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Comment Re:Yes, inherently unpredictable, needs percentage (Score 2) 68

This:
I always provide my managers with confidence interval estimated times
50% 10 days (assumes *nothing* goes wrong, no interruptions, and high code reuse)
90% 15 days (assumes no catastrophic issues, no interruptions > 2 hours and only 5 of them, moderate code reuse)
100% 55 days (the wheels fell off, severe schedule impacts of interruptions non stop, no code reuse)

My boss laughed at my 100% estimate until it actually happened.
A lead dev (who could be counted on for sound advice delivered in a belittling way) was struck down by lung cancer and ceased to exist. Another lead dev who was even brighter, and much nicer to work with was poached by a competitor, both within days of each other. The code was cutting all new territory in the system, so maybe 15% reuse? *and* some panicky manager started having $deity damned _daily_ meetings about it.

We almost missed my 100% date, made it by about 16 hours.

Comment Re: It's pretty simple (Score 1) 210

General Welfare is nebulous at best. It is used to describe just about anything someone wants, from Energy Star to just about every social welfare program that has become an Entitlement. Not sure how "Promote" becomes "Entitled" in perpetuity.

The odd thing is, we can't even begin to end programs that have long since served their purposes. Energy Star was great idea, but no longer has any meaning. As I pointed out, it has done nothing to curtail the greater energy sucking Vampires (LED clocks) that are plugged into every outlet of my house. Because my toaster needs a clock.

Comment That's government for you (Score 1) 76

When you keep your data in the cloud, and don't keep backups on hand, you're at the mercy of the powers to be

Indeed. And the even bigger picture here is that the Government — the single biggest "power that is" — is the primary source of problems. Every interaction with it — be it the TSA agents, the police (even if they aren't after you), the DMV, a hospital, or even the Post Office — carry a high risk of being unpleasant if not outright horrifying. Having an uneventful encounter with these officials is the surprise, not the other way around.

Folks demanding, government takes over this or that are either idiots or hope to profit personally without being subject of the takeover themselves.

Comment Truth about Standard Oil (Score 1) 136

Turns out that they did indeed move in with lower prices, and that their competitors fled, but they kept the lower prices.

Well, whatever they actually did, they were accused of jacking their prices back up after driving the competition away.

This is one of those cases, when the facts do not really matter, ha-ha, only the public perception does...

Comment Re:Another outrage article (Score 1) 210

Except that this program actually got companies "in line"

Got "in line" with what? It is just another label people ignore.

The thing of it is, that energy efficiency doesn't matter once you bought the thing that has its "Energy Star " sticker on it. Nobody calculates that the Fridge you bought 20 years ago is actually costing you money, because its energy usage is twice as much as what is available now. The new "Energy Star" stickered Fridge is twice as efficient as your "Energy Star" stickered Fridge in your kitchen. Most people think they are the same sticker, meaning the same thing "energy efficient" and relative efficiency is nothing but "fancy math stuff"

And "Energy Star" has done nothing to reduce the vampire energy loss due to everything having a damn clock in it, and the blue LED lightbulb, slowly sucking power unknown and unseen because, like the waste in federal spending, it is so small as to simply be an "rounding error".

So, I reject the idea that it is "in line" with anything actually useful, like forcing people to get rid of their 2nd (3rd) Fridge sitting in the Garage, from 30 years ago, which still has the "This unit costs $20 year to operate" Energy Star Sticker still on it. Even though it is more like $20 / month now, 30 years later.

Comment Re:It's pretty simple (Score 1) 210

I would feel fine, if you could specified exactly what you want to cut. But unlike what you're protesting (you are) isn't actually something defined constitutionally as a function of Federal Government, Defense spending actually is one of the items specifically mentioned ...

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity ...

Not that it matters to people anymore.

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