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Boaty McBoatface to go on its first Antarctic mission

Posted on March 13th, 2017 at 22:51 by John Sinteur in category: News


A small yellow robot submarine, called Boaty McBoatface after a competition to name a new polar research ship backfired, is being sent on its first Antarctic mission.

Boaty, which has arguably one of the most famous names in recent maritime history, is a new type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), which will be able to travel under ice, reach depths of 6,000 metres, and transmit the data it collects to researchers via a radio link.

Its mission will be to investigate water flow and turbulence in the dark depths of the Orkney Passage, a 3.5km deep region of the Southern Ocean. The data it collects will help scientists understand how the ocean is responding to global warming.

The name it was given came in the wake of a campaign by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) that asked members of the public to suggest names for its new polar research ship.

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A comment left on Slashdot. – Development Chaos Theory

Posted on March 13th, 2017 at 15:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


The problem is that our industry, unlike every other single industry except acting and modeling (and note neither are known for “intelligence”) worship at the altar of youth. I don’t know the number of people I’ve encountered who tell me that by being older, my experience is worthless since all the stuff I’ve learned has become obsolete.

This, despite the fact that the dominant operating systems used in most systems is based on an operating system that is nearly 50 years old, the “new” features being added to many “modern” languages are really concepts from languages that are between 50 and 60 years old or older, and most of the concepts we bandy about as cutting edge were developed from 20 to 50 years ago.

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  1. Ah…quite true. However, some reasons younger staff are more desirable is that they are prepared to work like dogs and live in closets. They don’t have families, lives, don’t need health benefits and don’t need a place to put their stuff.

    And they’re often cheaper, since they may believe the stories that they don’t need a living wage because stock options will ultimately make them rich 🙂

  2. @Sue: Wait! stock options won’t make me rich? I’ve been working for 30 years for peanuts so I figured, anytime soon now. It’s myth?

  3. @Jan-Mark: You could buy lottery tickets as well…another tax on imbeciles 🙂

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Posted on March 13th, 2017 at 15:15 by John Sinteur in category: News

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