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Comment Re: Great idea... But there is a problem... (Score 1) 231

If we go with your plan, NASA will have to launch multiple rockets to build the Mars vehicle and many more rockets to fuel the vehicle. Have you ever thought why no NASA missions to outer space has been refueld? The ISS station gets refueled all the time but not probes. Why is that?

Because they're... probes? Most of them weigh so little and go by so energy efficient orbits that there's no point. Your typical probe is maybe a ton, the Curiosity mission was a real heavyweight at almost four tons total - of which the rover itself was around one, but still something a regular Falcon 9, Atlas V or Delta IV could deliver to Mars. There's still room for bigger missions on a Delta IV Heavy, even before the Falcon Heavy flies. We don't do it because there's no point in adding that complexity and the extra expense doesn't give any payback in science. It's better science to send two small probes than one big one.

Comment vGPU seems cool (Score 5, Interesting) 86

Looks like you can get near-native performance even though you're sharing hardware. With this maybe instead of a dual boot PC you can have a dual VM PC, one runs Linux and the other Windows and both at near native performance and you don't have to dedicate a graphics card. That sounds like a real gateway drug, use Linux for the desktop and the games that run on it but be able to switch to your Wintendo and play that one must-have game your friends want. That said right now it looks like an an Intel tech, did anyone see anything about AMD/nVidia support? Because sharing that Intel iGPU wasn't really what I'm looking for....

Comment Re:== vs =, | vs ||, variable/pointer dereference (Score 1) 81

if (a = b) {

When they meant:
if (a == b) {

Which is the one thing Visual Basic got right IMHO, use := for assignment and == for comparison. The C form is plain wrong when you consider that "=" is the equal sign, to anyone who doesn't know C-isms the first reads "If a equals b then". Same way stealing kilobyte = 1024 bytes was a bad idea, the only excuse you really hear is that we've done it so long it seems natural. Like clicking the start button to shut down the machine, except we're still doing it.

Comment Re:Why is this different from traditional classes? (Score 1) 70

I'd go one step further and be more scientific, why not use automated A/B testing? Like you make a new revision of a lecture, half the class gets the new one and half the class the old one. Then you run some form of quiz on the material. If you have at least a few hundred students or ideally a few thousand you should pretty quick get statistically significant answers. And you could test with short/medium/long explanations to see whether you're beating down open doors or areas they'd benefit from more detail and examples. In the interest of fairness you should of course make all variations available after they've had the quiz, perhaps also with stats to see what quiz questions their path may not have covered as well as the others.

Perhaps that could even develop into a preference system, everything from "I want to learn the essentials for a passing grade quickly" to "I have learning difficulties, give it to me slow and in detail" to "I want to ace this class, give me in-depth insight". Or some form of branched interactive learning, if you grasp 80% quickly you don't need that in more detail but the 20% you struggle with have a more detailed explanation. I think I'd love a system where my hand was on the throttle, it's going as fast as I want it to go not as fast as the professor thinks it should go for some average or "no child left behind" student. Personally I tend to prefer to read the book simply because there's too much time spend on things I already understand.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 2) 145

First off, that whole 15 minutes thing is absolute bullshit. Maybe its a worst case if you were in truly deep thought over one of the hardest problems of the year. But most of the time you aren't, and it will be a few minutes Like around 1.

YMMV but whenever I'm stuck with half an hour from coming to work to a meeting or between a meeting and the lunch break or whatever I feel that time is exceptionally unproductive. Whether it's making a change or implementing something new or tracking down a bug I usually need some time to work out what it really does, what it should do and how I can do it with good code that's easy to maintain. Most botched jobs happen if I rush that, I can work quick and dirty but it builds technical debt. That I'd be three times as productive if I had an hour (15 vs 45 minutes effective time) doesn't sound too far off to me. I try to have a few "just do it" tasks ready for that, but typically they're not supposed to be my top priority. So if I had a PHB who wants me to work on that task and no other task until I'm done productivity and quality would suffer.

Secondly- your productivity doesn't matter. The team's does. Those interruptions- it means a team member needs help. They're blocked. Their productivity is at or near 0 until unblocked. If interrupting you costs 15 minutes from you but saves an hour for him, that interruption is worth it for the team. There are almost 0 of those interruptions that aren't a net gain.

Depends on how many of these interruptions are from your team and about work, not to mention if they've actually checked and read the documentation or is just asking because bugging you is easier than making the effort themselves. That said, answering simple questions or checking Bob's calendar to see if he's in a meeting doesn't break the flow for me, that I can push/pop off the mental stack. If I need to take 5-10 minutes to check/discuss/explain/investigate/show something though I've decided I'm already distracted so time to check my inbox and answer what I can now before they're at my doorstep. Sadly we're not big enough to have a support staff to shield us from the solutions we've developed so it's DevOps and most the users are one or two floors down.

Comment Re:Simple answer. Dont use SAP. (Score 1) 119

Companies buy off-the-shelf ERP systems so they don't have to manage people like me, but they really end up paying through the nose for it.

Actually it's mostly so they if you get hit by a bus or decide to quit or decide you got them trapped and can demand a 10x salary increase they can get by without you. Sadly there's a lot of well designed custom systems that'll be throw out for no other reason than being very custom and very specific to your needs. The theory is nice, you can use a generic solution and it's just configuration. In practice I've found that you often end up with big limitations and have to work around them. And that can actually cost you a lot more time and effort in the long run than actually making a solution that works they way you want.

Comment Re:Well, duh! (Score 1) 142

The problem is that Facebook T&Cs, as well as granting Facebook an almost unlimited license to anything you upload also includes a clause that you agree to indemnify them against this kind of claim. So, while you might be able to take Facebook to court and win if they took a video your friend uploaded of you and sold it, they would then be able to turn around immediately and sue your friend for whatever amount the court awarded you.

Comment Re:I'll never understand (Score 1) 142

Presumably he read the bit of the Facebook T&Cs that says that you grant them a non-exclusive, sublicensable, transferable, commercial license to anything that you upload, and that you agree to indemnify them against any claims of copyright infringement. They are entirely at liberty to take anything that you upload and sell it and are not required to give you a cut (remember the Starbucks posters with pictures of people who had uploaded Facebook pictures from their shops?). The only surprising part is that Facebook didn't manage to get paid for this.

Comment Re:Because Human Nature (Score 1) 380

Don't pretend that science does not exist just because your narrative is harmed by science. Most normal humans don't want to sit around and do nothing, they want to be productive and make personal goals

Yes, but it's vastly overrated how much personal goals are productive to somebody else. I know lots of people have hobbies and interests they'd like to spend more time on, but they have no interest in competing in sports at a professional level. They have no interest in making a product for sale or a service for anyone else. Achievements are things like reading a book, climbing a mountain, travelling the world, learning to cook, building a model train in your basement or raiding in WoW. The primary driver for doing anything that's of any value to anyone but yourself is usually the paycheck. I wouldn't sit idle, no... but net I'd be way busier consuming than producing.

Comment Re:that's it. the end game. (Score 2) 380

You'd have to start by explaining a lot of new words that did not exist then. Like "unemployment".

Only because working for somebody else was not the norm. You had workers, homesteaders and vagrants. Obviously if you worked on your own land, trade or craft you were what we'd today call self-employed. Those who didn't were drifters taking stray jobs, when they weren't employed they were just called much less civilized things than unemployed.

Comment Re:Logical conclusion. (Score 1) 380

Let's start with printers, photocopiers, faxes and PC's and hand calculators. They put hundreds of thousands of office workers out of work.

That's what I was thinking... besides, unless you mean like literally replaced what has say Amazon meant for the retail industry? How many brick-and-mortar jobs have been lost and would they count somehow? Probably not. So basically the same thing would happen except it would be new companies pushing out old companies instead.

Comment Re:Democracy? (Score 1) 205

At what percentage would it be justified in to change the law, and not make it illegal anymore?

That presumes people are consistent in what they do, what they think others should do and what's really right. Take for example speeding, very few want to do away with speed limits entirely. Most people break the speed limit themselves. In fact, almost every year around school starting they have speed traps and some of those caught are bringing their kids to school. Like, everybody else should drive slow but I was in a hurry so... hypocrisy at its finest.

I think most people fundamentally think the creator should be compensated in some way. You read a book, the author deserves something for writing it. That doesn't mean the public find any particular offer satisfying, maybe they think it's too inconvenient. Too expensive. Too limited to a particular format or playback device or online connectivity or whatever. Or that you don't have money to spend but it's an IOU for later. They don't want to see people crucified for minor infractions. They don't want restrictions as legal customers. They don't want to support a surveillance state.

The pirate party tried, it did get a bit of traction when it was the subject of a massive government crackdown. Like if you're going to come down on it this heavy handed, we'll get rid of it. So they backed down and made it one of those marginally illegal things, how many of those young men have been caught? What kind of punishment did they get? I think the answer to that is almost nobody and a fine at most. So I think most are fairly okay with that stalemate, like speeding. Most people do it, few get caught but if you do pay the fine and move on. Even if the speeders are a majority, they won't legalize speeding.

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