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Comment: Re:Holy cow, a decent idea! (Score 1) 597

by user317 (#46246647) Attached to: Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

> I agree, this is a horrible idea. The rate of students actually graduating in 4 years is already low, it will just go down as soon as students are attending for "free". There might be some minor improvement if there were a competitive process and only the students who gave a crap about their education would qualify. But this notion that every slacker has a "right" to attend and fart around for six years is a disaster. When I went to graduate school, anyone could tell, with a high degree of accuracy, which students were paying their own way and which were not. The ones paying for it were the ones who worked hard and tried to get something out of even the easy classes. The other just wasted everyone's time. A couple times I had to get one of the latter removed from my team projects since they weren't worth anything.

I think its a self correcting problem. I am assuming that the tax is going to the selected University, not some general fund. Universities have limited space, they would compete for the corp of students who would have the highest income to generate the highest return for education. Kids that want to fart around for 4 years would actually have a tougher time, since their income prospects are going to be rather limited.

This might actually align the schools interests with the students ability to graduate and get a job that justifies the costs of going to school, who knows, maybe the kids would learn something useful. Right now that decision is entirely in the hands of an 18 year old who is taking on a financial burden of an amount of they have absolutely no way of comprehending.

My costs of education were roughly 1.5% of my income for 10 years (woot woot Computer Science), so it would have been an overall crappier deal for me. But when I was graduating at 2003 a 40k loan seemed like an insane amount of money to me, had I just been on the hook for a 3% of my income I would have probably tried to start my own company or joined a barebones startup instead of getting a job (which has been awesome for the last 10 years).

Comment: Re:It is far, far better ... (Score 3, Interesting) 255

by user317 (#46191493) Attached to: Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

So let me be the devils advocate here,

The argument is that if India does this the rest will follow and then the companies will not be able to make up their research costs to facilitate the development of new drugs, since the current batch of drugs was researched with the expectation of selling them worldwide.

If pharmaceutical companies are making that much money, why doesn't India create their own state or private pharmaceutical companies (or buy a stake in Pfizer) and use the profits to pay for local drugs? India has an enormous pool of talented researchers and a big enough budget to accomplish this. As they argue, the profits are so large then there is no way they could lose money. That would be a win win for everyone.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 1216

by user317 (#45504139) Attached to: Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

> There's no direct linear correlation between compensation and performance. Anything but, considering that some people rake in more for failure than most of us will receive in a lifetime of success.

Well compare nokia vs blackberry. Both ended up on the shit end of the smartphone market, but nokia hired a microsoft exec to prepare it for a sale and we see a large payoff to the CEO and the majority shareholders compared to blackberry compared to blackberry The difference Elops connection to microsoft is a difference in Many Billions of dollars to the majority shareholders, so his 50m dollar bonus is a tiny drop.

But as a small retail investor I feel screwed. I wasn't sold a back room deal that I could use to hedge against shorting blackberry. I was sold nokia's great technology and a smartphone comeback that would put it back in a competitive position with apple and google What do i care if i lost 2k or 4k, I want my CEO to fight to the death to keep the business going instead of making back room deals and stripping the company. I can't imagine what the employees feel.

If you really want to make CEOs sweat, how about making it easy for employees to leave and start competing companies? Like healthcare and cheap small business loans to industry professionals. It would force companies to value their experienced employees, pay them more, treat them better and much less likely to offshore.

Comment: Re:What purpose does HFT serve? (Score 1) 321

by user317 (#45166843) Attached to: Barbarians At the Gateways

> Somehow, to me this just looks like it is the most blatant proof that the whole stock trade has become a self serving gambling place without any connection to reality and economy anymore. It used to serve the purpose of accumulating money for projects larger than what any single person or even government could finance. Today, it is just a self serving leech on our economy.

It lowers the spreads and eliminates arbitrage, and that reduces transaction costs for every trade, which is a much much much larger volume than what HFTs take in. HFT's take a slice of any arbitrage opportunity available, so we see a price thats closer to the optimal. Arbitrage is bad, it means that there is a price difference between the same thing in two different markets, as in i just bought a tv at costco only to find it 20% less at walmart across the street. If we had HFT's for retail those price differences wouldn't exist and i could buy a product anywhere and know that i got the lowest price possible. The good thing is that there is nothing to worry about. HFTs compete to the death for every arbitrage opportunity, so they quickly disappear.

Comment: Re:qualcomm is right (Score 1) 526

by user317 (#44460955) Attached to: Qualcomm Says Eight-Core Processors Are Dumb

> it really just looks like Qualcomm is trying to spin their business decision (to not do eight-core chips, probably because they don't think they can compete) to their investors as cost-saving for their customers.

its more they other way. They are calling out MediaTeks 8 core hype. the 8 core chip is 4 A15 and 4 A7 cores, and you can run only 2 of the A15 at the same time (may be able to burst all 4 for a second) or the chip will overheat, and a7 is basically the chip you had in your feature phone 5 years ago. Qualcomm's chips run each core at variable voltage, so all of the cores can be on at any time at different voltages.

Comment: Re:Miranda (Score 2) 768

by user317 (#43940545) Attached to: Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

I think the OP is assuming that the set of criminal statues is small and they are concretely defined. Just California has over 34000 intentionally ambiguos statues in its penal code. So there is absolutely no way for a common citizen to live a life that doesn't violate a single one of those statues. Given that we are all guilty of something, the Fifth amendment benefits all of us :).

Comment: Re:Had to be said (Score 1) 332

by user317 (#41456343) Attached to: Tesla Reveals Charging Station Sites In 3 US States

> When electric cars make sense by the numbers, when they are overall cheaper than their fossil fueled counterparts, they will be built and bought by the millions and charging stations will show up everywhere. Until then, the totally electric car will be a fringe market limited to the rich and hobbyist. I expect that Tesla's will continue to be hugely expensive toys, and not much more than that, for a LONG time yet.

I have a feeling that without enormous government intervention electrics will never be viable. Increases in fuel efficiency in cars decreases demand for gas and lowers its price, which decreases incentives for further improvements in feul efficiency. So unless there is a really huge technological breakthrough in batteries, or a big government commitment i think electrics will remain just 10 years out of reach.

But Elon is crazy enough to put giant pilons all over the country (http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25691610), so who knowns.

full disclosure, I got a chance to drive a performance model S, and its f**king awesome. the dash is awesome, the interior is awesome, the handling is awesome, the insane acceleration (sub 5 seconds to 60), but its definitely a 90k luxury car.

Comment: Re:Excellent decision (Score 2) 2416

by user317 (#40484081) Attached to: Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

At least the ACA forces private health insurance companies to spend 85% of the premiums they receive on health care and limits overhead to 15%. A lot of people received rebates from their insurers this year because of that provision.

profit == 0.15*X, hmm, how do i increase X? i think the worst part of this bill is that everyone involved has the incentive to increase the amount of health care provided.

Comment: whats a power user? (Score 1) 798

by user317 (#37902714) Attached to: Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?
i use it with unity2d + xmonad. but chromium is the only non terminal application that i use. I mostly use vim, make and a collection of compilers and debuggers, so i am not sure i am a "power user". I do really like the fact that all my hardware just works, it installs missing plugins and codecs. Ubuntu One is a pretty simple way to make sure you have the same .*rc files across all your machines :). I know I can do this with other tools on other distros, but the whole draw of ubuntu to for is that basically everything is preconfigured and ready to go without me having to do my own administration. I've used and loved Gentoo for 8 years, and it was a lot of fun to be completely in control of every aspect of my workstation, but I just stopped caring less about the machine i am working on and more about the code i am writing. What i would love see them do is more default cloud integration, like making sure that anything you install on one machine is available on all your instances, remote desktop access/vpn for all your machines etc...

Comment: Re:LGPL Rules! (Score 2) 215

by user317 (#36100140) Attached to: With regard to software licensing ...
i always found the "linking" part arbitrary. I can interface with a gpl program over a browser, and thats considered a service that i am providing to someone, so not a derivative work, even though it could easily be a programmable api over http.

I think open software licenses should be more fine grained, and specify what "interfaces" to the work are ok to leverage without your work being considered derivative. so a library can specify the api's that it exports, a program can specify its inputs and outputs as non derivative, etc...

Comment: Re:xinerama and xrandr (Score 1) 460

by user317 (#30942146) Attached to: 2 Displays and 2 Workspaces With Linux and X?

If its using the same X session (the same user login), then this is possible. I have 2 monitors, both running 2 different "deskstops". The wm lets me switch workspaces on each one seperatly. xmonad so does enlightenment 17. I bet there are a few more wms that can do this as well, those are just the two that i've tried.

BTW, i can't believe this made it to the front page, its really a question that just belongs to your favorite distro's forums. Since we are on the topic, does anyone know how to get printers working in linux :)?

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