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Comment Re:Sputnik? (Score 2) 79

Sputnik in fact was an AFTERTHOUGHT.

The Russians had a single unified ICBM effort and they decided to just "put a cherry on top" as it were. American leadership was much less in a panic about it than the general public. Eisenhower also liked the idea of setting the precedent of allowing sat overflights as the US was priming to put up spy satellites.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 165

When you had to wait forever just to see if your thing would even compile, you spent a lot more time ensuring its correctness.

It used to be even worse - when you spent several hours writing a mainframe routine and coding it to punch cards, without knowing whether it would even compile until the next morning after the batch run, you took extra care to make sure you wouldn't have to waste another day because of something stupid.

Comment Re:jobs (Score 1) 165

Who is going to hire someone out of prison with a record as a programmer. It is tough to get hired as a gardener with a record

I have a good friend that makes quite a comfortable living as a senior dev, in spite of being a convicted felon. He got into a bar fight and put a guy into the hospital about 10 years ago, but he's actually quite pleasant to work with and writes solid code. He says it's never been a problem, as he's up-front about it and doesn't try to hide it, along with having a great work record.

Getting a job as a felon with no real work experience is going to be a different story, though.

Comment Re:15 years old? (Score 2, Insightful) 295

...and even then, you can only do what's feasible. "Environmentalists" really get nasty when you rain on their parade with things like facts. If you have (or are getting) a STEM degree, you are likely to get shunned. They don't even like people with a proper science or engineering background at the EPA.

People with an agenda don't want to be bothered with pesky issues like reality.

Comment Re:The PC is for job search (Score 1) 174

Plus not everyone is interested in using their PC as an expression of how much money they have to waste (or rather don't). Some people just view the PC as a tool to get shit done. As long as it gets shit done, it doesn't matter how fancy it is or whether or not it can impress some random loser you've never met and never will.

Comment Re:What about the children!?!?! (Score -1, Troll) 140

> At what point do people need to take responsibility for their actions or words?

The point at which they actually do real harm.

A bunch of butthurt SJWs getting upset enough to form a lynch mob is not sufficient justification.

The irony here is that it's the SJWs that are out to do something resembling a real crime here.

Comment Re:Yep, Unions do nothing (Score 0) 121

Nt all of that is good, and saying unions brought most of those is the worst possible kind of revisionist bullshit there is.

Yes at one point in the very distant past there was some real reason to have unions. But they are proof of the statement that "absolute power corrupts absolutely" and the usefulness they once had has vanished... I hold no grudge against existing unions, well the ones that have let the companies live anyway. To form new unions in this day and age is to strangle a company of entire sector of industry in the cradle.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.