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Comment Re:Sputnik? (Score 1) 34

but the development of the Shuttle and the Soviets' failure with their equivalent

Actually, the Soviets succeeded in realizing that an airplane-shaped payload strapped onto the side of a rocket makes no sense after only one flight. It took us over 100 flights before we realized the same thing. I think they won that round.

Comment False sense of security (Score 3, Insightful) 212

It means you have absolutely no security.

You can have plenty of job security as a freelancer just so long as you do something valuable. If what you are doing isn't very valuable then you won't have any job security no matter where you are working.

No benefits, no paid time off, etc. None of this is conducive to a proper work/life balance.

Welcome to being an entrepreneur. You want time off? You earn enough to take some time. You want work/life balance? You earn it. Sometimes getting there requires working pretty hard for a while. You talk about work/life balance as if it is something you are entitled to have rather than something you earn. There's nothing wrong with working for someone else but very few people can earn a substantial income without a lot of time, effort and risk.

This is fine when you are single and have a safety net to fall back on. But that doesn't work when hard times hit and you have no net and/or you have a family.

Working for a company won't protect you when hard times hit. In fact it tends to create a false sense of security. It's up to you to build a safety net. And having a family does not preclude starting a company or working for yourself. I've experienced all those things at various times.

Comment Working more than one job (Score 1) 212

I worked more than 1 job before. IT SUCKS??!

When I was in college I worked two jobs, competed in Division 1 sports and got an engineering degree, all simultaneously. After grad school I started a consulting company and had multiple active clients at any given time. Right now I work a full time job, coach two youth sports teams during the winter and am very active on the board of a non-profit. My wife currently works as a MD at up to 3 different hospitals/labs in a given week. My mother worked a full time job, often a second part time job, got her college degree and put my sister and I through private school. Frankly the notion that it is impossible to do more than one job is absurd unless you take a job you physically cannot handle.

I never felt so humiliated and a slave and my body shutdown. My blood vessels were bursting at the soles of my feet and heels.

What the hell were you doing?

Comment Be more valuable than just a warm body (Score 1) 212

As a freelancer you will likely be bidding on jobs with other freelancers from impoverished countries willing to "do the needful" for pennies. Welcome to Hell.

Only if you are an idiot with no marketable skills. You have to be a weapons grade idiot to seek work that can be outsourced so easily and where the only condition in the negotiation is price.

Comment Change is inevitable (Score 5, Insightful) 212

And at what point can we reevaluate this and say "six jobs at one time is not a job, it's being taken advantage of".

It's not being taken advantage of. It's called being a freelancer. There is lots of work in the world that does not require being in a single place for 40+ hours each week. Just because it is different doesn't mean it is worse or that you are being taken advantage of. I've held as many as 3-4 "jobs" at a given time. It's normal if you are a freelancer.

I don't pretend to know what the future will look like but the one thing I'm certain of is that it won't look like today. The job market your parents had isn't the one you will have and the one your kids will have will be different still. Get used to it.

Comment Degree of malfeasance (Score 1) 165

Ah, that's exactly what GM did. They hid a problem they knew was killing people.

They hid (and/or didn't recognize) a problem once the data was brought to their attention. The engineers were incompetent but probably not criminal. The management was quite possibly criminal in addition to incompetent but the cover up was of a mistake, not an intentionally engineered fraud. With VW both the engineers and the management were criminial. Both companies have blood on their hands (literally) but most people are more willing to forgive what GM did that what VW did. It speaks to VW being more corrupt from top to bottom which compared with GM is kind of saying something.

Comment Incompetent engineering vs criminal (Score 1) 165

Read into it a little before responding defending them if you want to have a reasoned discussion.

I've read into it plenty and I work in the industry. I'm not defending GM, I'm explaining why people are able to forgive their actions slightly more easily than those of VW. GM made a technical error and then management decided it wasn't worth correcting. In hindsight this was clearly wrong but there is at least plausible deniability that it was an error instead of a fraud. My company makes products that go into GM cars and I'm VERY familiar with how GM operates. I'm very willing to believe the problem was mostly a matter of incompetence because that would be entirely consistent with my direct dealings with GM engineering and management. I can very easily believe they thought it wasn't significant enough to justify a recall even though that decision was clearly epically stupid in hindsight. Furthermore the engineers at GM didn't commit the fraud, GM's management did. The worst you can really say about GMs engineers is that they weren't competent.

VW's actions on the other hand were clearly not a mistake or incompetence. They set out to intentionally and deliberately deceive customers and regulators. They intentionally and knowingly engaged in what is basically toxic waste dumping. VW engineering AND management were complicit in this fraud.

The issue was a design mistake, but the process of covering it up and not acting to fix a life threatening issue wasn't;

I believe that is exactly what I said.

Comment Re:Violence! (Score 3, Insightful) 466

It was a war. Shit happens.

No, it wasn't a war. It was a series of heavy-handed, ultra-violent overreactions to minor incidents which themselves were responses to systematic oppression. Military action often does kill civilians, the so-called "collateral damage", but herding groups of unarmed women and children into a building and then deliberately shelling that building to kill them all is not collateral damage; the unarmed civilians were the target.

If you want to understand what's really going on in Israel, I highly recommend you read "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel", by Max Blumenthal. It's a hard book to read, not because Blumenthal isn't a good writer but because the truth is so horrible. And if you doubt that it is the truth, check the included citations.

Comment Fraud versus negligence (Score 0) 165

GM kills over a hundred people with a known fault and nobody in the US seems to give a shit

The flaw in the GM cars was obviously an accident. Nobody thinks GM was designing their cars to hurt people or violate the law even if they later covered up or ignored the problem. VW clearly and deliberately ordered their engineers to design the car to pollute more than allowed. One is some combination of negligence/incompetence and the other is deliberate fraud.

We can forgive a company that makes a mistake, even one that in hindsight is really dumb and obvious. Harder to forgive a company that intentionally and with malice aforethought tried to defraud customers and regulators. Pollution hurts people and the environment and there are very good reasons why we care about what comes out of vehicle tailpipes. We have reasonable estimates of the number of people killed each year directly and indirectly by pollution. Don't think for a moment that VWs actions didn't have any effect on the lives of others.

Comment Re:Allow me to predict the comments (Score 1) 233

At this size and price, Pi is going to take a serious bite out of the Arduino community.

It will take some, but the AVR (not necessarily Arduino) still has a few distinct advantages for some applications. TheRPi is a 3.3V device and the GPIO pins are NOT 5V tolerant. There's a lot of nice TTL hardware out there that it won't play nice with. Meanwhile, you can get a very small pro-mini clone from China for $2 each. The other area the RPi won't touch is extreme low power. If you remove the regulator and power LED (or on the pro-mini, cut the solder link to them), you can drop to 10s of micro-amps in various sleep modes and wake on pin-change interrupts or the watchdog timer. That makes a big difference if you want to run it on a LiIon battery. If you underclock the AVR (using the clock divider register) it can easily operate reliably down to the low cutoff voltage of the battery.

That's not meant to take anything from the Pi zero. It opens a lot of possibilities where you need more CPU power than the AVR can offer.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 754

Looks over at the stock market, Apple's stock price this fine Sunday morning is $117.81

Apple in 2015 isn't going through a OS restructuring that started almost 20 years ago. The company survived the transition. Look at the stock price in the mid 1990s through early 2000s. Counting the splits around $.60-$1.50.

So as for lack of clue....

Submission + - Professor saves home with smart sprinklers from 3,000km away (engadget.com)

bricko writes: Professor saves home with smart sprinklers from 3,000km away

Deadly bushfires have swept across South Australia this week, destroying countless properties and natural spaces. One ingenious professor was able to save his rural home, however, by remotely activating sprinklers using a smartphone.

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