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Comment Re:Side project... (Score 1) 222

Most software developers believe "coding" is an art. /. is full with posts of "such believers".

Most software developers I know don't have a second job ... However I work sometimes on several projects as a consultant simultaneously. I hate it to sit a customer site and have a 40h/week when I only have work for 15 or 20 hours.

So I rather honestly bill them less and have a second project.

Comment Re:Music (Score 2) 222

I think the term "making money" refers to the amount of money in relation to the hours put into "making music" versus you would make if you worked at McDonalds.

If you practice twice a week and on top of that once with the band per week, lets say 2 hours ever time, that is 6 hours practicing per week. Assuming normal vacations and other causes, you do that only 45 weeks per year we come to 270 hours per year practicing. Now lets assume you play in a small band, just 3 people (Bass, Drums and Piano) and have a gig every month, lasting lets say 3 hours? And you let a hat go around, you make $150 per evening, divided by 3 that is $50 per gig or $600 per person per year.

Total hours worked is 270h practicing and 36h gigging, so you "make money" of $2 per hour.

That is by no definition "making money", it is a "waste of time". No lets factor in your gasoline and guitar strings and we are very quickly in the negative.

Actually, that was a no brainer, sorry that it took so much writing to point it out to you.

Comment Re:Wind energy still better (Score 1) 39

Perhaps you should a few "half a milleniums"?

Sailing rafts we know since about 4500 before christ. Boats minimum 3500 BC, likely even older.

Sailing over the Oceans, e.g. Atlantic did Eric the Red around 1000. The Polynesians settled the Pacific since 4000 BC ... with sailing boats and rowing canoes.

Comment Re:So whats the Southern Hemisphere? Chopped liver (Score 1) 39

That is actually not as "un funny" as it seems.

When the F16 was in the conception phase, they had the idea to disallow certain flight maneuvers. E.g. flying on the back etc. So they had a strict computer trying to interpret the pilots steering commands and keeping the plane in the air and follow that command as close as "reasonable".

Unfortunately they had sign error when calculating the normal vector of the planes orientation on the southern hemisphere.

Result: if you cross the equator the plane thinks you are flying upside down. According to "the rules" that was not allowed and you where flipped around. Then again: the pilot realized the plane is really flying upside down and tried to flip it around: but he could not, as the flight computer was exactly preventing that!

Interestingly this bug was found in the Simulators, before the plane even was flight ready. The idea of so much computer control as abandoned then.

Comment Re:"Business People" (Score 3, Interesting) 169

I don't know who gave this analogy:

The stock market is like a bet on the outcome of a beauty contest.

You see all the beauties, and probably can easy pick your favourite, however: you have to bet whom the jury will choose.

Betting who the jury will choose, is a complete different thing than deciding which is the most beautiful or agreeing with friends at a table about the three most beautiful ones.

Comment Re:Ninety-nine percent of the land is not used... (Score 1) 192

The California water shortage is primarily due to increasing population, which turns a cycle of dry years into a crisis.

No it is not.
It is primary due to insane water consumption by Almond farms. And secondary to all other farming.

I suggest to google for it, can't be so hard.

Human beings don't need much water, actually a no brainer. You could increase the population of California by a factor of 100 and the change in water "waste" would not even show on the demand curve.

Comment Re:Most land is used. (Score 1) 192

Almost all land in Europe is used,
Actually it is not.

Starting with the lands that can not be "used" except for hunting like mountains, 30% of Europe are nature reservations. Probably it is even more.

Meanwhile we have interconnected natural preservation zones ging from Spain via France up to Poland. It is just a lot of small areas, but the goal is to have a patchwork of interconnected natural preservation regions that stretch over all of the EU.

On the other hand: most woods you see when drive through them with a car or pass by in a train are of course "farmed". No idea how that is called in english.

Look at the image here:
The green zones are nature preservation zones. Not yet interconnected as planned (no idea how old the map is).

The only agriculture/farming allowed there is old school traditional like having special sheep races in "Die Lueneburger Heide" or keeping old Apple/Pearl plantages on meadows.

And the map above is only the "nature preservations" it does not include the land that is simply not used because no one has a use for it or does not need it.

The same map for France had far far far more green and Poland is basically uninhabited in relation to Germany or France. Same for Portugal or Hungary ... just random examples.

Comment Re:Ninety-nine percent of the land is not used... (Score 1) 192

It is all over the news that 99% of the water used^H^H^H^H wasted is used in agriculture, e.g. Almond farms.
86% of all Almonds come from the US, destroying e.g. Spanish Almond farmers who can not switch to machine based harvesting. Why? What is so fucking important if a bag of Almonds costs 99cents or $1,49, so the rest of the world can also have a living on it?
Most of the Almonds are grown in California, every year adding another 10,000 acres of production.

But we all know that either global warming or El Nino or La Nina is responsible for the water issues. Obviously not the bad planning and stupid lobbies and politicians belonging or following such lobbies.

Comment Re:Read some Engels (Score 1) 499

Well, in my school we learned the differences of political systems: democracy, monarchy, republic ... tyrany, economic systems: free market, regulated marked, governed market and social systems as fashism, socialism, welfare state ... or what ever you want to call it.

E.G: the real existing (not communist) socialist states where democracies, too. Albeit mostly on paper, and with restrictions as having only one party.

How can that be democracy, you ask? Well the idea was, that every citizan has to be political and participate and vote. So all should be members of 'The Party'. Democracy would be mainly executed inisde of the party, voting for 'leaders' and positions. Obviously that did not work and was probbaly a dumb idea anyway. However: when that system was invented, they did mot know better.

I think one of the greater turn offs of Communism is just how much reason has to be fucked up in order to embrace the system.
Quite insightful.
When russia had its revolution about 80% of the population (1912 or something) where still bond slaves. All the land was owned by noblemen and super rich super farmers. Everything else was owned by people who became rich somehow and became 'traders', 'industrialists' or mine owners etc.
However there was no 'free market'/'capitalist' infrastructure. Russia is a huge country, really huge. So if there was starvation in one corner: no one cared The Zar had more important matters to attent to. And the 'rich' already where rich. Why the fuck should they sent food on a 4 weeks rail road trip into a starving area if they could not earn anything on that? With the risks associated to a four weeks trip?
When the revolution came and 'the masses' got the promise that they now rule and starvation is gone and as such is the upper class, ofc they embraced the new system.

Similar in China. When China had its 'Revolution' it basically where two revolutions. The whole country was in the bronze age. Western luxury, like a telegraph or even telephone, only the Emporer, some noble families, very few rich 'traders' and other interested people had. The revolutioners fought on two fronts: transforming China into a modern western oriented society/industrial nation and keeping the western influence out (think about the boxer uprisings etc.) China was at that time basically occupied by western nations bribing the nobility and extracting/extorting everything they could out of the populace. So the main fight was on perhaps four frontires: preventing the russians to get into China, throwing out the foreigners (mainly british, but also americans, netherlands and other nations), destroying or at least hindering the 'establishment' ... aka imprisioning the ruling class, and the fact that two 'revolution armies' their fighting each other. Ah, yes, and if you take 1949 as the official date of the revolution, coping with what was left of the war with Japan

Anyway, in most of the cases none of the later 'citizens' even knew about 'somewhat working' democracies in France or America. They got promised a new system where they had power and the formerly rich oppressors not.

So imagine, you lived your live as a bond slave, are asked to join a/the party and now you can vote about the leaders of the party and about what the party is going to do in what order: sounds like a deal, doesn't it?

That the leaders of the revolution and 'the party' are just mafia like cronies not really much different to the former aristrocratic rulers ... well, that is unfortunate ... no?

Comment Re:Parenthesis (Score 1) 234

You still have the '?' misplaced :)
And frankly: the '(' and ')' add nothing fo me, they are just PERLish line noice IMHO.
On the other hand: I never counted levels of precedence either.
Never had guessed it is 15 or 16.

(You know, I had math in school, albeit it is over 30 years ago, if it is not a language like SmallTalk, which is strictly left to right, I have no problem to grasp the meaning of a complex expression at first glance ... but that might be just me).

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