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Comment Re:Let it begin! (Score 1) 107

Yea right. The chances are once the H-1 problem is fixed the skills American will have to do the job at H-1 rate.
Companies don't want well paid middle class. They want rich executives that they can play golf with. Or the poor or near poor working class.
Us tech guys who are educated, experience and have our fingers on the companies vital components are a thorn in their plans.

Comment Re:Skip The Article (Score 1) 280

For the most part the point of the article wasn't as much of the technical lies but the fact that programmer often code themselves into boxes. Relationship mother father wife husband can quickly cross gray lines with divorce, remarried, widowed, adopted, same sex marriage, gender identity...
So often programmers will program hard coded what they know. If they are better skilled then they will make a look up table. If they are really fancy they will make some adaptive control for self maintenance of the value. Then as the relationships may change it is what to do with the historical data.
I have been coding for 30 years. And often I will get in arguments with newly grads and college professors (normally the ones who's career was entirely in academia) when they see that I written some less than efficient overly complex code for something easy. E.g. Why did you create a gender table and just populate Male and Female and the keys? Just code the drop down box with the values it will save on loading time. Then after release we get a request to add additional values such as trans genders so all I need to do is tell the customer to edit the lookup table and I don't have to go to all the forms that ask and show the value. Add the value, recompile make sure the code is merged in future development tested...

Comment Re:My gripes with the first 2 (Score 1) 280

Normally in SQL where I know Null to be a problem I set the default values in the table to a valid default for the datatype.
However nulls can be used as nice tricks but for the most part they get in the way as a null value puts your datatypes in a broken state and can work in mysterious ways.
In my previous job I was asked to give new hires a test. So in the area of their knowledge in SQL and in debugging I had some code that didn't work correctly because it was appending a null value to a string making the entire string null. I gave this question because with the data we needed to work with and the manipulation we normally do to the data this was a common problem.

Comment Re:This is a good thing but for the shaky transiti (Score 1) 346

So we take power away from those who "wield the power", and come up with a better means. Eliminating the idea of private ownership of shared resources such as land could severely reduce their power. Probably not what you mean, but allowing people to monopolise a limited resource allows disproportionate influence. The idea that there are people with a surplus while others lack food, shelter and healthcare indicates that we have a screwed up idea of property rights.

The other thing we need to fix is the system of government. Relying on elected representatives is okay but far from perfect. Direct democracy seems to work worse in practice, not allowing any scope for compromise. But there's probably a better system.

Comment Re:Tesla is gonna take over - believe me folks... (Score 1) 51

Perhaps, but that'll require the legacy vehicles to be largely off the road first, and will require the popularity of the plug-in hybrid vehicle along the lines of the Volt to wane too.

If anything happens in the next twenty years, perhaps drivers that use gasoline-powered cars will have to hunt just a little harder to find stations, along the lines of how diesel-powered cars and trucks can't be filled at probably half of stations, and propane-powered vehicles are limited to less than a quarter of stations. Honestly if it even happens within 20 years I'll be surprised, just because it'll take that long for people to get over their range anxiety and for prices to come down. Right now you can get the range, or you can get the somewhat-affordable price, but not both. Until both are widely available on the same vehicles it's not going to happen.

Submission + - World's Largest Dinosaur Footprints Discovered In Western Australia (

An anonymous reader writes: The largest known dinosaur footprints have been discovered in Western Australia, including 1.7 meter prints left by gigantic herbivores. Until now, the biggest known dinosaur footprint was a 106cm track discovered in the Mongolian desert and reported last year. At the new site, along the Kimberley shoreline in a remote region of Western Australia, paleontologists discovered a rich collection of dinosaur footprints in the sandstone rock, many of which are only visible at low tide. The prints, belonging to about 21 different types of dinosaur, are also thought to be the most diverse collection of prints in the world. Steve Salisbury, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Queensland told ABC News: “We’ve got several tracks up in that area that are about 1.7 meters long. So most people would be able to fit inside tracks that big, and they indicate animals that are probably around 5.3 to 5.5 meters at the hip, which is enormous.” “It is extremely significant, forming the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half the continent and providing the only glimpse of Australia’s dinosaur fauna during the first half of the early Cretaceous period,” he said. The findings were reported in the Memoir of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The largest tracks belonged to sauropods, huge Diplodocus-like herbivores with long necks and tails. The scientists also discovered tracks from about four different types of ornithopod dinosaurs (two-legged herbivores) and six types of armored dinosaurs, including Stegosaurs, which had not previously been seen in Australia. At the time the prints were left, 130m years ago, the area was a large river delta and dinosaurs would have traversed wet sandy areas between surrounding forests.

Comment Re:So what? Nothing really has changed... (Score 1) 364

Who follows the rules now? How many of you actually have read the TOS for your ISP? It's privacy policy?

Who gives a shit? If every corporation in America has my data, big deal. It's the government I fear, and they can already demand a full log of all your packets from your ISP under NSL.

There is only one ISP I can realistically use where I live, so it doesn't really matter what their TOS, AUP, PP or anything else says.

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