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Comment: Re:Zooooom! (Score 1) 185

I think the US middle class has already "landed" in a spot where they can't earn a living wage. Now that the rest of the world has "caught up" with us living on subsistence wages, we might see some jobs returning to the US. Of course, that doesn't mean that wages will rise in the US but at least people will have an opportunity to get a job.

Comment: Re:Stockholm syndrome (Score 1) 323

by mspohr (#47689401) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

I just don't understand why people keep using Windows... I understand the installed base problem but most Windows software has equivalents in other OSs and it's not that hard to learn a new OS.
I've been running Linux and Mac OS for about 10 years on various computers and never installed anti-virus and never worried about virus and never had a problem. I know these are not "perfect" but they are so much better than Windows that I just don't see why people don't switch.

Comment: Re:The question should be, what is causing delays? (Score 1) 140

by mspohr (#47686893) Attached to: Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

I guess you didn't read the article (or the posts above) which said the delays are caused by manufacturers of structural components not delivering on time... or perhaps that doesn't fit into your ideological rant against "gummt regulation and the environmental weenies".

Comment: Functional spec (Score 4, Insightful) 198

by mspohr (#47672133) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Back in the very old days when I had a software company, we wrote detailed functional specs and used these as the basis for the documentation. It's much easier to go from a good functional spec to documentation than start from scratch. It's also a good test of whether or not the software works as intended.
I don't know if people still do that. It seems most software these days either copies some other product exactly or it's just the whim of the programmer.

Comment: Re:Don't take the bait! (Score 1) 327

by mspohr (#47666841) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

I hate to break it to you but Tesla has its head office, design center and factory in California.
SpaceX (another Musk venture) is also in California... not to mention that little company he sold a few years ago, PayPal.
It seems that Musk is already heavily committed to California even if the battery factory goes elsewhere (Reno, Nevada is looking like a good option since they have already done site prep work there).

Comment: Re:still the same galaxy. dont worry. (Score 2) 220

by mspohr (#47663383) Attached to: Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

If you're not totally clueless, you can turn these off. My phone even offers an easy way to turn them off with every alert.
Severe weather is not "rain". Severe weather is something like this... where you might want to have an alert if you value your life.

Comment: Re:Spoiler Alert: FTA (Score 1) 99

by mspohr (#47647561) Attached to: Toxic Algae Threatens Florida's Gulf Coast

The Cleveland toxic algae bloom was due to farm phosphorous runoff. It seems that the restrictions on phosphorous in laundry detergent worked for a while but the farmers found a way around the regulations and dumped too much shit (literally) into the lake.
Clearly a need for more government regulation. I don't think the "free market" can take care of this...

Comment: Re:Government in the U.S. is extremely corrupt. (Score 5, Insightful) 306

Corporations have "captured" the government. They have discovered that by "investing" a relatively small amount of money in politicians, they can gain a high return in getting laws and regulations passed with protect their monopolies, enabling them to charge high rent.
This takes place in most (?all) governments but the dollar amount of this return on investment in the US is probably the highest or any country in the world.

Comment: Re:Finally!! (Score 4, Informative) 409

I'm installing solar this month.
The ROI calculators show a first year 7% ROI (of course, this will increase as electricity prices increase).
It's hard to find another investment which will give me 7% return on my investment and where the return will increase by 3-5% per year for the next 25 years.
This is a no-brainer.

I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; If it be man's work I will do it.