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Comment Re:Quality doesn't matter when it's disposable any (Score 1) 257

My current 3-year-old Samsung phone (S4) is definitely my last Samsung phone, ever. No more money for you, Samsung, unless you decide to stop copying Apple and go back to making quality hardware.

They did: they made the Galaxy S5. I had an S4 before, and now I have an S5, and the S5 is better in every way. I recommend upgrading to that.

(Of course, the S5 is now 3+ years old...)

If the S5 becomes too cumbersome to use because of lack of updates or whatever, I'm really not sure what to upgrade to next, because everything on the market seems to suck now.

Comment Re:Only $1.2M? (Score 1) 633

Because that will get really confusing for people if you redefine words like that.

Maybe true, but redefining the common definitions of commonly-used words lets politicians and bureaucrats do an end-run around restrictions on government powers and scope. It depends on what the meaning of 'is', is. It's the foundation of modern US politics.

Why do you hate America and Freedom?

Strat

Comment Billions minus thousands is = ? (Score 1) 122

Billions of liters of fuel used, each train saves thousands of liters. Unless Indian railways is running million rakes it might not make that big a dent.

But if this use of solar panels puts money in the pockets of solar panel makers and make them reduce their costs and eventually utility scale/grid scale solar power generation happens ... then we are talking about something truly momentous.

Comment Re:Hmmm. (Score 2) 633

Okay, I get it, you like pain. Because that is the only reason why one would not use suitable clothing, lighter bicycles or clipless pedals. Most of the cyclists who use all these don't care how they look like, but they care about their comfort. Your argumentation is that only race drivers ought to use modern cars with power steering, synchronised gearbox, air condition and cruise control because you are come by just fine using a pre-war VW Beetle.

I don't know what you're talking about. None of the people I ride with wear spandex. I went to my bike shop and they didn't have any spandex riding clothing at all.

They had plenty of leather jackets, gloves, and boots with the 'Harley-Davidson' logo, however. Also, I don't understand why people get so upset when I ride on the bike trails. :D

Strat

Comment Re:Compulsory charity (Score 2) 633

If there aren't enough people to pay for it voluntarily, then it does not need to be built at all. Simple, eh?

But how will the politicians maintain and grow a huge entitlement-class of voters dependent on government (and said politicians) for their day-to-day existence?

Think of the incumbents, you insensitive clod! /s

Strat

Comment Expect FUD coming out soon (Score 2) 305

Pharma has lots of incentive to have expiration dates, sooner the better. They are not going to let some univ prof making 100K a year threaten a 750 billion dollar market.

Expect FUD, calling the study "flawed" soon. There are a few in Pharma whose job it is to watch for such studies being done and squelch it before it hits the news. They are going to get severely castigated for this news story to develop this far ahead.

Comment First they need to prove their model (Score 1) 242

Use the bone cross section area, max allowable stress, impact load, weight of the animal, (do not use rare foot print and estimated stride length) come up with a model. Validate it with measured speed of elephants, rhinoceri and hippopotami adjust the fudge factors and tune the knobs.

Then apply it to Dinosaurs.

Comment Re:Voluntary Contract (Score 1) 120

When David Cutler took his team from Digital to Microsoft (to make Windows NT)

I wonder how things would be different today if someone went back in time and arranged an "accident" for Cutler before he could arrange this transfer. Would MS have become the company it is now? Would they have come up with something like NT, or tried to continue on with the Win95 tech? How far would they have gotten with that?

Comment Re:one solution (Score 2) 120

but the culture here wants to believe there is some huge advantage to switching jobs every 30 months or so.

There is: your salary goes up, and in general is maximized according to what your value on the open market is. Companies won't give decent raises if you stay with them long-term, but by getting a new job you reset your salary to what the current market rate is. The downside to this, of course, is lack of stability for the employee, but it does help keep you from getting stuck in a rut.

Now how this situation benefits employers, I'm not sure. There's nothing stopping them from offering better raises and retaining employees so they don't have to suffer the costs and effects of employee turnover, but they just don't want to do it for some reason. I guess they're hoping that some fraction of employees will be averse to spending effort job-hopping and dealing with the uncertainty that comes with that, and that they'll profit that way, but what really happens is the worst employees are the ones who stick around for the reliable paycheck, and the best employees jump ship for a better offer in 18 months.

Comment Re:Gotta luv the hypocrites on here (Score 2) 139

If you're talking about the non-Trump voters, you're quite wrong. Personally, I'm laughing about this, because this is going to hurt the Trump voters who wanted protectionism against the immigrants who'd take these unskilled jobs. It's ironic: they stupidly thought Trump would work for their interests and that he was different (despite all evidence to the contrary), and now he's working directly against their interests. I'm curious how the Trump-lovers are going to spin this.

Submission + - Beloved Pippi Longstocking Books Charged With Racism (theguardian.com) 7

cdreimer writes: According to The Guardian: "Astrid Lindgren's much-loved books about Pippi Longstocking, she of the red hair, incredible strength and impossible lies, have been described as racist by a German theologian. Dr Eske Wollrad, a feminist theologian from Germany's Federal Association of Evangelical Women, has claimed that Lindgren's classic children's novels "have colonial racist stereotypes". In Pippi in the South Seas, "the black children throw themselves into the sand in front of the white children in the book," she told German paper the Local. "When reading the book to my nephew, who is black, I simply left that passage out." Wollrad neglected to mention that Pippi goes on to mock white children for their obsession with school. "If you come across a white child crying you can be pretty sure that the school has either gone up in flames, or that a half-term holiday has broken out, or that the teacher has forgotten to set homework for the children in pluttification," she says. The Pippi Longstocking books were written by Lindgren in the 1940s, covering the adventures of Pippi, an inveterate liar and eccentric whose parents are dead and who shares her house with a monkey and a horse who lives on the porch."

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