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Comment Re:Article paid by Apple to boo over it. (Score 1) 456

I don't think the corporate tax rate in the US is quite 50% yet.

I see your point though. Their cash position is more like 150B. Nothing says they have to spend their cash in the US after all. They can still find plenty of Chinese slave labor to hire for the next iGadget.

I do the same thing BTW. Several accounts with 10's of k invested each while still having a mortgage. 1.85% interest is cheap money I can make more than that likely while also getting a tax write off in the process (mortgage interest isn't tax deductible).

Comment Re:Article paid by Apple to boo over it. (Score 1) 456

Maybe try to take over the Blackberry space would be better. MS = enterprise; BB = enterprise phone. 10% of a huge market is still a huge opportunity especially if you are making money on both software and hardware.

I have a Lumia 920. Solid phone (that said I'm not a demanding smartphone user). I can check my emails, play videos and podcasts, browse, navigate etc. All the basics. I have no interest in social networks (FB, twitter, pintrest, snapchat etc). If I was and one of those was missing on the platform yeah it would be a deal breaker, but I'm not and I don't. I'm definitely not typical in the developed world that way though I think. But someone with a $10 phone looking for a $50 smartphone in India or China? Might be for them. Especially if what would be a big draw network isn't popular is is even actively blocked from being accessed in their country. Who cares if you can't use FB if no one you know is using it?

Maybe my .Net fanboy showing but as a dev Win Phone is much more attractive to me. Relatively open to devs both in getting stuff into the store, technology stack, lack of 100 "also does" apps in the store already, cross platform support (in the sense of XBox Windows and phone) etc.

Comment Re:Nine years of pair programming? (Score 3, Interesting) 186

You're maybe a better coder than I or people I've worked with. I find the majority of my time isn't spent "writing" it is spent finding the stupid little errors like a != that should be an == or forgetting to do a null check etc. I type about 60wpm but commit maybe 100 loc of production ready code a day. The bottleneck isn't writing. It isn't thinking either: my list of "good ideas" and simple should do refactors grows faster than I can do them. I'm limited by my ability to find and debug stupid mistakes in code, whether mine or falsely blamed on me by CI.

Pair programming could help with that I think (haven't done it for more than an hour at a time so don't feel confident stating an opinion one way or another0 because my tendencies towards stupid mistakes might not be the same as my pair. A quick: wait that is dumb every 10 min could save me hours of debugging. My guess though is that you should change pairs frequently so you don't start falling into the same mistakes as your partner or end up with 2 people that are the only guys that can review each others work because they are the only ones that have worked on X for a year.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 2) 82

Have people never heard of email/call forwarding? Leave your work phone in the office, forward the calls to your personal number. Is it that hard?

I've never carried a work phone or been on call without compensation and refuse to do so. The only reason it is "assumed with the salary" is because people refuse to ask: and what will I be being paid for those hours? Never got a huge amount of money but about 100-150 for a weekend or so + 1.5X time if I actually got a call for a minimum of 4 hours pay. Ie you call me and it takes 10 min to fix I get my $100 oncall + 6hrs pay. You have to make your personal time expensive so your employer doesn't feel free to waste it.

Comment mac pro not US made (Score 1) 875

It is assembled in Texas all the electrics are from elsewhere except maybe a few chips and the screws. It is also probably their lowest volume product (iPod might be less by now not sure) and isn't exactly drawing many crowds if you haven't noticed what was expensive is now ludicrously so and obsolete (~2.5 yr old CPU, 1/2 speed ram versus "enthusiasts" DDR 4 now etc). I get it is ECC ram and PCIe SSDs but damn.

Lets see them try to source the majority of the parts and manufacture in the US a high volume item like say the iPad mini: good luck.

Comment Re:Need to replace Asians with everyone else? (Score 1) 112

Exactly fewer Asians. Not sure how it is/was in the US of 'eh but in Canada they used to, if not still do, have quotas for number of visas available and from which countries/regions. Given how large the Asian population is in most metro areas I'm guessing they don't do it anymore (T.O. ~37% Asian, Vancouver 48%), though that could just be a simple matter of doing it but allocating the visas more fairly based on population of the region. Maybe tell Apple, Google and MS they can have the H1-Bs they want but only from Africa, South America and Europe.

Comment anyone know how dark they are to look through? (Score 2) 71

The pic in the link makes them look like medium tinted sunglasses. I wouldn't want to look though that for any long period of time. Augmented reality that makes reality dim kind of sucks. I'd rather smoke a joint and drink a six pack and call it a day.

$3000 unless something changed as far as I know it was $3000 and only approved devs that had access to the device. "Go to the Manhattan store and buy yours" this is the first I've heard of it, and last I heard of it was ~ last week.

Finally what the heck is the point of listing the word document battery life? Do people really think that their companies SWOT analysis doc is going to be improved by holographic projection?

Comment Re:A TV is a one off cost. (Score 1) 729

What TV lasts longer? My parents had a TV for something like 30 years it was the late 80's before they replaced it: the old one was still black and white and you had to get off your ass to change the channel. They still exist but how many people do you see without a flat panel? How long did the 720p flat panel last before you "had" to replace it with a 1080p? Now it is OLED or UHD pushing the need to upgrade. Even if they do last and we pass them on to our kid's room or whatever it still means we are picking up a new TV every 1-2 years because we got 4 of them on the go at any given time.

You're blind if you don't see that we have way more crap than before.

Comment Re:distribution of wealth and (Score 1) 729

I get your point but in a way we have. We have public schools, either public healthcare, or at least most people (maybe not in yankee doodle land but I think it is the case there too) public or employer provided healthcare, heck paved public roads and highway systems. We got more infrastructure with some of our money instead of higher income. Of course that doesn't mean the rich didn't get a disproportionate more benefit.

Comment Re:distribution of wealth and (Score 1) 729

But we don't want just one cellphone. We want a new one every 1.5years and one for each member of the family. Once we accomplish that we start google-eyeing the next iGadget or whatever. The time we have to trade is fixed our desires aren't. Kind of the rule with work scheduling the project will expand to use all time allotted.

Comment Re:distribution of wealth and (Score 4, Interesting) 729

But I ask: why do we want economic growth? It is the demand for more stuff that demands economic growth. Or do you/we have some sort of fetish for larger numbers?

If consumers stopped demanding more/newer and better toys sure the GDP wouldn't grow but it wouldn't need to because no ones asking for more junk.

Comment Re:distribution of wealth and (Score 4, Interesting) 729

But the demand for more stuff is what consumed the extra labor made available by productivity improvements. Yeah wanting more stuff is what kept enough work for 40+ hours a person while women entered the work force. There would be less work if people wanted less stuff but they also would need to work less since they need less stuff. The problem IMO is the assumption that growth in sales, GDP etc is inherently good. Society needs to work enough to provide for the needs and desires of their members. So at some point you only get growth by convincing people they need more stuff. They then have to work more and have less happiness till they get their new "thing". This is psychotic. We're programmed (using that loosely since I'm from Canuckistan but close enough culturally) to be like Tazmanian devils and keep eating till we can't walk anymore rather than just say enough.

Comment distribution of wealth and (Score 5, Insightful) 729

Greed. Family's in my experience at least have gone from being happy with 1 TV and one stereo in the "family" room to wanting fridges with TVs on them, each person having a cellphone and a tablet etc, each "adult" > 16 wanting their own car etc. We have more stuff. If we lived with the stuff you had in 1930's yeah we could work a lot less.

Comment Re:Why the fuzz? (Score 1) 420

Totally agree on the 99% v 1% issue. I make quite close to six figures as a dev. ~10 percentile. That is no where near qualifying me for 1% status (455k country wide in Canada, and probably closer to 600k where I work). The US it is apparently 717k (USD of course so probably ~900k CAD). People don't realize just how 1% 1% is. Even family doctors often aren't 1%. You need to be say a cardio thoracic surgeon and that is the border line 1%'er. 1%'ers generally speaking don't work for their money. Not saying they don't work, just it isn't their skill/effort making the money anymore it is capital, patents, copyrights etc that makes the bulk of their earnings. Even as a doctor, lawyer, scientist etc other jobs requiring not just college but doctorate level work (depending on how you count medical doctors, it is relatively like education wise but heavy on the job certification) you are unlikely to get there.

Comment Re:Why the fuzz? (Score 1) 420

Mein Kampf has parts of it that are interesting and well reasoned.It is political science, so as such can be expected to be a more "squashy science". Hitler was one of the most influential people of the 20th century surely a better read then a random "I want to be president" book that all primary candidates in the US seem to feel they need to churn out.

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