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'Just Let Me Code!'

gtall Re:Now complicated? How 'bout all src in 6502 ASM? (242 comments)

Yep, I used to walk 20 miles a day just to pick up one processor instruction manual...in my bare feet...and then had to carry it back.

In the 80's, you had a few manuals on your desk and it was enough. Now you need the WWW just to hack your way through all the details to get something running. The systems were smaller back then, the languages were simpler, the assembly code was simpler. Nothing is simple any more.

9 hours ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

gtall Re:I don't see the problem. (664 comments)

It is true that past Ukrainian governments didn't do very well by the people. However, there is a split in the country about what to do with the situation. The Ukrainian nationalists laid the blame on Soviet era politics and decided they needed to look West for the solution. The idea was that the West is doing okay, Russia is more or less a failed state. Also, they believe that joining the EU will force economic reforms (and it will) that will require the old Soviet style of management goes bye-bye.

The Russian leaning part of the pop. of the Ukraine look at the situation and place the blame on leaving the Soviet Union. Hence, their solution is to go back to the embrace of its remnant, Russia. This part of the country has more heavy industry and their chief market is Russia, so they feel the economic draw of Russia. Also, going West would require their heavy industry become much more efficient to compete with EU industry. The problem with that is it would mean more unemployment as companies that cannot hack go out of business.

2 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

gtall Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (664 comments)

Sooo...the Ukrainians were willing to risk world condemnation on a crap shoot of discrediting the rebels and getting international support? Putin isn't paying you enough.

2 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

gtall Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (664 comments)

Well, given the rebels are the brightest lights on the tree, they could easily assume that the transponder signal was a Ukrainian trick. Just look at all the conspiracy nuts on this page attempting shift blame to the West for some unmentioned, devious plot to discredit the Russians. Geeze, given Russian behavior over the last several years, they don't need any help in discrediting themselves.

2 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

gtall Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (664 comments)

Why would soldiers know what they were shooting at, the plane was at 33,000 feet. The plane was probably over the war zone because the previous shoot down occurred at about 20,000 feet (Ukraine transport plane). Also, it cost money for more fuel to route around the zone. Given the expense and the tacit acceptance that it was safe, it's very likely Malaysian Airlines though it would be okay.

So, it probably wasn't terrorism (not definitely). It was probably an accident given the quality of the rebel troops and certainly their behavior after the fact.

The problem remains that the Kremlin send advanced weapons, and this we know from sat images), to the rebels. The Kremlin in general and Putin in particular thought it would be neat idea. Now that the rebels have gone and done something extraordinarily stupid, the Kremlin is scrambling to push blame on everyone except themselves.

2 days ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

gtall Re:Free market economy (527 comments)

I've watched Jeff Sessions several times in hearings on CSPAN. My impression of him is that he's first class dolt. It's very likely he cannot figure out the consequences of the various stands he takes. He's almost, but not quite, as dim as Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

4 days ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

gtall Re:it is the wrong way... (288 comments)

Yes, well, in the U.S. the Obama administration is doing exactly that. However, coal state Republicans are arguing the climate change issue isn't settled science because they can find a few whack job scientists that disagree about either its cause and certainly a few more about what to do about it. It isn't that the Republicans don't care about climate change, they just think that doing something about it will get them unelected and contribute to Big Government. The latter they are opposed to because it impacts their lifestyle of Do What You Want and Damn the Externalities.

Coal state Democrats want to have their cake and eat it too. They want carbon emission caps but they don't want it to impact jobs.

What both groups fail to understand is that it isn't Obama that is wiping out the coal industry in the U.S., it is natural gas and fracking. Meanwhile, the world plays Russian Roulette with carbon emissions. They feel lucky.

According to Wikipedia, there are "174,000 blue-collar, full-time, permanent jobs related to coal in the U.S." Personally, I think the U.S. should just buy them out and tell the Republicans to STFU.

5 days ago
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Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

gtall Re:Hindsight's twenty-twenty (161 comments)

Sooo... they know how to do software development now that they've adopted Agile. I think rather that Agile has more or less codified how they've always done software development, and with it, Agile's sins. The most egregious is that your product will look like a dirty snowball that, if it is of decent size, no one will understand.

And if they are jerking developers off the project to address every single bug as it comes in, they've already shot themselves in the foot. No defect backlog means no bug backlog. Reallyy? how are they tracking those things? How do they know which bugs are related to other bugs? How do they know which bugs got fixed?

My experience with Agile is only a single point, others may have other points. However, my impression is that it was simply a tool management could use to micro-manage a project and jerk the developers around due to whatever wind was tussling their coif that week.

5 days ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

gtall Re:Possible factor (751 comments)

At that height, they'd have had to use a telescope. More likely the separatists were trigger happy and they had a handy missile.

about a week ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

gtall Re:CNN (751 comments)

Can Wolf be far behind in the Situation Room or whatever the hell they are calling it now. How does world manage to turn without Wolf on the beat?

about a week ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

gtall Re:Wait for it... (751 comments)

9/11

about a week ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

gtall Re:Wait for it... (751 comments)

Putin, will you STFU.

about a week ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

gtall Re:'MURICA (90 comments)

So this self-loathing you are afflicted with, is it something you are attempting to spread around?

about a week ago
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Two Big Dark Matter Experiments Gain US Support

gtall Re:Dark Matter = Phlogiston (37 comments)

Phlogiston gets a bad rap as a failed theory. However, at the time, we were attempting to make sense out a very confusing physical world. Science always makes shit up, it is called creativity. However, Science also cleaves off the parts that do not hold up.

Einstein made up his entire gravitational theory. The equations did not exist in some Platonic universe waiting for him to trip over them. He created a mathematical world that could be tested against reality.

Quantum theory is an interesting case. It doesn't really explain anything, but it has damn good numbers and predictive value. It's something we made up. It is well-made, but in a philosophical sense, it isn't really a theory if the intent of a theory it to help explain the inner workings of some phenomenon.

about a week ago
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Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

gtall Re:Could it be ALIENS? (122 comments)

C'mon, this Giorgio, he KNOWS it was aliens.

about a week ago
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Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

gtall Re:nothing new (122 comments)

So what you are saying is that the natives have been eating too many beans? It seems this valuable energy source should be harvested.

about a week ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

gtall Re:I hate morons (346 comments)

While that comment is true about some of today's companies, a bigger complaint I have is that every company wants to turn you into an annuity. I bought a light switch from Lowe's and Lowe's wanted to sell me an "owners agreement".

Customers have become Processed Cheese Food of Business School Product. BSP are the managers who graduated with their MBA and somehow believe this enables them to manage anything. So all the cookie cutter strategies to "retain customer loyalty" look the same because they are the same. BSP has a stock menu of options all directed at separating customers from their money, not providing something compelling customers would want to buy. To do that, they need to stop the high school sports long enough to take the courses that would get them into an engineering or a science school, then finish school, then work in industry until they can be productive. Right now, many companies are run by the moral equivalent of used car salesmen.

about a week ago
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Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

gtall Re:Dear Apple, (134 comments)

Yep. There is a difference between "refute" and "rebut". The former is frequently used when the latter is more accurate.

about two weeks ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

gtall Re:Well ... (89 comments)

Yep, let's trust private companies with research into anthrax. You do realize that anthrax occurs naturally and can be weaponized?

And the healthcare system we have is considered the most expensive in the world with outcome behind other systems. This is the healthcare private industry has provided you. And if you manage to catch something that doesn't turn a profit, the only ones with any research on it are likely to be the CDC. So I'll be expecting you to reject any help from them when the Grim Reaper makes a call at your house (by the way, he likes his feet tickled).

about two weeks ago

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Microsoft To Educate North Carolina High Schoolers

gtall gtall writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gtall (79522) writes "From the article: "Microsoft said Tuesday that North Carolina has become the first US state to implement Redmond's Microsoft IT Academy Program for its public high schools — 628 in total. The program offers students and teachers the latest Microsoft software for classrooms and labs, Microsoft e-learning materials, discounts on courseware, access to Tech Net, and marketing resources to help promote the institutions' association with Microsoft, along with certification in Microsoft technologies."

Has education come to this where a company can decide the curriculum to turn out drones tuned to its products?"

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