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Comment: Re:471 million? You may want to think about that. (Score 2) 247

by metlin (#49756021) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

471 million potatos is a lot of potatos.
471 million .2mm bits of plastic is enough to cover in plastic all of the living rooms in California.
Wait - no - one living room. Or about a dinner-plates worth a day.

Every day. That's the difference.

Even assuming that it's a dinner plate sized amount of pollution, over two decades, you are looking at 7300 dinner plates. Only, broken into little chunks, easily consumed by aquatic life and smothering plants, clogging pipes etc.

Comment: Re:How about a converted 122-key "typewriter"? (Score 1) 147

by sethstorm (#49716807) Attached to: Mechanical 'Clicky' Keyboards Still Have Followers (Video)

Those modifications were my doing.

What do you do about the Enter key on the numeric keypad? The F has a stabilizer wire which the M lacks, so if you put the black key on as-is it sits limply and doesn't click properly.

Use one of the stabilizer plugs on the lower barrel (gray, plugs in one of the barrels). It'll work just fine.

Similarly, the spacebar stabilizer wire is different - how do you get the black spacebar to attach properly?

One of the stabilizer wires will attach to the M13 spacebar and the keyboard itself.

I see that whoever did that mod changed the F to ANSI layout. I kept mine as ISO but that meant I had to stay with a few non-black keys.

That's also my doing. Unlike the M, changing keys requires less toolwork; you only need a flat-tip screwdriver, pliers, and careful attention as the plate cover slides right out.

The only word of caution that I have is that fixing broken traces is a PITA.

Comment: Higher degree of personal freedom versus others (Score 1) 249

Enough with the economic nationalism already.

Not going to happen as long as there's an effort to oppose US citizens. No sense in taking envious jabs out at the modern-day Roman Empire just because you live on the wrong side of it.

Why do kids born in America deserve higher wages and better jobs than immigrants?

The US has a higher degree of personal freedom not present in nearly all the offshoring destinations. In every sense of the word, businesses in this environment hate freedom.

Are the immigrants not human too?

Guest workers are not immigrants. Before you ask, mine came to live long, prosperous lives as citizens.

I would just respond that this same globalization has pulled far more humans out of poverty than any aid program ever has or will.

The vast body of evidence would point to a large wealth transfer that penalizes freedom.

Comment: Then stop justifying it. (Score 1) 249

A potential hire is not better or more deserving of a job just by virtue of being an American.

Given that the American has more freedom than the typical guest worker (or their home country), that alone is enough justification.

Companies I have been at have lost good talent due to visa snafus and quota and time limits.

There was even better talent that was right in the US. Unfortunately, you weren't willing enough to work with US citizens in good faith.

So stop pretending that H1B visa holders are a threat to some supposed right you have to a job you do not otherwise qualify for.

Then stop with the unrealistic requirements that are designed solely to disqualify US citizens. The citizens are qualified, especially those that are asked to train guest worker replacement, you just have an anti-citizen bias. Your best bet would be to prepare to accept the idea that US citizens are qualified.

The guest worker program has never been about freedom; it has been about making an end-run around the Constitution's provisions prohibiting slavery and indentured servitude.

Comment: Violate economics for geopolitical purposes? No. (Score 1) 249

Economics does not work that way.

A decrease in the labor supply (a supply curve shift to the left) will cause a shortage, with an increase in required wages to meet equilibrium. If what you and the guest workers said was correct about shortages, then wages would go up - not down.

An increase in the labor supply (a supply curve shift to the right) will cause a surplus, with a decrease in required wages to meet equilibrium. This is what really is happening, since there is an increase in the labor supply beyond what the equilibrium will support.

Geopolitical interference with developed nations like the United States, such that citizens are purposefully and systematically excluded from selection, is a valid explanation.

Comment: Re:How about a converted 122-key "typewriter"? (Score 1) 147

by sethstorm (#49701663) Attached to: Mechanical 'Clicky' Keyboards Still Have Followers (Video)

That's a model M buckling spring, not a model F capacitive buckling spring. The main difference is that the latter sounds much more like a typewriter - the Model F uses a curved circuit board + thick metal plate versus the Model M's plastic membranes + thin metal plate. Other minor differences are that that my conversion has M13 black keys, trackpoint, and a ANSI-like layout - things that are not present on any Unicomp terminal board.

With that aside, I have that one you just linked as well (the "Affirmative Computing") version. It may be a Unicomp model M, but it still holds up to the same mechanical standards.

(btw, yes, I'm on Geekhack and Deskthority)


Third Bangladeshi Blogger Murdered In As Many Months 284

Posted by Soulskill
from the can't-we-all-just-get-along dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Ananta Bijoy Das blogged about science in Bangladesh, also sometimes tackling difficult issues about religion. He won an award in 2006 for "deep and courageous interest in spreading secular and humanist ideals and messages." He's now been murdered for his writings, the third Bangladeshi blogger to die in the past few months. Four masked assailants chased him down in broad daylight and attacked him with cleavers and machetes. The Committee to Protect Journalists says Das is the 20th writer to be murdered globally so far this year. Arrests have been made in Bangladesh for the murders of the previous two bloggers this year, but no convictions have yet been made. Das's murderers remain at large.

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