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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

jythie Re:That's government spending for you.. (62 comments)

Boeing also has a much longer track record of success. SpaceX has promise, but Boeing has shown it can deliver.

1 hour ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

jythie Re:Ya, but... (325 comments)

Actually, project management is an excellent fit for liberal arts majors.

5 hours ago
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Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development

jythie Re:Google forked Linux? (47 comments)

The problem with any community is it has more then one person in it, so if two people say two opposing things it makes it look like both are saying both.

8 hours ago
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Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development

jythie Re:Another Industry Consortium to Nowhere (47 comments)

Obligatory xkcd

Was there not a piece the other day about how ACM and other such groups are seeing declining relevance? Oh yeah, this is computer tech, it is always more fun to reinvent the wheel then use the same one as old fogies.

10 hours ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

jythie Re:This may be the way to escape from Comcast (403 comments)

This might depend on which local Comcast is involved (they bought up hundreds of local ISPs, each with their own billing and procedures). With the main Comcast at least they are not supposed to do that. There was even a big push to try to find more solutions that did not involve a truck roll since the cost of sending someone out was very close to the average customer bill so it was viewed as a direction cancelation of any profit they would have made off that customer for the month.

yesterday
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

jythie Re:Actually a good thing. (211 comments)

Just the other day I was looking at a kickstarter where the guy took his failed Shark Tank pitch video and reused it.

Apparently even though he was promising the impossible (including something crazy like 3000% back on your contribution) yet KS did not take down the project.

That is what bothers me here, they allow all sorts of projects run that have no prototype or work done on them, but they kick a few randomly for no apparent reason.

4 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

jythie Re:Fukushima too (438 comments)

That is kinda the problem. There will always be poorly maintained and half-ass managed facilities, it is simply the nature of humans. If a solution can not cope with this class of problem then it is not a good solution, human nature is one of the variables you have to take into account.

4 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

jythie Re:Not just Reno (438 comments)

I have to agree, actual coal burning trucks would be rather impressive in and of itself and be worthy of bragging about.

But yeah, people who build their identity around something which has as its core appeal that it upsets people, pretty douchy. Esp since many of the most popular videos involve blowing fumes on 'wrong' people like prius drivers or women who dare to not be impressed with catcalls.

4 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

jythie Re:Not just Reno (438 comments)

That also goes both ways. People tend to laud people they agree with, dismiss those with whom they do not, and then use selection bias to claim that only the other side is doing it.

4 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

jythie Re:WTF? (499 comments)

When they are the opinions of a small subset of delegates, delegates who made up a diverse group with competing priorities and philosophies, no, they can not be used to determine the 'real' meaning of the final document. A better source is reading over some of the debates that the delegates went through both during the original convention and the horse trading that went into the bill of rights. They had a pretty diverse set of ideas regarding what things 'really meant' with all sorts of 'but of course we do not really mean xyz' thoughts. For instance many delegates believed religious freedom should only apply to christians and thus exclude jews, muslims, catholics, and the natives.

5 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

jythie Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

The Federalist Papers were opinion pieces written by individual delegates, not canon to the constitution itself.

5 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

jythie Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Within this discussion we do not need to find examples within the Tea Party. Since the omission was 'ties', all one would have to do is find social connections between tea party members and any number of violent groups like sovereign citizens, white separatists, etc. So by these standards anyone who has done activism within the Tea Party would be ineligible for federal work.

Sadly this standard is never applied to politicians and we have quite a few with significant ties to terrorism.

5 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

jythie Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Taken literally, she did not. She belonged to an activist group that had 'ties' to a violent group. 'ties' tends to be a bit of a weasel word that can be applied in a very subjective manner.

5 days ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

jythie Re:In Theory (380 comments)

Though I would not be surprised if companies are often willing to consider people who are experts in the field or in another language and know the basics of COBOL too. Still not an opportunity for someone fresh out of school, but I have found that often those '20 years experience' jobs care less about which specific languages you have worked in and more what types of problems you have been working on.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

jythie Re:COBOL (380 comments)

Often languages are chosen because of who they have on hand rather then what is ideal, so if you have a bunch of COBOL programmers from another project you use COBOL, if you have a bunch of Java programmers you use Java. Sense is usually irrelevant.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

jythie Re:Trendy != popular (380 comments)

That is the trouble with trying to talk about 'popular' languages, one has to specify 'within what domain?'. If one does not care what they are working on as long as it is 'programming' then pure numbers are all that matter, but anything more targeted and you have to look at what languages are in demand there.

about a week ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

jythie Re:Defund (142 comments)

In this case the laws turn a profit, so defunding them would not do much.

about a week ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

jythie Re:/etc/inittab (314 comments)

It could be argued that such things are simply not the responsibility of the init system. I think that is where much of the complaints about systemd come from, the perception that it is taking the roles of other things and folding them into itself. Given how it has been expanding to include more and more services and has increased coupling, they kinda have a point. Many see systemd as solving problems that are philosophical in the first place as opposed to practical.

about a week ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

jythie Re:Stupid, stupid stupid (314 comments)

Within FOSS there are still pragmatic realities and politics involved. The major distributions are not democracies, they have core groups who make the decisions regarding what goes in or stays out. Applications developers who want their stuff to work on major distros have to follow the direction and standards of the distro maintainers otherwise their projects lose ease and compatibility. Thus one's options can rapidly diminish, it is a bit of a cascade effect. While in theory since it is FOSS one can do whatever they want with it, but in practice unless one is going to devote all their time and resources to altering things one is going to have to use what other people are working with.

Which gets to the second part of the problem, those core groups inside the major distributions tend to represent certain subsets of users and historically have not been all that open to listening about the needs of users outside their professional and social circles (a good example would be the friction between the server/desktop/web centric maintainers and embedded developers, which caused a lot of displeasure regarding GPLv3), so who's problem it solves is not nessearily a good metric.

about a week ago

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