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Comment: Re:Silly argument (Score 5, Informative) 529

by MeNeXT (#47488415) Attached to: US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

I say that in the 18,000 is more than one.

It's amazing how people are born with skill sets and training has absolutely nothing to do with it. /sarcasm If you are a programer by trade you should easily adapt.

The programer that they want to hire costs less. That's it. That's all.

Comment: Re:"Don't function all that well.." (Score 1) 399

by MeNeXT (#46859835) Attached to: Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

Try bringing your phone underwater to 1 foot or on a swim and come back to me on that one.

On another note drop the watch from 6 feet and notice that it only has a scratch. Drop you smartphone from a foot and pray...

If you are too lazy to set the time and date get a Citizen Eco-drive with atomic time sync. Never need to charge. Never looses time. Last longer than a smartwhatever.

The problem I have with all these smart gadgets is just that they are gadgets which don't last in regular use. I'm not talking about anecdotal evidence here. Most jewelry watches as you call them last for generations. Most smart gadgets last a couple of years. They are built to fail or become useless within 3 years so you can be sold the new shiney... Now don't get me wrong I believe there is a market for a smart watch. It would have to follow traditional watches rather than the disposable nature of the smartgadget. It has to be more than the current fad.

Comment: Re:Sex discrimination. (Score 1) 673

by MeNeXT (#46714293) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

We live in a society which has set certain rules that govern our behavior for our survival. We defined terms as best we can in order that all members of our society are treated the same (as best we can). Not a perfect system for sure but your interpretation of kidnapping plays with the definition in order to make your point. The definition of kidnapping is not just the fact of holding someone against their will because if it was then all parents could/would be accused of kidnapping.

The discussion is about discrimination and not oppression. You can be discriminated against without being oppressed.

Comment: Re:Misleading map (Score 1) 161

by MeNeXT (#46667209) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Sorry don't have mod points but I'd mod you up.

What I see with the limited data is that the average sale will bring you more from iOS device but you will make more sales from Android devices. Android has a better penetration on more demographics than iOS. Which is common sense that the more expensive devices will sell to more affluent individuals. No kiddin Sherlock.

Is this news? I bet if we compared BMW owners to Kia/Hyundai owners we would come out to the same conclusion. For sure BMW owners would pay more for tires than Kia/Hyundai owners but the total revenue from Kia/Hyundai owners on tires would be more than BMW. BMW owners would have a higher average price for sure.

Comment: Re:No problem (Score 1) 423

by MeNeXT (#46599591) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Really? What risk? I have the same situation. They are custom cash registers which would require hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace. to you it's a computer to my client it's a fancy cash register. He tried to replace the business logic by off the shelf software but none would meet the requirements. So his choice is to spend hundreds of thousands on redeveloping his cash register, buy off the shelf software and hire additional staff to meet the requirements, or go to discount stores and pickup the stuff that is been thrown away?

Yeah Win95, Win98, NT are still going strong today and they will for at least the next 10 years. Maybe by that time the off the shelf software will catch up to his business logic. It's not for you fine, but I know for a fact that if he would have followed MS current he would have spent over a million just keeping up with the times. The code is completely debugged in the last 20 years of operation and a solution that none of his competitors can match.

Comment: What does the consumer want? (Score 1) 153

Personally I don't care what OS I use as long as I can accomplish the task at hand. I find all OS's missing some functionality. Some do it deliberately and others are missing the developers and/or resources. Android is my preferred mobile platform and OSX is my referred desktop platform. As it stands now both will lose from this choice since I may go for the Air instead of a combo.

Comment: Does it matter? (Score 1) 187

by MeNeXT (#46482765) Attached to: Google Blurring Distinction Between Ads and Organic Search Results

If the first link is an ad and it's what I'm looking for does it matter?

How ads are identified doesn't matter when it is evident it is an ad. What matters is that I find what I'm looking for on the first page with the least amount of clicks. As a customer of Google I do not want people who are not looking to buy to come to my site. If someone is looking to learn about diamonds they most likely are not looking to buy. So a generic search of diamonds may lead to a page of jewelers a user would not click on any ad links but would refine the search. If all users are stupid and click on links identified as ads for jewelers then jewelers sales will not improve and advertising costs increase or be less effective, therefore they may stop advertising with Google.

In order for Google to continue being relevant they need to be relevant to people who search otherwise Google's product dries up. If ads are relevant then I don't care

Comment: Re:It's about time. (Score 1) 731

by MeNeXT (#46220167) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

... RFID is orders of magnitude less secure than a regular magnetic strip.

Lucky that chip-and-pin cards don't have RFID on them then ;). They must be inserted into the reader for the chip to be used, and even then, the chip is not (and can not be) read, instead, it's used to encrypt, and sign your PIN, so that the bank can verify that it's really you (or someone who knows your PIN, and has your card – whee, two fold security, something you know, and something you have) there.

Sorry to disappoint you but all my chip & pin cards have RFID as well.

Some light reading on PIN. It does not always get verified by the bank and may well be bypassed with 0000.

Read this.

Comment: Re:Taxes. (Score 1) 314

by MeNeXT (#45805233) Attached to: France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

Introducing an additional "special" tax on one industry but not another does not equate to everyone paying their fare share. This is not about preventing suffering. This is just a pain money grab. The French do not have a special tax on the restaurant industry, nor the cheese industry, or the wine industry. This is a plain money grab. The funds go into the general revenue of the government and may or may not be directed to "culture". Culture is something that a group of people believe in, create and participate in. It is not something that is owned by an individual it is something that is shared. It does not mean that it is of no cost.

Government is about control and the perception about them vs us. If this was not about that then a French YouTube and Facebook would exist that would promote French culture and this would not compete with the US YouTube and Facebook because each would promote a different culture and not be about money.

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