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Comment Timing (Score 1) 493

Well I got my Computer Science degree during the middle of the dot-com craze, and graduated in 2000, just prior to the entire mess poping like the rest of my dreams... That said, I think I've done alright, but not the life of grandeur I thought might be headed my way... Graduating a couple years earlier might have been a different story.

At any rate, all you have to look at for this trend in average salary is what percentage of the workforce was unionized then VS now. I bet if you had the statistics to remove both salaries from the average equation (the 60% then, and probably the 10% now), the difference might not be so alarming. Unions have taken a beating the last 20 years or so and wages reflect this.

Comment Insulin (Score 2) 372

I don't think it is quite as simple as even that. Take the drug Insulin for example. Discovered and essentially patented by a university for 1$ with the altruistic thinking that by allowing drug companies to produce it royalty free, more patients that desperately need the drug would be able to afford it. Didn't quite work out that way. Some interesting articles below.

Comment Re:Automatic. (Score 1) 483

While I have driven in NH roads and not Cali, a small point to make. Cali is huge, while NH is tiny. I would expect the northern portion of Cali roads to be worse than the south part, just like NH is far north of most of Cali. Frost and frost heave destroy roads, particularly those without enough gravel base. It is the gravel base that prevents the asphalt from flexing too much and breaking apart. Up here in Canada, a lot of gravel base needs to be used otherwise the lifespan of a highway won't be very long. I've seen examples in Cali that use almost none, though I expect that is in the south. It is so long N/S that they probably have to use graduated standards from top to bottom so to speak. As a whole all NH roads would be subject to much more severe winter weather than Cali. Anyway to quote that song from a few years ago from Megan Trainor, its all about the base.

Comment Re:Sorry, I wasn't being clear (Score 1) 197

There's more. Typically even in the corrupt corporate world you insure your assets, and while you take risks perhaps, you do so under the umbrella of insurance coverage and what you need to pay to keep that coverage.

With a nuclear facility no insurance company is going to even think about insuring you. It's not that the risks are so high, but the damages are. So while these facilities get "privatized" all the risk and damage is still nationalized. So the company gets all the perks and none of the jerks, so OF COURSE they are going to abuse the crap out of that, because why not? About the only thing to fear is if they can prove that someone was intentionally delinquent and that as a result cause the accident. However that can be pretty hard to prove and you have to know that every single decision that CEO is making (and likely management under them) the #1 first consideration is save ass and what can I do to ensure that this never comes back to bite me in the ass.

Comment Re:Modularity wasn't the problem (Score 1) 78

I never owned one, but I liked the idea. I almost got one, did a bunch of research, but went with the LG G4 instead. There were a couple of reasons why, and as you say the implementation was a bit lacking. I think if they kept at it and improved upon it, it could have been a big winner.

#1: Mods. Where are they? How can I buy them? Scarcity. So far as I am aware there were 3, and you couldn't find them anywhere outside of your initial purchase.
#2: The biggest and most useful is probably the most boring, that being a simple battery replacement. However they made it to be non hot-swapable. Meaning in order to use it you needed to turn off the phone, do the swap, then boot everything back up again. Just imagine if all you had to do was yank one out and slam a new one in. Sure you would need some small battery reserve hidden someplace, but it could have applied to all mods.
#3: The other two, a camera and a speaker, were not enough of an improvement over what you already got, they needed more.
#4: Due to design you lose some waterproofing which could scare some people, though probably not a whole lot you can do without size increases.

Comment Electric Ford (Score 1) 432

OK when I read the list of cars I here was my initial reaction...

Electric Mustang? It will have a range of 10km. More likely is it will have two settings, a "Sport" with a range of 10km, and a "Normal" which will have the range of a normal electric car I suppose or slightly worse.

Electric Police Car? My first vision of a police chase against a combustion car, where they just have to outlast the police to out distance them and they run out of juice... Might make a good premise for a bank heist movie chase or something.

Electric Transit Van? OK that just makes perfect sense really, probably need extra capacity for distance and weight likely though.

Electric F-150 Truck? OK first I thought it was a stupid idea, sure lots of torque but figure the capacity drain will be excessive, However the line "powerful enough to stand-in for on-site generators in a pinch" was not something I thought of, and is actually pretty useful. Could even see it in heavier use in contractors and the like. Anyway maybe not such a bad idea.

Comment Re:Even without environmental concerns (Score 1) 338

While I don't disagree totally, I'd say your reliance on four wheel drive may be misplaced. I've looked into it as I've wondered myself and what might be the best solution. There has been a number of studies done, and I don't think any of them really had conclusive proof that four wheel drive or all wheel drive had any positive impact on winter performance. Anecdotally I could see it logically helping if you were actually stuck someplace to get you going again, however that is going to be a pretty rare occurrence unless off-roading intentionally. However multiple studies HAVE shown that the simple act of putting winter tires on your car/truck will have an immediate and noticeable positive impact on winter driving. So if you're running a 4x4 truck on all seasons, you aren't going to have the control that you might have on someone with two wheel drive with winter tires. Also I've surprisingly found that on my own car a feature (physical mechanism not digital gizmo) I think that was meant for cornering performance actually has a bit of a difference in snow which is a limited slip differential, which basically allows the drive wheels to spin at different rates given certain conditions.

You're right on about the battery however. Until tempature tolerances become better they'll have limited success in the North. I'd also guess that they would use some power simply to keep the batteries a bit warmer as well, further reducing capacity.

I guess two other things, is you're right the concept of a solar roof doesn't jive with snow. Technically I guess it could reduce efficiency to heat the roof to melt the snow, but that will only work to a point. Once it is covered, your choices are limited to trying to shovel your roof and killing yourself in the process. One potential positive I think you missed is if you had an electric car and power station, if you did loose power for a considerable time, while it might not be advisable to drive about willy nilly, you might be one of the few folks around *with* access to power (because of your battery banks), at least for awhile anyway.

Comment Not Trump's Problem (Score 1) 338

Initially thought about what is stopping an immediate reversal once Trump comes in, however I think it is a moot point.

"By contrast, it would take decades to fully develop the production infrastructure necessary for any large-scale oil and gas leasing production in the region."

So unless he is just doing it for optics, there really isn't much drive to do anything about it. Indeed, the act itself on Obama's part is pretty empty when you think about the fact that the basic infrastructure just doesn't exist to do it in the first place, it would take a very long time to build it, not to mention being expensive, never mind the actual technical difficulty of drilling in the first place (never mind the obvious political realities, one being the very large elephant in the room: Russia). So you aren't going to have companies lining up to do it anytime soon, there are plenty of cheaper and easier places to drill. Sure, at some point some will start to look seriously at the region, but it won't be in the next 4 years, nor likely in the next 8 years... Meaning why would Trump care one way or another about an act that prevents an action no one is trying to do, and won't for his foreseeable tenure as President.

Comment Yuge (Score 4, Interesting) 102

Considering Google apparently made 75 Billion in profits last year, 3.8 Billion hardly seems all that "yuge" when taken into perspective.

Also I'm not sure what writing novels and all the rest is about, but the last time I heard about Google and confidentiality was all about unfair wages and employees sharing information about what they make with each other to get a better idea of how much money they should be making in relation to everyone else.

Seeing as the work produced by said employees profited almost 75 Billion, the lawsuit is for 3.8 Billion, and this is probably about employee wages, it doesn't seem all that unjustified. In fact, without having a valuation that large it would probably be hard to be taken seriously by corporate at all without being ignored or simply just spending who cares how much throwing lawyers at the problem. Even at 3.8 Billion, at almost 1.5B a week, Google could pay off that amount in just over 2 weeks...

Comment Retail VS Corporate (Score 1) 137

I'm pretty sure the corporate version is likely very configurable particularly when its a 1 Billion dollar contract with the DoD to not include any telemetry they don't see fit.

For the individual user sure, MS is going to do whatever MS is going to do.

I've seen over the years more configurable options for folks to lock down the MS environments within the corporate setting. I've seen some aspects so locked down that they more less break certain features in the name of security or ease of support or whatever.

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