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Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 438

He's not complaining about choice, but that we're apparently telling women they are making the WRONG CHOICE. And, oddly, blaming the men for making them choose wrong too.

Well, both women and men told my girlfriend (when she was a kid) that STEM subjects were not good career options for girls - unless they planned to become teachers. And a few years ago, our daughter was being the same by most of her teachers - both women and men.

(Both of them replied "BS - I'm going to be an engineer.")

Comment Re:Only Logical (Score 1) 403

My USA counterparts are much more at the office, and producing less work than the continental ones.

I work for a multinational company that has an engineering office in Europe, as well as in the US. although the company HQ and primary engineering office are in the US, i's the European office that defines the "engineering processes" that all of us in product engineering are supposed to follow.

Here's where things get interesting. We (in the US) don't have those. The European engineering office has a larger staff, including "process engineers" who are dedicated to coordinating other engineering activities according to the processes. For a given project, the European office might estimate "1 team year" of effort. Our VP of Engineering sees nothing wrong with this. Yet, the same VP of Engineering has told our (us, in the US) project managers that our same estimate for the same project, is "Too long. I can only budget 6 months." So, we "negotiate" with the project managers, who will ultimately settle for "8 months".

So, we do it. On time, per the negotiated schedule. And with smaller teams. But, we short cut the processes. So the VP of E, when doing reviews of randomly selected projects, will tell us (in the US) "Fantastic results, but you need to do better at following process. And improve your productivity." The people in the European are told "Awesome work!"

Same company. Same VP of Engineering. Different expectations.

Comment Re:Process (Score 1) 146

Another bit - if you're suing someone in court you need a process server to provide papers that the person you are suing was properly served before any legal proceedings can continue. Were these papers forged? If the defendants were fictional, most likely. That goes beyond perjury and veers into fraud.

Presumably, the defendants would have been paid shills, not actually fictitious people.

Of course, it's still fraudulent - even if the content in question really was infringing.

Comment Re:how long does the battery last? (Score 2) 314

You know, like backup generators, contracted fuel deliveries, etc.

For their "switching" offices. Not for the neighborhood "hubs". Once it's battery runs down, my secondary, non-POTS, phone service is off line no matter how much back-up power I still have. The only time my primary, POTS, phone service went off line was when a tree branch fell and took down the line from the pole to my house. Otherwise, it has always worked - even during the "Big Blackout" of 2003.

Comment Re:Oversaturation (Score 1) 250

Without a doubt, there's too many options and not enough variety in the content.

The companies behind the various "channels" have been making content more and more "mainstream". Also "reality TV" shows are easier to produce. They create the illusion of variety while making it easier to sell to advertisers by bundling similar shows together. But there used to be some actual variety in programming.

I hope we can get rid of all the bloat and wasted programming out there and concentrate it down to less channels with better programming.

I'm sure there will be fewer channels, but I seriously doubt the quality of the programming will improve.

Comment Re:Hell of a money maker (Score 2) 50

I am aware of xfinitywifi, but I don't use it. As best I can determine, there's no way to confirm any given xfinitywifi hotspot is truly xfinitywifi, so I'm not going to enter my Comcast credentials into one to use it.

What will change with this new service? (Other than users' phones logging into random hotpsots claiming to be xfinitywifi (or whatever name will be used).)

Comment Re: First they have to find the cause (Score 1) 64

*looks at space shuttle history*

Actually, they did. That's why the shuttle's external tank was coated with foam insulation (the orange stuff you could see).

Unfortunately for the crew of the Columbia, not enough was done about the problem. (True, it was ice. So really it was "air solidization" (water vapor being a component of air).)

Comment Re:News reporting creates cognitive biases (Score 1) 243

so few? there's over 100,000 total Teslas out there

That is few. For a comparison, for example, GM makes more than 100,000 Sierra/Silverado pickup trucks per year. Then add in the SUVs (Tahoe/etc) based on the same platform and that's at least 200,000 per year. Tesla's 100,000+ vehicles are its total production over several years.

Comment Re:That's bullshit (Score 1) 323

In my world, we rely on practical tests of functionality *with the actual users* rather than theoretical measures of effectiveness

Some actual users do use the methods properly, so the theoretical measures are not as theoretical as you seem to think.

My girlfriend and I were well educated about sex. We got her pregnant exactly the one time we planned for. The rest of the time, we've always used the precautions properly and effectively. And sex has always been a lot of fun for us. By the time our daughter turned 10, we had decided no more children, so I got a vasectomy. Yes, we can now be a little more spontaneous about fucking, but honestly, that made no difference in the level of fun.

Comment Re:That's bullshit (Score 1) 323

You'll never convince teens to get on their knees and kiss where they pee with half-baked campaigns like that

When we were teens (and legal age where we lived at the time), my girlfriend and I tried that based on recommendations from friends who said it was great. No promotional campaign needed. Also, we preferred (and still prefer) 69. (Not saying we don't fuck regularly. We do (and did). And a lot of oral, especially 69.)

Comment Re:Only 3 years? (Score 1) 472

Also, I don't see "humanities and other general education" not being required as a bonus or a great thing. For starters, societies need thinking people with a round education, not just people who know how to turn levers and knobs.

I agree. I was just offering a possible explanation for how Indian universities "trim" a year off a bachelor's degree program.

For comparison, the ECE degree program I was in required 32 credits of "humanities and other general education" and a total of 132 credits to graduate. My daughter is in the EEE program at the same university. The general education requirement is still 32 credits. But, total credits has been increased to 144. This is to accommodate additional technical requirements that many tech companies are looking for. Fortunately, she qualified for AP credits, so her credit load is only 16 instead of 18 (her scholarship will only pay for 8 semesters of classes (and 2 semesters of internships)).

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