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Comment: Re:Are only black people "diverse"? (Score 1) 514

by fishybell (#47569479) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
Comparing them to the US as a whole isn't particularly fair, as they're (in theory) mostly pulling local talent from California. California's demographics:
  • Racial composition - 2010
  • White - 57.6%
  • Asian - 13.1%
  • Black - 6.2%
  • Native - 1.0%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander - 0.3% 0.4%
  • Other race - 17.0%
  • Two or more races - 4.9%

So really, Google is more white and Asian and less "other" and black than the rest of California.

Comment: Re:Terror in the minds (Score 1) 55

by fishybell (#47366175) Attached to: Shark! New Sonar Buoy Will Warn Beachgoers When Large Sharks Are Near
I have swam with sharks on numerous occasions, and always look forward to doing it again. I realize that surfers are especially at risk, so would I surf without personal protection (like a Shark Shield)? No. That's silly. Respect and fear are two different things. The sharks aren't out to get you. They may be curious, but because they're not mindless killing machines most peoples encounters with sharks end with a bump or a "omg! look! a shark!" moment. If sharks truly wanted to eat people then almost no coastal waters would be safe. As it is, millions of people go the beach to surf, swim, snorkel, etc. without incident every year. We can't make the world a perfectly safe place, and there are much more dangerous animals out there than sharks (for example, mosquitos, pigs, bees, ants, dogs, crocodiles, and other people). A waste of money is a waste of money, no matter how many warm fuzzies it gives people.

Comment: Terror in the minds (Score 0) 55

Yes, the terror is in the minds of many beach goers, but not in reality. By putting this in place they're validating that fear. Of course this doesn't surprise me as Australia is currently in the middle of a shark cull. Sometimes I forget that the US doesn't have a monopoly on acting on unsubstantiated (and often dis-proven) fears; it's part of the human condition.

Comment: Re:Nice, but expensive (Score 2) 29

by fishybell (#47102545) Attached to: Test-Driving NVIDIA's GRID GPU Cloud Computing Platform
Exactly this. We investigated moving our engineers (running Pro/E / Creo) and our drafters (running Autocad) to this setup because they're the only ones not running a VDI or VDI-like setup. We're a company well suited to this because we already have the entire setup minus the NVidia gear. We ended up skipping it (for now at least) because of one two things: money and productivity. The cost of switching to a virtual environment was significantly more than the cost of getting them all new hardware. We might look at it again in another year or so when they're due for new hardware anyway, but for now it's $40k plus that isn't needed or wanted by anyone other than IT. It makes our jobs easier, but reduces their productivity slightly at the gain of increasing ours slightly. Even with 10+ drafters and 5+ engineers that offset was enough to make us blink.

Comment: Re:Twice. (Score 1) 386

by fishybell (#46758765) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
That $400 a year pays for your helicopter ride from the embassy as it's being stormed by the Viet-con-adians. In all seriousness, being a US citizen has its perks, the biggest being access to any US consolate or embassy, but they'll also try to find you body and ship it home if your plane goes missing or your night-club is bombed, and they'll (sometimes) rescue you if you are imprisoned or kidnapped. You can officially renounce your citizenship, but good luck getting back into the US for any reason if you do that.

Comment: Re:Effective Tax Rate (Score 1) 386

by fishybell (#46758601) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
24.37% for me. No deductions (or at least none that add up to more than the standard), no credits, filing status=single, cashed out investments. I usually pay less than an hundred in federal, and get back about the same from state, but this year I owed about $1000 overall. I'm not mad at my rate, but boy do I miss having a house. That one deduction alone took me above the standard deduction, which along with other small deductions meant I could change my W4 to take out substantially less each paycheck and still get a return. Why the federal goverment effectively subsidises home ownership but not rent is beyond me.

Comment: Re:Producing them is one thing (Score 1) 88

by fishybell (#46695489) Attached to: Samsung Claims Breakthrough In Graphene Chip Design
They have to grow silicon crystals too, and it is very complex and expensive to get a pure single crystal, but the source material is readily available and the process has been refined for decades. I imagine that the Gallium Arsenide process you're pointing to is used mostly because it's so similar to what they've been doing with silcon.

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