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Comment: Re:Of 1000? (Score 1) 446

by AvitarX (#46773645) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

I think that's a little extreme (1,000,000 unearned), but agree in principal.

I was pretty upset that the "tax the wealthy" bill was called such, to say that earning $250,000/year makes one wealthy is absurd. Those people will likely become wealthy at some point, but they hardly are wealthy when they start.

I'd say wealthy means you have enough to be getting 6 figures after reinvesting to match inflation, and millionaire would be someone with over 1000000 liquid and disposable.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 351

by AvitarX (#46704943) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

I assume things were invented, because people were bored. Life is boring, there's only so much leisure one can tolerate with nothing to do.

From that comes creativity and inventiveness, and here we are now.

My friend volunteered in the fringes of Zambia, and they were farmers with nothing but time too, the natives had long absurd greetings, and walked with a slow shuffle, just to fill time.

The Egyptians got bored, and built the pyramids (an early example of a society that managed to get a healthy diet farming).

In the end though, I think it comes to population of the tribe, you choose to hunt gather with 50-200 people, unless God is backing you (such as the old testament), my civilization of 500+ people will crush you. Game theory and non-optimum equilibrium or something...

Comment: Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (Score 1) 1109

by AvitarX (#46698865) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

I agree with your second quote, if there was an active campaign to prevent his right to say what he wants, the people that contributed to it would be assholes.

But customers get to chose who they do commerce with (businesses don't necessarily, fortunately personhood doesn't extend all the way). The customer base did not want him running the organization, and by searching in the search-box, we are all the customer base (that are users).

Comment: Re:Bu the wasn't fired (Score 1) 1109

by AvitarX (#46698175) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

No employer shall coerce or influence or attempt to coerce or influence his employees through or by means of threat of discharge or loss of employment to adopt or follow or refrain from adopting or following any particular course or line of political action or political activity.

Pretty sure it's phrased that way to cover resignations.

I'm more curious about who the alleged employer was that pressured him out? OK Cupid? Random People on the internet? People that are clearly the employee side of the relationship?

Comment: Re:Phones yeah (Score 1) 227

by AvitarX (#46685925) Attached to: Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

I'm pretty sure that if electrics had double the range as gas cars, people would not complain about charge times (500-600 being reasonable for a modern midsized car last I checked). As it is they are instead half that distance.

When I drove home from Nashville in a car with a 350 mile range, a one hour fill time would have turned a long day travel into a two day trip (2 or 3 fill-ups over 11 hours), I was young, and aside from gas stopped once for food at a rest stop, the electric, assuming optimal location of chargers, would have added 20% to my travel time. 1000 miles on the other hand changes everything.

Also, the 300 mile range is at 55MPH, at 70 (legal or 5 over on much of the long haul drives) you're down to 240 (my 350 was at 70MPH).

Using the non topped off charge technique at a super charger gets you 170 per 30 minutes charge, take out the 20% for actual highway speeds and you're at 140 for 30 minutes charge, that 30 minutes for every two hours driving, a far cry from 8 hours for 16 hours.

Keep in mind that a standard wall outlet take 60 hours to charge current capacity, a 240 40A one takes 9. A standard charge station, so we're still a ways away from charging double the capacity in the 8 hours when traveling, but certainly 8 hours for 1000 miles would work.

Comment: Re:Polishing turds (Score 1) 117

by AvitarX (#46678887) Attached to: The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

I don't think Buzz was a turd, as I said, we used it a lot.

Wave on the otherhand absolutely was. I really wanted to be able to use it, to collaboratively post in a discussion style thing, with threaded responses.

It's biggest flaw was they didn't integrate it into mail, Waves should have sat like conversation threads, and bumped back up to the top when updated. The everything real time would be the second.

I think each step has gotten worse. Google plus is exacty what I don't want in another service, in that it's connected to everybody.

Comment: Re:Polishing turds (Score 1) 117

by AvitarX (#46674227) Attached to: The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

I don't even think Buzz was a failure, I think they thought it would immediately blow up, rather than slowly grow, then blow up with the network effect.

They should have worked on integrating it with picasa, in a non forced down your throat way, but instead allowing picasa to be your place to store photos, and making it easy to post them in Buzz.

Buzz had a few things going for it.

1) not everybody you ever met forever was your friend (I suppose that would fade if it took off)
2) not blocked by internet filters (more places allow gmail than facebook)
3) not full of junk (see 1)

My friends and I used it as essentially our private message board and it worked well for that. Wave was similar, but the realtime aspect of it made it pretty annoying. It shouldn't of sent anything until you hit submit the first time.

Comment: Re:Chromecast? (Score 1) 117

by AvitarX (#46674207) Attached to: The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

This was my biggest fear when I purchased a Chromecast, but actually it works fine in the background.

It doesn't really stream from Phone to Chromecast, what actually happens (I'm guessing based on behavior) is phone sends app to Chromecast when you set said app to cast, then your tablet sends commands to that app loaded on the chromecast, the Chromecast actually pulls the video from the internet itself, not your tablet. You can hit the home button and browse away, with most apps having control buttons in the ongoing part of the status pull down.

In fact, if your device goes away, you can no longer control the chromecast, but what's playing will finish.

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