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Denver Airport Overrun by Car-Eating Rabbits 278

It turns out the soy-based wire covering on cars built after 2002 is irresistible to rodents. Nobody knows this better than those unlucky enough to park at DIA's Pikes Peak lot. The rabbits surrounding the area have been using the lot as an all-you-can-eat wiring buffet. Looks like it's time to break out The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

Comment Re:Left out the best part (Score 2, Interesting) 574

Well actually Muslims *do* have a history where sanity prevailed. The problem is precisely that it is now only history...

Because, during the dark Christian Middle Age, Muslim Al Andaluz was an oasis of tolerance, reason and learning compared to the barbaric Christian nations of the rest of Europe. Then dogma and religious bickering took precedence and began a downfall that has not stopped yet. And they did not had an Enlightnment to begin the age of reason and put an end to the age of religion as we had.

Comment Re:Not just Google (Score 1) 543

Some believe that the H1B flooding is actually designed to get rid of older IT workers

I think that's just to keep wages down in general. Our universities are pumping out plenty of CS and MIS grads as well as math and engineering graduates to keep up with demand. The companies that say there are shortages are just saying that to justify going overseas or to bring in H-1bs.

My father in law in quite an accomplished design engineer but as he got older, he has been gradually moved into testing positions.

It starts off with a lay-off and he gets it, finds another job that's not quite what he did before, lay-off, then another job not quite like what he did, and so on until now where he's writing Perl scripts to take data from testing equipment and putting that into Excel spreadsheets. Pretty beneath him, but he's grateful to have some sort of technical job at 70. All his contemporaries went into management (if they could) a long time ago, changed careers or they're now retired.

In my programming experience, I've known very few folks who stayed in programming after 40. One was well into his 50s but he grabbed onto a product and stuck with it for years. When I left, he was still programming C on Dos. But folks came and went because they didn't want to work on old shit and he was very lucky to have gotten a product with a very long market life - cash register software.

You're completely right and the problem are precisely the managers and the people, that is, the suits, who do the hiring who believe that only youngsters know how to code and that programming is the only area where experience is not worth a shit.

That's a problem for older people who program well but do not know a shit about management and so on. For my part, I still program because, coming from control systems programming in general, I specialized later in home automation which is an area where there are very few programmers and very few that know the proprietary crap from a bunch of brands like Lutron, Crestron, AMX, Alcorn McBride and so on.

As always it's the dummies in the suits that fuck everything up...

But that surprises me of Google. I thought its suits were smarter than what's usual...

El Guerrero del Interfaz


What US Health Care Needs 584

Medical doctor and writer Atul Gawande gave the commencement address recently at Stanford's School of Medicine. In it he lays out very precisely and in a nonpartisan way what is wrong with the institution of medical care in the US — why it is both so expensive and so ineffective at delivering quality care uniformly across the board. "Half a century ago, medicine was neither costly nor effective. Since then, however, science has... enumerated and identified... more than 13,600 diagnoses — 13,600 different ways our bodies can fail. And for each one we've discovered beneficial remedies... But those remedies now include more than six thousand drugs and four thousand medical and surgical procedures. Our job in medicine is to make sure that all of this capability is deployed, town by town, in the right way at the right time, without harm or waste of resources, for every person alive. And we're struggling. There is no industry in the world with 13,600 different service lines to deliver. ... And then there is the frightening federal debt we will face. By 2025, we will owe more money than our economy produces. One side says war spending is the problem, the other says it's the economic bailout plan. But take both away and you've made almost no difference. Our deficit problem — far and away — is the soaring and seemingly unstoppable cost of health care. ... Like politics, all medicine is local. Medicine requires the successful function of systems — of people and of technologies. Among our most profound difficulties is making them work together. If I want to give my patients the best care possible, not only must I do a good job, but a whole collection of diverse components must somehow mesh effectively. ... This will take science. It will take art. It will take innovation. It will take ambition. And it will take humility. But the fantastic thing is: This is what you get to do."

Comment Amazon, fix your problem with publishers first (Score 1) 256

It's no use to try to promote the Kindle when its main problem lies with the publishers.

First e-books more expensive than their dead-tree version: stupid, unecological and greedy. Then the @#$%& "region" problem: depending on where you live, especially outside the Empire, lots of books may not be available to buy so the only option is, as usual, "piracy".

It seems that the books publisher want to make all the mistakes that the music and film publishers made before them.

El Guerrero del Interfaz

Comment Logical, it was an US-only affair... (Score 1) 196

I wanted to buy it but they did not want to sell it to me because I don't reside inside the frontiers of the Empire.

I understand that dummies like the content mafias bosses, music, books and film publishers, and other ignoramuses want and try to put doors and frontiers to the Internet. But I never thought Google would do the same dumb thing.

El Guerrero del Interfaz

Comment Biker geek solution (Score 1) 763

That's what I found more convenient after more than 40 years of biker/geek life:

No key chain. I only have 2 chains, one chain for my wallet and one for my watch. Chains hinder keys and Swiss Army knife use (but not wallet or watch use).

Each key bundle (bike, house, work) is on its own key ring. All keys ring go on a carabiner. The carabiner is attached to my belt, on the opposed side of the chains. That way the keys are bundled but can be separated by function and the carabiner is easy to get on and off.

My Victorinox Swiss Army knife (Cybertool) goes either in a special Swiss Army knife pocket of my Dainese jacket or in the lighter pocket of my Perfecto jacket. Or in my Levis jean small pockett when it gets too hot to wear leather.

El Guerrero del Interfaz

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