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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

deodiaus2 specialization (608 comments)

I had a back flow device inspected. This stupid thing requires a $500 tester and $200 annual calibrations and additional certifications. While as I agree that these things are needed to prevent contaminating the water supply, I think paying some Joe $75 for 5 min of work is way too much. I would be willing to have the city send someone out to do it. I am sure that the economy of scale is such that if we could have someone do this for $5, but then, the local city council has family who depends on my over priced fees.

about three weeks ago

What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

deodiaus2 $120,000 for petroleum-engineering (148 comments)

I wonder if the $120,000 for petroleum-engineering is not due more to the fact that the jobs tend to be located in harsh climates and remote locations. Yes, the waitresses working in a North Dakota boom town might not be pulling in big bucks, but might in fact be a guy as few women feel safe in these towns. I hear that these rough neck natural gas sites tend to be lawless and full of hidden surprises & toxic spills and fire hazards. I don't know if you will find the girl you want to marry there, if you are interested. Your wife might worry about getting raped going out for groceries. Housing is made up of used FEMA trailers and living amongst people who will rob you at night. The locals know that you have a petroleum degree, so they will charge you more for services.
Petroleum-engineering work tends to be in the Middle east. I have a friend who worked in Abi Dhabi, who said that his wife could not stand to live there, despite the affluence. Maybe the Middle Eastern women learned to put up with outright sexist shit, but she could not. The cops were there to shake you down, not to help you.

about a month ago

California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

deodiaus2 Land of the Free (314 comments)

I have heard many comments that maybe those rides are unsafe. Well, I challenge that as I once had a ride in a taxi where the driver admitted to being stoned. But not paying him probably was not the thing to do if you didn't want him to come back to settle the score.
But it seems as if all the talk about reducing red tape only applies to businesses and not individuals. Most businesses exist because of red tape to force you to use them. My kid's class parties can only be supplied by store made cakes and snacks. I sort of agree that you might not want to risk causing upset stomachs in kids, but it strikes me as a bit overboard. More kids get hurt via bully violence, but somehow that is not addressed.

about a month and a half ago

NSA Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

deodiaus2 Re:Photoshop to the rescue (136 comments)

Actually, time to fill facebook with lots of people who look sort of like you. I am sure that if you fill it with people who don't look like you, the algorithm will do a good job of discerning them. However, if you put these up, maybe you'll just end up fine tuning the algorithms!

about 2 months ago

Proton-M Rocket Carrying Russia's Most Advanced Satellite Crashes

deodiaus2 Re:More government control, that's the ticket (160 comments)

Well, Wilbert Wright died on his third flight. I am sure that the air travel industry had some pretty bad stats. In the 1950's airline attendants were required to train in First Aid and the uniforms looked a lot like nurse's, something that was not just happenstance.

about 2 months ago

Thorium: The Wonder Fuel That Wasn't

deodiaus2 military artillery (204 comments)

Or the use of depleted uranium in military artillery. What a great way to get rid of it, just shell Iraq, Panama or Yugoslavia.

about 3 months ago

How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

deodiaus2 better than FDIC (50 comments)

The FDIC will only pay back the first $250K and can take up to 10 years.

about 3 months ago

Apple Wants Evidence That Steve Jobs Was A 'Bully' Excluded From Trial

deodiaus2 One way (1 comments)

I am sure that if there were evidence that employees were doing something improper, that that would be allowed and announced. Just like during the bank bailout, a lot of talking heads brought up the fact that there were borrowers who provided no income verification for their loans who tended to drive up the market. But very little was brought up about the fact that lots of banks were making lots of money in securitization and repacking the loans as investments. The lucrative money was made in this aspect of the industry. Even CNBC's coverage of the loan crisis put a lot of the blame at the Lebanese clown in CA (who was the principal backer of the movie "Fast and Furious") who was refinancing loans. Well, if he did not have banks willing to buy up his loans, his business would have dried up quick.
Spin everything.

about 3 months ago

52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

deodiaus2 so many sources (108 comments)

There are so many opportunities to take and retake your photos these days. Every time you come to a traffic light you stand a high chance of being photographed by traffic cameras. I bet that stores and banks provide footage, often done with some tax incentives. Your clothes have RFID tags from the time you bought them. Yes, it can be possible to change clothes or microwave them, but I am sure that there is some error correction going on once these systems have amassed redundant data. Also, there are other systems out there, i.e. your faces's and eye's major blood vessels form a unique pattern for much the same reasons that your fingerprints do. Even people's stride is somewhat characteristic. Apparently so is writing style I am sure that data fusion is on the minds of many a NSA analysts.

about 3 months ago

Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

deodiaus2 Great start (109 comments)

Now how about England giving back the land stolen from Irish?

about 3 months ago

Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

deodiaus2 Re:Can the writings be read? (431 comments)

As others have pointed out, the purpose of writing is for effective communications. If there is a breakdown in this communication, then several possible faults exist. There is a problem with the language used in its ability to convey information. Or there is a problem with one or both speakers in his/her competence. Or all three. I have written information that I could not convey, the reader could not understand, and the medium was inadequate for the representation.
There are several jokes that I'd like to share.
1) Don't teach a pig to sing. It annoys the pig and wastes your time.
2) Don't waste your time arguing with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
Over all, my time is important. If you cannot understand what I am saying, my option might be to not communicate with you. Its not that I am a snob, but I want something more out of a situation. If I feel that I am spending too much time getting you up to speed, then there is something wrong.
For instance, I really dislike discussing religion with people who want to discuss religion. Fundamentally, they don't want to discuss religion, but rather, just want to either convert you to their mode of thinking or find out if you are in their in circle. While as I don't give a shit about their circle, it might be that being outside means that I am missing out on a lot of opportunities. Unfortunately, I don't like playing politics, so I'd rather work somewhere where I am doing as little politics as possible.
The other issue is that if your grammar is bad, then maybe so is your logic and math. By dealing with you, I am not growing and learning. Or not growing and learning in the way that I want to. I have served my time tutoring others, so I am not getting enough of a return on my efforts.

about 3 months ago

Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

deodiaus2 Re:Nothing new here (325 comments)

Yes, you can bribe an cop in Mexico for $1000. However, in the US, the lawyer fees are $100K+. For that kind of money, you will tap into the lawyer's network of friends and acquaintances and somehow everyone owes someone a favor or at least favoritism. You might not win the case, but every dollar you spend is to buy yourself a bit of better odds. On the surface, it is all legal, but there is an implicit understanding that these people (in the legal system) work together. Just go and visit a town with a population of Call it irony, but for most laws, there are laws for "conspiracy". To be convicted of conspiring, a lawyer has to show not that the offenders knew of each others actions, but rather that they acted in a fashion that was consistent with having the same goals and purpose. The legal profession is filled with lots of laws. It is only a matter of selective enforcement as to who is charged with which ones and to what extent.
A well established friend of ours son was picked up for smoking weed in public. The cops brought him to his father's house where the father made a scene in front of the cops, so I guess that was as good as "sending him to jail," which they didn't do. I guess if he were black, then that would have been done automatically even by black cops who want to appear to be doing their job.
We should celebrate our more sophisticated system. We have the best form of government that money can buy.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

deodiaus2 day labours (737 comments)

I often think that Mexican day labours have a heads up on this game. Even when they choose a skilled profession, they tend to pick things that will make them money over their lifetime, i.e. plumbing, HVAC maintenance, auto-repair, food service, nursing (mostly female) and landscaping.
Unlike most of my fellow lower middle class college mates who cannot find jobs in their professions even in a good economy. I know of guy why is in "Forestry". Shit, I did not know that one has to go to college for that. After all, isn't that a career that you can learn on the job. Lets not even talk about the ones in Film and Communications.

about 3 months ago

Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

deodiaus2 Re:Welcome to 1894: (292 comments)

There are lots of things to be done, however, I don't know if the explanations can reductionistic anymore. I was listening to a speech by DeGrasse or Kaku about this and wondered. There was a book in the 1980s called "The end of Physics."
The easy stuff has been done and is well documented. I read an article of how when quantum theory was first formulated, scientists were able to apply the physics of drum vibrations (done 200 years earlier) towards understanding electron orbitals.
Understanding and predicting DNA/RNA is going to be filled with all sorts of strange heuristics. Sort of like driving around NYC during rush hour during a bomb threat. Physics and pure math have an eloquence to them. Applied Math or Physics and Chemistry don't, or once those parts are teased out, they become pure math and theoretical physics..

Understanding human brain thoughts and artificial intelligence are going to be great areas to be explored.

about 4 months ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

deodiaus2 Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (667 comments)

Yes, I'd love to hear a meeting start with an Atheist like Hitchens or Dawkins. I am sure that if Hitchens were to compare Religion to North Korea,
.he would no longer get invited to offer equal time.
America tolerates descent, as long as it is marginalized and not making headway.

about 4 months ago

More On the Disposable Tech Worker

deodiaus2 'The further you get away from your education the (323 comments)

'The further you get away from your education the less knowledge you have of the new technologies, and technology is always moving forward.'"
I guess that assumes that
1) We, as techworkers, don't learn from our experience.
2) That there is no carry over of concepts from one tech to another.
3) That the technology changes so much that we cannot or do not learn new stuff constantly in the process of working and learning.
4) The technology is the sole thing. There are businesses to be understood and adequately communicated and documented. There is misinterpretation between two engineers who speak the same language, so of course there will be misinterpretation amongst different cultures and standards.
I think there have been plenty of times where I really did things right was after I did them wrong the first time. Other times, one must know a lot to be productive. Yes, we can write 100K lines of code, but if we don't understand how it all interrelates to other components, most of that is not used.
5) That foreigners want to work as slaves for their American masters. I bet within the next decade, we will lose our ability to do any technology here because we will have lost the number of experienced workers to do the design and architecture. I welcome that because it is the only way that the elite will see that tech just doesn't happen overnight. A society that looses its competitive edge will not get it back easily. Look at Germany after WWII. Prior to WW1, Germany was the scientific and intellectual powerhouse in the world. look at the number of Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry. Since the end of WWII, most intellectuals left to contribute elsewhere. After WWII, there has been a massive brain drain on its economy at a time when Germany needed to rebuild its cities and infrastructure. Another point in fact is that many German rocket scientists went back in the 1970's.
Very soon, you will have major businesses spring up in India and China run by people who repatrioted after learning here. If you ever talk to your Indian counterparts, you will learn that many of them intend to return after their 7 year visa runs out. They know that they are not wanted here, so this will happen from a variety of factors.

about 4 months ago

UK To Create Alan Turing Institute

deodiaus2 Re:Shame on the UK goverment (62 comments)

By design, the Enigma had an extra encryption permutation wheel which was always set to 0. Had that been used, the difficulty in cracking the codes would have been far more difficult by 1943 standards. The Nazi's were too arrogant and did not want to deal with the extra logistics involved with having to communicate this extra setting. Shows you what happens when bureaucrats instead of engineers make decisions.

about 4 months ago

The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

deodiaus2 Re:Reality in the USA.... (529 comments)

As a student, my education was good. I was in the honors track in upstate NY in the high school system. I ended up going to a top rated university with a degree in mathematics. However, the job market was tough and continues to be so. While as I like programming, I really am not happy with the things I have done nor the way that my life has turned out. I must say that I was over-educated for my current role in society.
I know of plenty of other people in a similar situation, probably because I took the time to get to know them. People with Ph. D. in Physics working as part time faculty for minimum wage (if you count lecture preparation time) for a couple of hours a week. I know of Ph. Ds in Chemistry working as farmers and M Sc. philosophy students working as hair dressers. At one time, these were very bright and idealistic people who "thought" that if they just finish the program, they would find jobs. I think that bright people delude themselves into thinking that somehow the world will just hire them because they are bright.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

deodiaus2 A lawyer analogy (716 comments)

A lawyer/accountant/psychologist/judge creates problems and circumstances that he knows you will have to pay him extra to get out of. Ask anyone who has gone through a divorce or bankruptcy.

about 6 months ago

China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

deodiaus2 Sign me up for 2! (223 comments)

I have nothing to hide, but then I really know that getting cooperation from the Chinese as requested by the West is really going to be a pain in the ass. Well, its about time that I start being a pain in the ass, for up to know, that was a privilege and right of the elite.

about 6 months ago


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