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Comment: Re:hmmm (Score 1) 223

by SumDog (#49348959) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC

If they're going to build a transcontinental bridge, they really should build a evacuated train. Air resistance is the biggest factor in airplane fuel usage. In theory, a tube train could make the trip from London to NYC in less than two hours using a fraction of the energy needed in traditional flights.

Comment: Re: the establishment really does not like competi (Score 2) 366

by SumDog (#49289321) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

So are taxi companies. And most of the drivers get paid better on Uber; much better! So they're exploiting people less than the big players, giving drivers more money, people cheaper fairs and they still turn enough money to keep them going.

The laws in place were designed to make sure taxi drivers got a fare shake and earned a decent amount of money; not to get pushed out by cheap-fly-by-night shit shops. But here we see the only people benefiting from this are the established taxi regimes.

Comment: Refuse (Score 4, Informative) 114

by SumDog (#49287045) Attached to: Stanford Study Credits Lack of Non-Competes For Silicon Valley's Success

I have refused to sign any contract with a non-compete in it for IT work starting with my first IT job in 2005. I think I saw something on slashdot back then making me weary of them.

My first company was getting everyone to sign them after sales people were leaving and taking clients, but I just refused and they never asked. With every other company, if I saw it in the contract, I'd tell them "I don't sign non-competes." They would always take it out or give me a new contract. Only one company made a big deal about it, a start up, and it wasn't even the company but their horrible lawyer. The principal investor told me to "sign the contract you want." I wasn't about to writing my own contract and they started paying me anyway...so I basically got paid without a contract. Made it easier to open source what I wrote after the company failed. :)

TL;DR NEVER SIGN A NON-COMPETE. They are unethical.

Comment: Re:Does AliBaba have them listed yet? (Score 1) 156

This is such a shit article. They're not knock-off eyeWatches. They run some crappy OS or some modified Android. It's like those shit game systems that have like 10 old Atari games in an emulator.

I'd be more impressed if they got a hold of the firmware and made actual, working Apple watch knock-offs at a fraction of the price. That would actually be impressive and pretty awesome (fuck their overpriced watch. Get a pebble. You don't have to charge it every fucking day).

Comment: Re:Not an American, not doing business in America. (Score 4, Insightful) 102

by SumDog (#49068663) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's Lawyer Plays Down Megaupload Worker's Guilty Plea

Extradition treaties are if someone commits a crime within your country and then flees to avoid prosecution. If a Japanese company uses Amazon Web Services to facilitate something that's a crime in the US, but not in Japan; should all of Amazon's assets be seized and their executives be arrested? or should the US demand extradition of the Japanese business holders?

This has nothing to do with law and more to do with big movie industries continued extension of the entire Napster / MPAA / RIAA bullshit.

Comment: Re:Why plea deal? (Score 1) 102

by SumDog (#49068595) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's Lawyer Plays Down Megaupload Worker's Guilty Plea

The justice system in most high income countries, including America, is fucked. It favours those with money or who are willing to be disloyal in exchange for pleas ... it favours the most unfavourable people while keeping the people most rehabilitation in a perpetual state of incarceration.

Comment: Re:Great for Cuba (Score 2) 166

by SumDog (#49063457) Attached to: Cubans Allowed To Export Software and Software Services To the US

I'm a computer scientist who moved from Cincinnati to Melbourne and worked for a year there. Even with the cost-of-living, I worked a contract for $75k/year and could live very comfortable in Melbourne. I even left with more money than I arrived with (and I didn't even work the entire time; really only about 4 months total with some remote work still coming in from the US).

Minimum wage is Victoria was $14 an hour. Oh yea, and citizens got free medicare.

Don't confuse cost of living with cost of cheap electronics. They're two very different things, and the US gets one to keep the middle class complacent and ignorant

Comment: Wasn't there an attempt on this in the 2000s? (Score 1) 123

I remember back in the 2000's, some company was talking about putting up a ton of low-earth-orbit satellites to provide 2-way satellite Internet (I think at the time, you could get satellite via Dish network, but you still needed a phone line to transmit and it was way overpriced)

The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we've finished building it.

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