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Comment: Re:Texas? (Score 1) 172

by luis_a_espinal (#47502113) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Certainly I didn't mean to totally ignore politics. If you took my post that way then I understand your response. My point is that primary drivers for a state & location selection are much more 'what can you do for me" based wrt taxes, infrastructure, energy cost, etc. If they get political concessions in that mix, great, but without those other items covered, the political end becomes meaningless.

That is not true, not with some industries, in particular energy which you mention. Politics play a pivotal role, even a primary one. No, that's not what I advocate, nor what it should be. But reality is reality, and until politics gets out of moneyland, and money gets out of politics, if people want to run a business on energy, transportation or pharma (just to name a few), CEOs will have to be political savvy and make decisions based on politics.

Comment: Re:Texas? (Score 1) 172

by luis_a_espinal (#47502089) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

If yo think political battling should take precedence over actual financial setup success, good luck. FWIW, If Tesla wants Texas to change, the best way is to startup in Texas.

That is not what I say ('Murika wtf, what happened to reading comprehension?), but hey, I am not one to judge you if are into building strawman arguments.

Comment: Re:Texas? (Score 2) 172

by luis_a_espinal (#47500031) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

A good CEO will not let politics, revenge or reward guide the decision, but rather consider the total package/environment and how that supports the success model. But, regardless of which states are in the running, the trick is to always have several competitive states in the mix right up till the end, even if you've already decided internally, just to make sure you get the best deal possible.

Hahahahaha, that is the stupidest thing I have ever heard? Where are you been all this time? Under a rock on Endor? Selling cars directly to customers is highly politicized, and there is no way a good CEO will make decisions without taking that into account.

It would be nice if we had a true free market where companies can sell their products directly to customers (and let the best product win) without interest groups lobbying for their right to be "middle man". But this is 'Murika, land of the free (when you can afford it), home of the brave (when you have the moolah to back it up.)

Tesla is being prevented from selling directly to customers because of politics, not market forces.

This is a huge political battle that Tesla must win for its benefit (and for the benefit of us all.) That requires political awareness and acumen.

A good CEO for Tesla will take politics into consideration when making decisions. When an industry

Comment: Re:Texas? (Score 1) 172

by luis_a_espinal (#47500005) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

This is why you're not a CEO or politician. Building this factory in Texas would make it harder for politicians to fight "Texas Made" cars. Sure the mouth pieces and opposition will still be there, but the mouth pieces promoting the cars would get a lot louder. Once you get Texas on board, a lot of southern states are easier. They are looking how to move forward, not punish for history. Remember the next round of Tesla cars will be SUVs and bog standard sedans. Not pick up truck territory, but certainly Texas soccer mom and Austin city car markets.

^^^ This. You can't win manufacturing lobbying wars without winning Texas.

Comment: Re:Texas? (Score 4, Interesting) 172

by luis_a_espinal (#47499995) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

I mean, it makes perfect sense to reward a state that makes it as difficult as possible to sell a vehicle with Tesla's sales model.

It makes perfect (business) sense to locate it in a state with depressed wages, huge amounts of available land, little-to-no zoning restrictions, lax environmental regulations, and politicians that are at least a buy-able as the rest. Hell, if it's good enough for the oil and gas industry...

Really? You really want to go there? True that huge chunks of employment in Texas is in the Walmart-like category for people with no specialized skills. But for manufacturing and up, wages are decent and the economy is booming. Go to Austin, Dallas or Houston for good paying jobs without the ridiculous hassles that you see in the Bay area: ageism, gentrification, and most important of all, absurd zoning laws that prevent creation of new housing/rental units to accommodate the growing population (and which causes housing/rental prices to be absurd to anyone except couples where both partners are in IT/STEM/Software.). The same is true in Seattle, Portland ,The Triangle and Denver (in particular Denver.) Texas is doing fine, more than fine. Just because there are a bunch of backwater NIMBY small towns full of folks who thing America's best years were 30-40 years ago, that doesn't mean the state is crap. People are moving there in droves for a reason, small businesses are booming, people in manufacturing are doing well. And most importantly, whether you work in STEM or in a factory plan, you can still afford an actual house that is not a hole in the wall (Sillycon Valleeey, I'm looking at you.)

Texas is doing well, and will be doing well for a long time. It is fair to criticize, but try to give some credit where credit is due every once in a while instead of blindly following the bash-your-favorite-dead-horse crowd.

Comment: Re:Who will be auditing Snowden's code? (Score 1) 129

by luis_a_espinal (#47499941) Attached to: Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

So, who will be auditing Snowden's code? I wouldn't even consider using anything he wrote without independent third party audits .... lots of audits of the code, design, algorithms, everything. And no binaries that he builds.

Imagine the evasive power of the dual or triple functionality achieved by some of the Obfuscated C content entries combined with the subtle designs of Russian government cryptographers. No threat there, no sir.

Can he actually write code? And I mean code at the level of sophistication required for the type of functionality he is calling for? What he is calling for is way beyond the realm of sysadmin-related programming.

Comment: Re:Confused. (Score 5, Informative) 752

by luis_a_espinal (#47476549) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Two other airplanes (non-commercial with much lower loss of life and thus less interesting to news outlets I presume) were shot down within the week in similar airspace. Why aren't we discussing those?

Because non-commercial airplanes being shot down in a war zone is not an out-of-the-ordinary technical news... not unless there were interesting technical attributes to the story .ie. new anti-missile system technology, radar, anti-missile technology failure, etc. A commercial jet, and a big one at that, being shot down in a war zone, then brings a whole bunch of technical topics to discuss? What lead to the airplane being mis-identified? What technical prevention mechanisms could have been used to prevent this? Would it be worth while to explore temporary expansion of flight routes to avert war zones? Etc, etc.

Go ahead and try to put a techie spin on it, but the point remains that we're only oogling over this because a bunch of people died, which not only seem distasteful, but again, has nothing to with the type of news this site represents.

No, that is only you putting that spin on it so that you can accuse others of distasteful oogling. Stop projecting... or not, whatever rocks your boat and gives you a moment to build faux moral outrage and pass it as your moral accomplishment of the day.

Comment: Re:Stack Overflow reputation (Score 1) 285

by luis_a_espinal (#47408127) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

Stack Overflow reputation indicates that you're a 1337 documentation writer, not necessarily that you know how to program.

You can infer the later from the quality and technical depth of the former. You can't routinely create highly technical programming responses without having the programming skills and experience to go with them.

Comment: Re:Github Followers (Score 1) 285

by luis_a_espinal (#47408101) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

Funny you mention that. I was just looking over some gigs on Craigslist. I clicked an ad for a "Magento/Joomla Developer" and the first thing they list in the requirements is, "Strong Project Management Abilities".

I sort of feel like emailing them so I can ask why they want their developer to also be the project manager ... it's a rhetorical question since the ad is for a "boutique ad agency".

If you are a team lead developer, you better have some project management skills. Once you start working with code masses beyond a certain size and complexity, you enter the realm of engineering, with coding being an important but not the only skill required. Management and organizational skills are paramount in such circumstances.

Crapware is created not just because of a lack of good coding skills, but also because of lack of organizational skills.

Comment: Re:Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 702

obviously its a first world problem, big fucking deal. if we had to worry about getting parasites from standing in other people's shit to do our business then we would complain about that instead. people complain about things that bother them, so what's your point?

The point is that you should get some fucking perspective, and complain the most about abuse of authority and the efficiency (or lack thereof) of our security apparatus (important) and a lot less about issues of comfort (non-important, bullshit.) Former == have a conscience and a functioning brain. Later == Irrelevant Kim Kardashian bullcrap.

Comment: Re:seems like snowden did the exact same thing. (Score 2) 95

by luis_a_espinal (#47407973) Attached to: Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

Well: * The documents are being revealed to the public now and document events from 30-40 years ago. * These are documents that he personally worked with, rather than a cache of documents acquired for the purpose of copying and releasing them. * There's no question, I think, that this guy was a spy and defector. He was moved from Russia to the UK with the help of UK intelligence agencies in exchange for Russian secrets. Nobody's trying to claim that he's a "whistleblower". No comment on his actions or motivations vs. Snowden's, but they are potentially substantially different. * This guy is dead.

Up to you to decide if any of these are substantive differences and why, but there are distinct differences.

Your answer makes too much sense, and it was not marinated in bullshit sauce at all. That is not how we post replies in slashdot!(10+1)

Comment: Comply first. Litigate later. (Score 3, Informative) 349

but GitHub has complied with Qualcomm's DMCA request.

Comply first. Litigate later. This is the smart thing to do most of the time. For GitHub, it is not like they are being forced to give the keys to the kingdom or to hand over sensitive data customers entrusted to it. No no data is lost or compromised. It is simply inaccessible while GitHub tries to litigate hopefully with sponsorship by those GitHub users that are being affected.

Comment: Re:Blame Google. (Score 1) 239

> As opposed to all of those other companies that love spending money and hate making it?

Low UID completely missing the point. You must be in your 40s at least by now. Too bad your mental development is still stuck at the level of a dumbass teenager.

That's an invective, not a counter argument.

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