And using their products is like needing them
What kind of genius thief selects the unemployed to steal from? What's next, Pinto owners?
After all, the sales of guns and PDF inspection software went way up because of the prez election.
designated 2012 VP 2113 by the Minor Planet Center
The org name makes them feel inferior to the Gas Giant Center, but better-smelling.
That's a bomber, I mean bummer.
if you're in a big supertanker of safety, which Microsoft was, then that safety is like an anesthetic. It's like taking antidepressants. The world just feels too comfortable.
I thought stack-ranking was supposed to make everyone feel uncomfortable to motivate them; but they did away with it recently due to complaints.
Perhaps being threatened by real doom (startup failure risk) has a different feel than doom created by the superficial ill-informed bullshit criteria of a PHB (Dilbertian) ranker. The nature of real doom is relatively clear and knowable, whereas dealing a PHB is like trying to tame a chimp on LSD: too random to strategize around such that you grow tired of trying to guess.
Some engineers consider code "elegant" if it's factored to the smallest possible form, which generally means all repetition possible is factored out.
But such code has at least two problems. First, is that it may not be easy for a good portion of developers to read and understand. Factoring out all possible duplication often results in a lot of indirection (reference levels), and indirection can slow down and complicate reading because you have lots of small parts referencing (using) lots of other small parts.
Second, future changes may not follow along the grain of the existing high factoring. The future patterns of change or similarity won't necessarily follow the past patterns. There are more "tight knots" to untangle in order to rework the code for a given change. Tight factoring means you have to do a lot of UN-factoring when you need to add changes that don't fit the existing factoring patterns.
A certain amount of duplication is probably the ideal. Both too much or too little factoring creates problems. It's the skilled developer that finds the Goldilocks range of factoring. Often only experience and familiarity with the domain can bring about that ability.
I've learned this the hard way: experience and past design mistakes, NOT because I am smarter. I do make it a personal mission to remember and learn from failures, though, both my own and others'.
become largely automated...and we all get to do whatever the hell we please without fear
With or without robots, you'll still get slapped for that
vulnerable to technological replacement...Many minimum-wage jobs are reportedly at high risk, including restaurant workers, cashiers, and telemarketers
Dave, would you like a pill that makes her pod bay doors feel tighter?
12700 REM see, 640k is enuf 4 me - BG
The Indian ocean is very deep, it is a remote location and two weeks have passed already. This black box will be harder to find than that of the Air France flight which got lost over the Atlantic. Back then they said that the sender of the black box will run for a month. I don't believe that they will find it this time.
There's no doubt that they'll find it, the question is when. As we speak, the remains of MH 370 are sitting on the bottom of the ocean, under 5,000 meters of water, and they're not going anywhere. Nothing is disturbing the wreckage, so it will just sit there for months, years, or decades until someone comes along. The Titanic sat on the seafloor for 73 years until new technologies made it possible to locate the wreckage, and yet it was remarkably well-preserved given how long it had been underwater. I doubt it will take 73 years- technology has advanced a lot, and continues to advance- but even if it does, the plane will be waiting.
Whether anything useful comes out of the flight data recorders or not is another issue. After 2 years, the data recorders from the Air France flight still worked, I don't know if anyone really knows how long the data would still be good. Solid state memory is pretty indestructible, so if the chips can survive being immersed in saltwater, maybe a long time. The bigger issue is whether the pilot shut down the recorders as well. In the SilkAir crash, the pilot or copilot shut down the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder before deliberately putting the plane into a dive. Whoever hijacked this plane seems to have wanted its fate to be a mystery, so there is a real possibility that he shut off the recorders as well. If so, we may find the crashed plane, but if so, we'll never know anything more than what we know now.
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