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Comment Re:News at 5... (Score 1) 451

That may cause some people to object, when your car mows down a bunch of grade schoolers, rather than hit the back of a schoolbus at a very survivable speed. Though I suspect that the problem will be self correcting, As the settings you choose will change your insurance premiums. That having a SUV with a save occupant from minor injury at any price setting, could prove to be crazy expensive.

Comment Re:I use cash (Score 1) 558

I gave up on that front.
I carry a cell phone.
I suspect that the govt tracks cell phone positions (gps and/or tower triangulated), and logs the data.
That is a really small amount of data to collect, and if done in bulk is amazing.
While some might think this is paranoid, I feel that our intelligence community would be incompetent if they didn't.
I also suspect that they have a data stream on most retail purchases. (also a small amount of data)

If I had that kind of data, I could mine the living hell out of it.
You could track the positions of burner phones, and know where the criminal elements live.
You then track their inter-actors, and see where they are going.
Then you can see where they are dead-dropping goods

It becomes criminal Sudoku


Best of Luck fighting the privacy war. Sadly I took an arrow to the knee.

Comment Reserve Currency (Score 1) 558

The Hundred Dollar Bill is used all over the world.. Keeping it around is a huge boon for America.
I can trade American currency for service in most parts of the world.

A good usable currency that works across the globe is good for trade, which in turn is good for peace.

While easy to use money is a good thing for smugglers and terrorists,
I suspect that making currency harder to deal with will help them grow far more.

Limiting the currency is probably a bad thing.

Comment Re:India vs. the Marshall Islands (Score 1) 276

It's a big ass dam dude, it's 5 times the size of the Hoover dam and stretches for over 600 kilometers.

The Three Gorges Dam generates about 10GW and displaced upwards of 1.5 million people. Total world energy generation from fossil fuels is about 10TW. So, if you accept the displacement of at least 1.5 million people for the Three Gorges Dam, you should be willing to accept the displacement of at least 1.5 billion people for fossil fuel consumption, right?

Oh, and the figure I read was 1.6 million displaced, but the article was a bit old.

Hence my statement of more than 1.5 million. In fact, it's probably several million, but Chinese propaganda likes to play it down.

For 10 TW of clean power I think that displacing 1.5 billion people is a damn bargain.

Comment There are existing crime ecosystems (Score 2) 310

They can't just move into running guns, as there are already criminals that do that, but their main buyers (drug pushers) are not buying, so it doesn't work.
So then there is human trafficking, black markets, illegal gambling, theft, counterfeiting, and extortion.
I don't think there is much growth potential in most of these fields.
And with police relieved from most of the interdiction work, there are more resources left enforce the other problems.

Comment He's Not Jean Valjean (Score 1) 1032

It's loans at 1970's college tuition rates. And the man made an agreement to pay them back. Even today there are affordable college options. He chose to take on debt. I've seen shrewd students get through their PhD's without a loan or family help. They weren't destitute, just disciplined. (I'm not remotely that disciplined, I had a good deal of fun with loaned money, and I'm fine with paying back my loans.)

And even with all that said..
I think the nation needs to provide 4 more years of free public education. An uneducated populace is not a good future for our economy.

Comment Dunning Kreuger effect (Score 4, Insightful) 809

I've sat through an upsetting number of tech interviews. Getting someone at the high end is a really horrible experience. People come in with very impressive resume's only to show no real skillset.

I don't think having some lack of understanding of encryption is a non-starter.
But I do want to see that someone has a good breadth of experience, and can talk about a good number of things at some base understanding:
How a file system works,
how a network works,
how memory works,
how a repository works,
how a software build works,
how to use editor functions far beyond what can be done by microsoft notepad,
how to use a regex,
how to make a presentation from data,
how to make a lamp webpage,
how to merge tables from multiple databases,
how to do statistical tests on data,
how to set up proper controls for experiments,
how to write. The other part is that bad applicants pervade the pool. Good hires get hired, and held onto -- Bad hires don't get hired, or get released back in the pool. If you want a good hire, there is a bunch of crap applicants to wade through, or you pay the cash to lure talent away from a lucrative job.

Oh the subject.. Eventually gave up on hiring a senior, and posted for a junior position, and got far better applicants than we ever saw for the senior position.

Comment Whole classes of bad episodes (Score 1) 512

Any episode with Q was horrible. (John Delancy was great)
Holodeck centered episodes -- lame (Barkley's stuff was passable)
Any episode focused on Troi, Data,or Wesley, were really bad.
Worf or Geordi episodes were more palatable.

My favorites:
Arsenal of Freedom
Inner light
Thine Own Self
Peak Performance
Who Watches the Watchers
The Defector
The Hunted
Best of Both Worlds

Comment Re:Maybe it's not you (Score 1) 218

If he's reaching the interview phase, it isn't the job market.
Almost nobody want's to interview more candidates than necessary. It's a huge hassle and the cost is pretty damn high.

Baseline is that in an interview I try to determine a few things:
1. Ability to perform work. Can you be in consistently, and perform work that is of an adequate quality/quantity to be worthwhile?
2. Ability to work with the team. Are you going to damage morale, will you communicate in a manner that doesn't cause excess problems.
3. Ability to not upset the exterior of the team, will a person dress/speak appropriately around customers/ bosses/ HR
For likability go for candor.
Some people feel uncomfortable with that, if so go with a mistake that could have been averted by another party -but- take full ownership of it. Leave enough of the story in there so that the interviewee can see that it was another party mistake, but not enough that it appears blatant. An instance might be making a bad commit to the code base, realizing it too late, then finding out that the svn repository died horribly AFTER everyone had pulled out YOUR broken update. Then have some canned speech about how you stopped mixing the debug and production directories from that point on.

Lot's of developers are intolerably arrogant, and there are a bunch of queue's that the interviewers are looking for, show that you can hide these signs. Talk yourself up in a way that doesn't show arrogance.

Comment Re:Why? Hell is other people (Score 1) 769

I've come in to work with some gross frickin coffee makers.
Or finding the grinder lid is no where to be found on Monday morning.
If you stash your next grinder you're considered some kind of pretentious schmuck. So you get some cheap POS grinder, just to find that the coffee filter is gone the next Monday. You grab some paper filters, and find that someone tried to brew stronger coffee by using five filters at once, making an ever loving mess of the coffee pot/kitchen area

I like that it is really inconvenient for someone else to make the brewing part go nasty/break on a K cup system.
Knowing that I just grab a pod and have fresh brewed caffeine in 20 seconds is comforting.

Comment So that explains it. (Score 1) 491

I've been interviewing people for higher end stuff, and keep getting applicants that don't know jack.
Are lost at the Ax=b
Haven't heard of Valgrind

All this from interviewees that are conditioned to believe that all these requirements are just HR flak to be ignored.
Those HR people have stolen hours from me indirectly.

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