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Comment Foreign workers work diffently (Score 1) 414

U.S. born engineers have been very successful and innovative. Foreign workers come from different educational backgrounds and experiences. As anyone who was worked besides them learns this gives them different attitudes and propensities. That make them counterfeits not plug-compatible with more experienced workers. When you factor in the costs of projects that eventually collapse or fail to gain traction with users, the ultimate cost of H1b Workers may be higher. Or if you are unwise... One of the many disastrous offshoring attempts may be very harmful to you own career.

Comment Elon Musk's Big bet (Score 1) 35

I have long believed that when Elon musk was planning his Tesla projects; the electric car and the power wall storage systems he must have faced a critical go no-go decision. At the time lithium batteries were not great but he must have decided they were good enough and bet that improvements would make them better. as his Giga battery factory in nevada comes online that bet is paying off big time. Not only will the cars range be increased but the faster charging rates will make stopping for lunch a pleasant way to charge up while taking a break from freeway cruising. He is a great engineer and has a subtle sense of humor.wsn't he cute to namehis technology companies based on DC after history's most famous proponent of AC?

Comment Prelude to Mars? (Score 1) 105

With a thick atmosphere and oceans and wide open plains everywhere there is little engineering justification to landing a rocket when you can simply pop a parachute.

But Mars has a thin atmosphere and you need a working rocket to come home. Are the fins a lattice to simulate mar's thin air?

Elon is nothing if not forward looking...

Comment Don't forget the 12C Financial and it's forbearers (Score 1) 702

Used to be on conference calls to close a deal and could scribble with one hand on a yellow legal pad and work the N, PMT, I, PV, FV buttons with my other thumb. Still emulated on the IPad (and sold by HP)... In it's realm nothing better came along after. Do you miss the good old days?

Submission + - Cognitive Computing For All: IBM Releases A Legion Of Watsons

malachiorion writes: The first examples of what developers can do with the new Watson API are pretty lame—health coaching, personal shopping... But the tech behind Watson, and its transition from a single system to a cloud-based species, essentially, of cognitive computing software, is a very big deal. My analysis for Popular Science: http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/zero-moment/cognitive-computing-all-ibm-releases-legion-watsons

Comment John McCarthy once said... (Score 2) 88

John McCarthy, who coined the term Artificial Intelligence, once said:

"We sent a grant proposal to ARPA a while ago. We proposed to build an AI Robot system that could read the instructions and assemble a Heathkit radio. We estimated the project would take 18 months and cost $87,000."

Everyone sitting in the Stanford AI class laughed.

"It always seems we're just 18 months and $87,000 away from everything in AI..." John concluded.

The year was 1975...

Comment Mars life will be DNA based (Score 3, Interesting) 79

Panspermia is the theory that life is ubiquitous and travels from planet to planet and star to star. Less unlikely than it seems. For example, dormant spores trapped in salt crystals 25 million years old rejuvenated themselves when released. Life is hardy.

Which of three theories seems on the right side of Occam's Razor:
    That life is unique to Earth (where it is all DNA/RNA based)?
    That life originates in novel non-DNA based ways independently on each planet?
    or that DNA-based life is mobile, seeds planets from above, and then evolves to suit each new environment?

(Wait, I think that could be a Slahdot poll...)

I believe we will find the same is true for life in the the seas of Europa, and elsewhere, too.

Comment Ugh! Is Microsoft is the best BI value? (Score 4, Funny) 57

Dreaded Microsoft has SQL Server packages including SQL Server, SSIS ETL tools, SSAS OLAP and SSRS Reporting with licenses starting well under $2,000. Much better than Oracle's cobbled-together BI at a fraction of the price.

Hold your disgust and consider this fully functional, enterprise quality BI suite. Good support and good community, too.

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