this out. (Score 3, Interesting) 365

by judoguy (#49469599) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?
Roads go to crap surprising quickly. I was in a workshop shortly after the Soviet Union collapsed. The presenter took a little time off topic to talk about a book and newsletter he was publishing in Russia. Entire city's were becoming accessible only by poor train service because the roads were simply going away. It made delivering a monthly newsletter quite problematic.

Comment: Re:Asimov was right (Score 1) 112

by judoguy (#49327149) Attached to: Bring On the Boring Robots
"We" aren't moving that way at all. You might be, but I'm not. I don't live on FacePalm or anything like that. I use a phone to talk to my kids on the other side of the country, but that maintains human relationships. I teach and compete in judo. Choking someone works a lot better in person. "We" all make our choices. Afraid of talking to people? Hide in the basement. Or simply live in the real world.

Comment: Re:Not so much (Score 3, Interesting) 54

by judoguy (#49229087) Attached to: Sugar Industry Shaped NIH Agenda On Dental Research

Yeah, except, uh, brushing your teeth won't prevent lung cancer.

There is a sugar/cancer tie in though. The insulin spike from sugar consumption promotes tumor growth. Not that the sugar itself is carcinogenic, but the subsequent insulin flooding exacerbates the cancer. I've known people with advanced cancer whose doctors told them this, they wen't completely off carbs and tumor growth slowed significantly.

Logic is a pretty flower that smells bad.