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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

weiserfireman Re:Hold on a minute (194 comments)

The chart didn't say that those kinds of wages were common for programmers.

It said for people in the $100-200k salary range, programmers were common.

there is a big difference. $100k+ jobs aren't "common".

3 days ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

weiserfireman Re:Hold on a minute (194 comments)

Part of what determines pay is
1. how difficult is it to find qualified people
2. does the position help you make more money, or is it an expense

Software developers help companies make more money. It is the Add in Value-Add. They are the equivalent of the machines in a machine shop. Without them, what is the point in being in business. If you are a software company you pay what you need to pay, to recruit and retain the best developers you can.

Teachers work for a government agency. It won't turn a profit. The agency collect tax dollars for existing and teachers are an expense. There really isn't any competition to recruit the best ones. People pay lip service to the idea of recruiting the best ones, but they really don't. Education wise, it compares to nurses and architects. Benefit wise, it is one of the best in the country. Some parts of the country have trouble recruiting new teachers. But others don't . A school district will never pay more than required to have a teacher in the classroom, talent be damned. In fact, I think school districts would rather hire fresh young faces out of college, and pay them starting wages than experienced master teachers who will cost them 2x-3x as much.

3 days ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

weiserfireman Re:Fission = bad, but not super-bad (218 comments)

I have always felt the problem of fission waste disposal has been overblown.

If the goal is "walk away safe", then fission fuel is walk away safe in about 300 years too. The high level radiation emitted by the fission products comes from cesium and strontium and in 300 years, it will all be gone. Leaving low level radioactives, Uranium and a tiny amount of plutonium. In 300 years, the used rods will emit the same level of radiation as the unused rods. Since plutonium is an alpha emitter, the used rod will effectively not emit any radiation from plutonium. You could store one under your couch and not suffer any ill effects.

Reason why the US doesn't reprocess nuclear fuel rods anymore is that the Dept of Energy realized that as long as the fuel pellets remain intact, the uranium and plutonium is entrapped in the metallurgical structure of the fuel pellets. For the uranium and plutonium to be released back into the environment they will have to be melted down. If the pellets are unchanged, we could probably recycle them back into a new reactor in 300 years even.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

weiserfireman Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

The subsidy is the thing I hate the most about Fair Tax.

It perpetuates the myth that Money comes for free from the Government. Develops even more people that budget their expenses around their government check

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

weiserfireman Re:credibility of article is doubtful (565 comments)

yes, 8, typo, 2 per engine room

Part of that was for redundancy. They didn't know how reliable they would be long term. Over engineering at it's finest

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

weiserfireman Re:credibility of article is doubtful (565 comments)

The Enterprise used very small reactors, which is why they had 9 of them.

Nimitz and later classes used larger reactors, which is why they only have 2

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

weiserfireman Re:Ugh blowhard city (547 comments)

I agree with his contention that we need to start teaching people about password managers.

I have been using one for 2 years, my wife just found out last week. She was furious. She struggles with trying to come up with good passwords all the time. Based on past experience, she does come up with good ones. The last one I know about is 13 characters long.

Password managers make the process of having a different password for every website trivial. Some of them will generate random usernames too.

Mine generates 10 character passwords, by default. Capitalization, Symbols, Numbers and lower case randomly throughout.

about two weeks ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

weiserfireman Re:Solution (410 comments)

In a National Sales Tax plan

It doesn't matter how much Wealth someone has. Who cares how much wealth someone else has? We don't tax Wealth in the US. We tax Income

Wealth doesn't matter with Sales Tax, because we would be taxing spending. That inherited wealth that moves from generation to generation? Who cares how much money someone has in the bank doing nothing. When they spend it and try to improve their quality of life, it gets taxed.

It is a shallow and covetous person who cares about how big someone else's bank account is. What we really care about is how that person spends their money to give themselves a better standard of living than their neighbors.

about 1 month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

weiserfireman Re:Solution (410 comments)

I've always said the exceptions in a National Sales Tax would be

1. Food - All Food
2. Health Care/Medicine, including OTC
3. Clothing under $100
4. Primary Residence - have to apply for refund, demonstrating it is primary residence, this one will get complicated

Those things take care of the truly poor.

about 1 month ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

weiserfireman Evergreen Supertanker 747 (112 comments)

This is an amazing water bomber. It drops from so high, the water just mists down like light rain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

Because it is a pressurized system, they can control how much they dump where.

For example, maybe they do 4 drops from 1 tank load, 25% on each drop in 4 different locations

Yes, I am a wildland firefighter, I have been on fires where these planes were working
(Engineboss, Strike Team Leader in Training)

about a month ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

weiserfireman hahaha (155 comments)

I love the courts logic.

Dealer Franchise Laws were prevented to promote the Franchise model.

If a car company sells franchises in the State, it can't then open Company Stores and undercut their Franchises.

But if the Car Company has no franchises, there is no one being hurt.

Car Dealerships can't sue because they don't like a new Car Company's Sales Model.

Reality is the Franchise owners were licking their chops thinking of all the money they would make selling Teslas in their dealerships. They got butt hurt when they found out Tesla wasn't going to sell them Franchises.

about a month ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

weiserfireman Re:Yeah right, "diability claims" (144 comments)

I was in a meeting with our Workman's Comp Carrier recently

A representative of the carrier said "If a person doesn't return to work in 6 months, the odds are they will never work again in their life".

Made sense, 6 months is the disability term required to get SSI

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

weiserfireman Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

Israel's pre-1960 borders? The ones were the West Bank belonged to Jordan and Gaza belonged to Egypt?

If it brought a real chance at peace, I believe Israel would agree to that. But Jordan doesn't want the West Bank anymore. Egypt doesn't want Gaza. Israel's pre-1960 borders still would not create a country called Palestine.

Jordan and Egypt don't want to deal with the Palestinian problem anymore than Israel does.

about 3 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

weiserfireman Re:Remote Kill Switch. (443 comments)

Since GM runs ads about how they can remotely kill OnStar equipped vehicles, I am sure that if the capability exists in Tesla Cars, they wouldn't need a warrant to do it. They would only need authorization from the owner. Only time Tesla would need a warrant from the police is if the police are chasing the Owner and the Owner won't grant authorization

about 3 months ago
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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

weiserfireman Re:Jurisdiction (173 comments)

I believe that this is a split from the 5th Circuit who ruled warrants are not required for this data because 3rd party doctrine. It can''t be a search of your private information because it isn't your information, it is Verizon's or AT&T or Sprint. It is about you, but it isn't yours.

Thereby increasing the likelihood that this will eventually make its way to the Supreme Court

It may be time for the Supreme Court to address this issue directly. But they ruled just a few years ago that pager records didn't require warrants.

about 4 months ago
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Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

weiserfireman But this is a light fire year (379 comments)

Every year there are devastating fires somewhere. But we have to look at the acreage and number of fires.

Last year was a light fire year. About 20% lighter than the 10 year average.

So far this year, we are about 15% behind the 10 year average in the number of wildland fires. And we are about 50% behind in the number of acres burned.

http://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/n...

Honestly, I still expect overall the world's climate will be getting wetter with global warming. There might be some regions that will get drier, but warmer oceans mean more evaporation. Warmer temperatures mean the air can hold more moisture resulting in higher humidity. Eventually that higher humidity has to result in more rainfall somewhere. But even if higher humidity doesn't result in rain, higher humidity does result in less aggressive fire behavior.
      I am not a climate scientist. I have a lot of people scoff at me when I say this, but they never explain how I am wrong. I can read the projections but the projections never seem to include the increased levels of ocean evaporation that I expect.

about 5 months ago
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California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

weiserfireman Re:now I never looked into it (420 comments)

yes, this is true. The Pacific ocean off the coast of California is cold. The water has to be preheated. Using your outgoing warm brine, and pure water, to preheat the incoming water is just good sense.

about 6 months ago
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California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

weiserfireman Re:Distillation versus Reverse Osmosis (420 comments)

Flash type vacuum distillation plants are very common and very well understood technology.

I can just about guarantee the desalination plant that Santa Barbara built 20 years ago was this type. Reverse Osmosis plants were brand new cutting edge technology back then.

about 6 months ago
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California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

weiserfireman Re:lol, wut ? (420 comments)

I was a nuclear technician in the Navy. We used Pressurized Water Reactors. My understanding is that most US commercial reactors are pressurized water reactors too.

Primary coolant loop is pressurized water. Primary Loop is pressurized and never boils, never produces steam. Pressurized so it can carry lots of heat without boiling. Water transports the heat to a Steam Generator in a secondary cooling loop. The water in the secondary loop boils and produces steam. The steam is used to spin steam turbines attached to generators and main engines.

Lots and lots of steam.

about 6 months ago
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California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

weiserfireman Re:And with that yoiu get POWER! (420 comments)

Their mothballed desalination plant won't be a reverse osmosis system. It will be an older flash distillation plant.

Probably steam powered. I ran and supervised the operation of 2 multi-stage 100,000 gallon per day flash distillation plants in the Navy. They have very few moving parts and were very reliable. They just took a ton of steam to operate. Steam for the ejectors that pulled the vacuum, and steam for the heating elements. Lots of electricity for the pumps.

But they are talking about a plant that can produce millions of gallons per day of fresh water. It will be very clean and soft too. Expect 0 hardness on the output. They probably will be adding minerals so the output has good flavor.

about 6 months ago

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How do I handle a Patent Troll

weiserfireman weiserfireman writes  |  about 2 years ago

weiserfireman writes "We received a letter today from a company claiming they are the licensing agent for some US Patents, 7986426, 7477410, 6771381, 6185590.

They are claiming the integration of scanning and document management into our workflows violates their patents and we have to license their technology as an end user.

An example of an infringing technology is the use of an HP MFP scanner to send an email or scan a document to a network folder or Microsoft Sharepoint.

I am pretty sure that these patents could be invalidated by prior art. I've worked with document management systems since 1999. But my company is so small that a patent fight as an enduser of these technologies is not financially feasible.

I have started the process of trying to get HP's Legal Team involved, does Slashdot have any other suggestions?"

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What would you include in a new building?

weiserfireman weiserfireman writes  |  about 2 years ago

weiserfireman (917228) writes "For the first time in our company's 60 year history, we are going to be building a new facility from scratch.

We are a CNC Machine shop with 40 employees and 20 CNC machines, crammed into a 12,000 sq foot building. We are going to build a new 30,000 sq foot building.

I am the only IT person. I support all the computer systems, as well as all the fire/security/phone systems. My Boss has asked for my input on what infrastructure to include in the new building to support current and future technology.

1st on my list is a telecommunications equipment room. Our current building doesn't have one.

I have been researching this topic on the Internet, and I have a list of a lot of different things, all of them are nice, but I know I am going to have a limited budget.

If you were in my shoes, what priorities what features would you design into the building?"
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weiserfireman weiserfireman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

weiserfireman writes "The US Supreme Court heard arguements today in the case of Microsoft v AT&T. The transcript is available at http://www.supremecourtus.gov/oral_arguments/argum ent_transcripts/05-1056.pdf.

The case revolves around an AT&T patent for voice recognition software. The code was included in Microst Windows. Microsoft already agreed to damages for infringement for copies of Windows distributed in the United States. AT&T argues that Microsoft also owes them for damages from copies of Windows distributed overseas. The key in this case is that there are no foreign patents involved, only a US one. The copies of the Windows were produced overseas from "Golden Disks" provided by Microsoft from the US.

AT&T claims that because the code and the Golden Disks originated in the US, all subsequent foreign copies infringe upon their US Patent. It is a novel case with potential liabilty for more companies than just Microsoft.

There is some interesting exchanges between the judges and the lawyers. It is clear that the judges haven't thought about software very much, but are adept and building anologies. The Lawyers didn't seem to really understand the technology and their anologies were very funny.

At one point one of the justices said "We've never ruled on software patents before, don't we have to rule that software is patentable to decide this case?" The lawyers desperately tried to steer him away from that question. Both sides have too much to lose to want an answer.

Based on the questioning and the laws presented, I don't think AT&T has a chance. At best Microsoft is liable for the master copies provide to overseas manufacturers, but not any subsequent copies that are produced overseas."

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