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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

pigiron Re:I like Buicks... (257 comments)

They do tend not to stand out in a crowd. Nor do they stand out on the freeway in the eyes of the Highway Patrol!

yesterday
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

pigiron I like Buicks... (257 comments)

especially 5 year old ones with low mileage. Best used car deals out there by far.

yesterday
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

pigiron Re:OK (268 comments)

Incorrect! A .22LR round can easily penetrate the human skull when fired from a .22 rifle.

5 days ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

pigiron Re:How is he incorrect, though? (325 comments)

Dump the distorted, politically correct Gall-Peters and get yourself a decent globe to sit next to your desk.

about two weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

pigiron Re:More leftwing feminist hysteria... (460 comments)

Being gay is not wrong; it's merely disgusting. And Sean Hannity is an authoritarian lackey of the establishment who presents a false faux "conservative" honey trap to whites.

The sooner we get on with exterminating these war-mongering corporate Republicrat spokesmen on Fox and MSNBC, the better.

Resist "Diversity"!

about two weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

pigiron More data (460 comments)

"Science" doesn't have a problem. It merely has more data points to analyze.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

pigiron With questions like this... (234 comments)

it's no wonder /. is dying.

about two weeks ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

pigiron Re:Provided (325 comments)

I hope it does. And Africa or that fetid disease-ridden helhole of India are good places to start.

about two weeks ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

pigiron Re:My father is a retired corporate pilot . . . (112 comments)

A problem the much safer Lockheed L-1011 solved by only putting the air intake on the leading edge of the rear stabilizer and putting the third engine down in the fuselage and more in-plane with the two wing engines.

The DC-10's name was changed to the MD-11 in order to distance itself from the hugely bad reputation the DC-10 had earned.

The safety statistics quoted above are bogus as they count a single death the same as this infamous one of Flight 191 which killed everyone on board when an engine fell off the plane during takeoff from O'Hare:

http://www.super70s.com/Super7...

about two weeks ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

pigiron Re: Are you fucking serious? Tell me you aren't! (198 comments)

"There are plenty of use cases where ACID compliance is ridiculous, such as most banking transactions."

I (and my minions) have been applying relational transaction solutions to banking problems for 35 years and your statement is total and utter nonsense. Almost all banking transactions require rigorous application of ACID in order to ensure that there is no double accounting for the same transaction.

You don't know WTF you are talking about.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

pigiron Re:And the winner will still be... (105 comments)

Partitioning a table over multiple drives has allowed RDMS's to utilize multiple processors for a single join ever since Teradata pioneered the hardware for this 30 years ago. The sky is the limit.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

pigiron And the winner will still be... (105 comments)

the architecture that can achieve the fastest speed on complex relational joins.

You remember normalized tables and joins of course because they aren't going away since they are the only program constructs that are remotely built on the solid foundation of real math set theory

AND they aren't even Turing machines!!! LOL.

about three weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

pigiron This will lead to... (282 comments)

The REVENGE of OpenBSD!

about three weeks ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

pigiron Give me... (251 comments)

your IP address, your tablet, and your Prius!

about a month ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

pigiron Re:Agricultural Revolution 2.0 (140 comments)

In pre-Columbian times massive areas of the Amazon basin were de-forested and under cultivation.

about a month ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

pigiron Red Box (193 comments)

I hope it gets those cartridges faster than RedBox.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

pigiron Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

"Programming isn't a profession like law or medicine. It's a skilled trade like plumbing, masonry, or electrical work."

I worked under the impression that it would be something akin to being a skilled tool & die maker when I learned to code Fortran, circa 1973, for an upper division class for statistical analysis of econ data. I was subsequently proved right when I started working professionally as a financial analyst in 1980 using Fortran, SAS, and an early relational database management system.

I made a ton more money in my career than any tool & die maker ever did though I moved around a lot like a professional welder might.

As for the OP's original question, my first big mistake was not modularizing my early long Fortran programs into subroutines. Fave languages are fully functional interpreters with dynamic typing and code that in itself can create immediately executable code like a LISP 1. PS - HTML are really just a special case of S-expressions and rows in relational normalized tables map pretty easily to lists too.

about a month ago

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