Feb 21

It’s a 10

We should be making more of these and not retiring them; what a brilliant machine of death. My favorite military aircraft of all time. Not having an aircraft that can actually do CAS and stay on station a long time is going to bite us in the ass in the coming war with China.

By the way, the F-35 can only fly for two hours before refueling. The A-10 can fly for three. And the F-35 is as fragile as a Ming vase compared to an A-10.

There is nothing — absolutely nothing — that can do what the A-10 can do in combat. Not a drone. Not an F-35. Not an F-22. Read the comments of the troops being supported by A-10s here to see what I mean:

Feb 20


Do Tech Managers Need to Be Developers First? Balancing Technical Expertise with Leadership Skills.

No, they do not need to be developers. I am not a developer, have never been a developer, and am a good tech manager. On 360 reviews my people give me the highest ratings (and not because I threaten to tase them).

This is fucking absurd. And most developers in my experience have zero leadership skills of any kind. Many of them can’t do anything beyond code — can’t even find their own IP address for instance or meet with a customer without saying weird shit.

For that matter, many project managers are far better at managing people than the vast, vast majority of devs. What a buncha clown crap.

Feb 20


Stop Closing Your iPhone’s Background Apps.

LOL. As a commenter points out, this article is full of bad advice. My guess is that Gizmodo is being paid by app makers to peddle this sort of propaganda, since apps do run persistently in the background and this does use resources (and does cause issues).

After all, you can’t steal data if the app ain’t running in the background. And on my phone, the battery definitely lasts longer if I shut down all background apps. Since stealin’ data is the entire goal now, of course app makers promulgate bogus crapola like this. Don’t buy into it. All lies.

Feb 19


Found out I’m being paid significantly less than the new grad hires.

In general, with rare exception, the only way to get a large raise is to jump jobs. Most companies budget very little for raises, but do budget at market for new hires. It’s moronic but that’s the way it is.

With one exception which I negotiated hard for (and they realized they’d’ve had to hire 3-4 people to replace me), the only time I’ve gotten really large raise is going to work somewhere else. By going elsewhere every 3-4 years, I’ve often gotten 30%-80% raises. If I’d stayed, I would’ve gotten 3%-5% raises. Loyalty is worth absolutely fucking nothing.

I like where I work now, but if I were to leave I could easily make 20%-40% more. Yes, even in this relatively bad market. That’s because I have an unusual combination of skills, certs, and I interview extremely well. Also, I don’t actually need to work. I keep that all in my back pocket at all times if I need it. If I get too frustrated, I go. You’re lucky to have me, not the other way around.

If that sounds arrogant…well, that’s why I get paid big $$ and others tend not to (even in my same field). But you have to be able to walk the walk. And I don’t just walk — I strut.

Feb 19


Sometimes, the best way to clarify things is to put them in economic terms. I was thinking again today about how much someone would have to pay me to actively use Facebook.

I think I’d do it for $20,000 a month. That’s enough where I could hold my nose and get it done.

Feb 19


I spent 4 months making a video about the crazy scale of Black Holes using VFX.

Too bad half the science and contentions are either wrong or dubious — in a large black hole, for instance, spaghettification would not occur nearly instantly. In fact, in a large enough black hole it might occur so far in the future that it’s meaningless to even discuss.

The event horizon of a black hole is not a physical barrier. It’s a real thing in the sense that it’s the limit of where light can escape, and where space becomes time-like and conversely, time becomes space-like. That, in layman’s terms, means that once you pass the EH the only direction you can move is toward the singularity no matter how fast you go. However, from the perspective of someone falling into a very large black hole, nothing changes. It’s only for the external observer — the one not falling in — that something changes.

In fact, it’s theoretically possible to enter an extremely large black hole and not realize it — that is, until you attempt to leave and the more energy you expend, the more quickly your course diverts to the singularity at the center as all space is curved toward it. Or to put in a very casual terms, in a black hole, all roads lead to the singularity.

Should’ve done more research. This stuff actually is not that hard.