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Comment: Re:Again? (Score 4, Informative) 557

by Vicarius (#46931569) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

Cause it's large Tartar population...

Large compared to what? To population of Tatars in Boston or New York? They are a minority in Crimea.

... and 25% Ukrainian population wouldn't oppose...

Not all ethnic Ukrainians are pro-Ukraine.

...Heck, how many Russians oppose Putin in Russia...

Only the vocal minority in the bigger cities. Most of Russia, which is mostly rural, supports him. Those who like Putin, just go about their lives instead of wasting time campaigning against him.

... Just can get the guy unelected though.

Can't unelect a democratically elected president when most of the country actually likes him.

Comment: Re:Crime (Score 1) 599

If Ford knows people are committing crimes, aren't they legally required to report it, otherwise they become an accessory..?

They didn't say anything about "crime". Ford probably knows only your location and speed you were going, i.e. they know if you are speeding and breaking the law. Most likely they put in that system, so that people who get into accidents cannot claim it was Ford's manufacturing defect that caused the accident.

Comment: Re:Finally a flat playing ground (Score 1) 293

... Anyway, I'm not aware of states with 10% sales tax - usually it is about half of that, and the highest seems to be 7.5% in CA. To get to 10%, I have to scroll down the list and find the highest state taxes and combine them with the highest local taxes.

In Illinois it is 6.25% which can have an additional 8.25% tax for "prepared foods", bringing total tax to 15.5%. Alaska has flat 12% sales tax for everything.

There is about a dozen states that have sales tax of over 9%. This is just state sales tax without additional city/county specific sales taxes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sales_taxes_in_the_United_States

Operating Systems

MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0 372

Posted by Soulskill
from the go-small-or-go-home dept.
angry tapir writes "MenuetOS is an open source, GUI-equipped, x86 operating system written entirely in assembly language that can fit on a floppy disk (if you can find one). I originally spoke to its developers in 2009. Recently I had a chance to catch up with them to chat about what's changed and what needs to be done before the OS hits version 1.0 after 13 years of work. The system's creator, Ville Turjanmaa, says, 'Timeframe is secondary. It's more important is to have a complete and working set of features and applications. Sometimes a specific time limit rushes application development to the point of delivering incomplete code, which we want to avoid. ... We support USB devices, such [as] storages, printers, webcams and digital TV tuners, and have basic network clients and servers. So before 1.0 we need to improve the existing code and make sure everything is working fine. ... The main thing for 1.0 is to have all application groups available'"

Comment: Re:How is this a protest? (Score 1) 120

by Vicarius (#45391143) Attached to: China's "Singles Day" Is the World's Biggest Online Shopping Blitz

China's Single's Day on November 11, which started out in the 1990s as a protest to Valentine's Day.

Considering the fact that Valentine's day is a Hallmark holiday to get people to buy trinkets, how is setting up another Hallmark holiday to get people to buy even more trinkets a protest?

By protesting in this way they want to draw attention to single people, who feel left out during usual holidays, especially during Valentine's Day. People participating in this so called protest are trying to show that they are an important demographic, who wants to be mentioned during other holidays and during marketing campaigns.

Comment: Re:Check the ticket: she was doing 80 (Score 1) 638

by Vicarius (#45281239) Attached to: Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket

The judge will ask the cop how fast you were driving, he'll say 88mph, you'll say 65mph, and the judge will believe what the cop said.

Supposedly cops are trained to gauge your speed using nothing more than their experience, training, and a stopwatch. Cop's testimony is usually the main "evidence". Radar data is secondary supportive evidence. From my experience in traffic courts, cops always have printout from their radar. On top of that, judges often start out their initial question towards you with words that basically mean "why should I believe you instead of this respected police officer?"

Comment: Re:Dumber and dumber (Score 2) 233

by Vicarius (#45090347) Attached to: Ford Showcases Self-Parking Car Technology

Presumably every driver has the skills to park because they passed a driving test. Maintaining those skills is a different matter, but that's an issue for all drivers, not just ones who choose to let their car park for them. I'd love the feature, personally.

Some states do not require you to park to get your driver's license. In some places just driving on a dirt road for 5 minutes gets you your license, which later can be changed to another state's license without another test.

Comment: Re:The truth is (Score 1) 251

PAY MORE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish I had mod points to vote you higher.

It seems like 80-120k is a decent salary range; however, it is not high enough to pull someone from another company who's got a decent job that they like. Part of CEOs' high pay is a "talent retention" bonus, since companies are worried that skilled CEOs will go somewhere else. In IT, on the other hand, very few companies pay "talent retention" bonus, because nobody is worried about IT workers leaving for another company. It all must be due to good market conditions for employers, which is directly opposite of their need for more qualified IT workers.

Comment: Re:also force them to give HB1 full benefits at a (Score 1) 251

They usually get the same benefits, if you are talking in terms of 401k and insurance. However, the benefit of being able to say "I quit" to your boss is not quite there, since they have to go home right away if they do it. If they are allowed to have freedom to switch jobs and be unemployed (w/o the unemployment benefits), then they might start applying for jobs with higher pay, thus pulling the average pay rate up for all.

Comment: Re:Switzerland does exactly this (Score 1) 251

They've no fixed value like $100k, but must prove they're paying more than the average pay for that job.....

Right now companies just have to prove that they are capable of paying it. They don't have to prove that they intent to pay it. They don't have to prove later in the future that they are paying it. You don't have to be a highly paid lawyer to see ways around this requirement.

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