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Comment: Re:comparison is out of whack (Score 2) 191

by rk (#46834785) Attached to: NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

I have an anecdote related to this.

In my last life, I worked at a lab involved in the MER missions. After the 90 day nominal mission, somebody asked my boss, a highly respected planetary geologist, how long it would take for a human to accomplish the gathering of scientific data that the rover had accomplished thus far. His answer was "it would be about a solid afternoon of work."

So if anyone old there thinks "100s of robots" is an exaggeration, it's not.

Comment: Re: Well, what did we expect? (Score 3, Interesting) 381

by rk (#46829789) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

There are people who have built VPNs and proxies to Netflix in a data center host they control who got fine performance while using the VPN to their house, but would get crap performance when going direct over Comcast. I've said it before that the line between good traffic engineering and breaking net neutrality is a blurry one, so it's not a smoking gun by any means, but it's very interesting information nonetheless.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 351

by rk (#46809663) Attached to: Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

I'm good at what I do, but at 47 I'm over 20 years past my sell-by date as far as most tech companies are concerned.

I turn 47 this year, and I am conditionally calling bullshit, with the caveat on location. Yeah, there are the hipster post-social media tech startup places that might not be interested in you, but if you look behind the covers, you find they're not doing anything that interesting to someone with your seniority anyway. You mention your area, and yeah, if it's all Java monkeys and Windows admins, you might be right. The really cool tech jobs are out there, and they're not found in the same channels you found them in when we were in our 20s or even in our 30s. What technologies do you know? What technologies are you interested in? Find a meetup group or look for the user groups in your area for those technologies. Learn and network. These groups are where the cool jobs are found now. If they're not out there, start some, and if they don't take off, then consider relocating. It sucks, I know. I'm in love with where I live, and I'd hate to leave it. But it's not being 47 holding you back, unless you're going to argue that there's a big difference between being 46 and 47. :-)

Comment: Re:Just don't let cupboards go bare ... (Score 1) 270

by rk (#46809083) Attached to: Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

The losses of nutrients from canning, while not non-existent, are a lot less than people think. Sodium can a problem, but in any kind of mass economic disruption, the primary sources of crazy amounts of sodium in our diet will be pretty much offline. Most canned goods come in lower sodium versions as well.

Comment: Re:So ... (Score 1) 92

by rk (#46790955) Attached to: Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

Hmmm. That's a good point, especially since I carry around a big boat Note 2. But there's something I did with my Newton that I still don't do with any electronic device and that is take notes. It's the only device I ever had that recognized my native handwriting (not printing, not Graffiti from the Palm OS era), which is an amazing feat because I can barely read my own handwriting.

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