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Comment: Re:Money money money (Score 1) 163

by t0rkm3 (#46678645) Attached to: It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Given that the spill was 1200 gallons... I may have seriously botched the math, but I think that equates to about 145m of pipeline. Given that the company manages 15000miles of pipeline, 145m between shut-off measures sounds pretty good.

It's not pretty for the neighborhood, but it really is small potatoes.

Comment: Re:Domes (Score 2) 139

That's kind of the problem... So, when your power is out for ten days and your basement is below the overly saturated water table and the sump pump can't run.... you end up with 18 inches of water. Just happened, we have 2500sqf basement that is 10' below the ground line... which puts the lowest point 5ft below the water table. Torrential rain and a power outage gave us 18 inches of water that it took 4 sump pumps most of the day to clear.

So? As a home owner... who wants that shit? Most don't. I've only ever seen 1 other basement larger in OK, and I was visiting to help my dad with finding the clog in the sump line.

Why do I have this? Cuz the house was built in 1901 and has been maintained very well. (Good bones ;-)

Comment: Re:Hold tech companies' feet to fire about H1-Bs (Score 1) 694

Perl.

Actual, deep understanding of network protocols and application behavior over a network.

Python, for something other than a simple looping structure.

I have interview 30 people for network security positions. 15 with >5yrs experience and 15 with >4yr degree. We have hired 0 from university. Even hiring the experienced people was difficult as most of the people that are really good at their job are also very employed.

Comment: Re:Baffling trainwreck of an article (Score 1) 73

Yeah... I think Tim kicked his dog once...

It is rare to see such an officious, self-important and clueless article. Usually the clueless people try to retain the appearance of objectivity, and the officious and self-important try not to sound clueless.

I'm not even sure what this guy thinks caused the internet to come in to being, or how it was possible. From his stance it seems that he thinks if Richard Stallman had been elected Dirty Dictator in Chief that we would all be driving hover cars to our communal quarters to watch the next video release from StarDate, the life of James Kirk.

The Internet is a morass of people trying to climb over each for bits of information. Like a swarm of army ants hungry for the bit of data that enriches their lives. It will absorb anything that is useful in it's path. It just so happens that 'open source' folks are more humble about their code than the closed source folks... so the open tech gets integrated more quickly. There are cases where the inverse is true... and it gets swallowed up just as efficiently. (VMWare)

Don't fight it, try to ride it. Certainly don't be a wanker. If it offends you that Tim is a great salesguy and has done a great job of making people climb over themselves to a get book published under one of his imprints... don't buy the books. There are other (often cheaper) alternatives.

Comment: Re:There is no subsidy (Score 1) 409

by t0rkm3 (#43201715) Attached to: Obama Wants To Fund Clean Energy Research With Oil & Gas Funds

Only for the first few years... then you end up the other way around. The subsidy is built to match the recovery curve on oil investment.

Essentially, you can either do a flat year over year depreciation or you can front load it. Either way, you depreciate the same number of dollars. I am not sure how this ends up being a subsidy rather than a tax break on business cost... the same as my construction business. In fact, I often try to structure my spending to get a similar effect.

Comment: Re:Pro Exploitation CEO (Score 1) 1313

by t0rkm3 (#42965061) Attached to: US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

I personally have shut down technical consulting groups and call centers in France because we were able to get better customer satisfaction and more work out of their German and English counterparts. The data was trended over a decade (I only had personal touch with 2yrs). I argued to attempt to rectify the issue by interviewing local talent via a very technical French Canadian friend of mine. We conducted interviews for 2wks (similarly to what we did in London and Hamburg) and found the talent pool was also shallow, with salary expectations sorely out of line.

Long story short. We fired the French. We hired more Germans and English.

I understand that different types of companies expect different results, and different behaviors. The talent pool in France was unable to keep up with our expectations.

Comment: Re:Let's hope it begins a trend (Score 1) 141

by t0rkm3 (#42775205) Attached to: US Energy Secretary Resigns

As a local to one of the crony capitalists that benefited from the Solyndra deal. Kaiser knew what he was doing when he dumped a several wads of cash into the O-B ticket coffers. He was buying access to free money. Solyndra died and Kaiser was paid back before the govt debts were satisfied, which is supposed to be against the law.

Comment: Re:Waste of money (Score 1) 913

by t0rkm3 (#42759871) Attached to: Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

Mostly?

I don't use a mouse. I will usually install a plugin that allows browser use without a mouse and the keyboard is my friend.

I really don't use a mouse that often, and I do >10hrs daily of computer based work/study. It takes some adaptation, especially since everybody else pushed the mouse for even simple tasks (like word selection).

I certainly understand that I am in the minority... but I can dream, can't I?

Comment: Re:Waste of money (Score 5, Insightful) 913

by t0rkm3 (#42707335) Attached to: Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

Yes, I would love to be able to buy a laptop without a trackpad or a touchscreen. I disable the trackpad immediately upon boot on ASUS and HP laptops currently, if I could buy them without it would save me space and money. If I want a mouse, I will attach a little portable or use a bluetooth mouse.

Comment: Re:How do they do it? (Score 2) 686

by t0rkm3 (#42474181) Attached to: Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Yes. I am paying attention, and yes I work with state-run oil and gas conglomerates. Most of them are shite for safety and environmental controls. CNOOC is an abomination. Petrozuata is horrid (except at their press friendly sites.) Petrobras is another example of hateful most of the time, unless a camera is near. Lukoil? The reason it was sold back to Russia is that the upgrade costs... were going to be monstrous.

I could go on for days...

So yes, please go on in your armchair criticism and ignorance. I agree that the banking and auto industry got a nice bit of crony capitalism going on, but you should spend your anger on fixing that. As a whole, our system works failure well... We just have to figure out (as we have in the past) how to ratchet down hard on the people currently gaming the system.

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing viability of FORTRAN. -- Alan Perlis

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