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Comment: Re:Expert?? (Score 1) 442

by nuggz (#47702441) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Actually we DO have equations for all the physics that relate to it.
They teach the basics in a course called "statics", then when they start moving they call it "dynamics".
Then you get into solid mechanics/Mechanics of Deformable solids (think steel as a sponge).

Then there is of course FEA, which is just an application of MODS, and really just a massive mess/"system" of equations.

Comment: Multi voting shares (Score 1) 275

by nuggz (#47271025) Attached to: Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

Sheesh, sell off a bunch of low vote, or non-voting shares.

There was a big whine fest about the Google share split of the C, non voting, but everyone forgets that nobody can buy B class stock (10 votes per share).

Companies do it all the time, and some investors are okay being silent partners if they think the management is good.

Comment: Re:Bets, anyone? (Score 1) 431

by nuggz (#47255787) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

I'm quite aware of that, which is why the automotive industry is so specific about how everything gets done, and tested.

Really the number of assembly or manufacturing defects in automotive is astonishingly small. A lot of that is all that "overhead" like having a control plan for every single component. The amount of background work to do anything in automotive is really mindboggling.

Comment: Re:Good, but... (Score 1) 350

by nuggz (#46988573) Attached to: Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

A well thought out procedure would be good.
However someone will figure out a way to exploit it anyway.
It will be so cumbersome as to be unusable, and people won't use it.

Apparently some potentially violent situations are reported by single calls. Being seen to ignore such a call is very "costly" (in Public opinion, potentially lives), whereas kicking in some innocent guys door is still seen as mostly forgivable by the public.

Comment: Business case (Score 1) 383

by nuggz (#45593269) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

To justify spending on any project, you have to explain why it is worth spending money on. This is standard practice for any large expenditure.

It's a simple concept, but it's hard to do well.

Simply identify the benefits of hiring someone, and their value. If the additional value is more than their cost, by the required return, they'll spend the money.

If you spend your time doing other stuff, point out you spend x% of your time doing this other stuff, and if you consider the context switching overhead you're very inefficient. That's often enough to hire a jr support guy.

Comment: Microsoft & UI (Score 1) 310

by nuggz (#45490991) Attached to: Xbox One Released

I liked the old MS UI work.

They pushed for the Common user interface stuff back in the DOS days, and it was great.

Now they're trying to merge desktop, tablet, phone & TV/Xbox into a consistent theme of UI. It's hard but they're pushing hard.
They're getting a lot of pushback, but I think that's inherent in what they are doing, Gnome 3 is getting the same thing.

Apple however does the same thing, but they've conditioned their customer base to accept the Apple way.

"Ada is the work of an architect, not a computer scientist." - Jean Icbiah, inventor of Ada, weenie