Re: It's a what?
re: "not intended by Nature"
The rescue societies are full of puppies which resulted from random canine hookups, not sure the Bitchin' Shitz was one or if someone had deliberately engineered such a treasure.
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re: "Far too many members of the Con-gress have been 'persuaded' of the programme's vital importance to national pork defense."
I don't know if the congresscritters have swallowed the nashnull deefence kool-aid, but the creators of the F-35 boondoggle were very careful to ensure that some factory in each state made some of the bits of the F-35, and with the economy still swirling the bowl it is unlikely any politician would spike a program that creates/ maintains jobs back home (and most manufacturing jobs pay more than the cash- register- punching service sector jobs, to twist the knife a little harder). Mind, these are also the same congresscritters who see food stamps and other social benefit programs as the work of the Devil his own self (welfare for corporations good, welfare for individuals bad).
As a customer, paying thousands more for a veehickle that, at best, offers advanced cruise control that keeps speed at or below the posted limit and keeps the car within the lane does not seem like a bargain.
However, my insurance company might see such a system as a way to reduce its payouts (if I'm always within my lane and at or below speed limit, my guilt factor in a collision is reduced and lower speed generally means less damage than what is done at high speed) and might give me a break if I have such a system. I say "might" because as was correctly noted above, insurance companies are generally not inclined to pass on the savings.
Hmm. It sounds -- http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/05/hedge-city-vancouver-chinese-foreign-capital/ -- like part of the problem is that many of these "investment" McMansions sit empty for most of the year with the owners only vacationing in them occasionally. Perhaps if some of these "investors" divvied up their McMansions for by-the-room short-term rentals, that might take pressure off lower- end housing that could revert to apartments for the "regular" rental market.
'45' refers to Trump being Amurka's forty-fifth president, and the high likelihood that much of his supporters' tat will have '45' emblazoned on it somewhere. And of course, all said tat was made in the U.S. of A. right? No plastic tchotchkes from China, no tee-shirts made in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Vietnam, or wherever is today's low-wage winner, right?
re: "The fraudsters are way ahead of the 'good guys' and know exactly how to simulate online human behavior through bots." At least 'good guys' is in quotes, since it sounds like a duel between parties who deserve each other.
That said, once upon a time many adverts on teevee were well done and had some creative ideas (see, for example, the "isn't it nice when things just work?" advert for Honda featuring a continuous shot of a Rube Goldberg assemblage of car parts interacting together). Dunno how Honda could port that advert today across online, social media, mobile devices, and who-knows-where/how people get their information without losing the "wow, neato" effect of the teevee version; from my observation most marketing people nowadays wouldn't even try, since shoving aggro-verts at us is cheaper and faster than flexing creative muscle.
Hi, A.C.: I haven't spent any time in Oklahoma, but did have the pleasure of driving through it (following the old U.S. Route 66 as much as possible) in the early 1990s and while many of OK's politicians have ... interesting ... opinions, there is a lot of lovely scenery and pockets of progressivism. It's sad they get overshadowed by the elected bloviators -- and now this official malfeasance -- but this is true of many other U.S. states.
Ladling a little military-industrial gravy over as many Congressional districts as possible, from what I've observed. Keeps Congresscritters from killing this boondoggle, the fear of having to tell constituents that no, they don't get to make that handful of obscure aircraft innards anymore. Clever bastards, I'll give them that.
re: "how in the hell are they allowing tests to be skipped on a $1 Trillion project?"
By the time something goes horrifically wrong (see icon), those who OK'ed the test skipping will have retired, changed jobs, or otherwise moved on and away leaving the pail of fail to some hapless successor.
That's what I was thinking, that either the Oompa-Loompas could do it as part of their online digitizing/ archiving work, or else somewhere there's likely some D&D devotees who've already scanned their books and parked them in an online Cloudy Stash of Lore for their local comrades' use.
re: "we now know where Trump gets his hair from"
Someone on his hairdressing staff misunderstood the joke about how the "this is a crock of poop and it stinks" comment on the assembly line became mistranslated every step up the food chain to become the CEO's new "this is powerful stuff that promotes growth" policy directive.
re: Dan 55 and "Later on in your career you might need skills outside of coding."
I'd change "might" to "will undoubtedly", if the past decade or so of industry slice-and-ice is any indication; no matter what you know or how well you perform, jobs will move overseas or otherwise disappear, careers will abruptly halt, and "reinventing oneself" (back when I was a boy this was called "job-hopping", now it's a feature and not a bug) is what keeps food on the table. Learn a little bit of everything, learn how to learn/ think/ analyze/ problem-solve, and any job-specific training will (should) more or less take care of itself. Employers truly looking out for a company's best interests will hire for attitude, knowing that training (for the job and how this company specifically does it) needs to happen anyway. (This from a creaky grey curmudgeon who says "kids these days" more than I ever thought I would, so plz to consider the source.)
Judging by the support presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is getting, I'd say many Americans are fairly torqued off by the economic situation so Inder Parmer is in good company (for whatever that's worth). When municipalities are officially gleeful to land a(nother) big box store that pays minimum wage for scut workers to flog future landfill crap from China -- instead of being vaguely ashamed in a "is this really the best we can do?" bit of reflection -- I don't expect much to change, R.I.P. America's middle class. I hope I'm wrong.
If user experience is UX, I'm guessing most websites are aiming for a Fabulous User Experience and fall woefully short. What works fine one month is hopelessly and irretrievably broken because some bright spark wants to lard the site with pointless whizz-bangery that only the latest and shiniest browsers can parse, and one spends more time trawling the source trying to find any useful links in the mess.
Maybe that's why I leave the "big picture" to someone else, any "big idea" I have is immediately followed by "and how, exactly, would you do this and what would it actually achieve?" There should be a law that all marketing/ management/ soi-disant "visionaries" should have to do some years' time trying to make other people's crackpot ideas work before they start spewing their own rainbows- and- lollipops "concepts". (And, in fairness, there are some who worked in the trenches before rising to the pretty office and have a grasp on the nuts and bolts needed to get from A to B.)
Yay, real typewriters! Except my Hermes 2000 does not have a separate '1' (digit one) key, the lowercase 'l' (ell) does double duty. Also does not have a '!' (bang), one must type an apostrophe, back up, and type a period. Fine for most writings, but 1234 != l234. Might be easier to only use passwords with no ones, ells, capital eyes, zeros, or capital ohs.
we can not grow enough real food fast enough or reliably enough to keep everyone nutritionally sound, there are already not enough jobs to go around, and yet some folks still think that adding even more population to the equation is a good idea. Generally this "new" population does not include people whose cultures and lifestyles leave a relatively small footprint on Earth's resources, but the offspring of people who can afford the Motörsperm treatment and comparatively much more resource-intensive lifestyles. Yay for the engineering involved, and perhaps a use will be found for it that is beneficial, but for now ... hmmm.
re: "Nett result: the good [developers] leave, the bad ones who can't find new jobs stay." That would explain why yahoo's tech support (which might not have been the best but at least existed, and at one point had some good staffers) now consists of a user "forum" that contains more "why isn't [yet another problem] fixed?" posts than solutions. And explain why every new iteration of yahoomail has a part that is broken, no option to keep using any previous versions that DID work, and of course no tech support people to offer workarounds or, heaven forfend, FIX the problems with the mandatory new versions. If this is how yahoo approaches all of its products, no wonder they're losing relevance.
re: "Harry Potter was demonised for promoting magic and witchcraft, which apparently prevent kids from learning about Christianity." Right. Because there's nothing supernatural or woo-woo whatsoever about turning water into wine, creating a boatload of bread and fish from nothing, bringing Lazarus back from the dead, walking on water, and so on, izzere. [*rolls eyes*]
Actually, Daniel, I agree with you: "if ya' can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em" should apply everywhere, not just in the "over there" places. That said, there are some challenges with this:
- Many places "over there" were fairly self-regulating until The Empire Builders discovered oil/ gold/ resources and plundered the bejabbers out of the place, disrupting family/ clan farming and other lifeways that had served reasonably well for centuries if not millenia. Pretty hypocritical to go somewhere, take all the resources, run the place to ruin, and then tell the occupants they shouldn't breed because they have no resources. That said, breeding beyond carrying capacity helps no one. Not sure how to square this circle.
- Many cultures still hold a "many children = much status" belief. This is useful in farming communities -- more able bodies to work the farm -- but in urban ones? Again, not sure how to address this.
- There has been progress made in areas where women are given/allowed more education. Most women "over there" bear the brunt of having more kids than the family can raise, but often do not have much control over the situation (hubby = final word). Education to grow skills to bring in more income (to sustain more kids) and/or to acquire birth control (to limit the number of kids in the first place) works and we need more of it. Not more fecebook.
Why design it? Someone has an old copy of Fontographer and nothing better to do.
Why have it? It's free.
Why use it? When put into a customer's advert, poster, tee-shirt, or other promotional product that needs a "cool" headline to draw in da yoofs, customer will say "oooooh, I like it!".
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