* Posts by W@ldo

10 posts • joined 13 Jul 2018

50 years ago, someone decided it would be OK to fire Apollo 12 through a rain cloud. Awks, or just 'SCE to Aux'?


...and Bean laughed while going into space

Great story about this at the link below. Watch one of the short videos that has the actual folks involved in the solution that saved the mission. I always liked the part about Bean laughing about the event while cruising into orbit.

I grew up in the 1960s, lived in FL and the space culture was all around us. It was an incredible time to be around all that activity. On the downside, when my 6th grade class went to Kennedy Space Center there were only a few rockets & capsules to see--that's all they had at the time. It's much more fun to visit now!


Six-day cruise lies ahead for India's Chandrayaan-2 probe before the real lunar shenanigans begin


Lunar achievements are great, let's get some indoor plumbing going next

No doubt there are some very capable Indian scientists and nothing against their efforts. Incredible that a country places that as higher priority than basic infrastructure services. Having a functioning toilet being one of those priorities. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/08/toilet-defecate-outdoors-stunting-sanitation/

Again, I applaud the accomplishments with Indian space travel. When that's over, let's get some attention to sanitation. India could be an even more impressive country if you could visit without worrying about health issues related to sanitation.

Flight Simulator 2020: Exciting new ride or a doomed tailspin in a crowded market?


I've been licensed for a long time as commercial, multi-engine & glider. The flight sim as the poster mentions is great for working out instrument procedures in an environment where you can have unlimited time to get it right. Training in an aircraft is expensive and anything you can do to shorten that amount of time saves money.

My use case was to shoot several approaches into an unfamiliar airport prior to flying to that destination. It helps to get the basics of each approach down and to have the frequencies/procedures in your head for quick recall. This provides a lot more confidence when shooting the approach down to minimums. Sure, you cannot log the hours, but that's not the point. Think of it as a way to maintain proficiency, shorten the learning curve and save on actual aircraft instruction time.

Serverless is awesome (if you overlook inflated costs, dislike distributed computing, love vendor lock-in), say boffins


Re: Measurements?

"metric fuck-ton"

Now, that's a very useful measurement! Love it, I wish I could use it at work when someone comes forward with a half-baked idea....

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz


Sad, but probably true.


Re: At least is isnt oracle or M$

Sort of the lesser of evils---do you want to be shot or hung by the neck? No good choice for this acquisition.

Azure certifications are awful, Microsoft admits, so it has made new ones


Re: I'm done with this

What I glean from these posts is something I've experienced in 3+ decades of IT--the best folks I have either worked with or hired don't have any of the vendor specific certs. They spend their time doing, versus studying to learn a particular exam. Very big difference in skill building. At the end of the time doing, the person is much more experienced. At the end of a cert learning process at best you have a piece of paper.

The problem is with employers, including mine, that require and/or are cert happy. I've had to jump through those hoops over the years and like my Novell Netware CNE are just pieces of paper in a folder to prove I have the organization required competencies. Just a check box. As an IT manager I would rather provide quality training and exposure to new technologies instead of sending someone off to boot camps. Hiring is another story--the organization required certs are filters that unfortunately leave out more qualified candidates.

My advice--do the certs going for the quality ones out there that cover broad checkbox items for qualifying for a position. Get real hands on experience via practicing using the many vendor supplied free resources. It is much easier now with both AWS & MS giving away lots of access to their technology. Back in my day you had to cannibalize hardware to cobble together a server, router, etc.

College is a different story. All are correct that many that attend are no better than those that have gained the experience on the job. Like certs, the degrees are a filter some organizations use. They miss many highly qualified candidates, but that's their choice. Think of all the IT pioneers that have no degree....and there are those that contributed through academia. You really need both and keep the doors open for all truly qualified. (my opinion) I got my degrees while working--yes, it sucked going to classes with folks 10 years younger and with different motivations. It did take much longer, but I got that paper and nobody cares about the GPA, honors, whether you were a jock/cheerleader, etc. :-)

Hang in there and avoid wasting time chasing the cert hypes!

Salesforce boss Marc Benioff objects to US immigration policy so much, he makes millions from, er, US immigration


Re: Unreasonable without reason

This is exactly where folks are missing the boat. You won't get many likes as few have studied the history of labor abuses in the world. If you live in the US, go ahead and try to immigrate into Canada, Japan, Australia & the various parts of the UK. You will run into protectionist legislation that far exceeds what the US requires for entry. Much hay is made about this without comparing to the laws of other countries.

The offshoring that is done is really just an exploitation in the home country that will eventually backfire. If you go back in time for US history, this smacks of the child labor abuses in the 1800s & 1900s. Large organizations profited on the backs of those workers while playing lip service to politicians and constituents. I worked at a large US company and left due to the domestic damage done by the offshoring and the abuse of those poor folks trying to make a sustainable living in foreign countries. Exploitation on both sides--US employees losing jobs, foreign employees not being paid fairly.

Push for immigration that makes sense for all. There is much hype on both sides about the more emotional issues and that's what generates the furor. A question for non-US countries--Why don't you allow American citizens the same immigration reciprocity & work permitting?

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last


Re: Pedantry

Thanks for pointing that out--I was ready to do the same. LF is a specific range 30kHz-300kHz. Hardly a scientific writing if they consider clearly UHF as LF. Funny how some post without understanding the frequency structure of radio waves.

Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord


Re: I like Python and C

IBM owning a big chunk of a then faltering Intel gave us the joys of segment:offset memory addressing. That set us back years in assembly coding quality software. There were Zilog and Motorola chips around at the time that were much better and could handle direct memory addressing. We all paid a price for 15+ years until Intel reached that point.

If you don't know how segment:offset works, take some time and you'll see the futility we all faced back in the day....I moved on to C, never embraced C++ and Python is the only interpreted language I became fond of. Too bad about the situation as it has been a fun ride.


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