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Comment Re:Fed up (Score 1) 167

I'm sorry to hear that. Obviously you picked the wrong employer (s). I've worked for the same company for almost twenty years in a variety of IT related departments and I think there was only one year (2008 maybe?) when I didn't get a raise (although it's not necessarily a large raise every year) and I am pretty much required to take my full three weeks of vacation every single year plus all personal days and official company holidays. They start nagging people if you don't schedule all your vacation time.

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 4, Interesting) 663

Oh and for anybody who wants to know how to lose weight, it's dead simple, just follow this formula:

Nc = F - (Bmr + E)

Where Nc = Net Calories, F = food calories consumed, Bmr = Basal Metabolic Rate, E = Calories burned during exercise.

The part you left out is Bmr = f(F, Ft, E) where f is a non-linear function that we don't fully understand and Ft = type of Food and is a catchall for the impact of different types of food on your metabolism. A naive reading of your original equation might lead people to assume that Bmr is a number rather than a function of the other variables. A more accurate formula would be:

Nc = F - (f(F, Ft, E) + E)

Also worth noting that F = g(F, Ft, E) where g is a function describing your body's hunger and fullness sensing mechanisms as well the decision making neural pathways in your brain. The ability to solve a differential equation or write an elegant piece of software or make a correct decision under psychologically challenging conditions is very much influenced by F and Ft. So I think your simple equation would be more accurately written as:

Nc = g(F, Ft, E) - f(F, Ft, E) - E

I distributed the subtraction to remove an extraneous pair of parentheses.

Since g and f are non-algebraic functions it's understandable that solving this equation is a bit more complicated than the simplistic arithmetic that your original equation implies.

Comment Re:Assume her figures are good. The huge catch is. (Score 2) 528

In my sun-drenched community, a few wealthy Republican early adopters have rooftop solar installations that supply all their needs.

I'm curious about your methodology. Can you elaborate on how you determined their affiliation? Do you personally know all the people in your community with rooftop solar or did you determine their party affiliation in some other manner?

Can you also clarify whether you merely mean that they are registered to vote in republican primaries, or do you have solid evidence that they vote a strict republican hard line in all elections regardless of candidates or issues?

There are a scattering of houses with rooftop solar in some of the neighborhoods where I run (on foot for exercise, not for political office) but it would never have occurred to me to research the political party affiliation of the homeowners.

Comment Re:Insurance Costs (Score 1) 252

I love drivers like you, you pay $40K for a car and sell them 3 years later for $10K. I buy cars like this for $10K and drive them for many years. Thanks for blowing $30K so that I can drive a fancy car.

Really? I buy new and drive till it dies so I haven't priced vehicles since 2007, but I just did an online search for 2011-2012 sedans for under $11,000 with under 100,000 miles and I didn't find anything other than econoboxes within 50 miles of my ZIP code. Maybe a few of the Fords and Nissans might have been above the econobox level, as I said I haven't priced cars in years, but I didn't see a single $10,000 car that I would consider a luxury brand.

Can you link to a few listings of three year old cars for $10k that originally sold for $40k?

Comment Re:i haven't bought a car in a while... (Score 2) 252

the problem of being unable to drive is a "first world problem"

And since the first world is comprised of a large number of countries with prodigious intellectual and industrial production capability it should hardly come as a surprise that the first world is applying those capabilities to solving first world problems such as this. What would be surprising and sad would be if the industrial machine that won World War 2 were no longer capable of applying resources to the resolution of its own problems.

If you are unable to drive and live in a place where there is no public transportation, then you should sell your nice cozy house, leave your nice cozy town and move to a city where there is adequate public transportation. Becoming dependent upon your family is nothing but a choice you (and sometimes your family) make.

Ah yes, a brilliant suggestion. Just what anyone who has suffered a debilitating illness, accident or age related loss of physical and mental capacity should do: move away from everything and everyone they know so that they can start fresh as a mentally and/or physically disabled newbie in an unfamiliar place with no family or friends to turn to for help.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 85

We want employees that work for free!

Actually they want 100% the opposite. They want revenue so they can continue to pay employees. If they had employees that would work for free they could just open source the product and stop worrying about revenue. The problem is, in most software companies if you allow your revenue to drop to zero your employees will likely leave when the paychecks start bouncing.

I'm a huge proponent of Open Source, but if you're an existing company contemplating open sourcing your existing code base you'd better have a clear plan on where your revenue will come from or you'll end up a former company with abandoned open source dead project. This is one of the better Ask Slashdot questions recently.

Comment Re:How about where you can find electric outlets? (Score 1) 40

Spare batteries are all over the place. Airports in particular have shops where you can buy precharged ones. It's just that now they all have USB ports so they're all universally compatible rather than differing for each mobile device. I also have a battery *case* for my iPhone which allows me to charge it with a micro USB cable like everything else. No swapping required, just push a button to start or stop charging the internal battery from the case battery.

On my last trip I traveled with a large battery with two USB outputs, one charger with a long cord and five USB outputs, and a couple of micro-USB cables. That's all I needed for my android phone, iphone, android tablet and Atom based Windows convertible laptop/tablet. Not a single device specific charger or spare battery in the lot (unless you consider the battery built into the iPhone case, which I don't because the case stays on the phone all the time and is no bigger than the otterbox case that many people use.)

I'm glad the days of carrying multiple models of spare battery are over.

Comment Looks clumsy (Score 1) 80

I have docking stations at home and work so I get multiple large screens and trackballs for my laptop, but yesterday I received the AOC USB powered monitor that's been available for a while. I actually ordered the $90 older model. It's big and bulky (although not very heavy at all) but I plan to take it with me on the occasions when I'm expecting to be working in a non typical place AND needing extra space. I don't think I'd want to lug this slide enjoy thing all over the place.

It may have a few specialized use cases, but in general you'd be better off if you have any way to get good quality display port monitors at your normal work places.

Comment Makes sense (Score 2, Interesting) 395

Makes perfect sense to me. I talk to people on the phone all the time, but it seems rude to just call someone without first sending an instant message or text to ask if they're free. My usual response when someone IMs me asking if I'm free is to give them an estimate (usually 5-15 minutes) of how long I need to complete what I'm working on so that I'm free to talk. A phone ringing unexpectedly is an annoying interruption and listening to a voice mail is a nuisance.

Comment Re:It's not a networking issue. (Score 1) 384

No AC required. USB powered, bridges wifi to RJ45.

Even with the added cost of a USB battery (or the sort available everywhere for recharging phones) it's still well under you $100 laptop as well as smaller and lighter. The OS configuration may be harder for people who are not familar with concepts like iptables and/or network namespaces.

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