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Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 238

I believe I read on the antipolygraph site about a guy that got a job at the CIA by lying. In fact, since they ask questions like "have you every done X" where X is something that everyone has done to some degree in one's life, then the only way to "pass" these tests is to lie and like well. Nobody in science believes that polygraphs are reliable or valid. But will certainly scare off certain people.

Comment Re:Bring on the doctor blame.... (Score 1) 385

Can we please stop this shit? Blaming doctors doesn't help you, and they are generally not overpaid. For the length and stress of their training, the debt they incur, and the difficult lifestyle many specialties must endure permanently, most doctors are actually underpaid - in overall salary, in compensation per hour, or both.

They are overpaid. Its by design. Its not a free market like programmers, engineers, etc.

I also know surgeons, many of whom do make $300,000 a year, and I've never seen one of them sit still for more than 15 minutes, to watch a movie or lecture, without passing out. They work a minimum of 60 hours a week and constantly get paged for surgery in the middle of the night, whether or not they're actually 'on call'.

Again, this is because doctors are not a free market. The AMA controls how many doctors are produced each year and which schools can make doctors. No other field in the USA is controlled this way. There is no inherent need for the cost of training to be a doctor to be so high, and no reason they are so scarce that they have to work 60 hours a week. In a repressed job market like there is today, I'm sure many, many people would be fine doctors if given the opportunity. Being a doctor is not significantly different than getting a PhD. On average, I would guess that MDs make 2x that of a PhD. That is overpaid.

For example, in China doctors don't make that much. And there are 4 year medical degrees where people work in pharmacies and dispense OTC medication where many of the meds are only by doctor's prescription in the US. Seems like a better system to me.

Comment Re:Open Source (Almost) Everything (Score 3, Insightful) 325

I'll chime in and say that if open source isn't a core part of your business plan, then why expend the time and money making your project open source? It costs you more to open source something than keeping the code to yourself _unless_ you have something compelling enough that people will want to help you with the code, which is very unlikely. Keep in mind that you can open source the code at any time, so the question is what is it compelling to you now to have it open source?

Comment Re:The only thing broken is almost everything (Score 1) 839

I would think this would be accurate, but everyone in this thread seems to be missing that TV has a 98-99% penetration in at least American homes. I gave up on it, and everyone thinks I'm nuts. Aside from the paper tv guide (WTF?), I agree with every point AC has put up there. Personally, I found TV an expensive and laborious task. And the content is not even worth just torrenting and watching. I just gave up, and don't miss it. I can't separate the content from the ads. Skipping through them with the PVR remote was just a chore. Most of what I watched was PBS that had no ads anyway, so I guess I could do that again, but why bother?

Oh, some more reasons to add to the pretty complete list:

- content never seems to fit my screen's resolution. Content always fit my screen before widescreen tvs came out, and now my tv is either too wide or too tall for the content.
- picture quality sucks. HDTV is a misnomer. Picture quality peaked when cable HD was new, and degraded after that.
- sound is inconsistent between channels and within a channel
- Annual or multi-annual contracts. I thought this was only designed for cellphones, but TV too? What is next? All of my monthly services having multi-year contracts that only potentially hurt me? No thanks.
- Its a time killer. And can be pretty expensive.
- Many of the ads actually make me embarrassed even when I am alone.
- To get "premium content" you have to pay out the nose with all the non-premium content as well.

thats all I can think of now

Comment Re:"Homegrown"? (Score 1) 185

There is no way anybody can design a modern processor from scratch without reverse engineering. Think of how many man years is in a processor. Even with the reverse engineering they were only able to obtain 45nm technology which is a few years old. If china started today, it would take them 10-20 years to make a processor 10-20 years out of date. What good is that?

This machine is impressive nonetheless. It uses good power 1MW. Only uses off-the-shelf networking (Infiniband). Only uses 9 racks of space. If they put those on the market, they would sell quite well (at the right price).

Comment Re:Sounds like good news (Score 1) 203

The reason that Sun failed is because they failed as at being a Dell or HP and sell cheaper x86 linux based stuff like Dell and HP does. Almost nobody needs an E10k, E15k, E25k, and most of the people that think they need one are wrong. Remember that compute capacity goes up and power usage goes down, whereas the maintenance price of an E*k stays the same or goes up over time, and its relative computing power goes down.

Most everyone today does replication (optionally geographically as well) and hardware redundancy. And E*k is not going to give you geographical redundancy. I've never seen the point in having a 3-5 year server's lifetime cost more than 2x the cost of a regular server when having 2x of them is usually preferable. Sure the most expensive guy may have hot swappable CPUs and motherboards, but so does complete hardware redundancy.

Comment Re:"the end" (Score 1) 622

If its any consolation, the website still sucks. WTF is up with not being able to click on the web browser window without it doing some kind of repositioning or folding things up and down? WTF is up with phantom comments with no score being floated to the top? Where have the useful comments gone? It seems as though the moderation system is broken. Why is hijacking a thread the "way to do it?" Where did the login to post a comment go? As far as web design goes, slashdot has become the worst of all popular sites that I visit. I can't think of a close second.

Comment Re:Well they have a point (Score 1) 373

On the other hand there is nothing stopping Google putting limitations how the Android trademark is used and what gets to use their market place.

That is what they do. The Android name and robot logos are trademarked and your hardware and use of software must meet some criteria from Google to use the Android trademarks.

Maybe I should read the FTA (ducks), but to me it would seem as though this trademark limitations would to some degree limit the fragmentation of the Android market. I guess that the trademarks could not limit things like replacing and adding apps on the phone. I have an Android phone. A Samsung Fascinate. And I would trade it for an iPhone in a heartbeat.

It simply reminds me too much of the Windows and Linux user experience. My phone was preloaded with crapware (like most OEM Windows installations). The version of Android is 2.1/Eclair which is old (like most "Enterprise" Linux installations). Using the USB data on the phone broke in January due to a forced software update. There has been another update and still USB does not work. I can't root the phone anymore due to USB issues. The calendar does not work correctly. This is a "known issue" and the fix is to wipe and load the phone and repurchase all of my purchased apps. The software is frequently sluggish and does not respond quickly, which causes frustration and incorrect input from me.

I mean, on the iPhone there was a bug in the alarm clock, and a few people overslept one morning. I'd take that level of dissatisfaction any day.

Comment Re:The search part of Google isn't that big (Score 1) 205

It's not like offering spreadsheets on line is a viable business.

In 2011, I believe its much more viable than shipping perpetually outdated binaries around. We are in a service economy, not an industrial one.

Even the whole Android phone thing is mostly there to prevent Microsoft from monopolizing that space.

You mean the computing as a service industry? Lets be very clear here. Microsoft has 2 products in a service economy: Windows and Office. And those products are very threatened by lightweight OSes and networked applications. gmail works on phones, linux, OS X, Windows, netbooks. Windows and Office do not.

Also, the change here is the shift from the multi-hundred dollar application with a moderate install base to .99 apps and application services. Its like music today. Nobody wants to "own" music anymore. Its a chore. People just want to listen to music.

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