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Comment Re:Extra battery? (Score 1) 198

They are. I have a 15000 mAh unit; two, 2.4 ampere outputs. Wouldn't be without it, can't really, at least unless the companies making the cellphones stop putting too-small batteries in them. last weekend I drove five hours, during about 3 of which we were either completely out of contact or only in distant contact with a cell tower (Montana... lots and lots of empty space.) When we left the city, my phone was at 25%. I kept the phone (a Galaxy Note III with an aftermarket "big" battery that's good for about 48 hours here, where we're within about 4 miles of a cell tower) plugged into the external unit for the entire trip, and when we got home, the phone was at 100% and the external unit at 45%, which allowed for both charging it and running it.

Really, won't even consider being without that external unit. As for a pager... no. Just no.

Comment It's pretty obvious what happened to them (Score 4, Insightful) 220

The company forced them to train their replacements, who are non-citizens brought in to the do the same job cheaper because the utility is run by people who apparently feel it's fine to sell out their own countrymen to make a buck.

I don't know what's so mysterious about this. It is what it is. The only question is what are you going to do about it?

I have a really simple solution. Abolish corporate taxes in their current form and replace them with a head count tax. Every US citizen is, say, $1000/year. Every legal immigrant is $2500. Every foreign national abroad, including contract workers on outsourced work, gets a fee of $5,000. If at any time, more than 25% of your work is either performed by subsidiaries or outsourcing firms based overseas that has a sales or some other nexus into the US, you pay FICA on your global workforce including contracted employees.

So carrot and stick. A big, incredibly sweet looking carrot and a stick that has nails driven into it because we want to make the choice obvious.

Comment Pity there isn't a -1 ; Conspiracy Theory mod (Score 5, Insightful) 246

Slashdot needs ones. Seriously, for a community that claims to hate FUD, the OSS types sure like spreading it when it is about the "right" groups. If you actually care about what kinds of things the telemetry communicates back at various settings, the information is all out there for you. No, SSH data isn't one of them. However I am going to imagine you don't, and this is just crap you want to fling at "the bad guys" because you can.

Also a thought for you: Your OS, by definition, has access to anything any program on the system is doing. What would stop it from looking in at any 3rd party SSH server you ran, if you think it does that?

Comment And you're being exceptionally ignorant... (Score 1) 668

You realise you're literally saying that SJWs are worse than Hitler, the archetypal fascist. IOW you're being exceptionally silly.

You realize that you are demonstrating an absolute lack of historic knowledge and understanding of the word "literally" as you are using it.

Because Hitler was not a real Fascist because his party was the National Socialist German Worker's Party, not a party based on the doctrines of the Italian Fascists or their peers in Austria.

As a matter of fact, I do believe that if SJWs got their way, most Americans would find being ruled Mussolini to be preferable to them because Mussolini was closer to Ron Paul than the average SJW in his need to micromanage every aspect of life in Italy.

Comment And the next time you see a Code of Conduct (Score 5, Insightful) 668

Remember that the identical arguments made for safe spaces on college campuses are being used against FOSS communities. They have every intention of setting themselves up to be the arbiters of what can be said and done, even outside of campus or a FOSS project. Calling these people Fascists is an insult to real Fascists because they've never been as petty and domineering in the minutia as SJWs.

Comment Not going anywhere in data centers (Score 1) 406

I have bought some Dell R430 and R730 servers, which are latest generation (Haswell based Xeons, DDR4 RAM) and guess what their one and only video output format is? That's right, a VGA port. No DVI, no DP, just VGA. No surprise either: Go have a look at high end network'd KVMs. They are all VGA. It works, so it is staying around in that space (same deal as serial for that matter).

It is certainly a standard on the decline, digital transmission makes more sense particularly since our displays are digital these days, but dead? Not hardly. I'm sure it'll be around many years from now, just in more niche areas.

Comment Surprisingly rational (Score 3, Interesting) 442

They get a free and presumably effective tool to enforce the law and the fines go to pay the company that provides them the tool.

The flip side of this tool is also that the company can provide analytics to seniors in the political system on how the police are using their tool, and they won't get the tool dropped. Why? Because the agency knows that Podunk Jurisdiction ain't going to pay huge licensing fees in this economy to replace the system with a competitor's tool because the company responded to a request from the Attorney General or the legislature on how the police were using their product. It's a captive audience.

Comment Umbrella policies (Score 1) 293

Because of two factors:

1. Pedestrians won't modify their behavior in any meaningfully large numbers.
2. Cars will still miscalculate and get into accidents. At least early on, a few of this will probably end up being W...T...F... sized accidents involving bad programming and human error in human-driven vehicles.

WRT #1, people jaywalk all the time. I frequently see people just jump out and expect a car to instantly stop for them. Well, what happens if the self-driven car either doesn't detect them or doesn't do so in time? Can you imagine all of the faux populist outrage?

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