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Comment: like the 50's, but more so (Score 1) 277 277

In '58, the famous essayist CP Snow published an essay entitled, "On the Two Cultures". In it, he was talking about the cultures of the sciences vs. the liberal arts. He noted, for example, that he knew plenty of scientists who could quote Shakespeare chapter and verse, but not one liberal arts person who even knew the simplified three laws of thermodynamics.

It's gotten much worse, and spread, thanks to the GOP's explicit building a reliable base of yellow dog Republicans out of the extreme right, the conspiracyists, the group that wants their RIGHTS (but aren't interested in their responsibilities) andthe funnymentalists who think the world's only 6000 years old. Then the media whose owners want that legal and tax and spending agenda treat them as "equally valid", and dumb down the science in school, and this is what you get: the party adherents whose mind is made up, don't confuse them with facts.

                mark "the RW trumps your opinion"

Comment: Why Kaspersky Labs' folks wouldn't talk (Score 1) 33 33

Brian,

      You might consider they wouldn't talk about cyber gangs with big money who live in the same metro area might be a matter of literal self-preservation.

                  mark "that's a nice life you got dere, be a shame if sometin' were to happen' to it"

Comment: It's *still* a stupid scare (Score 3, Informative) 393 393

First of all, Iran COULD NOT USE the bomb if it had one.

Why?
1. They can't bomb Jerusalem, which is as holy to them as to jews and Christians. Their own
              people would slaughter them. AND they'd kill most of the Palestinians in the Occupied
              Territories of the West Bank.
2. Israel is smaller than the US state of New Jersey. At one point, I believe it's a total
                of ->17mi- wide. What this means is using the bomb *anywhere* in Israel means
                fallout on Jerusalem.
3. Following 2, it *also* means fallout on the Palestinians.
4. Oh, yes - the winds would mean that fallout would COME BACK TO IRAN.

Therefore, the ONE and ONLY purpose that Iran would want the bomb is MAD with Israel (who has a bunch of bombs, and would cheerfully use it on Iran, if they didn't think there'd be no Israel left afterwards.

Oh, yes, and with all the climate-change deniers here, *no* *one* could imagine that maybe Iran's worried about when their oil fields are played out, and planning to do things with the money while they have it to prepare for the future, no, no, that's *way* more than next quarter....

                        mark

Comment: Re:no we can't (Score 1) 76 76

In general, yes, we can. If we see it passing, and compute the orbit to be next time or so around the sun, there's a lot we can do. If we see it enough time in advance, NO, BRUCE WILLIS IS AN IDIOT. You want to hit it so that it *doesn't* break up, but nudge it faster or slower in its orbit, and it misses by a lot (and I'm considering beyond the moon's orbit plenty).

If, on the other hand, you're in the US, and think the Invisible Hand of the Market (tm) will create a company with zero possibility of return, other than perhaps one shot to try to knock one out of collision course, you might as well be figuring on the FSM moving it.

                  mark

Comment: That's a stupid idea (Score 0) 358 358

As another commenter put it, trading one currency they can't control with another? And somebody decides to use some large clusters, or large cloud, to generate money and devalue it, or another what-was-it that just collapsed, with a hundred million or so Bitcoin money *missing"?

Fiat money that is *completely* under the control of the elected government seems to work for most nations.

            mark "oh, and how many fiat USD is that Bitcoin worth?"

Comment: Re:Get rid of the fucking adverts completely (Score 2) 194 194

That's absurd, that people "aren't bothered by ads". They take bathroom breaks, they get food or drinks, but... the top poster of this thread is absolutely correct. As someone older than you, let me tell you that in the sixties and seventies, the FCC-mandated limit was, I believe, 6 minutes an hour, and that *included* station breaks.

Then came cable, and the biggest thing they promised you - ALL of them - was "no more commercials, ever".

When we started taping in the nineties, it was about 18 min of commercials per hour on cable. The last time we regularly taped, maybe 10 years or so ago, it was ->22 minutes of commercials- per hour.

So tv is weaning itself from commercials? They'd *have* to, because a "one hour show" that was 50% commercials will have the number of viewers approaching zero as a limit.

                    mark

Comment: And it's due to... (Score 1) 179 179

Background checks. SKILLS CHECKS - isn't that what the hiring manager is supposed to ascertain via the a) resume, b) phone interview, c) personal interview?

This, actually, points directly to where the problem is: HR, who DO NOT KNOW what they company does or what they're hiring someone to do, AND DON'T CARE TO LEARN. To paraphrase the old line from SN, they're ignorant sluts, Jane".

Here's another point: it takes 35 days (is that business days, or calendar?). Then, in a lot of cases, they'll be there 3 years (oh, unless they're contractors, and so many big companies, like AT&T, say two years), and they're out the door, let go, or off to a new job.

HR: a waste of space and money.

                mark

Comment: What a ripoff! (Score 1) 89 89

Social media? Is that like, asking for answers or help on Facebook, with a CMU logo?

And for the folks who think hiring teachers costs too much... try looking at all the articles about the war on tenure, and how most course (that is, > 65%) are taught by "adjuncts", with no chance of tenure, and lucky if they don't need food stamps, they earn so little.

I need to make sure my stepson does *not* consider CMU for starting college next year.

                mark

Comment: Whatever it takes (Score 1) 381 381

When I worked for Ameritech (a Baby Bell, since swallowed), in two years I heard that a number of times. If I ever hear it again (unlikely), I'm going to find the exec in upper management who ordered it, pick them up by their fucking lapels, and shove their head through the wall.

There was recently an article in Salon? The Atlantic? entitled "Your HR Department Hates You", and it's true. You're a "resource", not "personnel", and if you think you're "valued personnel", try negotiating how much vacation time you get, comp time, or salary (and I assume that, like me, the regulations are written by the big companies so I *can't* join a union).

                  mark

Comment: Sorry, but that sounds like ignorance (Score 1) 107 107

You do not spec for "average" usage; you spec for *max*. You also have to spec for how many machines (when we're talking about thousands, or tens of thousands of servers) are going to fail today, to be picked up by the "zombie" machines that are, in fact, hot spares.

And then there's the Big Events, like the shooting in Charleston, or when the SCOTUS announces about gay marriage or the ACA - how many of those "zombie" machines are going to go live to help carry the traffic load?

                  mark

Comment: You encourage girls, you don't make "special" toys (Score 1) 490 490

Been done. In the mid-fifties, Lionel got the idea that, wow, I mean, *girls* might like to play with train sets. So they made one for girls

I add the link (I searched on lionel girls train), to prove just how sexist, not to say simply outright *stupid* they were about it. And yes, as you might guess, girls who wanted to play with trains wanted trains that looked like *real* trains, not "girl trains", and yes, Lionel dropped this dumb crap within a year or so.

Boys are not from Mars, girls are not from Venus. They're all humans from Earth - deal with it.

                    mark "and one of my daughters is a better programmer than you are"

Comment: There have long been issues with polling (Score 1) 292 292

Let's start out with how they choose what exchanges to poll. Until I moved into a specific neighborhood in a city I used to live in, I'd *NEVER* been called, which told me that "likely voters" mean "don't call any exchange where it's heavily black or 'ethnic'".

Second, I have *real* trouble with the idea that 1k or 2k people will give an accurate view of how half a million folks are going to vote; rather, that kills excellent candidates who don't have big money backers from getting to be voted on.

Finally, there are the polls - I'd say at least half of the national ones - that will be sure to do their best to come up with the numbers that the folks paying them want to see. I mean, show me a poll that Faux News uses that doesn't show what they want their audience to hear?

                  mark

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