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Comment Re:Betteridge's law of headlines says ... no (Score 1) 253

Agreed, but this is the bitter price of incremental improvement: backward compatibility.

Maybe it's time to open a new "expanded emoji" section with inflection dimensions and leave the old ones where they are for backward compatibility.

But, how many varieties of avocado will we need?

Comment Re:Mobile communications experience in the US (Score 1) 139

Means the phone can consume unlimited data, but they (try to) restrict hotspot usage to 5G.

T-Mobile also sells Nexus phones without their proprietary software on-board, I'm pretty sure my Nexus has gone over the hotspot limit without getting dinged for it - because they just don't know. On the other hand, I'm not using my hotspot for anything that's easily detectable as different like torrents or such... also, I have a limited data plan with a more limited hotspot cap, just seems that the hotspot cap is irrelevant on unlocked / clean phones.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 1) 172

Sorry, I was probably off on the price point - technology has moved on. Still, it wasn't a widely advertised fact that almost all "gaming" LCD monitors sold before IPS were 6 bit, or 6 bit with "dithering" which is not really much better.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 1) 172

Depends on your monitor, of course, but a whole (recent) generation of "LCD gaming screens" only showed 6 bits of color depth:

Also, even when you show people the bottom 2 bits, they usually don't perceive them:

Comment Re:"Smokers" (Score 2) 106

Nature of bird injury mostly depends on how the bird is exposed - full on strike, or did he just get "winged?"

Maybe with large migratory populations, the carnage will continue for a long time. The elevated track people mover in Miami didn't run for a year or so after the tracks were built - pigeons thought the tracks were just the greatest place ever made to hang out, nest, etc. The first months of operation (of the very quiet electric cars) were a nasty pigeon bloodbath, feathers and guts everywhere. After a few months, the remaining pigeons caught on, there's hardly ever one run over anymore. I don't think any special mitigations (tiny cow-catchers, warning lights, sounds) were put in place, just Darwin in action.

Comment Re:The corps are in danger as well here (Score 1) 319

Part of your freedom equation is: "have some land" - if you have anything, land, a home, in some states even a car, you are taxed on that possession. The only way to pay taxes is with money, you can't give the tax man a bushel of corn you grew or a nifty widget your robot made, you've got to give him money. Can't pay the tax, you lose the possession, or go to jail, or both (and in some states, neither - they don't take your primary residence, they just pile you deeper in debt so that if you ever do get any money, you've got to hand it over immediately.)

Comment Re:America is an Oligarchy, and Not a Democracy (Score 1) 211

>if Americans stopped listening to shallow arguments given in 30 second TV commercials, if they started to demand rational argument instead of the shallow blather that has so far persuaded them, then they could...

doesn't matter, won't happen.

Comment Re:"I wanted to work this weekend" (Score 3, Insightful) 211

Getting "in the groove" is great and all, but I find that when I'm working 50-60 hours a week I'll find myself feeling "in the groove" a lot, then when I look back at what I created during that all work and no play stretch, it's crap - I was in a rut and couldn't see the bigger picture where the solution I was grinding out was not a good fit to the overall problem - it can be a beautiful, error free, maintainable, extensible piece of crap because of tunnel vision that usually sets in during those long productive spells where nobody interrupts you or makes you sit in any boring meetings.

Considering a variety of perspectives is more important to an overall elegant solution than polishing the perfect little cutting diamond.

Comment Re:Logical (Score 4, Insightful) 211

I don't think the relationship should be linear - 2.5x the work for 2.5x the hours...

If you count waking hours, a typical (3 weeks vacation M-F 9-5) job expects 49 *40 / (52 * 7 * 16 ) = 1960 / 5824 = right at 33% of your life. As they take away my free time, I have to hire (and manage) people to do things for me that I would normally do for myself - this drives up costs by as much as 3-4x in many instances, and can become incalculable when it means hiring people to watch my children grow up for me.

I think a fair overtime formula would be paying you 4x your standard hourly rate by the time you reach 80 hours a week, something like P = P * (H / 40)^2 when H > 40 - by the time they've taken all your waking hours, pay would be at 9x standard. Is getting the project out on-time critically important to the financial future of the company? If it really is, the team that "gives their all" should be getting more than "attaboys" in return.

If it's a short-term crisis where 4 or 40 extra hours worked at a critical juncture can be "paid back" in comp-time within a week or two, that makes total sense in an "overtime exempt" relationship. If the crisis is dragging for months and all you're getting is a gold star on your annual review, put in a few extra hours a week to shop for a better working relationship.

Comment Re:Slackware (Score 1) 136

That might have worked for me, god knows I read enough HOWTO guides, forum posts and other breadcrumbs and didn't come up with a working solution.

My problem was that whatever I was using worked "out of the box" - a fresh install would boot up, connect over PPP or some such (18 years ago, sorry if the details have gone fuzzy), and I could browse the internet all day long. Then, when I would reboot, it would be gone and never work again. Very frustrating.

Do you suffer painful illumination? -- Isaac Newton, "Optics"