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Comment: Re:Yeah, sure. (Score 1) 252

by AvitarX (#46805307) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

It's also a way to offer some level of job security in a field with rapidly changing local demand, a field that pays decent, but many of the benefits come in long-term job security and stability.

My ex was a teacher, and tenure was a big deal, the state often would change funding levels, laying off close to 10% of staff (we watched student:teacher ratios vary from 25:1 to 30:1 while class sized got smaller). Without tenure there was no way to plan on staying in the same area for even the middle term.

Comment: Re:Of 1000? (Score 1) 466

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) 1116

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) 1116

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.

Every young man should have a hobby: learning how to handle money is the best one. -- Jack Hurley