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NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

jythie Re:free electricity! (68 comments)

For that matter, a nuclear source on a probe or satellite can be treated as fuelless energy. Much better then having to expend propellent.

48 minutes ago
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NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

jythie Re:KSP (68 comments)

Even if the efficiency can not be improved much, the people who launch probes have impressive patience. Add a good solar panel or a nuclear source and you could get a nice constant acceleration over a long period.

about an hour ago
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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

jythie Re:If there have been signs..... (121 comments)

The expectations of most programers and consumers have shifted to not consider uptime all that high a priority. It is generally only older shops in conservative industries (or conservative departments within, like payroll) that this level of fault tolerance is valued.

Or put another way, the domains where fault tolerance is highly valued are already so stable people do not think about it, while domains that people generally interact with just take failures as a fact of life.

4 hours ago
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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

jythie Re:All the happy (121 comments)

As the saying goes, the project is finished when the last user is dead. There is something to be said for companies continuing to provide older technology where most of the industry has moved on. It might not be glamorous but I suspect the customers are glad someone is doing it.

4 hours ago
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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

jythie Re:All the happy (121 comments)

There may only be so many, but you do not need many to keep a product line going. It sounds like that is all that is going on here, they have niche customers who for whatever reason would prefer to keep their VMS infrastructure going rather then rewriting it and HP is planning to offer a path that has less worries about compatible replacement hardware.

4 hours ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

jythie Re:There's a different echo... (494 comments)

Actually, no. Studies on sexism at least have shown women are just as sexist when it comes to women as men are. One of the big fallacies is the idea that racism and sexism are the domain of white males, white males are simply the ones who tend to benefit the most from it. But the social ideas about who is inferior or superior are internalized across the board, that is why the are systemic social issues rather then individual problems.

yesterday
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

jythie Re:what? (194 comments)

I think this highlights why the time of organizations like ACM might be drawing to a close. Historically it was not just a paywalled website like many others, it was a professional organization which people from similar backgrounds joined so they could share resources and networking among their peers. In the past it made sense, 'this is our resource for us, we all pay to create and maintain it', but today it is so easy for communities to come together for next to nothing that it does not really make as much sense. In many ways, the internet killed professional societies. Outside organized represention communities to other institutions (like working groups setting standards or meeting with regulators) they do not really have much function anymore.

yesterday
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

jythie Re:Low grade code monkeys don't need to know (194 comments)

The problem there is that research gets increasingly specific and the number of people interested in any given esoteric domain is fairly small. The signal to noise ratio is bad because there are an insane number of little niches, none large enough to really deserve a dedicated publication so they all end up in the same only slightly larger umbrellas. You might get a hundred papers, with each one only being of interest to 10 people, so for most individuals the majority of the papers are noise to them.

yesterday
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

jythie Re:"For Computer Programmers" (194 comments)

Yes and no. People in their garages (though less and less) are contributing significantly, but academia still produces a lot of the fancy fundamentals. The disconnect tends to be that it takes 5-10 years for things to get from universities to hobbyists so by the time it has filtered that far across people no longer see the connection. Sure, what academics are working on now does not seem to impact what small companies and hobbists are bringing to the public, but they are laying the groundwork for future projects. There is a social reason that research projects hire on all those undergrads and grad students, or why universities require professors to both research and teach.

yesterday
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

jythie Re:Experience outside the valley (494 comments)

It does tend to be a somewhat localized effect. Generally any particular community tends to hire and retain people like themselves, so places that have reasonably good representation tend to maintain it, while places where it is bad tend to resist shifting it. The lack of blacks or women in the local developer community is taken as proof that such people are generally not fit to work in tech and when viewing candidates or new hires through that lens creates a self fulfilling prophecy.

2 days ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

jythie Re:He just doesent' get it.. (494 comments)

Problem is, intelligence is stereotyped. White males are assumed to be smarter, women and blacks are assumed to be less capable. Hand 10 hiring managers the same resume with names that sound male or female, black or white, and the managers have been shown to rate the white male named resume highest in terms of perceived competence and talent.

Tech is not about finding the smartest workers, it is an echo chamber where social prejudice is taken as natural and confirmed.

2 days ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

jythie Re:What Jesse wants (494 comments)

Nah, you do not sound like a racist misogynistic ass. Must be all the liberals misunderstanding you and your obvious insight and unbiased take on the world.

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

jythie Re:Wow ... (414 comments)

Given how pissy customers can get when they have to wait an additional 30 seconds, can you blame them?

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

jythie Re:This is an Apple/retailer fail (414 comments)

In the past at least the credit card processing networks could be kinda glitchy, and stores needed a way to manually work around that. With my old bank half the time my card would come back declined depending on which upstream provider any individual stores was using. Most of the time they would just fall back on those old carbon paper slidy things.

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

jythie Re:Wow ... (414 comments)

I doubt it will be phased out any time soon. While this particular care of abuse is getting a lot of attention and ranting that it should be fixed immediately, it is no worse then how stores handled (and continue to handle) checks for decades now. If retailers and banks have not closed the hole that allows check fraud in all that time, I doubt they are going to rush to make this process more secure either. Last time I checked, writing bad checks is as easy as ever.

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

jythie Re: Wow ... (414 comments)

The bank supplies an API that people connect to, or at minimal the intermediate network provides an API. All the bank does is plug in to the same network.

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

jythie Re:Wow ... (414 comments)

It is about the same amount of security as writing a check. It is probably a hold over from just that.

2 days ago
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

jythie Re:Regulationzzzzzzzzz... (168 comments)

That is a good point. Adult businesses face a similar problem when it comes to payment processors.

3 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

jythie Re:COST (540 comments)

When consumers flock to the lowest cost items even if they are only a few cents cheaper, this is pretty predictable. We can try to blame companies, but really it is the consumer who is obsessed with 'finding deals' and getting 'the most for the least'. People want cheap stuff, damn the effect.

3 days ago
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

jythie Re:Extra-double illegal because it's digital!!! (168 comments)

It depends on what exactly the laws are. Right now BTC is in a bit of a grey area, it is unclear which laws apply to it and which do not. Chances are the bulk of the 'regulation' will simply be saying what BTC counts as and thus which pre-existing laws apply to it. So making it explicit as opposed to something 'new' and thus both citizens and law enforcement have a clear guide about how to apply existing rules to something new.

3 days ago

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