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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

oursland Re:DEsalination plants should be a priority (335 comments)

No, it wouldn't. Furthermore, we've been deactivated San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) because the penny-wise dickheads at the top cut corners and ended up making some really bad engineering decisions that led to radiation leakage.

With NIMBYism and the well-known desire of businessmen to make money over safety, I don't imagine we'll be seeing nuclear come into vogue again anytime soon.

yesterday
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

oursland Re:DEsalination plants should be a priority (335 comments)

We're getting one in Carlsbad, CA, in the north of San Diego County. The upside is that it provides a nice local source of fresh water. The downside is that it costs twice as much per gallon and has a minimum purchase contract, regardless of usage and need.

California may be experiencing a drought now, but other years this becomes an unnecessary cost that may affect people of differing incomes unequally.

yesterday
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

oursland Re:Advantages? (134 comments)

That, too, is rather misleading. NAT only provides a sense of security, as the devices may not be addressed directly. However if you assume that because your devices are behind a NAT, that they're secure from external attack, you can be easily surprised when one device acts as a portal to the rest. Piercing the Firewall is not a new concept.

yesterday
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

oursland Re:I don't get it (362 comments)

This was more to say "we're serious, and watch what happens if you are not as serious about it as we are"

It also screams "I'm a liability. If you don't do what I want I will hurt you, even if you've done nothing wrong." This applies to this situation but also in future situations.

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

oursland Re:I don't get it (362 comments)

charges against the employer for having such a person in their employ

That line is quite concerning. It literally means that perceived emotional harm isn't just the fault of the perpetrator but a liability on the employer. It's impossible to control other's actions and more importantly how those around them perceive them, so the only meaningful defense is to eliminate potential victims.

about a week ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

oursland Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

All "drivers" aren't equal, some drive considerably more than others. What is the accident rate per age group with respect to 100,000 miles driven?

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

oursland Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

There are laws mandating minimum speeds and prohibiting certain types of equipment from using roads during certain hours because they do pose a threat to drivers. A stationary obstacle such as a tire, tree, mattress or other common road detritus is recognized to all as a threat to safety on the road, a slow driver merely puts the same threat in motion.

about two weeks ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

oursland The future is NOW! (106 comments)

Now I really can drive by the seat of my pants!

about two weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

oursland Re:Not exhaustive as it misses some big names... (285 comments)

She is trained appropriately and used to be one, however I'm unaware of any magnificent coding works of hers which would put her on this list. GP's assertions are business management related and if TFA was about best managers, perhaps she'd be on that list.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

oursland Re:Maybe because normal humans can't code (608 comments)

I believe you may have understood bluefoxlucid as you're actually agreeing with them.

The point was that: "Algorithms do not necessarily have an intuitive relationship with real world, but are abstract in nature. This means people do not have an intuitive mental model as they do with real world objects. Developing a working mental model of the abstract takes time, effort, and practice. Some people are uninterested, unwilling, or incapable of developing a useful abstract mental model to work as programmers."

This abstract nature of thinking is certainly not restricted to programming and is necessary to develop for any math influenced field such as Mathematics (Abstract and Applied), Physics, Chemistry, and the rest of the Sciences. Heck, even the various humanities require other forms of abstract mental models to be effective in, but because majoring in Literature doesn't make it rain for the average practitioner, there's not a lot of clamoring for making these forms of complex thought more accessible to the layman so they may be employed.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

oursland Re:Maybe because normal humans can't code (608 comments)

We can't all be rocket surgeons.

And that isn't fair. For some, this is an injustice to be eliminated until everyone is equal in every way.

It would seem that in the 60s and 70s kids were told "you can be anything you want when you grow up, if you work hard enough". Somewhere in the 80s and 90s it got reduced to "you can be anything you want when you grow up" and now people want something without investing all the time and effort into it.

Programming is hard and is the result of hard work and many hours of focused effort. If people want to succeed at it they need to stay in, put down the video games, and work for it.

You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.
-Abraham Lincoln

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

oursland Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

There is no IDE or language that can help with that part of the problem.

And that's not fair! What we need is a Handicapper General.

about two weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

oursland Re:Not exhaustive as it misses some big names... (285 comments)

Marissa Mayer former innovator at Google and now CEO of Yahoo. She is well known for making Google Maps useful.

If I understand correctly, she was a product manager on Google Maps, not a programmer.

about two weeks ago
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

oursland Re:Tethers don't matter, insurance does! (88 comments)

Yes, if you really think about it, we've done quite a bit in our history with objects on strings, and yet a 20' string tied to helium balloons by the dozen doesn't require a pilots permit, and flying a kite doesn't require a license.

You don't have a clue what people are doing with these things, do you? Flying a unmanned aerial vehicle is nothing like tying a helium balloon to a string.

And naturally, the first question born from this insanity is why the hell aren't we forced to buy kite and balloon insurance these days...I'm rather shocked the greedy bastards let that one fly....literally.

You're not required to buy insurance for a lot of things, but you'll be personally liable for all damages without it. In the case of transportation, the risk of damage and injury is so great that the government has opted to mandate all vehicle operators be insured.

about three weeks ago
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

oursland Tethers don't matter, insurance does! (88 comments)

Each public flight should be insured with the insurance agency knowing the risks of each flight. Tethers do nothing but add an additional liability as they add weight, may get caught up in trees or power lines, and will potentially cause damage in the case of a vehicle crash.

about three weeks ago

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