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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Alomex Re:The Same Game (335 comments)

Actually they would get just enough labor. This has already been tried. It is called the Alaska crab fishery where you make about that much under terrible conditions and they still have a hard time getting a full crew that can handle the demands of the job.

4 hours ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Alomex "Never"? (519 comments)

After exhausting its primary battery, it went into hibernation, most likely never to wake again.

Huh? ESA has insisted that they expect it to wake up again, maybe within the next few days and failing that by 2015.

5 days ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

Alomex Re:Reminder of who not to credit (151 comments)

The politburo was informed in 1979 in a super secret session that the economy could no longer support the arms race and the USSR was broke. Nothing much seems to have come out of it, except that one young Comrade Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev was in attendance. Some believe that this was the moment he started planning the changes needed for the USSR to survive.

As to Reagan his true contribution was his willingness to negotiate with the USSR. Thatcher had to point out to Reagan that Gorbachev was a willing negotiating partner. After a hesitating start Reagan got the message and bought full in on the negotiations. This was his contribution, not increase in spending, not the speech in the Berlin Wall, not his deficit increasing tax cuts.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Capsule Returns To Earth With Lab Results

Alomex Re:Curious economics of private spaceflight (60 comments)

Contrary to what you say, many studies have found that the better educated and informed you are the more likely you are to be a liberal.

Of course it makes you feel better to state the opposite opinion as if it were a fact, which is yet another confirmation of the studies above.

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Alomex Re:and they use cash businesses as examples (424 comments)

Actually, I recall reading articles in Newsweek in the early 80s which were already outrageous. Most of them are a consequence of the war on drugs, which was intensified by Reagan and followed up by all other administrations (Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr. Obama).

about a month ago
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SpaceX Capsule Returns To Earth With Lab Results

Alomex Re:Curious economics of private spaceflight (60 comments)

Flynn, an ardent libertarian,

Ardent libertarian is the term used in polite society for "emotionally immature and intellectually unsophisticated". A libertarian society replicates the current status quo in terms or taxes and tariffs but with the difference that now you have no power over the revenue collector, which is as private corporation.

In a libertarian society I can simply refuse you to drive on my highway because I don't like your face.

about a month ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Alomex Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (283 comments)

It is easy to post growing sales if your profits are zero. The hard part is to have a growing business that actually makes money on each sales. Every time they seem to have gained traction on a market (like books) they seem to negate it by offering incentives such as Amazon prime. T

hey have yet to prove that they can sell products at operating costs+3% on an ongoing basis.

about 1 month ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Alomex Re:Wow (283 comments)

Microsofts success was BUYING DOS for $50k.

Minor quibble: Microsoft licensed DOS for $50K, while Patterson held back some rights. Later on after various payments and negotiations it is estimated that the final cost was more like $500K. By then DOS was already a screaming success, so they got off easy.

about 1 month ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Alomex Re:Wow (283 comments)

Many other people were introduced to IBM including Gary Kildall from Digital Research, yet he didn't become a billionaire.

And by the time he was introduced personally to IBM he was already well known for shipping the dominant basic interpreter for all personal computers, IBM compatible or not.

about 1 month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Alomex Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (720 comments)

moment you view data through a lens of politics is the moment you stop noticing opportunities.

Or as Krugman likes to point out, how are the right wing inflationistas doing? Yet their rants are still welcome at the WSJ in spite of the fact that their views have meant losses in the tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars for WSJ readers.

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Alomex Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (720 comments)

Here's a quip on the low quality editorials at the WSJ from The Economist, using subtle British humor:

The WSJ, a newspaper famous for publishing its comics in the Editorial page.

about a month ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Alomex Re:Being different was a boat anchor. (296 comments)

The main advantage of the PPC was supposed to be higher clock rate, and looking at press releases there were supposedly higher clock rates chips available for PPC over x86.

Yet at one point I took the time to track down the actual "shipping now" announcements for the main PC manufacturers and for Apple and almost invariably by the time computers came out the door speeds were comparable.

The fact that PPC wouldn't commit to a mobile low power version was the final straw.

about a month ago
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First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

Alomex Re:Actually... (58 comments)

If you are going to count Leif Ericson as a "discoverer" then you must count the Mongols who populated America across the Bering Straight as earlier discoverers.

If on the other hand we use "discoverer" in the standard sense or person who first widely disseminated a fact then there is no doubt Columbus deserves the moniker.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Alomex Re:Maybe it's time... (331 comments)

Then why is it in places where guns are banned or severely restricted, like London, that the violent crime and murder rate is obscenely high?

Because they don't? London's murder rate is lower than that of any US state including generally considered safe states like New Hampshire. If you now compare with metropolitan areas London blows most cities right out of the water with its lower murder rate.

about a month ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

Alomex Obligatory /. comment (161 comments)

Correlation does not imply causation.

(ducks)

about a month ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Alomex Re:Umm, what? (245 comments)

He was a nutbar way before that, I assure you. I had my first runs into him in the first half of the 90's. The Cathedral and the Bazaar remains his single shining moment.

about a month ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Alomex Type and touch? (252 comments)

I'm on my second touchscreen computer and fifth tablet. I do not like touch screen for a laptop/desktop. For a smartphone I can think of no better way than a touchscreen given the lack of input device. For a portable TV otherwise known as iPad a touchscreen is about the same as a dial on the side. For a Microsoft surface or a laptop with touch screen removing your fingers off the keyboard to touch the screen is cumbersome. I also found myself rarely detaching the keyboard.

about a month ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

Alomex Re:Who wants to work for Google nowadays? (205 comments)

The data points I have is that they offer about the same salaries outside the valley, so if you happen to be working in one of the remote offices you are making good money.

about a month ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

Alomex Re:Who wants to work for Google nowadays? (205 comments)

And they do not even pay that well.

This is not what recent hires have told me. Do you have any (suitably anonymized) examples in mind to back up your assertion?

about a month ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

Alomex Re:Too much of a good thing (240 comments)

I'd be more interested in replacing the equality operator, which would accomplish the same thing.

The problem is that C usage of = goes against elementary school ingrained math usage. Any UI expert will tell you that this alone is a source of confusion. The supposed time savings of having to type := over = are bogus. You spend about 0.25s extra time typing the colon. Now let's say you've written a 100K lines of code a year. This means you spent 7 hours typing that extra character. A single nasty = bug will easily exceed the 7 hours just in terms of finding it, before we account for the cost of the security breach.

There is no reason to make it actually difficult to turn off bounds checking

Again you are mistaken. Any UI designer will tell you that dangerous options should not be easy to activate (i.e. the three finger salute), or the double turn key for nuclear launch. Given how dangerous buffer overflow is in terms of security it shouldn't be easy to deploy code that does no bounds checking.

Your argument for stdio is non-sense. All you say applies equally to malloc. Other languages do not require loading the I/O library in the header to do the linking. If you are writing a bare bones high-level assembler as C was originally meant to be I can see why you would like to load as little as possible, but heavy footprint languages such as C++ and Java have no excuse for this cumbersome call.

about a month ago

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