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Comment Re:History repeating itself (Score 1) 161

Many people dislike extremely quiet offices, and they can be bad for cohesiveness. I often overhear relevant stuff and can either note it or offer something valuable. Back when we had a small corner office with the door shut most of the time we were cut off and less efficient.

Personally extreme quiet is off-putting. I have to open a window or put on headphones with some white noise. Lack of sound makes humans more sensitive to sudden noises. People who hate sniffles and doors moving might find it better if there was constant ambient sound.

Comment Re:Pollution standards good, but untennable (Score 1) 110

A much simpler way would be to randomly select a small number of drivers of each model and fit their cars with emissions monitoring equipment. The sensors are tiny and often built in to modern vehicles anyway. Then just set an average limit per year, averaged over all the monitored drivers with a few outliers discarded. Real world measurements with randomized selection to prevent cheating.

This would allow you to do other stuff like require only so many % degradation per year.

Comment Re:Garbage collection - less than 1% female (Score 1) 556

We need a discussion on whether exact parity is needed in various fields

I think that's just a straw man argument advanced by anti-feminists. It's certainly not mainstream or even radical feminist ideology. What matters is not parity of numbers, it's equality of opportunity.

These are young ladies who were exposed to science and encouraged to be in science and technology

To an extent, but we also know that there is a lot of discouragement they get too. The peak was in the 1980s, so the wave of women joining the workforce in the 70s was actually building up, encouraging more to join. It's only really as we went into the 90s that the push-back started. Having said that I think the reduction of effort, the assumption that the problem was fixed and would continue to self-correct was as big a factor.

I'd point to maths as an example of where the barriers have been greatly reduced, at least up to the end of school. Used to be a very male dominated field, now girls tend to do better than boys in many western countries. It's actually time we applied some of what we learned helping girls to the boys as well, because it turns out there are some shared issues there (mostly around what we call toxic masculinity, not to be confused with the good masculinity).

Comment Re:It's the only reason (Score 1) 140

SMS doesn't support sending photos and other images like custom emoji. These days, being able to hold an entire conversation in selfies and emoji is a pretty important. Also, some countries aren't keen on SMS - Japan went pretty much directly to email because with Japanese text you only get about 70 characters in an SMS and it's liable to corrupt them anyway.

Recommend Signal to your friends. It's properly end-to-end encrypted, unlike all the other options.

Comment Re:The 6th gen was a spike above the normal trend (Score 1) 207

I'm not sure I'd call having a good size screen that every other manufacturer had been offering for a couple of years "phenomenal".

It's probably the headphone jack. People use it a lot, and they see that the iPhone 7 doesn't have one and the "solution" is a chain of dongles or $120 earbuds they have to charge and void losing, and decide to wait and see what happens next year.

Samsung must really be kicking themselves for screwing up with the Note 7, at a time when Apple screwed up its flagship product too.

Comment Re:"Growing Demand"? (Score 1) 556

It would help if men were strongly encouraged to take similar amounts of leave, and so it became the normal thing to do. In some EU countries like Germany, they reduce state aid if the father doesn't take their allotment of paternity leave.

If that happened companies would be a bit better prepared and able to cover. It has to be seen as simply another cost associated with employing human beings, rather than a thing that only affects women and randomly causes massive disruption. I'd also suggest that perhaps those women who worked as temps didn't exactly lose their jobs, maybe they were looking for a year contract, and maybe the company could have considered taking them on since it had then bothered to train them and integrate them into the workforce.

I appreciate that no matter what happens there will be disruption, but it's just part of employing humans. Sometimes they get pregnant, sometimes they get cancer or some other serious illness, sometimes they just leave for another company unexpectedly.

Comment Re:In our vision of the "new" connected world: (Score 1) 491

So basically like most people's phones then.

For me the issue is that it wastes energy and that sometimes things go wrong and I need to hold down the power button to force the device off. It's especially handy when the police demand you hand your devices over and you want to ensure they are fully encrypted and not vulnerable to Thunderbolt/DMA attacks.

Comment Re:Ah, minimialism (Score 1) 491

Apple has a history of removing essential buttons from its hardware. Remember when they started using slot loading CD drives with no eject button? Must have been around 15 years ago now. Of course, it immediately caused problems, the computer would crash and refuse to eject discs. I recall that certain copy protected music discs would get jammed in too.

Not having a physical power button, combined with a non-removable battery, seems like a great way to get a crashed machine stuck on until the battery runs flat. Hopefully you didn't need to do any work for the next 8 hours, and the power management is still working to protect the battery from over-discharge.

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