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Comment: Re:No more broken iPhones.. (Score 1) 117

by tompaulco (#48444875) Attached to: Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

"UP TO two times tougher than competitive glass" "survives drops UP TO 80 percent of the time"

Just meaningless weasel words.

It's not meaningless at all. It means exactly what it says: The glass is somewhere between negative infinity times and 2 times tougher than competitive glass. And it survives drops somewhere between 0 percent and 80 percent of the time.
So be sure and take those figures into consideration when considering buying the product.

Comment: Re:Square? No Thanks (Score 1) 272

by tompaulco (#48443559) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio
That is certainly possible with some software. On other software, it is not so easy. For example, the latest Microsoft Office seems bound and determined to waste screen space, and in particular to waste it in a horizontal fashion. The big issue with office and other products lately is they want you to have a "unified view across platforms". This means, that since phones have such tiny screens and have to have huge ugly buttons and giant fonts to be remotely useful, now your desktop has to have huge ugly screen wasting buttons and giant fonts as well. It used to take 5 times as long to perform a task on a phone versus a tablet because of the limitations of working on a small screen with limited input options. They have rectified this problem by making it take just as long on a desktop computer as it does on a phone.
Back in the 90s our company first got 17" desktop monitors. The size and resolution allowed us to work efficiently and without need of more screen real estate even in a single monitor system. Now, we have dual monitors, one of which is usually 24" or larger, and there is not enough screen real estate. This is due to application real estate bloat and waste.

Comment: Re:UPS (Score 1) 148

by tompaulco (#48440519) Attached to: What is your computer most often plugged into?
I have had similar experience. Not only do the batteries wear out down to zero in about a year, but several of the ones I have had have failed to provider proper power to the computer even with the power up, resulting in my computers unexpectedly going offline during normal operations. I have had everything from the little bricks to 4U rack units and it just ends up being cheaper to back up your data offsite and buy new equipment if the built in PSU somehow lets a surge through. In most cases, the PSU absorbs the blow and that is all you end up having to buy.

Comment: Re:Helium shortage, US govt effed-up (Score 1) 112

At least Helium is something that the U.S. has a natural resource that somebody else wants.
I doubt the Arab nations are as freaked out about depleting their oil as we are about depleting our helium.
This kind of reminds me about a time at work where we had 20 terabytes on a SAN, most of which was unused. One of my projects was using about 300 GB on the SAN and IT was freaking out about it. "The storage costs $10,000 per terabyte!". My thinking is that it costs $10,000 per terabyte to leave it sitting there unused as well. What did we buy the system for if we are not going to let people use it?

Comment: Re:Listen to Yoda (Score 0) 102

Exactly. In English, "Swap Foo for Bar" means you start with Foo and replace it with Bar.

Which English? When I see "Swap Foo for Bar" that means wherever I see Bar, I replace it with Foo.
When I see "Swap Foo with Bar" that means wherever I see Foo, I replace it with Bar.

Comment: Re:Bullshit Stats. (Score 1) 482

by tompaulco (#48428417) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines
In other words, it works for commodities. It doesn't work for cell phone contracts, software licenses, utility companies, etc because they are not commodities. You can't turn around and choose from 100 different cell phone plans because you don't like the one offered. There are maybe 10 to choose from and they all have colluded to offer the same anti-consumer clauses.
Employees are also individuals. You can't just say a Software Engineer is worth $75k, take it or leave it. No two Software Engineers are alike, and they should be paid according to their contribution to the company, not according to a standard wage. If there is no benefit to outperforming, then the trend will lead to performing just enough to not get fired, if I may borrow from "Office Space".

Comment: Re:But ... But ... But ... (Score 1) 493

by tompaulco (#48425403) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

The solar panels are "green" technology.

I heard through the grapevine that the solar panels narrowly beat out using wind power but they were worried about the wind encountered at such high velocities and the possibility of killing birds.

And the landing didn't work because the regenerative braking failed.

Comment: Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (Score 1) 493

by tompaulco (#48425365) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Er you mean logical and obviously superior?

It would be superior, but not logical. Using a nuke would have doubled the cost of the mission, due to handling costs and higher payload mass. Since the ESA has a fixed budget, doubling the cost means half as many missions. Rather than a few expensive "superior" probes, it is better to launch more missions, and live with the fact that some of them will fail.

Ah, so it is like an IT project, where you need X amount of computing power, and request it, management gives you half of X and you go ahead and try to make the project work anyway, and it will fail and the company will be out the money and have no project. And you get fired and everybody on the internet says "why didn't he use X instead. Everybody knows it takes X to make that work."

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