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Comment: Last Season of Star Trek (Score 3, Funny) 61

by painandgreed (#48918231) Attached to: Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'
Cue the Star Trek music as the Enterprise begins to circle yet another duplicate of the planet Earth. Spock turns to the Captain and says "It seems an exact duplicate of the Sol system, but formed billions of years earlier. Before even the creation of your solar system Captain. Most interesting."

Comment: Re:External Harddrive (Score 1) 234

by painandgreed (#48916751) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

the problem with SAFE deposit boxes is that the renter of said box almost always has no contingency plan in place for access to that box when they die due to security restrictions on access that limit it to the renter only (and then only upon presentation of key, signature, identification, and perhaps a secret code and/or biometrics).

Yes, but that is a PEBCAK issue, not a technical one. It would probably be the same with any other secure off site storage. In this case, the backup hard drive is probably the least of the families worries or at least allows for eventual recovery if the computer is locked and nobody knows the passwords.

Comment: External Harddrive (Score 4, Interesting) 234

by painandgreed (#48916001) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
Every year, I just back up my files to an external hard drive and put it in my safety deposit box in the bank. If my house burns down, I still have all my photos (long since scanned in all my old film stuff), documents, and even music. I've got the last several years in there so it would take three or so drives not working to really lose everything (after I lost everything at home). Usually I spend a little extra money to make sure I have small external hard drives that don't have wall worts to power them as they'll fit in the safety deposit box easier and I won't have to keep track of the wall worts either. In the past, I suggested my parents do the same with a flash drive and my father scoffed when I mentioned keeping on in the safety deposit box. Of course, his computer got hit with the encryption malware and they lost everything including the flash drive we back up everything several years earlier because they can't remember where it might be.

Comment: Re:Viva Jar Jar! (Score 1) 420

by painandgreed (#48888013) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

You just don't "get" Jar Jar. The Force channels power through his clumsiness. His "accidents" are guided and/or re-shaped by The Force. It's not like Scooby Doo's F-ups where shear luck catches the bad guy; Jar Jar is divinely-guided chaos.

I can't really argue with that. This makes me sort of sad.

Comment: Re:Absolutely fair.. (Score 1) 114

by painandgreed (#48886779) Attached to: Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

In a world where several BILLION up-and-coming wage earners are ripe to purchase their products, which, incidentally, wouldn't exist if not for the cheap labor still extant in that very same country.

Maybe their regional ads will say 'Designed in California. Made in China'

Probably should actually say 'Designed in California. Made in Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. Assembled in China.'

Comment: Re:Paid sick leave (Score 3, Informative) 660

by painandgreed (#48886649) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

This is why the US system sucks - in the UK I get 4 weeks fully paid sick leave from my employer, and after that a further year of statutory sick pay from the Government. I also get 5 weeks paid holiday against which my sick leave does not count. In addition, I get reasonable accommodation to go see the doctor, dentist, optician, hospital etc etc.

Why is the "land of the free" not similar?

Because, due to history, mainly WW2, vacation as well as sick days and health care have mostly been relegated to the employers rather than by the government. Easy explanation is that it happened because during WW2, there was a pay freeze mandated due to the war effort, so employers started offering healthcare,sickdays, and vacation, above and beyond any required by law, as part of the job offer because that's what they could offer to get new employees in a time of a labor shortage. This continued after the war as it was now a standard part of employment. Thus, the middle class was largely taken care of and there was no large push to get the government involved. The cultural expectation is that if you want better of any of these things, you should get a better job which should just require work on your part. Also coming from that, is the cultural expectation that if you don't have better that what the law demands employers give you, that you are a slacker.

I have it pretty good in the US and get two and half weeks a year of sick time (which carries over from year to year, so at this time, I actually have about five months of sick time since I hardly ever use it) and after ten years, five weeks of vacation time a year (which also carried over). I'm happy where I'm at because while I could probably find a job that pays more, I probably couldn't find one that gave me as much vacation time which is now in higher demand to me than more money.

Comment: Re:Yeah! (Score 1) 512

Many of us are - we take in new information and change our opinions. I used to be a Libertarian...

I still am. While I like Sections 1 & 3 of the Libertarian party platform and don't think any other party has anything like them, I've gotten too old for Section 2 but see it as a pipe dream that would never get implemented even if the Libertarians did get into office.

Comment: Re:No way! (Score 1) 512

the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act permits H-1B portability, provided another employer is willing to sponsor the H-1B worker. claims that H-1Bs are indentured servitude are entirely baseless.

Statements by friends of mine here on H-1B visas would say otherwise. The time it takes to switch over sponsors is usually more than the time given before having to leave the country. They typically lived in fear of getting laid off before they were able to get their green cards or become citizens which was taking years to do.

Comment: Re:WHO forced them? (Score 1) 141

by painandgreed (#48870657) Attached to: Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

They expect technology to make oil obsolete in 100 years or so.

Which makes you wonder why they're doing fuck all to develop a non-oil-based economy. Eventually they're not going to be able to buy off their unemployed young men or divert them all to a lifetime of study in madrassas.

Because it's still 100 years away. Let others be the pioneers, spend the research money, and then come in and deploy the same tech for cheap.

Comment: Re:It's Microsoft tone-deafness that scares users (Score 1) 489

by painandgreed (#48869307) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Yeah, no, not really, though. Most consumers are a lot less idealistic than you seem to think. Even most of the guys who scream "this time they've gone too far! fuck 'em" eventually find a rationalization to stay with Windows.

Consumers yes, Enterprise, perhaps not so much. Enterprise doesn't like to upgrade and stuck with XP till they pretty much had to move to Win7 (although many including my company are still paying for XP patches for current deployments). Enterprise will stick with Win7 as long as they can again. Moving to Win8 looks like a user training issue that would be a nightmare in the Enterprise setting. Of course, few enterprise would consider upgrading anyway while the current standard is still being supported, so Microsoft probably had one or two upgrades to do what they wanted and it wouldn't upset their Enterprise licensed users for Windows and Office that account for a lot of their income. Win10 will probably be the next Enterprise standard and if they do mess it up, it might allow for somebody else to eat some of their market. I've already seen vendors switching to Linux servers for the back end on Enterprise systems. If MS messes things up and it would mean user retraining and software rewriting anyway, vendors and enterprise might look at other options.

Comment: Re:Boom. Boom. Boom. Another one bite's the dust.. (Score 1) 121

Since I'm engaged in humorous speculation, I posit that stable vacuum events are either limited in size and scope or that they travel at less than C, or both.

Great! As a physicist, I eagerly look forward to your supporting math to back up those posits which contradict the math I have already seen.

If I were a grave-digger or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment. -- Douglas Jerrold