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Comment: New Pearl Harbor? (Score 1) 190

by wrc (#41652137) Attached to: U.S. Defense Secretary Warns of a Possible 'Cyber-Pearl Harbor'

Is this different than the Electronic Pearl Harbor? That was supposed to happen a while ago. Maybe I missed it.

Will this one also be in Hawaii? Will Richard Clarke narrate it? He's been pushing for a new Pearl Harbor for a while.

I guess we'll have to wait. It turns out that these craven bullshit artists *don't* actually know what they're talking about.

Comment: "New Rules for Meteorite Hunters Unveiled" (Score 1) 152

by wrc (#41638215) Attached to: The Great Meteor Grab

That's the title of the actual Space.com post. It details how the US Bureau of Land Management has released a notice of how it will regulate the collection of meteorites on public lands. That's it.

It has nothing to do with asteroid mining. Any inference of how this would map to any asteroid mining is a wild-ass ... inference.

When people are able to mine asteroids, any "governing body" in a planetary gravity well is not going to be able to enforce early 21st century administrative law on entities that can *deliver product at will*.

Comment: Re:Don't believe the propaganda from IBM.com (Score 1) 578

by wrc (#15092369) Attached to: Computer Science as a Major and as a Career
I appreciate "purity of essence". Today, unfortunately, leadership skills (under whatever guise you'd prefer it under) are the important skills. In the corporate environment, the consensus is that you can get by with a thousand monkeys producing a hundred lines of code an hour. The difficult part is determining *what* needs to be done and how to get to that point.

A "coder" is a replaceable part. The "architect" is not. A good "architect" can ensure that customer deisres are mapped to rteality, and that the people doing the actual lifting have the skills to not only produce the "code", but create something that *works*.

The soft skills of communication, leadership, and sales are very important in any setting. Don't get blinded by the purity.

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