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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

devforhire A cost-benefit analysis would be nice first (307 comments)

A little NASA regulation is not preventing this. In fact, we already let people voluntarily die during the course of their job. The military (from where astronauts typically come) is a perfect example of this. I'm sure if the benefits outweighed the costs, a one-way manned mission would happen in a heartbeat (though it may not be marketed as such.)

about 6 months ago
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EVE Online Getting TV, Comic Book Adaptations

devforhire Don't all games do this? (81 comments)

I thought this was standard operating procedure for any game these days.

Here are two pages full of examples, many for games most people never heard about:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_based_on_video_games

http://comicbookdb.com/user_list.php?ID=466&user=

That being said; EVE Online has done amazing things through their willingness to listen and work with fans and players. I wish more games were like that.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can a Blind Singer 'See' the Choirmaster's Baton?

devforhire lo tech (189 comments)

Could you do something with vibration in the floor/chair? Someone tapping the beat on the rungs of the chair or floor.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Invite Hints Fiber Project Expanding To Austin

devforhire Re:$70/mo for TV ... (72 comments)

Yes, you are responsible for doing the research on what you buy. If you do not like that, move back in with mom and dad.

tl/dr; version

The company behavior is ultimately driven by the people. If the company can make more profit selling $300 plans with more than people need vs. a simple $40 plan with just what you need they generally will and must. The fact that they just hide these plans (legally) is immaterial as they are not hard to find (I asked how to get barebone service and they told me.) You are also free to shop around and choose the best value/fit for you. The fact that they have been offering such expensive plans for so long underscore the public acceptance of it.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Invite Hints Fiber Project Expanding To Austin

devforhire Re:$70/mo for TV ... (72 comments)

You can get comparable prices in the US for similar service (except we can't seem to break 25megs down.) They are just not advertised and you need to specifically ask and work with a customer service person to get your bill down that low. The problem in the US is the public, not the businesses. Most people are content to pay the huge prices to the telecom companies because they generally do not know any better or different. Many people in the US also have been duped into think they "need" more than 30 TV channels. We prefer several hundred channels of nothing to watch to 30.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets

devforhire MS doesn't get it #dealwithit (236 comments)

I'm sorry, but I don't get the drama around Microsoft not getting it. Microsoft has been nothing but fail recently. It's the world we live in. #dealwithit

Windows phone
Surface Tablets
Always on DRM
Charging $$$ to watch your paid for Netflix account on XBox
Windows 8

I wonder what they will add this year to the fail list

about a year and a half ago
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Two Outside Bids For Dell Threaten Founder's Buyout Plan

devforhire Ruin Dell like Java (79 comments)

Don't let past Oracle execs run your company. Oracle has single handedly destroyed Java by their indifference/incompetence.

about a year and a half ago
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EU Car Makers Manipulating Fuel Efficiency Figures

devforhire Re:Why do they let automakers test? (431 comments)

Leave things as they are. What you suggests costs money and provides substandard results. The current system works very well and for many things other than mpg.

1. Go to internet and do some research on product (mpg of cars for example).
2. Compare internet findings to what manufacturer says. If there is a big gap, manufacturer may not be someone you want to give money to.

about a year and a half ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

devforhire Simple test (976 comments)

This can be solved by a simple test.

Put several plants and some animals in a closed garage and ride your bike all day long. Take note of any sick or dead plants/animals afterwards.

After this if you are still convinced bikes are bad for the environment, do the same test using your car instead of the bike.

about a year and a half ago
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Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

devforhire Re:No (522 comments)

Running a real company or a real government requires dealing with people who don't want to be there.

I don't think you understand how Valve or other companies like this work. They work because they have ZERO people like this. Not one or two, or the occasional one... ZERO. If you don't hire those kind of people, then you don't need people who's primary function is to manage (read babysit.) This takes an extremely high level of resolve and willingness to work understaffed as these kinds of people are very rare. It also means you need to be willing to get rid of a bad hire at the drop of a hat and accept the cost.
With only exceptional people, the other stuff follows. An excellent developer produces many times the output of a poor one and every manager is an additional non producer so an organization of all producers will have much higher profitability per employee. It will also function well in stressful times since that is what independent, motivated, competent people do.

Had I my druthers, I'd spend all day at home reading, and I'm considered a sociopathic workaholic.

This is why you do not understand. I would bet my salary that every developer at Valve given his "druthers" would be home coding all day.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

devforhire No external monitor for you (312 comments)

If you can not figure out how to arrange two monitors by yourself, you probably should stick with just one and it should not be used to edit code.

about a year and a half ago
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Play Wii, Become a Better Surgeon

devforhire Re:This is a pilot study - but not the only one (55 comments)

Video games have been shown that they can improve the brains ability to distinguish objects in low contrast and to track multiple objects simultaneously in other pilot studies. ( http://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_bavelier_your_brain_on_video_games.html ) I suspect the game time contributed significantly to the positive results, but as the TED talk explains, we still are trying to understand which game aspects are the good and which are the bad.

btw... how does one get involved in a study to play video games? and can I get paid for it?

about a year and a half ago
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China Says It Is the Target of US Hack Attacks

devforhire Re:Pot, meet kettle... (242 comments)

Funny that the USA is so quick to attack China about state sponsored cyber warfare while we are holding the Struxnet smoking gun. I think the US just needs to deny better.

about a year and a half ago
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Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code

devforhire Take a lesson from pro sports (265 comments)

Being a good software engineer is not something you can teach so please stop trying and wasting money producing a ton of mediocre coders that will flood the low end dev markets. Being a good engineer is mainly dependent natural ability and requires that ability be developed by years of practical experience. Professional sports figured out a long time ago how to farm this kind of genetic talent; it's simple you start our with programs targeting kids as they enter grade school then progressively weed out kids as the years go on in increasingly competitive groups.

about a year and a half ago
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64GB MS Surface Pro Only Has 23GB of Free Space

devforhire Old news (588 comments)

This is old news as anyone who foolishly bought a 48GB-60GB SSD because they didn't want to pony up for a 120GB+ one found out with Windows 7.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia Admits Decrypting User Data Claiming It Isn't Looking

devforhire This is a disturbing trend (264 comments)

I find it disturbing the increasing audacity of large organization who get caught with their hands in the cookie jar and put it off as "I know my hand is in there, but I'm really not going to take a cookie." It reminds me of the Instagram "Sign over the rights for us to sell your pictures, but we're not going to sell your work."

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th

devforhire et tu Ballmer? (218 comments)

Interesting they chose the Ides of March.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple's App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads; Generates $7 Billion For Developers

devforhire Indicator of mobile device usage (177 comments)

I think this is more just an indicator of mobile device usage. Apple's tooting their own horn, but I'm sure the android numbers are respectable which could mean closer to 65+ billion app downloads and growing at 2 billion+ a/month. The developer number is meaningless but makes Apple look charitable.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: 2nd Spoken/Written Language For Software Developer?

devforhire Stick to 1 spoken language (514 comments)

When I consider the communication skills myself, and most developers I know; we probably should work mastering communicating effectively in one spoken language first.

about 2 years ago

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