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STEM worker shortage is IT industry fantasy

gestalt_n_pepper Well, I can't tell you how surprised I'm NOT. (1 comments)

There's a shortage of technically competent people who will work for Wal-Mart wages. That I'll grant. As long as technology continues to advance, however, you've got to pay to play. Upper management, of course, will deny this forever, and will never learn from past outsourcing mistakes.

8 hours ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

gestalt_n_pepper So when can I buy a cape made of it? (238 comments)

As I recall, the protagonist in "The Shadow of The Torturer" wears a costume and cape made of a perfect black material so that all you see when he walks towards you is an irregular shifting black shape of perfect darkness.

With an axe, and eyes.

It was a good book. The rest of the series? Eh.

about two weeks ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

gestalt_n_pepper So, no civil immunity then. (534 comments)

If they're corporations, they can be sued out of existence. Let the fun begin!

about a month ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

gestalt_n_pepper Cut the crap. What energy density/price ratio? (380 comments)

Because in a world of capitalist systems, that's all that matters. At the moment, I buy 25 miles of transportation for about $3.45 cents.

I'm pretty sure that ammonia doesn't have anything like the energy density of gasoline, and that it costs more per unit of energy. Feel free to show me how wrong I am.

TL;DR: Another horseshit, "we're saved! There's never going to be an energy problem again!" article.

about a month ago
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Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

gestalt_n_pepper Dependent on Russia, China.... (179 comments)

No more shuttle so we could save a trivial amount of tax money. We've shipped our manufacturing to China to make more money for CEOs and upper management who can live anywhere and could give a rat's ass about the USA.

Gee, I wonder where that could all end? Any ideas?

about a month and a half ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

gestalt_n_pepper No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oooooo........ (309 comments)

We don't need even ONE more programming language. We need at most one or two programming languages that aren't shit.

IMHO upgrading javascript to a full blown programming language that can run in, or outside of a browser would be sufficient. Contrary to beliefs of idiots who think programming should be difficult, there's no value in making anyone learn an entirely new syntax and language to get some mundane work done. It's a programming language. They all do the same thing.

Bottom line? Expanding a current programming language to do more work makes ECONOMIC sense. Forcing any programmers do something new to satisfy the vision of a 20-something whiz kid or clueless CEO (Cough,...Ballmer, Cough) who has no awareness of the money invested in existing code bases, technologies, or your business model does not.

about a month and a half ago
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The Andromeda Galaxy Just Had a Bright Gamma Ray Event

gestalt_n_pepper Sorry. You meant, "hasn't killed us YET." (129 comments)

Since we can't predict anything about its future behavior. Say, I was asking myself yesterday, why there didn't seem to be any other intelligent technological life in the universe. I wonder...

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Medical Articles Found To Have High Error Rate

gestalt_n_pepper And how is everyone else's error rates? (200 comments)

And who makes those judgments? I can go to pubmed.com right now and find quite a few contradictory articles, and more than a few that might charitably be described as "fluffy."

If the goddamned medical community is so concerned about this, they can come up with a web site that's peer reviewed by their selected group of experts and pretends to be the last word on medical data.

No word yet of course, on how the esteemed "medical community" missed the problems with Vioxx, post-menopausal hormones, cobalt hip implants or any of that sily stuff. Because they're like, you know, infalible.

I read Wikipedia, knowing it's inaccurate. I cross reference and look at multiple other sources like a big boy. I read *everything* knowing that there's inaccuracy somewhere. Sounds like it's time for everybody to grow up. There's no great, all-knowing source of information *anywhere.* No group of wise thoughtful, beard stroking authorities who know all and see all.

It's just us, doing the best we can with the crappy information we're given.

about 2 months ago
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China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

gestalt_n_pepper Re:"Openly accuse us of cybercrimes... (200 comments)

Yes to all this. We taught them well, just as the British taught us to be a bunch of self absorbed nationalist miliaristic crazies. The 19th and 20th centuries were quite instructive.

about 2 months ago
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Fixing the Pain of Programming

gestalt_n_pepper For those who think programming should be hard... (294 comments)

You're a bunch of over-testosteroned, machismo idiots.

Offense definitely intended.

First point. Machines and software exist to serve *people* and for no other reason. To the extent that they do that, they are "good." Anything less is "bad." Simple enough for you?

Second point. Programming is not about "overcoming intellectual challenges." Don't flatter yourselves. Nobody cares how you feel. Programming is either about money or masturbation. If the latter, make it as hard as you like. Go for it. Wheeeee! Look at meeeee! Look how smart I am! Whoo hoo!

But if you're trying to make *money* programming, or actually have to get a task done, you need all the help you can get. If you have a manager or officer breathing down your neck to GET IT DONE so millions aren't lost, or someone doesn't die, you need effective tools.

Bottom line? Get over yourselves. The IDE is there to make accomplishing a task as easy as possible. It serves no other purpose. It should make everything easily known and obvious. Moreover, it should actually HELP YOU solve your problems. Otherwise, it's just another idiotic software failure.

about 2 months ago
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Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)

gestalt_n_pepper If you're dumb enough to trust "the cloud" (164 comments)

And you had production work to get out *today* then you just paid your stupidity tax. Start looking at Gimp or Corel Draw. You may not like them, but they're there when the "cloud" disappears or the internet is down.

about 2 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

gestalt_n_pepper Re:Dear developers: STOP HELPING ME! (522 comments)

Then your Dad is the exception that proves the rule. I've tried it dozens of times over the years. I think it did work, once. The rest of the time, it was the usual troubleshooting with a healthy dollop of trial and error. Like all Microsoft diagnostics and error messages, it never seems to give you enough *relevant* information to solve the problem yourself, or even "enough *relevant* information." /End rant

about 2 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

gestalt_n_pepper Dear developers: STOP HELPING ME! (522 comments)

George Martin said it, but I feel like screaming this about a dozen times a day. Don't change my words, my punctuation, or my URL. Don't suggest sites I might want to visit, items I might find interesting, or settings more befitting someone my age. Don't give me the ability to change all things *trivial* (e.g. appearance) but nothing that matters. If you're going to help, help me fix real *problems* and not just appearances. ("Ohhh, Microsoft helped me fix my network problem!" - said No one, ever).

In short, BUZZ OFF (And get off my lawn).

about 2 months ago
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Who controls the HVAC at work?

gestalt_n_pepper Re:I wouldn't call it "engineering" (216 comments)

"...It's a huge clusterf*ck, and the upper management doesn't seem interested in fixing the actual problem."

I think you just defined, "upper management."

about 2 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

gestalt_n_pepper Bullshit! It's what's for dinner! (426 comments)

If the mathematics implies that machines can't be concious, it implies that humans can't be concious. The math is the math, whether the bits are in silicon or some goopy stuff between the ears.

Seriously. The obvious implication of this claim is that organic humans are some kind of super duper special thing beyond mathematics. This is sheerest horseshit and there's not a shred of objective evidence indicating this.

about 3 months ago
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Born In the NSA: These Former Spies Are Starting Companies of Their Own

gestalt_n_pepper But they're NOT a front for the NSA. (57 comments)

I'm sure they'll work for *anybody.* The NSA, the CIA, the Chinese, the Russians, the NYC police department, NASA, BP, Exxon....

Heck, the beauty of it is that the intelligence can be sold over and over to different parties to the highest bidders. It doesn't even have to be accurate, just convincing.

Of course, if the NSA hopes to shield itself from controversy by outsourcing to these front organizations would never allow that to happen.... (Ahem). Unless, perhaps, there was money to be made.

about 3 months ago
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For the First Time Ever, the FAA Is Trying To Fine a Drone Hobbyist

gestalt_n_pepper Oh sure. Let's make drones illegal... (297 comments)

Because that worked out *so* well with drugs.

Oh, and by "drone" do we mean, "radio controlled model planes" or "radio controlled helicopters" currently sold in hobby and toy stores since the 1960s or so? How about model rockets? While we're at it, let's ban frisbees. Those frisbee golf people are really annoying. And then there are paper airplanes. Clearly a menace. Or how about gliders and small prop aircraft. I mean, *they're* clearly a menace too, eh?

about 3 months ago
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SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

gestalt_n_pepper Awww...Mary Jo White is so *cute* (303 comments)

Thinking anyone believes her.... Sure, hun. Santa Clause is coming. The Easter Bunny is real. There's going to be oil *forever, and the markets aren't rigged.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

gestalt_n_pepper Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

What's wrong with us pea-brained Marxist fuckwits is that we can do arithmetic. We know that eventually, oil gets too expensive and yields too little net energy to sustain an interdependent "just-in-time" web of supply chains capable of supporting 7 billion people, and we'd sort of like to to something about it before we all wonder where our next meal is coming from. Some of us, you know, don't trust capitalism to magically produce all those solution in real time just when needed. In fact, we don't believe in magic at all, which means that sometimes you actually need to think ahead, and beyond that which makes a momentary profit (e.g. highway systems, rural electrification, NASA, and the military).

about 3 months ago

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