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Comment: Fix your life, not your job (Score 1) 182

by Dr J. keeps the nerd (#47965283) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Your job sounds great. Make some friends on your team and learn what you can from them. Maybe buy a book or RTFM or do a side project. The training will always be offered again somewhere else, and Vegas is a hole.

Use the conference time to fix whatever's going on in your life -- that sounds way more important. Feel free to post here about that!

Good luck!

Comment: No (Score 5, Insightful) 393

by Dr J. keeps the nerd (#47929971) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
From the article's conclusion: In the most likely scenario, Anderman writes, “the price of the 2017 new model will be in the range of $50-80K.” The 60-kWh version of today's Tesla Model S large luxury sedan starts at $69,900, with an EPA-rated range of 208 miles. Given that the Model 3 will be a smaller car with one-third less range, using a next-generation battery to be produced in bulk at Tesla's planned gigafactory, that seems rather pessimistic.

Comment: The Yard Cafe (Score 1) 11

by Dr J. keeps the nerd (#41414423) Attached to: Slashdot Anniversary: Vancouver, BC, CA
Come celebrate 15 years of time well wasted.

The Yard Cafe is the local pub in Marpole. It's basic, it's safe, the beer is cheap and decent, and there's parking and transit around. If folks want to get there earlier, we can bump the start time up. I won't head over until my kid's in bed. A lot happens in 15 years.

Comment: Consequence of CRTC regulations (Score 5, Informative) 238

by Dr J. keeps the nerd (#27594891) Attached to: Bell Proposing Usage-Based Billing
The CRTC requires Bell to resell its lines for fixed rates. Bell must offer service that's at least as good as what it provides to its own customers. As the regulated rate is below Bell's own rate of return from an actual Bell customer, Bell has no incentive to provide better service that what it provides to its own customers. If the CRTC allowed for other arrangements, Bell could strike a deal with a wholesaler to offer unlimited service at a higher price. As it stands, it can't. Nothing here is surprising.

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