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Comment Re:"Smokers" (Score 2) 100

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) 311

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) 210

>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) 135

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.

Comment Re: Too late (Score 1) 68

Today, you can get a 28" 4K monitor for ~$450, and I think that's been true for over a year.

The common setup at my company is a pair of 24" 1080p on a dual stand - the stand itself costs $100, so if the monitors are $175 each, you are at the same cost for the same number of pixels... I prefer the single 16:9 monitor to work on instead of a 32:9 aspect ratio.

Comment Re:Too late (Score 1) 68

The thing is, you don't need a 4K display to work on variable DPI support, you just need to make sure that the apps you have responsibility for DO IT!

I mention Unity as "working" because I've tried it and had virtually no problems at 4K, it seems that more stuff in Gnome is hardcoded, and KDE4 is hopeless. Too bad that you need to "make the leap" to KDE5 to get HiDPI, I'm guessing it will be 2-3 years before KDE5 is "ready" the way that KDE4 is "ready" on a 1080p screen today. I enjoyed using KDE4 on 1080p screens in 2013, but when the 4K hit my life, it really killed KDE4.

Comment Re:Too late (Score 1) 68

I hardly consider a $600 display to be mainstream. It's availible, and it's way more then the average person is going to spend. 1080 displays are the mainstream displays.

Define average? When I graduated college, my (small) company put a computer on my desk that cost 2 months of my salary to purchase (1991, 16MHz 386 with 15" VGA color monitor, $5K computer cost vs $30K starting salary). Kids these days can (commonly) start out anywhere from working for free up to $60K/year fresh out of school, and most of them start with a PC on their desk (not running Linux, but....) I doubt many people spend $10K on a college fresh-out's computer these days, but $2K wouldn't seem out of line, and that's plenty of room to afford a 4K monitor.

Comment Re:Too late (Score 1) 68

It became "mainstream" for me when my new job supplied me with a laptop with a 4K display. Not long after, I bought a $600 25" 4K desktop monitor - that's pretty mainstream if you ask me. Looking around, these displays have been available since ~early 2014, and anybody who didn't know they were coming would have had to be in deep ostrich denial mode.

There is never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.