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Comment: Re:This will only buy a little time (Score 1) 778

by romons (#47536089) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Automation and/or skyrocketing inequality will soon bring capitalism as we know it today crashing down. This is just sticking your finger in the dam.

The only way forward that doesn't involve revolution and bloodshed starts with mincome.

I wanna be a rider of the purple wage.

Comment: Re:But its cooler here... (Score 1) 552

by romons (#47471629) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

I'm always amazed at how many people that outright reject Rush Limbaugh still listen to his show.

I tried listening to his show in 2003* at one point. After a few minutes, I was literally yelling at my radio. Never again...

* I know it was 2003, because it happened while I was driving to a job I particularly hated, that forced me to drive in during rush hour. I quit in mid 2003, after 4 months.

Comment: Re:Counter-notice! (Score 1) 349

by romons (#47391059) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

What fine tuning?

"My name is X, and legal service may be made to Y. Acting on behalf of the information identified at Z I assert under penalty of perjury my belief that the material does not infringe a copyright as claimed. I request and require that the material be restored until such time as any dispute regarding infringement is resolved at law. I respectfully remind you that only timely compliance with this put-back notice absolves you of liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act."

That's it. That's all you say. Nothing more. Nothing less. You don't have to justify yourself. In fact, you SHOULDN'T justify yourself -- that just gives the bastards ammo. Your rights convey from the bare assertion. Let the bastards drag any justification out of your lawyer if they dare.

So, they took down the sources for cyanogenmod. Do you have any idea what you would be claiming is not patented by them if you sent this little note? They could sue you for damages.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 133

by romons (#47390367) Attached to: Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

51 of the 53 Dixicrats went back to the DNC, the GOP got 1 and a few years later got a second one. Notable ones sticking with the DNC are Robert Byrd, who personally ran a filibuster the Civil Rights act, and Al Gore Sr. Byrd was celebrated as a hero of the DNC a few years ago when he finally died.

So we have 96% of the racist Dixicrats going to the DNC, and 4% going to the GOP. In order to make your point you had to outright lie, but you just got called out on it.

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Comment: Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (Score 1) 272

by romons (#47385221) Attached to: Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

Cisco made me sign a 'MUST COMPETE" clause when I took their retirement package. They gave me a year's salary, 2 years of health care, and said I couldn't come back, or work for a contractor on cisco contracts for 2 years. So, in order to work, I had to work for a competitor.

Very clever of them. They offered that to every employee over 50 that had 5 years or more of service, other than 'distinguished engineers', who were deemed indispensable. So, much of their intellectual property (such as it is) was transferred to their competitors.

I started getting calls from prior managers the week the 2 year time limit was over. Not a bad paid vacation, hey?

Comment: Re: Did the editor know...this is Google/Android t (Score 1) 242

by romons (#47373953) Attached to: Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

Actually, the type of tumor Jobs had is typically survivable, at least according to a harvard medical school researcher. I was also going to state that he lived longer than most people with pancreatic cancer, but found out that he didn't have adenocarcinoma, which is the bad kind. He probably could have lived.

He tried to outsmart his cancer. Once he gave in, he did go to great lengths to survive, since he had a whipple procedure, a liver transplant, had his cancer sequenced, and got targeted chemotherapy.

Comment: Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (Score 1) 1330

by romons (#47373643) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

it is to our advantage to pay for their contraception. then, we won't have to pay for their unwanted children, and they won't be saddled with a kid they don't want and can't take care of.

Actually, the government already pays for contraception for church workers. They are going to step up and pay for it here too, I suspect. That means YOU are going to pay for it, instead of the hobby brothers.

Comment: Re:Repeat after me... (Score 1) 534

It is their property. They have a right to sell sandwiches. The NASA budget these days means they probably pay the security guard's salary out of the proceeds of those sandwiches. So, he has a vested interest in making sure you don't smuggle in your own food.

Actually, the thing I hate is when they make me leave my 'tinker' swiss army knife behind. The thing is so dull it'll only strip wires, but I guess you never know. Watch out! Fat bald guy with a tiny pocket knife! It was on my keychain until I got sick of having to walk back to the car. Now, of course, I never have a knife when I need one.

Comment: Re:They're infringing my Second-Amendment drone ri (Score 1) 268

by romons (#47346459) Attached to: That Toy Is Now a Drone

A few years ago, there were a couple of black guys who evaded capture for weeks after killing people with sniper rifles at target stores on the east coast. DWB is a well-known cop attractant.

If Iran really wanted to mess with the US, they could dispatch 100 teams of well spoken/well dressed people to hang out around walmarts and freeway overpasses. These hitmen wouldn't even need to bring their own weapons. They could get better ones here at gun shows and by mail order. It would stop commerce completely, tank our 'financial markets', and cause mass chaos.

Add a few dozen really big fertilizer bombs, and 20 bizjets flown into high value targets like the white house, congress, and the various stock exchanges, and our government would be effectively brought to its knees.

Given that, flying my parrot drone around the neighborhood seems unlikely to be a bother.

Comment: Re:I used to be an engineer. I worked for Motorola (Score 1) 370

by romons (#47302977) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry
I used to have a doctor who, rather than actually examining me, would quiz me about software engineering. That was all he was interested in. He eventually left Kaiser to start a small programming business. So, I guess it goes the other way as well. He wasn't very good at being a doctor. This was the late 80s, so he is probably a billionaire venture capitalist by now.

Comment: Re:your link says 1.3%. That's HUGE! 80%, on the o (Score 1) 281

by romons (#47278399) Attached to: Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

I don't want to be a dick here, since we are clearly on the same side of most of this. However, you can't really call a decrease in government employment an increase because the private sector lost more jobs. That is faulty logic. In addition, during the sort of recession we've been through, you WANT to spend more government dollars to promote demand. The fact that government spending has gone down for the last 4 years (as a percent of GDP) is due to misguided nonsense like saying that government employment and private employment are a zero sum game. Not even close to being true.

I am really just pointing out that government is already pretty efficient. You claim to work in an agency that is really efficient, but you say that it isn't as efficient as any business. You probably haven't worked in business much. I've worked in various large, successful computer companies over the years (cisco and apple spring to mind. Cisco in particular is 'known' for being cheap), and they are all incredibly inefficient, starting projects and then canning them, buying lots of crap they don't need when they are having a good year, running parallel development efforts, and laying off whole teams they will just need to rebuild in a year. Other things include buying shit nobody needs because "if you don't use up your budget, they will cut it next year". At cisco, there are about 20 labs, each of which have thousands of routers for 'testing and development'. In my racks, at least 80% of the machines were powered on and unused most of the time. This was true of most of the other racks. The power waste must have been 10s of millions of dollars per year, with equivalent air conditioning costs. Nobody cared.

I get what you are saying about government, and not wanting it to be efficient, but that is wrong. Government is obviously not a business (which is why business guys like Bush and Cheney don't really understand it;) it has different goals. However, given a mandate and resources, it should effectively fulfill that mandate using the least amount of resources possible. Serving the most people with the given resources is a matter of pride for many in government (state government, and I suspect federal government.)

The post office won't ever make a profit, but, as you say, that isn't its purpose.

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