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Comment Re:Still feels like an early beta (Score 1) 111

It is worse than that. It has taken huge backwards strides in stability, in the past 4-6 months to the point where it is unusable. Kwin crashes randomly. The entire desktop freezes up when you try to move windows around. Menu items in the filemanager randomly stop working. Unfortunately gnome is not too much better either at the moment, so I am back to using a regular window manager. Hopefully they get their act together fast.

Comment Re:Chauvinism is alive and well in 2016 (Score 1) 786

This may be a problem with my own reading comprehension, but I am not sure I understand the point you are making. The only thing that jumped out at me was your sentence, "Some people, a surprisingly large number of people, simply do not respect women. At all. Even other women.". But I'm afraid I don't see how the rest of your article backs up this claim.

Comment No surprise. Today's cellular infrastructure sucks (Score 1) 215

This is no surprise to those of us who have spent time in the networking industry. The root cause of this problem is that the core cellular technology has been completely de-valued in the eyes of customers.

If you look at the high tech industry from an economic POV, it is obvious that the benefits of all the investment at every layer of the protocol stack is accruing to the internet companies like Google, Amazon & Facebook. It takes years of planning, tremendous knowhow and massive investment to create a cellular standard, and creating wireless equipment is still extremely complex. You need to hire engineers with training in electrical engineering and communication theory. But since the end customer places no value to the technology (how much extra would you pay for a phone to use a cellular implementation that does not drop calls?), the companies that build such equipment have collapsed.

10 years ago, 3 of the top 5 telecomm companies in the world were based out of North America (Lucent, Nortel, Motorola). All these companies have been devastated, their carcasses consumed by European companies that themselves went under. So the telecomm arms of Alcatel, Lucent, Nokia & Siemens, Motorola are now (or will shortly be) one combined entity. Ericsson and Huawei, who enjoy extensive support from their respective governments, are #1 and #2 in the world. Ericcson equipment is still nominally decent, but Huawei's is absolutely terrible and 1/10th the price. But guess what... nobody cares.

10 years ago, telecomm equipment was supposed to provide 5 nines reliability. That means that the entire network had to stay up for all but 5 minutes a YEAR, and the downtime had to be scheduled. I have seen senior executives fired summarily due to their organizations failure to do their part to maintain these goals. It is relatively easy to make equipment that can make a few calls and then crash. Much more difficult to make stuff that stays up for years and keeps on ticking. All these experts who knew how to design such systems are mostly unemployed or working for insurance companies.

The demise of the traditional telecomms have been accompanied by the decline in health of core technology companies. Qualcomm, which used to be the Bell Labs of the 90s and 2000s, and who pioneered most of the 3G and 4G technologies that we take for granted these days is struggling and a shadow of its former self. They are facing brutal competition from MediaTek, the Huawei of the communication chip industry. MediaTek is Taiwanese knockoff who has pretty much stolen Qualcomm's IP, refuse to pay royalties and are protected by the Chinese government (a bizarre situation considering China's official political stance on Taiwan). Mediatek's chips are known in the industry to be at least 3 dB worse than Qualcomm's chips, and far less stable. If you have a non-Qualcomm chip in your phone, you are far more likely to experience call drops and overall airlink failures. (Disclaimer: I have never worked for Qualcomm and have no connection with the company, though I do own some Qualcomm stock. I have, however, spent years in the cellular networking industry). There was a time when no phone manufacturer would have even contemplated putting such an inferior chip into even their low end phones. Now, however, Mediatek's chips are available even in high-end products sold in western countries. They pretty much own the third world.

Most folks especially young people do not make voice calls these days. Data is far more tolerant to airlink errors, and web protocols are so overweight and clunky that the efficiencies provided by a more stable implementation are drowned out by the sheer bulk of HTTP. Furthermore, the customer has now been conditioned to experience a poor cellular experience when they use their apps.

The other major factor is the demise of the cellular industry is the ascent of Wifi. Most folks are on Wifi > 60% of their time anyway.

Comment Re:Will Any Effort Be Made To Validate The Report? (Score 1) 399

Rape is the battle cry of the feminist, the tool that they use to shut down inconvenient discussions. That is why they hate it when their research is questioned, and when scrutiny of their rape stats reveals that "staring" has been equated as "eye rape", which has been quietly equated to cave-man style sexual assault.

If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, rape is that for the feminist.

Comment Re: Co-Eds Needs To Stop Showing (Score 1) 399

The main problem with the whole campus rape situation is that there is a perverse set of incentives at work that `reward' women who claim to be rape victims.

Not sure how many have been on a college campus recently. The amount of feminist propaganda and anti-male posturing is bordering on the comical. There are so many SJWs and other activists who are waiting for any male/female incident to happen, to blow up out of proportion, get on the news and ultimately enhance their own careers. A `victim' who comes out is immediately elevated to the status of feminist heroine. Her opinion is sought. There is often press coverage. There is talk of lawsuits and large financial compensation. A regular woman whom no-one would have looked at twice is suddenly enjoying the sort of fame and prestige usually enjoyed by cheerleaders. Even if her accusations ultimately prove false, she suffers no consequences whatsoever, and in fact her prestige among the feminist crowd actually increases. Look at that woman who is dragging a mattress all around campus, drawing attention to her `raped' status.

Comment Re:Roll your own (Score 2) 464

There are a few major downsides to working in a "Tier-2" or "undiscovered" city if you are a tech guy.

1. You are very unlikely to find high-quality or cutting edge work. Like it or not the movers and shakers of tech are in the bay are these days. They may have remote offices elsewhere, but the work that is parcelled out to these areas is mostly "non-criticial". This is due to both political and practical reasons. This will severely limit your ability to `move up' in the world and is a serious consideration if you are an ambitious type. Unfortunately this has become true even for formerly Tier-1 cities like Boston, and there are so many folks who have been forced to move to the bay area just to find interesting work.

2. There are not too many potential acquirers in Tier-2 cities. So even if you do join a start-up and make a successful product, it would be hard to get to a remunerative exit, and the value of your exit is likely to be much lower than it would be if your company was located in the valley. This very real "exit cost" is well known to VCs and accounts for why they don't invest much outside major cities. Locating in a Tier-2 also makes it very hard for your company to change direction or pivot, because your options will be severely limited by the talent pool in the area.

3. The number of employers is likely to be small. If you are affected by a layoff, it would be very difficult to find another job in the area, especially if you are a bit on the older side. Of course the lower cost of living may mean you can potentially survive for longer during a job hunt.

4. Frankly, if you are not white, Christian and conservative, you are unlikely to have a pleasant time in Tier-2 cities, especially those in the South. Even if the local schools are good, your kids are not likely to have a great time of it, what with being surrounded by peers coming from homes where Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are the primary sources of information, and who think that being informed about other parts of the world immediately makes you a potential terrorist. Being mocked and insulted about your culture & heritage would be fact of life for your kids. I know many folks who have moved to the bay area explicitly to save their kids from roving bands of teenage proselitizers and culture bullies.

Comment Re:OK lets be real (Score 1) 621

You have no evidence of this. This is just a right-wing talking point your side has conjured up to distract attention from the egg on your face.

Nothing that I have read has indicated that his father set this up in any way, shape or form.

Why does the fact that they have chosen not to remain in a country where a significant fraction (the wilfully ignorant and hate-filled part) is out for their blood seem surprising to you?

Comment Re:How many female students... (Score 1) 345

When I was doing my Ph. D. too many years ago to count at a large public university, I TAd an introductory math course (undergraduate, 101). Thsi was a course that was required for a good number of majors, and a large percentage of the student population (both male & female) had no interest whatsoever in the subject beyond scraping together the required passing grade. I have been subject to advances and come-ons that even a creator of T&A teen flicks would reject as unrealistic. These were from women who were very aware of their sexuality and the effect it had on men, and were willing to use it to the full extent of their abilities to get what they want. Anyway, my experiences have made me rather skeptical of feminine claims that they are traumatized by dick jokes.

Comment Re:Daughters (Score 1) 696

Daughters (at least American-raised girls) in particular instinctively rebel against what they perceive as their parents pushing stuff down their throats. Logic & Reason have nothing to do with it.

You would be better of trying reverse psychology... say something to the effect of "you girls will never cut in in a man's world". Voila... you'll have 4 engineers on your hands :) Now they get societal props for overcoming adversity as well.

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