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Comment Re:Sorry, but they have been successful for many (Score 1) 233

Bush didn't create the bad guys by labeling them, they were bad, he just gave us a sign.

In the late 90s/early 2000s, the opposition in Iran grew stronger. After 9/11, there was a demonstration in Tehran AGAINST terrorism.

After labeling Iran an axis of evil, the theocrats and revolutionary guard were able to more easily crush dissent and foment anti-Americanism.

Comment Re:Silly patent holder (Score 1) 73

Everyone knows that if you're going to try to enforce your ridiculous patent, you don't file suit in your own jurisdiction or the defendants jurisdication. Real patent trolls file in the Eastern District of Texas. Had they done that, they would have gotten their settlement.

Exactly. File in E.D. of Texas, where nothing any tech company would care to touch is (a bunch of woods all within 3 hours of Houston, Dallas, or Shreveport, LA so no real reason for field offices/etc there). While Texas has lots of tech firms in the DFW, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston metros (the major cities of the 3 other court districts), the ED is pretty much a no man's land. If they had to file in say the West District in Austin or the North District in Dallas, they'd be screwed as the pool of jurors won't go along with their silly ideas like they do in Lufkin (their court of choice) or Texarkana. From what I've been reading however, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has been smacking the hands of the ED judges a bit more on patent cases, especially on change of venue requests.

Comment Re:Brain damage? (Score 1) 193

It takes some real intellectual dishonesty to mention anything from a study without talking about the conclusion.


From the research reviewed, a recommendation cannot be made for changing practice. However, it appears that hypothermia may have benefits for patients with severe traumatic brain injury, specifically those with a [Glasgow Coma Scale] of 5 to 8. It also appears that there is no benefit to hypothermia for those patients with low [intracranial expansion] From the research reviewed, it can be recommended that hypothermia be initiated as soon as possible after injury and that patients who are cooled for at least 48 hr tend to have better outcomes. If hypothermia is employed as a treatment option, careful attention to side effects is crucial for improved patient outcome. Time, temperature, and methodology are all variables that must be considered if hypothermia is employed for patients with traumatic brain injury.

Seeing as how I read the whole thing, the analysis can best be summarized as "It works, with caveats. The caveats are too big for us to make a definitive recommendation. More study required."

Comment Re:The Peter Principle (Score 1) 410

The fact that he moved up from an intern position tells them that he has the ability to adapt. This is the most important aspect of an employee. Some peoply only know how to do as they are told, others are problem solvers and seek to answer the great "Why?". After experiencing the working world and seeing my mother's small business employees in action, I can tell you that a critical thinker is a rare thing indeed.

Comment Get in touch with your inner PHB (Score 3, Interesting) 410

It really depends on the situation.

If The New Manager is intent on making their fast-track bones by shaking things up, the entire tech level may soon be outsourced.

What is important is what you want.
Do you want to give management a try?
Do you want to learn The New Manager's style of managing?
Have you ever thought 'if I were running things we would not be doing X, we would do Y'?

I suggest you give it a shot, maybe you will like it.

If you turn it down, be sure to give The New Manager every reason to know that you are just too darn essential in the tech role to be moved out of it.

Either way: Get your resume out there, and start actively looking for a new job.

Good Luck!

Comment Law Suit Wil Be Overturned (Score 1) 486

The Corps may very well have used poor judgment that led to the disaster in New Orleans. But the law suit will not stand. In essence the Corps of Engineers is an extension of government and the publics control of funding through taxes limits both the quality and number of projects that the Corps can undertake. After the decades of budget cutting, which were a part of numerous republican presidential platforms, the failure of a project here and there could be easily foreseen. In essence the people of the United States are suing themselves. Yet the people were the ones who wanted all of the tax relief that led to this type of catastrophe. Higher courts will dump this law suit and claim sovereignty as an excuse.
                    The nature of this problem persists in that current policies are to simply build levies that will stand up to class III storms in New Orleans. It is a fact that class IV and class V storms will certainly hit New Orleans. Massive death and destruction will occur due to this ongoing policy.

Comment Re:Deckchairs? (Score 1) 619

The disease is overpopulation

No, the problems are overconsumption and overproduction of waste. Population, of course, is to an extent a driver of both of those, but the fact that consumption of resources and production of waste are higher per capita than they have been in the past is a factor, as well. Technology is a driver in that, in that the easiest, cheapest (in the short-run) way to realize improvements in quality of life from technology is to use it in ways which require consuming more resources and producing more waste.

and even if you do cut back energy usage, you can't economize fast enough to keep up with geometric population growth.

Population growth isn't geometric. In organisms which don't progressively develop technology (e.g., everything but humans) growth that is roughly logistic (fairly similar to geometric initially, but slowing when reaching a resource or other constraint) seems to be pretty common, human population growth seems to follow a descriptively similar trend, with some models suggesting logistic growth, and some suggesting that it grew at a more rapidly accelerating rate before nearing constraints, approximating hyperbolic growth through the 1970s, and gradually slowing thereafter.

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