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Comment: Re:Eliminate all tax withholding (Score 1) 354

While most people will have no idea what you are talking about, the issue here is that there are "employment taxes" that are paid on a hidden side of your paycheck that covers social security and medicare that an employer needs to cover. These are the employer side of of the "payroll taxes". I agree that these should all be displayed on paychecks--100% of the cost that an employer is covering should be on the paycheck, taxable or not, simply so that an employee can understand what their benefits are and how much the company is paying to employ them. This should include if they provide lunch, snacks, etc. Nothing should be hidden--all costs for an employee's benefits should to the best of the companies ability be shown on a paycheck.

Comment: Re:But I love it when slides are read to me (Score 3, Insightful) 323

by ebrandsberg (#49778905) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

The problem isn't that they are crappy presentations. It is how they are being TAUGHT to present. Sales people are intentionally leaving out information and glossing over facts, because facts can lose a deal. Oh, there are some major cases that some piece of software doesn't handle? Don't present that, that goes in a footnote in the readme file tucked away somewhere. Presentations where products are concerned are drafted and built to never EVER loose a customer, only convince people that the product is the best thing since sliced bread. They are designed to not raise questions, or inform beyond a simplified message. The product isn't the issue--it is how people are being trained to use it, and changing the way a message is presented won't change the message.

Comment: from what I read... (Score 1) 35

the GTX 980 was doing 90 fps without 2 years of optimization while the PS4 is now doing 60fps. Now, they are extrapolating the 60fps to 120fps for VR. From the article:

"But now Showdown can run flawlessly at 60 FPS on Sony’s Morpheus headset for PS4, says J.J. Hoesing, Senior Engine Programmer on Epic’s VR Team. The demo of course takes advantage of Sony’s ‘asynchronous reprojection’ technique to ultimately output at 120 FPS."

Translation: Two eyes means two frames, so you get 120fps from 60fps. Right?

Comment: Re:There is other evidence (Score 3, Informative) 152

by ebrandsberg (#49207209) Attached to: Sewage Bacteria Reveal Cities' Obesity Rates

The opposite has also been observed (http://gizmodo.com/the-secret-to-weight-loss-might-be-poop-transplants-fro-1265888152). As someone who is married to someone who has struggled with her weight for all her life, and has done everything including a strict 1000 calorie diet with very little results, I KNOW there is more to it than "just don't eat as much". The people that don't have the issue or haven't lived with it don't understand the issue, and assume that "it is their fault".

Comment: Re: skynet (Score 1) 291

by ebrandsberg (#49058447) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?

I'm currently in the process of building a company, and have the advantage of utilizing student labor as part of the development process. How I handled this was that I actually developed a template but static HTML website that provided the UI that I wanted. I then NEXT developed the "help page" for the UI, to explain how the interface worked in great detail. What I found vs. prior development was that be specifying how the UI should work from the user's perspective, things worked well. The things that broke were where my help documentation wasn't accurate enough. Develop your user documentation first, and the visual UI, and you may find the developers can figure out things from there.

Comment: Re:Samsung rumored to drop 810 due to overheating (Score 1) 85

tbh, you have two choices for batteries today: Charge them fast, and they don't last as long, or charge them slow, and they last forever. Heat is the problem the batteries have. If you charge them just fast enough so that in the morning they are full, or at least they never get hot, you are going to do well. The difference that a Scandinavian country imposes is hardly likely to make a difference, due to the phone being in a pocket, your hand, or indoors while charging.

The other idea is to buy a phone with fewer features, but has a long battery life. OnePlus One? Yep, works for me for 2 days at a time, but I charge it each day. I never have an issue where I have to charge it during a single day.

Comment: Re:...while consuming 75 percent less power (Score 5, Informative) 85

based on my experience, the #1 power consumer is... a bad cell signal. If you are at 92% after 8 hours on ANY phone, you are likely sitting in a building with a cell tower a few feet from your head, or you are just straight up lying about your power usage (or both). I've taken a few last-gen phones, put them on airplane mode, then powered up wifi, and they can last over a week. What burns the battery? mobile data access, and the screen.

Comment: Re:One fiber to rule them... (Score 1) 221

by ebrandsberg (#48714527) Attached to: Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

In the area I live in, we have a utility of power generation and a separate utility power supply. On our power bill, we have the power supply charging for the utility of bring the power to us. This includes maintenance of the poles that carry any of the rest of the utilities, but each have their own height on the pole they are allowed to use. As such, the power supply company maintains for example a high strength wire at the top of the poles, so that a tree is unlikely to hit the lines below it (often we have trees leaning against it until they take care of the problem). Then the power lines are strung below this line, then the Comcast cables, the FIOS runs, etc. The all are on a single pole, but a single player is responsible for maintaining the infrastructure itself.

Comment: Re:Prison population (Score 1) 407

by ebrandsberg (#48168329) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

I'm not sure you are aware, but crime rate has fallen across the world, even in countries that never went through a "get tough on crime". One plausible theory (I won't say it is correct, just possible) is that Lead poisoning in youth resulted in criminal tendencies later (http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2013/01/03/how-lead-caused-americas-violent-crime-epidemic/). Attributing to the incarceration the reduction in crime though is a pretty tough sell, in particular when you look at crime statistics of juvenile offenders who's father is incarcerated: http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/sites/default/files/ssn_basic_facts_swisher_on_children_of_the_incarcerated.pdf.

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