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Comment: No sympathy for Verizon (Score 1) 214

by ScrewMaster (#49005797) Attached to: Verizon Sells Off Wireline Operations, Blames Net Neutrality Plans
'Washington should be very thoughtful how they go forward here,' he said. 'This uncertainty is not good for investment, and it's not good for jobs here in America.'"

Why not? Uncertainty drives change, and uncertainty at this point was created _by Verizon._ Granted, something had to change, because what the big ISPs have been doing is abusive at best.

Besides, it was Verizon that started this mess by trying to change the rules for its own benefit. Complaining now is just sour grapes. Enjoy your new Title II status.

Comment: Allied (Score 5, Insightful) 242

by ScrewMaster (#48964459) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest
Most of you probably don't remember back in the sixties when Radio Shack was the retail distribution arm of Allied Radio (yes, it was known as Allied Radio Shack), a major components distributor. It was a real parts store the. Eventually Tandy picked up the chain, began selling branded parts, and it was never quite the same. The reality is that the advent of the personal computer, the death of manufacturing in the U.S., and an educational system that no longer valued engineering skills combined to kill the electronics hobbyist market that the Radio Shack depended upon. Their change of focus to consumer electronics was a reflection of that new reality, but unfortunately that is a saturated market. This was, alas, a long time in coming.

Comment: Re: Minor setback (Score 1) 213

by ScrewMaster (#48787733) Attached to: SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't
Reading between the lines, I think this is a company that specializes in greasing palms/pulling levers in Congress and the Senate, as well as constructing sophisticated internet campaigns that include releases to key susceptible news outlets/columnists and hiring fake posters to post on certain widely read comment boards.

So, highly-paid, professional astroturfers.

Comment: Re:Well duh (Score 1) 420

by ScrewMaster (#48713923) Attached to: The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace
Cost reduction, maybe. It really involves management that is afraid to trust the very people it hired, and wants to keep them under constant surveillance. It's the modern way: trust no-one, watch everyone. It never seems to occur to such types that if you hire good people, pay them well, treat them well, and give them reasonable goals, you don't need to be so paranoid.

As a long-time software developer, I know that such an environment would severely impact my ability to focus and do what I'm being paid to do. Furthermore, any employer that would trust me so little is one for whom I would not choose too work.

Comment: Re:They WILL FIght Back (Score 2) 516

by ozmanjusri (#48415553) Attached to: Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Everybody knows wind turbines are eye sores. They obscure all the lovely smoke stacks.

That's good news, because this story is about rooftop solar.

In many parts of the world, and no doubt in many parts of the USA, rooftop solar is already at parity if subsidies and externalised costs are taken into account. In direct costs alone, the US pays around 50 billion dollars annually to subsidise fossil fuels. Internationally it's close to a trillion dollars.

Comment: Re:It doesn't work (Score 1) 167

by ozmanjusri (#48331455) Attached to: New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

In addition to dogs children won't get it. If you give two children 4 crayons each, who has more? The answer is always the other does.

As usual, the bible has the answer.

First, "divide the living child in two" (1 Kings 3:25). This will give you four half-children, each with two crayons, and a blissfully quiet household.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead