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Comment Which is why it's a bad idea... (Score 1) 169

Well, it depends on the work I suppose. If you can land a long-term gig as an independent contractor then yes, you can ratchet your rate expectations down a bit. But if the jobs you are taking are piecemeal? Then needing to bill at around triple what you'd earn as a regular full-time employee is about right. Somebody working in fits and starts has to cover:
- Benefits
- Downtime
- Payroll taxes
- Liability Insurance
- Overhead (i.e. travel, legal bills, things an employer might reimburse you for, like your cell phone)
- Non-billable labor (time spent doing all those mundane tasks you would foist off to corporate functions (i.e. billing, accounting, marketing, etc.)

What? You can't get anybody to pay it? Well you are almost certainly earning less than an employee doing the same job would be.

Comment Still in use today in general aviation (Score 1) 220

While the "slip stick" is no longer used pretty much anywhere, any amateur pilot will be able to quickly demonstrate his E6-B Flight Computer. The proper use of this device is mandatory to obtain a pilot's license, and it's actually a pretty decent way to perform a lot of quick, yet otherwise-complex calculations for fuel burn, wind drift, en-route time, etc.

In commercial aviation, they've been replaced by flight-planning software and more sophisticated avionics and navigation systems, but they are still in wide use for people flying "personal" aircraft.

Comment But is it 12 percent of a plan? (Score 1) 188

Peter Quill: I have a plan.
Rocket Raccoon: You've got a plan? Okay, first of all, you're copying me from when I said I had a plan.
Peter Quill: I'm not copying you, I have a plan, that's not that unique of a thing to say.
Rocket Raccoon: And secondly, I don't think you even have a plan.
Peter Quill: I have part of a plan.
Drax the Destroyer: What percentage of a plan do you have?
Gamora: You don't get to ask questions after the nonsense you pulled on Knowhere!
Drax the Destroyer: I just saved Quill!
Peter Quill: We've already established that you destroying the ship I'm on is not saving me!
Drax the Destroyer: When did we establish that?
Peter Quill: Like three seconds ago!
Drax the Destroyer: Well I wasn't listening then, I was thinking of something else...
Rocket Raccoon: She's right, you don't get an opinion... What percentage?
Peter Quill: I dunno... Twelve percent?
Rocket Raccoon: Twelve percent?
[starts laughing]
Peter Quill: That's a fake laugh.
Rocket Raccoon: It's real!
Peter Quill: Totally fake!
Rocket Raccoon: That is the most real, authentic, hysterical laugh of my entire life because THAT IS NOT A PLAN!
Gamora: It's barely a concept.
Peter Quill: [to Gamora] You're taking their side?
Groot: I am Groot.
Rocket Raccoon: So what, "It's better than eleven percent!" What the hell does that have to do with anything?

Comment Good point... (Score 2) 150

Full encryption does nobody any good if the OS, as deployed, is so full of holes that the encryption isn't much of an impediment to gaining full access to everything on the device.

I'm pretty sure that neither Android nor iOS is a true bar to getting at what's on your phone (iOS almost certainly has plenty of exploitable bugs your tax dollars have discovered or paid for information on), though it might not be information that's going to be admissible in a trial.

Comment Who cares about the e-reader market? (Score 1) 200

I don't see why we should care about the "e-reader" market; the market for e-books themselves is far more important. The sales are still growing, if not as quickly as they were.

(Also, despite all the ribbing Amazon gets for them, the "Special Offers" aren't the least bit intrusive. They appear on the "sleep" screen and about the bottom 1/3" of the Home screen. They are not visible when you are actually reading, which is what most people spend the most time doing.)

Comment A single line? ROTFLOL! (Score 1) 618

I'm pretty sure it takes more than one line of code to (sneakily) check for an emissions test, and a whole lot more lines to implement said cheaty-mode.

The reports so far seem to indicate that they looked for an OBD connection, atmospheric pressure and temperature at a certain level (specified in the test protocol), the steering wheel not moving (because the car's on rollers), the engine being run at certain speeds (to keep somebody from spotting it during a dyno test at a tuner shop.)

That would be one heck of a line...

Comment Step 1: Ask for (and get) a raise or quit (Score 1) 158

You were brought on as Linux SysAdmin; you now know that the job is nothing of the sort, and getting things up to speed will require massive investments in technology, personnel, and many sleepless nights on your part, should you choose to perform this task.

If you want to do this at all (and it sounds like you do), you need to demand a raise and quit if you don't get it.

Comment You understand incorrectly (Score 1) 414

Steve Jobs' cancer was more amenable to treatment, meaning you get to live for several years after diagnosis instead of several months. Which is exactly what happened. (In fact, since he lived more than five years after diagnosis, technically he was a cancer "survivor" by most metrics.)

Certainly the quackery he tried prior to actual medicine didn't help things, and it's entirely possible (even probable) his lifespan would have been extended at least somewhat further with real treatment, it was never "easily" treated.

Comment I didn't say it would end well (Score 1) 381

No, the local warlords would totally not be OK with just handing over land. But I'm sure both the local population and the world at large would be perfectly fine with it if Libertopia was as great as libertarians claim it would be; it would certainly be an improvement over the current state of affairs, which is essentially anarchy.

According to libertarian doctrine apparently the citizens will band together effectively to defend their newly-claimed territory, and this defense will somehow magically occur with a tax base near zero, because an all-volunteer force will be both well-equipped and well-organized, even with nobody on the hook to actually pay for any of it.

Yes, they would totally encounter some sort of outside force (and probably inside forces) that would try to destroy the fledgling nation. Defending your borders and providing for internal security is what makes a nation a nation; it's kind of silly for libertarians to argue that their ideas would work great if only they didn't need to do those things. Yeah, and communism would work great if only people would produce what was needed with no incentive to do so. And fascism would work wonderfully as long as it could be ensured that no raving lunatics could take charge, etc.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.