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Comment: Re:california is a joke (Score 1) 61

by unixisc (#48901763) Attached to: Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity
When I visited the Bay Area this time, just couldn't recognize the place, in terms of landmarks. In places where a lot of tech companies had landmark like headquarters, there were few. Instead, the Bay Area looked like any other mediocre place in the state, just more expensive. The tech sector has shrunk to just a handful of companies, and the bulk of them seem gone. GP is right - CA is very much a joke. Courtesy the Davis/Schwarzenkennedy/Brown era

Comment: Re:DirectX is obsolete (Score 1) 107

by unixisc (#48901727) Attached to: DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update
Looks like a good solution for this would be for Microsoft to port DirectX either directly to Android/iOS, or indirectly to Linux/FreeBSD. That way, signal developers that if they develop to DirectX (which has the audio advantage over OpenGL, where OpenAL is something that has to be separately supported) they'd be supported on all 3 platforms. While the Windows version could remain proprietary, they could release these 2 versions as a dual license of GPLv3 and either BSDL/Apache.

Comment: Re:Different than the H2O thing tho (Score 1) 322

by mysidia (#48900023) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Do you want to label foods with foreign DNA added from other plants, insects and animals (or even entirely created).

That would make sense. Instead the survey is for food containing any DNA, so Tomatos would always have to be labelled, even if there were no peanut genes........ that is, unless the Tomato were non-biological synthetic and sterile, to avoid having any DNA-containing surface bacteria.

Comment: So the twins want to open an exchange ... (Score 0) 78

by timholman (#48894573) Attached to: Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

Now all the Winklevoss twins need to do is find is a reason for the average American consumer to buy BTC and use them, instead of using credit cards and debit cards that are protected from fraud and loss by federal law. Bitcoin may be a great deal for businesses, but it is a terrible deal for consumers, and without people on both sides of the economic equation it is slowly dying (witness the long slow decline in price, and the fact that a few hundred thousand people at most possess all the BTC in circulation).

That's the crux of the problem, and the one that no one has figured out yet, beyond yelling "Those evil bankers and politicians are robbing you with fiat money!" Right, so I'll pay my percentage to the twins, instead of my local bank? That's like choosing to be eaten by jackals instead of wolves.

Comment: Re:Pedantic, but... (Score 1) 166

by unixisc (#48894113) Attached to: Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook
Fully agree w/ this. Have said several times - I'd have a lot more respect for the FSF crowd if they finished HURD and came up w/ software that they wanted people to actually use, instead of preaching all the time - don't use flash, don't use MP**, don't use i****, don't use Windows, don't use FaceBook, don't use Amazon, don't use Google, blah blah blah

Comment: Re:Why would anyone buy something from those catal (Score 1) 65

by unixisc (#48894063) Attached to: Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11
I don't think it's just that. It's b'cos in the past, since people had nothing better to do, and weren't getting sleep, they killed the time buying stuff from those catalogs. Now, people can actually use electronic items like smartphones, tablets and laptops, even if they don't have an internet connection, and that gives them something to do that doesn't involve spending more money. Ergo, they stop buying stuff from Skymiles.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't a sorted table have been more useful ? (Score 2) 132

by fermion (#48892859) Attached to: By the Numbers: The Highest-Paying States For Tech Professionals
This is advertisement from the parent company of /., so there is no need for any real information.

Presenting things as maps is the 21st century method of establishing credibility. It is much cheaper than actually creating an informative graphic with useful data, a la Edward Tufte.

As has been mentioned, this data is not all that useful. One still pretty much makes more money in places that are more expensive to live, but not nearly enough. For instance, in San Jose one might make 25% more than in Houston. On the other hand, the median price for a home in San Jose is 5 times the average pay listed on the site, while in Houston the median price for a home is only 1.4 times the average pay listed on the site. Doing this type of normalization is simple, but does not drive rubes to higher paying jobs that might pay higher commissions to places like Dice.

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