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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

MightyYar Re:Ho-lee-crap (261 comments)

I have no idea what your agenda is. I'm not the one arguing that military ships are "easy". If you think that America's military shipyards are on anywhere near a war footing, or for that matter operating in a manner that would be competitive on the world private markets then you are delusional. They do a fine job of their goal, which is to keep America's ability to produce such weapons alive - a goal which I agree with. Their secondary goal of keeping the fleet fresh is also successful, but let's face it - that goal could be done for considerably less money if we did not insist on building them domestically.

The Korean shipyard is competitive on the world private market, but would probably put out a pretty piss-poor nuclear submarine. They currently operate German diesel-electrics. Daewoo builds them in Korea, but to your point it takes 4 years or so - not anything like the few months one of these cargo ships take.

2 hours ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

MightyYar Re:Ho-lee-crap (261 comments)

It's probably true, or based on something true. A lot of those old processes were very dependent on the mix of impurities at a certain location... you could only make [sword/knife/dagger] using an ore from [some hill/bluff/valley]. They didn't know that at the time, or if they did they had no idea why.

yesterday
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

MightyYar Re:Where should I apply? (176 comments)

Then indeed that sounds like a low salary. Except that those states without pensions also tend to have low costs of living, so what do I know?

yesterday
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

MightyYar Re:Ho-lee-crap (261 comments)

I didn't say there was "sloth". But they run 1 shift and quite literally build them as slowly as is feasible. We don't need the number that they are turning out, but we do need the skill set and facilities.

yesterday
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

MightyYar Re:Where should I apply? (176 comments)

Depending on where you are employed, government jobs also give you a pension that would be worth around $1 million if you had to buy it as an annuity.

I assumed a retirement age of 55 after working for 30 years to get your full pension. I assumed your salary would not increase over time and that the annuity would track cost-of-living. I assumed half-salary upon retirement, for life, with a spousal benefit upon your death. These assumptions are very conservative and probably seriously understate the real value of the pension, especially if it includes a health benefit.

yesterday
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

MightyYar Re:Ho-lee-crap (261 comments)

Wow, cool site. Check out the column from 1939, which is the year Germany invaded Poland, to 1945 when the war ended:
Battleships: 15 to 23 (not amazing, but still impressive given their utility to expense ratio)
Carriers: 5 to 99
Cruisers: 36 to 72
Destroyers: 127 to 377
Frigates: 0 to 361
Subs: 58 to 232

And that is while taking losses the whole time!

yesterday
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

MightyYar Re:Ho-lee-crap (261 comments)

Interesting that the 80s re-activation of the old WW2 Iowa-class battleships does not seem to be reflected in your data.

yesterday
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

MightyYar Re:Ho-lee-crap (261 comments)

This is exactly right, and is why the US continues to build new nuclear subs at the slowest... possible... rate...

If you are a business, you want your capital returned as soon as possible. If you are a peacetime military, you just want to retain capability in the cheapest possible way. Totally different goals. During WW2, you saw the goals of industry and the military align, and it was kind of breathtaking.

yesterday
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

MightyYar Re:Who wants to work for Google nowadays? (199 comments)

It's amazing how quickly that happens. I work in an industry where we have a very cyclical business climate, so we have frequent layoffs. It usually keeps the engineering staff pretty top-notch. We haven't had a down cycle since the 2008 crash, so the cruft has certainly built up. I can only imagine what happens at a place like Google where the only turnover is people quitting!

3 days ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

MightyYar Re:Far too expensive (199 comments)

I feel the need to plug the Pandas module for Python. It does a lot of R-like operations on huge datasets. It takes care of time-series alignment and has many other nicey-nices. Basically almost everything you think you need to invent to manipulate your dataset is probably already implemented in Pandas.

3 days ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

MightyYar Re:Matlab is not an app (199 comments)

Or a gigantic application, like Photoshop or MATLAB, that sits in your "Applications" folder. Have you guys never heard of the term "killer app"??? Am I that old?

3 days ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

MightyYar Re:Matlab is not an app (199 comments)

I think "app" came naturally to long-time Mac people, since there has long been an "Applications" folder which a lot of (most?) people just called the "Apps" folder. This lingo followed the jump to mobile on the iPhone and Windows people were introduced to the term for the first time. MATLAB has long been an "app" for Mac folks.

3 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

MightyYar Re:Confucius say: (353 comments)

I actually agree on the "old style" Thinkpads, but recent models look more and more like Lenovo's other stuff so I don't know how confidant I am. We all have Thinkpads at work and even the last generation was uneven, with the cheaper models acting... well, cheap. The old-school stuff was very high-quality.

4 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

MightyYar Re:Say what? (407 comments)

I think what has changed is the definition of crime and the idea that punishment should match the crime.

Punishments have not gotten weaker, instead there are fewer crimes being committed. I'm sure people will make all sorts of claims why... the Freakonomics guys claim it was abortion, others say the end of the crack epidemic, and others point to the crackdown on crime and harsh sentences enacted during the late 80s and 90s. Whatever the reasons, the jails are not filling up because there are fewer criminals - not because we've changed attitudes.

4 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

MightyYar Re:Confucius say: (353 comments)

Between going to hourly contracting and having kids, I value my time more than ever. That afternoon is worth several hundred dollars IMHO. I was very different as a young man.

4 days ago
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Companies Genetically Engineer Spider Silk

MightyYar Re:To GMO or not to GMO? (82 comments)

In a calamity where resources become scarce, I'd bet on the non-pacifists. The Amish would be completely screwed without their food stocks, farmland, and livestock.

No matter how you look at it, they are completely dependent on the good will of the society around them.

4 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

MightyYar Re:Confucius say: (353 comments)

If the MTBA on a high-end PC is six years (though you can pick any number), and I buy a 3-year-old machine (again, pick any number), I've just doubled the time that I spend setting up a new machine. Honestly, I just don't enjoy that process anymore.

4 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

MightyYar Re:Confucius say: (353 comments)

This has been my experience, too. They make good quality hardware, and you will save in the long run, even if they make an insane profit from you in the short term. I'm sure someone on here can point out similar quality PC hardware, but I find other manufacturers to be very uneven. For instance, I got my mother-in-law a high-end HP in 2004 and she is still using it. But some HP machines are absolute garbage.

4 days ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

MightyYar Re:To their defense (314 comments)

So your submission is incorrect.

I think your diagnosis is what is incorrect. Go around and ask some of your friends if they get the "cash discount". I'm betting that you know a higher number of "sociopaths" than you think.

You might even be a "sociopath"... when is the last time you reported an online purchase on your state taxes?

all it'll take is one of those contractors being caught and ratting you out.

First of all, no that will never happen. Second, no, it has never happened.

shady contractors doing substandard job,

"I paid cash" is not a crime.

Keep boasting of being a sufficiently insignificant flea to go unnoticed if that's the most impressive thing about you.

Insults don't work on sociopaths.

5 days ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

MightyYar Re:To their defense (314 comments)

Call me all the names you want, but I saved 10% and you didn't. I can't be caught or punished. I submit that the system is stupid, not me.

about a week ago

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MightyYar MightyYar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MightyYar (622222) writes "Apparently Al Gore's home energy use has actually increased since he made "An Inconvenient Truth", according to The Tennessee Center for Policy Research. While this organization is certainly not apolitical and I am a bit skeptical about their claims, if true this would give Gore critics further ammunition — he would indeed appear to be an elitist hypocrite, willing to preach to us about how to live without following his own advice. For us geeks, the Drudge Report gives us the numbers."

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