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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

knightghost Re:Impacts (530 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.

5 days ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

knightghost Re:Impacts (530 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.

5 days 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 week ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

knightghost Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

As usual, the ACM totters between cluelessness and a corporate stooge.

CS population is a social issue. To be blunt, the USA views STEM as low class. "nerd" and "geek" are 4 letter slurs coming from most people.

Women are taught to be more in tune with social issues so shy away. Later on, 75% of STEM graduates leave the field.

It's worse in Canada and some European countries. After working several years there, I'll never willingly go back. If you're in tech then you're an untouchable lower social rung.

about a week ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

knightghost Re:Amazing (276 comments)

This suggests that we have passed a point where gaming has become dominantly a women's hobby.

I disagree. As usual, they miss the measurement of "quality" and instead dumb it down to "quantity". Playing Candy Crush 5 minutes a day is not the same as playing the Xbox until 4am.

about a week ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

knightghost Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (441 comments)

Green is a big fat liar. "The Best" account for less than 10k a year - across all disciplines. Cut all other visas then give these people green cards then citizenship.

75% of STEM workers leave the field due to substandard conditions. There isn't a recruiting problem, there is a retention problem.

about two weeks ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

knightghost hype (294 comments)

The only differences I've seen the last 20 years are:
1. VMs
2. Average developer skill getting worse

about three weeks ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

knightghost wrong target (116 comments)

I believe that a far more productive idea would be to apply strong electroshock therapy to managers that insist on unreasonable due dates since that is the single greatest cause of software bugs (cutting corners to meet an arbitrary date).

about three weeks ago
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How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

knightghost Re:Sorry, but... why? (180 comments)

75% of STEM workers leave their field. There isn't a recruiting or training shortage, there's a retention issue.

Why?

2 simple reasons:
1. STEM workers are paid less than other disciplines that require similar intelligence, skills, and experience.
2. STEM workers are pushed to lower social levels. In some places I've seen them regarded lower than the janitorial staff.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

knightghost Re:Hire More Devs (209 comments)

Interfacing is typically 4x the complexity with less return.

Oracle ERP is the most flexible for custom configuration and programming. It took me only a week to get productive with a PLSQL book (many years ago).

The basis of the issue seems to be lack of standardized business processes. What you face isn't a technical issue, but a functional issue of business process re-engineering for the company. The other is a good change management process.

The other issue that I see is Atlanta because it's probably the most in demand of skilled ERP developers in the USA right now. Try other cities for your development teams. I can think of a couple dozen cities where I can find skilled software engineers with 10+ years experience in the $100k range - they are typically 4x to 10x more effective than new hires.

about 1 month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

knightghost Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

Not so much of a leap since Verizon and Comcast have admitted to such.

Wouldn't a simple tracert show the route (and any differences)?

about a month ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

knightghost Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

highly qualified Microsoft experts.

Sounds like a double oxymoron to me.

about a month and a half ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

knightghost Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

Show me an area with a high minimum wage and I'll show you an area with a large illegal labor force making less.

I travel all around the country and that's a very constant result. If you want to increase wages then 1) invest in education, and 2) change Free Trade to Fair Trade.

about a month and a half ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

knightghost Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

More or less. What the environmental religion fails to understand is that regardless if you spend more for a "green" product, somewhere down the supply chain it's always going to end up fueling some truck that gets 4 MPG.

about a month and a half ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

knightghost Can we have some Facts please? (474 comments)

The bottom line is that outlawing drugs reduces their use, and correspondingly reduce their negative effects on society.

Should it be handled better? Of course. But do it factually rather than the misinfotainment spouted by both sides. Take pot for instance... the genetic and economic damage is huge. 150x the THC is not the harmless stuff the hippies from the 60's smoked. The political Right makes it a boogy man, but the political Left pushes "medical marijuana" which is a bigger lie than "Iraq WMD". Both drive from their marketing basis rather than act on fact.

about a month and a half ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

knightghost Re:Damn cars! (106 comments)

No button. Standard Big Brother - corp and gov fail when they think they know best.

about a month and a half ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

knightghost Re:Damn cars! (106 comments)

Traction Control in my car attempts to murder me at least twice each winter. Tech may be better than the average driver... but that means 50% of drivers are better than the tech.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

knightghost Re:Problem traced (93 comments)

Not really. Chinese culture is based on stealing rather than inventing. They regard the USA as a no-holds-barred competitor while we mistakenly regard them as a frenemy. Mismatch of dynamics in our interactions.

about 1 month ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

knightghost Re:engine problems... (364 comments)

Blame the voters - they put those politicians into office.

about 2 months ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

knightghost Re:Not new (253 comments)

More likely "education" doesn't understand reality.

That being said, a good degree from a good course/school will teach you a lot of fundamentals that a job won't. That'll give you decades of work rather than the quick-dirty-burnout single job from no education.

about 2 months ago

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