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Comment: Soviets? (Score 1) 29

by Tablizer (#46800765) Attached to: RIP, NASA Moon Landing Engineer John C. Houbolt

If I am not mistaken, one of the reasons the Soviet Union gave up the moon race is that the rendezvous-at-the-moon approach was considered too complicated for their electronics of the day, so they tried for the "big rocket" approach instead.

However, the shear size of the thing was too much to manage, creating a giant explosion in tests that killed key researchers.

Comment: Re:"subject" (Score 3, Informative) 111

by bill_mcgonigle (#46796389) Attached to: Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

Can boken be overdone? Sure. A 1mm think depth of field is overdoing it, but so is shooting at f/16 everywhere. But even a thin DoF and the right can result in some magical results

Just because you know what you're talking about, and we're among friends:

It's bokeh, with an 'h'. And it refers to the character of the blur, not the blur itself. If you've got an image, say f/3.4, a hipster might say "nice bokeh" to you, but he means that you have a good lens, not that you've selected a good aperture. And then he might also suggest you make a "glisse" print. ;)

And, of course, shallow depth of field is a huge fad, and there's an entire generation of kids who won't ever be able to tell where they were in any of their childhood pictures. *That* will seem very "early 21st century" in a couple decades.

Comment: Re:What poetry is this? (Score 1) 166

by Alsee (#46795773) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Or flip the view:
A towering bank undercut by a small church.

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In the intersection between religion and the modern world
Religion razes grandeur to the ground for 20 pieces of silver.
In the intersection between religion and the modern world
Religion refuses to budge from barren historical ground.
In the intersection between religion and the modern world
A towering bank undercut by a small church nearly kills us.

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Comment: Re:they couldn't have just read Dilbert? (Score 1) 211

by Tablizer (#46792207) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

It's so universal it's seen everywhere.

Managers should also be formally judged by their underlings. If they score low or fail to improve in problem categories, they get docked pay.

It can be an anonymous survey with 20 or so categories such as "Shows respect to me (employee)", "Explains my tasks clearly", "Listens to and thoughtfully considers my opinion", "Gives me meaningful and relevant work", "Explains the purpose of my work in terms of organizational goals", etc.

Comment: Re:Outsourcing! Management Sux! What?!? (Score 1) 211

by Tablizer (#46792161) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

But third-world labor is often cheaper because those countries don't have and/or enforce labor, safety, and pollution laws. Should we trash the USA in order to compete with those used to living in trashy country?

Further, individuals here don't have the ability to change their entire country even if they personally wanted the trade-offs offered by such an Ayn Rand "paradise".

And why reward trashy countries for being trashy by giving them our jobs? We should encourage them to get civilized.

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