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Comment: Re:Good deal! (Score 3, Insightful) 262 262

Well goody for Greece where a majority thinks that that they can vote themselves out of responsibility for borrowing themselves into a hole. Now it's the turn of everyone else in Europe to decide whether to continue throwing good money after bad. The Greeks claim that the banks & everyone else are the problem. We'll soon see how well they do without either.

Comment: Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 564 564

Consider also your climate-related road conditions:

Recently I talked to someone here in Montana who drives a late-model hybird... and they plan to trade the damn thing in ASAP, because in ice/snow conditions, it has no torque. Get it the least bit stuck, either in snow or an ice rut (a common situation under icy winter conditions) and it won't climb out, and it can't be rocked out. It is STUCK until someone with a non-electric vehicle comes along and pushes or pulls them out.

Comment: Re: Outage.. (Score 2) 337 337

The Job interview process is actually a two way process.
The company needs/wants the resource, that is why they are open positions.
The Person needs/wants a job or a better job, that is why they are applying.

Now even in the height of the last recession and it was a big one. In America average Unemployment was under 10% of the population. While that created a market where employees had the advantage, it was only an advantage not supreme power.
1. The employees wanted people who were currently employed (Using an outdated reasoning that if they weren't laid off then they must be good enough to have made it). So while these applicants may be looking for a better job, they have a job currently and is only willing to take a better offer.

2. If your industry isn't offering the type of work people want to do for the money anymore, then people may make life decisions to go a different route. Go back to school and study a new topic. Use their skills in a different industry.

3. High turnover: Turnover is really expensive on average it takes 150% of the salary to deal with an employees turnover, having to retrain new employees, catch up time etc... If your corporate culture is poison. Then you will have a hard time keeping employees.

I have been on some job interviews where I lost my temper with the recruiter. One company had a very particular piece of software (Like so particular I couldn't find a relative match it with a Google search, except when I added the industry on it, then it was a few pages deep.) The recruiter kept on hounding me on this tool. I asked what does it do, where then I can at least give a general abstract answer to the questions. The they didn't know either. From this interview I got the following impression. The guy who worked on the software (Probably the guy who made it) left the company for a better job. They are trying to find someone with the exact skill sets and pay them as much as the guy who left for a better job. So they let a good resource leave, and they haven't learned from their mistakes and either realize that they will need to lower the requirements, or raise the salary and benefits.

+ - How Apple Music Threatens Users's iTunes Libraries->

An anonymous reader writes: Early adopters of Apple Music are warning others that they could get more than they bargained for if they intend to download tracks for offline listening. Since Apple Music is primarily a streaming service, this functionality necessitates turning on iCloud Music for syncing purposes. The way Apple syncs files is to scan your library for known music files, and if it finds one, the service adds Apple's canonical copy to your collection. Unfortunately, this wipes out any custom edits you made to the file's metadata. For those who have put a lot of time into customizing their library, this can do a lot of damage to the music collection. Apple's efforts to simplify and streamline the process have once again left advanced users with a difficult decision to make.
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Comment: Re:Just to be clear (Score 3, Interesting) 52 52

ISP shouldn't store our traffic.
At best/worst they should only store the IP Address and MAC address to the customer start and and time, and our billing information. If the ISP charging via a usage meter then they can store how much data we use.

It shouldn't care where we go or what we do. The government shouldn't feel complied to ask them other then via a Warrant to track back an IP Address, to a customer. And still that shouldn't be enough to convict, just a lead to follow.

Comment: Re:Competent Authorities (Score 1) 143 143

Snort, sure it does, as long as "the powerful" are those that Assange has an axe to grind on. Why doesn't Assange have any dirt on Russia? China? France? No other countries in the entire world merit a little of the light he claims to be bringing to society?

And this is what it all comes down to. You're trying to turn attention from documents published by Assange to Assange himself

Nope. Just pointing out that the claims of the church of Assange's faithful that the Holy Member is a counter to "the powerful" are only for those that Assange has an axe to grind on. @lt;- See that there? It's called a period, also known as a full stop. It isn't the starting point for all your fantasies.

Even if you manage to smash the mirror, it's still your image it showed, and you need to either live with it or change.

Hey, I'm French. I don't have the hangups with nudity/morality/etc that they have in the US. I'd love for Wikileaks to get off of Assange's axe grinding with the US/UK. How come the only image that matters to Assange (& you visibly) is the dark side of the USA? The DGSE Is white as snow somehow? They DON'T perform the same data collection that the NSA does? It matters less how?

I have expat friends from Russia & neighbouring countries that dismiss Assange as he refuses to publish anything about Russia. Why are Russia's adventures in the Crimea, in Georgia, in the Ukraine, etc undeserving of any attention by Assange/Wikileaks?

Or, I suppose, you could continue coming up with reasons why the mirror is immoral to distract from your image and keep your delusions. But that's unlikely to end well for you. Ignoring reality for self-adoring fantasy rarely does.

I'm not the one claiming that Assange deserves asylum for crimes, thus veiling myself away from the reality of who the man really is (and he is indeed a man, and thus not above our laws).

Comment: Re:Did you even read my post? (Score 1) 60 60

"did I read your post" That's rich coming from someone attempting to justify NZ as a launch site to ISS for a company making sounding rockets and now hoping to make the move up to a Falcon-1 sized launcher. You clearly have a lot emotionally invested in RL and/or NZ to the point that rational arguments explaining why RL will never launch to ISS are perceived as "emotional rantings". Sit down, imagine that RL was an Argentinian company & reread my posts. Without your emotional blinders on you might be able to get beyond your emotional blocks to perceive the truth in what I've told you. If you cannot, well then that's your problem, not mine.

Space-X abandoned Falcon-1 because the market is miniscule so they moved up to Falcon-9, something impossible for Electron without developing a new motor. Thus whether or not NZ is well suited to launching to a 51.6 is irrelevant. One can launch to 51.6 from anywhere. To launch to ISS, one must start with a launcher capable of lofting over 5 metric tons to 400KM orbit.

Comment: Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 564 564

That is part of the issue.
1. Price: The 30k price range for most "affordable" electric cars is still a bit too much, for what you get for a car, you are still better off paying 20k for the same type of car and you will probably pay about the same for gas over the live of the car.

2. Range: 100-200 miles isn't that great. Sure it fine for your daily commute, but if you need to take a road trip, it gets riskier. Most gasoline cars get about 450-600 miles to a full tank. The argument get two cars or get a rental isn't that good of one. You want your own car for the most part and the freedom that comes with it.

3. Recharge time: Most people can fill up their tank in under 5 minutes. Charging an electric car can take a lot longer.

4. Fuzzy marketing... What people want to know is how much will it cost them in extra power bill to charge their car, and how much pollution is that worth, they just give you a loosy goosy response. While we know price varies, and if you have solar panels it may get offsetted.... however we would like a state average. Or at least give us some analogy such as running 3 dryers for 8 hours....

5. Limit being the green hippy car. I don't want my car to be a political statement, bumper stickers do that. I just want a good affordable car. I am a Prius owner, because I need to drive 60 miles every day for my commute and Gas gets expensive, I really do hate it when I get treated as a second class driver from SUV and pickup trucks filled with Right Wing bumper stickers. ( I have no bumper stickers on my car) thinking that I am some Liberal just because of the car I drive.

Comment: Re:Outage.. (Score 2, Insightful) 337 337

As with most mistakes, it is part of a system that is faulty and awaiting one simple mistake to escalate.
Any one human can make a mistake. However a good system should have built in methods to protect against this.
Why wasn't their a backup system, why didn't it have have a fail over network/power, why wasn't there proper labeling.

Chances are there was a culture of trying to save money: paying for a redundant system cost twice as much, or more. Having those network guys spend hours cleaning up and reorganizing where they can be working on more profit driven activities.
They are too focused on being agile and quick, that they will let little things slip.

For 99% of the failures and mistakes that happen it is the fault of the system, and not of the person who happened to make mistakes.

Organizations need to prioritize these methods and follow to make sure they are worked. Not just write them down, post them on some intranet and blame people for not following them if it wasn't followed. It needs the full organization to make sure checks are in place.

Comment: Is it purly your mistake. (Score 1) 337 337

I have been part of of a large mistake costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
However most mistakes are part of a chain of events of little mistakes, where they all combine to a big mistake. For example, if someone happen to trip over a plug that unplugged a production server. Then questions on why was the cable was out where it can be tripped, who decided that it wasn't worth the money to put time, to get a better system of cable management...

Normally a person will get fired for a mistake if it was due to intentional misconduct or it happens to get political and needs someone to blame, however if it happens you need to be sure that you put the blame back on the system (not an individual), then you will need to follow up to fix the system so it doesn't happen again.

Most of the most expensive mistakes, are often due to a huge chain of events. A good system should be in place to stop a simple mistake from escalate into big ones.

The computer is to the information industry roughly what the central power station is to the electrical industry. -- Peter Drucker