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Comment Re:Lightning Strikes Twice with Entitled Customer (Score 1) 337

Yes, but was the response/tantrum by Steve Jobs an appropriate response to someone letting a bit of info slip in a late night interview? I really don't think so. That's the sort of thing you expect in grade school, not between multinational corporations.

Comment Re:Lightning Strikes Twice with Entitled Customer (Score 1) 337

Alsop didn't attack and offend the company, he attacked Musk. Besides, as it's been pointed out, Steve Jobs acted in similar fashion and that sort of personality was what pushed Apple to being the #1 company in the world. This is a lesson for Alsop. Talk shit, get hit (with a cancellation).

Comment Re:environmental impact (Score 2) 161

Agriculture's workforce has been shrinking continuously since the industrial revolution. Even in the late 1800s, 70-80% of the population was involved in agriculture or food production, now that number is less than 2% for first world nations. Not all crops will benefit from this particular innovation so it will remove some people initially, and then as the puzzle is solved for other crops, more and more people. But it won't be a sudden displacement so a lot of the job losses will be in the form of retirement or switching to other agri jobs on other crops.

Comment Re:How do they compare? (Score 1) 80

*we* are not the market AMD is shooting for. AMD is still a big player in the low end desktop and laptop segment and one way they differentiate themselves from the low end Intel chips is better graphics for the same price. For $300 at Best Buy (yeah I know..) you can get either a laptop with a cheap i3 mobile Intel chip with UMA graphics or a comparable laptop with an AMD A8 and passable Radeon APU. The processors are in the same ballpark on ops with the Intel part taking the win:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=2597&cmp[]=2537

but the AMD laptop comes with an extra 2GB of RAM and the budget user will be happier with the APU's experience in daily use unless they *really* need that extra computation oomph for some sort of app like AutoCAD or Photoshop or similar.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 258

> If voters were all given the facts and all agreed to pay the extra expense to disclose only certain people's money then the people as a whole have spoken and I'm good with that.

It took months and 5 million dollars to ask the 2.5 million residents of the regional district of Vancouver a question about paying for transit, how exactly would you envision getting buy in from your voters on a comparatively trivial expense question without invoking a cost far in excess of what the option you're asking about is?

Simply put, what you want is just not feasible or cost effective for a population center that is larger than one that can gather every citizen in the local school's gymnasium comfortably, so even suggesting it is kind of disingenuous.

Comment Maybe long term this will be good. Maybe. (Score 1) 258

But in the short to medium term, it's going to cause a lot of problems. In most companies of any size there are wage disparities between people in the same job for a variety of reasons, exacerbated by the simple fact that companies rarely pay you more than they think they can get away with. So when a company institutes transparency like this you will have a lot of people who were reasonably content suddenly very unhappy to discover that some of their teammates who are doing the exact same job are making more than them, perhaps considerably more. This actually happened to me. I was working at a place for years as a sysadmin, doing 10-12 hour days constantly and after quite a while of that management decided (finally!) I needed someone to help with the workload. So they hired another sysadmin and we split the workload, and things were going great. The two of us got along very well and then one day a few months in we were at lunch talking about buying property and in the course of that conversation he mentioned in broad terms his salary. Which was about 1.6x what I was making at the time. Needless to say I was not very happy with that. I had an annual review coming up in a few weeks so I brought it up to my boss then. The boss was very taken aback that I had that information and was actually angry that the new guy had mentioned it. Reasons for it were stated as "well that's what the going rate is and we had to offer that to get candidates". And when I got a raise after that review it was only about 1/3 of the differential, with the stated reason being that the company had a maximum cap on annual increases and "this was already pushing past that as much as we could". So 3 months later I left that company after being there for 7 years, for a job elsewhere that paid the market rate.

Now a problem like the one I mentioned above will probably get taken care of under a transparent company by them deciding to align everyone at a certain position's salary with a few minor adjustments, but that will take time and will be done gradually to not have the payroll shoot up dramatically. While that's being done there will probably be higher than normal turnover as well.

Comment Re:Law Enforcement Doesn't want the Technology (Score 0) 555

The problem friend, is that as a whole the people enjoying your version of freedom are already impinging on others' freedom of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In the US there are a staggering number of fatalities and injuries stemming from guns, and good percentage of those wouldn't happen with a smart weapon. How much is a life worth?

I know, you'll say that you're a responsible gun owner and you shouldn't have to endure additional regulation because of others. To frame it as another hot button issue around /. - I've always flown my quadcopter (or drone as many insist on referring to them) in a responsible manner, Why should *I* have to register it with the FAA all of a sudden as a result of other people being irresponsible with theirs?

Comment Re:Law Enforcement Doesn't want the Technology (Score 1) 555

> How about we spend more time and energy focused on the root problem instead of the one way some people wind up dead?

Because there's a better ROI on the energy being spent on smart weapons? And as another user pointed out, here's an example splashed across the national news today:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/08/us/philadelphia-police-officer-shot/index.html

"The alleged assailant was armed with a 9mm Glock 17 that was reported stolen from the home of a police officer in 2013."

So do tell me exactly how much effort and how far up the river we would have had to go to stop that from happening vs just making a stolen gun become a useless lump of metal? Because we can do the latter just as easily as we could limit cars from speeding. The problem isn't a technical one, it's a "but muh freedoms!!!!!11!" one.

Comment Re:Law Enforcement Doesn't want the Technology (Score 1) 555

> In testing, the armatix iP1 failed more like 50% of the time. Would you buy a gun that costs between 3 and 5 times what a dumb handgun costs and fails that often?

Of course not.

> No one is against smart guns

Tell that to the store in Maryland whose employees lives' were threatened and others threatened to filebomb the store for daring to even consider selling smart guns....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/maryland-dealer-will-defy-gun-rights-advocates-by-selling-nations-first-smart-gun/2014/05/01/564efa48-d14d-11e3-937f-d3026234b51c_story.html

Comment Re:Law Enforcement Doesn't want the Technology (Score 1, Insightful) 555

> He brings with him one of the 300 million other guns currently available in this country.

You're being disingenuous and moving the goalposts. The specific incident concerned her gun being the only one in the room.

> He brings with him one of the 300 million other guns currently available in this country. She may have not been shot with her own weapon at that particular point in time, but if he wanted to kill her he's going to kill her

Or he could have run her over with a car, truck or steamroller. Or dropped a gun safe on her head when she was sleeping, or drowned her in a toilet.

You're right, the problem is too hard to crack so we shouldn't even try. If we can't come up with a perfect solution that will save everyone, then let's not bother trying to save anyone.

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