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Comment: Re:Lots of highly paid folks (Score 1, Insightful) 107

this highlights how well software engineers are compensated even compared to other types of engineers.

Is "Engineer" a protected term in the USA?

Here is Canada there is no such thing as a "software engineer."

Chemical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, sure... But not "Software Engineer."

Comment: Re:What's a cargo cult, Alex? (Score 1) 77

by CohibaVancouver (#49754091) Attached to: India Targets July/August To Test Its Space Shuttle

Space is the past, why are countries so hell-bent on these big symbolic Pyramids in the sky?

There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

Comment: Re:alternatives (Score 1) 203

by CohibaVancouver (#49653669) Attached to: Critics Say It's Time To Close La Guardia Airport

Plus that many "businessmen" use business travel as an excuse to bill a vacation to the company, or enjoy an out of town mistress.

What the hell do you think this is, 1974? In my industry (software product management) I travel quite a bit and I don't know any other road warriors like you describe.

Comment: Re:Subs as aircraft carriers (Score 2) 75

The purpose of a submarine like this is be able to deliver their aircraft close to the enemy without being seen, launch the attack (which will appear to have come out of nowhere, with little or no warning) and then leave again without being seen

This is exactly what is done today - Just with submarine-launched cruise missiles. Cruise missiles also have the advantage over human-piloted bombers of not needing to be recovered once the mission is complete.

Comment: Re:This never works (Score 4, Insightful) 304

the piracy the Industry fears most is that which occurs solely in the home, without the use of file sharing sites, cause it is ultimately the hardest to police.

I find this hard to believe. If I buy Big Hero 6 on DVD and then rip it so my kid can watch it on my tablet I can't imagine the industry would care that much - Certainly much less than if if I didn't buy the DVD and instead just torrented it.

Comment: Not about saving money (Score 3, Informative) 622

by CohibaVancouver (#49528605) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs
Where I live (Vancouver, Canada) the purchase of an electric car is never about savings over gas prices. Even here, where gas costs ~$1.25 CAD per liter and hydroelectric residential power costs $0.0797 CAD per kWh for first 1,350 kWh ($0.1195 CAD per kWh over the 1,350), with a car like the Nissan Leaf you'll never save enough over the life of the car in fuel costs to offset the higher price for the car.

For the people I know with Leafs and Volts it's about doing their bit to reduce pollution and CO2 output, not saving money.

Comment: Re:Giving the customers what they want (Score 1) 216

by CohibaVancouver (#49520497) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming

Having to wait for what will happen next week was part of the fun.

So watch it that way. Most series I watch on Netflix take me months to get through. No one says you have to sit on your couch all weekend and watch the whole series. Go play frisbee instead and just watch it an episode at a time.

Comment: Re:Game of Thrones (Score 1) 106

by CohibaVancouver (#49473349) Attached to: In New Zealand, a Legal Battle Looms Over Streaming TV

Why in the name of fuck would any fucking company want to fuck over its customers?

You misunderstand who the "customers" are.

I live in Canada. Up here in America's hat, GlobalTV Canada has given NBC $X million dollars for the rights to air Saturday Night Live. In exchange, NBC has agreed to not distribute SNL up here - So most of the videos I might want to watch online are regionally blocked.

NBC's 'customer' isn't me - It's GlobalTV Canada.

Ditto all the other regionally blocked content here in the Great White North.

Comment: Re:C64 had a cassette drive (Score 1) 74

The TRS-80 Level 1 only had 64k ram. I remember having to trim code to get it to fit and run.

Believe it or not, the Model I "Level 1" had 4K of RAM. The Level II brought it up to 16K. If you added an "Expansion Interface" (also knows as the "Expensive Interface") you could increase the RAM to it's maximum: 48K.

So the Model I never got up to a whopping 64K...

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