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Comment Re: Build one (Score 1) 313

Graphics card isn't important? I guess if you're playing Zork, it's not. GPU and CPU handle different parts of the game . Case in point: Battle for Middle Earth. A good GPU allowed one to play with the best
graphics, but it was the CPU that allowed a greater number of units in the game. Disk access is also important these days but you still don't require an SSD for great gameplay.

Comment Re: I have no debt and a hefty savings account (Score 1) 386

You have no history of repaying debt. So yes, you're more of a risk than someone with a mortgage or credit card payments. If I didn't know you, I'd consider long and hard before loaning you money too. Perhaps the reason you have so much cash on hand is because you don't pay it back. :-)

Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1165

The problem, I think you'll find with safety training, is that people who are killing other people aren't in what most of us would call a right mind. Gearing up half a campus of kids (which are legally adults but in general kids) is asking to exacerbate the problem you're trying to solve -- gun deaths. Alcohol, high emotions, stress, crazy: all these negate any safety training and pretty much all are available in spades on a college campus. I'd be happier if I wasn't surrounded by armed students all day long on the off chance some complete nutter who is not a student decides to rampage.

Comment Re:Slower, Same range, within 5 years?!? (Score 4, Interesting) 213

Porsche doesn't compete with non-performance cars. From appearance and probably stats, this will be more in the supercar arena: Audi R8, BMW i8, Ferraris, Lamborghinis. My guess, if it's up to Porsche standards, one will be required to find at least $150,000 to afford this. Which, according to reports, is how much a fully loaded Tesla Model X will run (the price range is...large on that one: mid $70s to mid $100s).

I drive a Civic. I had a Porsche for a weekend earlier this year -- 911 Carrera S. I imagine it to be a land-based version of a fighter jet. I haven't driven a Tesla -- I hear they are very very nice, very fast off the line...but I wonder how their sport handling compares to a 911. Hmm...need to find me some Youtube comparisons...

Oh, and will someone explain what BMW is doing with the i3? When I think BMW, I think sport sedan. That thing has the specs of a Nissan Leaf and the looks of a Scion Cube. I'd expected something Tesla-ish.

Comment Re: Welcome to the Group! (Score 3) 198

Agree with above. Architect is a strategic position. You're not moving the Legos yourself anymore -- you bring in your team to give high level overviews to you, you listen to where they feel improvements could be made, and you use that as leverage to make even more significant improvements. You don't need access to AD --- you get people to talk about it and you discuss possible enhancements.

Comment Commoditization (Score 2) 405

Back in the 90s, IT people were magicians. Now they are plumbers. So much of today's infrastructure relies 100% on IT support -- people can't just write it down, or file it manually. IT folk are in charge of a giant, critical piece of the everyday workload. But expectations are that it will just work, and that things will keep moving forward as new technologies arise. Back in the day, IT could handle an entire 500 person company with 2 or 3 people -- it was all printers and email. Now it's files and databases and remote access and web apps and mobile apps and security and policies.

The IT folk who are more stressed are the ones who haven't staffed up. I've no comment on the younger set...I'll defer to Socrates as people have suggested.

Comment Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509

Certainly dept policies and enforcement of those policies will help change the culture of what's expected. But you have the remember the position description:

Your entire day is meeting people who are possibly engaged in criminal activity. You must be able to discern whether their activity is criminal; you must be prepared by verbal or physical means to halt criminal activity, even when the person is claiming innocence or threatening you. You may be called to a house for a domestic violence dispute, be allowed in, and see four people. You may not know who called, who is dangerous, but you must control the situation quickly.

People will, in general, not be nice to you. People will hate you. People will fear you. People will treat you like absolute garbage. Sometimes it will be their personality, sometimes it will be their culture, sometimes it will be because you have made a mistake. It is likely that every day of your job will be thankless and unreasonably taxing on your psyche.

The job is important. For every drug dealer you capture, there may be 10 less kids starting a life of dependency on a substance. Your very presence can stop a situation from becoming violent. The job is thankless because you deal with the perpetrators, not the victims. But you need to know that there are victims, otherwise who the hell would ever wear the badge?

It's a terrible but necessary job. And people are human. I am not forgiving them for committing their own crimes, but I get how it happens. It takes a very special person to do the job perfectly. Cases of significant abuse are *relatively* rare given the variety of duties police have. Prosecute the people who have failed, but be respective of the ones who have not.

Comment Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509

I think ideally you have a point, but realistically you can make the same argument for poor people. They should help themselves, right? Start their own company, claw their way to the top like everyone else. But you know, we're a competitive culture -- black or poor, rich or white, at a certain point there other people vying for your same space be it a job, a house, a business opportunity, a better bus seat. I don't know that there is anyone to blame, per say, weakness in the enemy, invincibility in oneself, whatever...but we as Americans are pretty particular about our environment, what we declare as our environment, and what we declare as our culture. We don't want people stepping on our stuff. And if that means actively keeping other people down, so be it.

We're not all like that, of course, and we're not all so devilish about it. But there are enough people who are that if you're not on top already, it's a real bear getting there.

Comment Flubber (Score 1) 480

Not logged in I saw a post by someone about Flubber. Can't easily find it (or log in) using an iPhone so here I am.

im a pretty firm believer that gravity has a lot to do with everything. Action over a distance is poop. There's something underneath the vacuum -- we are all just jiggles of whatever that is, and space is just a little less jiggly.

If someone is pulling energy from nowhere, it's likely scooting in nearly undetectable across the aether.

Comment Re:The Problem with Robots (Score 3, Insightful) 101

My concern is that companies will continue their current methods of spending money. For example:

Revenue: $100,000,000 per year
Salaries, VP+: $30,000,000 per year
Salaries, standard: $40,000,000 per year
Other (R&D, maintenance, etc): $30,000,000 per year

With Robots:
Revenue: $110,000,000 per year
Salaries: VP+ $50,000,000 per year
Salaries, standard: $30,000,000 per yar
Other (R&D, maintenance, etc): $30,000,000 per year

How'd they flip salaries? With robots in place, after the initial expenditure of conversion, you're bringing in $10,000,000 per year extra due to simply making things more efficient -- faster work, less errors, less levels of management. You've laid off $10,000,000 worth of employees, work now done by robots, and given that salary savings to the executives. The other option, which many companies decide not to take, is to raise salaries for the remaining standard employees, reduce time worked for standard employees while keeping them at their current rate, train standard employees in other tasks, etc. There's lots of places for that extra $20M to go instead of executives' pockets. And those places would be better for the company's future, if not for the executives' vacation destinations.

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