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Comment: Re:I suggest a million dollar fine (Score 2) 321

by Alomex (#49358283) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

Yes, it is actually slavery.

You are correct, at least as far as the Supreme Court of Canada and Superior Court of Ontario are concerned. They have ruled time and time again that overreaching non-compete agreements sign away unalienable rights and are thus invalid.

Noncompetes which are limited in scope on the other hand are routinely upheld.


Comment: Re:At least Microsoft and Slashdot listen to users (Score 1) 236

by Alomex (#49261449) Attached to: Microsoft Has Received 1 Million Pieces of Feedback For Windows 10

There is no real penalty for not listening to users and just doing what you want.

This. In my experience of many decades using software program flaws, be them bugs or UI issues are longer lived in open source software than in commercial software. In commercial software either you fix it or your competition will.

In open source software the standard answer is: "the source code is there, fix it yourself!" which is as realistic as telling passengers on a falling plane that they are welcome to try to fix the problem.

Comment: Re:Wind and Solar Converge (Score 1) 262

by Alomex (#49250811) Attached to: US Wind Power Is Expected To Double In the Next 5 Years

Dude, we all know (even the GP) that straight out projections of exponential functions are wrong. However the fact that in just 20 years either one gets us there (as opposed to say 200 years for both combined) means that the error of tracking the exponential curve is much smaller than one would have expected from a straight out mindless exponential projection.

Solar is on a Moore's law curve and has the same principles behind it, so we could well see a 100x increase in PV production over the next 10 years.

Comment: Re:This is a bug not a feature (Score 1) 328

by Alomex (#49247369) Attached to: New Crop of LED Filament Bulbs Look Almost Exactly Like Incandescents

Huge markets for both high and low temperature bulbs not going away anytime soon. LED changes nothing.

Huh? for most of the last 100 years we pretty much had a single temperature choice: yellow incandescent. A bit more recently we had halogen (relatively successful) and CFLs (not really). What is this huge temperature market you talk about?

Comment: Re:This is a bug not a feature (Score 2) 328

by Alomex (#49247071) Attached to: New Crop of LED Filament Bulbs Look Almost Exactly Like Incandescents

Yes and possibly my kids where kidnapped by aliens while they were asleep and hypnotized into believing that LED lights are better. Care to discuss other "realistic" alternatives?

At any rate the kids part was anecdata, and only one piece in a wider argument which is "the preference for present incandescent yellow has a large historical component" and that part will go away with time.

Comment: Re:This is a bug not a feature (Score 4, Informative) 328

by Alomex (#49246747) Attached to: New Crop of LED Filament Bulbs Look Almost Exactly Like Incandescents

The conclusion that your childens' stated preference is based on color alone is non-sequitur, at best. At worst, it's a blatant red herring.

Except for the minor fact that they said so themselves. Here's the quote again for your benefit "they describe it as artificially yellow".

I also gave evidence that this has happened before, when we transitioned from gas light to incandescent light. Lastly even today people prefer the somewhat whiter hue of halogen over regular incandescent yellow, indicating that the present yellow isn't really all that is made to be.

Now, and here's something you don't seem to be aware of, constructing an argument is different than a logical proof. E.g. "he had a gun, motive and opportunity. He was at the scene of the crime and was seen running away after shoots were fired". It does not logically follow that the person did the crime and it would be a logical fallacy to state as much, yet it is the reasonable and logical conclusion nonetheless.

Comment: This is a bug not a feature (Score 5, Insightful) 328

by Alomex (#49246311) Attached to: New Crop of LED Filament Bulbs Look Almost Exactly Like Incandescents

They look almost exactly like Tungsten filament bulbs

In my house there are three consecutive rooms: one with an incandescent bulb, the second with a compact fluorescent and the third one with a LED light. I asked my kids which one they prefer and to my surprise, they both chose the LED light. Then I bought a somewhat "warmer" LED and put it in the corridor next to the white LED room. As an old timer, I prefer the warmer LED. Not my kids. They describe it as artificially yellow and again to my surprise they choose the whiter LED.

The only reason we prefer the ugly yellow hue from indandescents is because we are used to i. It isn't "warm", its sucky. Same with thing happened when gas lighting was first replaced by incandescents: people pined for the soft orange glow of gas lights but within a few years people realized how bad that hue was.

My kids, young and unencumbered by tradition prefer the LED lights. So will everyone else rather soon, as we slowly transition to whiter more sunlight-like hues that are now possible with LEDs.

Comment: Re:Write-only code. (Score 1) 757

by Alomex (#49237043) Attached to: Was Linus Torvalds Right About C++ Being So Wrong?

First of all, I was giving some reasons why it didn't take off. Second Scheme/Lisp still doesn't have easy to use pointers to implement a threaded binary tree which is point (2). Third, point number (3) is not a matter of taste. This is like saying that not liking a shit sandwich "is a matter of taste".

Lastly, the person who needs to wake up and smell the coffee is you: Lisp hasn't taken off. So clearly there must be powerful reasons why this is so. I listed some, and the way you deal with them is plain old denial. I've learned Lisp thirty years ago, and heard arguments like yours back then. With your attitude I can guarantee you that we will be having this same conversation in another thirty years.

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