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Comment Re: Private Offices (Score 1) 353

If you're being blocked like that, one of two things is probably the case: either you're unproductive enough that you only have one small task in your backlog, or somebody really screwed up the problem statement. If it's the former, you shouldn't bother the more productive members of the team. If it's the latter, somebody was probably being lazy and didn't care about derailing productive development time.

Comment Re: Private Offices (Score 3, Insightful) 353

People don't notice the productivity hit when they're typing code that could basically be written in their sleep. Most programmers have worked on projects where they do need to concentrate.

For those whose coworkers are thinking hard, I would recommend writing down your questions and asking them in batches of three or so. This has a lot of benefits:

You'll be able to answer some fraction of your own questions, either just by thinking more or by exploring the surrounding problem more.

You'll get a clearer understanding of what was missing from the design (or code or your own knowledge), making it easier to understand how to improve it the next time around.

You'll practice clear communications.

You'll amortize the cost of interruptions, which your coworkers will appreciate.

Comment Re: Estoppel by acquiescence and laches (Score 1) 109

Acquiescence requires that the party making the new claim not be aware that they are infringing the other party's rights. (In the GA/SC boundary disputes, there were reasonable and independent bases to declare that some of the islands were in SC under the treaty and usual rules of territory.). The OpenSSL group here is clearly aware that they do not hold the copyrights here, or have permission to change the license.

Comment Re: It Doesn't Work That Way (Score 1) 269

Per capita power consumption doubled in the past 50 years, and there's no reason to think it won't again -- most of the world's population is still in developing economies. Population growth will also continue, although not at the same pace as in the past. If your point about long-range social forecasts being hard is that this article had no business being published in a reputable journal, I agree, but if we're going to debate the merits of the article we have to make some long-range projections.

As I said earlier, you cannot reasonably compare growth rates during early adoption phases with steady-state capacity, and you are also confusing installation growth rate with production growth rate (which is the derivative of the former).

While indium, tellurium, and other uncommon and/or hard-to-refine elements -- which are critical parts of modern solar cells -- are technically not rare earth elements, they are often treated as such in popular media and policy analysis.

So, congratulations on finding a pedantically correct but practically irrelevant issue with half of one of my points, while ignoring or pretending away the rest? Maybe you should try to debunk some of your own bullshit sometime.

Comment Re: Not everyone is happy... (Score 3, Insightful) 109

Pragmatism is not sufficient to legally justify the assumption that people are okay with the relicensing unless they object. I'm pretty sure both common law and civil law jurisdictions would side with a contributor who objects after the fact, even if they did get the notice.

Comment Re: It Doesn't Work That Way (Score 1) 269

Your conclusion is only viable if you make a bunch of unwarranted assumptions:

  • Global power consumption does not increase (it quadrupled over the last 50 years)
  • The ~60% of current energy consumption that is not electricity generation (vehicle fuel, etc.) is replaced by... nothing
  • We solve the battery problem for intermittent power generation (most renewable sources are inherently intermittent)
  • The whole world generates electricity from solar power as efficiently as Phoenix, AZ
  • Solar and wind power production stops chewing through rare earth elements

Comment Re: Not all wrecks can be avoided (Score 1) 227

Self driving cars are usually not being programmed by their target audience. The car's developers can scale back the "selfishness" that exploits other vehicles driving in a cooperative manner. Their notice is to make life good for their customers overall, not for their most greedy customers at the expense of the rest.

Comment Re: Please stop (Score 1) 272

You got the nail on the head. One of the strongest contributors to the success of a company is aggressive competition. However, it's hard to keep that competition from leaking over to competition within the company, and that internal competition often manifests as arrogance and mistreatment of others. Sometimes that is explicitly group-oriented -- sexism, racism, or other -isms -- and sometimes it is just prima donnas being jerks to the rest of the team.

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