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Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 276

dude. he was being snarky because he is ignorant of the way expansion and contraction, dropping your phone, turning on and off your phone, etc. etc. damage the solid state components.

He's just ignorant and flipped off a sarcastic comment without thinking. I've done the same thing myself on other subjects.

It seems dumb and like solid state devices should be impervious to damage.

But run them hot, run them through a lot of on/off cycles or cool/hot cycles and they are damaged and have a lower MTBF.

My god, reading the entire thread, I can't believe anyone took him seriously.

What does he need to do, put it in green text?

Look, for an easier way to find info on this subject google for router antenna's. They have the same problem (solid state but they degrade fairly quickly) and there are a lot more pages exploring why this is true.

My samsung has been hot to the touch many times (so over 100 degrees but probably less than 110- but probably over 110 inside) and heat is a leading cause for solid state parts of routers to go bad.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 276

The others didn't pick up your snark.

Look- every time you turn on and off your phone, it suffers damage.

Every time you drop your phone, it suffers from damage.

Electronics which are operated outside of their heat range suffer damage.

Expansion and contraction of solid state electronic devices causes damage.

Now... how about you stop being a snarky troll.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 284

Well, we can say that we should not tolerate it and then make legal changes to prevent it.

For example, we could fix the abuse of exempt status and require pay for hours over 50 per week for people who are not actively managing at least a few other people or who are owners of more than 10% of the business or whose income is at least triple the average income (currently about $150,000).

The united states is somewhat unique among the top 25 countries with high hours, low protections, low services but yet only 14th in per capita income. And that per capita income is skewed because our gini index is so far out of whack compared to other non-3rd world countries.

The average wasn't 80 hours a week (that's goldmen sachs.. who recently officially cut back from 110 hours a week to 90 hours a week). The average was 72 hours a week for about 6 months (including a 27 and a 28 day "week" where we worked sundays and saturdays. It was about 68 hours for the rest of the 18 months. The insane hours were for releases where we were both on call overnight and had to work the next day (I slept in the car in the office parking lot- showered in the gym and went back to work after 4 hours sleep).

We can fight these trends by sharing the information that if you have indian contracting company workers, and you are changing your software in a huge project- the repeated occurrence is to lay off 90-95% of the american staff when the project is done. So LOOK FOR A JOB as soon as those conditions start.
Be aware that if the company suddenly starts working you 60-80 hours a week- they have no respect for you and you have no security. So don't wait til they dump several hundred of you on the market at the same time.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 284

Woo hoo! Mr. Libertarian! You are so right.

Folks had a "choice" of quitting into the highest unemployment in a decade, losing their houses, forcing their kids out of college, and giving up any shot at retirement.

Free choice! America! Fuck yea!

Unlike so many other countries in the world, many of which have higher living standards and higher per capita income than the united states and where labor laws protect the ordinary citizens from such abuse.

In my case, I did exercise my "choice" as soon as I made my "number" and retired at 51.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 284

CIA world factbook:


$113.6 billion (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 35
$119.3 billion (2012 est.)
Exports - commodities:

machinery and equipment, computers, chemicals, medical devices, pharmaceuticals; food products, animal products

It's 25th in the world for per capita income.
The united states is 14th.

Comment: Re:Can't fix limited functionality in MS. $1M / ye (Score 1) 284

Don't get me wrong- I've been primarily on Libreoffice and then Openoffice for several years now.

But I see no reason that you couldn't have automated the data transfer in the microsoft environment too. I've written programs both in VBA and in Openoffice Basic which implement that kind of functionality.

The significant challenge to the openoffice side is better integration with email an the calendar. It provides microsoft with a lot of lockin.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 284

In ireland, you get 20 days vacation and 9 paid holidays a year.

The average Irish working week is 39 hours and the legal maximum 48.

I was forced to work 83 hours at my last employers. On salary.

Then a year later, they laid all of us off and replaced us with indians.

Then we found out through leaks they had been PLANNING to lay us off when they ordered us to work those hours.

People had heart attacks, divorces.

It's evil and society shouldn't tolerate it.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 2) 284

1 Luxembourg $4,089
2 Norway $3,678
3 Austria $3,437
4 United States $3,263
5 United Kingdom $3,065
6 Belgium $3,035
7 Sweden $3,023
8 Ireland $2,997
9 Finland $2,925
10 South Korea $2,903
11 France $2,886

So basically, you get better, less expensive, more effective* mostly free national health care, better social security, better standards of living, shorter working days (8-4/9-5 vs 8-5/9-6), and 6 weeks vacation.

For that you surrender $387 a month. In france.

It costs you less in Sweden, Belgium, and UK. I think working conditions in Ireland are currently worse than in the U.S.

It costs you nothing in Luxembourg (atypical), Norway, and Austria.

*While exceptions exist in the U.S., they are usually for very expensive treatments. In general, the mortality rate, child and infant mortality rate, and lifespan are better in the listed countries. U.S. health care outcomes for the bottom 80% are worse than 28 or 29 other 1st world countries.


More generally (not in response to your post), you can't negotiate vacation in the U.S. It's a benefit- it's hard coded in the software. I did it once- getting a week without pay- after five years my new manager just arbitrarily cancelled it when I got my paid 3rd week. There was no one to appeal to if I wanted to remain employed.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 284

You are really quite mistaken. The attitude you are displaying is actually quite recent- it developed after 1980. "Business" is purely a social construct. If you look into the history of corporations, the legal constructs were explicitly created for the benefit of society in general in mind.

If all businesses had no employees- then no one could buy any products.

Money is just how we agree to swap things around in society to prevent violence.

Whenever things get too unbalanced, the violence is waiting around just under the surface. It's happened over and over throughout history. Even the wealthy are starting to be openly concerned about the imbalance of the distribution of income and wealth in society.

If we reach a point where business practices benefit well under 50% of the population, I assure you that things will change.

Comment: Re: name and location tweeted... (Score 1) 878

And yet we always here how it's women's genitalia that has the power.

I think men's power were in their arms, backs, and their greater aggression.

Dicks really had little to do with it.

Cultures which didn't procreate quickly got wiped out for most of history. If you had 3 baby boys and they had 1 baby boy, then in 20 years, your culture took over (either peacefully or violently).

Any kind of culture that supported a low birth rate wasn't really practical until the invention of guns and machines.

Comment: Re:name and location tweeted... (Score 1) 878

College gender gap remains stable: 57% women

Just how much longer are we going to keep our foot on the back of young men's necks?

Free money, education, assistance to females even tho they are closing on 60% of the degrees.

Yes- from the beginning of time until about 50 years ago, men were in control of most societies. But things have changed rapidly.

At my last job, the supervisors and managers were 70% female. And they did things which would have resulted in lawsuits if a male did the same thing.

Are you shooting for fairness or retribution?

Comment: Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (Score 1) 540

by Maxo-Texas (#47529123) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

It depends on how bad your vision is.

If it is 20/400 as mine was, after 18 years my vision is still clear tho I'm probably down to 20/40 from 20/20. I don't wear glasses or contacts and haven't since the operation.

I was unable to scuba dive, down hill ski, play racquet ball, and playing ultimate frisbee was impossible when the humidity was high.

When I went to the ocean- I had to leave my glasses on the beach so everything was a blur.

I experimented with disposable contacts and they were fair.

Lasik cost me $500 ($250 per eye) and it took 32 seconds and 39 seconds for my left and right eyes.

If it is dry and I don't drink enough water my eyes will turn fuzzy until I rehydrate. Eyedrops usually fix it instantly but sometimes not.

The surgery gave me a tremendous amount of freedom.

Old programmers never die, they just become managers.