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Comment Re:I was most frustrated by ... (Score 3, Informative) 149

Being blocked from doing small fixes by Sarbanes-Oxley and management. But really Sarbanes Oxley.

Prior to SOX, I could see a problem- fix it, refactor the code.. etc. or see a minor improvement- implement it, refactor the code, etc.

After SOX, I had to run everything thru the team lead who had to justify it to the manager who had to justify to the director who had to justify it to the senior director who had to justify it to the Department head, who had to justify it (in a group of other changes) to the CIO.

SOX dictates policy, not process. Nothing in SOX requires the process your company has chosen to implement. SOX basically says: do whatever the fuck you want, but it had better be understandable and sane; if you fail at that, but claim you are compliant, we can jail your senior management.

If you are lucky enough to be working for a good company, you hardly notice SOX. If your company sucks, well, senior management doesn't want to get jailed, so they make a process of hierarchical justifications that is understandable, sane, and stupid: they keep their jobs and stay out of jail.

Comment Re:Degrees are primarily HR tick marks (Score 4, Insightful) 245

It's pretty damn simple:

Most college degrees show that you are basically employable in a white-collar or pink-collar job entry-level job paying $40K/year or so: you have proven you can show up, follow simple instructions, get work done on time, understand written material, write a page of text that sort of makes sense, do basic arithmetic, etc.

That's about it for 99% of college graduates. Congrats, you get to sit in a chair at work, and we know you can do the simple job we need filled. Hell, do well, and we'll even promote you to where you can earn more and actually add more value.

You went to MIT or did STEM? Great, we figure you are smart, hard-working, and have an analytical mind. That's worth $80K. We really don't care what you majored in or what courses you took. It's still a fucking entry-level job.

20 year old autodidact? Sorry, just too much uncertainty. Come back when you have a track record or a Github repository that we like.

Comment Re: Premium processing has been canceled this year (Score 5, Funny) 566

The H1-B program is a mess, but when I look around my office:

1. There is a small group of H1-Bs who are actually competent and probably help keeping us profitable
2. There is a bunch of H1-Bs who are useless, underpaid fucks who make the codebase worse
3. There a small group of citizen programmers who are actually competent and probably help keeping us profitable
4. There is a bunch of citizen programmers who are useless, overpaid fucks who make the codebase worse

Revoking for citizenship of group 4 seems the best plan. Then we can work on group 2.

Comment Re:Explain Trump (Score 4, Funny) 418

If the universe is a simulation then one can speculate on the purpose of the simulation. A good bet, based on our own world, would be it's a role playing game. If so the "players" are presumably the Elites in the game.

Ah, so we just need to look for player characters who picked a generic white-male avatar, blundered around because they picked "easy mode," but still wound up doing and completing some of the fun missions and sidequests in the game. For example:

1. Started life as a player character with extra gold
2. Flew fighter planes
3. Managed a baseball team
4. Caught fish in the "pond on own private ranch" cliche
5. Became president of USA. Bonus for second term election.

Hmm, someone like that would be unbelievable and stick out like a sore thumb.

Comment Re:lol... (Score 5, Insightful) 171

It's not the crime, it's the coverup. This is the kind of crap that gets people sent to jail.

It's not about the science, it's about what Exxon did:

If their internal research showed one thing, but they publicly declared something something opposite, that's pretty bad, but probably not criminal.
If they testified in a court that they believed the opposite factoids, and didn't mention the internal research, that's really bad, but if the opposing lawyers didn't find the right person to testify (like someone at Exxon who knew about the research,) they are probably still ok.
If they set up secret email accounts for senior executives, and then didn't provide the emails from those accounts to the opposing lawyers during the discovery process, then that's just fraud on the court. It's like your wife "forgetting" to mention her secret bank account in the Cayman Islands during your divorce trial. Seriously, WTF?

Comment Re:Emergencies? (Score 1) 223

There's a reason spacecraft are about as rigid as a tin can and submarines are built out of many tonnes of steel and titanium, and it's that one has to deal with some pressure and the other... doesn't.

Actually, the reason is a bit different: round things with excess pressure on the inside respond by getting more round and keeping their shape (think latex balloons being inflated;) round things with excess pressure on the outside respond by getting more oval/ flattish and losing their shape

So, for negative pressure things, you have to design them to avoid collapse, not true for positive pressure things. A spacecraft hull (say a dime's thickness of aluminum) can easily handle 5 atmos of pressure differential. Put it 30 feet underwater, and it will collapse like a cheap suit in the -1 atmo environment.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 328

I present here (not for the first time) the Woodhams Hierarchy of Epistemological Categories:
1) Stuff that you know
2) Stuff that you know where to find out
3) Stuff that you know that somebody knows
3a) Stuff that you know that nobody knows (a category irrelevant to this discussion but important to scientists.)
4) Stuff you know nothing about

So, about the same as:

1) I have drugs
2) I know where to buy drugs
3) I have a friend who can get me drugs
3a) I have drugs, and my friends don't know I do
4) I have no drugs, and have no idea how to score them

Comment Re:Paging Dr. Faustus (Score 1) 481

I always find this funny that so many studies say "The Arctic is warming and there should be no more ice cap by 2050". I remember some US scientists said there would be no ice in the Arctic by 2013

Of course, the article says nothing of the kind:

Their latest modelling studies indicate northern polar waters could be ice-free in summers

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