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Comment: Re:Pick an easy solution (Score 1) 343

by uncqual (#49078539) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

"Some" was the key word - first word in the first sentence.

Agreed though, a lot of small businesses don't seem to care (or perhaps know to care) -- and for those, it's may actually be safer because if they are so unaware of security risks that the cloud doesn't give them some cause for concern, they probably would fail miserably at managing their in-house systems securely and reliably.

Comment: Re:indirect jobs (Score 1) 158

In general, another factor in the equation is what tax revenue would have been generated on the land consumed by the DC if the DC hadn't been built. In an area where land is plentiful, the land might be (under)utilized for the next five years by something that would generate less net tax revenue.

Comment: Re:Pick an easy solution (Score 3, Insightful) 343

by uncqual (#49074417) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

Some businesses are not comfortable putting their documents in the hands of another party due to security concerns. Some also are hesitant to rely on a service that may go away with relatively short notice.

Google Docs would require additional training as well if they are already using Word/Excel and legacy documents would need to be maintained somewhere.

Google Docs does not import a lot of Word and Excel documents adequately. I've rarely had it import a Word document with sufficient fidelity that I didn't find it necessary to at least touch it up. With Excel documents, I almost always have to do a lot more than "touch up" work to make it whole again. Therefore, it's likely switching to Google Docs would require a lot of effort if some of these documents are "living" documents that change from time to time.

Comment: Re:Nuclear plants don't like sudden shutdowns (Score 1) 311

by uncqual (#49064901) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

To be fair, you do probably have to disconnect the wiring from the flooded generators as you don't want the electricity from the temporary generators shorting to ground through the flooded generators. And, you do need to connect the temporary generators somehow and, if that contingency was not considered in the existing wiring, you probably need to do some "rewiring".

So, some rewiring may consist of bolt cutters while some may consist of clamping existing cables to the cables of the temporary generators. Neither should be a big deal for on-site electricians though.

Comment: Re:NRC ranks Pilgrim among worst US nuclear plants (Score 0) 311

by uncqual (#49064869) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

Of course, if the United States has nine or more nuclear power plants, nine of them will be "among nine of the poorest performing nuclear plants" -- even if those plants have a exemplary record and exceed every safety requirement. If the United States had exactly nine nuclear power plants, each of them would be "among nine of the poorest performing nuclear plants" AND "among nine of the best performing nuclear plants"

Comment: Re:What it means: (Score 1) 254

by uncqual (#49043905) Attached to: What Intel's $300 Million Diversity Pledge Really Means

It might not hurt the industry much.

It might hurt Intel though because they would end up hiring less qualified people OR end up extra unqualified people to fill quota. If Intel hires less qualified people, it makes it harder for Intel to win and easier for others in the industry to win. If Intel just hires extra people who are 'diverse', but less qualified, these people will cost Intel money in salary, benefits, and other employee costs without sufficient return and Intel will need to figure out a way to keep them from distracting and/or interfering with the more qualified employees (perhaps Intel could open an entire campus for 'diversity hires' and isolate them to prevent this though).

Comment: Re:Questionable (Score 1) 277

by uncqual (#49034883) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Obviously I didn't see last night's talking heads examples.

However, too often in the past when I went back and found the complete interview or presentation from which Jon Stewart had extracted his talking heads segments, his editing had taken something way out of context to match his meme of the day. Sometimes, of course, they were funny, but the presentation certainly wasn't the work of a "newsman".

Comment: Re:Questionable (Score 0, Troll) 277

by uncqual (#49029147) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

JS a newsman? That's funnier than JS on his funniest night -- you're quite a comedian, perhaps you should apply for Jon's job.

Even when Jon Stewart is telling the truth, he cherry picks facts that support both his worldview and that he can spin a gag around. And, for a political comedy show, that's completely appropriate. The problem is, too many people seem to think the Daily Show is a news show just as too many people think any 'fact' Rush Limbaugh states should be considered to be anything but fiction until carefully investigated.

The Daily Show is a comedy show built around a few selected memes that are floating around that day or week. Jon delivers them well and is funny if you can stomach the complete lack of balance and the lack of "truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth".

I stopped watching him because I eventually got too annoyed by his complete misrepresentation (or, perhaps a misunderstanding on his part of the role of law, the role of judicial vs. legislative branches, and the US Constitution) of simple things like SCOTUS decisions of the day which I had already read within an hour or two of release.

The thing I miss the most about no longer investing time in watching the Daily Show is that I no longer instantly recognize the source of the balderdash I hear from friends and acquaintances the next day. It was fun already having formed a devastating counter argument and dismantling their arguments without a second thought. Sadly, sometimes these people live in such an echo chamber that I actually have to help them support parts of their own positions when Jon accidentally stumbled on a good point or two but didn't have the argument to support the point.

Comment: Re: Not the Turing test! (Score 1) 187

by uncqual (#48992931) Attached to: The Poem That Passed the Turing Test

No. To pass the Turing test the program would have to respond to arbitrary questions and be compared to a human doing the same.

For example, given the starting point of this poem, as interrogator I might ask:

Your wrote:

        I tell you it is waiting for your branch that flows
 

Using the simplest language you can that a layperson with no literary training or inclination could understand, describe what "it" is and what events would trigger "it" to decide that the conditions being waited for were satisfied.

I'm pretty sure that by comparing this program's response (if it even had a way to ask it a question, it sounds like all it could do is spit out another random poem) and a typical human's (even a poet) response I could figure out fairly reliably which was human.

Comment: Re:Be nice (Score 1) 265

by uncqual (#48962967) Attached to: Don't Sass Your Uber Driver - He's Rating You Too

In some cases a buyer could deserve a bad rating for other than failing to follow through with payment.

If, for example, a buyer attempted a return on a "no return" item claiming it wasn't what was ordered - and the ebay dispute process concluded that it was as ordered, a negative buyer review would be in order as the buyer caused the seller to waste time responding to bogus claims.

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