Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:suckers (Score 1) 122

by whoever57 (#49794663) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion

In addition to being expensive as hell, the new HFA inhalers SUCK.

Buy them in Asia. A couple of years ago, I bought some Ventolin inhalers in India for the equivalent of $2 each. No prescription required.

Also, be aware that the active ingredients in inhalers run out before the propellant does. Unless you count uses, you may just be getting a lungfull of propellant only.

Comment: Re:suckers (Score 2) 122

by whoever57 (#49788481) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion

Obviously the CFC industry wasn't as big and powerful as the fossil fuels industries, didn't spend enough money obfuscating the issues, ....

Nonsense. The producers of CFCs realized that there was more money to be made in producing (and patenting) the replacements. As an example, look at the price of an Albuterol inhaler. Or think about the cost of recharging an A/C system in comparison to the cost before Freon was banned.

Comment: Nokia phones did this years ago. (Score 2) 244

by whoever57 (#49782159) Attached to: A Text Message Can Crash An iPhone and Force It To Reboot

Years ago, I had a number of Nokia flip phones. I also converted emails to text messages and sent them to the phone (actually, probably MMS, not SMS), so that I could read my emails on a dumb phone.

However, every now and again, I would receive a "text of death". The phone would receive a text message, crash, reboot, attempt to download text messages again, crash .... etc.. It continued to do this until the network would decide to give up attempting to send that MMS message.

I had several phones of the same model and they all did this.

+ - UK citizen in jail for causing "flash-crash", or just high-frequency trading?->

Submitted by whoever57
whoever57 writes: Nainder Sarao sits in jail because he cannot raise the £5M bail that is required for his release. He has apparently made millions while living in his parents' basement, but doesn't have access to the money because his accounts have been frozen. What is claimed by US authorities is that "... Mr Sarao placed "spoof" trades in E-Mini S&P derivatives in a bid to push the market in his favour. The orders would be placed and withdrawn in rapid succession using a customised computer programme, they allege", which sounds a lot like high-frequency trading. Perhaps his real crime was to copy the techniques of wealthy high-speed traders?
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:not far enough. (Score 3, Insightful) 201

by whoever57 (#49715111) Attached to: Baton Bob Receives $20,000 Settlement For Coerced Facebook Post

These two are done. They're not going to work as cops ever again.

They may not work for a police department again, but there are probably many places where they can be hired as a sherriff's deputy. Even working as a police officer isn't beyond the realm of possiblity -- none of them was fired.

Comment: Re:New Jersey and Other Fictions... (Score 1) 615

by whoever57 (#49706381) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
I wonder if the initial model for long-distance trucks will be trucks that runs 24 hours per day, while an attendant rides the truck for the few remaining manual task. Heck, you could have an outsourced programmer working 2 jobs at the same time: programming and baby-sitting the truck!. Increasing the number of hours per day that the truck runs is a significant increase in productivity.

Comment: You cannot know *WHO* is voting (Score 4, Informative) 258

by whoever57 (#49689643) Attached to: Online Voting Should Be Verifiable -- But It's a Hard Problem

Just like postal voting, Internet voting is a bad idea.

In a family group, you simply don't know who is really voting. Yes, the correct person may be marking the postal ballot, or clicking the votes, but a dominant family member can be looking over the voter's shoulder, making sure the vote corresponds to the dominant family member's preferences.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by whoever57 (#49686823) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love

One would also need to admit that the US spends more per pupil than all but a small handful of countries

... and then compare the cost of living between those countries. Also (as you acknowledge), spending per pupil isn't the same as teacher salaries. Perhaps the overhead involved at the district, county and state levels needs to be looked at very carefully. Ask yourself, where are the nicest premises that any school district has? Probably it's the district offices.

Comment: Re:Both ways? (Score 1) 84

by whoever57 (#49685909) Attached to: Apple, A123 To Settle Lawsuit Over Poached Battery Engineers

Well which is it? Either you can hire other company's employees or you can't.

I hate to break it to you, but, in the USA, different states have different laws. In this case, the legality of non-compete agreements is different between CA and MA.

(sees parent modded up to 5, thinks: mods, you are idiots!)

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by whoever57 (#49685819) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love

There are lots of young unemployed people with education degrees, looking for an opportunity to teach.

Bullsh*t. Show me some reliable numbers. And not just of people who want to be teachers, but people who are qualified.

At least, here in California, to be a qualified teacher, you need a "Credential" in addition to a bachelor's degree, not an "education degree". From the experience of family members, I can tell you that there is no large pool of *good*, qualified teachers available.

You, like others, want to claim that there are good teachers available because you don't want to deal with the alternative -- admitting that teachers are underpaid.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by whoever57 (#49683565) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love

Yes, but if you get rid of tenure first you can start increasing teacher pay for the BEST teachers instead of the ones who have been there the longest.

If you get rid of tenure, then you start firing teachers, how are you going to replace them? Do you imagine that there is a large pool of excellent and qualified teachers just waiting for the opportunity of a teaching job? You need to attract better people into the profession and for that, you need higher pay.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by whoever57 (#49683465) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love

Can't or wont really address anything I said

Exaggeration much? What about my comment about teacher pay?

When you toss in the value of their benefits, many are incredibly well paid. Want them to have more pay? Have them pay for some of their health insurance. Have them contribute to their own pensions.

I can't comment about other states, but in California, teachers do contribute to heath insurance, teachers contribute a lot to their own pensions. A new teacher in California has a bachelor's degree, plus half the credits that would be required for a Master's, yet cannot afford to rent an apartment without sharing and run a car. In what other profession is this true?

The rest of your comments amount to victim blaming ("then they shouldn't have kids"). As for your comment about it not being so bad in the past: 1. Wasn't it? Do you have any stats on that? and 2: Could this be related to increasing wealth disparity? Perhaps those parents did not have to work 2 or 3 jobs just to put food on the table.

Once it hits the fan, the only rational choice is to sweep it up, package it, and sell it as fertilizer.