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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

drolli Re:That is not a business decision. (371 comments)

The real business decision would be how many people you put into development and how many requirements engineers and SW quality people you put into the project to validate is the software (including hte database) conforms to the different customers needs.

5 days ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

drolli Re:That is not a business decision. (371 comments)

Actually, even janitors and low level administration staff make a difference.

The new Employee who asks for something simple and reasonable to be done can get the response "sorry, you can not order me to do that" or he can just do it. In the latter case the new employee may get another picture of your company.

The team assistant with not even a bachelor degree can significantly influence the output of the specialist.

If i see that a demotivated mode of work is bussiness as usual in a company, then i run.

5 days ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

drolli Re:Militiarization of police... (264 comments)

If they remind you of Ukraine, then you are an idiot without any sense of respect for about 2000 deaths. In Ukraine they use artillery and air strikes. Already in the bery beginning of the conflict snipers shot into protesters.

IMHO the problem in the US is not the police. The problem is that the police needs to be more heavily armed than the civiliangs. If i should control driver licenses as a policeman in a country where a significant fraction of the population has firearms, and a non-negligible part of the population has a acceptance for anti-state/anti-government ideolody (tea party), i would be freaking nervous.

5 days ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

drolli Re:And? (92 comments)

To me there is a significant difference between somthing affecting all stored dasta and only affecting data accessed after a specific date.

about a week ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

drolli Not necessary (417 comments)

Show your kids new not strongly censored for death bodies and an few living rooms hit by a bomb, and let them draw their own conclusions.

And give them some war games with an ambivalent story (e.g. DUNE/C&C) and let them play all sides and let them write down how the stated facts differ between the personal advisors of each party.

Should help them more in understanding wars.

about a week ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

drolli And? (92 comments)

Seems reasonable to me. Actually reduced the needed data transport. The great firewall is in place for the data transfers to the outside world. I am sure the cn gvmnt has to possibility to targeted intercept, as has the america, german, russian or british governments.

Given what we learned in the recent years, placing data and encyption keys in two different legislations (chinese and america) is the most straighforward way to protect against legal interception.

about a week ago
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

drolli Re:https is useless (166 comments)

They dont have to hand over the keys. Just get another certificate from another vendor using fake identities.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

drolli How about: (198 comments)

Both?

about a week ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

drolli What? (186 comments)

A $25 Million program depends on a single person not getting in an accident, not having physical (36 is not so young in that aspect) or psycological problems, or (in this case) not getting pregnant and keeping prepared and waiting for a decade between the spaceflights. And then the question is if this person was the right person?

Having a big project depending on a single person is absolutely stupid.

about a week ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

drolli Updates. (220 comments)

Instead of working on their design they should work on gettign updates out quickly, easily, and not ship the phone loaded with crapware.

about two weeks ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

drolli Re:IQ of 197? (391 comments)

you are right.

the error function is the cumulative normal distribution, besides a factor and an offset. i got the factor wrong (see the other answer to my post).

about two weeks ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

drolli Re:IQ of 197? (391 comments)

hey, thanks for spotting the error!

wish I could moderate the answer up.

about two weeks ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

drolli IQ of 197? (391 comments)

The standard deviation of IQ seems to be 15

octave:16> erfc((197-100)/15)
ans = 5.9493e-20

That means only a fraction of 5*10^-20 of total humankind would exceed his intelligence.

Let me make a few remarks:
-That would mean humankind could exists in it current size for another 10^11 years without finding a second one like him
-Normal itelligence tests dont resolve in that region. It's pretty impossible to design a tests which ca resolve between 100 and 140 and at the same time distinct between 180 and 190. i am not sure if designing a test between 190 and 197

-The most likely other option is that the distribution of measured IQs is heavy tailed (instead of normal). In that case, the IQ measurement needs to be corrected for that.

I wish that journalists would turn their brain on and not off at every number they cite

about two weeks ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

drolli Its good (275 comments)

as long as US and China have technological balance, they will behave reasonably, since no side will have exagerated fear.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

drolli If you dont want to offer flatrates. (316 comments)

Then dont offer flatrates. I am perfectly fine with paying per GB. But i am not fine with paying for a flatrate, and when i hit an (conditions undisclosed or changing) limit, the providers decides (based on his calculation what a GB *should* cost) to do weird shit with my packets.

That being said, I believe everybody would be better off without flatrates. The people who need much less transfer than the provider includes in the flatrate calculation, and the providers, since the people would really have incentives to reduce data (and peak) usage.

I would also appeciate a "slow flatrate" + "high speed metered" model where the *user* can select which protocols he wants to slow down and which are important. (O, i understand. That woudl get in the way of asking for the fees for quicker transport from the provider).

about two weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

drolli Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

As long as enough money to live a decent life arrives on my account for doing nerdish things related to physics, programming and engineering, i dont mind that at all.

 

about two weeks ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

drolli Re:It wasn't his fault (127 comments)

Even if it was not his fault, it was his responsibility. If you accept a senior-author position on a paper, then you have responsibility for the scientific integrity. You also accept the impact factor very willingly.

That does by no way mean that your career should be completely over after one mistake happening under your supervision.Let alone that, a society in which one mistake after a very sucessful and long scientific career pressures a man to kill himself should strongly question its own standards in dealing with mistakes.

I worked for four years in Japan in research and there are two different versions which i would perfectly believe:

a) He did what every good Japanese boss does: Stand to your employees. This is something which is not wlle understood by westeners, but if an institution/group is under attack from the outside then the highest rank defends. That means, if you are a postdoc, and somebody tried to attack your students, you will take the hits. Likewise, if you are a group leader and postdoc messes up, you will defend him/her. So he defended his student, and fell.

b) He did something which bad Japanese scientists do: tell their employees how the data has to be interpreted and let them work the data until it looks fine (while convincing yourself that everything is allright). I have seen that happen before (usually they would not fake the data but misinterpret it in way that it hurts.). Now it would have come out;.

about two weeks ago
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San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Dismantling Will Cost $4.4 Billion, Take 20 Years

drolli Re:Not a bad deal (343 comments)

4.4e9/((30.0*8400*2e9/2)/1000) = 0.01746031746031746

So i arrive at roughly 1-1.7cent/kwh for dismantling. which is not extremely bad but it's far from nothing

And just because the plant itself does not create emissions it does not mean that it is "emission free".

about three weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

drolli Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

Well. I mean, if you read the terms and conditions of gmail before you clock accept, it should become pretty clear that they have the right to do pretty much everything they want with your data. To me using gmail is less like doing something in your provate flat but more like posting something on the marketplace.

about three weeks ago

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Unbundling Windows from a Notebook?

drolli drolli writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I know, the question is asked from time to time, thats partially because the situation really changes, so i ask it again. I want to buy a subnotebook. Some of the most interesting candidates (e.g. Sony P-Series) are sold bundled with Windows, which i am not interested in buying at all (the last personally bought MS product was Windows 3.1, included in OS/2 2.1).

So what is the current strategy about refusing EULA, annoying the support etc? How did it/does it work out? The Reports on the net vary strongly. I am less interested in how the world should be, how it from a philosophy of law perspective should be or how the theoretical legal situation is. I am interested in what really worked, how much time it took and how annoying it was.

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