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Comment: Ominous signs (Score 1) 578

by pellik (#48116835) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading
How many really technologically savvy people have NEVER "illegally" downloaded some form of music or movie? The FBI will have none of those people working for them. While at the same time the next article on Slashdot is about yet another network intruded into for the theft of financial information. Way to go team USA.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 393

by pellik (#47930139) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
Actually that problem is some of the best environmental news of late. When the batteries are no longer suitable for cars they still hold tremendous value for renewable energy, and since the cost of the battery has already been covered by the car purchase it will serve to subsidize the cost of energy. Also, the battery is not part of the car in the same sense as other car parts, since they are designed to be quickly swaped at charging stations to speed up 'refuel' times, so the car owner isn't responsible for it's replacement cost in the way you're implying.

Comment: Re:The Real question then is... (Score 1) 233

Post war Detroit was far from some kind of manufacturing driven utopia. Detroit was an established industrial power before the war, then the bulk of their labor force vanished almost overnight to go fight. The labor shortage was met by tremendous immigration of the poor blacks from the south. Then the war ended and all those soldiers came back home...

There may have been a lot of high wage jobs in Detroit at that time period, but it was far from a rich city.

Comment: Hacking hours (Score 1) 232

by pellik (#47026287) Attached to: Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up
I'd suggest if you want older geeks to keep up with new tech more then give them a later start in the morning. Most of my good hacking time for personal projects happens between 12am and 4am, and that's great when my work hours are somewhere around 10-5. When I need to be at work by 8 every day I find myself in bed by 11:30 or 12 every night, with a more limited ability to stay up late even when interested in a project.