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Comment: 9.81 m/s^2 at sea level (Score 1) 95

9.81 m/s^2 at sea level is how I was taught.
Anything above sea level is less and below is more.
AFAIK the article is backward as reason #4 is the most obvious and reasonable while 1, 2 and 3 are trying to 'over-think' the problem ... which is the old school why is saying: Throwing straw-men at a problem with out understanding what the problem is ... aka your typical slashdot'er knee-jerk reaction to every problem in the last .. oh .. 5 years or so .. as this sight has slowly degraded into moron-o-city.
Ob: Git off my lawn ..

Comment: Work For Hire (Score 1) 353

by vovin (#49658463) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Own the Rights To Software Developed At Work?

Work For Hire is what you are doing.

Your company owns the copyright on your work, not you, by default.

Additionally if you *LOOK* at your employment contract you will find that *ALL* the work you do while *EMPLOYED* by your employer is *OWNED* by your employer *INCLUDING* the work you do at while *NOT AT WORK* if the work you are doing is *RELATED IN ANY WAY* to the business your employer is in or *MAY BE CONSIDERING TO ENGAGE IN*.

And that, my friends, *is* in the boilerplate employee contract for pretty much every company large enough to have legal counsel.
You will also find a non-compete of at least 6 months, typically longer, regardless if is enforceable. Additionally there is always a patent assignment agreement (note that a patent assignment must also confer some compensation, usually $1 but some companies will offer better deals ... including a 1-5% of the profit if the patent is not used but licensed to other companies.

Apparently this is a reasonable exchange for a steady paycheck, for some ...

Comment: Re:Yes... (Score 2) 809

by vovin (#49048909) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

So what are saying is that you that at your company, or the positions that you are filling, you just need warm bodies.
What you are saying, bluntly, is that you are just building a social club where people are paid to sit around and be nice.

What is funny is that when someone asks me if Bob is good candidate and my response is that Bob's a nice guy what I mean is
that Bob is a moron but he tells funny stories. Sure I like to work with Bob, but I sure a hell am not going to give Bob anything
to do that in anyway needs to be done, ever.

So Garcia, where I can I sign-up to hang out with you and the Bob's?

NB: Bob is a fictitious name used so as not to directly specify any particular Fred I happen to be working with at the moment.

Comment: Re:So, does water cost more? (Score 0) 377

by vovin (#48375367) Attached to: How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

The simple answer is yes. Most farmers are as easily misled by advertising as most of us. MOST are making bad choices. In fact most of the Ag extensions in the land grant university system (U of MN, MI, etc) all have freely available hybrids that are selected for the areas growing conditions.
Some farmers are smart and successfully take advantage of the land grant schools. Most do not, and most farmers have failed or are underwater financially specifically because the only buy pioneer/du pont/etc.

The more you know ... the better you grow.

Comment: Re:Who wants to work for Google nowadays? (Score 1) 205

by vovin (#48176819) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

And they do not even pay that well.

This is not what recent hires have told me. Do you have any (suitably anonymized) examples in mind to back up your assertion?

I would also be interested in the numbers *you* seem to have. Survey's put them at ~120-140 + benefits, which is the same as the other large companies in the general area, and only 10k more than areas where the cost of housing is less by 30k (renting) or 60k (buying).

Comment: W8 - Wait - W9 - Whine - W10 - Won or When (Score 1) 399

by vovin (#48041279) Attached to: Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

Windows NT -> WNT
Windows 2000 -> W2K
Windows XP -> WXP
Windows 8 -> W8 -> Sounds like Wait to me.
Windows 9 -> Whine
Windows 10 -> W10 -> Won0, or When
Windows X -> WX -> thats awfully close to WXP the best selling version ever.
Windows X Ultimate/Pro/Home ... etc -> WXu WXp WXh

Looks like marketing shortcuts to me.

Comment: Re:Idiots and their "BSP"s (Score 1) 141

by vovin (#47660461) Attached to: Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

And you can't just migrate the patches to latest kernel ... because some the key peripheral parts (video controllers and audio/video encode / decode engines) are binary blobs. Grrrr like TI, NVidia, Qualcomm, Exynos(Samsung), RockChip, AllWinner, MTK, and Freescale. If you *can* forgo those parts then you can migrate to a recent kernel.
This is in part because a modern SOC is just a collection of assembled IP and the upstream video [OpenGL ES] and h264 encoder/decoder hardware vendors in particular won't allow the programming information to flow downstream w/o NDA.

Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 570

by vovin (#47562367) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

It is a *credit* score, for how well you handle *credit*.
It is not a *financial IQ* score. That is what a *net worth* evaluation is.
Note that you may score highly in both.
It is up to the individual to determine which is more valuable and when.
It sounds like you have do a fine job with your net worth but that does not directly translate into credit (how you handle debt).
You may find may people who have very fine credit scores and yet never manage a positive net worth.

Computer Science is the only discipline in which we view adding a new wing to a building as being maintenance -- Jim Horning