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Comment Re:Institutional Knowledge (Score 1) 149

I've been pondering that subject lately. If what you say is true, then shouldn't the company with the experienced employees and the institutional knowledge have a competitive advantage in their markets? I would have thought that advantage would have manifested fairly early as the quality of the shoddy competitors declines, but I haven't seen such a trend. I'd also expect the advantage to widen as the companies composed of nothing but temps loses institutional knowledge over time. Again, not seeing it.

Continuing on with my hypothesis, shouldn't the experienced employees be able to easily form a new company and drive the outsourcing ones out of the industry? I'm starting to see a few hints of that through anecdotal evidence, but not enough to draw conclusions yet.

Comment Re: pilots once they start flying their unmanned.. (Score 1) 183

Imagine if RC cars were a relatively new thing.. and people started attaching cameras to them and driving them on the freeway around emergency responders.

There are already laws in place to punish anyone doing such a thing. Just like there already are for flying model airplanes in the way of real aircraft.

Comment Re:Infringing on the freedom of the press (Score 1) 183

Because vehicle registration like that is a state-level activity, not a federal activity. And congress, in the 2012 FRMA law, explicitly fended the FAA off from doing some of this stuff. But the Obama administration is trying yet another counter-constitutional end-run by acting at the DoT level instead of the FAA level, and the task force is recommending that EVERY RC FLYING ANYTHING, including a kid's 9-ounce fixed wing toy plane, make that kid subject to federal registration and fines if he doesn't. Yeah, 9 ounces. 250 grams. Are you paying attention?

Comment Which Is To Say (Score 1) 107

A third if their time coming up with new corporate password rules, a third of their time architecting the Citrix solution that is going to propel the company into the brave future of 1998 and a third of their time requiring their employees to get training on whatever the bandwagon buzzword of the month is (This quarter it's Rally/Agile/Scrum.) You know, honestly, the company would be a lot better off if a freak software error caused that guy to fall down an elevator shaft.

Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 1) 570

A wall built for one purpose will work just as fine for the other. Just like surveillance systems built to catch terrorists will work perfectly fine to keep tabs on you, too.

Really? Have you been hearing a lot about how the areas of the US/Mexican border that are actually fenced off and have been for years are being used to prevent dissident US citizens from fleeing their oppressive country into Mexico? Please, do go on. Can't wait for the links you can't provide because you're being completely disingenuous and you know it.

Comment Electing a New People is Treason (Score 1) 482

In the US We the People are sovereign. Dissolving The People and electing a new one is treason. It doesn't matter if that is accomplished by throwing the "old" people into gas ovens or simply rendering the conscientious portion of the middle class effectively incapable of responsible replacement reproduction -- if you do either by commission or omission from a position of public trust and authority, it is an act of treason.

To go from there to saying "Oh, gee, we're suffering a demographic collapse so let's import lots of immigrants to replace The People." you are making those immigrants accomplices to genocide.

Either treason or genocide are hanging offences and the vast majority of the US Federal Government officials are guilty.

Comment Re:Don't Use UTC (Score 1) 143

Well the major languages I looked at (C, Java, Perl) just ignore leap seconds, as does the POSIX standard. If you ignore leap seconds, you're not UTC and saying you are is incorrect. Maybe you're actually just TAI, but probably not since the language APIs don't know about SI seconds and work on the assumption that there are 86400 seconds in a day. But since it's a linear timescale, I can at least convert to and from another one when doing astronomical calculations.

I haven't checked but I suspect the situation is as bad on the Microsoft side of things, given that those guys still completely fail at DST adjustments on a regular basis. It's difficult to imagine them getting the occasional extra second every now and again correct. And really this situation would be fine except that everything always seems to break whenever anyone actually tries to use NTP to handle it correctly.

So if I have a hypothetical database of satellite locations that are a month old and the spec calls for them to be stored in UTC, it immediately becomes impossible to correctly plot their locations on a map. Especially since the spec for the inputs also says UTC but the identifier in the file always indicates "Zulu Time". Which I believe is just GMT. So you already have a 26 or so second probable error putting the coordinate into the database (~15 miles off the satellite's location) which will only get magnified if anyone else between you and the database tries to do leap second accounting again. This is kind of a problem if you're trying to hit a target within half a meter on the surface of the Earth with a "Laser." You'll be aiming at Saddam and accidentally hit a French embassy. Entirely hypothetical example.

Of course, if you start needing sub-second precision (Say, for targeting a femtosecond "laser" at the surface of the earth,) you might need to start thinking about relativity, since your atomic clock on your satellite will drift from your atomic clock for your ground station at sea level, even though both of them only ever lose a second about once every few trillion years. And they'll both be correct. Then you start to realize that the universe is just some poorly-written n-dimensional graduate student's thesis project, demonstrating how to convert hydrogen into plutonium, and retire to a profession where you don't have to deal with any span of time shorter than a season.

Comment Re:Godwin (Score 1) 570

a list of the worst things that have happened in the recorded history of the world, the USA's enslavement of black people would be right up near the top of the list

But not the European enslavement of black people? Or the enslavement of black people by OTHER black people that predated any European enslavement of black people? Or the still ongoing enslavement of black people by other black people (and Arabs, etc) that's happening right now? Your focus on the "USA's" enslavement (as if that institution wasn't in place for a couple of European-controlled centuries in North America and in Europe before there even was a USA) is pure drivel, and you know it. And then your fake ignorance of the intellectual and eventually physical civil war that erupted over and led to the practice of ending slavery - a cause to which untold thousands of white Americans gave their lives - that's a pretty tall order of disingenuous cherry picking on your part.

I would put helping poor people first

That would be nice. The first thing to do would be to stop voting for the people who have been conducting their "war on poverty" for decades, and who have done nothing but create a multi-generational ocean of people dependent on the vast bureaucracy and spending that that effort has ginned up. You want to see fewer people in poverty? Stop rewarding multiple births in single-parent households where absent fathers and disinterested mothers create rudderless, illiterate, unskilled, and often drug-addicted, violent kids even in areas where their cities spend enough per child on education to put three other kids through top quality private schools in any other place. The problem you're talking about, shy of true mental illness, isn't about resources. It's about local culture. Period. If you really think that you need to fix that, you have to take kids out of that environment and raise them away from it. Are you ready to make that case? Ready to take kids from their toxic neighborhoods and homes so they don't repeat the cycle of ignorance and a criminal world view? No? Then what sort of "help" did you have in mind, specifically? Give them more stuff? Spend more than $10,000 per student per year on school?

Wait. I know. We should rid their neighborhoods of the crime that plagues those places, so they can pursue a more constructive life. How should we do that? Perhaps make sure that the local criminal gangs aren't staffed up with members that cycle repeatedly through the legal system and return to commit the same crimes over and over again? Nope, can't do that, because that involved police, and we all know that police are now officially evil, and locking up violent gang members is officially racist. Looking forward to your specific suggestions, and explanations as to why they've never been tried before or have never worked before, but will now, because of how you're suggesting them.

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