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Comment Re:All too true (Score 1) 262

I guess the premise needs to be someone above barely competent.

We'll agree that your method works for fire control. Projects should NOT BE fire control in most cases. Sadly, many are. While I like to be the Ross Adair of systems malfunctions, I'll also take a less stressful life. At the end of fire control, there are often a pile of ashes. It's possible to lead a long and successful life, and not deal with but a small pile of ashes. Others seem to need them for daily lunch.

Comment Re:All too true (Score 1) 262

I like execution-time libs that give me full stats, so the database guy doesn't argue with the network guy who doesn't argue with the team that did middleware, etc etc.

DevOps, SCRUM, and other continuous development systems often eschew this, because they're running under fire control rather than improving incrementally. This said, I've seen a few SCRUM teams that were fast and surgical and rightly proud of their work.

Comment Re:All too true (Score 1) 262

Sure, I've heard of and have used profilers.

But performance monitors often only give point to point execution times, not "network I/O took 3242ms") or "Auth timed out 3x" sorts of details.

I like logs, syslogs, and other methods of determining execution problems, too, because sometimes: it's not actually the code, it's the host, the UI, the wm, the phase of the moon. Best to know.

Comment Re:All too true (Score 2, Insightful) 262

Maybe in your world, but when weighted down with sloggy operating systems and minimal memory (typical of many Windows 10 installations TODAY), code can get pretty slow.

For a very long time now, there have been libs that add breakpoints to examine how long processes are taking, think: debug mode, that can pinpoint problem areas pretty easily. Not enough coders use them.

It gets worse when a user has 94 Chrome tabs open, something in Office, and an AV app running.... all on a laptop whose processor speed is measured in furlongs per fortnight.

Yeah, SOME computers are way faster, and some have been habitually overloaded with things outside of a coder's control yet their app still must perform within a "reasonable" amount of time. Blah.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 248

Let's suppose that the energy density is as fantastic (by comparison) as the authors imply. Let's suppose the ambient operating environment is as flexible as is implied. Let's suppose that these storage cells are actually both reproduceable, and at a reasonable cost.

I'm a happy person as a result, although nothing in the post implies citations of anyone having actually built one. And so, like many keen inventions, I'll patiently wait for the proof of reality. I hope we find out soon.

Comment Re: Ways around this (Score 1) 514

While some see this as a consequence of living with a privacy-be-damned era where are your details are centered on a single carried device, it's always been the choice of US Customs to search your stuff.

Doesn't matter if you made an incoming declaration or not. Assets are assets--- and people forget that digital assets are still assets.

Is searching a phone like a body cavity search? Some equate these two. For me, the good phone stays in the US, and I take a burner with me overseas. I suggest foreign visitors to the US do the same thing, if they believe their private details should be above suspicion by DHS. Change passwords frequently. Don't use things like Facebook apps while traveling. Always remove your cookies and browser privacy info.

Then remind your friends to vote.

Comment Re:The end (Score 2) 85

Maybe just the opposite, the beginning of intelligence. The problems are garbage data, conflation, risk analysis with random failures, entropy, and just ignoring facts-- among so many other problems.

How far does an algorithm take bias until it's actually discriminating based on such things as gender, race, etc? We're in the very early stages of "big data" and we're doing a bad job of it. The problem is this: we'll continue doing a bad job until we have more transparency, IMHO.

Comment Re:Horse shit indeed (Score 1) 311

You have a rough life. You accuse mods of progressive liberal bias and then call me a liar.

Your capacity for rational conversation has left. You're entitled to your opinions, but selective citations of facts a body of knowledge does not make.

Although not a psychological professional in any jurisdiction, I'd say you have deep anger issues. Best of luck.

Comment Horse shit indeed (Score 1) 311

Have you any idea how much the google hashes have been mauled???

You cite an .au story, rather than attitudes in Germany that you initially cited.

This citation talks much more about health than schooling, or ACTUAL INTEGRATION outcomes.

Yes-- refugees and migrants absolutely come from horrific conditions. They've been bereft of resources considered basics in western culture. They're in need of help! Lots of it! The matter of politics that brought about their exit is meaningless, as the problem remains. This isn't about politics, rather, it's about humanity.

Cherry-picking pimped Google citations does not research make. Research makes research. Have a heart: these people are in desperate need and deserve the same life everyone else has, this generation and subsequent ones. I'm fine with Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, (and just about everyone except actual terrorists) and am willing to lend resources, as resources were lent to my American ancestors. Pay it forward or pay it back, I'm good with it either way.

Comment Re:50 or so years? Hah! (Score 2, Interesting) 311

Citation, please? Indeed a lot of refugees are educated professionals, and read and write not only in their native tongue, but there are likely more than one of those.

The integration into Germany is pretty well documented, and no doubt there are a few problems, but not of the magnitude you infer. Merkel does a pretty good job of attempting to enforce real integration, not just pockets of refugees, having learned that from huge Turkish immigrations of not long ago. I dispute both the numbers, and their inference.

Millions upon millions of Germans, French, Spaniards, Italians, Eastern Europeans, the varieties of the Rus, not to mention Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Hmong, so many others DIDN'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE and a generation later, their kids are largely homogenized. Their parents will stick to the old ways, just like C coders. Fine. They're good and upright citizens. We need skilled workers, and not so skilled workers. Real GDP needs actual people doing actual work at all levels. Let them come.

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