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Comment: Re:... Driverless cars? (Score 1) 235

Well, it certainly worked out well for all those unions that just rolled over for management. Your anecdote just shows how good some people are at creating a narrative to justify their actions.

Do you honestly believe that the labor/management collaboration is a zero sum game, and that there is no possible win-win scenario, and the only choices are "labor loses" OR "management loses"?

Because if you do, I'd like to know what business you are in so that I can take the margin on a "win-win" to turn one of the "wins" into a "lose", and you will happily just eat it, because you believe that's how things have to be in what is actually, essentially, a positive sum game.

Comment: Re:... Driverless cars? (Score 1) 235

Yeah, no shit. If an entrepreneur rakes in the cash on a technology with a set end date, he is, "leveraging the current needs of the market". If a working stiff does it, they are, "being shortsighted".

I believe Karmashock's point is that the end date on Teamster labor, unlike the end date on, say, a patent, is *NOT* set.

You would be right, if the company had an extremely long term contract with the Teamsters, and could provide them with work, due to having an extremely long term contract with Yahoo, et. al., but those contracts are generally not on the order of 20 years because the companies contracting their transportation services are not stupid.

Comment: Re:In related news... (Score 1) 235

Well if I worked for any of those companies and utilized these buses, I'd want to make sure that the guys at the wheel were at least satisfied with what they were doing and not ill nor overworked; especially if I had to put my life in their hands.

Obviously, they should not be ill.

One of their primary complaints is that they are *underworked*, not *overworked*; specifically, they only have work in the morning and evening.

If *the rest of us* don't get to be satisfied, why should *they* get to be satisfied?

Comment: Lockdown (Score 2) 118

by tepples (#49147667) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

At some point we need to just say, 'stop!', and write the code ourselves.

I wonder how much of "invented here" syndrome is related with frustration with curation on the popular curated platforms (iOS, Windows Phone, Windows RT, and game consoles). Cryptographic lockdown applied by the operating system publisher blocks end users from writing their own applications or writing a mod for an existing application. Because people are unwilling to go through the organizational overhead of becoming a licensed developer, they stick with the vanilla version of whatever they can get from the platform's official app store.

Comment: Re:Clear Channel (Score 1) 588

by tepples (#49147313) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

And Windows monopolizes the users of Windows PCs.

In a broader sense, Windows monopolizes the users of the large set of applications that are exclusive to Win32. The findings of fact in United States v. Microsoft spelled out the "applications barrier to entry" responsible for Windows market share.

Your point ... ?

Phrasing my point in a manner that you will most readily understand depends on your answer to the following question: If cellular weren't a cartel, then how could all four cellular carriers get away with raising pay-as-you-go texting rates at the same time?

Comment: Re:While the TV is occupied (Score 1) 178

by tepples (#49147263) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

[Someone who needs a PC to game on while another family member is using another PC] can use a $199 PC, which together with the $99 streaming box is going to be no more expensive than the fancy console - and provide more versatility.

Just to be sure: You mean keep the gaming PC and run the non-gaming stuff on the $199 PC, right? Then the question for households that currently have a $199 PC becomes whether to buy the expensive gaming PC or to buy one of the consoles.

I hate to come on like one of those "PC Master Race" dicks

Don't worry; I agree that PC users are masters of their own respective experiences.

but the consoles are either especially gutless (like Nintendo's) or spectacularly curated.

Some other Slashdot users would argue that this curation serves a purpose, namely saving people's time from having to wade through the crappiest of the crap, which is 90% according to Theodore Sturgeon, and that the profitable majority of people have been Stockholmed into not "feel[ing] hampered by that. Have you looked into what caused the North American video game recession of 1983-1984?

Comment: Re:Attack the messenger... (Score 1) 374

by jo_ham (#49145165) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

And to warp up, what makes money from the fossil fuel industry so dirty when its tied to papers that disagree with AGW but clean as white snow when its given to the AGW camp side? Because I'm sure you know that there is just as much, if not more money given by big energy to the AGW camp, from Shell, to Exxon, Koch and others.

I know - I mentioned this specifically earlier in the comments.

I have been funded by exactly that sort of money, in fact, in past research, although I am currently funded via a large general programme grant.

You're inferring that I think "oil money" is dirty. All I'm saying is that not disclosing your funding source *regardless of what your science says* is suspect.

Comment: Re:Being disconnected might be good... (Score 1) 50

by tlambert (#49144807) Attached to: Facebook's Colonies

If voting moves entirely online

Begging the question, huh?

Online voting has been performed in both Arizona, U.S., and in Estonia

Both privately owned gated communities and government housing projects are also in a position to prevent you from getting outside the gate on the day of the poll — does this mean, it is better to be homeless than to live in such a place?

This type of thing has actually occurred before, disenfranchising both Women and African Americans by preventing them, en masse, from getting to the polls. It's why it's felony voter fraud to do that, in most jurisdictions. Florida is famous for having, in a number of cases, sent busses to pick up African Americans, nominally to take them to vote, but in reality, to take them far away from their registered polling places until the polls closed.

Meanwhile the loving government can punish an entire town with make-work road repairs — would you accept that as an argument against government-maintained roads?

No, but I might accept it as an argument against some governments and government officials...

Comment: "Unknown sources" != root (Score 1) 135

by tepples (#49144345) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

There aren't too many enthusiasts out there rooting their phones to be able to use f-droid, and the other stores are useless.

F-Droid does not require root. It requires "Unknown sources", a checkbox that appears in the "Security" or "Apps" settings of virtually all Android-powered phones and tablets except about the first year of AT&T phones. And in what way is Amazon Appstore useless?

Comment: Are most countries still $0-only 5 years later? (Score 1) 135

by tepples (#49144261) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

On Android, most Android users don't pay for apps. Either because they can't (Google Wallet isn't universal), or other reasons. And if Google Wallet doesn't support the country, Google only shows free apps.

True, visibility of priced apps outside the United States was a significant problem in the Android 1.x and possibly early 2.x days. But I thought Google had expanded the set of countries in which priced apps are available over the past half decade.

Comment: Support costs (Score 1) 135

by tepples (#49144253) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

But, just because they're not the most profitable set of users, doesn't mean you can afford to ignore them.

You also have to take into account support costs. The cost of diversity of Android-powered devices (or "fragmentation" as detractors call it) is increased cost of supporting all configurations. Fewer configurations can mean lower costs, which in some cases may outweigh the increased revenue from Android.

Besides, writing app A for iOS and app B for iOS can reach more of these profitable "whales" than writing app A for both iOS and Android.

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