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Comment Re:And that's still too long (Score 4, Insightful) 328

Does it sound fair to someone who has never created a single patentable invention in his life? Or written a best-selling novel? Or composed a symphony? Or written a screenplay?

It sounds plenty fucking fair. Architects & engineers don't get paid royalties for years & years on work we did ages ago. We certainly don't continue to get paid after we're dead. And if we fuck up, things fall apart. People can get hurt. People can die. If a screenwriter fucks up, nothing of any consequence happens.

I'm sure it does sound fair to parasites who think they are entitled to other people's work without compensation.

If you did the work 20 years ago, tough shit. Welcome to the world of everybody else.

Comment Re:Ridiculous! (Score 4, Interesting) 590

Do they have such little creativity that they best they can do is make a female Thor?


Marvel Comics lost its creativity many years ago, probably no later than the time that the first Spider-Man movie debuted in the theaters (though I'd say a good 5-7 years prior). Ever since then, they 'shuffle the deck chairs' around, but nothing ever sticks. The characters always eventually revert to status quo. They make much, much more money from their licensing than they ever will on the comics, and they really don't want to kill that golden goose. Thor will be back as his usual self by the time Avengers 2 hits theaters. Bank on it.

Comment Obama = Coward (Score 3, Insightful) 206

I would have loved to been a fly on the wall in Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office when this non-decision was announced. Obama has once again taken the cowardly way out and punted a tough decision. He wants to continue to fundraise from environmentalists by saying "We're being tough on the Keystone pipeline and insisting it meets our environmental standards!" and then do the same with the big business crowd by saying, "We haven't said no to Keystone, we just want to make sure it meets our environmental standards." He doesn't actually want to make the decision, because then one crowd or the other will tell him to pound sand. Even though the entire job of being President of the United States is about making those decisions!

Worst president of my lifetime. Not even close.

Comment Re:Wealthy people (Score 1) 461

For example: Let's say your current small business makes $1M / year in profit. Normally everything above $388k or so would be taxed at 35%. Let's simplify and say it's a flat tax and you pay $350k in taxes. Now let's say you hire 20 employees instead at $50k / year which eliminates your profit. Now you've got 20 more employees to grow your business and you're not paying any income taxes. Problem solved. w00t!

That's funny, I must have missed the part in Economics 101 where it says the goal of business is to earn zero profit, and that the accompanying goal of the government is to tax the business so as to encourage that outcome. Was it in the section about Marxism, perhaps?

How does tripe like this get modded to +5?

Comment Re:Still no reason for putting idiots on the job (Score 1) 96

Besides where is the problem building a PLC sending its output variables as text?

Limit switches, solenoids, pushbuttons, motor contactors, relays, pilot lights, current transmitters, modulating control valves, even robotic motion controls -- good luck replacing all that gear with 'smart' versions that now have to understand text instead of simple electrical signals and not losing so much as a millisecond of response time.

I probably ought to give you some benefit of the doubt in that you meant "the PLC's data that passes to/from the SCADA" but you used the word "output" and that has a meaning to control engineers, a meaning you apparently don't grasp since you are quite ignorant on this subject.

So just stop now. Just admit you do not know what you are talking about and move on. It took me years of engineering school, mentoring, and in-field experience to understand my field, and I learn more every day. I really don't have the interest in trying to distill it into a /. comment for you.

Comment Re:Still no reason for putting idiots on the job (Score 2) 96

Sensors that spit out text? Who in their right mind would want that?

Ignorant IT people who think they know better than control engineers how to design & operate control systems. The rant about OPC was beautiful, in its own ignorant way, and completely exposes the GP as someone who's probably never seen a control system in his life, probably never will see one, and wouldn't have the first clue how to program, troubleshoot, or maintain it.

There's historically been a certain amount of tension between control engineers and IT folks for that very reason; the smartest IT folks are the ones who ask the control engineers what they need to do their jobs, provide it, then stay the hell out of our way. The rest make our blood boil.

Comment Re:Does it still have the deal-breaker? (Score 1) 134

I'm not sure about the full body email search, but if you wanted to do that wouldn't you want semantic desktop? I guess what you're asking is how to have such an option in KMail without having to include the entire kitchen sink that is the semantic desktop?

KMail (used to?) store its email in the maildir format, meaning they're all just plain text files. It could fall back on plain old 'find' commands in the shell and return the results. But from what I'm reading, it's so wedded to "semantic desktop" now that it can't even do that? Ugh. I guess I really will have to ditch it for good on this upgrade (moving from Mint 9 LTS to Mint 13 LTS shortly).

Comment Re:The Name (Score 4, Insightful) 737

As an engineer I have to fight the tendency to assign acronyms to things that don't need them, or even discard/alter acronyms that come out "wrong". GIMP does not get off the hook for having a silly name because it's an acronym. In fact the full name of the program looks like it was chosen to create the acronym - which is doubly silly.

Bemoan it all you want, but GIMP is a stupid name and it ought to change if it wants to be taken seriously.

Comment Re:two RJ-45 per room (Score 1) 402

Pick up and move? Temporary cables? Are you seriously trolling or what? I do multi gig transfers daily and mostly automatically. Streaming 1080p to multiple clients (...)

Makes you an outlier, perhaps one of the _extreme_ outliers that the GP suggested. Multiple 1080p streams? Really? Just how many TV shows & movies are out there worth watching these days, let alone all at once?

Comment Re:Some RPGs I remember... (Score 1) 350

(is there today any RPG out there that will allow you to bake bread, from harvesting the wheat to the finished product?).

If there were a "comment of the week" feature I'd nominate this for the sheer laugh-out-loud absurdity of it. If we were talking about Farmville or the Sims the /. crowd would pretty openly sneer at it. Make it part of an RPG though and it's gaming goodness. Spock could use this to short out a few androids!

Comment Re:Character vs. actor (Score 0) 470

Wow, reading that link, it seems that the fictional Wil Wheaton as shown in the show is actually a terrible person. Kind of like how the fictional Bruce Campbell as shown in My Name Is Bruce is a terrible person.

Interestingly, Wil wrote on his blog that he had a blast playing "evil Wil Wheaton", as he called the character, and loves going back to Big Bang for guest spots.

Comment Re:Wide Screen (Score 4, Interesting) 470

If you want to see a prime example of a TV show's aspect ratio being changed for the DVD release and the outcome being horribly wrong, check out the second season of Angel. In the very first episode, there's a climactic fight at the end in the hotel lobby between Angel and some demon. In the original 4:3 aspect ratio, no problem. In the 16:9, there is a very bored set hand off to the right of the fight in plain sight. It was clearly a lazy, shitty conversion (IIRC even Angel's own showrunners were appalled) but it stands as an object lesson of what not to do.

Even dramatic moments won't feel right when converting aspect ratios. A tight shot on an actor's face that looks right in 4:3, suddenly reveals another character standing behind him in 16:9. Two characters conversing in 4:3 fill the screen; in 16:9 there's dead space to either side of them (this one was also quite prevalent in that Angel set).

Bottom line: stick to the originally intended aspect ratio.

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