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Comment Re:The proof would disprove itself (Score 1) 412

I agree. My problem is the term "computer simulation". We are making assumptions right away about what the words computer and simulation mean in this context. If a simulation is defined as something that has a set of "pre-programmed" reactions to stimulus then by virtue of the laws of physics governing our universe I would say that we are quite obviously living in a "simulation". The use of "computer" in this context is simply laughable, but it may imply (by the authors) that there is a processing outcome that the simulation owners are looking for, and the further implication that there are "owners" or "programmers". That would beg the question "What is outside of the simulation?" If it was a simulation and there was something outside of it, it seems very unlikely that we could ever detect whatever that is (to your point).

It seems much more likely that the set of rules responsible for our universe came into existence randomly and were such that our universe could and does exist. And that there exists many other universes with not quite the same rules and which would be unrecognizable (and undetectable) to us. And further that many would come into existence and collapse immediately because the parameters were not quite right to support existence.

This view is more in line with our observations of the evolution and iterative and ongoing changes in the universe we know. I believe you can make inferences about the larger whole from the behavior of the component parts.

"God does not play dice." I'm afraid that God does not exist, but the dice are real (my own immortal existence notwithstanding).

Comment Franchise (Score 1) 519

You know, Trump, the AntiPresident reminds me of Norman Muller from the Asimov short "Franchise". Takes place in 2008 (so Asimov was only off by 8 years!) and instead of just one person selected to vote for president, current affairs make it seem like Norman -became- president...

In any case, Asimov was certainly prescient insomuch as the "future" presidential state of affairs is mind boggling.

Comment Age Discrimination (Score 4, Informative) 391

I'm in the same situation right now, albeit I'm a -little- older than 63... Employers are not allowed to ask you questions related to your age, but it's pretty obvious when you forget and start relating sexism in the workplace to the synod of Rome in 850. The bigger issue (at least for me) seems to be that it doesn't matter if your 63 or 2022, employers are looking for young cheap people that have exactly the skills they think they need without considering the advantages of experience and adaptability. If they can't find that locally, they outsource.

Seriously, you would think that 200 decades of experience would count for something, but no. It seems far more important that you are a tiny square peg they need to fill the tiny square hole they have. Sheesh.

Comment How to Solder (Score 1) 615

My first computer came as a bag of components that needed to be soldered to a board before the computer was operational. Early hackers were electronics geeks because there was nobody else. If you didn't have a background in electronics you weren't in the game.

I miss the days when digital communication wasn't easy and you had to be particularly motivated to be part of the community.

Comment Management Is Hard (Score 5, Insightful) 229

So this comes down to actually being a good manager. It's hard, and lots of people do it wrong / pretend they are good but aren't / etc. Ask yourself what you really want in a developer and then manage your team to that standard understanding that each member has their own strengths and weaknesses. Something like:

- Elegant and easily understood code
- Good at estimating and meeting deadlines
- Productive and participative in scrums
- Thoughtful and supportive of alternative views
- Etc.

Coders are people. They are a unique breed of people, sure, but if you want to gauge their worth, then you manage and treat them like people. Not monkeys at a typewriter. A small group of talented and creative coders can save a company millions in just a day of work. I've seen it. You need to appreciate their value by paying attention, not coming up with some arbitrary metric that makes your job easier.

Comment Re:Some helpful context: (Score 1) 406

If I were developing, deploying and operating multi-million dollar drones in an area currently under a great deal of military and economic tensions, I'd be loading that drone with every type of sensor, (active and passive) that I could possibly fit in its hull.

The drone was worth $150,000.

It's just sabre rattling.

Comment Re:Not -Exactly- Renewable (Score 1) 160

This sounds like bad news for the Earth's outer core (and eventually our magnetic field and atmosphere). Serious question: Is the cooling of this a long-term problem or will it re-heat on the basis of the mass of the earth over time?

I'm assuming that this is not dangerous so long as the total rate at which we cool the outer core does not exceed the capability of it to re-head through gravity. Is that correct? (not a geologist).

Comment Re:It's not the vinyl, it's the subscriptions (Score 1) 188

There is another aspect to this that I have not seen mentioned yet too. When you buy a vinyl album you will often get either download codes or FLAC files or in the case of a retailer like Amazon they add the digital version right into your amazon music library.

So you don't actually have to play the vinyl if you don't want to -- but you still have music that you can hold in your f*cking hand and know that you own it.

Comment Competitive Advantage (Score 3, Insightful) 416

If you train them in your country, you should try to keep them in your country unless you think your educational institutions are no more than money makers. Otherwise you will eventually lose the competitive advantage that you have over other countries that do not invest as heavily in education. If you are concerned about immigration in this regard then you should change the caps you place on the number of foreign students you allow.

Also, China can chase all they want, but I doubt that there is going to be a mass exodus of top talent to a country with a stifling authoritarian system in place. Top talent really requires freedom -- I think history teaches us at least that much.

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