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Comment: Re:Expensive (Score 1) 105

by jrumney (#49491759) Attached to: UK Company Wants To Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels
The London Mail trains are basically running between the mail sorting centres and the major rail stations (for mail going and coming from London) and major post offices (for within central London). Unless Royal Mail also rents this company space in those locations for setting up their distribution network, their existing network is not going to be much use for them.

Comment: Re: Decent (Score 2) 466

by jrumney (#49490621) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries
If he's been on a $1M salary for some time, he should own his house outright and have some investments outside of his own business tucked away already. In a perfect world, all CEOs should be on modest salaries, and get most of their incentive from bonuses and stock. They are ultimately responsible for the performance of the business after all, and a 7 figure basic doesn't give them much motivation to perform.

Comment: Re: Tabs vs Spaces (Score 1) 427

by jrumney (#49426207) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

The moment you throw in a few spaces to line something up on a non-tab boundary (say, to align a second line of arguments with the first argument), then you have a mess

It is trivial to avoid this problem by configuring tab-width to 1. Yet again,newbie configuration wins over decades of experience.

Comment: Re:Android, not quite an Egg but close. (Score 1) 290

by jrumney (#49412287) Attached to: Is This the Death of the Easter Egg?
And if you tap quickly on one of the other items in that menu multiple times, you get a real Easter egg, the contents of which depend on the version of Android (for Lollipop it is a flappy bird type game, other versions have been animated histories of Android versions, or static images related to the current version in 2.x).

Comment: Re:Patent? (Score 1) 111

by jrumney (#49411871) Attached to: Swiss Launch of Apple Watch Hit By Patent Issue
It would only be like Apple Records if they already had an out-of-court settlement agreeing that Apple the Computer company would never get into the watch business, and Apple the aspiring watch company would never get into the computer business so lets both agree to let the other use its trademark in its own space.

Comment: Re:Brilliant idea (Score 1) 193

What if thousands of people were to walk in to Apple stores during the first week, excitedly ask for an Apple watch, then act disappointed and decline to pre-order when told they couldn't have one right away. Apple is so asking to be gamed here, they aren't going to have a clue what the real demand for their watches is, and may end up seriously overproducing for the following months' supply based on the market research they gather from this exercise.

Comment: Re:Arduino? Good riddance! (Score 1) 92

by jrumney (#49368761) Attached to: Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors
Sorry, what part of type some simple code into a webpage (with better formatting and syntax highlighting than the slashdot example below), get a binary file back which you copy over USB to your board, reset and it runs is funny in the context of this discussion? Cross platform tools are available if you want them, but the beginner doesn't even need to install them to get started.

#include "mbed.h"

DigitalIn enable(p5);
DigitalOut led(LED1);
int main() {
while(1) {
if(enable) {
led = !led;
}
wait(0.25);
}
}

Comment: Re:You are missing the obvious point! (Score 1) 349

If a person works 35-40 hours a week should they receive the same pay as someone working 45-50 hours? Anyone looking at that should say "No, the person working more hours should receive more pay." but somehow this obvious point eluded you.

We have two people - one who completes a set amount of work in 35 hours, and another who completes the same amount of work in 50 hours. And you want to pay the second person more ...why exactly? To encourage slacking off on the clock?

Comment: Re:Most of Japan is very beautiful... (Score 1) 197

by jrumney (#49345449) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis
Often river embankments are grassy mounds, but they're more for seasonal flood control than tsunamis. The tsunami walls I've seen along beaches are very much concrete walls, and while they do have a roadway along the top and sloped sides with steps at intervals and the occaisional roadway leading up to them, they are anything but attractive.

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