Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How We Think Helps Explain the Culture Wars - Crisis Magazine

How We Think Helps Explain the Culture Wars - Crisis Magazine:

I'm using the above article as a jumping off point for a theory of my own my subconscious has been working on for the past couple of weeks.

That theory runs something like this.  Science is able to tell us how, Religion is able to tell us why.  When we remove the why- when we remove religion- we remove an essential bit of data necessary for long term planning.  Resource allocation alone is not enough.  If the cynic knows the cost of everything and the price of nothing, the modern technocrat knows the price of everything and the cost of nothing.

This affects both the liberal and the conservative sides of America.  Liberals are adopting unsustainable sexual morals; conservatives are adopting unsustainable industrial practices.

Without tradition, civilization can't continue.

Monday, April 6, 2015

When did expressing an opinion become bigotry?

I don't remember ever being called a bigot before January of 2004. Since then, expressing an opinion has become the social equivalent of lynching.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

You're so vain, you probably think that law is about you

It isn't. It just isn't. No matter which side of the Indiana law you are on, unless you are a small business owner in Indiana, that law isn't about YOU. Not even if you are a customer of small businesses in Indiana. Every person carping about either side- whether it is politicians and celebrities vowing to never travel there again, or Christians in other states celebrating a small victory in the culture wars- it isn't about them. It's about protecting small businesses in Indiana from frivolous lawsuits. That's ALL it is about.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Good without God?

CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy:

Yes, I just started a post on Atheism with a link to the Catholic Encyclopedia.  But there is a good reason for that.

This list of 14 items is what is needed to be good in a post-Christian society.  It is something I believe both the left and the right have failed at.

The 14 works of Mercy:

  • To feed the hungry;
  • To give drink to the thirsty;
  • To clothe the naked;
  • To harbour the harbourless;
  • To visit the sick;
  • To ransom the captive;
  • To bury the dead.
  • To instruct the ignorant;
  • To counsel the doubtful;
  • To admonish sinners;
  • To bear wrongs patiently;
  • To forgive offences willingly;
  • To comfort the afflicted;
  • To pray for the living and the dead.

These are the basics. This is what Christianity came to do for the world. If you wish to claim to be Good without God, these are the basics that you MUST cover.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gencon, the Gender difference convention, threatens to boycott Indiana

Game Con Threatens to Leave Indiana Over Conscience Protection Bill:

To quote Deep Thought talking to the Philosopher's Union in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy when they threatened a strike, "And just who will THAT inconvenience?"

Friday, March 20, 2015

Final Thoughts in Three Parts, Crossposted from Intel Internal Blogs

Things that were not explained adequately upon conversion from CW to ICE.

  1. Bonuses- it was thought by my management that QPB applied to all blue badge employees including ICE. If I had known I wasn't going to get bonuses, I would have asked for higher base pay.
  2. Vacation Time- MUST be taken while still an employee, and unlike what the recruiter who wrote my job offer told me, cannot be used to extend your final week. Any unused vacation time will be lost at end of contract, by policy. In addition, apparently you lose it at the end of the year, I really should have taken WW52 off, then the sting would not be so bad now.
  3. ICE as a stepping stone to full employment at Intel is a lie. I couldn't get anybody, despite spending many hours on networking, to give my resume a second look. I even learned a new tool in this contract that is internal and can only be used at Intel and is completely worthless outside of Intel. No matter, I've had many interviews outside of Intel, and will land well, but I'll keep this in mind the next time I am tempted to take a short term contract at Intel.
  4. Being a blue badge, if you are ICE, still means you're treated more like a resource than like a human by human resources. Many policies are used to reverse decisions that your manager, who is working more closely with you, has made.

Software Project Management At Intel in non-software divisions

  1. Brooks Law is almost unheard of at Intel. Hardware Managers think that all software projects can be completed in less than six months, and therefore throw contingent workers at the project. Since software estimates, in general, are 75% engineering and 25% new science, they are wildly inaccurate. When the project inevitably fails to be complete in the first six months, the temptation is to break Brook's Law by adding more contingent workers. The time to ramp up CWs on the project of course exceeds the time to complete the project if you kept software engineers working for more than 18 months at a time.
  2. Agile or Waterfall- Pick one and stick to it. This crazy combination used on software projects in hardware divisions is ridiculous, as is the general lack of written requirements.
  3. It's hard to hit a moving target- input data integrity must be respected. If you don't have input data integrity, then there will be bugs. Bugs add complexity. Bugs make software estimates inaccurate. Lather, rinse, repeat.

On the new diversity initiative

  1. There is no link between surface appearance and how a person thinks, or how capable they are. None at all. While this makes the apparent racism of the past a mistake, this also makes modern affirmative action programs equally racist and invalid.
  2. There is no link between religion, sexual orientation, or disability and how a person thinks, or how capable they are. Such factors should not enter into hiring or promotion decisions at all, and when they do, that is what Intel needs to eliminate from the system.
  3. There IS a link between certain forms of mental illness and the ability to innovate. Since mental illness affects the brain directly, having somebody with a well controlled mental illness on your team increases diversity of thought, which leads to innovation.
  4. I believe that the uncertainty surrounding the diversity initiative was a part of my failure to convert to FTE. Not necessarily outright discrimination against a white male, and due to my autism I fall into one of the protected groups anyway and HR is well aware of that. But I believe the way the diversity initiative was announced, and the weeks of confusion surrounding it before BK finally clarified his position, coming at the same time I was trying to convert to FTE, meant that I had a harder time of trying to get my resume noticed and find open, externally advertised jobs for my skillset.

Final Thought and contact info

While my search to convert to FTE at Intel has failed, my external search has succeeded. I have at least one, maybe two job offers in hand; I will likely be back to work sometime between March 25 to March 30. This posting will be crossposted to Inside Blue before I leave Intel. Comments section below is open.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What kind of idiot doesn't know how to use an email client?

Or that any given e-mail client can get e-mail from more than one account?

H/T David Gulliver
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