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Comment: Re:Not actually a bad idea. (Score 2) 368

by nametaken (#43762423) Attached to: Bloomberg To HS Grads: Be a Plumber

Amen.

My dad was a plumber for 30 years. That just happened to be after getting his masters. Most of the programmers and tech drones I've known couldn't hold a candle to him.

Somewhere along the line we decided that any programmer, IT guy, etc. are somehow smarter than anyone else. We're generally not. Learning to Google a solution to a problem is no more brilliant than anyone else working out how to do their profession.

Comment: Re:The best part of the article is at the bottom (Score 1) 555

by nametaken (#43727773) Attached to: N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

If only Obama were the actual socialist that a certain media company says he is, you might actually hate him less. But he's not: the bastard is corruptly selling his DoJ to the highest bidder in a way that would horrify Marx and Engels. If only GWB were the conservative he ran as, you would hate him less, but at least your cold uncaring government would be cheap. But he wasn't: somehow the dimwit managed to commit to more spending of public funds than LBJ and FDR combined, funnelling it into contractors' pockets at everyone's expense.

Shit man, I'm totally going to steal this paragraph from you, intact. That was a great way to illustrate what a lot of us have been saying for a long time... politics is bullshit.

Nicely done. Really.

+ - North Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"-> 7

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nametaken (610866) writes "From the state that brought you the nation’s first ban on climate science comes another legislative gem: a bill that would prohibit automakers from selling their cars in the state.

The proposal, which the Raleigh News & Observer reports was unanimously approved by the state’s Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, would apply to all car manufacturers, but the intended target is clear. It’s aimed at Tesla, the only U.S. automaker whose business model relies on selling cars directly to consumers, rather than through a network of third-party dealerships.

[The article adds] it’s easy to understand why some car dealers might feel a little threatened: Tesla’s Model S outsold the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8 last quarter without any help from them. If its business model were to catch on, consumers might find that they don’t need the middle-men as much as they thought."

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Comment: Re:even better (Score 1) 88

However, the Pentagon and other federal agencies are already using those airwaves for everything from flying drones and surveillance to satellites and air combat training.

All the more reason to hand it over to civilian mobile phone use.

You think they'd just stop flying drones, call off air combat training, and neglect to send up replacement satellite hardware?

Comment: Re:What a relief. (Score 2) 614

by nametaken (#43661467) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

Say, can you write a proposal for how this will save oodles of money upgrading IE8 on 10000 machines to IE10, even tho it will brake the internal apps of about 15 different departments? Maybe you can also write 15 separate proposals for them to renew their contracts with the people who originally wrote the apps, and proposals for the cases where the original dev is long gone and we'll need to do a full replacement.

So the excuse is, "But maintaining an important app involves work."? What someone really ought to write is a termination notice.

Anyone that has a large businesses' critical applications tied to decade+ old technology has grossly underperformed in their position. And if they inherited that mess, it was their first priority to clean up after former, horribly inept individual, with the explicit goal of dealing with the elephant in the room. If they still don't have a plan to extricate the business from a miserable position, where it's their job to do so, they're simply not doing their job.

From a tech perspective, the idea of having anything tied to IE8 is a little ridiculous, as anything written at the time should've been spec'd for cross-browser support, or at worst, require minor rendering bugfixes. Everyone knew better by then.

Anyone still asleep at their desk while a company relies on IE6 should be terminated as soon as possible, no questions asked, and preferably never employed in tech again. That's an absurd situation, for which there's no imaginable excuse.

Comment: Re:Whew! I'm so relieved (Score 1) 127

Yeah, this seems like a simple enough problem to solve. Well, simple for new installations.

That video, which is the first I've ever seen on this, mentions that the location is about 1,000 ft (300m) away, but it looks like the distance needs to be greater than that.

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