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'Just Let Me Code!'

zildgulf Re:"Just let me build a bridge!" (353 comments)

There is nothing wrong with planning and needed homework before you start programming. How can you program anything if you don't know what you are trying to create? The prep work is part of the programming.

The problem is when navigating the programming environment itself and the Byzantine bureaucracy itself are more important than actually getting stuff done and eats up 98% of your time and energy. Work in a big shop and you will understand the complexity of changing just "one item" can take weeks, including half panicked conferences with one or so of the few insane junior executives and TPS reporting systems galore. The joke of creating the 15th revision of the development plan that include red and straight lines originally and now changed to blue circles that must act like red straight lines is painfully real in those environments.

7 hours ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

zildgulf Re:For those of us who didn't see it... (401 comments)

SPOILER ALERT - Summary of movie:








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New Boss: CLOSE, D*mm*t, CLOSE you lazy b*tts!!!
The Salesmen: The leads are weak.
New Boss: I can get closes off your leads, but here is a list of my leads. You don't get my leads because you can't close ANY leads!! I will keep the top two of you guys and the rest of you will pound pavement in a week!
The Salesmen: (Whispers: We got to get those leads and sell them for top dollar).

about a week ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

zildgulf Re:So they'll just add (249 comments)

I have never heard an Police Officer in our County Courts actually just say that statement without a follow up question from the Judge first. If the Police Officer says he got an anonymous tip our Judges want some paperwork, any paperwork, stating the tip was called in at such-and-such time and taken by such-and-such person. Otherwise our Judges want a search warrant presented, which are easy and quick for our Police to get anyway. This ruling makes our police officers' standard operating procedures on phone searches far less ambiguous and gives far less wiggle room for the Defense Attorneys.

Maybe I am not seeing this happen and you do is that you would think the police would have to prove the likelihood that the evidence obtained by search was legal. Often I see that the Defense Attorney must prove to the court that the search was illegal when the Police Officer makes his statement and show that he has some paperwork saying so. That makes the evidence gained by legally gray searches by default "legal" and it cannot be dismissed. It is not right but that is what happens.

about a month ago
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Gecko Feet Inspire Hand-Held Spider-Man Paddles

zildgulf Gecko Paddles?? (64 comments)

Can these Gecko Paddles save us 15% on our car insurance in 15 minutes?

Oh wait, this is not how any of this works! I can save more in half the time.

"You are never too old, too wacky, too wild
to pick up a book and read to a child" - Dr. Seuss

about a month and a half ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

zildgulf Standard Disclaimer (519 comments)

Standard Disclaimer:

This ruling addresses the faults, as seen by the Judge Rolf Treu, of how these specific tenure laws are written and implemented. If other tenure laws allow firing of tenured teachers for proven just cause and tenure selection was given for those teachers with long proven positive track records, over 5 to 10 years, then the decision could have easily gone the other way. To imply that all existing Public School teacher tenure is at an end is an extrapolation nearly to the point of nonsense because tenure laws can be changed to address the faults found by Judge Treu in the existing laws.

about a month and a half ago
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

zildgulf Re:Duh... (265 comments)

Lessons Learned:

1. Never actively sabotage your employer's equipment in the event that you are let go.
2. Never talk to the police or court without a lawyer. Even an incompetent lawyer is better than representing solely yourself.

about 2 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

zildgulf Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (634 comments)

Since almost all hardware can run compiled Fortran code why not keep it if you have lots of legacy stuff that rarely gets reprogrammed. I am a CS grad but my consultant experience shown me that "upgrading" is not always the best thing for my clients. I would say if an upgrade was required that the perfect language to go to is C, not C++, and migrate it faithfully, not using the latest hot CS trend because in such programs reliability is job one. If you can't rely on the migrated program then the migration is a complete failure, as you witnessed.

about 2 months ago
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What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

zildgulf Re:Put this in perspective (258 comments)

That may be true in the NYC area but Central and Southern Florida is nothing more than big flat sandbar. We would lose most of Southern Florida if the sea level rose 12 feet. Miami would likely be abandoned. The same for New Orleans which most of the city is already below sea-level due to the gradual rise of the sea-level over centuries.

At this point much of the US could polderize their land like the Dutch have but other countries don't have those resources. Most of Bangladesh's population would be gone, through increased deaths by starvation and migration into India, if a 12 ft increase in sea level happens, no matter how slow the pace. Most island nations would be gone or significantly reduced in land area in that scenario. Even China would have problems with the swelling of the Yellow River flooding farms and villages. People can move but if you flood farms you lose food. It would be more of an economic disaster than a survival problem since such flooding will create tens of millions of refugees being a charge on the remaining economic system.

about 2 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

zildgulf Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (588 comments)

You the phrases "appeal to authority", I do not think it means what you think it means. I think "appeal to authority" is usually an appeal to your superiors, such as political or business leaders, who have no special knowledge in this field, as opposed to referring to proven experts that are outside of vested interests, like the CDC, whose one job is to prevent outbreaks of preventable diseases with the best tools they can get. I do not believe anyone's ignorance, including mine, equals someone else's knowledge.

about 3 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

zildgulf Re:That's bullshit. (588 comments)

I agree, that is horse hockey. She shows that her knowledge of basic Chemistry is that of a 4th grader. Sodium Chloride, when broken down chemically creates poisonous Chlorine gas. Pure Mercury is very poisonous, far more poisonous than most Mercuric compounds, which most, if not all, vaccines have removed.

about 3 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

zildgulf Re:Let it die (510 comments)

Truer words were never spoken. If you are fluent in another language, whether is be a spoken or sign language, and you decide not to teach it to your children because you want them to be "the same as everyone else" then you do a disservice to your children. If you are a member of a sub-culture you need to pass that along and enrich your children's view of the world and give them skills that others may not have.

There is this drive to make everyone a clone. Everyone must think alike, talk alike, be alike. But it is your differences that make you ultimately valuable to society.

about 3 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

zildgulf Re:Let it die (510 comments)

I disagree. Technology cannot stamp out Deaf Culture, but it will radically change it. If you grew up in America with American Sign Language as your primary language and have a cochlear implant then you are still part of the Deaf Community, albeit a new and rapidly growing part of the Deaf community. Every part of the Deaf Community will have to include this new bread of "deaf" people.

To say American Deaf Culture will die is like saying the German speaking American culture should be dead since English and Spanish are the predominate languages of the US. Both cultures are will still be alive as one of many sub-cultures in America.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

zildgulf 50/50 projected risk (402 comments)

The projected risk of astronaut survival might have been 50/50 at the initial assessment of the Mercury program but because NACA (later NASA) didn't have a crystal ball and could predict the engineering changes and a little luck that made Mercury program astronaut's survival rate 100%.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

zildgulf NASA = No Colonization of Planets (402 comments)

How can you have colonization if the colonists build a mostly self-sufficient village in a new location and then everyone returns "home" instead of making the new location their home? Therefore it is a logical conclusion that NASA is against colonization and therefore we will have to look at other entities to pursue interplanetary colonization.

about 4 months ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

zildgulf That is an affirmative defense (440 comments)

The Emerson Good Samaritan Act is an affirmative defense against Gross Negligence in the court meaning that anyone can sue Costco for taking the peanut butter and Costco must then prove to the court they fall under this protection. Costco is then presumed guilty until proven innocent. The act is not written that way but that is how it turns out to protect Costco, but not after paying substantial legal fees they will have trouble recouping.

Better to have the peanut butter buried than deal with the likelihood of wacky lawsuits, even lawsuits Costco can easily win.

about 4 months ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

zildgulf ...and Sam's Club is better managed than Costco no (440 comments)

I am not surprised that Costco is making missteps after James Sinegal departure, much like Sam's Club/Wal-Mart has been hampered by management mistakes after Sam Walton died.

Both men were visionaries and did things that the average MBA CxO thinks are mistakes but actually helped their respective companies in the long term. In the Walton run stores (Wal-Mart/Sam's Club) it was the "mistake" Sam Walton made, according to the Walton kids, was not stocking his stores with everything "Made in China" humanly possible (Sam Walton wanted cheap Made in America products when possible) and his refusal to jump with both feet into the political contribution arena, funding every single low tax, ultra conservative politician possible. Both decisions turned out to be major long-term mistakes by the Walton kids which cannot be undone. In the first case it contributed to higher unemployment numbers and stymied the recovery and the second caused the Federal and State governments to cut assistance programs to the poor, both of which hurt Wal-Mart's per store sales.

about 4 months ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

zildgulf Re: Space Travel (357 comments)

The BOTANY BAY?!?!?!

about 4 months ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

zildgulf RE: Space Travel (357 comments)

"AND there's a call for people to be part of the first group to create an intergalactic colony. You would be in suspended animation while the ship would travel near maximum warp and should reach Andromeda in about 75 years. Would you be interested?"

about 4 months ago
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Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

zildgulf Re:Fixing healthcare.gov? (225 comments)

I also didn't want to pay for your locale's use of the Federal resources for law enforcement, military forts, and promoting the general welfare of your locale. Really, where does our Federal Government get this idea that they have to fund these things?

about 4 months ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

zildgulf Re:Normal. (417 comments)

Then why not have a warning stating so when you connect to the domain instead of the user guessing what you are actually doing?

This is why the kid blew the whistle on the Root CA. You, the school's network admin, have every right to install Root CAs on every user that connects to your domain provided you tell them you are doing so. The reason the school's network administrator stopped it because it was not disclosed and do so in secret might be a legal violation. I won't be surprised if the school makes a statement later that they will do this and revert back to the way it was as per your argument.

about 4 months ago

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