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Comment I wish! (Score 1) 94 94

If there was an easy answer to this, then everyone would be doing this to watch watch mkv files (with .srt files where you have to choose between them), and other things (streaming from popcorn site or whatever).

I think this is a big gap in the market, but it's partially on purpose. Hardware makers don't want you to be able to watch downloaded media so easily...

What I do is have a laptop with HDMI out that I can easily stick next to the TV when required. It's not ideal, though.

Comment Re:How do they fare in colder climates? (Score 3, Informative) 712 712

What the hell are you talking about? I live in Canada, and where I am our winters average between -15 to -30, sometimes -40 on a bad day. Last winter, on all of those days, I saw Tesla's out in full force, including my friend's. It's already proven to be fine. Stop spreading FUD.

Is the battery life not as good as it is in "nominal" (it has problems with very hot temperatures as well)? For sure. Is it unusable? Absolutely not. You can even tell it to start heating from your iWhatever device before you ever get in (or A/C, for that matter).

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 4, Insightful) 147 147

Lots of people care, including myself. I develop using .NET and this is very useful information for me. This is the exact kind of information I would expect out of Slashdot: tech information that helps me in my tech-oriented job.

.NET is in no way "dead", despite your obvious hatred for it.

Comment Re:Think taxes, not taxis (Score 1) 245 245

That's the whole point of the article - they are paying taxes. Each uber driver is operated as a consultant, and therefore they must pay income taxes on monies earned from uber.

This is perfectly acceptable, and the exact same model used to say hire a contract IT worker for 6 months. The company doesn't pay tax for that worker if they're on contract, but the worker pays income tax when tax time comes in April. It's not that complicated.

Submission + - There Is No Honeybee Crisis-> 1 1

iONiUM writes: An article today claims that there is no longer any Honeybee crises, and that the deaths of the Honeybees previously was a one-off, or possibly non-cyclical occurance (caused by neonics or nature — the debate is still out). The data used is that from Stats Canada which claims "the number of honeybee colonies is at a record high [in Canada]." Globally, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization says that "worldwide bee populations have rebounded to a record high." However, many corporations and pro-environment groups have much to gain by creating a panic about Honeybee deaths, and as such continue to publish stories claiming the situation is dire.
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Comment Not in Canada (Score 3, Insightful) 264 264

I hire a lot of developers for my company, and recent grads are slotted in our "junior" role (unless they somehow had a lot of experience during university) and the starting salary is between $55-70k depending on many factors that are personal to them. I have never hired anyone out of university for $100k, and I think that is nuts. Companies should pay for quality, not ambition.

Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.