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Comment: Lee Valley enforces a reasonable ratio top--bottom (Score 1) 471

by WillAdams (#49486575) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

They have a strict limit set to their ``pay slope'':

http://www.theglobeandmail.com...

They're a great company and I'm always pleased to buy stuff from them.

I wish more companies would pay attention to the studies which note that greater than 22--1 creates a lousy corporate culture.

Comment: Serious things treated seriously and w/ dignity (Score 5, Insightful) 231

by WillAdams (#49485159) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

There needs to absolutely be a mechanism in place for a woman to:

  - safely be transported to a hospital in a fashion which maintains chain of evidence
  - be examined by a sympathetic, but impartial medical professional using a rape kit to collect evidence
  - make a formal statement, and if it includes an accusation, that to be duly sworn out in a reasonable fashion

There needs to be in place mechanisms for the hospital, police and other social structures to take the above seriously. If there aren't, that needs to change.

Comment: Re:Maker movement (Score 1) 24

Yes, please, thank you.

Stackexchange managed to totally derail the Digital Fabrication area when they rebranded it as ``Maker'' something or other, and the term just annoys me.

Can we at least (re)define it as people who read _Make Magazine_?

Anyway, you may find the Shapeoko wiki of interest: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/

Comment: Criminals and revolutionaries of the future beware (Score 2) 135

by WillAdams (#49172431) Attached to: Supreme Court Gives Tacit Approval To Warrantless DNA Collection

They'll wind up using the same sort of protective techniques the superstitious used to use against witchcraft --- being careful not to shed any blood, skin, hair or nail clippings when engaged in their illicit activities.

I can see a scene in a science fiction movie (God forbid it really needs to happen) where the protagonist's best friend, despite the padded, blood-absorbing armor which they were when conducting sabotage against the state is injured, so that a single drop of blood drops to the ground --- while the protagonist looks on in horror and sadness. Then, the doomed buddy simply announces, "I've been blooded. Give me all the ammunition you can spare." and then goes off on a berserk, suicidal assault of the pursuing authorities.

Comment: Re:Maker "movement" is just that (Score 1) 50

by WillAdams (#49025823) Attached to: Rich Olson Embodies the Spirit of the Maker Movement (Video)

Or, real life for kids who missed shop class.

The "Maker" movement labeling really annoys me (and I'm still annoyed 'bout when when stackexchange changed the name of the Digital Fabrication beta in mid launch to some new age maker bullshit).

I build stuff, both by hand and using tools, I share what I make and learn, including the files ( http://www.shapeoko.com/projec... ), I volunteer as best I can ( http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/i... ), and try to improve how we document and build machines (when the Shapeoko 2 was featured in Popular Mechanics less mechanically inclined people became aware of it and found traditional assembly diagrams hard to read, so we had to update the diagrams so as to make it obvious where "hidden" parts were located: http://docs.shapeoko.com/conte... ).

I'm not a "maker", I'm just a guy w/ a workbench at one end of the laundry room and a couple of CNC machines and 3D printers scattered around the rest of the house.

William

Comment: Consider population density (was Re:Still sucks) (Score 1) 136

by WillAdams (#48997065) Attached to: Verizon Dropping Data Rates, But Current Customers Have To Call

Land area of France: 640,679 sq km
Land area of U.S.A.: 9,826,675 sq km ---- even removing Alaska (1,717,854 sq km) one still has a much larger area to cover

Population density of France: 119.37
Population density of U.S.A.: 34.06

It's not surprising that a service which requires one to build infrastructure is more expensive in the U.S. than in less densely populated countries --- and that's w/ a significant portion of the country still not having service.

Comment: Good enough for Knuth and TeX (Score 2) 492

by WillAdams (#48903353) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

The only software tools which I have found as reliable and pleasant to use as TeX (which is said to be so full of cutting edge techinique to have revealedbugs in every Pascal compiler used to compile it) were WriteNow (~100,000 lines of assembly) and Altsys Virtuoso (Objective-C w/ NeXTstep frameworks).

"If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?" -- Lily Tomlin

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