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Comment Re:Yet another reason to go FOSS (Score 1) 158

Best practice for business continuity is to use a product with a support contract behind it.

Yes it rarely breaks, and local IT usually fixes it via StackExchange or Social.Msdn searches. But when you don't have an answer, you can say your admin is on the phone with support, and it's no longer your job on the line.

I realise that most linux advocates don't experience nor understand this type of Fortune 500 corporate culture, but this is the decision engine for Microsoft's terrible direction in most things. Purchasing Office is a cost with benefits that outweigh the cost of not having it. It's operational overhead, and no one will question the decision.

Ideology, future state, compatibility, and all the rest are simply not a factor.

The decision to make the OS and development tools and Office more appy, and mobile friendly, is largely because business will buy it anyway, and the admins get no say, especially when support ends for the non shite version.

Business continuity above all else.

Comment Re:GWBasic (Score 1) 371

GWbasic, 8086, with all of the esoteric peek and poke nonsense, without a lick of comprehension.

Then Turbo Pascal, then why is Pascal so much faster, then a failed attempt to compile and link GWbasic.

Then C, where you can effectively peek and poke all you want. And K&R finally taught me what I was doing.

Learning the hard way is not efficient, so university will try a different path. I don't trust the results of that path unless they have an origin story that starts with curiosity. Then the language used is irrelevant.

Comment Re: Wikipedia Syndrome (Score 1) 355

More likely, based on the description, is that the functionality does not exist, so people don't use it. If they needed it, they would ask for it.

Now there is a community of like minded people who don't need this new thing, and they mostly agree, since no one suggested it.

Some new guy comes in and points out that your software is defective or deficient. Even if you didn't write it, you feel protective and defensive. It's mentally easier to write off the suggestion, than consider that people who aren't you might want or need minor tweaks.

It's Wikipedia Syndrome, where minor improvements are seen as unnecessary because they weren't there before and everyone was happy that way. It's basic sociology, really. Digital Sociology needs to be a thing, applying the field to a new era.

Comment Re:Privacy Legislation (Score 1) 230

I'm more concerned that at some point, the defense will be "after all of the identity theft, news about hacking, and stories like this one, you just should have expected this". And that defense might just win, without a specific law. A clear, well written one. Which seems unlikely under Profit First TrumpTato.

Comment Re:Understand your boss (Score 1) 140

If you have a terrible manager, you don't want that reference. That reference is not predictable. Do not list it, and explain in your next interview that your manager was an idiot, which is part of the reason you left. Not immediately, but find a subtle way to compliment the chance to work for new management with some sort of understanding of what you do, as opposed to the arsehole you used to work for.

You're leaving for a reason, and you don't want that reason to be something you enter into day 1. If necessary, give those details during the interview. If they balk, YOU DO NOT WANT THAT JORB.

Comment Re:We're Geeks! Dark Secret Heart? Please!! (Score 1) 19

"Easily" and "Millennium Prize Problem level difficulty" are apparently the same thing in your language...

What I think you meant to say, however, is that with a hardware debugger, we can record and the underlying processor instruction pointer and see where in the decision tree something went wrong. Not something I'd like to have to debug due to the likely crazy amount of data and decision points involved, but technically possible.

That's very different from being able to assert that we use computer vision to identify walls and guard rails and vehicles, and include logic to avoid them. No such rule was ever introduced, except by omission.

And, as such, there is no good way to predict what the AI will do given specific input. A "classical" program would be highly predictable based on its accuracy rate in identifying known objects, the number of unusual objects, and the image quality (visibility, contrast, or glare based on the environment). This thing on the other hand may not have a threshold for admitting it shouldn't be driving.

Without the training data set and software being used, it is possible that I have missed something vital. But what you missed is simple. Is it good enough that a car drives itself successfully? Or should we be able to make certain guarantees, or assertions, about its behavior?

Should the NTSB be able to review what caused a 10 car pile up, or church bus head on everyone died collison, and be confident of coming to a conclusion in a human lifetime? Because right now with this technology, we can't do root cause analysis. We can build experiments like Deep Dream to understand how decisions are made, but there's no guarantee of finding the answer.

Comment Re:Understand your boss (Score 2) 140

No. Quit, and give no hint until the exit interview as to why. Frequently you will not have an exit interview. So call your boss's boss on the way out.

You don't have any other power. This psychobabble bullshit might work if you already knew it, but it won't help anyone who needs to read it and finds it insightful. Actually quit, and name names.

Comment Re:Private Offices (Score 2) 360

I work on a team. With a high functioning team, the ability to ask and clarify a question, while typing the code, is amazing.

And no, despite your best efforts to describe the effects of interruption, there was none. We were working to the same sprint.

I now work on a different team. Lord, don't interrupt a single one of them. It's almost like circumstances play a role. But if that were true, Slashdot would cease to exist.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 347

Correlation and causation are science. Law is about tying actual loss to an action. Sometimes there are experts, but they are opinions based on reputation or experience, not scientists.

Your reply is irrelevant, and displays ignorance and idealism. Sure it would be great if things worked that way. Start a revolution and begin your own country, then you can tell us how it should work.

Comment Re:Foul, oversimplification (Score 5, Informative) 566

Sigh. Where do the prisoners go? Not USA, because of Congress. To another Gitmo? Hardly an answer. Go free? That gets way complicated.

Congress blocked the obvious path to closing Gitmo. Remember, Congress can override a veto with enough votes, so the President can't just thwart the lawmakers. He only enforces the laws within the legal framework, and your objections are addressed here.

Comment Re:For profit prison industry ... (Score 2) 133

I agree but your post is off topic. Indiana seems to be trying to avoid using this as a service, and using it more for pacification. Other states have implemented the service model, but I see no indication here.

I would support Indiana and encourage them away from fees, rather than attacking a problem that exists elsewhere.

Comment Re:So many questions (Score 2) 54

Is OCR that good yet? I understand that PDF can store the image, along with the text metadata for searching. So the text can be improved while retaining visual fidelity for when OCR improves. Or when an intern deciphers the handwriting.

But as you say, I would want to do a lot of cleanup that relies on local availability, not cloud nonsense.

And mid trial when AWS dies due to a typo, I'm going to go apeshit and your design is defective. So they have piles of disclaimers which automatically make this a suboptimal solution.

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