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Comment: Re:Remember the guy who hired a Chinese programmer (Score 1) 263

by Kergan (#48875515) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

There was more to that story though.

The guy was pretty good at managing his Chinese programmer. I've rescued enough projects that were initiated by clients who hired cheap coders to suggest that your average non-techie manager is not going to succeed at doing the same.

So it's really a story about the rare breed of local programmers who are able to make $20k/year code grunts produce useful things instead of spaghetti. The savings aren't that spectacular upon factoring that in.

Oh, and there are intellectual property considerations to factor in as well. When selecting the very cheapest labor, you occasionally run into full time employees who are in fact working two or three "full time" jobs in addition to the occasional eLance jobs and what have you.

Comment: Here's why (Score 1) 94

by Kergan (#48654291) Attached to: Librarians: The Google Before Google

The reason it's special is because it was social. Had you worked prior to the internet being mainstream, you'd fully appreciate how going through your network of contacts and various venues for information can yield tremendous other contact and business opportunities.

Google may have simplified the process of locating information online, but at the same time it *decreased* the amount of social interactions, to a point where the typical 20-something youngster is scared sh*tless of picking up a phone to call someone.

Comment: Re:The EU and the US (Score 1) 193

by Kergan (#48476519) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Companies are already applying US and EU laws and norms every day. Because, well... taken as a single entity, the EU is actually a bigger economy than the US, and the US is still significantly bigger than China -- whose laws a whole slew of firms comply with as well.

Truth is, it doesn't really matter if your laws don't apply globally in theory when you're a big economy. Firms will apply your laws anyway.

Comment: Re:false advertising (Score 1) 145

Most of them are made with natural, plant-based ingredients.

Cyanide is present in apricot, apple and peach seeds -- it's a natural, plant-based ingredient. That doesn't make it healthy.

An egg, in contrast, contains everything you need to turn a single cell into a grown chick. It's probably healthy.

Comment: Since when are eggs unhealthy? (Score 1) 145

"Hampton Creek is a food technology company that makes food healthier by utilizing a specially made egg substitute in food products."

Why would an egg be unhealthy? Leaving anecdotical and not-so-anecdotical data aside, that little shell arguably contains every nutrient needed to turn a single cell into a full blown and healthy chick.

"Hampton Creek's latest product is called, Just Cookies, which is an eggless chocolate chip cookie dough"

Sounds like something sugary... That would be healthy?

Comment: Re:When will he be arrested? (Score 1) 666

by Kergan (#45316841) Attached to: Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

If speed limits were uniformly and strictly enforced (rather than an occasional tax on the driver), there would likely be enough outrage to repeal them.

In some EU countries, they're uniformly and strictly enforced by automated radars. Think France, for instance. Best I'm aware, there's little outrage -- except from a very vocal group of reckless drivers.

Speaking for myself, I find it interesting that new generations of automated radars are becoming smart enough to reliably detect when a truck or a bus is speeding when their speed limit differs from those of automobiles, or when drivers fail to respect safety distances.

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. -- P. Erdos