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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

plopez No the solution is population control (388 comments)

A huge number of environmental problems could be solved if we could just get couples to have only 1 child. One side effect of this would be an aging population and reduction in labor force. But health care improvements and automation could cushion that.

4 hours ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

plopez Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (388 comments)

It would require a huge amount of social engineering. Which is much harder than anything technical.

4 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

plopez Re:Duh (343 comments)

There is no open market. Ever. Deal with it.

5 hours ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

plopez Re: Web Searches For These Suck (116 comments)

The last programming Language I can think of which was whitespace dependent was Fortran 77. And whitespace dependence was removed as soon as possible in Fortran 90.

Welcome to the 70's!

9 hours ago
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

plopez Re:Funny as hell (149 comments)

How much energy would that take? What is the cost in creating the heat shielding?

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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

plopez Hydrogen is a scam (275 comments)

It is mostly produced from hydrocarbon fractionation, mostly natural gas fractionation. It can also be produced from coal. It there does nothing to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and the process release large amounts of CO2. So, in my opinion, it is a useless road to go down and a scam.

yesterday
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

plopez Re:Where do you fill up? (275 comments)

Actually much of commercial hydrogen comes from some form of natural gas in a process called hydrocarbon fractonation.. Hydrogen is a scam run by the fossil fuels industry. It can in fact be produced by running live steam over coal. Wiki it up if you do not believe me.

yesterday
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

plopez Re:Congress Can UnFund Obama! (91 comments)

Anything like that, IIRC, is administered by the GSA.

2 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

plopez Re:Why giving ? (91 comments)

Don't tell a Jews that. The Nazis sold it as being part of an anti-Jewish anti-Communist crusade.

2 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

plopez Re:Right on! (284 comments)

Is there an employment ad somewhere you can point to back up your claim?

3 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

plopez Re:Right on! (284 comments)

I've been boycotting them for years. And encouraging other to do the same. But their marketing engine is better funded than mine.

3 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

plopez Right on! (284 comments)

You won't see me crying over a thief that got robbed. Wal-Mart has systematically shorted employee pay, forced their employees and their families onto welfare, and demanded tax cuts meaning that other taxpayers foot the bill. They are also supporting a corrupt and oppressive government in China and n doing so helped destroy many middle class lives by having jobs moved there.

So boohoo, they got what they deserved. Hats off to those who 'stick it to the man'.

4 days ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

plopez Re:IQ of congress (161 comments)

You must be new to software development....

5 days ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

plopez Stop government oppression! (129 comments)

This is just another example of government interference in the market place and driving free enterprise out of business! Let the industry regulate its self!

5 days ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

plopez Re:IQ of congress (161 comments)

Vauge requirements and design are par for the course.

about a week ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

plopez Wait for the Holy Wars to start (161 comments)

Knowing programmers the most inconsequential thing will cause a 'Holy War' to break out. Also there will be trawling, grammer nazi-ism, heavy sarcasm, and an in- ability to empathize.

about a week ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

plopez Re:This study is... (123 comments)

Probably emotionally neutral strangers. If it were a Hitler or Stalin character results might vary.

about a week ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

plopez Re:This study is... (123 comments)

Some do it for no economic benefit at all. See serial killers as an example.

about a week ago

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Is Agile the new silver bullet?

plopez plopez writes  |  about a year and a half ago

plopez (54068) writes "Agile is becoming, at least in my experience, the latest in a long line of silver bullets. Questions are arising about it applicability and articles are appearing criticizing the approach. A practice often considered best for smaller projects is being pressed into large corporate projects with far flung team members. The spawns articles such as the one recently submitted on Slashdot and even CIO.com is getting into the act: http://www.cio.com/article/734338/Why_Agile_Isn_t_Working_Bringing_Common_Sense_to_Agile_Principles

So what are the limitations of the Agile process? Is it over sold? What can be done to preserve the best parts of the approach in the face of what may be growing backlash?"
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The Isolation of Academia and the Private Sector

plopez plopez writes  |  more than 3 years ago

plopez writes "The ask Slashdot
recent posting "Ask Slashdot: Successful software from academia" asked a good question but I think also missed a larger issue.

The programming I have seen in Academia has been poor, probably worse than the private sector. OOP seems to be unheard of and is often taught by those who only heard of it a few weeks before they were required to teach the class. Ditto with Design Patterns, UML, unit testing, Agile Development, and the hard lessons from private sector death marches. The Application Developers in Academia are often poorly taught and undisciplines, more so than what I have seen in the private sector.

In addition outside of a few areas such as games, databases, and graphics; learning from Academia often doesn't make it into the mainstream. E.g. algorithm analysis should be a basic given for any working programmer, I know I did it when working as a programmer. But when I tried to explain why a bubble sort was a bad idea I was often met with blank stares. Or why using a DOM XML parser on large data sets instead of a SAX based parser was a bad idea. Or how to hack a SAX parser when needed, which involves tree searches and push-down stacks. Both push-down stacks and tree searches should be Sophomore level programming and in every programmers toolbox, even if only to assess whether a library based on these principles is a reasonable solution. Or self-referential programming, which is often skirting on the edges of AI (and in fact what some Design Patterns may be approaching). Another cool thing coming from Academia but yet seemingly unheard of is time-oriented databases (see Snodgrass who works at the University of Arizona if you are interested, there are some bizarre things that can happen if time is mishandled in databases).

The upshot is that Academia and the rest of the world seem to be isolated from each other. There is a wealth of experience in the private sector that doesn't seem to make it into Academia and vice versa. If I am wrong please correct me. And if you have ideas how to fix the problem please share them."
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Ask slash:What is the best copyright for a thesis?

plopez plopez writes  |  more than 3 years ago

plopez writes "I am wrapping up an MS. In the past I have had problems getting copies of others' works due to lack of copyright notices on their thesis or dissertation. I don't want that happen to me. I know the joke is "No one will ever read your thesis", but in the slim chance it is useful to others I don't want them to be required to hunt me down for a release. Basically I want to say: "Copyright is released as long as this work or excerpts is properly attributed. Also, any published excerpts cannot be copyrighted by other parties, nor can the original work in its entirety.

Is this good enough? I don't want to encumber legitimate uses of the work but I also don't want some pirate coming along and stealing it out of public domain. Is public domain good enough? Or does it allow the work to be restricted by commercial interests? I know of copyleft, but copyleft is a family of copyright notices and I am unsure which one is right for my intent.

Please help. Stay on topic, don't respond to ACs who are trolling (I never do), and be polite.

TIA""

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Why am I here?

plopez plopez writes  |  more than 4 years ago

How many years of my life have I wasted on slashdot. I could have done something more satisfying, like drinking or cultivating a heroin habit.

I seem to have not only friends but fans on this site. Why? I'm finding things getting weirder, but I guess that makes life more interesting.

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