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Comment: How long is rent going to go up before?dun dun dun (Score 0) 49

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#47932725) Attached to: Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco
How long until companies realize they can save 15,000-30,000 on paying their software engineers that telecommute. It is silly to require a programmer to be on site anyway. You gain some extra time out of him each day because he doesn't have to commute, and less distractions mean you get more productivity. If you don't trust your coders to do work, just set up a version control repository and make sure some stuff is done each day.

Comment: Re:Grim (Score 1) 170

by Archangel Michael (#47931859) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

1495 Quarantining of Mercenaries in Switzerland.

While not 100% effective immediately, it did drastically reduced the infection rate. WHICH is really the goal.

Now, if your one of those "100% or don't bother trying" people, you're part of the problem.

But then again, allowing infected people to migrate all around the world seems so much better option. I mean, how else are we going to reduce population by 7 billion people to "sustainable" levels like the Georgia Guidestones suggest?

Comment: Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (Score 1) 793

by lgw (#47931573) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Life is not black and white. Actions are not ever wholly good nor evil. There is always evil associated with war, or violence in general, which is why deterrence is so much better. But ISIS is pretty damned close to "wholly evil", and military action against them could well be better on balance than giving them free reign.

To quote John Kerry, recently taking Code Pink to task for protesting a military response to ISIS:

âoeyou ought to care about fighting ISIL because ISIL is killing and raping and mutilating women. And they believe women shouldnâ(TM)t have an education ...

Thereâ(TM)s no negotiation with ISIL, thereâ(TM)s nothing to negotiate. And theyâ(TM)re not offering anyone healthcare of any kind. You know, theyâ(TM)re not offering education of any kind. For a whole philosophy or idea or a cult, whatever you want to call it, that frankly comes out of the Stone Age, theyâ(TM)re cold-blooded killers, marauding across the Middle East, making a mockery of a peaceful religion.

And thatâ(TM)s precisely why we are building a coalition to stop them from denying the women and the girls and the people of Iraq the very future that they yearned for.

It would be a great moral flaw for us to simply let ISIS do what it wills. They are the worst sort of theocracy: the sort that's willing to ignore the moral code of their own religion, using it only as a crutch for power.

Comment: Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (Score 2) 793

by lgw (#47930357) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

In 1953 the percentage of GDP from manufacturing was 28%. In 2012 it was at 12%. I'd call that a drop.

Were you really confused by this, or are you just trolling now?
In 1953 US GDP was ~$2.5 T in 2009 dollars. Today it's ~$16T in 2009 dollars.

Can you see now that US manufacturing has grown significantly? The rest of the economy just grew faster, shifting our focus over the years. Much the same happened with farming before that. Technology is neat that way.

What real threat do any of these nations pose?

Again, appearance of strength is important. People who are a threat seeing the US as weak and starting a war would be a catastrophe from any moral perspective. We do get judged, like it or not, by whether minor player can shake their fists at us without consequence. Was is a surprise to you that Russia is getting froggy again (occasionally hopping across its borders) over the past decade?

Geopolitics aside, some would say that a strong man who sees a horrific crime that he has the strength to stop has the moral responsibility to do so. ISIS has conquered territory by force of arms - do we want to allow that sort of thing to be acceptable on the world stage again? The way ISIS is treating their conquered subjects is horrific and appalling, and we should probably put a stop to it.

Comment: Re:Interesting what he chose not to answer (Score 1) 87

I have been maintaining that the characters in the show BBT would never watch the show. I don't either. The people I know at sork who watch the show and are always talking about it aren't nerds or geeks at all.

The show is patronizing, even offensive, to the people it pretends to depict. That's just how TV works.

Comment: Re:Oregon... (Score 2) 164

by Jane Q. Public (#47930027) Attached to: Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise
What they should do is use the ocean version of "pumped storage": build a giant vertical cylinder in the ocean, and when you have surplus electricity you pump water OUT of the chamber. Then when usage peaks and you need more electricity, you let water run back in and turn turbines to generate it.

It's probably a hell of a lot cheaper than batteries. Pumped storage has been an up-and-coming technology for 20 years now. I worked on one project in which they hollowed out an entire stone mountain, creating huge chambers to store water for a pumped-storage system.

Comment: Re:When doing anything involving the ocean (Score 4, Interesting) 164

by Jane Q. Public (#47929969) Attached to: Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise
When I was a child, we had a nice wood boat. A ChrisCraft. The finish was getting pretty weather-worn so my father took it to a guy who refinished boats to get it done. He specified brass screws, just like the original. The refinisher said, "Everybody uses stainless steel these days. They're just as good." My father reluctantly let him use the stainless steel screws.

The boat was moored by strong chains to a dock in the ocean. (You had to leave lots of play in the chains so the boat could ride up and down with the tide.) A few weeks later, by family got a call from the SeaBees. They had found the boat, dangling underwater by the chains holding it to the dock pilings.

The seawater had eaten the stainless steel screws right up. It only took a few weeks.

Comment: Re:Keyboard (Score 3, Insightful) 182

by Archangel Michael (#47929865) Attached to: iOS 8 Review

Tapping a keyboard three times to type special character. No Swype. Caps always showing, regardless of actual capitalization. All but Unusable with one hand (one handed typing jokes aside). Auto Correct that guesses wrong more often than it should. The interface is not as intuitive as Apple or iOS users claim it is, IMHO.

Only great masters of style can succeed in being obtuse. -- Oscar Wilde Most UNIX programmers are great masters of style. -- The Unnamed Usenetter