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Comment: Yiu haven't answered my question. (Score 1) 208

by westlake (#47930841) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Your right gas cars are total non-perishable and never wear-out or need replacement parts, and gasoline can be recycled as well.

I need to know what an electric car is going to cost me over its projected service life. I need to know the up-front cost of replacing a battery. I do not want to base my purchasing decision on "green" energy subsidies that may disappear after the next election.

Comment: Re:The larger question: (Score 1) 607

by jbolden (#47930603) Attached to: Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

People who buy $12 jeans aren't going to buy $150 jeans.
What happens every time a Walmart opens within 10 miles of fancy boutiques?

    And the answer to your question is nothing. $150k in household income is the cutoff for the top 10%. That bracket represents 2.1% of Walmart customers. 60% of Walmart customers are in the bottom 50%. This is unusual because the bottom half spend much less time buying stuff than the top half. You still aren't anywhere near the bulk of $150 jeans consumers but no, Walmart has no impact. Target which is far short of a boutique has double the percentages in all the 100k+ and still 50% in $75-100k category.

And further the difference in living standard between Walmart customers and boutique customers is small than the spread between iPhone customers and the $150- smartphone customers on average.

Comment: First publication (Score 1) 61

by tepples (#47928621) Attached to: Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

But why (c) 2014? I hope that does not mean that the 75+ year long copyright length restarts from then, does it?

For a work made for hire, the clock starts at the first publication of a particular work. Whether the 2014 is appropriate depends on whether the changes are not substantial enough to form a new work. If the alleged infringer can prove not, then the clock starts from the old copyright date.

Comment: You're nothing special. (Score 1) 234

by westlake (#47927853) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Well buddy you and any job you have can go fuck itself. If you're planning to hire me solely because I can shave and buy a suit then I have no desire to work for you.
Oh, and if you want someone who does what I do and is good at it...

I'll have no trouble at all finding a replacement who has all your skills and none of your attitude,

Comment: Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 1) 234

by westlake (#47927559) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

If you work in any field involving network infrastructure, software development, information services, or data management/warehousing and your salary is at all dependent upon your attire, I strongly suggest you inquire with competing firms.

Your salary is defined by your usefulness to your employer and your potential for promotion --- which implies that you know how to dress for the different roles you must play within the company and are being realistic about your age and appearance.

Comment: Re:Take the long view (Score 1) 379

by DerekLyons (#47927437) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Charlie Stross recently posted a very good take on this: This is a permanent change. Whatever happens during the first few years is basically irrelevant, compared to the long-term results. Did Norway separating from Sweden cause short-term economic upheaval? Does that matter at all a century later?

Yes it matters a century later - because what happens in those first few years sets the stage for what happens a century later. Historical events don't 'just happen' and then toddle off into the history books without leaving long term effects, real and "imaginary" (psychological).

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