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Comment Non-sequitor (Score 1) 313

IMHO, this is a fish/bicycle argument. Maybe if you're in the business of music i.e. in a band, you need to know how to sing in order to reduce the chance of being replaced as the guitar player. However, in my long experience, middle managers who THINK they have programming knowledge simply make life exceedingly difficult for those of us who actually do the programming. The manager types simply want to feel like they have more control. They'll say "Oh, just change the font in this report so the marketing flakes will be happy" not realizing the hoops you have to jump through when placing form over function. That said, it follows that mangers of programming teams should be cultivated from the programming team and not from some newly minted MBA class.

Comment A clear example of biased reporting (Score 1) 780

Bruce66423 is clearly "unrepentant" in his reporting by using the word "unrepentant" as though Schmidt has committed a crime. Just as with most socialists, he is wrong in thinking there is some moral law that supersedes actual law and that only socialists get to define what it is. Schmidt A) followed the law and B) met his obligation to the stockholders who foot the bill for Google to exist and expect to make something from taking the risk in investing and that most likely includes the socialists' precious pension funds.

Comment A political goal, not a practical one (Score 1) 305

Time was that a government research project could actually be accomplished within a specified period of time. The Manhattan Project and the Apollo project are two examples. Why should battery improvements be any different than mandating CAFE standards? How does Chu know that a matter of time a few million dollars are all it's going to take? $120 million is chump change by today's standards. This sounds more like a political goal than a practical one. Seems to me that there are too many uninformed people in Washington that think there's always some corporate conspiracy preventing them from reaching their utopian technological goals. This isn't to say that it's not a worthy goal but IMHO, if you really want to make this happen, then you do it Manhattan Project style (walk walk walk walk Manhattan Project style). You hire the top people in the field away from their current jobs, bring them together in one place, isolated with no distractions each competing to solve one problem.

Comment In the wake of the convicted Italian scientists (Score 0) 371

In the wake of the Italian seismologists who were recently convicted of manslaughter, Mann could easily be accused of scientific misconduct if his predictions turn out to be wrong. Personally, I find people's panic over the hockey stick graph to be akin to people getting excited over Facebook's recent stock jump. http://consumerist.com/2012/10/24/facebook-stock-price-soars-to-about-half-of-what-it-was-worth-at-ipo/ That graph says a lot about having tunnel vision. But let's assume that Mann turns out to be not just a little bit wrong but a whole lot wrong. How many billions of dollars were wasted on schemes like carbon trading? Can the people and businesses who got screwed as a result potentially sue for damages? Who would they sue?

Comment Legal precedent (Score 1) 459

So here's a question: if this sets a legal precedent, will scientists who fail to predict other things get thrown in jail too? What about scientists who predict stuff that never happens? Jail time is rather pointless but what if a bogus prediction leads to people spending a lot of money? Can they sue for damages?

Comment Re:Atlas Shrugged (Score 1) 700

Full of? Really? And if you understand the characters you'll realize that the heroine desires to give herself over to the power of self-made men. Sadly, too many men these days have been brainwashed into thinking that women want a sensitive, gentle girly man. So not true. Women don't want a wuss. They are drawn to power and control.

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