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Comment Re:I don't get the weight thing (Score 1) 79 79

5.47 pounds is reasonable for a "business laptop". It is WAY overweight for an "ultrabook". The whole point of an ultrabook is that it's powerful *and* light. And way expensive, too. It's the supermodel of laptops.

5.47 pounds just makes it the Rosanne Barr of ultrabooks.

Comment Re:School me on well water (Score 4, Insightful) 328 328

The problem there is that when the well is contaminated, it's WAY too late to do anything. Even if the responsible company immediately stops fracking completely, the well will continue to provide polluted water until the aquifer gets cleaned out somehow. That may be anytime from years to millenia.

I think it's more reasonable for the landowner to be able to force the fracking company to "fix what they broke" and to ensure the landowner has a supply of clean water equal to their current well production available to them for free until the well runs clean again. Or the frackers pay for all the land at pre-fracking market value.

Yeah, I'm a dreamer.

Comment What idiot doesn't know what "failsafe"means? (Score 1) 250 250

So first they say " left turned on for 248 days, it will enter a failsafe mode" then they say "all the Generator Control Units will shut off, leaving the plane without power, and the control of the plane will be lost."

That is NOT fail "SAFE". That is fail "EVERYBODY DEAD".

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 482 482

"Actually I fail to see how "motivate your employees to work harder" necessarily translates into "employees are happier""

Fair criticism. I just think that for people with common sense, more money likely (not necessarily!) translates into a better life and more satisfaction, up to a point.

A larger apartment closer to work for a more relaxing commute, fewer nagging worries about money, chances to enjoy nicer "things", etc. are all minor but real improvements in quality of life that can be enjoyed with a higher salary. Some people are very much motivated by money and some are less so, but unless your staff have genuine addiction problems, more money is likely something they will appreciate.

Comment So what? (Score 4, Interesting) 482 482

He surely owns a large chunk of the company: Why take a huge salary when you can motivate your employees to work harder and make the company worth more? That is a faster way to get rich than just paying yourself a salary.

He gets rich faster, and the employees are happier. It's win-win. Just don't pretend it's about "justice" and not simple self-interest.


Comment Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 629 629

No, the media should be asked to make a big stink about this, and the mind that can countenance that this is in any way a proper use of the system must be removed from any position of authority. A felony charge will follow that child around for the rest of his life. That is NOT acceptable.

Comment Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 5, Interesting) 442 442

First of all, welcome to Canada and I hope you're having a good time in our great nation. Sorry about the winters!

Second of all, if the USA wants to do the H1-B visa fairly for all USA citizens, here's a suggestion: Make the minimum annual salary for each H1-B visa holder 10 times "the poverty threshold for a single person under 65" (about 10 x $11,490US = $114,900US based on 2013 numbers.)

That way you will eliminate the problem of employers getting "cheap" labour to corrupt and undercut the job market to displace honest, capable USA citizen workers, and you'll still be able to attract the genuine foreign talent that these billionaires claim to need.

If these billionaires REALLY want what they claim they want, then they'll have no problem with this change. And pigs will fly, too!

Comment Race to the bottom much? (Score 4, Insightful) 460 460

Just put two reasonably competent people in the cockpit at all times and stop trying to f**k an extra penny out of every dime, you cheap chiselling b*st*rds.

Right now many feeder airlines are barely paying a living wage for their junior cockpit staff, so stop pretending that the personnel costs are going to put you out of business. You're certainly not passing along the recent fuel cost savings to us sardines.

(I haven't had my coffee yet, so that's my excuse for the "negative tone" in this post.)

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