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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) 362

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) 362

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.

Comment: Re:We Need A New FDA Warning Label (Score 1) 180

by judoguy (#49029735) Attached to: US Gov't To Withdraw Food Warnings About Dietary Cholesterol
The science is very clear on this and has been for a long time.

The problem is that "nutritionists" pay no attention to the actual science. "We don't need no steekin science! We KNOW that dietary fat and cholesterol are bad for you!"

The real science has been known for many years, all the way down to the eicosanoid hormone level. Endocrinologists know this stuff. General practice M.D.s don't. They just parrot the Statin salesmen.

Comment: Re:Side effects may include death (Score 2) 201

by judoguy (#48980235) Attached to: Testosterone Increasingly Being Used To Fight Aging In Men

Not enough yet to say it's as clearly a bad idea as female HRT, but for sure it isn't something men should run out and do without a careful and personalized discussion with a knowledgeable (actual) doctor.

Even endocrinologists, unfortunately, are not immune to cant and insurance industry pressure.

Too many of them just run insurance driven diabetes shops and ignore actual science in adherence to "conventional practice", i.e., not what works, but what is defensible in court.

Comment: Re:Paradox (Score 3) 200

Community colleges are not equipped to train people for high-paying coding jobs. They can teach you the basics, sure, but any kind of advanced programming skill comes from interning, mentorship and/or *gasp* actually sitting home and coding, coding, coding. All night, non-stop, my-brain-is-a-compiler-now coding. Most people aren't fit for that, and it's not a crime to point that out.

I have no degrees of any kind. No community college, not even high school. I started by teaching myself programming 30+ years ago. Found that even with the dumb ass mistakes I was making, I provided as much, and often more value to my employers as the CIS grads we hired.

When I started, I had some real life experience with accounting, working with people, making payroll for my own construction business. Stuff not generally part of any programming degree. As the years went by, I looked for training where I could find it like online courses.

I make 150k+ a year as a consultant. Nothing at all with formal education (if it's real and useful) but after 30 years in the industry, watching people come and go, by FAR the most important thing is aptitude and nerdiness. And by nerdiness, I mean exactly what you're talking about. Actually being interested in goofy shit like algorithm optimization, ferreting out OS API secrets, etc., just for their own sake, apart from the business need of the moment.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by judoguy (#48757579) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
Marxism IS a religion. It's just doesn't have a spiritual component.

Priests(Marxist theoreticians), crusades, Inquisitions, enforced fervor, punishment for non-belief, holy books written by the founders(Marx & Engels), revered founders expressing revealed truth, etc.

Did I mention the part where many, many millions have been killed in trying to produce the true believer?

Sounds like a religion to me.

Whoever dies with the most toys wins.