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Comment The way you ask it? Yes. (Score 1) 336

The way you ask it, it sounds as if you say: Should I be fired if I used the time the company pays me to do something else, like sitting in a bar or doing my second job.

The answer is "hell yes". There is no reason not to. It is called company time for a reason. Even in socialist Europe you will be fired for that.

I can turn the question around: If you hire me to do some work in your house, would you be ok if I cleaned the next doors swimming pool during that time?

The way it is asked has nothing to do with IT. Just because you add "on the Internet" does not change anything.

Submission + - Neandertal and Denisovan DNA from Pleistocene sediments (

ISayWeOnlyToBePolite writes: The Atlantic reports that Viviane Slon from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and her colleagues have now managed to extract and sequence the DNA of ancient animals from sediment thatâ(TM)s up to 240,000 years old. By creating a molecule that binds to mammal DNA they have been able to sort out Denisovan, Neanderhal, mammoths, woolly rhinos, and cave bears from cave sediments at a previously unprecidented scale. Paywalled science article

Comment What can you expect? (Score 1) 2

The silicon valley mentality, with its toxic culture, has contaminated most of the industry. Now it's all about "I got mine Jack" or hustling to find the next project that is likely to either go IPO or get bought out. It's funny how they criticize everyone else for being special entitled snowflakes while they're acting like special entitled snowflakes - no self awareness.

I'd say "oh, the humanity" but that's not what humans used to aspire to be. The "good old days" weren't because they were better, but the people were.

Submission + - NASA officially delays SLS first flight to 2019 (

schwit1 writes: Despite spending almost $19 billion and more than thirteen years of development, NASA today admitted that it will have to delay the first test flight of the SLS rocket from late 2018 to sometime in 2019.

“We agree with the GAO that maintaining a November 2018 launch readiness date is not in the best interest of the program, and we are in the process of establishing a new target in 2019,” wrote William Gerstenmaier, chief of NASA’s human spaceflight program. “Caution should be used in referencing the report on the specific technical issues, but the overall conclusions are valid.”

The competition between the big government SLS/Orion program and private commercial space is downright embarrassing to the government. While SLS continues to be delayed, even after more than a decade of work and billions of wasted dollars, SpaceX is gearing up for the first flight of Falcon Heavy this year. And they will be doing it despite the fact that Congress took money from the commercial private space effort, delaying its progress, in order to throw more money at SLS/Orion.

Submission + - DNA-Based Test Can Spot Cancer Recurrence a Year Before Conventional Scans (

An anonymous reader writes: A revolutionary blood test has been shown to diagnose the recurrence of cancer up to a year in advance of conventional scans in a major lung cancer trial. The test, known as a liquid biopsy, could buy crucial time for doctors by indicating that cancer is growing in the body when tumors are not yet detectable on CT scans and long before the patient becomes aware of physical symptoms. It works by detecting free-floating mutated DNA, released into the bloodstream by dying cancer cells. In the trial of 100 lung cancer patients, scientists saw precipitous rises in tumor DNA in the blood of patients who would go on to relapse months, or even a year, later. In the latest trial, reported in the journal Nature, 100 patients with non-small cell lung cancer were followed from diagnosis through surgery and chemotherapy, having blood tests every six to eight weeks. By analyzing the patchwork of genetic faults in cells across each tumor, scientists created personalized genomic templates for each patient. This was then compared to the DNA floating in their blood, to assess whether a fraction of it matched that seen in their tumor.

Comment Re:Plan to succeed or plan to fail... (Score 1) 540

So of 100 people 50 people needed to be paid for 5 years. That is 250 People Years (PY)
So each of those 100 had to pay 2.5PY in advance with the chance of getting it back.

Now the average is 75-80. Let us take 75. That means 100 live 10 years. That is 1000PY. That means the cost has 4 folded. Double the time for double the people. And that is if all people still work till that point in time.

So yes, it is much more expensive, The thing is that many people will say that is will be better if you pay for it yourself, but the thing is, most people do not know when they are going to die. So if you are unlucky and live to be 115, like my greataunt, you will not have enough and die a horrible death in poverty.

The thing is that some people thought it was a great idea to see if it was possible to make these amounts larger and invested with them and lost. A pension should not be investment money. Investment money is money you can afford to loose.

Comment Re:EE Degree (Score 3, Insightful) 195

It's a piece of paper that says "You can work hard, study, make your own mind up and evaluate things critically, research and a whole host of other extremely advantageous traits while operating in a field of rigor and discipline". Coupled with the experience that also says "I can do the job you're asking me to do as described".

It's a piece of paper that says a lot...

Submission + - New Study Suggests Humans Lived In North America 130,000 Years Ago (

An anonymous reader writes: In 1992, archaeologists working a highway construction site in San Diego County found the partial skeleton of a mastodon, an elephant-like animal now extinct. Mastodon skeletons aren't so unusual, but there was other strange stuff with it. "The remains were in association with a number of sharply broken rocks and broken bones," says Tom Demere, a paleontologist at the San Diego Natural History Museum. He says the rocks showed clear marks of having been used as hammers and an anvil. And some of the mastodon bones as well as a tooth showed fractures characteristic of being whacked, apparently with those stones. It looked like the work of humans. Yet there were no cut marks on the bones showing that the animal was butchered for meat. Demere thinks these people were after something else. "The suggestion is that this site is strictly for breaking bone," Demere says, "to produce blank material, raw material to make bone tools or to extract marrow." Marrow is a rich source of fatty calories. The scientists knew they'd uncovered something rare. But they didn't realize just how rare for years, until they got a reliable date on how old the bones were by using a uranium-thorium dating technology that didn't exist in the 1990s. The bones were 130,000 years old. That's a jaw-dropping date, as other evidence shows that the earliest humans got to the Americas about 15,000 to 20,000 years ago.

Comment Re:Save 30%, retire early (Score 1) 540

No, the math's not hard, but achieving it is getting tougher all the time. Save 30%? Starting when exactly, given that the generation in question is almost certainly going to be stuck with either low paying jobs or having to pay off student loan debts before they can even think about sorting out a place of their own? Maybe one of the fortunate few that gets a big break with a successful startup or has the connections/skills/talent to reach the upper levels of their chosen career can still pull it off, but the rest are basically screwed and will absolutely have to work longer to reach a point they can retire in comfort.

Also, don't forget that pensions also take into account things like expected lifespans published in arcturial tables. Even if the retirement age and inflation adjusted pension pot remained constant, if your post-retirement life expectancy is eleven years instead of ten, you've got (more or less) 10% less to live on each month - adjust accordingly if medical science advances that to twelve or more years. Factor in the ever decreasing social security budgets, the rising age at whch you can qualify for it, and how poorly many pension funds are currently performing, and the prospects of early retirement seem much slimmer than for the previous few generations.

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