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Comment Re:Wrong (Score 1) 112

They can do as they please.

Subject to the rules they must follow. Let us keep in mind that if they portray themselves in public, for example, as being the place where you can write what you think, and they censor you for writing what you think, then that's violating truth in advertising laws which a number of countries, including the US, have.

Comment Re:I lived this another way ... (Score 3, Interesting) 338

... I was interviewing a lady for a clerk job at Mobil Oil, where she'd be doing data entry.

I was looking for:

1.) Dedication to accuracy and detail 2.) Willingness to work overtime 3.) Ability to get along with others

She was a single mom who was hungry to work; liked people; her children were almost grown, so she had the time.


Typewriter? I told HR I didn't have a goddam typewriter -- test her keyboard skills.


That was in the mid-Dilbert years at Corporation.

You gotta love it when HR decides who you can hire. I once was asked to apply for a job at a company I was currently doing work for as a consultant. They had to post the job and HR decided I wasn't qualified enough, even though I was currently doing it, to forward my resume so the hiring manager couldn't offer me the job. As a result, I stayed on as a contractor at 1.5x the pay and they didn't hire anyone.

Comment Re:Same (Score 2) 338

Hi, my name is Vince. I interviewed for Amazon, specifically for their PHP API for AWS development team. Despite an entire background of 10+ years of developing front-facing PHP APIs for other businesses, plus having a major part of my code available for public review on GitHub, I failed their interview process because they wanted me to write a specific type of searching and sorting algorithm, by hand, on white-board. This type of code would never have been used on the job, ever. Yet this is what they interview on. The job was to build a PHP API so PHP developers can call basic PHP functions, and the library would translate them over to HHTPS calls to AWS. All of the complex computing/searching/sorting is handled by the existing AWS services.

It's not just the coding side that is broken, most interviews are; at lest what I've seen from both sides. From my experience, what really counts is being able to answer yes to the question "Would I want to spend 8 hours sitting next to this person on an airplane seat?" I can read a resume and assume most of it is true or at least not overly hyped, verify it with a question or two and ask a question out of left field simply to see if you can think on your feet; but that doesn't really tell me if you can do the job, nor would 8 hours of grilling. If I think I can get along with you then I can help you learn the job assuming your resume is reasonably accurate in regards to your skill set; if you are an insufferable jerk than I really don't care how good you are, go make someone else's life miserable; life's too short and work hours too long to deal with you.

Comment Re: Rockets are too expensive (Score 1) 349

The tiny little ISS in low orbit cost in excess of 100 billion, and you're telling me you can build a 44 thousand mile tall geosynchronously orbiting building for 10 billion?

The ISS was put with the Space Shuttle. That alone added tens of billions of dollars to the cost. Meanwhile most of the launch cost of the tether (which would be using a much cheaper launch vehicle from the future rather than one of the most expensive vehicles of the past) would be the initial tether, with future tethers riding off of the cheap launch costs of the first tether.

Second, the ISS is comprised of a bunch of really expensive, custom-made, one-off pieces. Meanwhile most of the tether is a cable which only differs along its length in width. That allows you to apply substantial economies of scale since you're making 44k miles of the thing.

Comment Re:and fairy dust and unicorns too! (Score 1) 349

I have a quibble here:

coming up with physics-breaking technologies [...] Dyson spheres

Aren't physically impossible. When Dyson first proposed the Dyson sphere he was talking about what is now termed Dyson swarms, clouds of satellites absorbing the light of a star. That is physically possible though a difficult relativistic traffic routing/fluid flow problem.

Comment Re:$700 GTFO (Score 1) 130

Flamebait? Guess the truth hurts.

PS3: 0.40 TFLOPS
PS4: 1.84 TFLOPS
PS4 Pro: 4.2 TFLOPS
Guesstimate for PS5 if PS4 Pro is half-gen: (1.84/0.4)*1.84 = 8.5 to (4.2/1.84)*4.2 = 9.6 TFLOPS
Gefore 1080 Ti: 11.5 TFLOPS

It's a 474mm^2, 250W beast... don't expect to see similar performance in a console any time soon.

Comment Re:$700 GTFO (Score 0) 130

Who in their right mind spends that much for a video card? Seriously, I want to know. Unless you are a trust fund PC master race worshiper, why would you sink 2x the cost of a console into a card that will be obsolete in a year or two?

This card will do 4K at Ultra quality with flying colors, when do you think consoles will do that when they are struggling to do 1080p/60 today? This card is better than the PS5/XBtwo will be, more like PS6/XBthree a decade or so from now. So "obsolete" only relative to only super-graphics cards like an obsolete Formula One car. Still not slow.

Comment Re:Money != Smart (Score 1) 226

But he's doing the same thing with AI.

There's much more room for improvement with AI than there is with energy storage via chemical batteries. The latter is strongly constrained as you noted:

and the scientists will describe the energy and chemical constraints of the laws of physics that make that prediction ridiculously wrong

Where's the corresponding constraints on AI? We're nowhere near most of the physical constraints on computation. More relevantly, our computer and software systems have experienced enormous bloat over the decades of Moore's law. Getting the same results out of a factor of 50 fewer CPU cycles is not an unreasonable expectation. A strong AI might be able to get a lot more work than that out of the same number of CPU cycles.

Comment Re:"Old School" (Score 1) 51

I won't buy a phone without a notification LED

They're nice to have when your primary display is an LCD, but kinda pointless with AMOLED displays. I have a Moto Z Play (and used to have a first-gen Moto X until I lost it), and the way they handle notifications while asleep is easier to read, while probably not drawing that much more power than a flashing RGB LED.

Comment Re:No way! (Score 1) 53

It's so secure written in the professional engineered PHP...

If I could down-vote you I would. I suppose you write all your code in C (not that C++ shit) when you don't have the time to pound it out in machine (with vi, only nubes use anything else). Or are you one of those trendy Ruby On Rails guys - oh, wait, that's old news. But never mind, I assume all your code is revolutionary and bug free...

Absolutely. I use Erlang Outlaw Techno Psychobitch like all the cool kids

Comment Re:Well no fuckin shit (Score 1) 130

Of course there has to be a benefit to change. If you're proposing a change and couching it in idiot technobabble, all anyone will hear is "huh, more work for no payoff"

if you can't explain to a non-spergin nerd clearly and succintly why doing a thing different is good, why would you expect anyone to support you?

In my experience it is political. It's insulting to suggest ideas at my last job as it implies incompetence. I got demoted fast and blamed for not making it happen with no support and threatened with termination if it happened again. :-)

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