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Comment No. (Score 1) 210

Betteridge's law notwithstanding, the next question will be what to replace it with. And the attempts to answer that will devolve into a clusterfsck of trendy languages du jour. And by the time some poor bank has funded the effort to port to something, that something's advocates will have moved on and the replacements will claim that the choice was all wrong and divert the effort to their new favorite.

Comment Re:Seattle gets 1000/week in new people (Score 1) 161

Most people don't realize that over 1000 people move to Seattle every week.

$15/hour. Legal pot. Cheap heroin and Fentanyl and a police force instructed to look the other way.

Most homeless are actually from here.

Some is. Seattle is where you go when you aren't earning squat out in the sticks and Seattle advertises $15/hour for everyone. But a sizable amount is from out of state. The local TV station did a human interest bit on homelessness a few months back. They went to the tent camps and asked people whet their biggest problem was. Quite a few complained that they didn't realize Washington State was going to be so cold and damp. Locals? I don't think so.

Comment Build a facility (Score 1) 161

Where? They've tried this on a smaller level, with tent camps and RV lots set up to give homeless a safe 'community' rather than living under the freeway. But most communities don't want to put up with the burglaries, car prowls and drug needles strewn around. So pretty soon, they close the camp and move them on. How will this work with a fixed facility? Which neighborhood will volunteer to host the opium den? So they'll institute some rules for residents. And that's when the addicts will just pack up and move back into a tent under the freeway.

Subsidized housing can help with the homeless family with children population. They tend to be less of a crime and drug problem. But they tend to be pretty rare compared to the tent camp bums. Mostly, they are 'homeless' in that they are living on friends and relatives sofas. Living in Seattle, I've seen quite a few human interest news spots about the homeless problem. And I have yet to see the news crews find a family with kids living in the hobo camps. Were there any, the motivation to present them as examples would be high. Housing facilities can help the families currently flopped out in someone's den. But we won't see a decrease in the tent camps because those are the hard-core addicts that just won't move.

Comment Re: Frog wanker (Score 1) 388

She is a writer responsible for communications.

A writer AT Oak Ridge. Which means she probably quoted the jargon in use at ORNL by it's scientists pretty accurately. It's not like she is a general media reporter that just came in and screwed something up.

Anecdote: I used to work in an aviation electrical power systems group when I was a fresh-faced kid out of college. We were producing a specification for the digital controls for an aircraft electrical system. The spec (which I was reading) didn't use the conventions that many control systems engineers used when defining PID software. When I asked about this, one of my older colleagues pointed out that this was a convention peculiar to power systems. And although it risked greater errors at the coding level (getting plus and minus signs reversed with the result of an unstable system), future power system people understood it and it would make their job of reading the systems block diagrams easier. And the other reason for staying with this odd convention: It weeded out the software developers who were more likely to have a hissy fit if things didn't go their way. In the end, we hired a really smart and capable Vietnamese CS guy who did an excellent job on the controller s/w.

The lesson I took away from this was that there is really no great mystery why the USA is full of basement dwelling sperglords who can code but can't get along in broader industries while those businesses are busy importing H-1B workers.

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