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Comment: Re:So what? Feel free to move into a cave. (Score 1) 165

by Chas (#49627397) Attached to: The World's Most Wasteful Megacity

Okay, what do you expect? NYC (in one form or another) has been there for FOUR HUNDRED YEARS (the area was first settled in 1624). It's been a massive metropolitan settlement for the better part of the last two hundred.

It's not as if someone went back to 1700 or so and started out with a city planning commission and 2015-level civil engineering technology.
So yes, the city's going to be ANYTHING but efficiently run, plumbed, or laid out.

As opposed to London, Paris, and Tokyo, which were designed and built during the last 50 years, and thus are more efficient.

Okay, what do you expect? NYC (in one form or another) has been there for FOUR HUNDRED YEARS (the area was first settled in 1624).

There was settlement in the area of Paris TEN THOUSAND years ago. And 200 BC (2200 years ago) they were already building forts.
Same with London, two thousand years old (Londinium founded AD 47).

Sigh. Why do people take an argument and ad absurdum it without trying to understand what is being said and what isn't?

I didn't say there weren't older cities out there. I'm simply explaining part of why NYC is the way it is.

If you look at Paris, London and Tokyo, they're all wasteful as well.

Maybe not AS wasteful as NYC. But that could simply be a function of something else as well. There's no straight-line formula for this.

Comment: Google doesn't help itself either. (Score 1) 364

by Chas (#49626821) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

Part of the problem with adoption is that many of these releases are radically different from the previous versions.
And of COURSE the carriers are falling down on the job!
When you have to completely replumb an OS over and over and over again, as they do to make sure it's locked down for their network?
They're not equipped for meaningful updates to existing equipment. Small firmware and software updates? Sure. Whole new OS? No fucking way.
They're set up for static hardware and mostly static software release. Then they focus on the next generation. Retrofitting doesn't fit for them.

Comment: So what? Feel free to move into a cave. (Score 3, Insightful) 165

by Chas (#49626765) Attached to: The World's Most Wasteful Megacity

Okay, what do you expect? NYC (in one form or another) has been there for FOUR HUNDRED YEARS (the area was first settled in 1624). It's been a massive metropolitan settlement for the better part of the last two hundred.

It's not as if someone went back to 1700 or so and started out with a city planning commission and 2015-level civil engineering technology.
So yes, the city's going to be ANYTHING but efficiently run, plumbed, or laid out.

There are also 8.5 MILLION PEOPLE in the NYC metropolitan area.
As part of the US Northeast Megalopolis, it's the center of a population of 53 million people.

Even if everyone was a card-carrying Greenpeace member, that's STILL a metric fuckton of waste. Urban living simply can't be environmentally neutral.

But, for that matter, living in a cave isn't environmentally neutral either.
Even with the cleanest, most environmentally conscious methods of living close to nature, over time a primitive community's garbage midden will overwhelm it.

But hey, if you want to volunteer to be one of the people forced to shiver in a cave because modern society is so wasteful, be my guest.

A better and more humane course of action would be to adapt over time. Nothing lasts forever, not even NYC. It can, slowly, be rebuilt and repurposed, given a long enough time frame.

Comment: Why is this news? (Score 2) 16

by g0bshiTe (#49624593) Attached to: Mark and Joel Make Autonomous Drones in Their Spare Time (Video)
Is it because they are programmers or because "drones"?

I build fly and program quads there's really no mystery to them. Seeing how most of the flight controllers are built off flyduino you can add all the juicy stuff to them same as arduino, like object detection/avoidance and of course most fc's come with a gps module of some sort and are capable of flying a predetermined pattern using way points programmed into the fc software.

Comment: Re:Home PCs are fast disappearing (Score 2) 137

by g0bshiTe (#49623623) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users
It will and it won't be a tablet or chrome book or netbook that replaces it, it won't even be an iPad.

It'll be your smartphone itself. It'll be your work computer and your home computer all on one device with a bluetooth or some other wifi connection to pass video to a full sized monitor keyboard and mouse.

Comment: Re:Sort of dumb. (Score 3, Insightful) 539

by Chas (#49614991) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Plus, of course, it's still not that rare for people elsewhere in "IT" to switch over to software development at some point. They may actually be willing to take a salary cut and work for entry-level pay if that's what it takes to make the switch.

There are many reasons why pay alone doesn't "keep the old guys away", and some companies really do only want young workers. They tend to be very exploitative companies, however, banking on someone in their first job not recognizing how badly they're being used. Age discrimination may well be low on the list of sins for some of these companies.

This pretty much says it all right here.

They might as well advertise for "Naive, spinless young suckers who'll do anything for a buck."

"Oh what wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face..." -- a prisoner in "Life of Brian"

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