* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2527 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

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Re: Self selection and poor selection for better paid roles

IT isn't "sexist". It's a brutal meritocracy. This is especially true for places like Silicon Valley. A lot of guys can't cut it and do little more than occupy space. They would quickly get ejected from a high demand IT environment.

Women self select against IT for painfully obvious reasons that have nothing to do with this "sexism" narrative. HELL, this sexism narrative is one of the things keeping them away. It takes what little supply there might be and reduces it even further.

The smart ones gravitate towards jobs with better pay and more respect. They gravitate towards professions that are glamorized by our culture rather than shat upon by it. This should not be a shocking result.

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Re: Sooo...

Get over yourself.

This is about CLASS and not gender.

A female oncologist is as elite as anyone else. A nurse or cleaner is not. Each of those women made their own personal choices and is now living with them. The consequences here were never a mystery. NO ONE deserves a pity party over this stuff. They certainly don't deserve one just because of their genitalia. THAT is the opposite of equality.

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Communist nonsense.

A cleaner simply isn't that valuable. They shouldn't get shit. If you want to live large then you actually need to earn it. This includes putting in the prep work required to make more money. Nobody owes you a damn thing.

The fact that a nurse gets paid less than a physician is just and good. It places the individual incentives where they need to be so that someone is there to save your sorry ass.

If you start shitting on those of us that have spent out entire adult lives working to do better, then we will stop and you will shit out of luck when it matters most.

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IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

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Re: Back in the day

> I bought a 500MB SCSI drive, in 1995, for video and animation work, thinking that it would be enough last me for the full MTBF lifetime of the drive. Now I couldn't even fit my music collection on something that size.

Forget about now. Just a couple of years after that I had multiple classes of multimedia data that would not fit on a mere half gig. Music was just one example. That ship sailed a long time ago.

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Re: Back in the day

By the time 1G hard drives came out, there was more than enough user data to fill them up with. I archived stuff on CD's in those days.

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Re: What job will last forever

Unless your taxes can be sent in on a post card, they are too complicated for a machine. The rules are just a little too complex and subtle. It's a bit like law.

In the US you need a post-doc degree to be a tax lawyer.

It's not about keeping the accountants employed. It's about keeping billionaire campaign donors happy.

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NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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Re: I really hate that man

> Let's not forget that he has the Republican party behind him, Ted Cruz has been very vocal for such a change to NASA.

That's quite a bit of spin there.

Ted's position on the matter is that we shouldn't toss the thing after we've spent a ton of money on it. If it's still useful, we should still keep using it.

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Re: We don't need no education

> The next generation should be taught to believe whatever their local pastor and Koch brothers tell them - not this fancy pants thinking business

The fun thing about high school level physics is that you can do it yourself. You can't do that with "climate science".

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Re: We don't need no education

You are committing numeric fraud that would make Disraeli blush.

You are conflating "GDP" with anything concrete.

The real ranking is more like #5 with countries like Germany, France, and the UK spending less.

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Re: We don't need no education

>> Today I teach Physics to our next generation.

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> This is not needed for real estate speculation and swapping Slavic trophy wives every few decades. So there is no reason to fund it.

Physics is very handy for teaching genuine, practical, repeatable science. You can do real science, on your own, in the class room. It makes you far less prone to being vulnerable to every flim-flam man that comes along. This drives "science groupies" nuts though.

REAL civil engineering is very relevant to real estate.

Numeracy is also very important in business.

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Re: We don't need no education

> eliminate the Department of Education entirely, leaving education up to the states and local gummints, which is how things used to be.

No. It's always been like that. Creating a new ministry in DC really didn't change that. What happens at the local level in your own town still is the most relevant thing. That includes local tax measures, the local school board, and even your own PTA.

Americans really need to be bludgeoned with a civics text book until it starts to sink in.

The rest of you have an excuse.

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Been there. Done that.

> How do you know? You take it on trust from the very same scientists

I've lived long enough to experience it personally. Kids get excited about a cold snap or some unusually nasty weather and I get nostalgiac rather than going into a media induced panic whining about "climate change" that had to be "re-branded".

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Re: Not what they say, what they do

> No, they are just being the best democracy money can buy.

Climate change is now taken as an article of faith. If you indicate any kind of disagreement, people start building bonfires to burn you with.

At this point, fixating on watching the fire burn doesn't really make any sense any more. We know the house is on fire (or rather, you're certain of it). We're way past the time to actually do something about it. That action may be nothing more that getting your ready bag and running out of the house.

Spending money to watch the house burn is a bit dubious at this point. Not wanting to spend that money any more is not what you think it means.

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All of this to avoid fessing up.

> I am surprised the Russians have not done it already. With all the vehement russophobia promoted by the USA lately this is very long overdue.

Democrats have selective amnesia. They forgot who shuttered our manned space program and who we now have to hitch hike with in order to get to the ISS.

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Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone

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Re: NHS most trusted with our info, survey says, social media isn't

Also, people don't go into enough gory and graphic detail even when they do go complaining to the doctor. They leave important things out even when they have a problem and they're hoping the doctor will be able to figure out what's going on.

Nobody wants to go to the doctor. They don't want the bad news.

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Re: chocolate

Meanwhile, plenty of patients are sharing their deepest darkest medical secrets on Facebook already.

This kind of "survey" might be horribly skewed. Those that don't have any medical history to speak of may be spiking the results. I suspect this is one of those things were different experiences will alter the results considerably.

I wouldn't trust a government agency to be competent. On the other hand, I do have an interest in sharing information with other patients even in a dodgey place like Facebook.

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Meltdown's Linux patches alone add big load to CPUs, and that's just one of four fixes

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Re: For procurement...

It's not just the whales... The real pain point with databases is the cost of software if you are using the overpriced and overhyped commercial vendors. That will add a nice magnification factor (2-5x) to the impact/cost of this kind of slow down.

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US states accused of skimming cash from 911 emergency call dosh

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Re: Not Surprised

People aren't so much "obsessed with tax rates" as they are aware that the government pulls this shit. I remember a particular tax that was meant to be TEMPORARY and dedicated to the local public transit system. Once it ran it's course, it got snarfed up by the local taxing authority, made permanent, and applied to the general fund.

They had trouble passing a tax measure like that again for obvious reasons.

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Re: Not Surprised

> medical system that is 100x more expensive then ANYWHERE

My big procedure cost the same here in the states as it would in London. At a certain point the narrative induced exaggerations don't even pass the sniff test any more.

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Funnily enough, no, IT admins who trash biz machines can't claim they had permission

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Re: If it had been the 9th circus court...

It's simply not the role of judges (at any level) to inject their personal politics into their decisions. They are there to apply and interpret the law. They should be as close to "justice machines" as possible.

They should even resist the temptation to bend to public opinion and the mob.

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Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

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Re: Change "email" with "money"...

No. The data is in control of a US company. Changing it from data to money really doesn't change a thing. They are trying to play a shell game in order to hide from the courts. The courts should not have any of it.

If a foreign corporation was doing this kind of thing in the US in order to hide from their own courts, I would have no problem with it going the other way.

This situation is nothing like hiding money in the Cayman Islands.

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Badass alert: 1 in 5 Brits don't give a damn about webpage crypto-miners

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Re: Hang on a minute...

I wouldn't expect any more than 1 in 10 Brits to even understand the question. I would expect most people to look at you like you have two heads after asking them that kind of question.

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Linux laptop-flinger says bye-bye to buggy Intel Management Engine

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Oh Really?

So you expect a laptop with 2.5TB of SSD storage to be sold at Walmart/Tesco type prices?

Yeah, a machine with a Xeon processor or 4 NVIDIA compute cards will set you back a pound or two too.

Although they also have cheaper machines.

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What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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Re: Not to mention investment...

It's easy to turn on a dime when you can execute civil servants for not being up to snuff and you don't have to worry about silly things like democracy or civil liberties.

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Re: fossil fuel - we're addicted. @katrinab

The "overnight charge plan" only works if you are nothing but a commuter. Do anything else and your approach to batteries becomes completely unworkable.

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NHS England told to get a grip on patient records after £6.6m blunder

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Re: Not getting a break

I'm no fan of socialized medicine, but repairing the current leaky ship probably makes a lot more sense than building a new one from scratch.

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

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...as if.

> Like it or not, Microsoft are the choice for almost all businesses,

It's not 2000 any more. You need to get out more.

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Re: The problem was the motivation

School kids these days don't even get the whole platform wars thing to them. To them it's a strange oddity for dinosaurs. They don't care about what brand of OS or application they use. They move between them all with equal agility.

If you think a kid these days needs to be taught a particular brand of software, you're way past the times.

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Yes, a database... a piss poor one.

> Blindly making changes to Linux config files you don't understand is likely to end in tears as well.

The great thing about text files is that they lend themselves very well to in line documentation. You can have very nice explanations for everything you might want to change. No special tools are required and the entire "hive" is very nicely partitioned. They're easy to view, edit, and backup with generic tools.

One problem with the registry is that you end up with crap in all kinds of weird places. Stuff is cryptic and byzantine and hostile to human interpretation.

The registry is over centralized over complicated trash that just barely gets along now that the underlying file system is robust enough to make up for the fact that the registry itself is a sad joke as a database engine.

The fact that a system will strongly type data doesn't prevent you from inputing total gibberish.

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Re: Delivery

Is the Under the Linden subway line still under construction? They were calling it "Under Construction Street" when I was in Berlin last.

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Re: Doomed from the Start??

Even if you save in MS it will still be the latest revision and bugger any of your legacy MS users.

That's been MS SOP since they still had to sabotage Lotus.

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Re: €49.3m for Windows 10

Pretty much all of that bespoke vertical stuff should be going into the cloud just like everything else. It doesn't matter if it's in house stuff written by Munich itself or something they sourced from someone else. The vast bulk of their stuff should run inside of a generic web browser at this point.

Look at the calendar.

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Re: and i doubt anyone on the El reg Forums does either

Meh. When it comes to software, even dodgier options from Google manage to do the trick. Forget about more robust desktop applications (on any platform).

Pretty much everything you've mentioned is actually MORE of a problem on Windows rather than less.

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Re: "They'll be back."

So you're saying that every piddly little contractor and tradesman and individual that wants to make major renovations or build something needs AutoCAD. That sounds derangely beaurocratic even for Germany.

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That other OS

The elephant in the room here of course is Apple. If they can't migrate off of Windows because they have a crazy number of Windows only applications, then that equally prevents them from running MacOS. Not only that but it sounds like this would be true for the entire country of Germany and not just Munich.

Sounds like an awful lot of power to hand over to a foreign company.

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Re: Shush, you didn't here it from me....

> Why on earth would they move to a cut down OS that has less functionality and worse security even than Linux?!

The same reason anyone ever bothered with WinDOS... "everyone uses it".

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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

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Re: What did you expect?

> You right wingers are so tribal.

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> You automatically think that anyone who criticises a republican is obviously as much of a democrat sychophant

This sounds like very mundane kind of DMCA stuff and most of you are unhinged with hate over it. You aren't "merely criticizing" here. You're not even rationally looking at the situation to see if you should be getting hysterical.

Your response is positively Pavlovian here.

This nonsense is absurd to those of us that view ourselves as in the centre.

Your hysterics really do distract from genuine issues and lowers the S/N to pretty much zero.

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Re: Trump will want to be re-elected

> A level of intervention in the judiciary's independence which is presently being executed in USA

What kind of crack are you on exactly? The judiciary is giving Trump the two fingers every opportunity it can.

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New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

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Re: Coffinships

No modern capital ship sails without escorts. Even American carriers depend on the rest of the fleet for defence.

Why would anyone expect this ship to get terribly close to Chinese missiles?

This also isn't a carrier by American standards.

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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Deranged nonsense.

Sure, because there are just so many liberal snowflakes in the service.

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Re: Is it too late...

Forget about Austin Powers, this is all Orville.

This guy must be one of Gordon's ancestors!

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Re: Ah, if only it was called the F18 Grumbler.....

The Growler is a replacement the Prowler (ECW version).

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Re: Number of people offended

I saw one deranged comment that implied this was some protest against the Cheeto-in-Chief. Some nob got DC confused with Washington state.

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Re: "The way that Communism was actually implemented"

Sure. Give the Tories absolute power. Makes perfect sense. What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: fast forward.

That's hilarious. It was the merchant class that got us out of the real dark ages.

They continue to come up with useful things because there's profit in it.

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Re: fast forward.

Beyond pervasive corruption, the problem with communism is that commerce was a capital crime. If you saw that there was a material deficit and tried to remedy it you were KILLED if the state found out about it. The entire economy was badly mismanaged. Anyone that tried to help fix the situation was treated as an enemy of the state.

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Re: fast forward.

> "About the only one left now is Cuba. With no personal incentive to advance there is little advancement."

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> So the nation with well educated children and a good health care system show no advancement?

You are peddling a ridiculous fantasy there.

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Londoners: Ready to swap your GP for an NHS vid doc app?

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Re: "I swore I'd never use one of these"

I would be surprised if octogenarians had the strength for that kind of shenanigan. They're more likely to be drooling, deranged, and restricted to wheelchairs.

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Re: Can't come soon enough

This seems like something that might work for dermatology but not much else.

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Look out, Pepe: Martha Lane Fox has a plan

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Re: All those acronyms...

What makes you think that one random pervert wants to be associated with an entirely random different sort of pervert? This is entirely orthogonal to the question of whether or not pervert #1 approves of or supports the agenda of pervert #2. Tolerating them is quite distinct from supporting their particular agenda du jour.

Even if you identify as pervert #2, you may not buy completely into the agenda du jour.

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