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Astronomers Discover Pair of Black Holes In Inactive Galaxy

Grishnakh Lost civilizations? (21 comments)

I wonder if there were any civilizations in these galaxies which merged, which were sucked into the black holes.

1 hour ago
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Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

Grishnakh Re:Name? (100 comments)

I have no idea if the Lumina was mechanically sound or crashworthy, and for all I know, it was. I didn't matter, because it's also butt-ugly (though not nearly as bad as the Aztek).

Being butt-ugly is sufficient for a car to be considered "bad". No one wants an ugly car (at least, not enough to make the car profitable to sell). The Aztek's lesson is clear: make a car ugly enough, and you can kiss your company good-bye.

3 hours ago
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Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

Grishnakh Re:Why? (100 comments)

That's because you're trying to reuse a library that has a proprietary license. What did you expect? I don't see how a BSD-licensed project could include a proprietary-licensed library either.

3 hours ago
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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Grishnakh Re:If they were interested in upholding the law... (161 comments)

In Tucson a big chunk of the police *are* Hispanic; it's a city that is far more tolerant.

Hispanic doesn't mean "tolerant of illegal immigrants". Lots of Border Patrol agents are hispanic.

4 hours ago
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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Grishnakh Re:I kind of welcome the attention (161 comments)

If you are lost, then go up and ask them for directions if they seem to be standing around doing nothing.

I did that once; the cop was extremely rude and acted like I was wasting his time. After seeing how cops treat people who annoy them on YouTube, I'm not going to try that again.

4 hours ago
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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

Grishnakh Re:Just say no to NASA (185 comments)

It appears this way, but it's not by design. It's a necessary by-product of the way NASA is funded and run. Anything that NASA does has to be doable within just a few years, which is why it's done such great work with various rovers and probes; it's not that hard to build a small probe in a few years. Any project which is much larger in scope, budget, and time requirements is basically impossible, because things are going to change in 4 or 8 years when a new President is elected and a new Administration established, plus with Congress holding the purse-strings, and changing substantially every 2 years, their funding for any big project will be threatened before long.

There's nothing that can be done to change this as long as the government is set up the way it currently is. Space exploration needs to be left to countries which have governments with much longer-term visions, and that basically rules out democratic governments.

4 hours ago
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Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

Grishnakh Re:Name? (100 comments)

This is a good point. The only way they could have screwed up worse would have been to name it "Pinto", "Gremlin", or "Aztek". (The latter has been said to have been the worst car in all of history, responsible for the downfall of Pontiac.)

4 hours ago
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Grishnakh Re:The world needs plumbers too (351 comments)

Even postdocs struggle in this environment, and people consider this economy "recovered" now.

That's the liberals. They all say the economy is doing great because the stock market is doing great, and they're all big fans of Wall Street, which is why they were so much in favor of giving no-strings bailouts to Wall Street execs so they could give themselves bonuses. The liberals have to believe that the economy is doing great, because to admit to themselves otherwise would mean Democrats would lose re-election campaigns and a Republican will win the White House, because everyone knows that people usually vote for the non-incumbent party when the economy sucks.

I'm entirely serious: liberals will insist, as they have to me, that the economy is booming because corporate profits are so high now, and they completely dismiss the average income of Americans, and also the growing gap between rich and poor, and the hollowing-out of the middle class. They don't care about these things; they only care that their ultra-rich idols are doing great.

6 hours ago
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Grishnakh Re:Liability, Funding, Responsibilities (351 comments)

Yes, it is. Russia doesn't have to pay all its administrators $250k per year in salaries, while we do. That doesn't leave much money left over for teachers, supplies, building maintenance, etc.

6 hours ago
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Grishnakh Re:LOL ... (351 comments)

Not a bad idea. However, I'm not sure I'd call them "third world" either. They were never technically 3rd-world, they were 2nd-world before the fall of the Iron Curtain, and they've been advancing fast with integration with the rest of Europe. There's no way they're anywhere near as bad as some backwards Islamic country like Morocco.

8 hours ago
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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

Grishnakh Re:Apples and oranges (109 comments)

Not really. A fork isn't a completely different product; the two forks share a codebase, which is why the word "fork" is used instead of "rewrite". How much of a monoculture there is depends on how divergent the forks are. Iceweasel and Firefox, for instance, barely diverge at all, whereas X.org and XFree86 are very different at this point (but still not completely different, the core X code is still mostly the same I'm sure).

8 hours ago
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Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

Grishnakh Re:Austin, great but not my kind of town... (191 comments)

If you think lifelong employment with the same company is normal for tech workers today, then you really don't know what you're talking about.

yesterday
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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

Grishnakh Re:Apples and oranges (109 comments)

The other 90% doesn't run critical infrastructure services.

yesterday
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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

Grishnakh Re:Apples and oranges (109 comments)

Yes, I guess you could say that, but I'd add the qualifier "nearly", or maybe even "remotely".

yesterday
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Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

Grishnakh Re:Austin, great but not my kind of town... (191 comments)

You're a rare exception if you managed to avoid lay-offs, plus staying in the same company (these days) generally means you're being woefully underpaid, because they'll give new hires better salaries than existing employees. Things were very different in the 70s than now.

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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

Grishnakh Apples and oranges (109 comments)

With open-source software, a monoculture isn't that bad a thing, as the Heartbleed exploit has shown. When something bad is discovered, people jump on it immediately and come up with a fix, which is deployed very very quickly (and free of charge, I might add). How fast was a fix available for Heartbleed? Further, people will go to greater lengths to make sure it doesn't happen again. Look at the recent efforts to rewrite OpenSSL, and the fork that was created from it.

None of this happens with proprietary software. First off, the vendor always tries to deny the problem or cover it up. If and when they do fix it, it may or may not be really fixed. You don't know, because it's all closed-source. It might be a half-ass fix, or it might have a different backdoor inserted, as was recently revealed with Netgear. What if you think the fix is poor? Can you fork it and make your own that's better? No, because you can't fork closed-source software (and certainly not selected libraries inside a larger closed-source software package; they're monolithic). But the LibreSSL guys did just that in the Heartbleed case.

Finally, monocultures aren't all that common in open-source software anyway; they only happen when everyone generally agrees on something and/or likes something well enough to not bother with forks or alternatives. Even the vaunted Linux kernel isn't a monoculture, as there's still lots of people using the *BSD kernels/OSes (though granted, there's far more installations of the Linux kernel than the *BSDs).

yesterday
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Grishnakh Re:LOL ... (351 comments)

America doesn't come close to dominating quality-of-living indices.

yesterday
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Grishnakh Re:LOL ... (351 comments)

That's funny, I interned in a shipyard (making aircraft carriers) for a while, and all the tradesmen told us college-kid interns "finish your engineering degree! Don't wind up like us!!!".

yesterday
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Grishnakh Re:LOL ... (351 comments)

Why the hell would you want to relocate to some 3rd-world shithole where you have to worry about K&R (no, not the Unix guys)?

Go look at the quality-of-living indices, and the countries which dominate them. They're not 3rd-world countries with low costs-of-living. If you want to live someplace where it's extremely safe, the government isn't corrupt, there's good public services (public transit, healthcare, etc.), it's going to cost you. If you have a medical emergency in a mountain town in Morocco, you're probably not going to survive.

yesterday

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Engineering enrollments plummeting in Michigan

Grishnakh Grishnakh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Grishnakh (216268) writes "A lead story in Auto Electronics decries a 13% drop in engineering student enrollments over the past 7 years, and predicts trouble for the engineering profession in the USA in coming years due to many factors, including retirement of Boomers, less interest by foreign nationals in staying in the U.S., and increased international competition. One very interesting quote by a Dean of Engineering: "We need engineers with innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets and capabilities. We need engineers who have the confidence and passion to lead global multicultural teams." I don't know about others, but when I started college and chose engineering as a major, if "leading global teams" were pitched as a major job task, I probably would have chosen a different profession."

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