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Comment: Re:Cake and eat it too (Score 1) 363

by neonv (#47994761) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

It's good to look at the situation from everyone's point of view. The immigrants get paid much more than they otherwise would in their own country. It's very good from their point of view, and Microsoft's point of view. It's bad from an equivalently qualified American's point of view, and America's point of view. Which method is best all depends on who you are.

Comment: Re:Two new deniers are born... (Score 2) 207

by neonv (#47978969) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

The paper does not imply that CO2 is not a greenhouse gas. Rather it implies that the estimates of the effects of CO2 may be overestimated. Since meteorologists tune their models based on past weather data, this would mean that the predictive models are tuned wrong and give too much weight to greenhouse gases in temperature predictions. The criticism of the paper also brings up valid points that should be investigated.

Comment: 100 Watts (Score 5, Informative) 191

by neonv (#47659421) Attached to: Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

Please keep in mind an important aspect of this new cable, it supports 100 watts power transfer. That means most devices, including laptops, can be charged through this one connector. I see that as the best reason to switch, fast charging and universal connector for all my devices. The article glosses over that important detail. It also enables 10 Gbs data transfer.

+ - Hotel fines $500 for every bad review posted online->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "A hotel in tony Hudson, NY, has found a novel way to keep negative reviews off Yelp and other sites — fine any grousing guests.
The Union Street Guest House, near Catskills estates built by the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, charges couples who book weddings at the venue $500 for every bad review posted online by their guests.

“Please know that despite the fact that wedding couples love Hudson and our inn, your friends and families may not,” reads an online policy. “If you have booked the inn for a wedding or other type of event ... and given us a deposit of any kind ... there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review ... placed on any internet site by anyone in your party.”

In response to a review complaining of rude treatment over a bucket of ice, the proprietors shot back: “I know you guys wanted to hang out and get drunk for 2 days and that is fine. I was really really sorry that you showed up in the summer when it was 105 degrees ... I was so so so sorry that our ice maker and fridge were not working and not accessible.”
Oddly, the hotel didn’t respond to a request for comment.
If you take down the nasty review, you’ll get your money back.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/04/..."

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Comment: Re:Capabilities (Score 1) 364

by neonv (#47420313) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

The aim of the F-35 is a possible war with modern countries, not Afghanistan (since we have superiority in Afghanistan, most any aircraft would do). This includes not only where their technology currently is, but where we know they are going. The Chinese and Russians have some incredible defenses, and there's a constant back and forth of advancing weapons and defenses to counter those weapons. This happens whether you're aware of it or not, and most people have no idea what's out there in terms of weapons and defenses because countries mostly keep them secret. The F-35 is part of that superiority strategy, including all of the technology onboard the aircraft.

I'm am in agreement about the A-10. The F-35 in no way replaces what the A-10 can do, and the A-10 does it at 1/10th the cost. I wish they would bring it back into production rather than mothball a very useful aircraft.

Comment: Capabilities (Score 4, Interesting) 364

by neonv (#47419887) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

This article doesn't mention the incredible upgrades of the F-35. It has incredible situational awareness (SA), highly networked to acquire SA from all sources, sensors onboard to provide SA, smaller that the F-22, more stealthy, and a range of other characteristics that the pentagon desires (wiki). Those capabilities are the top reason for the F-35 to exist at all. As development has progressed, then the money problems and failures came up as they always do. The capability needs don't justify the failures of the program, but they need to be taken into consideration when there's talk of changing or canceling the program.

Everyone has a different concern. Congressmen are probably concerned about money staying in their state to stay elected. The Pentagon is worried about capability and not being embarrassed over a big failure. The tax payers are worried about not wasting money and some of them about keeping an F-35 job. It's a complicated issue with lots of caveats.

Comment: Re:Fight for consumers (Score 0) 211

by neonv (#47115795) Attached to: Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

And my suspicion is that Amazon could care less about consumers other than their impact to their bottom line.

Amazon's profit margin is almost non-existent. They've never had much profit. They pass the savings to the consumer and take almost nothing. I don't see any indication that it will change.

Companies are not evil just because they exist.

Comment: Very simple (Score 1) 467

by neonv (#46772621) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Becoming a millionaire in a person's lifetime is very simple and most people can do it. Contribute 10% of your income to your retirement accounts over the course of your lifetime into a diversified portfolio, and you will become a millionaire. Time and discipline are the keys, not generating a large income. Unfortunately, most people are missing one of those two attributes.

Comment: One data point does not a proof make (Score 2) 187

by neonv (#46423005) Attached to: Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?

According to INRIX, traffic in the U.S. reversed two consecutive years of declines with a six percent increase in 2013. The country's GDP, by comparison, grew 1.9 percent last year. INRIX suggests that continued economic growth will result in more traffic congestion, longer commutes, and more productivity losses.

INRIX is getting their conclusion from one data point: last year. Even though previous years do not support their conclusion, multiple data points. As a result, their conclusion that traffic increases at 3 times GDP growth is not convincing. They need to put a lot more effort into this study. Even the article author pointed that out,

Bottom line: roadways are complex ecosystems, and congestion results from jobs, commuters, road work, mass transit, and countless other factors. While it's encouraging to see traffic jams as symbolic of economic growth, that's not an accurate or complete picture.

In a complex environment like this, data needs a control point and a link from cause to effect. All I see here is a very loose correlation in one year of data. Hence, this is FUD.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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