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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

es330td Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

I thought the SAG card came with a certificate making the holder an automatic expert on any topic on which he or she chooses to speak. For goodness sake, these are the Beautiful People. Aren't they supposed to be superior at all times?

4 days ago
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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

es330td Re:Route for the Whalers (188 comments)

When the activists boarded the whaling ship I was praying the people on the whaling ship would simply throw them overboard. I know the Sea Shepherd had Zodiacs deployed to pluck people from the water if needed, but I promise you anybody that went in that water will think very long and hard about risking having that happen a second time. It was obvious that many of the people on the Shepherd thought this was all fun and games but a quick dose of reality in the form of freezing water would probably change their attitude. I also thought the whaling ships needed someone on board with a 12 gauge shotgun to take out the bags of rancid butter being flung at the ship. Unlike most flying targets, those were large and slow moving and should have been easy to blow open.

about three weeks ago
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The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

es330td Re:Helium (143 comments)

Just make sure they are tethered so they don't fall on a populated area.

The only reason these are necessary is that the residents live in sparsly populated areas. If more people lived there the infrastructure cost of traditional electric delivery would be justifiable. From TFA, a turbine could power "dozens" of homes. In the biggest state in the US, a dozen homes is a rounding error in population density.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

es330td That is a hell of a return on investment (224 comments)

$75,000 total cost for how many millions (billions?) in licensing revenue from PC manufacturers? This may go down as one of the best acquisitions in business history.

about three weeks ago
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Startup Employees As an Organized Labor Group

es330td Re:all of IT needs an union (107 comments)

If a person works in an industry that changes over time in response to market needs then said individual needs to put in the time/effort to stay current or suffer the consequences. Some industries have this built in; CPA's, financial advisors and insurance agents, even doctors are required to do continuing education to ensure that they are abreast of changes in their field. Anybody in a tech field that fails to incorporate new technology into their toolbox is asking to be replaced.

Rush said it best: "Changes aren't permanent, but change is."

about a month ago
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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

es330td Re:An advantage (299 comments)

but I thought most people on slashdot wouldn't know what they were

/. is a place wherein denizens brag about using their acoustic couplers, or bbs'ing at 300 baud or computing in the snow, uphill both ways while editing inodes by hand with a magnet. You take a pretty big leap when you guess that "most" people don't know about an outdated technology.

about a month ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

es330td Re:And Environmentalists Just Dumped Thousands of (545 comments)

The poor are the hardest hit.

The poor are ALWAYS hardest hit. The definition of "poor" in general context is "those lacking resources." No matter what harmful event happens on Earth, the "have-not's" are going to be most adversely impacted; the "have's" would have left, bought supplies, lived in brick & mortar instead of a modular home. lived on higher ground, etc.

about a month ago
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How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

es330td Re:Apple / Google / etc (288 comments)

Most businesses lose money their first few years. Under the current system they pay no taxes until they make a profit (and burn off their carried losses.) Under a "tax every incoming dollar" plan, even at only a minimal amount businesses on an already shaky footing would be even less likely to make it.

about a month and a half ago
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How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

es330td Re:Apple / Google / etc (288 comments)

Why is perhaps why businesses should get taxed on income (aka revenue) like the rest of the tax payers.

Nothing would destroy the world economy faster than this staggeringly short sighted idea. A typical grocery store averages about 2% profit on sales. If, for example, a store pays $2.00 for a gallon of milk that it sells at $2.05 any tax that takes more than $0.05 make said grocer unable to restock his dairy case. How long exactly do you expect any store to remain in business under those terms?

about a month and a half ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

es330td Re:Better idea; resupply the shuttle (247 comments)

Apparently. Sometimes I come to /. to find out how incomplete my knowledge is.

about 2 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

es330td Re:Better idea; resupply the shuttle (247 comments)

We've got SpaceX and other commercial entities capable of launching supplies into orbit and rendezvouing with with ISS or a shuttle.

I am not an aerospace engineer or astrophysicist, but I have to ask how "capable" SpaceX is of this mission you propose. SpaceX won the X Prize by getting to 112 km twice. The shuttle orbited at 304 km and the ISS at 370km. The marginal cost of taking each additional kg to space is significant. To get any amount of any moderate mass more than twice as high above the Earth has got to have a massive energy budget. I realize SpaceX gets to the edge of space, but Shuttle type altitudes are higher above where SpaceX got than SpaceX itself was above the Earth.

about 2 months ago
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US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

es330td Re:That's a great plan... (197 comments)

Since I have small children that don't all understand that repeatedly entering a bad pin will erase my phone, I back up my iPhone & iPad to iTunes every night (and do not use iCloud.) All I have to do is plug it in and do a complete restore. If people don't back up their phones, whatever happens to them is their own fault. If someone wants to remote erase my device, I say "Bring it on."

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

es330td Re:Lifers? (597 comments)

P.S. I know degree != education, nor does lack of a degree = uneducated. The post to which I replied posed a specific situation wherein a person claims to have a particular education by showing a transcript of classes in lieu of a conferred degree.

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

es330td Re:Lifers? (597 comments)

If you don't have a degree, you don't "have the education." As an employer, I would take a dim view of a person who wants to use a college transcript, without a conferred degree, as evidence of having an education. If a person is trying to cut corners for personal gain, what is that person going to do as my employee?

The easy solution to this is a prorated "tax" on earnings. One year of attendance = 0.75% tax on earnings. Since you are paying the tax, you have a very strong incentive to finish. Taken further, a person could be dissuaded from stretching it out by having a penalty. A person taking 150 hours to get a 120 hour degree will pay 3.75% on future earnings with an absolute cap to make them leave and get a job at some point.

about 2 months ago
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A Thermodynamics Theory of the Origins of Life

es330td Re:Texas schools physics textbooks (185 comments)

You can have our textbooks when you pry them from our cold, dead fingers...

about 3 months ago
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Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip

es330td Re: 2×107 newtons per metre of length? (299 comments)

I'm starting to think the most important thing to learn in this particular set of comments is that many people have problems posting special characters and notations to /.

about 3 months ago
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Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip

es330td Re:Gravity is not constant... (299 comments)

Then you can build a bridge out of it.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

es330td Re:Er...no (308 comments)

The larger an employer is, the more likely they are to suck worse.

I think suckage is a matter of perspective. The larger a company is, and the farther one is from the top, the more specific and limited any given worker's job duties are. In the five person software company I worked for, the owner washed the dishes in the break room. In the Fortune 1000 company I worked for, we had one employee who just sorted printouts coming from a bank of printers. Some personality types like having a very defined role and set of responsibilities and want their job to be set hours, responsibilities and compensation. I suspect that the set of people who want that has very little overlap with the average /. user.

about 4 months ago
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How To Avoid a Scramble For the Moon and Its Resources

es330td Re:nothing of any us to us on moon (365 comments)

If we mine a shitload of material out of the moon, won't that affect it's gravitational effect on the planet?

IIRC, the force of gravitational attraction is proportional to the product of the masses. Given the magnitude of the masses of the Earth and the Moon, moving mass from one to the other in the amounts of which we are capable will result in a delta of the before and after products barely indistinguishable from zero.

about 4 months ago
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US Issues 30-Year Eagle-Killing Permits To Wind Industry

es330td Re:Something has to give, buddy (466 comments)

Isn't it time for us to demand the electric car vehicle manufacturer to TOTALLY RE-DESIGN the electric cars, so that it won't weight so much ?

There is no physics based reason for a car to weigh as much as it does. Take off the body and replace with folding chairs and a flat board and the vehicle will weigh substantially less and mpg will probably quadruple. Of course, when that car moving 40+ mph hits another car, or an inanimate object like a tree, the occupants will all be killed or seriously injured, but that is okay, because we've improved fuel efficiency.</sarcasm>

In all seriousness, if the NHTSA is going to mandate minimum standards for collisions then the car has to be heavy. You can have lightweight, or safe in a high speed collision, but not both.

about 3 months ago

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China's Underground Hotel: How many ways can this go wrong?

es330td es330td writes  |  about 4 months ago

es330td (964170) writes "China is legendary for its pollution problems; pictures of cities in China wherein the haze is nearly impenetrable are spread generously around the internet. I want to know how on earth they plan to keep particulate pollution from settling in this hole and effectively suffocating the hotel guests. The pictures all show clear blue water in the man made lake, but my guess is that short of creating an artificial tornado in the hole Google Earth will never see the lake at the bottom for all the pollution above it."
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Ask Slashdot: How can I find expertise for a game I'd like to develop?

es330td es330td writes  |  more than 2 years ago

es330td writes "I'd like to write a program that takes the old cannon game to another level, but instead of the path being a simple parabolic arc, the projectile will move through a field of objects exerting gravitational attraction (or repulsion) and the player will have to adjust velocity and angle to find the path through the space between launch point and the target.In an ideal world, this would end up as one of these Flash based web playable games, as that would force me to fully flesh it out, debug and complete the app. I doubt this will ever be commercial, so hiring somebody doesn't make sense, and I wouldn't learn anything that way either.

I have been programming for almost 20 years, but the bulk of my work has been in corporate programming, primarily web (Cold Fusion, ASP & C#.Net,) or VB6 and then C# Windows GUI interfaces to RDBMS. I have never written a graphics based game, nor have I ever written something using the physics this will require.

Once upon a time, I could program in C but I think I would be much better off to work with someone rather than try to roll my own unless good books exist to flatten the learning curve.

Any advice on how to proceed?"
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Advice needed on moving beyond the "elf" r

es330td es330td writes  |  more than 5 years ago

es330td writes "I've been doing network application design of some sort since 1995; my first full web application was a SQL Server 6.0 database running on Windows NT 3.5 with Cold Fusion 1.0 middleware served by O'Reilly's WebSite Pro. Since then I've done multiserver solutions using mixtures of Windows, Linux and AIX with code written in .Net, ASP, C, Perl & PHP. Although I can do all these things and many others, I am tired of writing code. The true enjoyment in my job is in the design of the solution. I like sitting down with clients, even the client is just a manager in another department, and analyzing their needs and processes and devising a solution. Once the problems are solved I can do the code but I'd rather just hand it off to some elf to do and move on to the next solution to design. I'd really like to find some kind of role that is more interaction with the consumer of the app and less of the implementation coding.

I am not expecting to make a move tomorrow, if it means taking a time to get a Master's degree or some kind of additional formal training I'm prepared for that, I just need to know what it is I need to be looking for in my quest.

I'm sure there are at least a few people who have taken it to the next level; is there any advice y'all can offer?"

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