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Comment: Re:Unless the plant is surrounded in a glass dome. (Score 1) 78

If someone were so morally bankrupt enough to create a drone army to infiltrate certain gaps and structural weaknesses in the plant and detonate significant payload to disrupt cooling/power/containment, surrounding area is going to be uninhabitable for a looong time.

Time for plants to consider netting, maybe? If it would help at all? Perhaps reinforce areas so that drones can't easily fly into them?

I'd think, a combination of automatic RF and laser countermeasures. It might actually be fun to design.

Comment: charging your watch nightly (Score 1) 382

by roc97007 (#48272341) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

> Will millions of people really want to charge and fuss with their watch at least once a day?

I can't speak for everyone else, but I vote a decisive no. I already have a stupid company-issued phone with a non-swappable battery that I have to charge every night, and occasionally during the day if I use it a lot. I tell ya, I long for the days when a pager would run for weeks on a single AA battery. The thought of having a second device that needs that level of care and feeding is frankly revolting.

Comment: Re:Time for Solidarity? (Score 2) 272

by roc97007 (#48261585) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

That's literally the definition of a union, though.

I mean, more effective unions have mandatory membership, but a union itself is literally a group of employees in a field banding together to protecting their common interests.

Yes, I would call that the classic definition of a union. A bit different than the organizations that call themselves unions now.

Comment: Re:Time for Solidarity? (Score 1) 272

by roc97007 (#48261575) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

It's time to organize the world's programmers and make it clear to business that we won't tolerate this treatment any longer. It doesn't matter if we form a union or not as long as we band together to protect our common interests as programmers.

I'm tempted to say that's a first world view. It's a lofty ideal, and might work if the playing field were more level, but when you're incorporating programmers from third world countries, who are looking forward to a subsistence wage in some craphole, it's hard to tell them to go on strike. These people are looking forward to 70 hour weeks (I've seen this, with H-1B workers locally) at lower-middle-class wages, as something that's *still* one hell of a lot better than they came from.

I suspect that attempts to organize will be taken as first worlders trying to save their overly-cushy jobs.

Comment: Re:Unfortunate... (Score 1) 236

by roc97007 (#48255591) Attached to: OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I don't discount your experiences. There are different kinds of people, with different work methods, and that's why there are different products.

Running Adobe CS in a virtual instance should be possible, but would require a lot more studly hardware than I have presently. And I suspect it doesn't really solve the problem, which is having to deal with Windows. You're still having to do that, but arguably only for the apps that necessitate it, which admittedly may be an improvement.

Maybe I could get used to Windows 8. I started PCs with DOS [1] and had to deal with every single desktop version (except for Windows on Alpha) and many of the server versions that Microsoft has crapped out since then. If there was absolutely no other choice, I could learn to deal with Windows 8. But the point is, there are other choices. (Although I cringe at the thought of buying a Mac...) At some point the madness has got to stop. I just want to get my work done. I don't want to be an OS geek.

[1] I actually started *computers* with 4.1 BSD, then SunOS, and didn't switch to a PC until the eighties.

If a camel is a horse designed by a committee, then a consensus forecast is a camel's behind. -- Edgar R. Fiedler