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Comment: Re:Low voltage? (Score 1) 528

by MightyYar (#49798275) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

Those things are great - they sell a 3-gang "tandem" that gives you one 220 and two 110 breakers in 2 slots. Most of my 220 circuits are done this way... can make it more of a challenge when a breaker goes bad, but oh well. Last year my heater circuit went bad and so I had to poach from elsewhere in the house until the online order was delivered. None of the local electrical supply places had my odd combination of 220 and 110V 15 and 20 amp circuits.

Here's an example of a "triplex" breaker.

Comment: Interesting callousness towards those maintaining (Score 1) 90

by sethstorm (#49793511) Attached to: Cloud Boom Drives Sales Boom For Physical Servers

The promise of the cloud is that your storage and computing problems will be abstracted away from messy physical objects that you need to maintain, taken care of far way by other people that are not well treated for their work.

At least the first mainframe era had some respect for the people involved in the infrastructure. These days, globalization has killed it in favor of mistreatment and abstraction of the workforce.

Comment: Re:Compelling? (Score 1) 243

by MightyYar (#49734799) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television

To be fair, MS sort of decimated any other competition in the computer arena - almost got Apple, too. It's hard to not look innovative compared to MS. "Look, we made the Start Menu ROUND!"

Android similarly makes it very hard for the many manufacturers to differentiate themselves from the pack - they are all selling very similar devices. Few use anything custom inside, so competitors quickly emulate anything even remotely advantageous in the market.

And finally the ridiculous profit margin that Apple commands means that they can make their hardware $0.10 more expensive, but spend that handful of change in areas that the consumer will notice: slightly higher quality finishes or some purely decorative item. It makes their gear stand out.

Comment: Re:How about a converted 122-key "typewriter"? (Score 1) 147

by sethstorm (#49716807) Attached to: Mechanical 'Clicky' Keyboards Still Have Followers (Video)

Those modifications were my doing.

What do you do about the Enter key on the numeric keypad? The F has a stabilizer wire which the M lacks, so if you put the black key on as-is it sits limply and doesn't click properly.

Use one of the stabilizer plugs on the lower barrel (gray, plugs in one of the barrels). It'll work just fine.

Similarly, the spacebar stabilizer wire is different - how do you get the black spacebar to attach properly?

One of the stabilizer wires will attach to the M13 spacebar and the keyboard itself.

I see that whoever did that mod changed the F to ANSI layout. I kept mine as ISO but that meant I had to stay with a few non-black keys.

That's also my doing. Unlike the M, changing keys requires less toolwork; you only need a flat-tip screwdriver, pliers, and careful attention as the plate cover slides right out.

The only word of caution that I have is that fixing broken traces is a PITA.

Comment: Higher degree of personal freedom versus others (Score 1) 249

Enough with the economic nationalism already.

Not going to happen as long as there's an effort to oppose US citizens. No sense in taking envious jabs out at the modern-day Roman Empire just because you live on the wrong side of it.

Why do kids born in America deserve higher wages and better jobs than immigrants?

The US has a higher degree of personal freedom not present in nearly all the offshoring destinations. In every sense of the word, businesses in this environment hate freedom.

Are the immigrants not human too?

Guest workers are not immigrants. Before you ask, mine came to live long, prosperous lives as citizens.

I would just respond that this same globalization has pulled far more humans out of poverty than any aid program ever has or will.

The vast body of evidence would point to a large wealth transfer that penalizes freedom.

Comment: Then stop justifying it. (Score 1) 249

A potential hire is not better or more deserving of a job just by virtue of being an American.

Given that the American has more freedom than the typical guest worker (or their home country), that alone is enough justification.

Companies I have been at have lost good talent due to visa snafus and quota and time limits.

There was even better talent that was right in the US. Unfortunately, you weren't willing enough to work with US citizens in good faith.

So stop pretending that H1B visa holders are a threat to some supposed right you have to a job you do not otherwise qualify for.

Then stop with the unrealistic requirements that are designed solely to disqualify US citizens. The citizens are qualified, especially those that are asked to train guest worker replacement, you just have an anti-citizen bias. Your best bet would be to prepare to accept the idea that US citizens are qualified.

The guest worker program has never been about freedom; it has been about making an end-run around the Constitution's provisions prohibiting slavery and indentured servitude.

Comment: Violate economics for geopolitical purposes? No. (Score 1) 249

Economics does not work that way.

A decrease in the labor supply (a supply curve shift to the left) will cause a shortage, with an increase in required wages to meet equilibrium. If what you and the guest workers said was correct about shortages, then wages would go up - not down.

An increase in the labor supply (a supply curve shift to the right) will cause a surplus, with a decrease in required wages to meet equilibrium. This is what really is happening, since there is an increase in the labor supply beyond what the equilibrium will support.

Geopolitical interference with developed nations like the United States, such that citizens are purposefully and systematically excluded from selection, is a valid explanation.

Disobedience: The silver lining to the cloud of servitude. -- Ambrose Bierce