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Comment Re: The problem with your explanation (Score 1) 301

If you look in the FEMA site, they say that they provide gramts to perform repairs not covered by insurance. And no, they don't do a needs test. Now, the typical rich person does not let their insurance lapse just so that they can get a FEMA grant. Because such a grant is no sure thing. They also point out that SBA loans are the main source of assistance following a disaster. You get a break on interest, but you have to pay them back.

Comment Re:Do you code? (Score 1, Interesting) 345

Also you have interface complexity. Adding these features requires some way to use the features, possibly including configuration options, menu items, hotkeys and so on. Prior to the Ribbon, Microsoft tried to fix this in Word by hiding all the menu items you had not used yet, so you'd never know those features were there to be used. My boss constantly asks me to remove menu items and "simplify" but he never has any answers on where he thinks users should go to access those features if they're no longer in the menu. Relevant Dilbert.

Comment Re:In other words... (Score 1) 434

I have the ability to think and come up with new solutions to new challenges. If I'm suddenly required to program in a language I don't know, I'm going to need training of some sort. I can learn it myself, but it's probably going to be more efficient to find me some training, and my time doesn't come cheap.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 434

The specification that the Fibonacci routine has to be recursive is obviously not intended to make an efficient generator, or one capable of handling large numbers. It's partly a test to see if the applicant can use recursion. The intention is to ensure that the applicant is at least barely competent, not to ensure that the applicant is actually good. Add a more efficient generator and you'll probably impress people more.

I was in an interview once when I was asked to write a query on the board. It was in the form SELECT...FROM...WHERE..., and I stayed at the whiteboard, prepared for a non-trivial question. I didn't get one. My conclusion was that they'd gotten applicants who didn't know even the most basic SQL.

Comment Re: My experience... (Score 1) 434

In the biggest Agile project I was on (three developers for maybe nine months), we knew what we wanted (as much as we ever do for an innovative project) and what we were doing. It went great. We had the ability to adapt to things as they came up (we refactored a good chunk of the existing software early on), and we had fairly steady progress.

Comment Re:Sucks, but derivative work (Score 1) 134

A movie review that contains plat elements, stills, quotes, and even clips is a derivative work.

It's perfectly legal, under fair use. (as a critical work)

Being derivative has no bearing on whether or not it is fair use.

Fan subbing, is an "accessibility" transformation, and should be a fair use work, especially if it is produced non-commericially and distributed for free, separately from the copy protected film.

Comment Re: The problem with your explanation (Score 1) 301

I understand your point about view land being desirable even though it's a flood risk. I live a mile or so from the Hayward fault. But I have California's risk pool earthquake insurance. The government wouldn't be paying me except from a fund that I've already paid into. I imagine that the government does pay some rich people in similar situations, but as far as I'm aware disaster funds go to the States from the federal government and should not in general become a form of rich people's welfare. Maybe you can find some direct evidence to show me that would make the situation more clear.

Comment Re:The problem with your explanation (Score 1) 301

What you are observing is economics. As a city or town population grows, the best land becomes unavailable and those who arrive later or have less funds available must settle for less desirable land. Thus many cities have been extended using landfill which liquifies as the San Francisco Marina District did in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, or floods. Risks may not be disclosed by developers, or may be discounted by authorities as the risks of global warming are today.

Efforts to protect people who might otherwise buy such land or to mitigate the risks are often labeled as government over-reach or nanny state.

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