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Comment Re:What kind of telemetry (Score 1) 99

Actually allow me to correct your correction as MSFT is giving away absolutely nothing as a full version (not the "super duper extra spyware" insider edition) of Windows 10 Requires a legal key from 7 or 8 which currently costs as of this writing between $100-$200 dollars and there are several reports of users trying to go back to Windows 7 after the 30 days to find THEIR KEYS ARE NOW INVALIDATED. I can attest to this being true as I've had to talk to more damned third world MSFT flunkies than I ever cared to thanks to this very issue.

So the REAL cost of Windows 10 is currently between $100- $200 USD, that is the cost of the Windows 7 or 8 key you are giving up by taking this "free OS" and not going for the super duper extra spyware insider edition......sorry but that is the most fucking expensive "free OS" I've ever seen in my life and why we need to kill that "Oh its free you can't complain" bullshit because that is what it is, total bullshit!

Comment Re:What is a gravity wave? (Score 1) 219

Imagine a circle as a gravity wave goes through it then the horizontal direction will get flattened and the vertical (direction of the wave) will get stretched out, and then the reverse.

Does that mean the wave has a zone of negative gravity in the middle? Because it seems to me that any surface doing that series of stretching must be saddle-shaped - have negative curvature - in the middle. And, because mass and geometry of spacetime are connected, does that mean it must have negative mass as well?

Comment Re:Cool! (Score 1) 216

They have been trying to detect GW's for roughly half a century, making instruments gradually ever sensitive when nothing found. Was their magnitude so uncertain that they had no idea how sensitive the detector had to be to detect them?

If it's nearly a guaranteed result, as you implied, then why the huge uncertainty over the sensitivity needed? Or did the early trials merely hope the models were wrong when trying to detect results beyond what the tech of the day could handle relative to the (faint) magnitude the models suggested?

For example, why build a detector that is only sensitive to waves of 100 units or larger if the models say the actual waves should only be 2 units of size? You wouldn't build the 100 unit-size detector unless you had a decent reason to believe the models could be wrong. But I've never seen that assumption stated in the write-ups over the years they've been building all these detectors.

Comment Re:buh? there's non-Human scientists? (Score 1) 216

yet another proof of the global alien conspiracy.

The Trumpenians have invaded! They suck all our sour lemons dry, make our casinos cheesy, spread a virus that shrinks our babies' heads to lollipop size, steal Tony the Tiger's catch-phrases, and wear orange Tribbles on their heads.

Comment Re:You want me to see your ads? (Score 1) 653

The internet was not built to be an advertising medium, yet here we are, the majority of what you see online is advertising.

You know why? Because people like you keep saying that it is ok to show ads. The discussion should not be how ads can be shown, it should about showing ads at all.

It feels as if you are defending the Maffia by saying they should not kill a person, instead they should just hit him a couple of times. Sure, already a step in the right direction, but not far enough. What you actualy want is no Mafia at all.

I do not want to watch their ads. I understand why they exist, just like I know why the Mafia exists. Does not mean I want it.

Comment Re: Ok. (Score 1) 653

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply youâ(TM)re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. Itâ(TM)s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially donâ(TM)t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, donâ(TM)t even start asking for theirs.
â" Banksy

Comment Re:What do you propose that they do? (Score 1) 653

No. No ads. That is my goal. I do not like them in banners. I do not like them as text. I do not like them as a logo. I do not like ads. My (unrealistic) ideal and goal is to have zero ads. There is no need for me to explain what I would tollerate as the target is 0 ads.

Having no Javascript; and just static images and links would be a step in the right direction. I would still want less ads. And this is not limited to the Internet. It is also valid for TV; for newspapers, for billboards, for my underwear.

Or to say it with the words of Banksy:

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply youâ(TM)re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else.
They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. Itâ(TM)s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially donâ(TM)t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, donâ(TM)t even start asking for theirs.
â" Banksy

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 469

If some segment of the population suddenly has twice as much income, and maybe 5x as much disposable income, that's going to put upward price pressure on lots of goods and services.

Not when you're talking about the bottom tier of wage earners. Their salary would have to increase by way more than a factor of 2 before they would even start to compete for non-low-end housing. Here are some examples of Bay Area jobs and what they pay:

  • CA Minimum wage: $10/hr
  • Legal secretary: $21.03/hr
  • Assistant Manager: $22.46/hr
  • Kindergarten teacher: $30.74/hr
  • Entry-level software engineer: $38.46/hr
  • General Manager: $38.89/hr
  • Santa Clara County median salary: $44.95/hr
  • Median software engineer salary: $52.10/hr

For instance, the people who are living with 3 roommates each making minimum wage now decide to get a bigger place, or just have 1 other roommate (maybe a GF/BF). Suddenly demand for housing goes up. The people who used to compete for low rent places in crappy neighborhoods are now competing for medium rent places in decent neighborhoods. Now the manager, who lives in a decent neighborhood, faces a rent increase and wants a higher salary. Did your 4.3% include that?

IMO, the 4.3% number cannot possibly be based in reality. About a quarter of the cost of even a fast food joint's income goes towards labor costs (and even more for other restaurants). If labor costs doubled, you'd expect a minimum of a 25% increase in the cost of the burgers, and that's before you factor in the cost of the labor throughout the rest of the supply chain (raising the cattle, etc.). Now I realize that not all of your labor costs will double, so that's an overestimate, but 4.3% is an absolutely laughable underestimate. I'd guess that 15% is probably closer to the mark, but it could be slightly higher.

I think people who think the minimum wage doesn't have a big impact are missing this key idea. It's all relative, and it's not just about direct costs. It's about, if I make 4x minimum wage right now, and suddenly I'm only making 2x minimum wage, that hurts me in many small ways that add up. Maybe these poor people start having more kids, and my kids' school gets crowded, and there's a bond referendum to build a bunch of new schools and hire teachers, and my property taxes go up. Maybe poor people stop taking the bus or walking to work and buy cars, and now there's more traffic, and the city/county/state need to add lanes to a bunch of roads, and there's a tax increase to pay for it. Now I'm being affected even if I don't eat fast food.

Statistically speaking, people who make more money tend to get better education, and this results in having fewer kids, not more. So at least over the long haul, that first "maybe" is pretty unlikely. The second issue (traffic) is a concern, but:

  • Jobs in poor neighborhoods will pay more, and there will be more of them, because the poor will have more money to spend.
  • Minimum wage workers who choose to keep working in the nicer neighborhoods will be able to afford to live closer to where they work.

So those folks will be traveling shorter distances to work, which should largely balance out the higher number of cars.

Comment Re:The bill is 2 or 3 sentences, you can READ it (Score 1) 132

Your concern is duly noted, citizen. But fear not. By the time it gets out of committee and actually makes it to the floor of either house, it will have at least 1,000 pages of amendments tacked onto it. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Sincerely,
Your Congresscritter

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