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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

barfy It's about raising the mean... (263 comments)

When you hire tons of people especially quickly, you're going to have a lower mean of high quality people. Churn can be as stated, but also a common part of the industry, is to find a way of increasing the quality of your employees. Fire the worst, replace them with better. Rinse and repeat. Sometimes its about a body, any body, to move the ball forward. Then it's about getting better and better people. It's not just about training, it is still largely a talent based industry, where the majority of the progress is made by a minority of the people.

about a week ago

Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

barfy What a none problem... (167 comments)

Solved by Google News, Trending Topics, Aware friends and followers, Flip Book, A collection of mainstream newsies for breaking news sites, mac rumors. Slashdot is about 24 hours behind many of the news stories that end up here. But you're just being lazy if you feel you need to goad others into providing you yet another news feed.

about 2 months ago

Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

barfy Re:isnt ice less dense? (232 comments)

The Ice melts and the water physically goes elsewhere. Less stuff, less gravity.

about 4 months ago

Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

barfy Next weight watchers meeting,,, (232 comments)

At the club in Mcmurdo Station....

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

barfy QA isn't important, my ass... (140 comments)

Hopefully this will change Nadella's mind. QA is part of the process, and has to be independent of engineering...

about 5 months ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

barfy Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

If we are in a simulation, we are also subject to the "Clock" inside the simulation. It doesn't matter how fast or how slow the system is that is running it, so long as we cannot escape the clock we live with. This allows a complicated simulation to exist, even on crappy original hardware, because we run at sim-speed.

about 5 months ago

Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

barfy all the can say... (70 comments)

"i am groot"

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

barfy Let third parties do it... (199 comments)

You can coordinate with third parties to create multi-level documentation. This has been done by many well used programs. It improves THEIR ability to provide documentation, creates synergy with others, and lets you focus on development. Spend your time documenting getting to the point of needing further documentation, let others provide it.

If you can't find others to do this, you may be finding that your whole thing may be a waste of time.

about 5 months ago

Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

barfy It is more akin to property, not to money... (135 comments)

"Money's" history has largely been one of property. It was gold, it was silver, it was in general immutable, you could warp it, stamp it, it was inherently worth whatever it was. The mark of the coin, provided sovereign trust that the "money" was the quantity and purity that you would expect.

This moved largely to a representation of something of value. Which would work so long as the banker or sovereign would create the right quantity of representation. This resulted in bubbles and bank runs when it wasn't done right. But it was essentiality tied to this immutable stuff. A gold standard. This has historically always failed...

Today money is the creation of debt. The commodity becomes the work that is created in society, and that debt is paid in money. Which then is used to create economy. This separates money from property, and it becomes more responsible for simply economy, the swirl of debt. The big key is that bankers and politicians are kept separate. The bankers attempt to keep it right as that is where the long term value is for them, and if they get it wrong, if it falls apart, the bankers have essentially nothing, and nothing is happening. The politicians through the power of central power get to impose a very special attribute to money. It can, and has to be accepted, for all debts public and private. This is a very important distinction that separates modern money from property based money. The value store in property based money is intrinsic. The value store in modern money becomes a balance of supply to work or debt. One of the big problems of this is when pooling becomes supra-economic and becomes a source of political power. This was severely limited before, it was extremely difficult for an individual to become this rich. It is much easier in this system. As it happens the economically powerful persuade for themselves to pool more of the wealth so that they have more power. Interestingly enough, this helps prevent inflation, and maybe actually keep the economy running, but it skews political power. This was supposed to be solved by confiscatory means of the government which then simply destroys the money as a fulfillment of self debt. But, this is precisely what the eco-political class works to overcome.

Bitcoin, is more akin to commodity. It has no special governmental blessing, protection, or edict. It can't be forced to be used for paying of debt. However, the value of it isn't intrinsic, for it isn't a thing. It is attributes of a thing. It is a tulip bulb. This allows for specialized movement and tracking, but it really isn't money. However, if wealth is created in the process, then it looks like money for a wealth tracking agency of a government, and it looks like wealth when converted back into money, no matter how many steps. If the process of conversion from money, into assets or economy, and then back into money for the purpose of obscuring the source and path of the original money, THAT is money laundering. And if the scheme tends to have that as an inherent purpose, the scheme itself can be declared illegal. This has happened a lot with insurance, banking, strip clubs, car washes. You see a ton of it sensationalized in the Sopranos. A very important place where this has been enforced, but received a lot of different views, though clear in the charging and investigation papers, was online poker. The money laundering claim doesn't require bit coin to be money. And if the entire scheme seems to be largely leverageable for laundering, and little other purpose it can be shut down for that reason. If the scheme is largely used to defraud regular unsuspecting public in can be shut down, not just for theft, but the scheme itself. Barry Madoff, Fulltilt, AB/UB are current examples. Bitcoin and crypto currency of sorts may very well find that same fate.

about 7 months ago

Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

barfy Better Red Shift Explanation? (347 comments)

Does the extreme distances of very far galaxies red shift and rapid expansion, better explained by vacuum polarization and a slow down of light over extreme distances? So that what we are not seeing is some sort of doppler shift, but instead of something akin to friction over very long distances using this process that both delays the light, and shifts the frequency to red? And if so, does this change the expansion of the universe answer?

about 7 months ago

Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

barfy Subjectively, (231 comments)

I am going to give little credence to any objective list that puts Madonna (The Singer) on the top 5 of any such list. I just can't imagine that they aren't counting links to Madonna (The mother of Christ) and associating them to the singer.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Doesn't Have Plans For a Dedicated Handheld Gaming Device

barfy It happens sort of automatically at some point... (84 comments)

It is just a matter of time that the device world catches up with the Xbox. The underlying development tools will eventually allow game deployment on other windows hardware. I also think this will be true for casual gaming to the Xbox, and a universal platform for all sorts of other goodies to come.

about 9 months ago

Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

barfy Re:Hydrogen (330 comments)

Currently there is not enough platinum in the world to move any significant auto infrastructure to hydrogen fuel cells.

about 10 months ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

barfy The real question is step 1... (667 comments)

From the Cosmos show, the key ingredient of all life is the DNA factory in the cell. Where the DNA is stripped and duplicated and new cells are created. This is true for all life, and the process of accidental mistakes that result in desirable traits become part of the life tree because the life is more sustainable or competes well compared to previous versions, ultimately over an extremely long time, 100's of millions of generations results in the totality of life on earth.

The unanswered question, is how does this DNA duplication factory happen by accident? Not to mention the accidental creation of DNA in the first place. I believe that these are unanswered and unduplicated in any experiment or theory (one theory are that it isn't accidental everywhere, but somehow happened accidentally once, and redistributed in the universe by some form, an alien invasion), (Other theories are that is a divine spark), (Others is that the universe in a perverse form of chemistry and physics demands that life spontaneously appears wherever the conditions are ripe). It's not a question of the eye, or the complexity of the brain. But life itself.

The next question becomes why small ever more complex that life is, how does this accidental creation of life itself, does the basic operating system, which is I suppose essentially chemistry, how does this chemical thing that happened, how in the world of I suppose anything, is rich enough in the get-go to ultimately support the ability to create all life and all life functions. (I think that this question may indeed be easier than the step 1 questions). Why is the first accidental step to life a single cell microbe, and not say a full grown human being. Why is accident 1 not more complex? We share 50% of our DNA with Bananas. We both have the same DNA factory inside our cells.

about 10 months ago

Back To the Moon — In Four Years

barfy Space elevators on the moon... (292 comments)

It would seem that space elevators would be much easier to construct on the moon for a variety of reasons, and dramatically lower the cost of getting stuff/people to and from the moon. Even if all we do is go around and scoop up asteroids it would be a worthwhile mining task...

about 10 months ago

Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

barfy Re:How can the situation be improved? (513 comments)

food has a huge government input. The Farm bill is one of the largest pieces of legislation financially. A large reason food is cheap, is that the government provides incentive to supply food at a slight overage and maintains returns to the farmers by artificially inflating markets. I was with you until the last sentence.

about a year ago


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