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Comment: Re:So (Score 1) 135

Building the San Francisco-Oakland bridge was nothing in comparison to building the world's longest suspension bridge in 1937 over the treacherous Golden Gate strait. Until it built, no new if it could be done. The new Bay Bridge span took 11 years to build, has numerous structural defects and may cost more to fix.

Comment: Re:Holy Stiction, Batman! WTF is hysteresis? (Score 1) 109

by creimer (#49490729) Attached to: An Engineering Analysis of the Falcon 9 First Stage Landing Failure

The car ended up stuck in this long loop of "too slow, too slow, more gas more gas more more mooooOOOOH CRAP TOO MUCH TOO MUCH OFF OFF OFF WAY Ooooh that's better, much better this is nice, I'm right on, wait, no no no wait too slow, too slow more gas more more MOOOOAAAAHHHH TOO FAST TOO FAST..." which could sometimes last for miles, unchecked.

I had that happened to me when the fuel regulator for my car decided to go out. Line pressure leveled out once I got up to 65MPH. Slower than that it was all over the place. Drove straight to the mechanic to get it fixed.

Comment: Re:It's succumbing to atmospheric drag, not gravit (Score 1) 40

by Opportunist (#49489277) Attached to: NASA's MESSENGER Mission To Crash Into Mercury In 2 Weeks

I think in this case it might well be gravity. We still haven't sufficiently solved the three body problem to the point where we can predict and hence establish stable orbits with perfection. And the sun is a mighty powerful third body where that hot marble is rolling.

Comment: Re:Interesting.. (Score 1) 40

by Opportunist (#49489257) Attached to: NASA's MESSENGER Mission To Crash Into Mercury In 2 Weeks

But like most huge subjects, nearly all of it is really, really boring and only a tiny few bits are really interesting.

And you may rest assured that those interesting bits are the ones your prof will take while his students get to waste countless hours sieving through the boring stuff. Well, if astronomy is anything like archaeology, that is.

Comment: Re:First Experience With Tata (Score 1, Troll) 288

by creimer (#49486739) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination
My first experience with Indians was at Intuit in 2005, where 20 Indians were crowded into a conference room with tables shoved against the walls. A big fat Indian sat at a table in the center room, shouting over everyone to be heard on the speakerphone during a conference call. He was their boss. It was crazy. One of the woman had a 26-character last name with the word "porn" at the end. The help desk techs called her Ms. Porn behind her back.

Comment: Re:Want a pay raise? Changes jobs, frequently. (Score 1) 61

by creimer (#49479289) Attached to: IT Consultant Talks About 'Negotiating for Nerds' (Video)
As a contractor, you shouldn't expect fringe benefits because you're never around long enough to collect. Although that's changing somewhat in Silicon Valley. All the young hipsters want to work in San Francisco, so the perks are getting better for those willing to work in plain old Silicon Valley.

Comment: Re:Well I think this is useful. (Score 1) 197

by Opportunist (#49476627) Attached to: Chrome 42 Launches With Push Notifications

Without this web apps can't really exist on mobile.

And that concerns me on a desktop for what reason exactly?

It's just like Windows 8 all over. All hail the all mighty and all important mobile market, the old desktop farts can as well eat shit, who gives a rat's ass 'bout them? We got them anyway.

Behind every great computer sits a skinny little geek.