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Japan Orders Military To Strike Any New North Korea Missiles

Old VMS Junkie Obligatory Sterling Archer Quote (107 comments)

"Relax. It's North Korea, the nation-state equivalent of the short bus."

about two weeks ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

Old VMS Junkie More H-1Bs? (516 comments)

I can't see the logic with this one. Off-shore even more well-paying jobs to low-cost replacements in third world countries? How does that fix income inequity? The H-1B visa is being perverted by big business. It was intended to bring skill workers to the US, presuming that at least some percentage of them would stay and add to the economic engine. In practice, these visas are used by shell companies to bring migrant workers here to train, then return to their off-shore operations centers, taking permanent positions with them. Greenspan is correct only in the theoretical use of the H-1B, not in it's actual practice.

about a month ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

Old VMS Junkie When I hear "I work 60 hours a week"... (717 comments)

... my BS meter begins to go off the scale. While I've done my fair share of brutal weeks (I'm an IT guy), it's been my experience that 99% of people who claim that they regularly work 60 hrs a week are full of crap. If you work an extra hour a day, and then put in five more over the weekend, you're still only at 50. You need to work five ten hour days and then STILL put in ten more hours over the weekend. Humans just aren't built for that. When people have boasted that in interviews, I've drilled into them and I'll get excuses like, "I was on call, so even though I wasn't actually working, I was still working..." or "Technically I have a home office so when I drive every day, I count my commute..." or "Well, it was 60 hours for the last three weeks before go live, but before that it was 45-50!" Yes, there are legitimate workaholics that do 60 hours a week. Average Joes doing it? Rarely.

about 2 months ago
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How Much Should You Worry About an Arctic Methane Bomb?

Old VMS Junkie Seems like a resource, not a threat (416 comments)

Seems to me we should be figuring out how to tap into this stuff and use it for fuel.

about 8 months ago
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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

Old VMS Junkie This is the slope before the cliff (385 comments)

The era of the PC is over. I'm not sure why anyone would be surprised at this.

about 9 months ago
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India To Overtake US On Number of Developers By 2017

Old VMS Junkie You get what you pay for... (157 comments)

As long as they're willing to work for peanuts, regardless of the crap they produce, US CEOs will keep hiring them. I'm watching an outsourcing fiasco in progress at my company. The "smartsourced" apps are blowing up like crazy and executive management screams at the PMs and middle management, neither of which wanted these barely-trained, fundamentally incompetent programmers to begin with.

about 9 months ago
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House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

Old VMS Junkie Re:But I like guns! (750 comments)

Define "sensible". This bill is not "sensible" by any definition I can think of. How about forcing states to add their mental health records to the instant background check database? Less than 30 states currently do. God forbid we violate the privacy of fucking crazy people.

about a year ago
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House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

Old VMS Junkie Yet another ham-handed attempt to eliminate guns (750 comments)

Aside from the fact that the technology doesn't exist... What if I want to let a friend shoot my gun, for example when I was teaching someone to shoot? What if I wanted to try a friend's gun so I could see if I liked it? How about collectible guns? The last firearm I bought was a WWII vintage Finnish rifle. What if I wanted to buy a very-collectable WWII 1911? Would that be legal? It's just another blatant attempt to restrict my constitutional rights. If you want to pass gun control, amend the Constitution. Stop wasting our time with this kind of legislative theater.

about a year ago
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Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?

Old VMS Junkie Wait, wut? (524 comments)

Of course. Duh.

about a year ago
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Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

Old VMS Junkie Re:Much of the world has "illegal speech" (915 comments)

There's a big difference between threats or statements that might endanger the safety of others and someone stating their feelings towards a religious figure. Just another sign of the Muslim world's complete intolerance, total lack of religious freedom, and complete lack of respect for human life and dignity.

more than 2 years ago
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The New Transparency of War and Lethality of Hatred

Old VMS Junkie Who started what? (591 comments)

'I think we should reflect on that before we start another war.'" We? Really? We flew our own planes into the World Trade Center? We attacked the Cole? We shot our own Blackhawks down in Somalia? Get a friggin' grip. We didn't start this war, we're just finishing it.

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Master's Degree the New Bachelor's?

Old VMS Junkie Capitalism at work (330 comments)

Easy access to on-line degrees and the for-profit colleges are huge drivers in this. There was no University of Phoenix (or whatever) back in the 1960s. If people can make money at it, you can bet it's going to expand until every dollar that can be spent is being spent.

more than 2 years ago
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BlackBerry PlayBook First Tablet To Gain NIST Approval

Old VMS Junkie Re:I still don't think people are getting it (132 comments)

Spoken like a marketer for RIM. RIM is a dead man walking in the enterprise. Yes, they're the only ones to have their own management software but there are a dozen vendors lining up with mobile device management solutions. Vendors like Good Technology and MobileIron are making enterprise-grade equivalents to BES for the iPhone/iPad and Android space. The problem, as it's always been, is applications. It's a nightmare to write anything for BlackBerry. Comparatively speaking, writing apps for iPhones and Androids is a breeze. RIM's percentage of the enterprise market is falling and will continue to fall. They're going the way of so many market leaders before them who thought that once you got to the top you'd automagically stay on the top.

more than 2 years ago
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Afghanistan Called First "Robotic War"

Old VMS Junkie "Wired for War" (288 comments)

I highly recommend "Wired for War" by P. W. Singer. Outstanding read. He's also a pretty interesting speaker, if you get the chance to hear him.

about 3 years ago
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US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary

Old VMS Junkie Typical knee-jerk reaction (1065 comments)

Welcome to the Nanny State. We're obviously not capable of taking care of ourselves. Do the Democrats not realize that this is the kind of crap that fires up the crazies and gets Tea Party candidates into office?

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old

Old VMS Junkie I for one... (1135 comments)

I'm relieved that the TSA is finally stepping up to protect us from the threat of three year olds with explosive diahrrhea.

more than 3 years ago
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Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

Old VMS Junkie Cheap calculators (870 comments)

Make them buy a cheap TI-30 and that can be the only thing they use. No programmable calculators, no smartphones, no netbooks, etc. If they can't do an open notes test with just a simple calculator, the deserve an F. And if they can afford to go to college, they can afford a $10 calculator.

more than 3 years ago
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DHS To Review Report On US Power Grid Vulnerability

Old VMS Junkie Re:All the more reason to renew the grid (138 comments)

There were economic issues with Edison's ideas. The biggest problem was his insistence with DC. DC only worked with local power stations. AC scaled and could transmit over much farther distances with much less loss. More fault tolerant, perhaps. More scalable? Not from an economic standpoint.

more than 4 years ago
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DHS To Review Report On US Power Grid Vulnerability

Old VMS Junkie Fragile Grid (138 comments)

The electric grid has already suffered multiple cascading failures from simple events that led to widespread outage. Look into the West Coast outages of 1996 and 1998 as well as the failure in the Northeast in 2003. There's a lot of interesting science going on around networks, graph theory, complexity and all. There's a really good book on teh subject, "Six Degrees" by Watts.

more than 4 years ago
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Satellite Spotters Make Government Uneasy

Old VMS Junkie Re:GOOD!! (439 comments)

Point taken. I was thinking some of the weirder orbits such as Molniya or semi-synchronous.

more than 6 years ago

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