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Comment: Re:Amazing that this was ever contracted out (Score 1) 80

by drinkypoo (#49195427) Attached to: Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In-House

It always amazed me that tech companies would contract this work out in the first place.

Contracting it isn't the biggest problem. Paying bottom dollar is. That means that you don't get the best people. Paying people more means they're less motivated to engage in profitable hijinks when someone asks them to plug something into your network, or photograph your documents. That's because happiness stops increasing dramatically with money after you reach middle class. Once your needs are met, bribery is less effective. Obviously not ineffective, of course. That's where loyalty used to come in. Problem is, corporations don't treat you with any, but they still need it from you. Solution? Treat employees like humans and pay them enough to live on.

Comment: Re:Funny Quote from Article (Score 1) 134

by drinkypoo (#49195405) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

At least now you have a much wider variety of civilian applications, some even not related to tracking, to point to in addition to the system's primary role.

To be fair, the system's primary role is arguably figuring out where you are without a sextant. They'd have done it even if they couldn't have used it for bombs and cruise missiles because it didn't work at higher speeds or something.

Comment: Re:Ok then... (Score 1) 134

by drinkypoo (#49195383) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

There are ways to go about it, but this isn't it...

I'm curious, which ways are that?

Find ways to avoid taxes (as opposed to evading them) like incorporating and writing everything off. Wars run on taxes.

Also, sneaking in and smashing something that's insured will just delay the inevitable. If you must take direct action, make it meaningful, and not just a fuckoff waste of time.

Comment: I guess I really hit the target with that one (Score 1) 559

by drinkypoo (#49195377) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

Everybody run out and incorporate right now. Apparently it's cheap in Oregon. Then you can write everything off, declare losses, and pay no taxes just like the rich. They're apparently terrified that you're going to do this, why else double-downmod this innocuous comment?

Incorporate now if you want the same rights as your corporate masters, or at least a subset of them.

Comment: Re:Containers.. (Score 1) 37

by drinkypoo (#49193073) Attached to: Red Hat Strips Down For Docker

I'm using WebVirtMgr for KVMs (libvirt) but it doesn't do LXCs, though libvirt does. Proxmox does both, but I don't want to pay for it (at my scale, it doesn't make sense) ... what else is out there, something which can handle both KVMs and LXCs and hopefully LXDs even, although if I want that I'll probably just use a KVM

Comment: Re:Given the depth of surveillance (Score 1) 52

My guess is the robo-call companies pay them big bucks to harass everyone, so the telcos have no motivation to do shit about the problem.

You can also pay for the privilege of not being harassed. You can block ten numbers, you can block numbers without caller ID, and you can get caller ID. And you can pay for each of these features.

Comment: Re:Really? Come on now, you should know better. (Score 1) 343

by drinkypoo (#49188287) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

What I wanted to show by bringing up this example is that in current airplane design, there are circumstances in which automation is known to fail (in this case, unreliable/defective sensors). In these circumstances, the systems are designed to give control back to the pilot. The rationale for this is quite clear.

Yes, like I said, it's to make the passengers feel good. Because as we have seen, the pilots depend on the same sensors that the autopilot does. Airliners aren't fighters, you don't fly by the seat of your pants. By the time your inner-ear-gyro tells you that there's a problem, you're already screwed. Which was precisely what happened.

How in the shit are pitot tubes still icing anyway? Why is heating the tube not a thing which works? Heating elements are not new technology. We should really be able to manage this by now.

Comment: Re:I have said it before (Score 1) 361

by drinkypoo (#49188227) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

you mean the basic engineering error where the project manager wouldn't sign off due to the mistake made in concrete formulation so he was fired and a more lenient approver installed in his place?

How about the basic engineering error of siting a reactor somewhere even ancient Japanese could have told you was a mistake? How about the basic engineering error of not protecting your on-site backup power, which is mandatory for maintenance? How about the basic engineering error of storing spent fuel rods on top of reactors? All of those are more significant than the formulation of the concrete.

Comment: Re:I developed this crap when I hit 35 (Score 1) 55

by drinkypoo (#49188195) Attached to: Ubisoft Has New Video Game Designed To Treat Lazy Eye

My right eye does that when I'm tired, but my eyelid is actually notably different on that side, I've too much of it. My father had both of his eyelids trimmed back by the VA to try to treat his headaches, apparently only one side of my head has this congenital defect. Probably have it trimmed up next time I go out of the country.

Comment: Re:Define 'desktop' ... (Score 1) 425

XP was supported for a very very long time.

Microsoft is not about to make that same mistake again.

MY PC is built from sabertooth Asus series with solid caps, capicators, vrm, etc. Same with gtx 770 video card. It will last 10 years :-)

Irrelevant. We're talking about the software. My motherboard also has solid caps. Whoop de doo.

Sure Intel will try to sabatoge atom with no SOC drivers so they can cut back on support costs and keep prices low

You mean like AMD did with the Mobile Athlon 64, and R690M chipset? It's disingenuous to call out Intel here.

Many of us will stick with 7 even more so than with XP during the last time.

No you won't, because Microsoft won't keep supporting it into eternity. They had to do that because they wrote long contracts. They won't have done that with Windows 7. XP was a stone around their necks.

All the evidence concerning the universe has not yet been collected, so there's still hope.