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What Sci-Fi Movies Teach Us About Project Management Skills

SonnyDog09 Re:Science Fact (186 comments)

I've used this example as one of management overruling the techies. The engineers argued against launching in the cold, And management said, "My God. When do you want me to launch? Next April?"

They launched. The thing failed spectacularly, People died. And they did not launch again for over two years.

about 4 months ago

Clear Solar Cells Could Help Windows Generate Power

SonnyDog09 Re:It's not about places to put them. (87 comments)

Efficiency is generally sufficient. A house's whole roof can generally power it.

Unless the roof is covered with snow, like it is for several months of the year. Unless you live in the tropics.

about 4 months ago

What Sci-Fi Movies Teach Us About Project Management Skills

SonnyDog09 Re:SF and project management (186 comments)

I always wondered how they got the design of the Death Star through the review committee given its obvious flaws. If your expensive creation can be destroyed by a single shot, why build it?

about 4 months ago

US Treasury Completes Bailout of General Motors

SonnyDog09 Re:You have no idea... (425 comments)

One word: lawsuits. The first autonomous vehicle that runs down and kills little Sally will result in a legal settlement that is so large that even the mighty Google will not be able to stay in the business. After the lawsuits start flying, Google's insurance costs to stay in this business will go through the roof. With an autonomous vehicle, the manufacturer will be liable for everything that goes wrong. Whether it is their fault or not. Google has deep pockets, and juries will make them pay. That will inevitably lead to the end of Google's foray in to autonomous vehicles.

about 4 months ago

US Treasury Completes Bailout of General Motors

SonnyDog09 Re:You have no idea... (425 comments)

The demand for cars was reduced to a level that the sales no longer permitted the auto manufactures to cover their considerable fixed costs. The demand for cars does not need to be reduced to zero to effectively strangle the manufacturers. Back in the 30s, Ford stopped making cars for a year, because the losses from selling too few cars was greater than the losses from selling no cars. We did not get to that point the last time.

about 4 months ago

Google Doodle Remembers Computing Pioneer Grace Hopper

SonnyDog09 Forgiveness (157 comments)

One of my favorite quotes is from her: "It is far easier to ask for forgiveness than permission."

about 4 months ago

World War II's Last Surviving Doolittle Raiders Make Their Final Toast

SonnyDog09 Re:What about the Japanese casualties? (211 comments)

It *was* cowardly in that they attacked before declaring war.

If you are going to start a fight with a sucker punch, you get no sympathy when the other guy kicks your ass.

about 5 months ago

TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

SonnyDog09 Re:NOT posted as AC. (603 comments)

Chicago has no borders.

Apparently, the entire country no longer has borders. We can't stop millions of illegal, er.... undocumented, immigrants from crossing the nation's borders each year, so what makes you think that we can stop weapons from crossing the border?

about 6 months ago

Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

SonnyDog09 Re:The reason is private insurance (786 comments)

That's good.

Everybody should lose their employee-sponsored plans. Everybody should make their own choices and buy their own insurance Tying health coverage to employment is idiotic, and has become a modern-day form of feudalism.

I would have liked to see the democrats propose this and then listen to the howls from their unions supporters who all have employer provided health insurance.

btw: In the US, the tie between employment and healthcare dates back to WWII. Wages and Prices were frozen, so if I wanted to convince workers to come work at my munitions factory, I couldn't offer them more money. I could offer them healthcare. Back then, the factory had doctors, and occasionally dentists, on site and employees and their families went to the company doctor for health care. After the war, companies opted to pay for insurance rather than on-site, and on-staff, physicians. So, the tie between employment and health coverage is Franklin Delano Roosevelt's fault.

about 6 months ago

Germany: We Think NSA May Have Tapped Chancellor Merkel's Cell Phone

SonnyDog09 Re:The sad thing is... (267 comments)

He is a product of the Chicago Machine, and people are surprised that he behaves like one.

about 6 months ago

How BlackBerry Blew It

SonnyDog09 Re:Apple succeeded purely BECAUSE of function (278 comments)

This indicates a fundamental misunderstanding of what the iPhone was at launch.

And what that was, was simply the most FUNCTIONAL smartphone that existed at the time. But a huge margin.

This is revisionist history. The iPhone barely functioned as a phone when it was introduced. Remember: "You're holding it wrong."

about 7 months ago

FDA Will Regulate Some Apps As Medical Devices

SonnyDog09 Re:Woohoo! (130 comments)

Right. But since being overweight has just been re-classified as a disease, any app that lets you track you weight can be interpreted as being one that is involved in the "treatment or prevention of disease." Don't you think they won't.

The other thing I like about this is that they have a scheme for registering and tracking these devices. See http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/UniqueDeviceIdentification/default.htm for details.

This is the Globally Unique Device Identifier (GUDID), which they are pronouncing "Good ID". Who says that the government can't market its stuff.

about 7 months ago

USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

SonnyDog09 Re: old, really old, news (586 comments)

On a side note it is interesting to note that japan were already under the process of surrender, and were committed to leaving the war roughly two weeks after the bombs dropped. They had their own terms, to be allowed to keep their emperor as the head of Japanese political heirarchy.

Nothing says "I am ready for a peaceful resolution to the conflict" like the slogan "One Hundred Million Die Together."

about 6 months ago

How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

SonnyDog09 Re:Music Industry (617 comments)

This is my favorite quote on the music industry by Robert Fripp. "It is the opinion of most musicians that the music industry sucks. This is because the music industry sucks."

about 7 months ago

Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

SonnyDog09 Re: In Soviet Russia.. (369 comments)

Exactly. The only thing missing from this warning was a reference to "dark forces."

about 8 months ago

Syrian Rebels Claim Hundreds Killed By Poison-Gas Attack

SonnyDog09 Re:So what's new? (222 comments)

Yep. This kind of propaganda has been going on for a very long time. In WWI, the British press contained stories of German soldiers parading around Belgian towns with babies on their bayonets.

One learns to be skeptical of these claims.

The first casualty in war is the truth.

about 7 months ago

Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years

SonnyDog09 Obligatory Baretta Quote (491 comments)

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

about 7 months ago

Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash

SonnyDog09 Re:Maybe it would help... (284 comments)

Why digitally add the logos. Have them sewn on to their suits. And they should be required to mention their sponsors, like NASCAR drivers do.

Then you can hear the Congressman say: I'd like to thank the United Auto Workers, Service Employee's International Union, National Education Association and the American Dairy Association for making this possible.

about 9 months ago

Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash

SonnyDog09 Re:*Sigh* (284 comments)

Do people really change the way they vote just because of advertising, or lack thereof?

They wouldn't spend the money on advertising if it didn't work. Does the UK have negative political ads? You know, like the one where the Paul Ryan lookalike pushes granny in her wheelchair off of a cliff? Those are very effective in the US, but are almost always paid for by an outside group.

about 9 months ago


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