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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

nehumanuscrede Short Term Thinking (425 comments)

We invade and / or bomb half the planet typically as a knee jerk reaction to something that's happened ( or invented as an excuse ).

Hell, for that matter, that's pretty much how America as a whole works. All of our laws, our entire way of life is based on reactionary thinking vs any premeditated thought process.

The short version is: American policy makers don't think of what their actions will bring beyond the short term ( read that: election period ). No one sits back and considers what the consequences might be a bit further down the road. Some can see it, but they're usually not in any position to make the decisions.

about two weeks ago

Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

nehumanuscrede Delusions of grandeur (549 comments)

I applaud the man for his forward thinking but he's living in a dream world if he thinks this is even remotely plausible any time soon.

As far as manned space travel goes, we've barely made it to the moon. Our GLOBAL space program barely qualifies to even call it such. It's rare we can get a vehicle off the ground on the first try ( or three ) without some glitch mucking things up. And we're just trying to get it off the damn ground lol


We still use fossil fuels
We kill each other over make believe entities in the sky
We kill each other for resources
Hell, we kill each other for fun and for practice

We haven't conquered war, poverty, hunger or disease and he thinks we have what it takes to colonize another planet ? For what exactly ? So we can spread our problems to Mars as well ? Hah

Maybe, just maybe, it's the destiny of a species as fucked up as ours to go extinct lest we infest the rest of the galaxy with our " way of life ".

We can't even fix the problems we have here on Earth and this guy is talking about going to Mars :)

Hint: Odds favor an extinction level asteroid / comet strike long before the dominant species on this planet puts their differences aside to allow us to achieve the level of technology needed to colonize another planet.

about three weeks ago

Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

nehumanuscrede Trust is already long gone . . . . (575 comments)

I know that Google and Apple have made very public announcements over how they plan on implementing encryption in their devices in order to keep your data private.

I just can't buy it. Trust, once violated, takes a VERY long time to rebuild. A simple press release of " We're not evil anymore ! Really ! " just doesn't do it for me.

If you think for one moment that the government and / or Law Enforcement is going to give up this kind of power without a fight, then you're delusional. Regardless of their claims, or the "concerns" by the administration and LE's in general, I consider it all a smoke-screen anyway.

For any company who makes this " promise " of sorts to us concerning our privacy consider this:

You've blown it once. You -MIGHT- get a second chance at this. Maybe.

If you do, and we find out you're in collusion with these folks yet again down the road, your entire company will simply cease to be. May as well sell it and turn off the lights because you will be forever blacklisted across the entire planet. THAT is what you're risking. Your entire existence now relies on your ability to regain the public trust.

Screw us again and you're done.

about three weeks ago

US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

nehumanuscrede One SSBN != end of teh Earth (342 comments)

Want to know WHY we have so damn many warheads ?

The weapon folks try to figure out what the target defenses are capable of before the warheads reach their target, the really smart people start crunching numbers and come up with a solution designed to over-saturate their ( known ) defenses. We don't throw one warhead at a target, we throw several to ensure one gets through.

This snowballs as delivery systems get smarter or bigger ( supersonic+ cruise missiles, smart re-entry steering and evasion, multi-mirv's, remember the MX-Peacekeeper platform ? lol ) and as countermeasures do the same. ( Hypersonic projectiles, high energy zero time of flight systems, etc )

Same thing for conventional weapons ( especially cruise missiles ) for both land and sea targets.

Ship of X class has defenses Y. In order to ensure a kill on target, we need Z birds from multiple directions all with similar time on top capability to overwhelm said defenses and destroy target. If you compensate for additional platforms in the vicinity that may be protecting each other, ( Eg: A battle group ) you may have to throw a ridiculous amount of ordinance at your target ( say . . . the carrier ) in the hope it gets through at all.

Ditto for land targets. We never use one cruise missile on a building folks. . . . . we use a half a dozen or more lol

TBH though, our land based delivery systems are pretty much honeypot targets anymore. Bomber, sub and cruise missile delivery are much harder to target due to their mobility and not knowing if a sub is sitting just off your coast in the event you do something stupid is quite a deterrent in its own right.

However, put one of these weapons in the hands of a fanatic who has no issues about beheading folks, or volunteering to become a suicide bomber to kill infidels in the name of some pretend deity in the sky and all the deterrent in the world isn't going to stop them. Deterrent doesn't work with these types. You have to render them inoperable for lack of a better way to phrase it.

They know it and we know it. If they ever DO get one, it had better be the most closely guarded secret of all time or we'll end up leveling entire regions to ensure it never gets deployed.

about a month ago

Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

nehumanuscrede Why do you want to live forever ? (478 comments)

I certainly don't want to sit in this cubicle ( or any cubicle for that matter ) for the rest of my life.

Barring winning the lottery, you need to have a fixed number somewhere down the line ( where you think you'll die ) so you can determine WHEN you can finally give up the daily grind and try to enjoy ( what's left of ) your life. You know . . . actually LIVE instead of just existing as a taxpayer. I can't understand the desire to live forever unless your current life is so abso-fucking-lutely amazing that words cannot be used to describe it.

I don't want to live to see all my friends and family die off over the years. ( already started and I'm only in my early 40's ) I don't want to go bankrupt trying to fight cancer ( go price cancer treatment and watch how quickly that kills your retirement nest egg ) or paying never-ending hospital bills for some unforseen bullshit that happens to you down the road. ( see recent story about guy who got hit with a $100k hospital bill from an assistant surgeon he didn't even know was working on him ) I don't want to get stuck in a gd nursing home sucked dry of any savings that took me nearly sixty YEARS to accumulate.

You want a good dose of reality ? Go visit a nursing home sometime. Get a good understanding of the morale and quality of life of those who live there and try to picture yourself as a resident who will never leave.

So, for those of you enjoying the most amazing gold-plated life that could ever be bestowed upon a human being, go for it. Live forever if you can. Have fun.

For others whose life doesn't exist at the top 1% ( and no expectations to see it improve as we age ), well, perhaps we look at death a bit differently than you do. We see it more as a merciful escape than an unpredictable and scary eventuality.

about a month ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

nehumanuscrede Re:Has too many problems (364 comments)

Since when did having a revoked drivers license stop anyone from driving ?

It works about the same as all the public service ads we get bombarded with that tell us not to text / talk and drive in the first place. Yet, by my observations, about 25% of the motorists on the road are screwing with their phone while hurtling down the freeway at 70mph. . . . .

The average idiot cannot be trusted to do the right thing, hence the " punishment " part of this problem. The hardware needs to be disabled before it will be effective, take the choice away from the folks who aren't bright enough to make the right choice to begin with.

The easy part will be disabling the phone of all but emergency calling while in motion at any speed faster than the typical human animal can walk / run. The hard part is differentiating between the drivers and passengers of the vehicle.

about a month and a half ago

Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

nehumanuscrede Leveling the playing field (455 comments)

As it stands today, an officers word ( truthful or otherwise ) is GOLD in a courtroom. Without video evidence to support your version of the story, you are screwed. End of discussion.

Body cameras will help shift this imbalance back a bit to the whole " innocent until PROVEN guilty " instead of " guilty because officer so and so says so ".

Not only that but everyone behaves differently when they know they are on camera. Police and non-police alike. Police loathe being filmed because it deprives them of the power to do whatever they want then justify it later with whatever bullshit story they come up with later.

Is why they throw a tantrum if they see you filming them. They know they can't throw together a bullshit story since video now exists that can directly refute it. Thus do they have to answer for their actions.

Police love the power they wield over non-law enforcement, but they loathe the idea of their actions or behavior being under an ever present all seeing eye they have no control over.

about 2 months ago

Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

nehumanuscrede This is what our leaders don't understand (134 comments)

The damage caused to the intelligence community is only a fraction of the damage US corporations will have to endure.

The issue here is trust. Once you betray it, you never fully get it back. Ever.

This is why US companies need to fight this tooth and nail. Because when the truth finally does come out ( and it always does eventually ) it's pretty much THEIR ass that is left hanging in the wind. Regardless if the company is innocent or not, if the trust is gone, so are you. The government picks up the tab for the intelligence community so a trust issue there isn't going to cause them to go bankrupt. Take this into consideration the next time the government knocks on your door and asks for " help " in tracking the bad guys.

It's similar to how I see Law Enforcement anymore. They're not all bad people, but the few idiots they cover for or allow to wear the badge destroys the trust I have in them as a whole. To the point where I no longer trust any of them sadly.

about 3 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

nehumanuscrede What it would fix (753 comments)

The first things that come to mind about what going cashless could potentially fix would be tax dodging and illegal immigration.

Lots of folks love to get paid in cash so they don't have to report it to the IRS as income. In fact, many illegal immigrants are paid this way so a company can continue using them. The incentive for the illegal worker is no tax reporting to draw attention to the fact they're not supposed to be here anyway.

I rarely use cash anymore because unless you write down every purchase, it's difficult to track what you're spending it on. I just put it on a CC, pay it off in full every month and let them send me a report of where most of it is going.

Once you start tracking your own expenses, it definitely becomes an eye opener for you.

about 3 months ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

nehumanuscrede It's all about the $$$ (401 comments)

After reading the " How often should I change jobs " thread yesterday and noted most do so to keep asking for ever increasing pay, it isn't shocking to realize the big companies have turned to outside skills at a fraction of the cost of an American worker.

Why would they hire you at $100k + / year when they can pick someone up on a work visa, with the same skills, for half of that ? Especially for short term projects ? If they have the skills, how do you compete against someone willing to do the work at a fraction of the pay ?

Companies are under pressure to keep cutting costs and they have cut so much the only thing they have left is the labor pool.

It won't be long before American skills are just too expensive to consider for those companies who have the option to utilize outside labor. If you think unemployment is bad now, wait till they quit hiring locally because you won't / can't work for what your replacement is more than happy to get.

Not sure how to fix it either. Cost of living here is a lot higher than it is in ( insert your favorite country here ) so, as long as they have the skills, they will get the jobs instead of the guy who has had six jobs in the past three years and is demanding insane compensation and will likely jump ship in six months anyway.

about 3 months ago

How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

nehumanuscrede Music (196 comments)

"Why would the writer think that adding body sensors are an answer, 'instead of improving the fucking sound?"<br><br>They have to go a bit further back than the hardware I think. I've you've looked at a waveform for what passes as music these days, you would agree<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:D Listening to THAT on even a decent set of headphones won't help it any.<br><br>The folks that put this stuff together need to understand that the entire waveform isn't supposed to look like a solid block just barely under the clipping threshold.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:|

about 4 months ago

What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

nehumanuscrede Re:Be polite (286 comments)

This line of reasoning works great until they whip out the Taser because you weren't being " co-operative " with the officer.

Your point is valid, never consent to anything nor say anything to Law Enforcement, just understand you'll likely get the shit kicked out of you for standing up for your rights.

about 4 months ago

CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

nehumanuscrede Interesting (454 comments)

to note the furor of the drinking crowd is much the same as it is with the gun crowd when folks start talking about means to limit their consumption of it.

The fact that alcohol causes quite a bit of death should come as no shock to anyone. The fact that it causes MORE death than the favorite target of activists ( firearms ) these days isn't much of a shock either. What puzzles me is why folks continue to go after one with such ferocity and not the other ? Why is one such a popular icon of EVIL, while the other does even more damage ? ( Don't even get me started about heart disease, medical mistakes and the real scary killers of us all these days )

When was the last time you heard ANYONE speak of banning alcohol, certain types / amounts of alcohol, or alcohol in scary looking bottles ? Any Congressional bills getting drafted on the matter ? Demonstrations by folks with signs ? Anything ?



about 4 months ago

The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

nehumanuscrede Maybe it's my age . . . (208 comments)

but it's more likely my experience.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:D<br><br>I don't buy ANY game at full price anymore. It's not that I'm cheap, I can easily afford them, it's that I'm fed up with games that are effectively Beta II at launch date. Been burned too many times I guess. Within a month of launch, most games will have a Gigabyte sized patch to fix all the crap that should have been fixed prior to release. The world certainly won't end if I don't get to play ( insert AAA title here ) on launch day. Considering the login server issues, DRM and just an overall shitty job ( is there such a thing as Quality Assurance these days ? ) I can wait.<br><br>Usually takes at least six months before I would consider the game stable.<br><br>By that time, all the bugs have been ironed out, the reviews are in either supporting or negating the pre-launch hype and the experience is more pleasant overall.<br><br>If everyone did this, companies would either release a finished and polished product as they are supposed to, or go bankrupt. Simple choice really. I choose to spend my money only on that which is worth it.

about 4 months ago

Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

nehumanuscrede Collateral Damage ? (519 comments)

Interesting ruling, but I wonder how long it will take some law school type to figure out they may be able to apply this case to other unions as well.

All unions, to my knowledge anyway, prize seniority over all other variables. You can be the most amazing employee ever, but when it comes to layoffs, if you have less seniority than someone else, you get the boot first regardless of your abilities.

The flip side of that is you can be the most incompetent employee ever and, due to seniority rules, you get to stay because you've sat in the chair longer.

What really burns me about unions is the two aforementioned employees are paid the same once they have been with the company X years. In my opinion, this creates serious motivational issues for both employees:

One realizes they can do the bare minimum and still get paid.

While your super employee realizes that busting their ass is rather pointless since the other one that is sitting in the corner, drooling on themself is being paid exactly the same as well. ( to add insult to injury, if droolio has more seniority, they have more vacation time to boot )

I fight with unionites all the time who try to tell me the pay is what it is because the Union fights for their members. I point out that since Union dues are a percentage of employee pay, the Union is actually fighting for its own pay raise, not the members. It also explains why the unions never back down over pay, but will instantly give in to health care premium increases since those come out of the employees pockets and not the Unions.

about 4 months ago

Pixar To Give Away 3D RenderMan Software

nehumanuscrede I'll download and play with it . . . (147 comments)

just to see what the differences are between it and Mental Ray and / or V-Ray. ( I own both ) Unless it adds some serious " just gotta have it " reasons over Mental Ray or the other commercial renderers, then most folks probably won't bother with it.

The new hotness, however, is GPU rendering. ( eg: I-Ray or Octane )

If Renderman supports GPU rendering, then it will gain a lot more interest as it won't be considered a deprecated rendering solution.

about 5 months ago

A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

nehumanuscrede There is no such thing as useless . . . . (255 comments)

I used to think otherwise, but have recently come to the revelation that even the most incapable member of a team can be useful under the right circumstances.

Example: One of my team members has been with us a few years. Their capabilities are limited to the most basic of tasks and the odds of their learning the more advanced concepts are slim. Yet, the way our company is structured, their compensation is the exact same as the most capable team members. Creates an odd environment to work in when the most capable are paid the same as the least. . . but that's another story.

One day I realized our LSTM ( Least significant team member ) had a very powerful hidden ability. They now have a code-name: Agent ITWMD. ( Yes, the Information Technology Weapon of Mass Destruction )

Anytime we get an overly pushy marketing department or someone trying to force unrealistic time-lines upon us, we simply deploy the IT WMD to handle that project, sit back and watch the chaos unfold. To give you an idea, what should take two hours will take TWO DAYS with our secret weapon. Imagine sitting on a conference call for two days on a project that any other team member can complete in their sleep in a fraction of the time. It's like being told it will take a week to rotate the tires on your car :D

After one or two of those sessions, the formerly pushy and obnoxious groups will all but BEG us to spare them the horror of such a weapon. We kindly tell them to behave and give us realistic timelines to work with and we'll provide them with a more than capable tech to work with. They usually learn rather quickly. We need only mention the IT WMD on the call when they start to go stupid again and they will instantly understand the direction they are going is the wrong one.

Keep this in mind the next time you have a LSTM of your own. :D

about 5 months ago

WikiLeaks: NSA Recording All Telephone Calls In Afghanistan

nehumanuscrede Re:No shit, this is the JOB of the NSA (241 comments)

Terrorism doesn't come to this country because they hate our way of life, our religion, or beliefs. It comes to this country because our foreign policy is, and has been, bomb everyone that doesn't doesn't agree with us as a means of control.

In the eyes of the rest of the world, the United States is the primary exporter of terrorism. We're pretty much the bully of the planet. It's obvious why we don't have daily drone strikes against Russia or China. They won't put up with it and a conflict between Super-Powers doesn't have a guaranteed or predictable outcome. So we pick on the little countries instead.

We kill some folks with a drone strike, they gun down an embassy, we stomp our feet and point " Look, look ! Teh terrorists ! " and we launch another drone. :|

Americans like to think we are the just ones here. We right the wrongs of the world and that we're the shining example of how things are supposed to be. That's what has been burned into our heads since day one. It's starting to become crystal clear just how incorrect that line of thinking really is. Sadly, outside of an armed revolution*, it's unlikely we'll be able to remove enough of the established government to make any real change in how things work here. It would basically take a complete removal of our elected leadership with some major changes to the existing laws and rules to get us back on the right track.

I sincerely hope there is more to come from Mr. Snowdens documents. I also hope the information contained therein is horrific enough to snap the average American out of the " everything is ok " daze we've been in for the last several decades. Because it will take something along those lines to get the engine of true change running.

*For the inevitable " good luck with your guns vs the military might " post that always seems to show up, I'll simply point out the last several conflicts the US has been involved with were against a much weaker military opponent who used basic guns and IED's. No tanks. No ships or aircraft to speak of. We haven't " won " any of those conflicts in recent history unless you believe the propaganda. Just food for thought before you post it.

At some point, the world will completely lose trust in the United States and when that happens, our existence and / or relevance as a country will cease to be.

about 5 months ago

California Legislation Affirms Privacy Rights Against NSA Spying Methods

nehumanuscrede You can't fix this with laws (96 comments)

when our government can trump them with their " think of the terrorists / kids / national security / state secrets " bullshit.

They're already breaking constitutional laws on an epic scale, do you really think they give two shits about breaking some more ?

It's akin to thinking the " no guns " sign on the front door of a bank will somehow magically avert a bank robbery :/

A nice symbolic gesture perhaps, but laughable if anyone believes it will make any difference.

The only way this gets fixed is when the companies realize that being in bed with the US govt is great, until you get caught. At which point you've eroded public trust to the point you can't GIVE away your product. You may as well blow out the candles and go home.

about 5 months ago

The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

nehumanuscrede Re: I think it's backward. (258 comments)

Google: We're going to give you a super-car for the price of a consumer model. The caveat is we're going to install cameras, microphones and gps into it so anytime you use it, we get to collect all your " meta-data " for use as we see fit. We swear we won't sell it to third parties and certainly won't let the government -cough-NSA-cough- ever use it. Really :)

Not that AT&T is the champion of digital privacy by any means, but Google isn't exactly a savior either. The old saying " Beware of strangers bearing gifts " comes to mind.

about 5 months ago



nehumanuscrede nehumanuscrede writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nehumanuscrede (624750) writes "AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre announced his plans to retire at the annual stockholders meeting today.

The official notification follows:

A message from Ed Whitacre

Today at our annual stockholders meeting, I announced my intent to retire as Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer at AT&T Inc., effective June 3.

Also today, the Board of Directors elected Randall Stephenson to succeed me as the new CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Among my last responsibilities as your CEO is to ensure a smooth, seamless and efficient transition. We have a well-planned succession process underway, and we have a steady, experienced management leading the way. Randall and I are committed to making this as transparent as possible for everyone.

You will hear more about this in the days ahead. In the meantime, I want you to know how proud I am of the outstanding job you do every day to take care of our customers and to reward the trust of our owners.

It has been an indescribable privilege to serve as your CEO. Our company is strong and our path forward is clear. The future for the new AT&T is very bright. For now, let's stay focused on the job at hand and continue producing the kind of results that have made us the biggest...and the best... in the world.

Thank you.

Ed Whitacre"


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