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Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1082

by teg (#49733247) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Raising wages increases productivity, demonstrably so: http://www.raisetheminimumwage...

The main reason why raising the minimum wage increases productivity: When the labor cost increases, it becomes more important to use it efficiently - optimizing routines, buying tools and equipment and automating. This has worked very well in Northern Europe - if your business plan demands a salary too low to live on, go think up something else. Also, all your competitors have to pay the same wage - a crucial factor.

If you want to see the other side of the coin, look at third world countries - available capital and know-how is low. You will have large groups of people manually digging, carrying materials to the top of buildings etc.

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1) 529

by teg (#49708861) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

Having unprotected sex with no birth control does not imply there was a relationship to begin with. It is the culture or something that person just wants to do and decided to do

Education is also a heavy factor here. Having early and effective education with a focus on birth control - and making these available - is a lot more effective than sweeping this under the rug and teaching abstinence.

Comment: Re:Yeah that will work (Score 4, Interesting) 114

by teg (#49630901) Attached to: Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-Blocking

I'm not at all a web "programmer", so excuse my ignorance. How exactly would you reliably keep "such a bit of state" without cookies? I only see that happening by essentially putting the cookie, i.e. the session id, as a GET parameter. I hope that's not what you're thinking about because that's even more horrible than using a cookie.

You could add a parameter to the URL, specifying no cookies.

Comment: Re:Pot vs. Kettle (Score 1) 100

by teg (#49452261) Attached to: Microsoft: Feds Are 'Rewriting' the Law To Obtain Emails Overseas

Are you too young to understand why Microsoft earned the nickname : The Evil Empire? Or are you just completely uninformed and willing to sound like a fool? If this seems rude to you, it is because you know you have no idea what you're talking about.

Microsoft acquired that nickname because of nefarious business practices, not gathering and selling customers' private data.

Comment: Re:Pot vs. Kettle (Score 1) 100

by teg (#49452257) Attached to: Microsoft: Feds Are 'Rewriting' the Law To Obtain Emails Overseas

It's funny when Google, Apple or Microsoft complain about privacy issues.

Google, sure. But not Apple or Microsoft. For companies like Google and Facebook, you are the product and privacy is a roadblock they work around. Microsoft and Apple represents a different kind of company that wants you to buy actual products from them, and behave far better in this area. When customers desire privacy, these will try to sell you products that delivers this.

Comment: Re:Obligatory, #2: Laws of Physics (Score 1) 95

by teg (#49164693) Attached to: Ikea Unveils Furniture That Charges Your Smartphone Wirelessly

Palm Pre beat them all years ago. I dont understand why it has taken so long for everyone else to offer it.

Because until wireless charging actually is widely available, you can't just use a cable to charge your phone - you need an expensive cable with extra electronics to do so. Rather pointless, unless you want to go completely sealed for a water proof device. Until this happens, support for it in phones is a pointless gimmick. Ikea's move is one of the best things I've heard for the future of wireless charging.

Comment: Re:Helping Castro (Score 4, Informative) 166

by teg (#49064481) Attached to: Cubans Allowed To Export Software and Software Services To the US

I still think they are not as bad as some countries we consider allies

And who would that be? I can only think of North Korea, who are worse than Cuba...

Countries worse then Cuba? Most Arab allies is a good start. Cuba is a far better place to live than Saudi Arabia humans rights wise, to give one obvious example. The US has had close ties to countries and dictators far worse or equal to Cuba - historically, the US has supported some pretty bad dictators in Latin America.

Comment: Re: Science... Yah! (Score 1) 958

by teg (#48972399) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness


Unprocessed foods are not more expensive. They can't be. It's simple math and economics. Anything that is more ready made has more labor put into it. Like any outsourcing, it increases your costs. The middle man and all his little minions need to be paid.

People are just lazy and like to make up excuses.

Of course processed foods can be cheaper than processed foods. Processed foods can last longer, so you have less waste. More importantly, you add cheap fillers and don't need to use the best quality cuts. Companies can add 40-60% of cereals, fats, sugars, soy proteins, injected water etc. This decreases the cost of the finished product significantly.

That said, of course it's also part laziness. But price can also be factor for some.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 2) 161

by teg (#48592615) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

Real were not circumventing DRM. They ADDED iPod compatible DRM to the music they were selling, to keep the record labels happy. Apple didn't want Real to be able to sell iPod compatible DRM infested music.

It has nothing to do with circumventing DRM. Anyone with an audio cable could already do that.

Being able to do that without being licensed and thus having the proper keys and procedures would be a defect in the iPod software. If Real just wanted to put the music on the iPod, the iPod always support non-DRMed formats (mp3, AAC).

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 3, Insightful) 161

by teg (#48590119) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

'intended to block 100% of non-iTunes clients' [...] to improve iTunes, not curb competition.

In what universe does this statement make sense?

In the universe where you have DRM, being able to circumvent it is a defect and/or security hole. So why is someone fixing it a surprise?

Comment: Re:This game has issues with both nVidia and Win 8 (Score 1) 91

by teg (#48523839) Attached to: <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> Reviewed and Benchmarked

"The complexity was orders of magnitude less as well."

That is absolutely wrong.

There's your initial, modern way to do some ROM programming.

Bear in mind, these tools were not available back then. It was pure ASM and Hex Editing.

And ASM is anything BUT simple, sir.

Hacking a cartridge binary is not the same as developing the SW in the first place. E.g. testing "Super Mario" on an early Nintendo system is orders of magnitude simpler than testing an open world game like GTA V or Assasins Creed: Unity across all the supported platforms, especially PC.

Comment: Re:This game has issues with both nVidia and Win 8 (Score 1) 91

by teg (#48520459) Attached to: <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> Reviewed and Benchmarked

"Yeah, there are some technical problems, but that happens with any launch."

I don't recall that happening very often at all back in the days of cartridge-based games. You know, when the silicon was too expensive to waste with buggy code.

Too bad things aren't similarly expensive, now. The big game companies would be forced to do serious QA for once.

The complexity was orders of magnitude less as well. And PC games in the 90s, with a much larger variety of sound and graphics hardware, were definitely not bug free on all hardware.

Comment: Re:What I think would be most useful (Score 1) 471

by teg (#47873593) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

The things that I can currently think of that I'd use a smartwatch for - 1) GPS / pedometer for running 2) music (without the need for a phone) while working out 3) discreetly checking notifications during meetings 4) navigation when riding a bike / motorcycle. I realize not everyone would value these and will say "JUST USE YOUR PHONE!", but for a $200 - $250 smart watch, I'd definitely drop down the money for these apps.

For running, the Apple Watch seems to add a heart rate sensor. Heart rate zone, timing for intervals etc could be very useful. I've already got a Polar V800 for this, but for many others this would be a great feature.

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