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Comment Allow me to translate this for the layman (Score 1) 227

The self-driving car was not at fault because the human driver was too self-absorbed thinking that they are all that and a bag o' chips and the rules of the road do not apply to them because they have been lead to believe that they are more important than everyone else in the world.

Don't believe me? Start observing how many people pull a full car-length PAST the stop line painted on the pavement BEFORE they even consider stopping. Lots of them would likely blow right through if they decided that opposing traffic was far enough from them and there wasn't a cop around.

Comment Small business is going to get left behind (Score 2) 297

As a small business manufacturing a fairly niche product, in the past few months I've noticed that vendors are less willing to to small production runs of custom parts. Last week I had a CNC milling vendor tell me, and I quote, "Well, you haven't done any business with us in a while so we're unable to work with you." This week, I had a pallet company tell me that they could no longer make 25 custom pallets for me and are only taking minimum quantities of 200. Another vendor, who I always thought was quite busy, suddenly closed their doors. Other vendors are pushing out their schedules because they're getting more work.

As for making things in China, they have gotten to the point with quality and mass production that they are no longer willing to take on small jobs. One company that made custom cast & milled aluminum wheel hubs used to do short runs of 40 pieces but they have gotten contracts from major auto companies and are no longer doing the piddly stuff.

Comment Beverly Hills Cop (Score 1) 188

This sort of thing affects lots of different organizations not just the programming world. The arrogant newbie enters into an organization and immediately wants to change everything because in his/her eyes, until they came along the place was being run by a bunch of hick hayseeds. That's not to say that things can't be improved but one needs to spend some time observing, building relationships, and then making suggestions for improving things. One of the most appropriate lines from Beverly Hills Cop is when Axel Foley's boss tells him, "You're a hell of a good cop but you don't know every f*cking thing."

Comment This post is know to the State of California... (Score 2) 237

Always love seeing those labels "The product is known to the State of California to contain chemicals that may cause cancer." Nobody else knows, though, which should tell you everything you need to know about the State of California thinking they're smarter than its citizens who wouldn't be able to go about their lives without the State telling them to.

Comment This reminds me of a joke (Score 3, Funny) 1001

Way back in the 1980s, one of my physics professors told the following joke:
The trustees of the university want to find out if the professors really knew their stuff so they came up with a question: What's 2+2?
They go to the math department and the professors there said, "Oh, that's easy. It's 4."
Then the go to the physics department and the professors there said, "Oh, it's 4.000000000 with an uncertainty of another decimal place."
Then the go to the engineering department and the professors there said, "Just a minute while I get my handbook."
Finally, they go to the accounting department and the professors there look around to see if anyone can hear them and then the whisper, "What do you want to be?"

Comment Could be worse (Score 1) 135

This story makes me ponder the few times my "friends" tried to fix me up with someone without even considering my type. "She's single" is not a useful commonality. And in the 2010's, saying "She's into computers" doesn't mean the same thing it did during the 1980s. So, my "friends" clearly lacked intelligence in this matter so it remains to be seen if there is any "intelligence" in a piece of software.

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