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Comment: Merkel wasn't two-faced about spying on friends (Score 4, Interesting) 166

'Spying among friends is not at all acceptable,' Merkel said

And I doubt very much Turkey is a true friend of Germany: it's a economical, immigration and to a certain extent, religious threat to Germany - or at least perceived as such by a sizeable part of the German population. It's also a liability, as it's capable of singlehandedly dragging Germany into the huge Iraqi and middle-eastern quagmire if it starts to get involved and calls on NATO members to provide help.

Turkey just happens to be a member of NATO like Germany, is all. That doesn't make the two friends.

Comment: Re:Bottom line... (Score 4, Informative) 166

...nation states are always a bunch of hypocritical jerks.

Oh please, don't be disingenuous. It's been well known by everybody for decades that every state in the world spies on all the other statse, and that to a certain extent, every state spies on every one of its citizens too.

The real problem comes when a certain state is outed, and flat out lies about its domestic and international spying activities to the representants of its own people.

Comment: Why would a paywall keep trolls out? (Score 1) 381

by putaro (#47694595) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

It might keep a few out but there are people who get their jollies out of trolling and the outrage that they create and might be willing to pay a few bucks for their hobby. It's been going on at least since Usenet (mid 80's).

I do enjoy small scale discussion on Facebook. I usually limit people who can post on my comments to friends of friends and that keeps the discussions more civil and usually more relevant. Perhaps the real problem is just that the number of people who can post a comment on many discussions is just too large. There is the risk of living in an echo chamber, though. Maybe a discussion site that creates groups with a representative sample of views, etc.

Comment: Re:Those aren't business decisions (Score 1) 371

by putaro (#47691363) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

They get an unlimited bonus structure so that there's no limit to how much they will sell. Sales people are greedy bastards and they will follow the money trail management creates, regardless of whether it is good or bad for the company. Structuring the sales compensation is very important - I've seen many instances where the salespeople are doing things that are not good for the company but maximize their payoffs.

Why do sales people wind up in charge? Because they sell everyone else on how wonderful they are. If you don't have a management team with some real knowledge of the business you will wind up with self-promoters running everything.

Comment: Those aren't business decisions (Score 2) 371

by putaro (#47688643) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

I'm an engineer who runs a business. I know the tradeoff between technology and costs. And figuring out how and where something should be validated is not a "business decision". It might be a business process decision, but unless it affect the bottom line (for example, the validation costs $50 so we only do it when a customer is just about to purchase) it's not a business decision.

There's a real problem with engineers not understanding business just as much as there's a problem with business types not understanding engineering. I had one of my engineers say to me once "I don't understand why we have sales people" (hint for those of you nodding along with him - it's so we get income so the engineers and everyone else can get paid). I've seen companies where engineering gold-plated the systems architecture to the point where the company couldn't make money with the deployed hardware.

Business isn't all that complicated and anyone competent as an engineer should be able to understand it (you may not like it but that's another issue entirely). Figuring out how the costs of a system affect the business, how the features in a product affect its salability, these are things that a good engineer will understand, and will probably wind up explaining to the business people.

Comment: Re:Go vertical! (Score 1) 168

by putaro (#47688529) Attached to: Processors and the Limits of Physics

Think different!

Maybe instead of stacking the chips, you put one on the bottom and have it double as a backplane and then mount additional dies to it vertically (like itty bitty expansion cards). Then you can get some airflow or other coolant flow in between those vertically mounted dies.

These kinds of funky solutions will only show up when they're cost-effective (that is, absolutely needed). The reason we stick with flat dies (and single die packages) is because it's cheaper to make/mount a single die in a package. However, when the performance is really needed we'll start seeing some innovative solutions.

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