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Comment Re:In my experience (Score 1) 229

I think you misunderstand what I'm trying to say and focused on a facile reading of the words. I'm saying that it's unrealistic to expect all my employees to be at the same level of excellence of skill and competence. Therefore it makes sense to set up my environment so that I don't rely upon that unrealistic expectation and can still get good performance out of my team even if they're not all perfect. Please think a little deeper about what people have to say.

Dude, I second you entirely on this. Please re-read what I said in light of this. Expectations have to be realistic as much for a private company or for the army. Fact is, it is easier for private companies to be very selective with high expectations in a competitive environment as developers and software engineering. Every company wants the best candidate. Maybe they will get the pearl pristine one treasure. But most likely they will get someone more average in capabilities. And you are absolutely right, that managers have to set the bar at reality to begin with. My point was, that Army may not have as much choice and have to invest much more in education. Also because the kind of education army needs, is not taught in schools or universities. And I am pretty sure an army has more realistic expectations than any coding shop riding technology hypes and expecting junior developers to have unrealistic experience and abilities levels.

Comment Re:In my experience (Score 1) 229

And the army would like all their soldiers to be Delta SEAL black ops operator bad mother fuckers too. Meanwhile, in the real world, we recognize that not everyone is a gold medalist and we try to work with the people and resources and money that we actually have available.

The army is not cost competitive and its funds are all about political reasons. A private company has to compete on price, and market shares and is funded by investors confidence into profitability.

The army needs ppls that are: Physically capable, blindly obey rules and hierarchy, accept to give-up their freedom and can adapt predictably uncomfortable and high risk missions. They do provide education for most of it, and the education process is selective enough to have the worst candidates to give-up and quit spontaneously.

Private companies rarely invest in education or only on their specific tools. They select candidates from a worldwide pool, performs background and interviews, expect their disposable employees/contractors to know their job enough to not invest in education. And hope they got the right person for the job and for the amount they are willing to engage.

Different purposes, different rules.

Comment Re:Car fires (Score 1) 71

There are an estimated 150,000 car fires in the US every year. I don't think either of us has the data available to make an apples to apples comparison but I very much doubt that battery powered cars will prove to be meaningfully more hazardous that gasoline powered ones.

Gasoline does not have to be in a combustion chamber to ignite. A hot manifold with a leaking fuel line is more than enough to set a car on fire.

My point: Fuel cell batteries where; One could refill a tank of reactant and having the reactor part in a distinct area, would not need having the chemical reaction so close to the stored energy (thin layers in lithium batteries). About burning cars: If ppls with electric cars were skipping maintenance and having so much mishandling than those burning IC engine cars endured. I think consequences would be way more dramatic. Be sure as soon as Electric Cars becomes affordable to the mass, there will be enough fools to cross the boundaries of safety.

Comment Re:Danger vs energy density (Score 1) 71

> Gasoline is quite dangerous under the right conditions and has a substantially higher energy density and specific energy than any lithium based batteries we currently can make. Although for that matter so does a block of wood or animal fat...

What makes a battery more hazardous than fuel, is having the reaction occurs at the same location as the stored energy.
With fuel, combustion chambers are very distinct and distant from storage tanks.

Comment Simplification or sensationalism? (Score 0) 142

For the non specialist, this sounds like a broad simplification.
How did the Copilot not notice early when fire was emergent and controllable?
How can a pair of devices a tablet and an phone exposed on a dashboard a few inches at reach from a the copilot down a whole plane in a few minutes?

I've seen Air Crash episodes about Lithium batteries starting a massive fire in a cargo bay just under the electronic compartment of a 747. But here the situation looks much more genuine. Is it sensationalism at work again?

Comment Re:Carbon != Coal (Score 1) 149

You can set on fire a steel sanding sponge mesh with a lighter or a match.

The reasons you can not set a block of steel on fire under normal conditions (unless plunged into liquid oxygen), is because of density, ambient oxygen atoms at 1 atmosphere can not reach iron atoms fast enough to sustain enough heat for the reaction to propagate and to exhale enough iron particles. Your steel block will consume anyway slowly burn over years into rust. And while remaining an exothermic reaction, temperature elevation is unnoticeable without very precise measure instruments.

It is the very same reason why you can not set a block of pure carbon (diamond) on fire with a lighter or a match.

Comment Ability to close any account should be mandatory (Score 1) 46

Even if it needs government regulations to enforce it;
All on-line services with a subscription of any kind,
shall be required by Law, to provide an equally easy mean of terminating one's subscription,
with requirement to drop everything but legal accounting.
It should also be made mandatory, to provide full access to all raw data and aggregations from an account.
All data collected by on-line services about Me, shall be viewable by Me and, I shall be allowed to revoke access to it by said service at any-time.

Comment Re:Poor monkeys (Score 1) 50

I realize it's impossible to have a rational discussion about animal research, but every scientist I know makes a serious effort to use the simplest species possible and to minimize its discomfort. For example, the Courtine group developed their technology in rodent models before even trying it in primates. Even "chronic" animal studies are brief relative to the human lifespan, and the time that an animal model has to live with the consequences of an experiment gone bad are much shorter than a human volunteer.

In best case these monkeys will be, or are already euthanasied.
In worst case they will be maintained a miserable life of a paralyzed animal and recycled for other unrelated testing to some other lab facility for a discount.

The only rational question is weather there is really no other alternatives.
Since we discuss this after the facts, I only hope those involved into these experiments and taking care of the lab monkeys had enough ethics to keep the rational question in mind with no definitive answer.

Comment If you search one's trashcan you will find junk (Score 4, Insightful) 205

Publishing one's mailbox content, it is no surprise to find junk.

Thus I am not surprised a political figure in need for more funding is receiving frivolous solicitations from a person with questionable mental health. And guess what, when a public political figure has to smile and be kind with all ppl, even those that are disturbingly ill. This is even more important if your are in need for funding.

Comment Could be transport conditions (Score 1) 121

So, likely Samsung could not really reproduce the defect and verify the causes in their own lab or they would not have shipped replacement devices with same defect.

One possibility is that the battery, charging circuits or even the heat dissipating glue to keep the battery in-place gets damaged during shipment. How much control is there on sea containers for extreme temperature variations, humidity or vibrations?
I can figure thermal glue loosing contact with the battery (or other hot operating component) on extreme temperatures. Or contacts loosing proper alignment on some vibrations frequencies and amplitudes. Could also be low pressure during flight transport that's causing damages to the battery. Would explain why a Note7 caught fire in a plane.

Comment Re:I had Prodos on My Apple][e in 1983-84 (Score 1) 81

There were at least two versions of the LC ROM and there was multiple revisions of the Apple][ Motherboards. Some had a socketed dip chip.
If you used the wrong LC ROM, you got garbled font display as the data alignment/interleave was wrong. One version of the ROM required piggy-backing a line to the IC so it could address the char values range for lowercase.

About the graphical text environment that allowed you, lowercase text and mixed text and graphic. It was brought by a software suit named like Mibbit.

Comment I had Prodos on My Apple][e in 1983-84 (Score 3, Insightful) 81

> is pretty remarkable, considering the Apple ][ and ][+ don't even support lower-case characters.

Wrong, there was a Prodos for the Apple][

> Apple ][ and ][+ don't even support lower-case characters

There was a program that piggy-backed the char display and used graphic mod to display lowercase characters, even supported accentss. Had bee used by word-processors back then. AppleWord and the Jane environment.

And Yes I affirm, there was a Prodos for the Apple][ back then.

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