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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

knightghost Re:Dissolution of the middle class! (252 comments)

I've reviewed several jobs recently and thought about moving to SF. Why didn't I? Because industry doesn't make it worth it. High rent, high hours, etc etc makes for a terrible life. Facebook wouldn't have any issue with hiring and retention if they made it worthwhile to work there.

2 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

knightghost Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

Here they called it "salary". Work 80 hours and get paid for 40.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

knightghost Re:Wow... (232 comments)

A good Waterfall approach gets 4x more done than any version of Agile - on a complex project that can be understood well enough to design before most coding. Agile is good for reporting and projects where a client just wants to throw money to "get somewhere" but really don't know what they want.

Agile is not a development method. It's a client control method. The client (business) sees something tangible and imagines that they can follow along and have some control. It's mostly an illusion, as is most management.

The actual development methods to make Agile successful (at least from a technical perspective) are Regression Testing and Code Refactoring. Most Agile projects that fail are because of one or both of those areas failed.

As for FDD... standard on the east coast USA and many other parts of the world. It works for unthinking peons but utterly fails for jobs that require imagination.

about a week ago
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The Case For a Federal Robotics Commission

knightghost Re:And by "monitor this situation" (70 comments)

he means "make panicked decisions retarding business formation while entrenching early adopters".

More likely they'll be planned and vetted by the corporations that stack the board with their employees... and, yes, entrenching them.

about a week ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

knightghost Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (191 comments)

That is the best proof I've seen in this discussion.

Summary for the unwashed masses: Tim Cook is a big fat liar!

about a week ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

knightghost Re:You mean... (241 comments)

Yep, what AT&T brought up is already solved.

What they are really asking for is another billing mechanism to charge people more for their traffic to be higher priority... or at least not choked out to death-by-dropped-packets.

about a week ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

knightghost Re:Great one more fail (599 comments)

Don't forget the 2.5m crimes avoided through firearm self defense each year.

Gotta have both sides to make an accurate measurement.

Besides, a tool is a tool. Car, kitchen knife, chainsaw... each is a great tool but also constant injury and death.

about two weeks ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

knightghost Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

Most countries are just sneakier - they have government officials embedded in "private" corporations. France and China come to mind. Other countries indirectly support their home grown monopolies through technicalities.

about two weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

knightghost Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

The point of trade is that another country can do something better/faster/cheaper. If you can't compete then don't compete - don't invent some imaginary barriers then use lots of logic fallacies to defend it.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

knightghost Re:No, that's not what it says (260 comments)

And that's the problem with green energy (other than hydro) - production is lowest when consumption is highest. What are they going to do, use all those batteries to store electricity? Does that mean if I buy an electric car I'm paying premium prices for a used battery with limited life?

about two weeks ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

knightghost Re:Pet Peeve (147 comments)

I haven't performed the calculations behind it but I have a sneaking suspicion that it's cheaper than nuclear power, once you factor in the long-term nuclear waste storage costs that are paid by the taxpayer.

I've done the calcs. Hydropower is 1/4 the cost, all known factors included. Nothing beats it.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

knightghost Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

Internationally? Whenever I travel international from the USA, I typically only see 1 airline offering the flight. But I digress... I'm speaking directly about USA national flights. I've made around 300 round trips in the last 15 years and watched business flights go from very nice to dismal.

If you're speaking about european or asian flights then those have overcapacity due to massive government subsidies overbuilding the fleets, not from capitalism.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

knightghost Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

Most seats no longer have enough room to open a laptop.

As a frequent flier and 6 ft tall, I can attest that airline seats have gotten to the point of cause widespread pain and suffering, including physical injury. There is not nearly enough competition in the airline industry to lead to improvements driven from capitalism. This is unfortunately the time where government needs to step in for the general well being of society.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

knightghost Re:Competition (222 comments)

OR ...

It could be that the FAA needs to get off it's ass and write some updated regulations instead of turning law abiding citizens into criminals.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

knightghost Re:Hell no (363 comments)

Self absorbed, amoral, and rampantly driven... but he's no moron.

Current and future education is all about multidisciplinary integration. Even right now you need 2 bachelors or a master's degree to get anywhere, then ongoing learning spans many disciplines. As for history, how it is currently taught is worthless. Dates and names are irrelevant. The real value - Why and How - is not taught in any 100 level class.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

knightghost Re:Programmer or Engineer? (546 comments)

Quality matters. The CS graduates from my school could design a clean OS, much less API. To bad that quality doesn't matter much to management.

about three weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

knightghost Programmer or Engineer? (546 comments)

A Programmer Codes. An Engineer Designs. Which do you want to be? The theory that CS teaches is mostly and directly translatable to Software Engineering.

And on a tangent, anyone with the intelligence to get a CS degree should instead be focused on getting a couple bachelors then MIS or MBA. Twice the pay for half the work.

about three weeks ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

knightghost Re:Impacts (708 comments)

The Stern report assumes that how we do things doesn't change, which is fundamentally incorrect. We constantly change. fivethirtyeight.com has had a few backwards-looking comprehensive stat reports that show we do adapt and that this type of report is bogus.

Climate change is happening and will continue to happen. Society isn't going to abandon oil so researchers need to quit having that fantasy. What are REAL ways that society will agree to change? The simplest is to quit building below anticipated sea levels (probably by adjusting insurance rates... put a cap of CPI-U+5% yearly increase to make it politically palatable). Focus on that - it's an area of society and economics that has a decent chance of actually being changed.

about a month ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

knightghost Re:Impacts (708 comments)

All I see is "the world is ending!" without any realistic measurements provided. Show me what it's going to cost at each point, and when. The simplest, lowest cost adaptation is simply to build above future sea levels. The lowest cost food change is crop switching and genetic manipulation. The simplest - and probably only - long term solution is reducing population numbers.

about a month ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

knightghost Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

Yea, that's almost as crazy at the NSA hacking and tracking pretty much everything and everyone. Oh wait...

about a month ago

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