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Comment They're actually closer to architects. (Score 1) 568

Software people are much closer to architects than engineers. The work falls much closer to the creative artistic than the applied physics that is the hallmark of engineering. But like traditional architects they work in a medium that requires consideration of human factors and laws of nature, just mathematical laws in the software case more than physical. Unfortunately the Software Architect title usually only falls to the person in charge of the top level overall design, when in fact the developers are also architecting their individual pieces. I think that the current industrial goal is to move those people actually doing the coding to the position that a civil engineer working with an architect has, but I think that is misguided.

Comment Yes but a trade union not a labour union (Score 3, Interesting) 177

Strangely enough; unionization could actually facilitate this in a better way. If the trade union and not labour union model was used.

In a trade union, you contact the union and request a number of qualified skilled workers for the job; they do the job on contract and leave. So if you were renovating a building you might contact the Electrician union and get 3 Master Electricians and 5 Journeymen to do a job. They'll come and do the wiring, and you pay their union rate and when the job is over they're employment ends. The union takes care of benefits. If Jack shows up and you hate him you fire him and get a different person from the union. The union polices the skill of their members, and provides benefits from their dues.

So you would call the IT union and get your certified IT workers to complete the job and you pay the union rates. Of course, to square this analogy we might have to get licensed architects for the design to start with too. Maybe we take this further and the designs have to be signed of on by a PE and filed for reference too, so no more do you have confidential system architecture; for the public good needs to be regulated for safety. And then the system inspectors have to approve in test as well.

The more I think about this the more I expect that there will be a trade union for these type jobs; it solves many issues; at least as many for the companies as for the workers.

Comment Forget Amazon; they can't even Match Home Depot (Score 1) 203

They maybe should set their sites on trying to match Home Depot. They are doing the model that Walmart purports to be going after. The difference being that when I do a buy and pickup at store; it actually gets picked and is waiting for me at Home Depot, but not so at Walmart. The online and in store stock db matches on Home Depot, but not at Walmart.

I guess it comes down to; Walmart's business plan could work and be successful; however to be able to execute they have to have store managers that are competent, and that seems to be against their policy.

Submission + - The FAA Has Missed Its Congressionally Mandated Deadline to Regulate Drones (

derekmead writes: When Congress passed the FAA Modernization Act in 2012, it gave the agency until September 30, 2015 to fully regulate commercial drones for use in the United States. Well, it's October 1, and we're left with a patchwork of regulatory band-aids, quasi-legal "guidelines," and a small drone rule that still hasn't gone into effect yet.

This news shouldn't surprise anyone. The agency has missed most every milestone—both internal and lawmaker mandated—that has been set for it. The last two years have been fraught with lawsuits, confusion on enforcement within its own local offices (some FAA agents have told pilots they can't post videos on YouTube, for example), and various conflicting guidelines as to who can fly a drone where, and for what purposes.

Comment Re:Thaty's the wat to do it ... (Score 1) 257

The government required so many vegetable servings be given at meals to kids or the school lost its meal funding so to prevent the poor schools who weren't able to get enough vegetables from losing their funding they declared ketchup a vegetable. I suppose you'd rather the poor have gone hungry because the democratic congress wouldn't change the law?

Comment Re:Only if you use App Cards with APPS! (Score 3, Informative) 317

The data on the chip is a signed certificate; but its not encrypted. So if you can do a bit for bit copy of the data to a new chip, viola the card is cloned and useable. IF the data was encrypted and required a pin to unlock, THEN you would have a little security because even if you clone the data, you don't have the key to unlock it to allow the transaction. HOWEVER the spec doesn't allow for that, the spec is basically half of Private Key cryptography.

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