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Comment: Re:Think about timezones (Score 1) 175

by tf23 (#35816276) Attached to: What Is the Best Way To Build a Virtual Team?

Ahhhh, never ending meetings where things don't get solved quickly, especially if priorities aren't clear.

If priorities aren't clear, the manner of communications is going to be inefficient regardless.

Personally, I'll take a well drafted email over any live-person-multiple-people meeting any day. The emails in my experience tend to be well laid out and detailed. Meetings, people show up unprepared and empty-handed. Then don't take well enough notes. Then are preoccupied with other things going on (for that day) and ... you get an hour or two wasted with people unable to discuss IT department topics that are technically inclined but there is no technical information on the table.

Atleast with an email I can run through it over and over and let my brain digest it, and then come back and reply with complete thoughts to it. I have the ability to pull up relevant documentation, facts, prior projects, prior issue-tracker-issues, etc. I find in meetings, having the time to digest new information, just dropped on you there, with others expecting an answer _there_.... that's not fun.

It could also very well be that meetings such as the ones I'm thinking about were not run well by management, pre-prep wasn't enforced and no guideance for the meeting, nor future meetings, was provided.

I'm not saying all meetings are bad, but from my experience, most are.

Comment: Re:I hope so.. (Score 1) 520

by tf23 (#33832102) Attached to: Against Apple, Ballmer Floats Microsoft Merger With Adobe

After Apple bought NeXT, it's said they kept the Intel version developed behind closed doors for all those years.

If Jobs were a smart man, and I think he is, when they realized they'd block flash on the to-be iOS platform (which was far more ahead of when they announced it), they started work on a graphics app to replace Photoshop. "Just incase" they'd need it.

Comment: Re:Details yall are missing (Score 1) 2058

by tf23 (#33809722) Attached to: Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

Not only that, but if the city has any health/life insurance on those fire fighters, coverage may specifically only cover those firefighters on site of those houses that have pre-paid.

If that were the case, I would certainly not expect any of the fire fighters to touch that house, at all. If one of them were to be injured, or worse killed, who's looking after the fire fighter's family afterward?

Certainly, imho, not the guy who chose to save the $75. (There was another discussion somewhere I saw yesterday that I can't find a link to) that said the guy had had received letters, phone calls, and had chosen to not pay it at the time of the call, and someone had googled the guy and they had a farm and were seemingly doing quite well enough to shell out $75.

Sad story, regardless.

Comment: Re:How do you think it works in the EU ? (Score 3, Informative) 507

by tf23 (#30571286) Attached to: NY Times, LA Times Want Amazon To Collect More State Taxes

And I thought Ohio was the only state that had such fucked up sales tax laws. In Ohio, too, you cannot plainly use a zip code to determine sales tax, because the county lines to not abide by them. So you have to factor address, city, county and zip code.

You can find some information from the state of ohio in pdf's and csv's to try and help you sort through it. However, the same information can change depending on the election cycle ( https://thefinder.tax.ohio.gov/StreamlineSalesTaxWeb/ ).

While a prior poster mentioned that surely Amazon is full of intelligent people who can figure all this out, I do not believe they should have to. I cannot imagine having to put together a system that deals with each and every states archaic tax laws that change at any given time. What a pain in the ass that'd be. And how costly that would be to implement, ugh.

Comment: Re:Old geek who looks for a job... (Score 1) 918

by tf23 (#27355023) Attached to: With a Computer Science Degree, an Old Man At 35?

What a load of crap you just spouted.

The last two developers we've hired: 1 perl developer (mod_perl) happened to be in his 40's. The other, a .Net developer, too, happened to be in his 40's.

And quite honestly, I don't recall either's educational background. But I can tell you were each has worked, what they di, what their references said about them, and theirs skillsets. I'd also venture to say, IMHO, they were hired for capacity and willingness to learn. Not everyone knows everything. But that you *can* and *want to* learn what you need to learn is key.

Besides, if you are paying someone proper $$, if they are older, generally they are more stable then a young pup who's dating and then gets married and needs to relocate because the spouse got a job somewhere else and they can easily do so without kids. The older hires tend to be married with kids, and they're stuck in town. Especially if they're gearing up trying to save for kids that'll be in college in a few years. Less movement and more stability++.

Comment: Re:How many of the Jackasses.. (Score 1) 574

by tf23 (#26594131) Attached to: Senator Prods Microsoft On H-1B Visas After Layoff Plans

I sincerely hope you are.

However, most IT people I know are getting bent over with the extra work and projects and BS "to keep the higher ups happy so we don't get let go." That leaves very little time for anything other then work, sleep rinse and repeat.

It's amazing once the job market is announced to have slowed down how management will turn up the screws on the non-hourly.

Moon

How NASA Will Bomb the Moon To Find Water 280

Posted by kdawson
from the black-eye-on-green-cheese dept.
mattnyc99 writes "A few weeks ago we got first word of NASA's plan to crash a spacecraft into the moon next February. The new issue of Popular Mechanics has an in-depth look at the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite and its low-cost, lightning-fast mission prep — even if delays have pushed it to late February or early March. Quoting: 'Andrews had no budget for an expensive lander to seek water, and conditions in the eternally dark polar craters would kill rovers, with temperatures close to minus 300 F. Instead, Blue Ice and its partners at Northrop Grumman came up with a concept to bring the lunar floor out in the open.... Since engineering precision hardware would break the budget, the LCROSS team had to make existing components work together.'"
Space

+ - Why the Milky Way's black hole is so quiescent->

Submitted by esocid
esocid (946821) writes "Using NASA, Japanese, and European X-ray satellites, a team of Japanese astronomers has discovered that our galaxy's central black hole let loose a powerful flare three centuries ago. The finding helps resolve a long-standing mystery: why is the Milky Way's black hole so quiescent? The black hole, known as Sagittarius A*, is a certified monster, containing about 4 million times the mass of our Sun. Yet the energy radiated from its surroundings is billions of times weaker than the radiation emitted from central black holes in other galaxies. X-ray pulses emanating from just outside the black hole take 300 years to traverse the distance between the central black hole and a large cloud known as Sagittarius B2, so the cloud responds to events that occurred 300 years earlier. "By observing how this cloud lit up and faded over 10 years, we could trace back the black hole's activity 300 years ago," says team member Katsuji Koyama of Kyoto University. "The black hole was a million times brighter three centuries ago. It must have unleashed an incredibly powerful flare."

Who knew black holes were supposed to be so bright?"

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Displays

+ - New Yankee Stadium Video and Scoring System->

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mrneutron2003
mrneutron2003 writes "Daktronics is in-charge of putting together a 19+ million dollar integrated video and scoring system inside the new Yankee Stadium. The project's time table is set for spring 08 through the end of the year. They will be visible beginning the 09 baseball season.

Daktronics will also hold the world's largest led screen record when they complete the Kansas City Royal's 100 feet high by 85 feet wide screen behind center field. Keep in mind that these screens have a 16mm led spacing and have to be assembled from many small led "cubes". Would love to play crysis on one of these screens since they can play HD signals.

Check out the dimensions on these huge displays in Yankee Stadium. The main two displays will have (64 feet diag)438.9 m2 of LEDs each! Outdoor screens have come a long way.
http://www.fastsilicon.com/off-the-wall/new-yankee-stadium-video-and-scoring-system.html"

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