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Comment: Re:Lots of highly paid folks (Score 2) 26

no one ever said 'min wage' for h1b.

but its minimum in RELATIVE terms because there's no reason to have to pay local salary rates if you don't have to.

maybe its only 10k less or 5k less but if the workforce is over 50% indian (bay area: its more like 80% or more; wish I was kidding) and a huge percent of those are h1b's, then it adds up.

there are pay windows or ranges and every h1b salary is on the low end of the range. because, "they can" and they do get away with it.

the indentured servant is 100% true; once you are onboard, you are abused, overworked and treated like shit. they know that you are stuck there. they brought you in FOR that reason, mostly.

Comment: Re:This has been played out before... (Score 1) 223

by swb (#49791669) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

As a person who spends a significant amount of their time planning my fantasy boat, it looks like in terms of equipment selection, 12v and 24v seem to be kings with much less choice once you get to 48vdc.

Now this is mostly for recreational boats up to about 50'. The larger vessels seem to be more inclined to support 24v because they have the space for larger battery arrays and more flexibility to support 12v runs for the many accessories that only run on 12v.

The more run of the mill boats seem to be exclusively 12v because they have less space for battery arrays, their engines are default setup for 12v alternators.

But even when you get into larger trawler-type cruisers, they may have 24v or even 48v arrays, but that mostly seems to be because almost every appliance they have is 115vac and they're just looking for power efficiency when they're not running off the generator anyway.

Comment: Re:"low end" (Score 4, Insightful) 210

by swb (#49791267) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

No, I don't see it as in issue for anybody.

Every iPhone I buy has been used *hard* for two years by two busy professionals working as consultants, and then used continuously as a home telephone (we kept our landline number and ported it to a cell number because it was actually cheaper than the monthly taxfest that is a landline) and then used pretty hard by a 10 year old boy after that.

I may buy a new iPhone every year, but every one of those iPhones gets used for four years and by then it's not even a question of battery that's an issue, but of software and processor obsolescence for any kind of a serious tasks, and I don't think that's really all that different for Android users, either. The only hardware issue I've ever had was a volume up button on a 4S that crapped out six months in, and it was swapped out in store for a replacement phone in 10 minutes.

I really don't understand guys like you that are so angry about people who do buy a phone every year. Admittedly the biggest "feature" add on year on year is mostly CPU/RAM, although the screen size bump with the iPhone 6 Plus has been the main thing this year. It's a fucking tax writeoff for us and even if we bought 2-3 phones individually we'd be looking at upgrades every 18 months or so anyway, so one every 12-14 months doesn't seem outrageous.

I sometimes think the hostility is because you're too broke, too cheap or just flat-out jealous.

Comment: Re:You shortchange Mad Max 1 -- I want a prequel (Score 1) 192

by swb (#49791161) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

I don't know that I totally buy into that, but I guess far enough to see "Mad Max" as a character concept that George Miller keeps making a series of seemingly related movies about.

What seems unfortunate, though, is that there's never been any real narrative or story developed after Mad Max I. RW and FR are highly entertaining movies, but they're just chase movies with outlandish costuming. Fast and Furious has more character development.

Comment: Re:Save in conversion, pay for copper (Score 1) 223

by bluefoxlucid (#49791135) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

So you move the cost of losses from the DC to AC conversion to the cost of significant increases in the amount of copper needed to wire a house and the internals of power-hungry appliances.

Yeah I've been wishing it wasn't so ridiculously hard to change mains voltage. If only we could distribute at 220V, or get 220V feed lines to build 220V circuits. Europe has all these 15 amp appliances like steam irons that you can't get in the US because you'd need 30-35 amps to run them--they're 15A at 220V. Same appliances in America are low-power (1800W), and operate as if they're severely defective.

High-voltage, low-current is the way to go. We have 20 amp bedroom circuits; we don't need 20V 120A circuits.

Comment: Re:"low end" (Score 1) 210

by swb (#49790621) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

I'll be slightly less abrasive than above, but my experience with the "non replaceable" battery in every iPhone since 3GS is that battery failure has been a non-issue.

I buy a new iPhone every year, pass my old one to my wife, and her now "old" phone becomes our house phone, and the "old" house phone becomes an iPod for my son on trips.

So by the time it gets to iPod status it has been used as a daily phone with frequent charging (me), abusive charging (my wife lets hers get down to 10-20% constantly and doesn't charge in the car, etc), sitting in a charging dock, on, for a solid year as the house phone and then getting used intermittently by my son. It still seems to hold a reasonable charge -- he uses it constantly during a 3 hour plane ride and then more still after we get off the plane without any complaints of short battery life.

I don't really see the "non replaceable" battery as an issue. Even when I had a replaceable battery phone, I only just swapped batteries at home. The few times I decided to haul a battery around with me, I use it so infrequently that it was half discharged by the time I needed it.

If you suck down so much battery during normal use and can't charge off a computer or socket, any of the LiO USB chargers would be fine or even one of the battery cases.

Comment: Re:Answer (Score 1) 298

by Grishnakh (#49789803) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

So yeah C style C++ can be real crap.

It's better than C++ style C++, which wouldn't even work in a hard real-time system.

But I would prefer to see straight C used in these systems instead. I worked briefly on a project to compare an existing C++ system with one done with straight C and the SLOC was vastly smaller, and even the memory footprint was significantly lower. I don't think it's even that C++ itself can't be written tightly, it's that the C++ stuff has gotten really bloated by the way they define requirements and architect the systems; automatic code generation with DOORS doesn't help at all.

Comment: Re:related news today re: Apple Car (Score 1) 69

by swb (#49789425) Attached to: GM To Offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto API In Most 2016 Vehicles

I don't think Apple wants to be in the car manufacturing business with a car of their own anymore than they want to be in the PC and smartphone manufacturing business. With consumer electronics, though, you only have to be in the design business (and only partially, since they buy a lot of technology from someone else -- AFAIK, they don't design display panels, radio chipsets, flash memory, RAM, etc).

With cars, though, there's not really a contract manufacturer who does the assembly, you have to do that yourself although you can buy a lot of parts from OEMs like Bosch and others.

I think Apple sees a way to become a marquis branded supplier to other car makers. Building an "Apple Car" is a design exercise, a way to see how what they do can be applied to electric cars and I'm sure it has a lot to do with dashboard electronics and "user interface" as much as it does with anything else. There may also be less sexy opportunities in terms of what they know about battery management.

Comment: You shortchange Mad Max 1 -- I want a prequel (Score 2) 192

by swb (#49789361) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

Mad Max 1 wasn't even a post apocalyptic movie. The director didn't have a lot of money so they just did some thing about a guy surviving gangs. He was surprised when he heard people uniformly fill in the blanks that it was post apocalyptic. Anyway, it isn't that great... but it isn't bad either. There is basically no plot period.

Mad Max 1 wasn't "post-apocalyptic" but I think it was more interesting than that -- it was *pre* apocalyptic. It was set in an era of severe social and economic decline. Petroleum was becoming very scarce. Government services were basically in tatters, law enforcement was marginal at best -- they had basically lost control of the countryside and rural areas -- there was basically no law enforcement in the small town where the biker gang picked up the Nightrider's coffin and terrorized the townspeople.

And of all four of the films, it has the most plot and narrative. It's characters were much more representative of real people and situations. It's true the social breakdown/decline weren't well fleshed out, though.

IMHO, this setting is actually more interesting than the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the Road Warrior. Road Warrior was a fun film, but it was really nothing more than an action film with an S&M wardrobe that recycled the character and car from Mad Max but made no coherent effort to conceptually link the two films.

I haven't seen Thunderdome in years, but in retrospect it was kind of a joke although I seem to remember being entertained by it. Fury Road was basically a reboot of Road Warrior -- highly enjoyable, but other than a name and a leather jacket it really had no connection with the other films.

Personally, I'd like to see a prequel to Mad Max 1 that traces the origin of the MFP, the rise of Max Rockatansky and does more to flesh out the decline of civilization. I think that setting is more interesting than the bizarre mythos of The Humongous from Road Warrior or the cartoon world of Fury Road.

There was a recent film with Guy Pearce called "The Rover" which was set in a modern, post-economic collapse Australia that would serve as a good inspiration for a Mad Max prequel. I think Guy Pearce would make a good Max Rockatansky, too.

Comment: Re:suckers (Score 0) 104

by hairyfeet (#49789317) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion opposed to the AGW lobby which is run by such selfless companies as Goldman Sachs while pushing cap and trade which has the rules written by the same one who cooked up credit default swaps and is the kind of scam frankly a kid could see through, meanwhile you have Rev Al setting himself up to be a carbon billionaire while driving a fleet of SUVs like a third world El Presidente and living in a McMansion with ACed basketball court while he says that YOU need to pay more, you filthy climate damaging peasant you.

Do we need to pollute less and save more? Of course, this is common sense, but we will get NO common sense approaches offered because companies like Goldman Sachs and scammers like Gore couldn't make out like highway robbery on common sense so we'll get scams like crap and trade pushed where the worst polluters get their carbon "indulgences" so pay nothing, scammers like Gore will pay themselves in carbon credits from their own company so he can have the brass balls to fly a lear jet for one and ride in a fleet of Caddie SUVs while claiming he is "carbon neutral" so who does that leave to pay these shitbags for their magic beans? Why that would be YOU, you filthy peasant who can't afford your own offshore LLC, why you are killing the planet!

Comment: Re:Wishful Thinking (Score 1) 57

by hairyfeet (#49789253) Attached to: The Marshall Islands, Nuclear Testing, and the NPT

Actually it was four, you forgot the wargame Ronnie Reagan had in western EU that had many of the bigshots in Moscow thinking it was a secret build up for a first strike so they pushed for a first launch. IIRC it was the spies the KGB had in the west that stopped it, as they reported the aircraft didn't have weapons loaded which convinced them it was an exercise.

That doesn't change the fact that if it weren't for the bomb Korea would have probably triggered WWIII as you had generals like MacArthur pushing to roll into China and the prevailing domino theory which stated if you let one fall to communism the rest tumble down, it was only the possibility of an exchange with the USSR that kept it and Vietnam limited in scope.

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 2) 104

by grcumb (#49788533) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion

but we did inflate duPort's bank account as their patents on Freon had run out and Congress made the old Freon illegal just in time for the new and improved patented Freon to enter the marketplace.

Yes, Dupont sat on the patent for a chemical compound they knew was safer until it became clear that the courts and governments were going to act, and then and only then did they finally file the patent on an HCFC compound to replace Freon. It was an act of stunning cynicism, but you're aiming your contempt in precisely the wrong direction.

stupid rubes

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