Re: How long is a man-year?
200 Tesla Engineer Person days == 4 AnyOtherOrg Person Days.
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Remember when Metallica lead the charge in the protection of intellectual property? That was a lot to unpack; Metallica and intellectual in the same chapter, much less paragraph, sentence or phrase was a grave dissonance spiraling ever closer together.
Good on Tesla, being able to find a scapegoat in their endless quest to achieve mediocrity. I hope this helps.
I think you are scratching at an intersection of numerous biases with that one. Egocentricity is obvious -- I am smart and I bought X, thus X is what smart people buy. Without this, Silicon Valley house prices would collapse. Conformity is certainly second, although it is layered upon the association fallacy - I perceive that the group of people I want to be like ( and liked by ) would respect people who buy X; therefore I buy X.
But the underlying psychological trauma is that of adopting the role of a consumer, and thus having to choose amongst things you don't need, or even truly desire, to fulfill your role. Welcome to Delta, whilst being stroked as Beta [brave new world ref].
One SV company, almost 5 years ago, published a $300 picture book of products they had made. Gen X and before would recognize this roughly as a catalogue, the sort of thing you would throw away without looking at. But the self-aggrandizing brilliance of this was to encourage those afflicted with consumerism that they had, indeed, made very wise choices; while extracting 1/2 the price of the trinkets described in this article; or a months groceries for a family of 3.
Right, It is also moronic to think a band of toothless hillbillies could storm the Capitol building and force the entirety of the USA Congress and Senate into gas masks, crawling on the floor through an escape hatch.
Unless I took a little too much acid on wed, I think that happened.
Any prognostication on how the USA works, or more importantly fails, is just that.
At this moment, nobody has any sense of what that authority structure in the USA is, and for that reason alone, the USA President must be removed. It probably wouldn't hurt to take down the Vice President for good measure. While they mightn't be in collusion, it seems there is an orbit of insanity between the two.
That was mainly to make sure the military didn't interfere with his plans to start a civil war. Who is he going to nuke? Russia, uh, no, his boss told him not to. Gina, no his other boss told him not to? SF, ok that is a possibility.
Really the only targets for the `great orange jobbie` are in the USA, which while nobody deserves that sort of attack, some places ore more deserving than others. 49.5%.
"Apple building a TV rumours. The latter never happened." I think this example is a bit of a give away. I mean, suppose Apple did build a TV, but decided not to produce it. Then the rumour is both true and false.
Like the square root of one hundred, I suppose it is something we will never know; unless somewhere there is some one who saw the alleged TV or Car for that matter.
ps: Rogers, a Canadian component of the ruling media duopoly, let verification of the Apple TV leak about 6 years ago via an over-enthusiastic employee as part of some sort of certification ritual.
Who could possibly have noticed? Cisco's malware has been a blight on the remote worker for over a decade. I remember having an old laptop, network isolated in the corner just for webex meetings forever ago. What could this sad sack have possibly done to make it worse or less secure. It is a POS that thankfully has been driven out to the margins. Apparently blackberry still use it. :)
Our fourth weapon, fanatical devotion, requires a desperation to cross the finish line. This is integral to the valley mystique. People in the valley aren't particularly smarter compared to say those in Rochester or Minnesota. The special sauce is just a tarted up version of the carrot on a pole that has bamboozled generations of donkeys. When you can actually afford your lifestyle, destroying yourself to benefit a Chief Psychopathic Officer is a non-starter.
If the valley empties, short BMW, Porsche, Tesla, ....
2020s edition of the isa bus is thunderbolt, which really is just an external pci bus; you can connect a chassis up with all the cards your heart desires without having to burden the vast majority of owners that will never do such a thing.
Expensive? Those IBM PCs were $3000 + in the early 80s, about 1/2 price of an efficient vehicle.
There are ways around the zero sum.
While not free, as in air, digging something out of the ground provides the ability to create wealth rather than exchanging it. Limiting that is the economy does not wait for you to dig it out, rather re-establishes its gross value once it is discovered. A bit like schroedingers cat in that way; perhaps quantum economics will be the next prevailing theory.
Another is economic warfare via stagflation. Suppose you find your adversary has a weakness, like an insatiable desire for opioids. By selling this precious substance, you not only get money you can spend on non-destructive things like ipads (oh, wait...), you also harm their productivity, thus lowering the price of ipads. This was of course done for tea & spices a century ago, and may be happening currently again for ipads.
Pedestrian statistics: https://www.ghsa.org/resources/news-releases/pedestrians20
In 2019 6950 people were hit by automobiles in the USA.
Gun statistics: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/08/16/what-the-data-says-about-gun-deaths-in-the-u-s/
In 2017 (last year on record) 39,773 gun deaths.
And according to https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-cdc-is-publishing-unreliable-data-on-gun-injuries-people-are-using-it-anyway/
There are somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 gun injuries.
So, of the gun deaths, 26,000 are suicides, which likely aren't an external risk unless you are very unlikely or the person is a very bad shot, so 14,000 deaths, which is about twice the number of pedestrian collisions.
Blindly assuming that about 2/3 of the injuries are self inflicted, that leaves about 20,000 gun injuries.
So you are right, you are about 3 or 4 times more likely to be hit by a bullet than a car. Thanks for the clarification.
Born & Bred in Canada. Seeing someone with an openly displayed weapon who is not effectively required to carry it by profession is a loud signal you are in the wrong crowd.
In the USA, you are twice as likely to be hit by a bullet than a car, and they aren't great drivers either.
Gun culture is narcissistic with an evil back channel - the majority of gun owners are just enablers of people who will take the gun, use it against the owner, then others. Almost as bad, so many eventually feel foolish for buying a weapon for no reason that they seek out an excuse to use it. There is a famous 17year old in Illinois who might be contemplating this right now.
The rest of the world looks at the USA the way the USA looks at Tiger King. Do not normalize it for a second; it is as deranged as their outgoing President / Traitor.
Raise a glass with you. The last windows I used was 0.8, as a student picking up stray contracts in either 83 or 84. I still had the 8 Beta disks & hugeass folder until a friend with a fetish for useless technology adopted it a few years back. Weird ass piece of shit (the software, not my friend).
At the time I ran a pirated copy of QNX 1.0 on my XT. I have still never installed or owned a windows machine since then; though was parachuted onto them occasionally.
Does anybody talk about the latest CPU ripping of Shockley's transistor? Turings Machine? Von Neumans implementation?
There are plenty of nearly valid reasons to hate MS/Apple/Sun/Linux/... that aren't based on a lack of originality. Set Theory's specialization in Boolean Algebra was the first glorious standing on the shoulders of giants moment in computing. The trend has continued ever since; be glad, not spite filled.
I know you said joke alert, but at one point at least part of icloud was on Azure, and it is very likely still partially served on it. From no less a reliable source than: https://www.theregister.com/2011/09/02/icloud_runs_on_microsoft_azure_and_amazon/.
It is 2020, what was once hilarious and unimaginable is commonplace. Watch some clips of the first US Presidential debate if you don't believe me.
Have you been paying any attention to how the US has been using trade embargo as an economic weapon in the last 4 years? It isn't just Jina, they are simply used as the whipping boy example for the world to understand what happens if you don't do precisely what the US wants you to do.
Worse, if you think this derangement is just part of nightmare on trump street; you need to take a step back. A non-asshole government could be elected, but the peace it inspires could be undone in 4 years by asshole-gov-pt 2 ( actually I think it is part 37 by now ). This flightiness is an underlying attribute of the USA (among others) and is a huge red flag to stable trade agreements.
The USA can't be trusted; and their form of communism permits them to use private intellectual property within their country as a weapon against the world. Either ARM has to be kept from them, or everybody needs to move to RISC-V immediately. I know where I am buying stock.
ps: any chance the UK had of wrestling control back was likely ceded by BrExit. I hope you enjoy the fish and coal.
Sure, you can't mine the silicon out of silicon valley; but to think that the collapse of an artificial economic equilibrium is the end times is a bit silly. As in the past, it will be replaced with a new balance, and we will move on. In five generations they will laugh at our concern for the value of bits of paper the same way we laugh at the value of tulip bulbs.
Both sides are little more than apologists for the inability of the marketing automated regression analysis as AI. Since the first was buffoon enough to quote an actual respected scientist in the context of a pulp science fiction writer, then an implied rebuttal from David Parnas: "Artificial intelligence has the same relation to intelligence as artificial flowers have to flowers" is in order.
There are other quotable bon mots about why anybody with a working limb would choose an artificial one that are pertinent to the discussion, but the base line is the same: marketing hype, nothing to see here. Array processors are much cooler now, so we can do better statistics, end of story.
Bollocks; I've been paid to write kernel code for the past 30 years. It is precisely the ability to have a predictable response from operations that distinguishes a language useful for manipulating low level facilities from one that isn't.
Case in point, an Ottawa firm, once renowned as a tech darling for its pbxes, voicemail and lawnmowers, wrote the entire system in a lightly extended Pascal in the early 80s. Hopelessly stuck, the eventual solution by early 2000 was to run a 68k emulator on a SPARC server -- there was no other reasonable path to delivering the functionality on modern hardware.
About the same time as that company had started doing its thing, Sun had been rolling out 68k workstations. By the time the emulated solution was delivered, Solaris had shipped on several 68k editions, 4 editions of SPARC (including a 64bit), and moved from 1 cpu to 64 physical processors, all writtenin C plus a small bit of machine language. In 2001, for kicks, I ran /bin/ls from a 1988 SPARC-1 compiled binary on a 64-bit E10k; it still worked.
If 'application' developers choose a lower level language, the fault is clearly in the insufficiency of application level languages; be it conceptual innanity, runtime overhead, quality of implementation - a trifecta best called C++. Mercifully languages like Go may provide an antidote.
If you spend time working with the predictive engine people on a project, you gain a lot of insight into the limitations that multiplying large arrays can offer those seeking quasi intelligent results.
A speaker at GopherCon 18, talked about a system that you jammed go programs into, and it got upset if your source was unusual.
He gracioiusly showed the early efforts, where they fed the array a bunch of good go programs; then fed it new programs. The prediction engine became upset, because the copyrights in the comments didn't match those of good programs.
Try 2, feed the output of the a lexical analyzer into the prediction engine; better, but unless you follow Pike/Cox naming convention, you are a radical outlier, thus suspect.
Eventually, feeding the abstract syntax trees yielded more useful results; possibly an automated code reviewer, that doesn't judge, just states : "that is unusual".
If not for Colorado's lenient drug laws, I might be able to recall the speakers name, and more details of the talk. He may have spoken French, but I was kinda high.
At any rate, it did illuminate the possible value of unconstrained search in a restricted domain, in a way that unregulated markieting bullshit from companies like TESLA never do.
" It has the potential to enable better web mail clients and apps based on decentralized peer-to-peer routing based on distributed hash tables."
Funny I thought web mail clients and apps were clunky and hard to use because they were shit, not because of routing inadequacies. If anything, a bit less hash might make them a bit more lucid.
Recycling Pied Piper release notes to launch your big idea does take quite a pair. Well done!
All the container folk will barf; after spending a decade re-implementing every network protocol to ride on top of layer 7 strtok() based routing ....
Jobs for life.
At what point did "the west" become non oppressive? From involuntary enslavement through wold wars, resource wars, systemic racial division, "the west" is far from a flag bearer of tolerance.
They/we can't even lay claim to "free-thinking markets", since the reality has been more of a russian doll: free-thinking markets within militarily constrained boundaries.
I think that the crunch you are perceiving is the sound of a group of western leaders driving their respective countries into a wall.
You can rail against slack/hangouts/(pile of shit); but I have slack (for example) on my ios, macos, linux and android devices. In contrast, because I once had an IOS cell phone device, I am eternally stuck on people upset that I didn't "respond to their text". The kindly reminder that they didn't send a text, rather they used that asshole companies proprietary thing lands on cold ears.
Protocols aren't the problem, people have shifted to certain behaviors; it doesn't matter how open Slack is; it will not have an iMessage bridge until Apple grows a pair.
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