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Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 359

The article was very specific about that:

the company said that the total distance covered by its 96,000 trucks was reduced by 747,000km, and 190,000 litres of fuel had been saved

Though it basically contradicts that with:

it created an algorithm that eliminated left turns from drivers’ routes even if meant a longer journey

Interestingly, the quoted a Mythbusters experiment which confirmed the latter:

TV show Mythbusters tested the UPS theory by eliminating as many left turns from their route as possible. They found that an 8.3km journey became 30 percent longer (10.9km), but still consumed roughly 40 percent less fuel.

So, 2 conclusions:

1) you clearly did not RTFA.
2) the empyrical answer is "longer distance, less fuel".

And the OP's question remains - the why does the article claim distance was reduced as well?

Comment Re:Second that (Score 1) 477

You have obviously never seen a USENET flamewar from 35 years ago. I have seen no evidence that people are any ruder today.

Bullshit - and you know it. The worst of the flamewars from 30+ years ago are better than the AVERAGE post from our current President. And the worst of Twitter is an order of magnitude more horrible than anything seen even 5 years ago, let alone 35.

Comment Re:You can optimize, which you young ones are shit (Score 1) 236

First, 45MB library to parse XML is a stupid false (I really wanted to say "stupid fucking") argument. I personally hate XML but it's trivially easy to use at this point.
Second, who the fuck cares is it WAS 45MB (which it wasn't) on the server side if it solves a generic problem like parsing all XML.
Third, what's that "ASCII format"? You want to define your own format, then? And that's somehow more maintainable than XML?

And addendum - I don't think Sqlite is needed for most projects, but I have used it and if it is, it's a really small library that uses a tiny (and appropriate) amount of RAM and storage.

Comment Re:Simple solution to the H1B problem exists. (Score 1) 834

Except that there are companies who bring in low-salary H-1Bs and contract them out, and clearly the existing system is not doing enough to prevent it.

Do you have any recent examples of this (facts not anecdotes)? I'd be interested in seeing that, but I just won't believe it until then since that's not the reality in Silicon Valley right now.

The companies that pay $40K for an H-1B don't care about anyone else's need for talent

What's with this $40K number you keep using? The H-1B minimum salary is $60K and has been for decades. I assume you have not hired H-1B employees before? I have several working for me now. All are making > $150K, at roughly equivalent levels to their coworkers, though they transferred their H-1B from another company, it wasn't new. Clearly even that $60K number is low in today's market (the number was established in 1989, in fact, when it was fairly decent) - which is the whole point of raising it, something I totally agree with. Whether it will go to $130K as some have proposed is yet to be seen, but it will be raised significantly.

Comment Re:There was no problem (Score 1) 406

The problem was "our revenue is in danger of dropping and we need an entirely new device in the Apple ecosystem with over 100% profit margin". The solution was the Apple Watch. Boom, problem solved!

That said, I got my wife one and she totally loves it, uses it for fitness tracking (after returning 2 dead Fitbits) and as an accessory. It was an anniversary gift. Boom, problem solved!

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