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Comment: Design patents (Score 1) 147

by mark_reh (#49774039) Attached to: Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer

"Jony is one of the most talented and accomplished designers of his generation, with an astonishing 5,000 design and utility patents to his name."

How many of those did he actually do any work on and how many were done by his team at Apple and assigned to him (and Apple, of course)?

This is why people still think that big, important things still get invented by a single guy working in his garage. Pfft!

Comment: I don't understand the porn industry. (Score 3, Interesting) 252

by mark_reh (#49771847) Attached to: Leaked Document Shows Europe Would Fight UK Plans To Block Porn

There is so much free stuff available (so I've heard ;) ), how does anyone make any money with it at all?
Who pays for porn with so much free stuff available?
Is porn just advertising for the actors who engage in for-hire sex with anyone with adequate funds?
Are us poor slobs just enjoying the commercials while the rich guys get the real stuff?

Comment: I don't get it. (Score 0) 84

by mark_reh (#49685991) Attached to: Apple, A123 To Settle Lawsuit Over Poached Battery Engineers

They poached engineers for their battery expertise, yet my wife has to keep charging her iPhone a couple time each day?

Look at all the iCrap portable "chargers" that have a bigger battery to be used to charge up iPhones (or maybe I am thrown off by the "i" they put on the names of these things and the Apple compatible cables they come with). If Apple had the battery figured out that whole cottage industry would not exist. It seems like Apple is in desperate need of help with batteries and they sure didn't get whatever they paid for by hiring this company's employees.

Comment: I went from EE to dentist at 52 YO (Score 1) 420

by mark_reh (#49661677) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?

Returned to school at 46 YO, 2 years of prerequisites followed by 4 years of dental school. $150k in student loans at 6.8%.

Dentistry is exactly the opposite of engineering. My work is appreciated by my patients, and I get respect. They can't send my job to China/India/wherever because they can't send my patients to China/India/wherever. Pay is a little more than I made as an engineer and growing rapidly.

I just wish the ADA wasn't so far to the right on the political spectrum...

Comment: Yeah but... (Score 1) 429

by mark_reh (#49642607) Attached to: Why Companies Should Hire Older Developers

"They have decades of experience (and specialist knowledge), they have a healthy disregard for office politics (but can still manage, when necessary), they're available, and they're (generally) stable."

but they have lives outside of work, are too highly paid, and refuse to work 80 hours per week any more. New grads, on the other hand, have no life outside work, can be easily manipulated into 80 hour weeks, and will work for 1/2 the pay and bennies that the 40 YO wants. The HR and accounting people do the math: two new grads will work 80 hours for the same pay one 40 YO will accept for working a 40 hour week. That 40 YO guy may be more productive than either of those grads but he can't keep up with two of them working twice as long as he does. See ya! I wouldn't want to be ya!

Comment: Maybe not in a library. (Score 1) 167

Laser cutting and even 3D printing can be smelly operations. If you want to do some wood working, or have a metal shop, things can get pretty noisy. Forget about forges and blacksmithing. Aside from the noise, makerspaces can be pretty dirty- a lot of what goes on makes dust that might not be good for the contents of a library.

Comment: I'm driving a rented Nissan Pathfinder while my (Score 5, Insightful) 622

by mark_reh (#49528553) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

car is being repaired. Ridiculous! 20 MPG and every time I step on the brakes or the gas it rocks back and forth like a rocking chair. It seats about as many people as a sedan and can carry only slightly more junk than a sedan. Why do people want to drive these things? They aren't attractive, they don't stop/go fast, they can't carry much stuff. I don't get it.

I don't understand why so many people want to drive pickups either. In a pickup you can only haul stuff you care about in decent weather. I get it if you're a farmer or ranch hand and need to haul messy stuff year round, but why would anyone else want to drive a truck? And why is it that the bigger the pickup, the greater the odds that they will back into parking spaces?

Reactor error - core dumped!