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Comment Re: Austin 16 minute commute? (Score 1) 205

That tends to be true no matter where you are.

There are plenty of places where a real estate bubble has pushed prices for buying up to nutty levels, while rents are low by comparison (but still high).

Basic rule of thumb: if you can buy for 100 months rent, that's a steal. If it's more than 200 month's rent, it's a rip-off (less than 200 if it's a condo with high fees). Somewhere in between is a matter of taste.

Comment Re:Only viable if all planes land themselves (Score 1) 298

Maybe a circular runway would have new and different visual cues?

For night/low visibility, you need a line of very bright lights leading up to the runway along the approach path - basically a bright arrow pointing to the start of the runway. That's not going to work if you must land at some arbitrary and varying point around the circle.

Comment Re:Thanks, I'll pass on all of them (Score 2) 205

For the life of me, I can't fathom why anyone would want to live in a big city. Every perk I hear touted, I can beat. It's quiet, I have a yard, and I have more spending money that the saps choking on smog.

I'd like to take a crack at this.

We have major league sports teams. Of course, if you don't like sports, that's not a selling point for you. We have symphony orchestra and museums if you like the artsy side of things. We have restaurants that are fancier that Wendy's. We have pizza places that aren't just Papa John's. We also have Asian restaurants that only serve Japanese food or only serve Thai food and so on. Check out the Oatmeal cartoon on Asian food in a small town here :
That's where you live.

But actually the best argument against the small town lifestyle is that in many small towns there's only maybe one major employer and you're lucky enough to work for them in IT. What happens when they go out of business? What happens if they lay you off because they need to save money by either replacing you with offshore IT or just eliminating your position? You end up like so many others - you won't leave your town, but you can't find any other IT work to do. Ever read about those IT workers who got laid 2+ years ago and still can't find a job? That's what happens in small towns.

Comment Re:Can't blame NASA (Score 2) 153

NASA is a project management organization. They don't design rockets - they design requirements for rockets. The Major corporation that take NASA contracts design the rockets, from an engineering perspective.

This is really a comparison between having custom rockets farmed out to someone like Lockheed, vs just using "COTS" rockets from someone like SpaceX.

Comment Re:Only viable if all planes land themselves (Score 1) 298

The proposal is for a 2-mile diameter circle, so the curvature per se won't be that strong. You effectively get to have a runway aligned in the direction ideal for conditions. But what's not clear is how the heck you'd ever line up properly if you had an instrument problem. None of the normal visual cues would be there. Seems like a non-starter if it's effectively impossible to land with an instrument malfunction.

Comment Re:Exactly that (Score 1) 333

I'm out of mod points or I'd mod you up.

As an aside, I hate the current mod point system. They expire so quickly that even when I get them, I can barely use any of them before they are gone forever.

My two cents - we have an open office plan where I work. So I like to stay after hours and work. Why? Because the lights are off, I don't have to listen to people milling around me all the time having conversations about the weather or last Sunday's game. Just me and the work I have to do. No distractions. It's blissful.

I can get more done in 2 hours like that than the previous 8.

I work for a Fortune 500 company and while they are not perfect, in general they're pretty good. I've had worse employers for sure. We're in the process of moving to an open floor plan. While our management is pretty smart, this plan is simply throwing spaghetti at a wall and seeing what sticks. We're doing it because some other company did it and claimed it made things so much better. No real thought was given to it. My company thinks that it's going to make all our devs super engaged and more productive, but I have my doubts. We have decent sized cubicles right now but there's no real privacy. Another group sits on the other side of my cubicle wall and they are in training and customer service and they are on the phone roughly 50% of the day, sometimes more. I'm pretty good at tuning out distractions, but I'm not a dev guy. I can only imagine dev people going nuts if they had to sit where I do and listen to their incessant phone calls all day long. It would be even worse to be in an open office where there's nothing between you and these people. My company won't let them work at home and we have insufficient conference rooms so they can't use those. It can get really bad when 3 of them are on the phone at the same time, all talking to different people about different subjects. Note too that none of our managers will be given up their private offices under this new plan. That's not a bad thing in my opinion as who wants a manager able to watch your every move, but it shows how little thought was given to this and how the managers all think that what's good for their minions isn't necessarily good for them.

Comment Make their computers less restrictive? (Score 3, Interesting) 333

If the ultrabook is sufficient, then why not have a configuration that is more setup to a developer's line of work? In our company (we have about 100 devs) we have a different setup than the rest of the company. All of our source code and build tools are on central servers that we must interact with, but we pretty much get to do whatever we want with our machines. Some choose Eclipse, some choose IntelliJ, some others use Perl or the language of their choice. Most are using Macs, but some of us (me included) use Linux exclusively - so long as we can get our work done. We all have root/admin access to our machines to put whatever tools we want in whatever configuration we need, and if we screw it up, it's (more-or-less) on us to fix it. Several good screw-ups and you are dinged for it.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 294

Some better-quality anime has a formula that works quite well with a 10-13 hour series: the first third to half of the series is episodic, while they introduce the characters and establish what "normal" is - key in some SF or fantasy setting. The serialized story is then maybe 8 hours of content. That works well and doesn't get stale, and you know who the characters are and how the setting works before the real conflict begins.

I wish that formula would become more common - I really like it.

Comment Re:Would femdom be OK? (Score 3, Insightful) 582

It isn't about BDSM. It's about his beliefs in the hierarchy of men and women - i.e., that men are evolutionarily superior and predisposed to lead; women are happiest as slaves or at least subjugated to men. Nobody cares less about the whips and chains, we've all tried spanking.... things...

Is this going to be the D&D moral panic all over again? One can roleplay things one does not actually believe. Heck, whoever invented the AD&D take on Drow was doing both sorts of roleplaying simultaneously - how's that for efficiency.

Comment Re:So to sum up (Score 5, Funny) 582

If this guy had been talking about transsexual/gay/bi-sexual BDSM

Apparently the BDSM rejects such labels as too narrow and arbitrary. LGBTBBQ stuuf doesn't even register on the BSDM weird-o-meter. This has actually caused some bad blood between the communities.

"Why can't you support the gay cause? Don't you know how much we suffer?"
"Oh? You think you know suffering?"

Dibs on the popcorn franchise.

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