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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Nope... Nailed It (185 comments)

Weird as it sounds, you might be able to count yourself lucky. At least this company described here is re-setting expectations in a drastic and somewhat realistic manner halfway through the quarterly debacle. Instead, the management could hold steady 75% of the way through, then squeeze the developers for 90 hour weeks for three months "because you all are behind, and we have to make good on commitments, even if late".

5 days ago
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief, Part II: Illustrating the Issue of Trust In Altcoins

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Adorable. (46 comments)

Cryptocurrency exchanges seem to have a much higher risk of catastrophic implosion than a random 19th century bank. People who romanticize unregulated Wild West capitalism now have their opportunity to experience it first hand, on steroids. I am not going to say they deserve to be ripped off, but post-MtGox, they need to factor in some "special" risks of exchanges.

about a week ago
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief, Part II: Illustrating the Issue of Trust In Altcoins

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Bitcoin was invented so that... (46 comments)

Gold is, however, immensely more difficult to transmit through the internets...

Ultimately it boils down to transaction costs. Sophisticated gold bugs do not have trouble moving gold large distances, for a modest cost. The very very low transaction costs of cryptocurrency is only true for a very small population of very technically sophisticated persons -- maintaining safe and secure encrypted data backups involves the kind of skillset that companies pay good money for, so doing this as a hobby is not exactly "free" in any practical sense. The rest of us will need to lean on exchanges, and factor in how to pay for insurance against another apparent (IMHO) inside job like MtGox.

In the future, I am sure I will own cryptocurrencies, but not on purpose and only for hundreds of milliseconds. They will just be another kind of exchange medium hidden in the implementation of some credit card. The costs of those exchanges imploding will only be borne indirectly by me, as part of the hidden fees, and I can walk away and let that be the vendors headache, just like a credit card.

about a week ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Not news (134 comments)

I remember an editorial in the The Economist in praise of the admittedly tawdry British practice of campaign donors getting conferred titles by grace of the PM. The way they put it is that most big time donors surely expect something for their efforts, and better a not very meaningful title than a valuable ambassadorship or, far worse, an actual voice on policy. When they put it that way, I almost wish the US would start dishing out knighthoods.

about two weeks ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Recognition (150 comments)

Your point about policy management makes a lot of sense. Every software company I have worked at in the Valley has had IT with excellent non-Windows chops, yet they all still end up installing MS Exchange. There are certain solutions areas where MS has plenty of street cred among those who have to make the decisions.

It is still an uphill battle. IT is often desperate to reduce the scope of device support, and they are not allowed to say no to the iPhone, and probably not Android either. If it comes down to a battle some VP will complain and the CEO will lay down the law that the E-teams favorite phones will be supported.

about a month ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Comrade Ogilvy Mars needs our women! (399 comments)

Obviously.

about a month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Comrade Ogilvy Victim blaming? (622 comments)

I can tell the difference and you cannot, as proven by your second example. The 1st and 3rd are merely risks; perhaps unwise actions, but (usually) small risks. The 2nd is just being stupid, as you are, for writing your post. That you are juxtaposing these three means you are not mentally or morally qualified to comment on the topic. TFA explains this point. Perhaps you could read it?

about a month and a half ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Group of supremely well educated (283 comments)

Paying very bright minds little while they are grad students working under the guidance of a seasoned researcher is baked into the economic model of the grants. The universities are not subsidizing the PhDs. The future PhDs are indirectly subsidizing the rest of the university, because gard students working for little makes grant giving attractive, and the university skims every grant with overhead charges.

about a month and a half ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Group of supremely well educated (283 comments)

To recall (roughly) the words of evil Psycop Bestor from B5: "...being a freedom fighter is a great thing. You keep your own hours. It looks good on a resume. But the Pay. Sucks."

about a month and a half ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Comrade Ogilvy Re:They should be getting jobs at univeristies (283 comments)

While students should be wary of faculty teaching courses who are great at research but not so great at teaching, the underlying reality is that those researchers are indirectly keeping costs to students down by bringing in the grant money. The reason the grant money comes is precisely because these researchers can leverage their expertise with numerous cheap grad students -- it is built into the economic model of the grants themselves. Whether that is a good deal for the grad students is a complex question, but the grant-giving institutions and (most) professors do not concern themselves with that much.

about a month and a half ago
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China Eager To Send Its Own Mission To Mars In the Wake of Mangalyaan

Comrade Ogilvy Re:How about giving Tibet back to the Tibetans? (84 comments)

South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan are all right in China's way.

Those cute little people who are so rudely "in China's way" have been there for thousands of years, and they are critical trading partners.

If rather than recognizing these many people co-inhabit the same area and need to get along, if China prefers to think of them as "in the way", China has a world of hurt coming its way. And when the disaster happens, it will be 99.999999% China's fault.

about 2 months ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

Comrade Ogilvy Re:What Bankruptcy Means (448 comments)

The problem will never by solved by any plan which requires increased taxes because the federal government has never shown any inclination to apply revenue generated by increase taxes to debt reduction. New taxes always go to new spending.

Not only are you moving the goal posts, but you are using provably untrue assertions to make your case.

Whether a country is bankrupt or not depends on its ability to control its deficits. If the deficits are "small" and well managed, then economic growth and modest inflation can take of the long term debt.

The HBush and Clinton tax increases were a big help in bringing the US into the black for a few moments, it just took some years to do their work. You should look at the world as it is, not as you remember it in 1978.

about 5 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Comrade Ogilvy Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

There has been only ONE societal factor that has been found to satisfactorily correlate with the reduction in crime (see the movie Freakonomics, and that has been widely disputed.

Incorrect. The better explanation is reduction of childhood lead exposure. The correlations are extremely powerful, and map nicely down to the timing of lead reductions in individual states/provinces even in different countries.

So your claim that there is no major of model to explain reductions is simply wrong,. The lead theory works even in other countries where the dynamics around guns are very different from America. This apparent effect completely swamps the wiggle the pro- and anti-gun camps like to argue over.

about 6 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Comrade Ogilvy Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

And in this case, that there is a C taking effect is indisputable, even if the exact details of C are less than perfectly clear. The simplistic pro- and anti-gun camps arguments both fail to describe reality.

about 6 months ago
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Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Everyone prepare for Armageddon! (182 comments)

He also knows that for larger projects to fulfill promises made to investors, he must keep to schedule. To keep on schedule, he needs a reliable source of skilled labor. If the state is viewed as a craphole, workers with families will not lay down roots, and his best employees with flee when offered a few pennies more somewhere else.

about 6 months ago
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Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Oil Man wants more money? (182 comments)

What is going to happen next is that Oklahoma will spend money on roads that the oil industry uses and services that will make the state a palatable place for oil workers with families to live, thereby creating a reliable supply of skilled employees. New drilling projects become more reliably on time and on budget, thereby reducing the effective risk.

The competent oil men whether the 5 year projects overrun budget and take 7 years to complete, because deliveries are always late and their best employees have fled to Canada. The tax being discussed is a rounding error, in context.

about 6 months ago
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Single Gene Can Boost IQ By Six Points

Comrade Ogilvy Re:So what is the downside? (199 comments)

Also, those with higher intelligence tend to reproduce less.

Only in the rich world of today where we confound intelligence with university educations, thereby delaying children during a span of high fertility. That is surely a recent trend. Intelligence correlates with general health, especially in a more rough and tumble world of uncertain nutrition. Above average intelligence is a wonderful positive indicator for mate selection.

about 7 months ago
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Single Gene Can Boost IQ By Six Points

Comrade Ogilvy Re:wow, people still believe in the IQ myth? That (199 comments)

Slightly more livebirths are male than female. So it is possible that the average is greater than 1. And then there is, um, China and India to skew the averages, unfortunately.

about 7 months ago
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Setback For Small Nuclear Reactors: B&W Cuts mPower Funding

Comrade Ogilvy Re:I have a project (165 comments)

A big part of the problem is we are hooked on viewing nuclear power as a space aged ego gratifying source of electricity, just like Captain Nemo had. There are probably lots of good uses of a cylinder that gets dropped into a concrete sleeve in the ground providing simple very hot water.

about 7 months ago
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Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Still waiting to see 3 things (174 comments)

Re #2: People do die from complicated and badly marked construction zones from human error. Happens all the time. So the computer does not have to be 100% to be vastly better than a human. Having the humility to slow down, instead of the human pride that causes us to drive hard forward in the face of uncertainty, will be a huge advantage to the computer program.

about 7 months ago

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