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Comment: Re:Keyboards (Score 3, Insightful) 187

by pspahn (#47526225) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

I don't think it has anything to do with being "remotely managed" but rather the simple fact that a tablet and a laptop are still two different tools.

I think people are starting to understand that using a tablet isn't just "using a computer with a touch screen." It's an entirely different experience, one that is probably better suited for certain tasks that rely on organic movement. Gaming happens to be one of those tasks but certainly not the only. Music and art are others.

A chromebook is a cheap and crippled laptop, basically, but it beats the heck out of any tablet for typing which pretty much anyone would agree, at least as of now.

So I guess if you're seeing a controversy between people clamoring for one item over the other, a reasonable conclusion to draw would be that one person thinks one type of education is better than another.

Comment: Re:Coming to a plane journey (Score 2) 161

by pspahn (#47523757) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

All this.

This is why Ebola is dangerous. It doesn't matter how long it takes for someone to go from "sick" to "dead", as once they get sick, they probably won't be traveling. On the other hand, you have three weeks of incubation to traipse around the world and get somewhere quite distant from the original vector, then get sick, and now all of a sudden you have a handful of cases in Toronto followed by a handful of cases three weeks later in Mexico City ... and so on.

Comment: Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (Score 1) 128

by pspahn (#47450117) Attached to: With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

I was fishing last week, and took some time to observe the fish behavior, as the water was especially clear and the ecosystem was especially healthy.

Something I noticed almost immediately was that the largest fish were swimming near the shore. I've seen this before, but in this case there were no small fry near the banks. It was only the large adults. Out toward the center of the lake was where you were seeing smaller fish rise to food on the surface. In the case of this small mountain lake, the prime locations for what these trout need (food and cover, mostly) happened to be near the banks while the less prime locations were out in the middle.

As they say, big fish eat small fish, and if those small fish want an opportunity to cruise a better location, they will have to fight for it.

The battle for food and shelter/protection is not something we only see in humans fighting wars. The vast majority of animal species on this planet spend the entire length of their lives in a constant battle for food and shelter.

Comment: Re:Github Followers (Score 1) 285

by pspahn (#47407907) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

Funny you mention that. I was just looking over some gigs on Craigslist. I clicked an ad for a "Magento/Joomla Developer" and the first thing they list in the requirements is, "Strong Project Management Abilities".

I sort of feel like emailing them so I can ask why they want their developer to also be the project manager ... it's a rhetorical question since the ad is for a "boutique ad agency".

Comment: Re:Threats? (Score 3, Insightful) 273

I am utterly confused about that whole statement. Uber is worth more than Sony? People getting knocked out? I'm not sure what we're talking about right now.

I sort of get what the article is about based on the summary, but it is not appealing enough to warrant clicking on something (I have no idea where that link has been) that would explain the confusing summary.

Comment: Re:Faggy GUI effects? (Score 2) 186

by pspahn (#47259079) Attached to: 4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

... clear giant work area for multiple windows.

All this.

There are way too many applications I use that fail to do anything useful for multi-monitor setups. There's a few useful features like being able to resize window panels to customize my view better, but I want to be able to tear panels off and put them on a different monitor. To me, that is so vastly more important than just increasing resolution.

I currently use two monitors. One in landscape and one in portrait and I use them exactly how you'd expect, documents on the portrait screen, video/games/etc on the landscape screen. If I use Photoshop, it's great because I can use the landscape screen for the image and the portrait screen can hold all of my panels ... nice and out of the way. Unfortunately, this is one of the few suites that supports these tear-off panels. I have yet to find an IDE/coding environment that makes me happy in this regard (while also making me happy in others). If I could stand to use Eclipse, I would ... I just absolutely loathe it.

Comment: Re:hahaha! (Score 1) 932

by pspahn (#47218211) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Drug violence, caused by its illegality, is the primary cause of the children trying to get across the border. Legalize drugs and take the violence out of them.

Not only that, but consider that criminals in Colorado (and I'm sure Washington as well, but I can't speak for that) still consider marijuana an illicit substance worthy of criminal acts to attain and sell. We used to have the street folk in Denver hustling pot. That was their income. Now, nobody buys pot from the thugs on Colfax, because they can just go into a store and buy it. As a result, that guy on the corner of Colfax and Logan that always relied on drugs to put some food in his mouth now has to resort to other means.

What is he experienced with and what does he know? Drugs. Instead of hustling on the corner, though, now he is looking at maybe robbing a dispensary ... because hey! All that pot is worth a lot of money!

We're coming full circle here soon. I enjoy having pot be legal. What I don't enjoy is the nonsense of "legalization will reduce crime." That's just not so, since those criminals still view drugs as their choice of income and will commit the same (or potentially worse) crimes in the name of drugs. However, with enough time, the "Invisible Hand" will make its way to illicit pot dealers and they will find their market is dried up.

Now, had it never been illegal in the first place, I'm guessing we wouldn't be seeing this problem to the extent we have. It's just that the goal of reducing crime by legalizing drugs is going to take long enough to have an effect that it shouldn't be what we consider the main point of drug legalization. Our children's children will see the benefit of reduced crime from legalization, but we certainly won't. Criminals have relied on illegal drugs for so long that they are not willing to accept legalization at face value. To them, it's still the profitable item they have always dealt and they will continue the same criminal acts to attain it as they have in the past.

Comment: Re:hahaha! (Score 1) 932

by pspahn (#47217057) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

So if you get cheaper prices, violating the law is okay? What laws are okay to break? Immigration, shoplifting, burglary, insider trading, bribery? Do you get to decide which ones? Perhaps any, if it benefits you.

What's with all the questions, bro? You said you wanted to triple the cost of illegal workers which will result in much higher food prices. I never said anything about breaking the law. You simply mentioned that you wanted the labor cost to triple.

My wife and I own a (mostly livestock) farm. Everybody here (all legal) earns above minimum wage (currently $9.10) after one month ...

That's good. My family also owns a farm, though we are retail facing and only deal with plants. It's been in business for over 35 years and has always paid a fair wage for legal labor. Heck, we even (until just a few years ago during the '08 debacle) paid double time on Sundays. Yeah, that's right. We'd be open for six hours on Sunday and workers would be paid for 12. I'm curious how many employees you have. We have fluctuated between 20 in the winter to over 50 in the summer. Even with that many employees, it has always been manageable paying them a fair wage. Of course, it doesn't hurt that many of them are former illegals and that they are willing to perform the exhausting labor we require. In fact, the only white kids that have ever worked in the fields are myself and my brother (while at the same time being paid less than half what other workers were making). Nobody (outside of FFA circles) is going to send their kid to perform backbreaking labor in 100 degree sunshine all summer for minimum wage (or, in our case, less than minimum wage).

Of course, your small organic farm and my family's small retail nursery have very little to do with large food production farms that employ hundreds, if not thousands, with the goal of putting food on everyone's plate at a reasonable price. You ask me if violating the law is okay if the end result is cheaper prices. I'll humor you in that I'd believe that yes, it is okay if the circumstances warrant it. If the alternative is food that costs thrice what it does currently and the laborers that process that food can't even afford to buy it, then I'm all for violating the law. Not everyone is able to afford the luxury food items you're producing and I'm guessing there aren't too many people in the same wage bracket as your employees that are able to afford your products.

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