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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Duhavid Re:jessh (359 comments)

No,

God exists and I believe ( have faith in, seek Him ) in him, I win.
( God exists and I don't believe ), or he doesn't exist, I lose.
If he does not exist and I believe, what have I lost I would not have lost anyway?

yesterday
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Duhavid Re: Just give the option to turn it off... (808 comments)

I own a 2000 BMW 328i, and I can testify to the blink rate differential on that year and model.
It is 15 years old ( it's "birthday" is this month! ), so I don't know if it qualifies as "modern" or not.

5 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Duhavid Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (808 comments)

That would be a lot of circuitry for an edge case that might never occur...
And on top of that, most people don't know or notice that this happens.....

5 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Duhavid Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (808 comments)

If that is true,then the implication is that pedestrians and cyclists are actively keeping from being hit.
Which implies that most drivers are doing a poor job of paying consistent attention.

As a driver, cyclist and pedestrian, I quite believe it.

5 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Duhavid Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (808 comments)

How would the relay ( not that it is exactly a relay ) being in the engine compartment versus in the dashboard change the blink rate when a bulb is out?

5 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Duhavid Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (808 comments)

If the "tick tick" is fake, then why do the lights blink at different rates when a bulb is out?

5 days ago
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UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

Duhavid Re:It's paid for. (189 comments)

I worked on a Token Ring network early in my career.
It was a very good, robust system.
We had a star topology, twisted pair to the desktops, the Ring was all in our cabling area.
We had failures of individual lines to desktops, but that would have happened with Ethernet.
Never had a ring failure, IIRC.

about two weeks ago
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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

Duhavid Re:Mass perjury (165 comments)

A, "loser pays", never heard about this 50/50 apportionment.
B, " If Apple is in the right, then they win, and the poor defendant is on hook for the entire bill.".
Quite. You don't think that will have a chilling effect? Consider the opposite, you are right, but Apple is big.
Being right does not mean you will win.
I would consider the potential downside before I launched a lawsuit, no matter how in the right I am.
I don't think this would stop harassment lawsuits, it might change how much money they "officially" threw at it ( both for the apportionment and the liability if they lose ).

about three weeks ago
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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

Duhavid Re:Mass perjury (165 comments)

With "loser pays", those with deep pockets will be the only ones who could afford to bring suit.
Not sure how that fixes anything...

about three weeks ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Duhavid Re:NCAA (552 comments)

Why would anyone in their right mind go to college for a programming degree under those conditions?

about a month ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Duhavid Re: H1-B debate? (398 comments)

"The company owes me..." types. They are not everywhere.

"We hired a bunch from...and they sucked". I didn't say that.

"Distribution of talent". Yes, quite. Which is part of why the "Americans cant program" strikes a nerve. We can and do. They can and do.

"Have to offshore". Not totally against it, personally, but the increasing "Americans cant program"/"Cant find programmers here" so "they" can justify offshoring is nonsense. It is about costs. Maybe not for your organization, but in general.

"Business operate for profit". Never said otherwise. But profit on what time scale? When the US middle class is gutted, who will these businesses sell to? At what prices?
And is this migration good for everyone?
( I would argue that we are looking at a decrease in worldwide "good" as America gets economically weaker ).

"Punishment and confiscation". Not a good thing, But paying reasonable taxes and reasonable costs is acceptable and necessary.

about a month and a half ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Duhavid Re: H1-B debate? (398 comments)

I am ( and have been ) in a management position, and I have worked with a large number of programmers.
Including a good number of people from other cultures, and many here on H1B's.

I don't see a "The Company... owes ME" attitude from US citizens.
And most were/are the primary means of support for a family, large or small, right here.
They were/are hard working, honest decent people. No different from those abroad.
And if they *are* "less complaining", why is that? It looks to me like duress.
Why is that a good thing?

I reject the inability to accept other cultures or racism angle, personally.
I have not seen it in those who work around me. I have seen lots of acceptance.
Comments here, perhaps some are racially motivated. Perhaps they are not.
I don't know what is in their hearts and minds. I suspect you don't either.

As to business doing exactly what it should, what exactly is it that you say it should do?
Hire only compliant workers? Or cheap?
Or workers that get the job done, and provide the revenues to the economic system they depend on?

about a month and a half ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Duhavid Re:Contracts Not Really Enforceable (398 comments)

I advocate that the US should not allow other nations free trade while the other nation limits what trade is allowed.
I don't really know where you got your post from what I wrote.

about a month and a half ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Duhavid Re:Contracts Not Really Enforceable (398 comments)

If the "other" countries/companies were playing the same way, that would be excellent.

about a month and a half ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Duhavid Re:H1-B debate? (398 comments)

"But perhaps the "enough" that you'd have to pay is simply unreasonable"

The market will decide.
Funny how it is good when the market decides when workers are let go, when their wages "have to" fall, etc, but no, cant let the market decide corporate profitability.

about a month and a half ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Duhavid Re: H1-B debate? (398 comments)

Business model...

Its not a business model failure. Its costs failure. The H1B doesn't have the cost structure a US citizen has, by and large.
So, they can work cheaper.

Here is the business model failure. While those "in charge" of the US economy keep chasing cheaper wages, the spending power in the US falls.
The more it falls, the worse that economy will do. Prices will have to fall in alignment with this.
Those prices are on the items those "in charge" of the US economy are selling in the US.
Prices that are higher because people can afford them, having wages in line with those prices.
They are slitting their own throats. But they are not the ones experiencing the pain, they just enjoy the fruits the arbitrage, while it lasts.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Duhavid Re:I hate this name (140 comments)

Haven't seen it, but basically yes. I had not thought about the issue of how the load would distribute across his arms, I just assumed ( bad, I know ) he/they/it/etc would somehow manage that. I guess I figured he would use his body more...

Loved the old "Man of Steel, Woman of kleenex" story....

I also hate the "asteroid about to hit earth, pulverize it with a nuke" scenario. They usually show the asteroid just about to hit, like within a small handful of earth radii, then all that mass being turned into large rocks instead of one rock is somehow supposed to change things from "nothing much will survive" to "oh, look at the pretty light show".

about 2 months ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Duhavid Re:I hate this name (140 comments)

Its more than the heat shield. Mass is imperative.
If you impart the energy from a nuclear explosion to such a small item, you will accelerate it beyond any possibility that a human occupant could survive.

Aside, that is my objection to movies where they show someone falling, then someone swoops in just as they were about to hit the ground and stops their earthward acceleration, changing it to some tangential acceleration. The reason you die on hitting the ground is that your body rips and tears internally when subjected to the acceleration ( deceleration ) forces on hitting the ground. Changing to another set of acceleration forces in a different direction isn't going to help much.

about 2 months ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Duhavid Re:Stay out of space (140 comments)

I think saying space exists and is harmful is a poor repudiation of intelligent design.
Otherwise, you could stop with animals, rocks, gravity and all the killing devices brought to us by our marvelous brains.

He made us capable of both good and evil, and left enough in our hearts that most of us don't feel good when we act evil.
We can be as He, we have to choose it, though.

about 2 months ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Duhavid Re:Woohoo, let's explore (140 comments)

Its not a waste.

Making a "couple loopty loops" is a required step along the way.
The Apollo project didn't start by going straight to the moon. There was a lot of testing before
Earth orbit testing
Lunar orbit testing
Then landing on the moon.

about 2 months ago

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