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Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2) 177

Should the tax affairs of an unimportant person like me be made public? Probably not - I don't have things to hide, but how much would it benefit society?

There is a general culture for employees to not discuss salary for a particular role, and when it is discussed it tends to be a fuzzy number rather than an exact one.

That lack of transparency in pay deals is what allows employers to pay women less for doing the same role, it allows executives to be paid orders of magnitude more than the average employee because an awful lot of people don't realize just how big that gap really is.

I realize I'm talking about pay and you are talking about tax, but they are closely related. Having that sort of information publicly available would help a lot with equality in society.

Comment Re:Where are the technical details? (Score 1) 205

Yeah, missing information about the technical side of the project but also missing any details about why the project is so delayed. Is it a specific system integration causing the problem, or quality issues showing up in testing or feature creep.

No useful information included in the summary or the original article.

Comment Re:It is not a justification for more surveillance (Score 1) 1011

I don't know about that these days. The terrorist can certainly kill more people if they get a bomb on a plane, but all the media reports about it happen after the fact and without very much distressing photos and video being shown because everything gets destroyed with the plane.

Compare that to this mornings attack, far less casualties but video from inside the building, video of people running for their lives outside the building, video of armed troops being deployed outside the PM's residence. etc all within 15 minutes of the first detonation.

Aren't those sort of images being displayed everywhere what terrorists want?

Comment Re:Why not learn directly from 3D OpenGL models? (Score 1) 45

Key assets in games, such as characters or vehicles, will be developed for that game specifically but all those generic objects that get added into games to provide the environment just come from a library of models. People aren't remodeling street furniture or cutlery or footballs for every game, they just download the model to use.

Those models are easily accessible and normally conveniently tagged to make them easy to find but that makes them more useful for someone developing a learning system.

Comment Re:But permies get holidays (Score 1) 59

Mechanical engineers cannot make as much as programmers. The cost of replication of the work-product of a programmer is $0. The cost of replication of the work product of a mechanical engineer is the cost of materials (>$0).

Surely that affect would have the opposite outcomes that you have stated.

What you've just stated is that once a programmer has produced a product that does what it needs to do, he is completely redundant because there is no significant cost to continually reusing that product. It's only a constant need for new features/bug fixes that keeps programmer gainfully employed

Mechanical and Electrical Engineers on the other hand, have a product which cost money to produce and will wear out over time. Therefore even if the product is functionally perfect, there will always be a need to refine the product to at least make future manufacturing costs cheaper.

Comment Re:The kryptonite of slashdot groupthink (Score 5, Insightful) 707

I never got why they would ask those being shafted to train their replacements

It always surprised me as well, but from the other end.

Rather than being surprised that the company would trust the training given to H1B by their existing staff, I'm surprised their legal departments let them do it given the pretty much the only legal precondition needed to use H1B is that you can't find the skill set in the local population.

If you are having to use your local staff to training the people coming in, surely you have already proven the local population has the sort of skills need for the roles.

Comment Re:They can't afford it (Score 1) 412

I don't know what your idea of significantly less than 100% of the population is, but according to this admittedly old link The Guardian. About 64% of the households receive some sort of government benefit.

The problem is, it costs a lot to accurately work out who should be earning each of the benefits, for every one of those 64% of UK households:

  • You need positively identify everyone claiming
  • Assess their situation in terms or dependent children, work situation, housing, health, pensions
  • Reassess everytime one of those conditions changes
  • Reassess everyone everytime a new Tax Year starts since the rules are often changed

And all that is for people who are honestly trying to claim benefits, it hasn't covered the costs of checking people who are intentionally trying to claim more by not declaring work or making up illnesses etc.

The savings for UBI come from eliminating pretty much all of that stuff, you just need to identify each person and record which bank account to pay the money into.

Comment Re:Ship landing? (Score 2) 115

The point is to recover the stage for easy future use. How easy will it be to reuse a stage which has been floating in the sea for several hours (minimum).

Also, a longer term plan is to be able to touch down on land, the sea provides a good environment to practice soft landings because when you fail you are a really long way from any people/infrastructure and because with the motion of the landing ship, once you can reliably do sea landings, surface landings should be relatively easy

Comment Re:The UK has experience in codebreaking... (Score 2) 57

Exactly, a Pardon for Alan Turing is just the UK government saying he was still wrong for being Gay, but he was a significant enough historical figure that they wanted a happier ending to his story.

But if you aren't a significant enough person to be recorded in the history books then tough, you are wrong for being gay. Full Stop

Comment Re:Also, see the A-10 (Score 1) 290

I don't understand why these workhorses ( or the Space Shuttle, for that matter ) can't *evolve* ?

I would guess, and it really is a guess, that having parts interchangeable between vehicles is a very worthwhile thing in a combat situation. The moment you start operating different versions of the same aircraft you need to start stockpiling and moving far more stuff around to keep the same number of vehicles in operation. That might not be a big deal when operating from homeland bases, but it starts getting really expensive if you need to do maintenance at forward operating bases.

Why add a massive logistical headache for a small incremental improvement in performance.

Comment Re:Yes. So? (Score 1) 161

They found a way to show that a model of car behaved differently inside and outside of a test, they have not provided a way to test 2 different cars and directly compare the results which is part of the point of the rolling road tests.

I suspect new tests will be introduced which still uses the rolling road for the baseline test results, but then some sort of real road test in which the cars must be within a different limit, either an absolute limit or within a percentage of what ever they get in the rolling road test.

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